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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: nassrgrad2014@outlook.com.
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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 (http://www.romanticconnections2014.org/travel.html). 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 emergingconnections@romanticconnections2014.org if you would be interested in attending, and feel welcome to also suggest any topics you would like to see addressed.



Thinking Ahead to NASSR 2014: “Romantic Organizations”

Library of Congress Reading Room

We’re nearing the end of Spring Semester 2013, which means NASSR 2013 is also near, in August, and NASSR 2014 organizers are already planning away.

The co-organizers of NASSR 2014, Professors Richard C. Sha and Patrick O’Malley, would like our input as to what topics graduate students would like to learn about at this wonderful annual conference for Romanticists. The NASSR 2014 theme is “Romantic Organizations” and it will be held 10-13 July 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Professor Sha tells us “Already, 25 special sessions have been planned with such speakers as Tim Morton, Marjorie Levinson, Tilottama Rajan, Robert Mitchell, Rei Terada, Nora Crook, Julie Carlson, Mark Lussier, Michael Macovski, Orrin Wang, Joel Faflak, Adrianna Craciun, Nick Halmi, Peter Otto, and others.  Co-organizers have invited the NEH to come speak about funding. In addition, The Library of Congress is opening its doors, and will prepare a special exhibit of Romantic items in its collections, including manuscripts of Beethoven, Blake, and from Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.”

Professor Sha’s generous email inquiry asks us to respond with a few ideas for the following questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to suggest our research questions and professionalization interests to conference planners.

  1. What topics, related to the conference theme of “Romantic Organizations,” would graduate students most like to see presentations on? In other words: what are we working on that might fit this theme?
  2. If we were to have a special session, what topic might it focus on?
  3. Do you have requests for our annual Caucus-sponsored roundtable event that focuses on professionalization?

Let’s get this conversation started so that we can give co-organizers our responses promptly. Thanks for your input!