Student, Teacher, Scholar: Graduate Students at the Borders - MMLA 2016 St. Louis, MO - Nov. 10-13

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Kelly Moreland / Midwest Modern Language Association
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Graduate students—especially those working as teaching assistants—take on a unique role at the university in that they must constantly navigate among their student-teacher-scholar identities. This MMLA Special Session invites submissions that explore graduate student identity, especially as it relates to the conference theme of "border states." What happens, for example, when graduate students attempt to inhabit the space(s) between their student-teacher-scholar identities—the "border states" of their academic selves? How do graduate students navigate, create, and cross borders within the university? What borders are involved in the transitions graduate students face—either between degree-level programs (e.g., from Master's to Doctoral) or to full-fledged academia (e.g., a new assistant professor position)? Topics involving graduate student scholarship, TA training, and pedagogy in all English sub-disciplines are encouraged. All submissions that consider graduate students and borders will be considered.
Please email 250-word abstracts to Kelly Moreland at by April 30.