Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This Week with EGSA

First, thank you for joining us at the October Happy Hour last Friday! As part of our continuing Abstract/Conference online content, we have provided some information below on upcoming Conferences. These are recommended by your fellow grads and faculty. We also have many exciting campus events approaching, including some special seminars and professional development opportunities. We hope to see you at some or all of these events. Stay tuned for more online content from our Abstract/Conference Workshop

Upcoming Conferences:

November 3-4, 2011 University of Maryland “Rethinking World Literatures/ Other World Literatures

February 17-18, 2012 British Commonwealth Planning Committee, Savannah Georgia. “21st Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference.”

March 21-25, 2012 The 33rd International Conference on the Fantastic in Arts “The Monstrous Fantastic” in Orlando, FL. 

Upcoming GW English Events:

October 27 Thursday 4pm (1957 E St NW Rm 213) Please join MEMSI members for a panel on "What Monsters Mean" with Asa Simon Mittman and Jeffrey Weinstock 

October 28 Friday 12:15pm (slight change in time!) Please join us for a seminar on "Monster Theory" co-sponsored by GW MEMSI and EGSA. Lunch will be served, so you should r.s.v.p. for this event by October 25 (today!): lduckert@gwu.edu. Many of your EGSA Board members will be in attendance, so we hope to see you there!

November 1 Tuesday 5pm Marvin Center 307 The GW Career Center is hosting: Graduate Students: Resume vs. CV. What are the differences between résumés and CVs? Develop a better understanding of these two primary career and job search documents, including appropriate content, format and length. Learn more about how to utilize these two important self marketing materials to advance your career. Co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Enrollment Management. RSVP through the GWork Workshop calendar.

November 3-4 Composing Disability: Writing, Communication, Culture George Washington University, Washington DC. Organized by one of our favorite faculty, Robert McRuer, this event promises to be a unique opportunity to discover how Disability Studies and Disability Culture are transforming higher education. “Composing Disability” brings together Disability and Deaf Studies, Writing Studies, Education, and Global Cultural Studies for spirited, collegial dialogue, about the production of disability culture, disability writing, and disability representation in and beyond academia today. Please click on the link for the program schedule, information about the keynote speakers, and to register for the event. Even if you are only able to attend part of the seminar, please take time to register. 

November 4 4pm Join GW MEMSI for Master Oh Tae Suk's screening of the film of his production, The Tempest. The audience will have an opportunity to interact with the director at a presentation on November 5. Both events at the Harry Harding Auditorium, 1957 E Street. The events are part of this year's Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities. This event is co-sponsored by MEMSI and co-organized by Professor Alex Huang.

November 11 2:00-3:30pm Rome 771 Carla Peterson will be discussing her acclaimed new book, Black Gotham, a cultural history of free black elites living in antebellum New York. Hosted by the English Dept.

November 18 2:30-4:30 Rome 771 EGSA Teaching and Pedagogy Seminar. Mark your calendars for this final 2011 Professional Development event. Chances are you will be spending some part of your career as an English graduate student teaching in the classroom. We want to provide you with all the tools you need, including information on teaching composition (and how to convince a future employer that you can), information on the latest issues in English pedagogy, and how to use technology in the classroom. This seminar is designed for all English grads, even those that have been teaching for a while. Stay tuned to this blog for more information, and please direct any questions to Tawnya Ravy (tcravy@gwu.edu).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stress Management

Thanks to your M.A. Representative to EGSA, Haylie, here is a post of compiled resources to help alleviate that burdensome graduate school stress. It is important to take breaks, to at least attempt to achieve a mind/body/soul balance during these rocky years of study, and to take advantage of the stress-relieving opportunities of the DC Metro Area. I would also add to this list that attending EGSA workshops for baked treats and to vent your frustrations is a great way to alleviate stress (shameless plug!).
We welcome your feedback and contributions. If you have additional stress management resources, please share with us!

