Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission and Presentation Guidelines

​Faculty Mentor

Students will be required to work with a faculty member from their home institution in their area of study on the preparation of their presentation, for it is also a goal of this conference for young scholars to become familiar with the processes of writing an abstract and revising/improving their work.  Given that the abstract deadline is early in the spring semester, students are encouraged to revise and then present a paper written for a course during a prior semester, or to base their presentation on an ongoing senior research or creative project.  Faculty mentors are invited to attend the conference and may also serve as panel moderators.

Submission Guidelines

Electronic submissions as Word documents or PDF files are encouraged and should be sent to ctw2020@wesleyan.edu by September 12, 2020 Submissions should include the following:

  1. an abstract (100-200 words long) of the paper or creative work to be presented at the symposium with the presenter’s name removed (please note that your abstract will be published in the on-line symposium schedule).
  2. the abstract submission form with faculty mentor signature. The faculty mentor may also email Ulrich Plass  (CTW2020@wesleyan.edu) confirming their work with the student.

Paper Selection

The selection of papers or creative work that will be presented at the symposium will be done by a faculty sub-committee.  While the goal of this symposium is to showcase student scholarship and creative work of the highest level, it also provides an equally important opportunity for student scholars to learn the mechanics of preparing and presenting their own work.  To that end, abstracts that meet basic professional standards and exhibit the formulation of an original research question/trajectory will be accepted.  Students will be notified of the final decision regarding their abstracts within two weeks of the submission date.

Presentation Guidelines

Selected papers will be grouped into panels of three or four presentations whose subject matter is similar, and each panel will be moderated by either a faculty member or student.  Depending on the total number of presentations, there will be two to three concurrent panels per session.  Each single presentation is expected to adhere to a strict 10-15 minute limit, which does not include questions.  Please make sure to clarify your AV needs on the abstract submission form.

Tips and Suggestions

  • make sure the tone and references of your presentation are clear to a wider, academic conference.  For example, a paper written for a modern British literature class may use terms that are unfamiliar to someone from a different discipline.
  • practice reading your presentation out loud to make sure you are within the time limit, and to work out any kinks regarding pronunciation and flow.  Feel free to make marks on your presentation copy- highlighting things you wish to emphasize, where you wish to make pauses, etc.
  • be open to comments and suggestions during the question and answer period, and know that it is fine to ask someone to repeat a question and/or clarify it.  The most important part of such a presentation is the exchange that happens afterward.  To that end, also make sure to take good notes when the other students on your panel are presenting so that you can better participate in the following discussion.
  • plan to attend a few other panels during the day.  It is always intellectually rewarding and stimulating to learn about the work of other scholars, and it often reveals surprising connections and new avenues of academic inquiry and collaboration.