Conference Paper

This paper is 7-10 pages and is written with a particular conference in mind. When submitting the paper, you are required to include a 250-word abstract and the Call for Papers (CFP) to which you are responding. Papers should address the CFP and should incorporate some of the works we’ve read in class.

This paper is submitted twice, once at the midterm and once at the end of the semester, so that students get an opportunity to revise. This paper will account for 40% of your final grade. The first submission is worth 15% of your final grade, and the second submission is worth 25% of your final grade. Your grade on the second submission will be, in part, based upon whether or not you've significantly revised the paper. The second submission will include a brief cover letter explaining how you've revised the paper and how you've incorporated feedback from me and your peers.

Papers should be between 1750 and 2500 words. They cannot exceed 2500 words.

When grading these papers, I will be looking for the following:

  • Have you addressed a specific CFP and taken account of your audience?
  • Have you explained the scholarly problem that you are addressing?
  • Have you made a clear and specific argument?
  • Do you provide evidence for your claims?
  • Is your paper written effectively and coherently with very few grammatical errors?
  • Have you observed the 2500-word limit?

For the second submission:

  • Does your cover letter provide an explanation of your revision?
  • Does this paper represent a significant revision?
  • Have you incorporated the feedback by your peers during the writing workshop?
  • Have you incorporated feedback provided by me?