Full Abstract of Panel: “Solidarity”, an abstract, almost unattainable ideal in higher education, often parades around as a tangible intention, as if it were an easily attainable concept. Wear a solidarity pin! Put a union sticker on your car! John W. Curtis, Director of Research and Public Policy for the American Association of University Professors, states that, “Change does require commitment and shared activism." This panel aims to explore tangible strategies at achieving and fostering solidarity and to offer insight into what commitment to shared activism could potentially look like, particularly in representing women’s, gender, and LGBTQ experiences.
Urban Studies - Urbanism on Screen - Online Course: 3-28 August 2020
3 modules / 30 hours each including
lectures/discussions (3 meetings)
final assignment in the form of an essay
Duration: 2-4 week long
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically if not irrevocably altered our world in ways that we are only now beginning to realize. Academia has been one of the areas profoundly impacted by this global disaster. Hiring freezes instituted at universities, structural retrenchment, and newly arisen budget crunches have ensured that the academic job market will be beset by uncertainty for the foreseeable future. Even before the onset of this crisis, the academic job market was precarious at best and non-existent at worst.
Graduate students know they will have, at minimum, a chairperson for their dissertation, but the extent to which that relationship is cultivated as a mentorship, or the availability of other formal and informal mentorships, if often unknown or at best variable. Even within formal, department-directed mentorships, “[w]hile mentorship relationships can be generative and supportive of excellence, they often reflect the hierarchical boundaries of a traditional academic culture” (Dorland et al).
Building off GSC’s successful 2019 session, “Bridging the Praxis Gap,” which largely addressed pedagogical issues, this session aims to address an even wider variety of gaps in what is taught in graduate school and the critical skills needed to survive in academia and professional life beyond. We are particularly interested in ways to bridge traditional notions of graduate school with active leadership training frameworks that seek to develop engaged graduate students who could take the reins and influence positive change in various contexts in and out of academia.
NeMLA 2021: Philadelphia, PA. March 11-14, 2021
One immediate side-effect of the current ominous economic climate and general uncertainty of our times has been a downturn in traditional publishing. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, consolidation of publishing houses, the closure of brick-and-mortar bookshops, and the supremacy of Amazon had begun to permanently alter the way creative writing is published. At the same time, creative content on the internet has never been so abundant, with poetry, film, and fiction being shared and streamed in ways that create a flourishing if generally nonremunerative cultural climate. This panel looks at options available to creative writers in the wake of the decline of traditional publishing options.
For this issue we have something entirely new in store.
Do you remember a time in college or in grad school where you read a piece of critical theory, then thought:
Wait a minute. If I’m being honest with myself, did I really understand that? If I had to summarize what I just read in a few words, would I be able to?
In this issue, we want to see you grappling with some of your favorite critical theory texts.