Conference Presentation Skills Panel Next Week!

To All Students of Language and Literature at SFSU:

Please join us next week for the CLSA’s
Conference Presentation Skills Panel
Wednesday, November 15
7:30 PM in HUM 579

Have you ever wanted to submit your work to an academic conference but don’t know the procedure? Are you nervous about presenting papers? Don't know where to find the right CFPs? Don't know what a CFP is!?* Come to the Comparative Literature Student Association's Conference Skills Panel next week where the following experienced presenters will speak to you and field questions about their experience submitting to and presenting work at conferences:

Lec. Corby Kelly (Classics)
Prof. Shirin Khanmohamadi (Comparative Literature)
Prof. Mohammad Salama (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
Jessie Ferguson (Graduate Student - Comparative Literature)

The panelists will share the basics of presenting, answering questions, allaying fears, and telling their best presentation disaster stories. Come join us for what is sure to be an informative and entertaining event!

Oh. AND FOOD! Yes, there will be food!

Hope to see you there!

*(CFP stands for Call For Papers and is the manner by which papers are
solicited for most conferences and many journals.)


Portals, the Comparative Literature Student Association's Literary Journal
is accepting student submissions of original, critical essays and short poetry translations that explore comparative literary topics across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries
for the Spring 2007 issue!

Submission Guidelines

Comparative Essays:
  • Papers must be written in English.
  • In order to be considered for submission, essays must compare at least two literary works from different linguistic traditions.
  • Citations should include both the original language and the English translation.
  • Papers should be no longer than 25 pages in 12 point font, and should be properly formatted and documented in MLA style

Poetry Translations:
  • Portals also invites short poetry translations.
  • Submissions should include a copy of the original poem and an additional 2-5 page explication of the translation.
  • Poetry translations will be published in tandem with the original.
  • Please submit the original with complete citation.

All submissions are to be sent via e-mail as a MS-Word attachment. Submissions must include a 250-word abstract and a cover sheet including name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school affiliation, and current academic standing; your name should not appear anywhere else in the proposal, since this will be a blind selection process. (Only papers by currently enrolled graduate students and doctoral candidates will be considered).

Contributions for the journal are reviewed with the understanding that they have not been submitted to another journal. Articles will be published online in the Spring of 2007.

Due Date: February 1, 2007

We recommend that you visit our website before submitting: http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~clsa/portals/

Please direct all submissions and inquiries to: sfsuportals@gmail.com


Pre-Posium on Friday!

Just a reminder that we have our first Pre-posium this Friday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

We now have a location: HUM 582

If you are interested in presenting a paper please contact Will Arighi at
warighi_at_sfsu.edu with your name and an idea about what you want to present. We will have food and encourage everyone to come even if you're not participating.

Again: 6:30, Fri., Nov. 3 in HUM 582.

See you there!