A poster session provides an opportunity to directly present scholarly work in the form of a visual display.  This is done on a poster board in a room with other poster presentations.  The presenter stands by the display during an assigned time (usually for 60 to 90 minutes) while interested conference participants view the displays and interact with the presenter.  Posters often combine text and graphics to make a visually-pleasing presentation.  The poster usually contains a brief narrative overview of the scholar’s work.  Posters also frequently include relevant tables, graphs, images, and other presentation elements.  Relevant handouts, including full papers when available, are encouraged.

Poster sessions increase the inclusivity and interactivity of the conference.  They provide opportunities for more presenters and they provide for more interaction and dialogue between presenters and participants.  Poster sessions also provide the audience with more time to assimilate, reflect on, and ask questions about information at their own pace.  For some scholars, the poster format is superior due to the visual nature of their presentations. For example, presentations related to art history, media studies, geography, demographics, linguistics, natural sciences and engineering often lend themselves to poster displays, as do presentations that employ extensive statistics.

Posters should quickly and efficiently communicate your scholarship.  Each poster should include the title of the presentation, at the top, in letters large enough to be seen 10 feet away. The author’s name and an abstract, in relatively large letters, is also recommended.  For all other text, select a font size that people can easily read from four feet away.  A point size of 16-18 or larger is recommended for all body text.  Handwritten text is generally unacceptable.  A small table is provided for handouts. Laptop computers can also be used to display work, using PowerPoint and other presentation software. However, the presenter must bring their own laptop, and the laptop must be able to run from battery power, as electrical outlets will generally not be available.  Presenters should be capable of responding to questions concerning all aspects of their display. When traveling, use a mailing tube or portfolio case for transporting your poster.More information and suggestions about poster presentations can be found at: