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2021 Fall Greeting and Events

  • 29 Sep 2021 10:53 PM
    Message # 11129984
    Juliet Guzzetta (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues: 


    We write to wish you an auspicious beginning to the new academic year and share some of our upcoming plans. As we’ve mentioned, one of our main goals is to continue to build community among our caucus members. With that in mind, please see the initiatives below. 


    1. WSC fall social hour. We invite you to pour yourself a drink, grab some stuzzichini, and come chat with fellow caucus members. We’ve set a date for next Friday, October 1st, 6:15-7:15pm EST. Family members on four or two legs may lurk in the background or peer into the camera. Perhaps the computer will be on your kitchen counter as you prep dinner. Wherever you are, we hope you will unwind with us for some casual conversation about our projects, our lives, wherever the conversation takes us. (We will have some guided questions and/or structures depending upon the attendance numbers.) Please do register so that we can assure enhanced privacy and so that Anna and I can prepare a bit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please come meet your caucus!


    2. Reading Groups. We are aiming for one reading group per semester this year. Please take a moment to fill out the survey that offers a few suggestions for topics with space to make your own. Please consider leading one of the reading groups, and indicate your willingness. Our first reading group will be during business hours in early November. Relatedly, keep an eye out for a cross-caucus event spearheaded by the new Critical Race Studies caucus with a guest speaker likely early in the winter of 2022. 


    3. Mentoring Clusters. AAIS is working to create a mentoring program and you will hear directly from the executive leadership about this. We too would like to cultivate an atmosphere of mentorship among our ranks (and these two initiatives will not be mutually exclusive). We’d like to try something that is more multi-directional  than the traditional senior —> junior scholar approach so that we can support mid-career scholars and so that junior scholars (grad students, lecturers, pre-tenure faculty) also have a chance to share their ideas and experiences. Our plan is to create mentoring clusters of three/four people including, a junior, mid-career, and senior scholar. We hope to see mentoring clusters meet on their own via zoom twice a semester and will help facilitate these encounters once we have a better sense of participants. This initiative also recognizes that many of us are in small programs (dare I say isolated in small programs?) and aims to create structures of support and collegiality across our universities, indeed across continents. Since we assume there will be many junior scholars who are interested, we would like to first ask mid-career and senior scholars to please take a New York minute to fill out the survey if you are willing to be a part of a WSC mentoring cluster.


    Please, all, fill out the surveys by our social gathering next Friday, so that we can roll out these initiates this semester (we will remind you then as well!).


    Finally, keep an eye out for the exciting, visionary even (!), CfP for this coming year’s multi-dimensional (yes!) annual conference! And remember, there will be a WSC award with cash prize for the “best” conference paper that engages women and gender studies delivered at the conference by a grad student or non-tenure stream faculty member. More specifics to come.


    Our inboxes are always open. Please write with any questions, concerns, ideas, and the like. 


    Tanti cari saluti, 

    Juliet, with Anna



 

  

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