Health Resources
·         Lerner Health and Wellness Center (aka the gym)
o   Location: 2301 G Street, NW (Corner of G and 23rd)
o   General hours: M-F: 6:30am – 11:30pm; Sat: 9am – 8pm; Sun: 11am – 11:30pm
o   Gym use is free for students. Costs for classes:
§  Drop-in pass: $6 per class
§  Mind & Body pass (unlimited yoga and pilates classes): $65/term
§  Full Fitness pass (all classes): $85/term
o   Other features: racquetball and squash courts, indoor track, three-lane lap pool, free weight and cardiovascular fitness areas
o   Free Mindfulness Meditation class, Tuesdays 1:10 – 1:50 pm in fitness classroom
o   Location: 2141 K St. NW, Suite 501
o   Hours: Varies daily; generally 8:30am – 6:00pm
o   Variety of services; $25 office fee per visit (waived if you are covered by GW Student Health Insurance plan)
·         University Counseling Center
o   Phone: 202-994-5300; email: counsel@gwu.edu
o   Location: 2033 K St. NW, Suite 330
o   Hours: M, T, Th: 8am – 6pm; W, F: 8am – 5pm
o   Offers: Individual counseling, group counseling (including dissertation support group and graduate student group), academic support services, career counseling, alcohol/drug services, referral assistance
o   Fees:
§  New this year: Up to first 6 individual counseling sessions free
§  $50 per session after initial six

Other (Vaguely Stress-Related) Resources
·         Career Center (dealing with stress by getting a job)
o   Location: 1922 F St. NW (corner of F and 20th)
o   Hours: M-Th: 8:30am – 6pm
o   Walk-in consulting hours: M-F: 1pm – 4pm
o   Offers a variety of career support services
·         Free in DC (dealing with stress by leaving the house for cheap)
o   LivingSocial (area-specific deals via email)
o   WTD Deals (basically a lot like LivingSocial)
o   Groupon (also a lot like LivingSocial)
o   Thrilllist (Information about events, artists, designers, and coupons for DC area)


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Call-for-Papers - the starting point for even thinking about Abstracts and Conferences. This is Part One in our online content for today's workshop "Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences." Please join us this afternoon in Rome 771 at 2:00pm
In the meantime, check out some of the latest CFPs to hit my desk. These have all been emailed from fellow grads, faculty, or from the list-serves that I have joined in the past year (all great ways to find conferences in your field). Another excellent resource is checking in with the U Penn CFP site (the search function is the best).

They are organized here by the Abstract Deadline Date - I find this helpful in keeping my CFPs organized. These are not complete CFPs, but they include all of the major details like location, dates, and submission rules. To check out the full CFP, click on the links or send an email our way if you have any questions.

From now on, EGSA Blog will post regular updates on CFPs that we think will interest you. Also, stay tuned for the rest of our online content regarding Abstract writing and Conference Tips. 

October 24, 2011 – Predicate
For this year’s issue, entitled Imperative, Predicate seeks scholarship that at its core is
immediate. You need not interpret “immediate” as limited to “contemporary”: we want papers
that signal or demonstrate movement in the critical discourse of any time period. Since
imperative implies demand, a successful paper will demand change in the fields it engages, or
respond to a demand made by an external force: scholarship, politics, culture, daily life, etc.
Potential topics include:

● Cultural crises and shifts
● Developments in technology and new ways to engage with texts
● Conversations between disparate or previously discarded points of view
● The body in conversation with the rhetorics of regulatory systems
● The emergence of change within a social movement or academic field
● Language in flux, specifically but not limited to issues of authorship, gender, race,
            ablebodiedness, and class
● The immediacy of stasis, circularity, and the failure or refusal to move

Submissions should be sent as email attachments to the address below. Please do not include your name in the text of the paper. In the body of your email, include your name, your class year, the title of your paper, the subject of your paper and a brief biography listing your research interests. Papers should not exceed 5,000 words in length. Submissions are due on Monday 24
October 2011. Papers should be sent to predicate.annual@gmail.com.

October 31, 2011The Monstrous Fantastic
·         Conference Dates: March 21-25, 2012 in Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel
Featuring our own Jeffrey Cohen as Guest Scholar

We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. Please see our website at www.iafa.org for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference. Paper proposals must consist of a 300-word abstract accompanied by an appropriate bibliography to the appropriate Division Head (see our website for details). The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2011, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit
your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (sherryl.vint@gmail.com).

