Save the Date: “Emerging Connections,” A Graduate Professionalization Workshop. June 12, 2014, Tokyo, Japan

This is a guest post from our colleague Danielle Barkley, a PhD student at McGill University, working on fiction from the intersection of the Romantic and Victorian periods.
Contact email for the “Emerging Connections” workshop at NASSR 2014:
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Leading up to the  NASSR supernumerary conference “Romantic Connections,” graduate students working in the field of Romanticism are invited to attend “Emerging Connections,” a skills and professionalization workshop to be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the University of Tokyo.

This one day event is intended to give graduate students a chance to network with other students from around the world, and hear from guest speakers about a range of topics concerning the current state of the field and how best to navigate it as an emerging scholar.

Topics covered will likely include publishing, conference-going, job applications, and interviewing; we welcome graduate students at any stage of their degrees. We also hope to arrange some cultural events and tours of Tokyo. We are committed to keeping this event affordable and accessible to graduate students; detailed cost information will be available in the fall.

A limited number of rooms will be available in university accommodation for students attending this event and the following “Romantic Connections” conference (which runs from 13-15 June). There is also reasonably-priced private accommodation in the area ($50-$100 per night). Registration for this event will open this autumn along with the main conference. For more information, see the “Travel” section of the Romantic Connections website ( Early registration is advised.

More details, including a list of speakers, will be available in the coming months, but to give us a sense of what kind of numbers we might expect, we’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in this event. Please email if you would be interested in attending, and feel welcome to also suggest any topics you would like to see addressed.