Month: March 2014

Individually Together: Reflections on Angela Davis and Nas

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Literature & Social Justice

The following post on the Angela Davis and Nas event was written by members of the spring 2014 “Politics & Poetics of Black Feminist Thought” class being offered by the Africana Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and English programs. Contributors include adjunct faculty, graduate students in English, American Studies, and Sociology, and undergraduate English majors. We chose to put our individual voices together and give writing credit to the whole class as an exercise […]

Yours, Mine, and Our First Conference: How to Survive

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Congratulations! You followed the suggestions from the last posting and your abstract got accepted. You’ve filled out all the necessary forms and secured your funding, found your hotel, written your presentation. Everything is ready. Now to head off to your conference. For some of you reading this post, there are well-loved, well known dance moves to navigating the rigmarole associated with conferences. For others, like myself, this (unnamed, hypothetical) conference will be your first. I am […]

A Few Humble Observations on Conference Abstracts: Part 1

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  A few things to think about before you submit your abstract – 1. Many of you will undoubtedly already know this, but the absolute best place to find conference CFPs in English (and for some of our Humanities fellow travelers) is at the University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers website. You should make it part of your general habits to check the site no less than once a month. It’s theoretically organized by specialty […]

USM’s Cuts: An LSJ Perspective

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Literature & Social Justice

Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to the Provost of the University of Southern Maine, my alma mater. USM is in the process of imposing a disastrous package of cuts including the layoffs of a dozen tenured and tenure-track junior faculty. My own English Department, which even after the years since I’ve graduated still feels like my academic home, was hit hard. Others—including economics, sociology and theatre—were also targeted. And I am filled to bursting […]

Doctoral Exams Panic? Advice for Studying

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If you are anything like me, you process your anxiety by obsessing; when it comes to taking doctoral exams, this may mean obsessively googling and asking profs or fellow grad students for advice. If this is you, look no further! I’ve done the obsessing for you! I compiled a list of advice given to me, suggestions for note taking, and advice from across the internet for my own peace of mind while studying; if you […]

Alt-Ac: Maybe We’re Already Doing It

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Almost a year ago, I wrote a post for the NASSR Grad Student Caucus blog called “Alt-Ac-Attack: Thoughts on Preparing for the Job Market.” At that time, our department was just starting to increase professionalization practices geared towards alt-ac options. In fact, I think the term was still new to me at the time. Since them, it seems like everybody’s talking about it, from grad students and faculty in the department to larger academic blogs, […]