Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept work-in-progress submissions?

Yes! You’ll also have a chance at the conference to get feedback after your presentation, so this is an ideal conference for work-in-progress papers! You can present on your research proposal, methods, theory, literature review, data, analysis … anything!

When will submissions be open?

Submissions are currently open, and will close on the 31st of May.

When will I be notified if my paper has been accepted to the conference?

We expect to send out notifications regarding the success of applications by early June.  Please email us if you’re unsure about whether your abstract has been accepted!

Do I have to be from Victoria to submit?

No! This conference is open to papers from anywhere in Australia.

Can I submit a themed panel with fellow students?

Sure! Just email us at and let us know what you have in mind!

First timers

I’ve never written an abstract before, what should it look like?

An abstract is a 250 to 300 word summary of your research, including why it’s important, what central theories or frameworks you’re using, and what material you’re looking at. If you’re further along in your research, you should also include your central findings, and even your concluding thoughts about what your research has contributed to our understanding of your area of study. Here is a great how-to-write-an-abstract resource. You can also email us if there is anything you’re unsure about!

I’ve never presented at a conference before, and I just got my email of acceptance…Help!

First of all, congratulations! And don’t worry, this conference is specifically geared towards students, so a lot of people will be presenting for the first time.

A conference presentation is essentially a summary of your research. You will have ten minutes to speak about your research, so pick the most interesting parts of what you’re doing.  

It’s best to focus on what’s unique about your work, so spend more time on your findings, if you have some at this stage, or spend time speaking to what makes your approach unique. If you have findings, the majority of your focus should be on that. In any case, avoid spending a lot of time explaining/defining methodology or basic criminological theories, as most in the audience will already have a sound knowledge of those things.  Instead, speak to why you chose those approaches. So, instead of “Critical Discourse Analysis is….”, try “I chose to apply a Critical Discourse Analysis methodology as it allowed for….”.

Make up a Powerpoint presentation for your paper, and bring it on the day on a USB. When you arrive for your panel, find the panel chair, who will put your presentation on the computer, ready for when it’s your turn to present.

There will also be time at the end of your panel for audience members to ask questions or provide feedback to presenters. If there is something you’re particularly worried about with your research, say, perhaps, that you think your sample size is too big/small for the type of paper you’re doing, you can also flag that at the end of your presentation, to get direct feedback from more seasoned criminologists.