The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

Feb 20 – Abstract Writing Workshop

Do you see a conference in your future?


Join us for the Writing Center’s inter-disciplinary Abstract Writing Workshop!

Here we will review the “best practices” of responding to a CFP. We’ll look at graduate school conference CFPS, as well as regional and national conference CFPs—each has its own peculiarities.


We’ll provide examples of successful critical and pedagogical abstracts. We’ll also take a look at a few abstracts that failed to effectively navigate the sometimes-idiosyncratic language of a CFP and discuss why we think the CFP failed to qualify for its panel.


We’ll also engage in a peer-editing workshop. We’re going to critique each other’s work as we prepare to engage with fellow scholars.


We ask our Abstract Writing Workshop participants to bring the abstract they’re working on and the CFP they hope to answer.


When: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 20, 2020


Where: Room 3317