November 1, 2011 - 21st Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference
·         February 17-18, 2012 at the Hilton DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia and hosted by the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University.
·         Please visit the conference website for more information at:http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/bcps.html
Click here to submit your proposal:

We invite proposals in the following thematic and geographic areas:
Bioethics, Ecology, and Ecocriticism
Migration, Diaspora, Hybridity, and Borders
Region, Religion, Politics, and Culture
Literature, Arts, and the Media
History and Historiography
War and Terrorism
Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity
Ethics, Economics, and Globalization
Pedagogy and the Disciplines
The Americas (North America, Latin America, Native America, Ethnic America)
Europe (Fortress Europe, Eurabia, Londonistan)
South Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka)
Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Black Atlantic)
The Middle East
Australia and Oceania
U.S. Hegemony and Chinese Neocolonialism
Or any other aspect of the British Commonwealth of nations, or of countries formerly colonized by other European powers

November 4, 2011 – Ethics, Evil, and the State
·         Prague, Czech Republic; Sunday 6th May – Tuesday 8th May 2012
Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues relating, but not restricted to the following themes:

Is the state a necessary construction?
Is the state necessarily evil? Is the state a power for good?
The legitimisation of authority.
The state and elitism.
The state and policing.
Is federalism the answer to the dissolution of the nation-state?
Anarchism as a viable solution.
Legitimate and illegitimate protest.
Rioting, looting and banking
The state and oppression
Alternative forms of government.
The ‘Arab Spring’
Real communities.
The state and violence.

Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th November 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th March 2012. Click Here for more information.

November 15, 2011“So What? Exploring the Importance of Humanities Studies in the 21st Century” North Carolina State University February 24-25, 2012
We encourage graduate students from all areas of the humanities to submit and share their research. We welcome submissions that reframe existing and emerging research to interrogate the significance of humanities studies, and the possible trajectories of the fields that comprise the humanities in the coming decades.
·         Potential topics might include:
- The role of technology in the academy
- New modes of scholarship
- How language shapes research in all fields
- Ways of knowing
- Communication between academic and popular readers
- Changing boundaries of “text”
- Engaged scholarship
- Reconciling historical perspectives with emerging trends
- Examining the function of humanities scholarship in society at large
We welcome submissions from disciplines across the humanities: English studies, literature, linguistics, film studies, creative writing, scientific/technical writing, rhetoric & composition, cultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, and others.
Email your submissions to aegs.conference@gmail.com no later than November 15, 2011.  Abstracts should be approximately 300 words.  Include your name, institution, and course of study in the body of your email.  Please remove all identifying markers on the abstract itself.  We will send confirmations upon the receipt of your proposal.  Additional information available at cfp.english.upenn.edu

November 2011: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS)
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (IJHSS) is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Centre for Promoting Ideas, USA. The main objective of IJHSS is to provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. IJHSS aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities and social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social science in the world.

·         The journal publishes research papers in the fields of humanities and social science such as anthropology, business studies, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, cross-cultural studies ,demography, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, social welfare, linguistics ,literature, paralegal, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies and so on.
The journal is published in both print and online versions. The journal is now indexed with and included in Cabell’s, Ulrich’s, DOAJ, Index Copernicus International, EBSCO and Gale. Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, ERIC, Econlit, Scopus and Journalseek.

IJHSS publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews.

IJHSS is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 17 which is scheduled to be published on November 30, 2011. Send your manuscript to the editor at editor@ijhssnet.com, oreditor.ijhss@hotmail.com
 For more information, visit the official website of the journalwww.ijhssnet.com 

December 31, 2011 - Living together in diversity: National societies in the multicultural age
·         Central European University, Budapest, 21-22 May 2012
It is therefore the aim of the proposed conference to explore how ‘living together in diversity’ is imagined, narrated, organized, justified, and practiced within contemporary national societies. With the stress on ‘in’ rather than ‘with’ diversity we want to move away from reifying the dominant ‘majority’ society perspective, which assumes diversity as something ‘carried’ solely by immigrants and something that the ‘native’ society has to cope with. Some of the questions that we are interested in are:

- What makes multicultural societies circumscribed by state borders cohere together?
- What are the ways in which the nation becomes re-signified to accommodate the ethno-cultural diversity of its populace?
- How do migrants position themselves in national narratives and political structures?
- What alternative modes and models of belonging are at work within present national societies?
- In which ways does the national continue to feature as a site of attachment?
- Is it necessary to have some form of common identification at the national scale to have functioning states in the first place?

