How to properly publicize
May 18, 2011 9:12 AM Subscribe
What are some good ways of publicizing a workshop/conference when the submission deadline is in two weeks?
posted by wending my way to human relations (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm co-chairing an upcoming workshop at a large academic-ish conference, and I'm at a loss for how to publicize this properly. Basically, I need to convince 20-40 people to send in extended abstracts in the next two weeks on a somewhat niche topic, and I'm not really sure what else to do besides what I've already done. (Only having two weeks is not due to procrastination on my part.) I and my committee have posted to every major mailing list in the field we can think of (which amounted to about 7 lists), and we've heard zip. I'm concerned that because of the unfortunate timing at the end of the semester, most students and professors aren't going to want to be working on submissions right now. I was hoping I could reach a wider audience by emailing individual mailing lists in appropriate departments, because my own university sends me tons of crap this way, but after going through most of the relevant schools on my list, I see no way for a non-affiliated party to submit to mailing lists.
So I guess my question is two-fold:
1) Is it considered spammy to send email to the contact email address for each school (in the relevant department, obviously) and ask them to post our CFP on their departmental mailing list?
2) If this is considered horribly bad manners, does anyone have any suggestions for other ways I could get this info out ASAP?
(I'd prefer not to mention what the conference or the niche topic is publicly, if possible.)