Monday, July 22, 2013

CFP: Going Rogue: The Merits and Perils of Breaking with Professional Conventions

ATTN: Professionals in academia/education, administration, publishing, public history, museum
studies, library studies, and more... Please consider submitting a presentation proposal for the following CFP for the Graduate Student Caucus professionalization panel at the 2014 ASECS Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, VA, March 20-22, 2014.

Going Rogue: The Merits and Perils of Breaking with Professional Conventions

Graduate students often worry about toeing the academic line and keeping an eye on the market.  Countless articles and blogs proffer advice to graduate students for shaping oneself and one’s project for the tenure track.  However, with the market’s shifting demands and opportunities, the tenure track is not the only nor the best professional course.  This panel, a roundtable format, will include brief and informal presentations from professionals (i.e. faculty, administrators, editors/publishers, archivists, curators, secondary educators, etc.) on alternative career paths to the tenure track.

Proposals of 250 words that address different professional options and provide practical ideas for preparing for this path in graduate school will be considered.  In thinking about alternative professional paths for academics, presenters might address how students’ approach to dissertation research and writing or other aspects of graduate study might shift in consideration of a wider field of employment.  Presentations that discuss the merits and perils of other unconventional or experimental approaches to professionalization will also be included.  Please submit proposals to Sarah Schuetze at  Please share widely.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

KVCC to host author NoViolet Bulawayo

Our Kalamazoo Valley Community College colleagues will be hosting NoViolet Bulawayo for a reading and signing on July 30.

NoViolet Bulawayo, author of “We Need New Names” will visit Kalamazoo Valley Community College on July 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Commons Theater at the Texas Township Campus. The Kalamazoo Valley alumni will read and autograph copies of her book which was released by Reagan Arthur Books in May. Oprah included the book on her list of “Nine Must-Read Books for June 2013.”

Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and her work has been published in numerous anthologies, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Newsweek.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Changes for Comparative Drama

Comparative Drama would like to thank and honor Eve Salisbury, who has devoted twelve years to editing Comparative Drama. The journal has flourished under her leadership. As of July 1, Professor Salisbury is moving on to new projects. She will stay on for a time as a consulting editor. Anthony Ellis, who has been an editor for Comparative Drama since 2005, will be joined by Elizabeth Bradburn. Professor Bradburn has been a member of Western Michigan University's Department of English faculty since 2004. We are excited to have her as the newest addition to our editorial staff.

We would also like to welcome several new members to our advisory board including Harry Elam, Jr., Erika Fischer-Lichte, Jorge Huerta, Toril Moi, Janelle Reinelt, Laurence Senelick, and Niall Slater. Our best wishes are with retiring board member Mikiko Ishii.