Events of interest to graduate students at the convention

In the days leading up to the 2018 convention, the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession will be posting information about graduate student-specific events, panels, and things to watch out for. Here’s our third post:

In case you haven’t seen it yet, there is a wonderful page online which lists events of interest to grad students at the convention, which supplements the post we made a few days ago: Finding Your Way at Your First MLA Convention.

We especially want to draw your attention to the list of sessions which may be of particular interest to graduate students. Among these are two sessions sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession:

342. Precarity and Activism

Friday, January 5 at 1:45–3:00 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F

How do graduate students engage activism from the position of precarity? How do these issues impact research and teaching? Issues include confronting rape culture, creating space for junior scholars in academic organizations, fighting for academic freedom in teaching, critiquing faculty members and the corporate university, addressing poverty, and discussing different aspects of union organizing.

CSGSP committee member Christine Yao will preside over this session.

624. Possibilities of the Public Humanities

Saturday, January 6 at 3:30-445, Sheraton, Ballroom West

In a moment of crisis in the humanities we find one silver lining: scholars have found a multitude of ways to make a difference for broader publics. Our panelists introduce public projects (digital humanities, medical humanities, podcasting, community engagement, service learning, and teaching in prisons), then speak to how they built those projects, ultimately offering advice for getting started with new public work.

CSGSP committee member Meredith Farmer will preside over this session and wrote a longer post with more details about it here.

We encourage you to attend these panels (and to visit the graduate student lounge) because it will give you an opportunity to meet members of the CSGSP and to connect with us, as well as other graduate students, at the convention. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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