Our Abstracts – Send Us Yours!

In an effort to start sharing our vast collection of graduate work and ideas, a few of us on the NGSC board would like to share with you our abstracts for the upcoming NASSR conference. They are posted below, just click on the “read more” button to see them.
Please send us your abstracts (see my email below) that have been accepted *for any conference* – it doesn’t have to be NASSR – and I’ll post them to the blog. Please include your name, institution, conference title, and email. I think we’d all love to know more about each other’s work and we can also look for each other’s presentations to support our grad colleagues at professional events.
Thanks! Kirstyn (kirstyn.leuner@colorado.edu)
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Speakers Announced for NGSC Publishing Roundtable at NASSR

The NGSC is thrilled to announce that the following panelists will be leading the NASSR roundtable on publishing: “‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication.”
Confirmed Panelists:
Charles Rzepka (Studies in Romanticism)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (RaVoN)
Fred Burwick, Benjamin Colbert, Regina Hewitt, and Diane Long Hoeveler (all four representing European Romantic Review).
*Time: Friday, August 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am.
*Place: TBD
Official Affiliated Session Announcement
NASSR Graduate Student Caucus
“‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication”
In today’s highly competitive academic job market, journal publications are an essential component of an applicant’s overall profile. For many graduate students, however, the prospect of submitting an essay for publication can be a rather intimidating one. The new NASSR Graduate Student Caucus has therefore invited editors from some of the leading Romantic-era journals to help demystify this process. These experts will address issues such as what makes an outstanding journal article, what weaknesses they find specific to graduate student submissions, how they would describe the specific focus of their journal, and what is their journal’s stance on reviews written by graduate students. There will also be a substantial amount of time reserved for Q & A. This special session ultimately aims to empower future Romanticists with the information required to contribute to the larger scholarly community.

Inexpensive Hotels in Vancouver

Looking for a place to stay, but you’re on a budget or perhaps can’t afford the Coast Plaza or the other conference-sponsored hotels?  Try one of the following:
1) University of British Columbia Conference Center. $39-139. 5961 Student Union Blvd. (888) 822-1000. www.ubcconferences.com
2) Hostelling International Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel. $20-$80. 1515 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC, V6R 4K5. (888) 203-4303. www.hihostels.ca
3) Hostelling International Vancouver Downtown Hotel. $28-$80.  1114 Burnaby St. (at Thurlow St.), Vancouver, BC V6E 1P1. (888) 203-4302. www.hihostels.ca
4) The Kingston Hotel. $65-$170. 757 Richards St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 3A6. (888) 713-3304. www.kingstonhotelvancouver.com
5) YWCA Hotel/Residence. $63-$139. 733 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 2M4. (800) 663-1424. www.ywcahotel.com
6) Buchan Hotel. $53-$138. 1906 Haro St., Vancouver, B.C. V6G 1H7. (800) 668-6654. www.buchanhotel.com
Happy Hotel Hunting!

–Terry F. Robinson

Getting to NASSR on a Grad Budget

I just booked my ticket to the conference this morning (this is Kirstyn here). Partly, I’d been waiting in vain for plane fare from Denver to Vancouver to miraculously drop below $500, and for the conference program to come out. However, thanks to the genius suggestion from my fellow CU-Boulder colleague John Leffel, I have found a way to get to NASSR for under $350:
Fly into Seattle (Sea-Tac) airport, then take Quick Shuttle to my Vancouver hotel.
If you’re going to do this, be sure to leave about 5-6 hours for the shuttle ride. Luckily, they advertise having free wifi. And don’t forget your passport, as obviously you will be crossing the border on the shuttle.
My plane ticket to Seattle was $250, then it looks like a round-trip student commuter bus ticket from Sea-Tac to Vancouver (and back again on Sunday) is $70-ish. You can also get 5% off of your booking price if you book your shuttle ticket online. My math is pretty awful, but I’m certain that’s cheaper than a $500-600 plane ticket. Hope this helps!

