International Positions – How to Include in Caucus Board?

We are looking for grad students to please help us consider the possibility of integrating floating international positions to the NASSR Grad Caucus executive board? I know that the Canadian spots should surely remain, but I would be interested to know how we can include our colleagues from nations other than the US or Canada. Jeff Cox threw out the idea of the floating positions to ensure that candidates from anywhere in the globe could contribute and help us to keep a diverse course. Thoughts? Ideas? Concerns?
Please respond with comments – many thanks for your input.

Apply to Be an Interim NGSC Co-Chair

Because the NGSC will be run by an interim board until elections are held at the Salt Lake City NASSR conference in 2011, and because we strive to have a balanced interim board, we will begin taking applications for three needed co-chair positions.

We need:
– 2 graduate students at Canadian Institutions who are members of (or will join) NASSR.
– 1 graduate student from the US who is a member of (or will join) NASSR.

The positions: co-chairs of the NGSC (2 representing Canadian Institutions, 2 representing US institutions). If you have questions about what a co-chair’s duties include, the bylaws should give you an idea – they have been posted to this blog. You can also email us or pull us (especially Dana Van Kooy and John Leffel) aside at the Vancouver conference and the current co-chairs can talk about their experiences and workload in person.

How to apply: Send your CV and a letter of purpose to by Friday, September 10, 2010.

Inaugural Meeting of the NGSC!

The inaugural meeting of the NGSC has been scheduled to immediately follow the roundtable on journal publication.

Date: Saturday, August 21st
Time: noon – 1:30.
Location: same room as roundtable on journal publication

At this meeting we’ll introduce and vote on the bylaws, announce interim positions that will be open for application, demo our web presence, and discuss the future of the caucus and ways for you to get involved!

Time Change for Journal Publishing Panel!

The NASSR Graduate Student Caucus’s Special Roundtable on Journal Publication, “‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication” has been rescheduled:

Saturday, August 21st
10:30 – noon

Remember, this special panel is your chance to ask questions directly to the editors of three of the leading journals in our field: SiR, ERR, and RaVoN.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Abstracts – Send Us Yours!

In an effort to start sharing our vast collection of graduate work and ideas, a few of us on the NGSC board would like to share with you our abstracts for the upcoming NASSR conference. They are posted below, just click on the “read more” button to see them.

Please send us your abstracts (see my email below) that have been accepted *for any conference* – it doesn’t have to be NASSR – and I’ll post them to the blog. Please include your name, institution, conference title, and email. I think we’d all love to know more about each other’s work and we can also look for each other’s presentations to support our grad colleagues at professional events.

Thanks! Kirstyn (

[abstracts are in alphabetical order by author ] Continue reading Our Abstracts – Send Us Yours!

Speakers Announced for NGSC Publishing Roundtable at NASSR

The NGSC is thrilled to announce that the following panelists will be leading the NASSR roundtable on publishing: “‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication.”

Confirmed Panelists:
Charles Rzepka (Studies in Romanticism)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (RaVoN)
Fred Burwick, Benjamin Colbert, Regina Hewitt, and Diane Long Hoeveler (all four representing European Romantic Review).

*Time: Friday, August 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am.
*Place: TBD
Official Affiliated Session Announcement
NASSR Graduate Student Caucus
“‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication”

In today’s highly competitive academic job market, journal publications are an essential component of an applicant’s overall profile. For many graduate students, however, the prospect of submitting an essay for publication can be a rather intimidating one. The new NASSR Graduate Student Caucus has therefore invited editors from some of the leading Romantic-era journals to help demystify this process. These experts will address issues such as what makes an outstanding journal article, what weaknesses they find specific to graduate student submissions, how they would describe the specific focus of their journal, and what is their journal’s stance on reviews written by graduate students. There will also be a substantial amount of time reserved for Q & A. This special session ultimately aims to empower future Romanticists with the information required to contribute to the larger scholarly community.

Inexpensive Hotels in Vancouver

Looking for a place to stay, but you’re on a budget or perhaps can’t afford the Coast Plaza or the other conference-sponsored hotels?  Try one of the following:

1) University of British Columbia Conference Center. $39-139. 5961 Student Union Blvd. (888) 822-1000.

2) Hostelling International Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel. $20-$80. 1515 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC, V6R 4K5. (888) 203-4303.

3) Hostelling International Vancouver Downtown Hotel. $28-$80.  1114 Burnaby St. (at Thurlow St.), Vancouver, BC V6E 1P1. (888) 203-4302.

4) The Kingston Hotel. $65-$170. 757 Richards St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 3A6. (888) 713-3304.

5) YWCA Hotel/Residence. $63-$139. 733 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 2M4. (800) 663-1424.

6) Buchan Hotel. $53-$138. 1906 Haro St., Vancouver, B.C. V6G 1H7. (800) 668-6654.

Happy Hotel Hunting!

–Terry F. Robinson

Resources for Graduate Students of Romanticism