Well, it hasn’t quite been a month since my last post, but much has happened!
I have successfully defended my dissertation, started my edits, written most of an article on translation and power, kept applying for jobs, kept teaching… All that stuff that we do.
This week, however, is special because aside from being Spring Break, it’s also one of my favorite conferences: the Northeast Modern Language Association. For a regional conference, it’s huge, but for a huge conference, it’s friendly and not too overwhelming. It’s got a really active Graduate Student Caucus that organizes events for grad students (of whom there are many). There are also a lot of ways to get involved in the running of the conference, even as a grad student, which is partly how I got so attached to it: I got a job as a publications assistant working with NeMLA Italian Studies, which introduced me to some colleagues in Italian and kept me coming back.
I’ll be chairing a panel on Sunday morning, but lurking around in panels and talks all weekend, so if you see me, say hi!