Cheap Eats in Vancouver

Looking for good places to eat, but you don’t want to spend a fortune?  Try the following, courtesy of Frommer’s Travel Guide, where meals run from $5 to $15 CAN.
1) SCIUE (pronounced shoe-eh).  Italian/Desserts/Coffee. 110-800 E. Pender St. (at Howe St.) (604) 602-7263 / www.sciue.ca
1) INCENDIO. Pizza. 103 Columbia St. (604) 688-8684
2) JULES. French bistro. 216 Abbott St. (604) 669-0033
3) PHNOM PENH RESTAURANT. Vietnamese. 244 E. Georgia St., near Main St. (604) 682-5777.
4) SALT. Charcuterie. 45 Blood Alley, Gastown. (604) 633-1912
1) BANANA LEAF. Malaysian. 1096 Denman St. (604) 683-3333. www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com
2) GYOZA KING. Japanese. 1508 Robson St.(604) 669-8278.
3) STEPHOS. Greek. 1124 Davie St. (604) 683-2555.
1) ANNAPURNA. Indian/Vegetarian. 1812 W. 4th Ave. (604) 736-5959.
2) THE NAAM RESTAURANT. Vegetarian. 2724 W. 4th Ave. (604) 738-7151. www.thenaam.com
3) RANGOLI. Indian. 1488 W. 11th Ave. (604)736-5711. www.vijsrangoli.ca
4) SHA-LIN NOODLE HOUSE. Chinese/Dim Sum. 548 W. Broadway. (604) 873-1816.
5) SOPHIE’S COSMIC CAFE. American. 2095 W. 4th Ave. (604) 732-6810. www.sophiescosmiccafe.com
–Terry F. Robinson

NASSR 2010 Program Posted

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally posted: the NASSR 2010 Conference Program.
(You can find this by going to the NASSR conference website, then clicking on the “program” tab.)
Note: the NGSC’s Rountable (” ‘What is now proved was once, only imagin’d’; or, What Every Graduate Student Should Know about Journal Publication”) is scheduled for Friday, August 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am. Please join us for this inaugural, and incredibly useful, NGSC event!

Getting Ready for NASSR 2010, "Romantic Mediations" (Vancouver, BC)

If you’re headed to NASSR this year, be sure to check out the NASSR 2010 Conference website for a bunch of helpful information regarding travel (who needs passports, airport info., etc.), lodging (book asap to find the most affordable options), registration, and even a list of local restaurants.
Schedule of Sessions and Seminars TBD: While the schedule of who is presenting when (other than plenaries) is not yet available, it is promised to be up sometime in June. If you’re like me, you’ll be checking the site for a schedule every day …
Registration: Luckily, there are no late registration fees for graddies, so you’ll pay the same amount whether you register right now or just before the conference ($75). However, early registration means that you might have a better shot at getting into the seminar of your choice. At registration, you select the top two seminars you would like to attend, and conference organizers place you depending on preference and availability. (Seminar abstracts are posted — they look amazing!)
As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated. Now get back to work on your conference papers … 🙂

Website development ideas

We are in the process of developing a more functional website to be the NGSC homepage than our current blog. What ideas or requests do you have for this website? Please leave them here as comments.
For example:
– what kinds of pages would be helpful for you?
– what kinds of information would you like the website to contain?
– what sort of functionality would you like?
– Is there a website out there (like Romantic Circles, for example), that works really well and that you suggest as a kind of model?
Thanks for your input!
– Kirstyn

Suggestion Box

Right now, while we are discussing the future of the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC), is the perfect time for you to voice your opinions about what the NGSC can and should do for you. Do you have suggestions for by-laws? Is there some goal that the caucus should work toward? Some useful function it might serve? Please respond with any suggestions or comments that you have — thank you!


Welcome to the NASSR Graduate Student Caucus (NGSC) blog. This blog serves as our primary website for the moment. Here, you’ll be able to leave suggestions for the developing Caucus, find our contact information, learn who is on the provisional executive board and who our faculty sponsors are, and see a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to you.