Emerging Connections: Graduate Student Professionalization Workshop, June 12, University of Tokyo

This year’s NASSR supernumerary conference, “Romantic Connections” offers graduate students a special opportunity to network in a global community of Romanticists. We invite graduate students at any stage of their degrees to attend “Emerging Connections,” a one-day workshop to be held at the University of Tokyo on June 12th, 2014. The graduate workshop precedes the main NASSR conference, “Romantic Connections” which runs from June 13 to 15, 2014. Abstracts for conference presentations are due November 30 (though the workshop is open to all graduate students, whether presenting a paper or not).

Panels will be led by scholars from North America, the U.K, and Asia. We will cover a broad range of topics, including skills, professionalization, and the future of the academy. An evening reception will provide the opportunity to network with other young scholars. Fees for the day (excluding accommodation) will be around $100 (10,000 yen).

Registration for Emerging Connections will be available alongside registration for the larger conference. For questions and information about the event, please contact graduates@romanticconnections2014.org.

Provisional timetable:

9.30 Welcome and Introductions

9.45 – 11.00 Research in a Connected World: new research trends and technologies, journals and digital forums, publication advice and strategies, collaborations

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 Approaches to Education: teaching philosophies in different cultures, comparing university systems, defining the value of liberal arts study in the 21st century

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00  Careers in Global Context: the academic job market in different countries, international post-docs and study opportunities, alternate and non-traditional careers, career management strategies.

15.00 – 15.30 Roundtable: The Academy in 2050

16.00 – 18.00 Cultural event (Tour of local sites, etc)

19.00 Evening Reception