CAMWS 2020 and Future GSIC Programming

Though it’s only a few short weeks since the 2019 conference, GSIC is already hard at work planning our programming for the next conference. Part of this is inspiration from the amazing papers and panels at the last conference, but another part is inspired by some of the lacunae noted in the field by other graduate students.

CAMWS 2019 In Review

At the CAMWS 2019 Annual Meeting, GSIC hosted our standard panel and workshop, along with a round table lunch and a well-attended happy hour! This week we wanted to include write-ups of our sponsored events, as reminders for those who attended and as a resource for those who couldn't!

Letter of Support for LCC, WCC, COGSIP, and CSJ

The CAMWS Executive Committee’s decision to host the 2023 CAMWS annual meeting at Brigham Young University has come under intense scrutiny. As many groups have pointed out to CAMWS leadership, BYU enacts policies and honor codes that infringe on free speech and free expression of self, and actively endanger the safety and well-being of LGBTQ members of the community.


We're in the thick of things at the 2019 CAMWS annual meeting, so rather than writing any long-form content we wanted to feature grad student live-tweets of some of the papers that have been presented so far!

Go Beyond the Meeting in Lincoln

Conferences can be overwhelming experiences for many, featuring large groups of people, lots of social situations, strictly-regulated schedules, and often very little sleep. Remembering to take time for yourself in these situations is crucial. Moreover, conferences also provide us with opportunities to visit new locations. In the name of self-care and exploration, then, let me attempt to make the case for taking some time after-hours, or before-hours, or when you need it to explore some attractions in Lincoln.

Teaching with Circe

This creative faithfulness to Greek myth combined with the first-person female perspective we so rarely find in ancient literature gives Circe great potential as a teaching tool in mythology courses. Miller’s lively and brisk storytelling style gives the stories an immediacy and clarity that many undergraduates struggle to find in textbook tellings of myth, or even in myth source texts themselves like Euripidean tragedies. This post aims to give a few pointers for using popular fiction in class without feeling like you’ve somehow sold out on our rigorous (and sometimes stodgy) discipline.

How to Be Sick in Grad School

I’ve been trying to catch up on the work and classes that I missed and am only starting to get back on my feet now. All of which got me thinking about the plight of being sick while being a grad student. Getting sick is a wonderfully universal human experience — we have billion dollar industries dependent on this fact — yet getting sick as a grad student comes with a special set of repercussions.

How to do an academic conference: advice for first time graduate student attendees

Attending a conference for the first time can be stressful. The unknowns of CAMWS threaten to deter newcomers from participating in all the opportunities this conference has to offer. We all remember our first conference and the anxiety that accompanied it. So, drawing on past experience, we have compiled answers to the questions that we wish we had known before attending CAMWS for the first time. We hope that you find our answers and resources helpful.

Meet Your GSIC

GSIC is currently composed of nine graduate student members as well as a liaison to CAMWS at large. But who are these people? Well, meet your 2019 Graduate Student Issues Committee: Samuel Hahn is the GSIC Chair this year, and is a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. Elizabeth Deacon is a GSIC member... Continue Reading →

The Case for Twitter at Conferences

It’s 2019 and our tired field is starting to embrace many aspects of the digital age. This year (for the first time!) all presenters at CAMWS will have access to projectors, meaning that all papers can be accompanied with slides and images and not just handouts. So if presenters and management are stepping boldly into the digital age, maybe it’s time attendees do the same.

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