Category Archives: NGSC Announcements

Reminder: NASSR 2015 Essay Prize

Dear all,

This year’s NASSR Conference organizers would like me to remind you of the graduate student prize for papers presented at the conference. The details are copied below, from the Conference website:

NASSR 2015 Graduate Student Prizes
Co-sponsored by NASSR and European Romantic Review
Each year NASSR conference organizers offer prizes for graduate student papers presented at their conference.  To be eligible, you must be a graduate student in good standing at the time of the conference.  Please submit an electronic copy of your completed conference paper with a 100 word abstract to the conference organizers at nassr15@umanitoba.ca by July 15, 2015.  The paper chosen as Best Graduate Student Paper will be published in the conference issue of European Romantic Review.  Results of the contest will be announced at the conference banquet.

Jacob, Caucus Co-Chair

Graduate Student Housing for NASSR 2015

Hello NASSR Grads,

We have recently been advised by the organizers for this year’s NASSR conference in Winnipeg that the University of Winnipeg Hostel (a twenty minute walk from the conference venue) has a limited number of rooms available at grad-friendly rates.

If interested, see: http://uwhostel.com/.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Manitoba!

Jacob, Caucus Co-Chair

Romantic Web Communities

One of the great advantages we have as scholars is the opportunity to form communities beyond our institutions — not just at annual conferences in remote locales, but also in ongoing conversations on the web. These online communities are fora for scholarly dialogue and informal queries, requests for crowdfunding special projects and historical sites, and repositories of archival material. Here’s a brief roundup of selected sites, listservs, and communities available to Romanticists (and if you know of more, please get in touch!).

Academic listservs:

(1) NASSR List — the list of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (subscription required). The list is frequented by many major scholars in the field, but also graduate students and junior faculty; this is a particularly excellent resource for answers to obscure and arcane historical questions, and for links to major awards and opportunities in the field. Continue reading Romantic Web Communities

NASSR 2015 Program & Pedagogy Contest

I’m delighted to announce that NASSR 2015 has released a program! Highlights of the August 13-16 conference in Winnipeg will include: tours of the archives of the Hudson’s Bay Company (the world’s oldest continuously-operating corporation) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; plenaries by Joel Faflak (Western) and Nancy Yousef (CUNY-Baruch); and an Aboriginal Rights Roundtable. Also of note — in addition to participating in many panels, the members of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus will be hosting a professionalization panel and a pub night.

I also have an update about the NASSR Pedagogy Contest, sponsored by the NASSR Advisory Board, the NASSR 2015 Organizing Committee, and Romantic Circles. Please send in your syllabuses by June 5th to be considered for the Pedagogy award (which comes with a cash prize of $250). Here are the instructions:

TO SUBMIT:

Please send a document of between 3-5 pages to nassrpedagogycontest@gmail.com by June 5th.  Please include a cover letter with identifying information, which should be left off all other documents.  Initial queries and questions are welcomed.

Potential materials might include but are not limited to:
– A cover letter and explanation of the submission, including an argument as to the course or project’s pedagogical innovation and benefits
– Syllabus or parts of a syllabus
– Assignment sheets
– Multimedia or digital materials

Google Hangout with a Prof!: Rob Mitchell (Duke), Next Friday (Mar. 6)

As promised, we are excited to announce the first iteration of a NASSRGrads initiative to make space for new modes of intellectual engagement between graduate students and established romanticists. The event will take place next Friday, March 6th, from 4-5pm (EST), via a Google Hangout video chat. Rob Mitchell–professor of English, director of graduate studies, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory, and affiliated faculty in Women’s Studies at Duke University–will be in conversation with caucus graduate students regarding his interdisciplinary work, which has spanned the areas of romanticism, economics, biology, and bioart. There is space for 7 graduate students. To register your interest, and gain access to the Hangout, please email:

JacobLeveton2017 at u.northwestern [dot edu] by Monday, Mar. 1.

News: NASSR deadline extended!

Please note that the NASSR 2015 deadline for conference abstracts has been extended to February 7th, 2015. Information about the conference can be found here, and special session details are available here.

If you’re interested in participating in the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Roundtable on Public Romanticism (in addition to any other speaking responsibilities at the conference), please see our CFP here. For details on the many fascinating special session panels organized by graduate students, consult this blog’s previous post.

We look forward to seeing you all in August!

A Year of Growth

The passing of a calendar year prompts reflection among many folks, including the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus co-chairs. Looking back, 2014 was a big year for the Caucus.

The NGSC Board doubled in size. After putting out a call for board members, Jake, Laura, and I were overwhelmed at the response. Graduate students at all levels (first year M.A. students to doctoral candidates), enrolled in universities across the country, volunteered their efforts and energy to expand the Caucus. For the first time, the co-chairs and board members met using Google Hangouts. More than twenty-five people participated in the meetings. Many of the ideas and changes that fill the rest of this post are the result of these meetings and the giving, thoughtful folks who make up our Board.

Continue reading A Year of Growth

Mid-Autumn Editorial Report

Here at the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus Blog, our writers have been knocking it out of the park. They have been working hard since the start of the academic term to bring you sophisticated and thought-provoking articles, and I want to sum up some of what our exceptional writers have achieved in just six weeks, and the new directions in which we’re excited to take this publication. Continue reading Mid-Autumn Editorial Report