Category Archives: Professionalization

Webs, Networks, and the Mark of Modernity

The spider’s web, though merely a collection of fine, gossamer threads, clings to human skin with remarkable persistence. Any arachnophobic who has unwittingly stumbled into an unseen web knows the composure and bravura necessary to rid oneself of th… Continue reading

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The Finish Line

So…after the congrats, and the relief, and the signed cover pages, and the Krispy Kreme bread pudding I rewarded myself with after my defense, I was left with several marked-up copies of my dissertation and a little less than a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Running toward Criticism

  It has been said that the difference between a good sports announcer and Dan Dierdorf a bad one is that a bad announcer tells the audience what he thinks should have happened on the field of play whereas a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Writing a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

As you enter the world of academia, you will likely need to produce a Curriculum Vita, more commonly called CV.  This is your academic resume and demonstrates your qualifications to be a part of the academic realm. CV v. Resume: … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going to Conferences Part II: The Posturing

So, if you’ve been keeping up with us for the past few blogs, we’ve been talking about attending conferences. I’d like to devote this particular post to “posturing” for two reasons: 1) I think that, in many cases, it’s assumed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going to Conferences Part I: The Paper

This post is the second installment of a three-part series on conferences. On Thursday, we talked about submitting abstracts, and today we’ll talk about your presentation. Conferences are great places to meet other scholars and learn cool new stuff. More … Continue reading Continue reading

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Academic Flirting: Writing Conference Abstracts

Like most of us, you’re likely hoping to get a job one day, and to that end have been urged by your faculty to present your research at a conference. Presenting is a great way to demonstrate your competence in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Approaching the Archives: a Librarian’s Perspective

“Every archive is different,” says Deborah Lilton, the librarian for the departments of English, Theatre, and African American Studies here at Vanderbilt University. “Really, the only thing they all have in common is that you can’t take anything home.” As … Continue reading Continue reading

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My Dissertation Defense

About twenty hours ago, I locked the door of my apartment thinking, if all goes well, the next time I see this place, I’ll be Dr. Birdsong! Needless to say, it was at that moment that pure panic set in. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Turning Your Dissertation Chapter Into an Article

I’ve heard time and time again how important it is to “get published” before going on the job market.  But, honestly, it’s kind of scary to submit parts of your dissertation-in-progress with the possibility of its repeated (and sometimes unexplained) … Continue reading Continue reading

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