Although we acknowledge that these questions are inescapably normative in character, we particularly welcome empirically-informed work. The privileged level of analysis we are interested in is the national scale, but papers focusing on sub-national and supra-national scales can also be welcomed inasmuch as they can offer insights regarding how living together in diversity works at the national scale. Regionally, the conference will focus on Europe, but contributions discussing other geographical contexts are also welcomed.

All potential participants are invited to submit an abstract (250-300 words) to Tatiana Matejskova (MatejskovaT@ceu.hu) by December 31st, 2011. By January 31st, 2012 participants will be informed about the acceptance of their papers. Confirmation of participation and payment of the conference fee will be due on February 28th, 2012. The conference fee of 60 Euros will cover refreshments, lunches and conference materials.

January 15, 2012 – Video Games As Text
·         University of Wyoming April 12-14, 2012
Possible Topics:
How does the role of first person narrative change in video games?  What does the reader experience while actively undergoing the events of the narrative, vs. passively experiencing them?
What does the ability of choice in a narrative do for the experience of reading the text?  Is the player more connected to the characters by choosing the actions and outcomes of that character?  Or is a specific, single narrative path that allows all players to experience it in a similar way a better kind of narrative?
How is sexuality dealt with in video games?  How is sex depicted, and what happens when controversy arises?  How does this differ from more traditional narrative forms?  What about games with all characters being unrealistically bisexual?
How is feminism handled in video games?  What, if anything, establishes characters like Samus as feminist characters?  Is there a double standard with women with exaggerated female characteristics, like Lara Croft, being attacked as problematic from women, while exaggerated male characteristics in characters, such as Marcus Fenix, are not?
What impact does race have on games?  Why are so many player characters white; what does that do to the narrative?  How could/should race be used?  Why are games like Resident Evil 5 criticized because the villains are black?
What is the difference between reading an evil character and actively playing one?  How does that change the experience of the text?
Why are video games so oriented towards violence?  What about the textual form of video games makes violence such a common choice in game play?  Is this healthy for the medium?  How does this affect games in the larger culture?
Please submit your 200-300 words abstracts before January 15 via www.uwplayology.com.  We will let you know no later than February 15.  Please include contact information, your institutional affiliation, and any audio/visual requirements.  Any questions can be answered by contacting the conference organizers using the website or emailing the conference organizers at uwplayology@gmail.com.

Monday, October 17, 2011

This Week: EGSA

This week promises to be full of opportunity to mingle with your fellow grads and participate in program events. We hope to see you there at some or all of these events, and don't forget to check us out on Facebook for up to the minute event information.

Wednesday October 19 2:00-3:30pm in Rome 771 - Please join us for our second professional development workshop: "Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences" where you will hear from Amber Cobb-Vazquez and Erin Vander Wall on their experiences with applying to and attending conferences. We will cover he basics for writing good abstracts as well as strategies for selecting CFPs and Conferences. Snacks are provided!

Wednesday October 19 Fellowship Opportunities for Masters Students  4:00-5:00pm Marvin Center 308–  join the GW Career Center for tips for Master's students in identifying, applying for, and winning competitive fellowships to support their graduate study. The GW Career Center often has workshops geared specifically toward graduate students, and EGSA will keep you informed about upcoming workshops regarding Resumes, CVs, and dissertation information. 

Thursday October 20 2:00-3:30 in Rome 771 - Please join us for Prof. Karen Tongson presenting “Finding the Cloverleaf in Queer Cultural Studies" hosted by the GWU English Department and organized by our own Dr. Robert McRuer. This is a unique opportunity to meet with a prominent scholar and engage with new scholarship. Please visit us on Facebook to access the event page and rsvp! 

