Tag Archives: Academic Conferences

Hitting My Stride: a System for Developing a Research Agenda beyond the Dissertation / Book Project

With the academic year ended and our seniors graduated and feted, many, if not most, scholars are now turning their attention to their summer writing projects. This is especially true of those of us with heavy teaching loads, who often … Continue reading

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CFP: Celtic/ Old English Studies at MLA 2019

Greetings and salutations! Apologies for the radio-silence this month; it’s been a February, and someone forgot that two sections of Research and Argumentation means 40 students instead of 20 students to work on multiple drafts of multiple essays and hold … Continue reading

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CFP: MEARCSTAPA at the Mid-America Medieval Association Conference

Here’s another fun CFP for your consideration…. come play in Kansas City, MO this September! CFP: “Examining Contagion” MEARCSTAPA-sponsored panel at Mid-America Medieval Association annual conference, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at University of Missouri-Kansas City Session organizer: Melissa Ridley Elmes, … Continue reading

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Why Academic Conferences Matter

I’ve just returned home from my annual pilgrimage to the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (colloquially known as “the ‘Zoo”). As always, the  four-day conference was at once all-too-brief (so many people I didn’t get to … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Outlaws at SEMA!

CFP: Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, November 15-18, 2017, Charleston, SC IARHS–sponsored panel: “Cities of Gold, Forests of Green:  Sacred and Profane Spaces in Outlaw Tales” Session organizers: Melissa Ridley Elmes and Sherron Lux Session Presider: Sherron Lux A traditional reading … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, 2017

CFP: Panel proposal for the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Charleston, SC, November 15-18, 2017 Panel Title: “Gender and Holy City/Spaces” Panel Sponsor: The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Panel Organizers: Melissa Ridley Elmes and Amy Vines Panel Chair: Melissa Ridley … Continue reading

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The Week In Review, October 19-25(26), 2015

Research “Histories of Contexts: Form, Argument, and Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode Alex Kaufman, in British Outlaws of Literature and History, ed. Alex Kaufman (McFarland, 2011) “Playing With Food: Medieval Manners and Unruly Behavior in the Domestic Space … Continue reading

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Grad Student Programming at the Southeastern Medieval Association, Little Rock Arkansas, October 22-24, 2015

Heads up, SEMA graduate students: there’s programming geared specifically for your needs and interests at this year’s conference! 1. Wednesday night: informal meeting at Cregreen’s Irish Pub (301 Main Street–a few blocks from the conference) 7:00 p.m. on–a chance to … Continue reading

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Writing an abstract for a conference paper

You have no control ultimately over whether or not your abstract is accepted, and if it isn’t, usually there was nothing you could do to alter that outcome–either your paper didn’t fit the session or conference well enough, or it didn’t fit as well with the other papers submitted for the panel, or the other submissions were from big-name scholars who promise to draw a crowd, or any of a half-dozen other reasons. There are, however, a few things you can do to ensure your abstract is competitive. Continue reading

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Graduate Students and Conference Logistics

My earlier post on graduate student behavior at academic conferences (“It’s Not On The Syllabus”) was very well-received, for which I must pause to thank all of you for taking the time to read and to share your own thoughts … Continue reading

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