Academic Abstracts: Concretely Encapsulated Ideas


Thu, 11/17/2022 - 9:00am

Student Professional Development Event

Dr. Keri Miller, Instructional Technologist and Vernacular Specialist at the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology at the University of Arizona

Bio: Keri Miller graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 with a dual PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Linguistic Anthropology. She carried out research for two years on the Aramaic-speaking Syrian Orthodox communities in Istanbul and Berlin, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Orient-Institut Istanbul, with additional support for advanced Turkish language from the American Research Institute in Turkey. She has presented her research at the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, the "Neo-Aramaic Languages in Time and Space" conference in Sweden, and the "Tradition and Integration: The Making of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden" virtual conference based in Sweden. She has taught courses in anthropology as adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College.

Abstract: The academic abstract is an exacting genre of writing. In a condensed framework of generally 250-500 words, one must highlight the core of an argument in convincing clarity against a brief yet essential background sketch that situates the argument firmly in context. At the same time, in the frequent scenario that the abstract is used in application materials for a funding opportunity, a submission to a conference or to a publication, it must draw attention and interest to be competitive. Appropriate selection of keywords enables other scholars to find one's work via internet searches, thus facilitating citation and engagement. In this discussion, we examine the components of a successful abstract. I briefly cover types and purposes of the academic abstract, then focus on their use in the field of Area Studies, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa. In conjunction with how to write a successful abstract, I also explore beneficial conferences for which students in this field may want to consider sending carefully crafted abstracts.

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