Posted tagged ‘getting connected’

Finding Conferences – H-Net is Key!

May 8, 2013

At this point in our careers most grad students have something worth sharing with the larger Imageacademy.  You have a seminar paper that “ain’t so bad” and you’re ready to share it with the world.  Okay, well not THE WORLD, yet… but you want to share it with someone other than your advisor (who hates it) and your mother (who loves it).  Where, pray tell, can you find such a place?

Sometimes departments post fliers for conferences in the area, but the best way to find Calls for Papers (CFPs) is on H-Net, the list serv software from Michigan State that will fill your inbox with delightful things nearly every day.  If you haven’t yet checked out H-Net, go there now.

You can subscribe to H-lists (the H stands for Humanities, by the way) on a variety of subjects.  There are announcements for conferences, book projects, and even book reviews.  It’s a great opportunity to network with other professionals writing in a given subject within the historical profession.

Go, subscribe, and get connected!

Getting Connected

June 23, 2011

Well it’s summer. You’ve put the books down (haha!), you’re spending time with family (who?), and you’re contemplating the depths of frisbee golf or lawn darts.

It’s still important to get and stay connected. If your only graduate school connections are those in your department, be sure to take note of some external resources. Check this out:
http://onlinemastersdegree.org/40-must-read-forums-for-grad-students/

The one that readers of this blog would most be interested in is probably InterVarsity. However, the rest of the list is intriguing. Enjoy!

If a Blog Falls in the Forest and No One Reads It, Did It Really Fall?

August 19, 2010

I once had an advisor tell me he completely stopped reading blogs because they were replacing valuable time that he would read other resources, namely those for his research and teaching.  I am not quite sure how I feel about blogs, to be honest, but I now find myself writing one.  So, perhaps the first thing we need to consider is the purpose of the CFH grad student blog.

There are primarily two purposes to this organization.  We exist as a branch of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH), which is comprised of faith-based professional historians all over the world, and we represent the up-and-coming generation of the organization.  Secondly, we exist to help one another through the rigors of graduate school.  Though I have kept my head (divinely assisted, no doubt) above the water through five years of graduate school, I am by no means an expert and require the assistance of colleagues and mentors that CFH can provide.

It is my request, therefore, that we make this blog a collective effort.  Though I will write most of the articles, I would appreciate guest authorship.  These guest articles may come from members, who want to express their thoughts or feelings on something within the profession.  Perchance (to dream) we might even have some faculty CFH members willing to share insights on graduate school as well.  Blog entries can be serious advice, or light-hearted anecdotes.  They do not take long to write, yet can be a bright experience for both writer and reader.

In a final effort at excellent cliché, let me just add that this organization “is what you make it.”  If this blog falls in the forest and no one reads it, we are not working toward either of the goals of the blog.  Please, connect your friends, bookmark the blog, comment and share.  Let us continue to push the growth of the community.