The Humanities Student Conference, “Crossroads,” provides a friendly venue to showcase student scholarship in the humanities and related disciplines. “Crossroads” is organized by the Center for the Humanities in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University.
The organizers refer presenters to the following definition of the humanities from the National Endowment for the Humanities:
What are the humanities?
“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
For information about the inaugural 2019 conference, click here.
“Crossroads Humanities Student Conference” invites abstract submissions for oral presentations. All presentations should last between 10 and 15 minutes (approximately 5 to 7 pages of text typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font). Presenters will be placed on panels of approximately 3 or 4 students. Each panel will last for an hour and 15 minutes, including time for questions. Presenters may be asked to serve as panel chairs.
You may submit an abstract as an individual paper or a group project. If submitting a group paper, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all students who contributed to the project. Also, please indicate which members of the group will present at the conference. The entire group may present or select representatives.
You may also submit an abstract for a preformed panel of 3 to 4 presenters. If submitting for a panel, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all the presenters as well as proposed panel title. Panels will be accepted based on the promise of each individual topic and cohesion of the panel.
The official language of the conference is English. Students in the modern languages wishing to present in Spanish or French are invited to do so. In this case, please submit abstracts in both English and the language of choice.
The rooms in which you present will have a computer, a projector, a screen, and Internet access. The building has Wi-Fi. If you plan to use this technology, we strongly recommend that you bring your presentation materials on a flash drive. If you bring your own laptop, please be sure to bring the cable needed to connect it to the projector.
Your presentation may be an excerpt from a longer paper, but it should stand on its own as a self-contained study that is coherent and that has a specific thematic focus. Papers may include both primary and secondary research.
The conference will take place in the Alvin Sherman Library and will last from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a continental breakfast, opening plenary sessions, panel presentations, workshops, and a luncheon.
Students from all academic institutions are invited to submit abstracts of 150 words or less to Dr. Andrea Shaw Nevins (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than January 15, 2020. These should be submitted as Word documents or PDF files. Abstracts should include the following:
High school students submitting abstracts must have a sponsor—one of their high school teachers who endorses the abstract and provides a brief letter of support stating as such. Sponsors are encouraged to attend the conference but are not required to do so.
Please see the following article on “How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract” for additional tips.
Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty from the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. Notifications will be sent out by January 31st, 2020.
Students planning to participate must register by February 21st, 2020.
Our address is 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. You can find a map and directions to Nova Southeastern University here.
Participants may park for a fee in the parking garage near the Alvin Sherman Library. The Library and Main Student Parking Garage offers four floors of parking to NSU students and to the public. It is one of the preferred parking areas for events on NSU’s campus. It is conveniently located off SW 30th street and is close to the Alvin Sherman Library. You will receive more information about parking once you register. You can find more information on visitor parking here.
NSU students: No charge
Non-NSU students: $25
All students, NSU and non-NSU, must complete and submit a registration form by February 21st, 2020. Only participants who have registered and paid the registration fee by this deadline will have their presentations included in the program. Note that NSU students and faculty are not required to pay a registration fee, but are required to register.
Please note that all non-NSU students and faculty are required to pay a registration fee. This fee should be paid by the registration deadline of February 21st.