How to Conference

Kimbery Turner, Christina Boyes, Profesora Investigadora Titular de la División de Estudios Internacionales del CIDE, Elizabeth Bennion y James Newman escribieron How to Conference, capítulo del libro Strategies for Navigatin Graduate School and Beyond.



You may never have attended a conference, but as your department approaches abstract submission deadlines for APSA, MPSA, or another major conference, you can feel the tension in the air. How do you know your work is ready? What happens at conferences and how do you network while there? How do you budget for conferences? What types of conferences exist? In this chapter, we answer these questions and help you navigate the hidden curriculum, find your community, and get the most out of your first political science academic conferences.

Terms like “workshops,” “panels,” “sessions,” “roundtables,” “posters,” and “section meetings” can confuse first-time attendees. Workshops may be held before, during, or after the main conference and are focused on predetermined topics. They offer an opportunity to get to know other scholars who share your specific research interests. Panels and sessions both refer to the main portion of conferences, within which presenters give brief talks and receive feedback from the audience. In some conferences, discussants are assigned to offer constructive criticism on each presented paper. Roundtables offer participants the chance to ask expert input on a topic. Some roundtables are focused on professionalization while others center on a given topic or may address specific scholarly works. Posters, uncommon in political science, provide presenters an opportunity to talk about their projects in greater depth than presentations allow.

Beyond providing opportunities to share your work, conferences offer additional networking opportunities such as happy hours and receptions. Additional professional advancement opportunities exist at conference vendor or exhibitor tables and recruitment events.

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