CfP: 5-5-5 Early Career Academic Work in Progress Workshops

In Spring 2022, the British Association of American Studies will be hosting a series of Work In Progress Sessions within which Early Career Academics (ECAs) share their work. This will take on the format of 5-5-5 WIP Sessions:

  • 5 ECAs will be selected and invited into a workshop group.
  • Each ECA will write 5,000 words and share it with the other ECAs.
  • The other ECAs will provide 5 key pieces of feedback on this piece.

The exact format of these workshops will be decided with the selected ECAs, but are likely to take the form of a one hour discussion once a week for 5 weeks. These workshops are intended to be collaborative, rather than prescriptive.

Whilst there is no specific theme to these works beyond this organisation’s focus on American Studies, an effort will be made to group ECAs according to discipline. We recognise that a broad range of topics may be presented, reflecting the diversity of our field. We would welcome a broad range of writings – from sections of articles to conference papers to project proposals.

These workshops arise out of recognition of the precarity of ECAs, and the need to cultivate robust and supportive networks. Alongside other initiatives forthcoming in Spring 2022, these workshops will encourage the dissemination of, and engagement with, ECA work.

In order to apply please send the following information to Dr Emily Brady at e.brady@leeds.ac.uk:

  • A 200 word abstract of the individual paper
  • A 250 word biography

Whilst exact dates will be established with selected students, the following dates should be noted:

  • CfP Deadline: Friday 4th February 2022. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-February.
  • Workshops will commence in late March / early April run for 5 weeks. Exact times and start dates will be arranged with selected participants. It is anticipated that each workshop will run for one hour at the same time each week at a time to suit the ECAs.

BAAS Early Career Researcher Survey

BAAS are conducting a survey into Early Career Academics’ (ECAs) experiences, and establishing what the most prominent issues affecting this group of scholars are. The findings of this survey will help inform our activities in the short term (including the themes of our panels at BAAS 2021) and the long term (including future activities / workshops).
If you identify as an ECA we would welcome your feedback in the form of this survey. There is no set definition for an ECA, although we typically define it as an academic who is post-PhD and identifies as being in an early stage of their career. The form will be closed by the end of February, to allow it to inform the content of workshops at BAAS.

Upcomming Event: Women American Studies Network (WASN) Book Club

Fri 14 Jan | 12.00-13.00 | Online | Free

Register here (external link).

When was the last time you read an academic book cover to cover? Is there a book you would love to discuss outside a course reading list, or have been meaning to find the time read?

In 2022 WASN is launching a new book club for members. Over a lunch hour we will meet online to catch up and talk about a book we loved, found provocative, or prevented us from sleeping at night. Or all of the above.

For our first session we have chosen Keisha Blain’s, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America, (2021). Blain’s new biography of the civil rights activist offers a fascinating model for writing histories that connect and engage the needs of the present.  So grab yourself a copy, or better still, put Until I am Free on your Christmas list and join us for the inaugural meeting of the virtual WASN Book club.

You need to register at the above link to join this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you would like to nominate a book and host a session in 2022 please contact womenamericanstudiesnetwork@gmail.com.

BAAS 2022 Hull: WASN Sponsored Panel and Networking meeting:

WASN Panel: Call for Expressions of Interest

The challenges of working in Higher Education have been particularly acute over the last two years. From the pandemic, to continuing industrial disputes over pensions, precarity and the race and gender pay gaps, as well as media exposure of some of the many instances of sexual harassment in Higher Education, gender continues to shape the practice of British American studies in profound ways.

This WASN sponsored panel offers a space for dialogue about the challenges and opportunities faced by all who identify women and all those marginalized along the gender spectrum. We are looking for expressions of interest on a particular theme for up to 5 minutes from WAAS members. We are looking for speakers who represent different parts of the sector (including independent scholars) and career stages (from postgraduate researchers to Professors). Panellists can speak to any theme, but WASN especially welcomes proposals which consider how gender intersects with race, sexuality, class and region to shape the experiences of those working in American Studies. WASN and BAAS members and/or conference delegates are eligible to apply to be a participant in this panel. 

Please complete this short proposal form outlining the theme you would like to speak on by Friday 14 January 2022.

Lunchtime Networking Meeting, Friday 22 April, BAAS 2022

Save the date: the WASN in person networking meeting will take place at lunchtime on Friday 22 April in Hull. We are hoping to organize a virtual networking meeting too for WASN members the week of the BAAS 2022 conference.