PhD Reflections

The genre of abstracts

Dimitrina Kaneva has done a post as part of our shared ‘doctoral genres’ series. It’s on the genre of ‘abstracts’ and the subsequent presentation/publishing that goes with it. Thanks Dimi 🙂

Dimitrina Kaneva

The second post in the Doctoral Genres writing series with Ibrar Bhatt ( will be on abstracts for conferences as these is an integral part of the professional development of PhD students. I chose this topic as I have been working on several abstracts in the past couple of months so I wanted to share my experiences with the differences and similarities among them.

I have divided this post in two – writing proposals and abstracts for student led conferences and seminars and abstracts for big international conferences. There are substantial differences between the two and some important considerations to be made. As students have to be strategic about the conferences they attend, I will use my story as an example: in the first year of my studies I was really exploring what conferences are out there and I signed up for student conferences where I could gain confidence…

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