Does the conference have a specific theme?
You can submit a project on any topic from any field of linguistics and then present at StuTS. Your submissions will be grouped together with other thematically related talks or workshops.
Who can attend StuTS?
StuTS is intended for students of linguistics and other study programmes with a partial focus on laguages. Fostering an active scientific exchange between participants is always the foremost goal of the conference.
I do not want to present anything. Can I still attend?
Yes, of course. However, if you are currently working on a course project or thesis, or already have full-fledged projects under your belt, we still encourage you to present them. Both the presenters and the attendees are dedicated students of linguistics who want to learn about their like-minded peers’ research and perhaps contribute to it with their own suggestions here and there. As such, StuTS offers an exceptional opprotunity to present your projects to an engaged non-judgemental audience.
Are there registration fees?
The 68th StuTS is free to attend. However, we also accept small donations of any amount (e.g. 1-5 Euros) to help provide better infrastructure for the conference, such as sign language interpreting and/or subtitles as well as paying the license for social events software. Should you decide to support us, you can find our bank details at the end of the registration form. As a voluntary organising team, we do not earn anything from the 68th StuTS. Any remaining budget surplus will be donated, most likely to charity.
Is it mandatory to attend every day of the conference?
It is up to you to decide which talks or workshops you want to attend. Still, we find that StuTS offers a rare opportunity to gain insight into research focuses of various departments of linguistics across a myriad of universities, as well as to get acquainted with different methodological approaches, any of which might be extremely useful for your own future projects. Based on our own experience as attendees of previous conferences, we can only recommend attending talks and workshops even on seemingly unremarkable topics.
Who can present at StuTS?
Any Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD student of any subject requiring the scientific examination of language is welcome to present at StuTS.
Requirements for presenting
I am not enrolled at my university anymore. Can I still present?
Yes, you can.
Can a project come from a primarily non-linguistic subject?
Your submission should deal with language in a scientific manner. What subject it ultimately comes from is at your discretion.
What language can I present in?
As a rule, you decide on your project’s language of presentation. We recommend choosing a language you are proficient in; the audience should also be able to understand it. Previous conferences have established such languages as German, English, French and Spanish as tried and tested staples.
What is an abstract?
An abstract is a short and sweet summary of your project’s key points. It should be compact, spark interest in the details of the project, and answer the following questions:
- What is your project’s goal?
- What are your key findings?
- Who would find the project interesting?
- What methodology did you use?
How long should my abstract be?
Between 150 and 250 words. When in doubt, check out abstracts from previous conferences for reference.
I am not sure if I should submit my project. What if it gets rejected?
StuTS is open to all submissions from Bachelors’, Masters’, and PhD students. Your project need not be a full empirical study; a steady concept is already enough. What is very important is that your submission conforms to the usual scientific standards (e.g. proper citation form, adherence to formal criteria, etc.). The 68th StuTS provides a safe space for students and is well-suited to be one of your first experiences of scientific conferences.
I have submitted my abstract. What happens now?
Members of our organising team will read your abstract and determine if it is suitable and appropriate for the conference. This is usually a given if it is obvious that the abstract is the product of your own work and deals with the topic of language and linguistics in a broad sense. In rare cases we will provide you with suggestions on how to improve your abstract. As a rule, you will receive a reply from us accepting or rejecting your abstract after the deadline for our Call for Participation. Should it get accepted, we will then incorporate your talk or workshop into the conference programme depending on your availability and preference. All that is left after that is to present your project at the 68th StuTS!
Who is organising the 68th StuTS?
We are students from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Universität Potsdam. You can learn more about us here.
Can I get credit for my talk or workshop?
Some study regulations mention that conference presentations can be counted on for credit points. You can get a certificate from us confirming that you did present and detailing the topic of the presentation. Since we ourselves are students, we do not mark it or evaluate it in any way. If you do need a mark, you are best off asking your lecturer.
I still have questions. Whom should I contact?
If you still have questions about the Meetup, send us an email on the matter, and we will do our best to respond on the same day. You can reach us at stuts68[at]stuts.de.