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Lori Morimoto

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 3

Citation is Political

You know who they are: the two or three academic stars that get cited in everything. They have their own boxes on the conference bingo card, their names come up so often. And they may be the nicest people in the world. They may actively use their position and platforms to make other scholars and scholarship visible – but that’s them, not the people citing them.

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 2

Kill Your Darlings

You have the best research question on the planet, and you want everyone to know about it. ALL about it. So let me burst your bubble by saying that, at a conference, that’s impossible.

“But wait!” you say. “I just need to get this [unrelated to the paper itself] information into the paper. Just this bit, because it’s so cool.”

“No,” I respond. Because NO.

How to Conference: Writing the Paper 1

Do I HAVE to? The Pros and Cons of Writing Out a Conference Paper

One thing people – especially those pressed for time – wonder is if you should even bother writing out your paper fully. For some, a detailed outline may suffice; others will move that outline to PowerPoint notes and work from those.

In fact, there are pros and cons to writing a full draft of your paper:

How to Conference: Writing the Paper Proposal 4

Odds and Ends: The Art of the Title

I’ll admit upfront: historically, I’ve been an awful title writer. I literally have a published paper called “Trans-cult-ural Fandom: Desire, Technology, and the Transformation of Fan Subjectivities in the Japanese Female Fandom of Hong Kong Stars” – a mostly good article that will probably never get much traction because any potential readers have long since lost interest halfway through the title.

Do not be me.