Friday October 21 5:00-7:00pm at Bayou - Join us for the October EGSA Happy Hour where you can join in on the fun and meet your fellow grads. We know October is a busy month, but take a break and socialize - encourage your mentor/mentee to come. Please visit us on Facebook to access the event page and rsvp!

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Happy Hour

Happy Friday! EGSA would like to announce our upcoming October Happy Hour next Friday Oct. 21, 5pm at Bayou D.C. (2519 Penn Ave NW). Please join us for some happy hour specials and an opportunity to vent your frustration or celebrate your success! We would also like to encourage you to come with your EGSA mentor/mentee so that you can catch up. So please check out our Facebook page to rsvp and get the details. We would also like to encourage you to become a Fan of EGSA on facebook so that you can receive blog updates.
Stay tuned for a series of helpful posts next week, including upcoming conferences, campus events, and the online content from our upcoming workshop "Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences." We hope to see you there. Please rsvp so I can bring enough baked goodies!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Outside the Box: What Other Departments Have to Offer

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Graduate School in English can be so overwhelming that we lose sight of what other departments have to offer. Many seasoned Grads will tell you that looking beyond our department and beyond our institution can benefit your studies and your overall graduate experience. Here are just some of the ways that you can tap into the valuable resources of other departments:
1) Take a class. I know it is hard to say no to the offerings of our own department each semester, but take a minute and consider the course options in different departments. Focusing on a specific historical period of Literature? Consider taking a graduate history course to supplement your understanding of that period. Interested in a specific theoretical approach? See what your campus has to offer in related fields. At least a few people on the EGSA board have taken courses in other departments and found the experience enriching and helpful.
2) Attend an event hosted by another department. You already know how busy the GW English calendar is, but have you considered checking out the history department calendar? Or the Women's Studies department calendar? Take a moment to look through events that might interest you - sometimes these talks can generate new ideas for your work or offer unique opportunities to meet interesting people in your field. As it happens, there is a history department event approaching this Thursday (see the event details below)
3) Join a Colloquium or Seminar group. Not only will this enable you to get different perspectives from different departments, it will also enable you to make contacts with people at other institutions. These groups meet around once a month and often have pre-circulated reading material. GW MEMSI and 19th Century Colloquium are just two examples - check the other departments to see if they host anything similar.
4) Take a class at another institution. Although the application process for this can be tricky, EGSA strongly encourages you to consider the course offerings in the area schools. This could be a great opportunity to take a specialized course in your field or to try something new.

So consider tapping into the valuable area/department resources. If you have questions about these options, talk with your adviser or mentor - ask around, we are willing to be that most of your peers have taken advantage of these opportunities.

Start your involvement with another department by attending the GW History Research Colloquium's talk with Professor Goldberg this Thursday October 13th at 2:00-:3:30pm in Phillips 328. Hear Prof. Goldberg speak on "Reading Other People's Mail: What Can We Discover about Islamic and Jewish Culture from Eleventh-Century Mercantile Letters Discarded in the Cairo Geniza?"
Also, check out this other upcoming history event: 
November 10, 4-6, Dagmar Herzog, City University of New York, "Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History," location t.b.a.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences

Please join EGSA next Wednesday October 19 2pm in Rome 771 for October's Professional Development workshop "Designing Abstracts and Attending Conferences." Attending conferences and presenting your work is a key component to your graduate school success. Not only does it provide you with an opportunity to connect with people working in your field, it also diversifies your resume and opens doors to other professional opportunities like publishing.

However, designing abstracts and attending conferences can seem daunting, especially if you are new to the experience. How do write a good abstract? How do you decide which conferences to attend? What should you expect from a conference experience? How do you even find the time to work on conference papers?
EGSA would like to help answer these and any other questions you have about this process. It is never too soon to begin thinking, writing, and submitting abstracts to conferences. This workshop is designed with all of our graduate students in mind - M.A. and PhD. students, those who have attended conferences, and those who have not.

We will post online content after the event, but we hope to see many of you there next week. Oh, and delicious baked goods will be provided. Please visit us on Facebook to RSVP and to view event details.