Call for Newberry Grad Conference Organizers

Please see below for information about becoming a Newberry Conference Organizer.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Ferrell!  We are guaranteed a spot for one CGU student at least!

It’s time again to start thinking about organizers for our 2015 graduate student conference. As you know, as a consortium member at the enhanced level, your school is entitled to have a student serve as a conference organizer and an editor of the online conference proceedings publication.

I wanted to write to ask you to start thinking about who you would like to send next year. If you don’t find you have someone in mind yourself, please circulate this among your colleagues.

Organizers will need to come to the Newberry twice:

  • They will attend an organizing meeting on Saturday, November 1, 2014, where they will choose the presenters to invite and divvy up the papers into coherent sessions.
  • Then they will attend the entire conference, which will be the afternoon of Thursday, January 22, through Saturday morning, January 24, 2015. During the conference each organizer will chair three sessions.
  • The Saturday afternoon they will hold an editorial meeting to choose the papers to be published in the proceedings. After that they will each work with one or two authors to help them expand and revise their conference papers into publishable form.

Travel expenses for these trips will need to come from consortium funds or other funds the graduate student may have access to.

We are looking for an advanced PhD student in any discipline who works on a medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe or the Atlantic or Mediterranean worlds. We get conference submissions from students ranging from their first year in a terminal master’s program to ABDs, so we need fairly advanced people to evaluate the abstracts.

As our grad conference is multidisciplinary, we try to get a few organizers each year from disciplines other than English and history (always the most common disciplines represented), so if you or any of your colleagues know of someone working in the literature of another language, art history, music, philosophy, etc., they would be very welcome (if not, no problem-we need people in English and history, too!).

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