Conferences are, to my mind, one of the best perks of being in academia. In a department/university like ours, which is able to partially or fully fund travel, conferences turn into a treat. As I like to call them, academic vacay! You get to go to a cool place you’ve likely never been and meet interesting people (grad students and faculty!) from all over. So, how do we get to this magical land?
In a short two and a half weeks, Halloween will be upon us. More importantly, abstracts will be due for the third Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference being held at Lehigh on March 10-11, 2017. Fear not: I’m here to tell you that submitting to the conference is much less bloodcurdling (and anxiety inducing) than it seems. Though I’m just starting my PhD here this fall, I’ve been a part of the LSJ conference since its […]
Our second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference has come to a close! I know I found the presentations and conversations on the public humanities inspiring and exciting. As I reflect on my experience at the conference, three ideas stand out: 1. There are many, distinctive publics. There is a tendency in academia, I think, to view the public as a homogenous hyperactive mass that thinks in tweets and memes, and fails to appreciate […]
Well, another week is wrapping up at Lehigh—one step closer to Spring Break, another to the end of term. As you plan for the weekend, (which includes some time for relaxation, right?) you might be looking for something completely different from your standard two-day routine. I know I am—seriously, there is only so much Netflix that I can handle on a given day without feeling that terrible mixture of self-loathing and pure time-wasting joy. Thankfully, […]
March comes in like a lion this year, with three exciting and important department events within the next week and a half. First up is the visit from Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess. His book talk will be on Wednesday, March 2, at 4:10 pm in Linderman Library 200, with a special lunch with graduate students beforehand, at noon in the Humanities Center.
In the first part I talked about how to decide which conferences to try and attend. But once you’ve decided you’re going to apply, how should you go about writing the actual abstract? Here are a few things to think about as you write:
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 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 […]
I was lucky enough to attend my first Modern Language Association convention in a relatively low-stress situation: no conference paper to give, no interview to prepare for. Even in this scenario, the conference was still quite overwhelming. To make it easier on fellow first-timers, here are a few tips to prepare you for the uniqueness of the annual convention.
“Publish or perish” is a phrase we often hear in relation to tenure, but a sparse job market glutted with applicants has brought it down to the graduate level. As Lehigh’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences told grad students and faculty at a panel on academic publishing, having publications has become absolutely necessary to compete in that market. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a daunting and disheartening statement. However, the […]