Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 58: The Abstract Writing Slog

In today’s episode I’m talking about the work that goes into writing conference presentation proposals and journal article proposals. I dive into my experiences writing proposals and talk about best practices.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Jo Van Every, Why Writing an abstract is so hard
-Catherine Baker, How To Write A Conference Abstract: A Five Part Plan for Pitching Your Research At Almost Anything

Rapid Reads:
Organizing Ideas podcast by Allison Jones and Karen Ng.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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NCPH Topic Proposals

This year the National Council on Public History (NCPH) introduced a new element for the conference submission process.  The 2015 NCPH Annual Meeting call for proposals included the option of submitting topic proposals.  This option was geared towards people who are interested in presenting but who might be looking for ideas to more fully develop a proposal or who are looking for co-presenters. 

The results of this initiative were 55 topic proposals that include a working title, abstract, and descriptions of the type of assistance the proposer is looking for.  The list of proposals can be seen here.  There’s a wide range of topics and a variety of people looking for collaborators.  If you’re interested in getting involved in NCPH this is a great way to connect with others and get started.