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Wednesday, September 29

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    Never expect anything though, and be ready to read sans microphone
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  3. page Write an abstract edited Look at the conference call long and hard. Usually the call will include a number of possible subto…
    Look at the conference call long and hard. Usually the call will include a number of possible subtopics posed as questions or a list. Think about which of these fits closest to your interest, then do a bit of thinking squarely about how it relates to your existing research interest.
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    it is read).QUESTION: How is it determined whether there will be responders? I've only ever seen this at ASA and I know some historical musicology conferences do it.read).
    More traditional academic associations tend towards using commentators. That is, conferences organized by the American Studies Association or the Organization of American Historians or the Modern Language Association will more likely than not include a slot for a commentator on most panels.
    Then write a draft of a the abstract. The final version will be about 250 words but in draft form can be longer. Get everything you would want to say in there. You can think of it as a pitch to a particularly smart editor, because that's what it is. You can also think of it like your hit single off your first album. Make sure to include not just the argument, but the kind of evidence you'll use (interviews, your own experience, theories or specific texts), and how you might be presenting it (showing video, playing tunes, etc). If you have a hook, and that hook can be recognized for what it is without all your supporting evidence, be sure to include that hook in your abstract. Remember that most conferences give only 20 minutes for talk, and maybe 10 minutes for question. That means you only have 9 pages to develop your argument and present your evidence. That's not a lot of room, so don't expect that you can tell a whole history, describe a whole life, walk an audience through a whole scene. Pick something intriguing, controversial, unique, new, unheralded, or otherwise brilliant about your giant topic and stick with that. There's time for the rest in your amazing book or dissertation, or blog post.
    Once you do write a draft you can show it to folks you trust and get advice, fine tune and keep doing more focused research on specific people you'd want to include or research you'd want to do to make the argument really work.
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Thursday, September 17

  1. page Write an abstract edited Look at the conference call long and hard. Usually the call will include a number of possible subto…
    Look at the conference call long and hard. Usually the call will include a number of possible subtopics posed as questions or a list. Think about which of these fits closest to your interest, then do a bit of thinking squarely about how it relates to your existing research interest.
    Look at abstracts from years past, and if the conference archives papers (as does IASPM-US on a limited basis) it is good to see how widely the abstract and actual papers can diverge. Some conferences require that you submit your papers in advance to the moderator or to a "responder" who will synthesize all the panelists' work and respond to all before the conference talk is opened for questions. That said, most pop music conferences I have gone to do not have responders, which means that you can veer pretty widely from your abstract (and, for better or worse, not have your paper done until very near the time it is read).QUESTION: How is it determined whether there will be responders? I've only ever seen this at ASA and I know some historical musicology conferences do it.
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    tunes, etc). If you have a hook, and that hook can be recognized for what it is without all your supporting evidence, be sure to include that hook in your abstract. Remember that
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    ever longer? You might find yourself waiting longer for a response if the conference is a large one. Don't despair. You have not been forgotten.
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Tuesday, September 15

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    Last year when I was heading up my department's grad conference, I was working with all graduate students who had never been on a conference committee before. I needed to create a rubric for how to evaluate our peers' abstract submissions. I went online and was pretty surprised to find that there were really few resources for how to write an abstract, or how to evaluate an abstract. I made a mental note that one day I would fix that, and damned if this isn't the time.
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    The paper section is very bare bones but I feel firmly that there's a way that a paper can be written that makes conference presentation better, and that's what I've included. Feel free to disagree! I'll include the disagreement.
    Presentation - is the paper turned into an act. Not often talked about, other than "getting over" nerves.
    IHere I would also love to
    I plan to post it on my blog and around to various scholarly advice sites.
    I would be really thankful for feedback on the ideas presented here, and will publish the article with a "in collaboration with" credit for anyone who helps out. You can either give comments in the "discussion" tab or edit the document directly. You can also send me any of your own evaluative rubrics used in conference committees past to dgc2105 at columbia dot edu, as long as you also give permission for that info to be public. And yeah, this is my first WIKI so forgive its potentially not savvy nature. Many thanks! Daphne Carr
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  2. page Advice on presenting a paper edited ... When it's my turn to speak I always ask someone on my panel to write down the questions that a…
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    When it's my turn to speak I always ask someone on my panel to write down the questions that are asked of me by audience members
    bring a pen, paper, and business cards.
    I would love to have feedback from folks about what a "good presentation" is for them, especially within the context of seeing a first time presenter and within the context of seeing one paper out of a whole weekend of papers. What makes a paper stand out?
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    First is the abstract section. Please give advice on your tricks for writing the perfect abstract, and advice
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    I guess,put together, and was very rudimentary. I'm sure people have much finer grained criteria and I would rather it not belove to include the types of questions you've asked yourself or found asked in first personcommittee discussions, all properly anon. of course.
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    Presentation - is the paper turned into an act. Not often talked about, other than "getting over" nerves.
    I would love to have feedback from folks about what a "good presentation" is for them, especially within the context of seeing a first time presenter and within the context of seeing one paper out of a whole weekend of papers. What makes a paper stand out?
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    [I've been going to the EMP Pop Con since 2003. The build up to and participation in EMP is one of the most exciting things I get to do in the year, and I've been lucky to have been fostered there by a number of the field's best minds. I Since I was one of the young pups when I started and was saved from total embarrassment my first year (ha ha, 22 page draft) by some very kind people, I have made a mission of helping young writers and academics go through the process of writing their first conference abstracts, edit their first papers, and get their first presentations ready. I am seriously committed to expanding the number and type of voices participating in this community and I feel like I have an obligation to share the knowledge, with hopes that it will inspire great new critical inquiry.
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    I would be really thankful for feedback on the ideas presented here, and will publish the article with a "in collaboration with" credit for anyone who helps out. You can either give comments in the "discussion" tab or edit the document directly. You can also send me any of your own evaluative rubrics used in conference committees past to dgc2105 at columbia dot edu, as long as you also give permission for that info to be public. And yeah, this is my first WIKI so forgive its primitive nature. Many thanks! Daphne Carr]
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    Once you've gotten in, then you can start doing the more focused research that will tie your ideas together for the specific argument you're making.
    When you write the paper remember it s 8 or 9 pages double spaced MAX, no exceptions. No you CAN NOT have more pages if you talk faster. Ask people who have attended the conference in the past about the level of familiarity you can assume among the listeners. With some conferences you should give background to your project but with those where a high level of familiarity can be assumed, it is possible to launch into the specifics much quicker. You do NOT want to spend 1/3 of your paper explaining who Big Mama Thornton is at a blues conference, for instance. Give maybe one or two sentences that tie the preexisting knowledge to what you're setting up and just go to it. When writing remember that you're speaking, not just reading a scholarly paper aloud, and write with an oral performance in mind. Practically speaking, this means avoid long sentences, don't use tons of jargon, and paraphrase secondary sources to get just what you need. Once you have a draft you can share it with folks to get feedback.
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    Use anecdotes and quotes from the main characters
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    Spend the whole paper quoting obtuse critical theory unless it is absolutely necessary. We've all read Foucault and Judith Butler - just paraphrase to bring us in to where you are going with your argument unless your argument is directly challenging specific critical theory

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