Wednesday, April 13, 2005

OK -- I'm over it

OK -- I'm over it


Yep -- wallowed a bit last night (obviously) and then thought, "none of my employed friends has yet stopped speaking to me because I am less employed." That and I found three more jobs to apply for (but really want one of the two I'm still waiting on). And I still have Kazoo 2006 to look forward to, with perhaps a second panel now! So I'm excited.
Meanwhile, it seems our student government has decided to start persecuting a student for distributing Communist Party literature on campus. They say it's some kind of violation of campus policy. It isn't. It only is if it's people coming in from outside campus. And they've extended this to a new club (the goal is anti-imperialism and social action) that the student belongs to ... the club was seeking funding and the officers and sponsor were asked questions like, "does this club advocate the violent overthrow of the US government?" WTF?
So I'm off to make sure that some faculty concerns on this issue get aired at our Faculty Senate Council meeting. Ugh. Still, it's a break from the job worries!

And since this is a blog, after all, and I haven't linked in a while ... just call me Sister Spikey Mace of Reasoned Discussion

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Quick update question: Have just been told by Doktorvater that two panels at one conference is a bad thing because they dilute each other. Also true if the two panels are vastly different? Opinions?

8 comments:

Jonathan Dresner said...

I've never tried to give more than one paper at a conference; most of my national organizations won't even let you appear in consecutive years, much less multiple appearances at a single conference. I don't know about "diluting": that depends on what you expect the impact of the papers to be. If they really are on different topics for different audiences, then I don't see that it would be a problem. Most people wouldn't look that closely at your cv to realize that they were at the same event. The only downside that I see is that it takes away an opportunity to use the second paper for an appearance at a different conference or next year at this one.

Another Damned Medievalist said...

These are really different. The paper for the panel is research in my field, the other thing -- not really a paper -- is a roundtable on something only related to my area in that it has the word 'medieval' in it. Otherwise, I'm not crazy -- I wouldn't try to actually write two papers for the same conference.

Tiruncula said...

Honestly, I don't think it makes the slightest difference, career-wise. It's certainly not a negative. Lots of people do that at the Zoo. It shows you're in demand! I've had years where I've given a paper, been in a roundtable, organized one panel, and chaired two others. I don't think I remember ever being at a Zoo where I haven't seen the same people pop up at multiple sessions in different roles, especially in early medieval areas where the scholarly population is smaller.

Ancarett said...

Not bad if they're different. A colleague is doing a similar set at the CHA -- we just think he's insane! Don't make a habit of it is all.

Deeni said...

I'm starting the job search next year but have been following all the job openings this year. Where/How are you still finding positions to apply for? Are they advertised or word-of-mouth?

Another Damned Medievalist said...

These are in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. I haven't checked H-net yet

Rebecca said...

Dear ADM, I hadn't checked your blog in a few days and just read about your job woes. Since it's Friday, go home and order pizza, to be eaten with large quantities of red wine. There's nothing like drowning your sorrows in wine and transfats!! I recently found out I'm the alternate for a big fellowship...they selected 28 out of over 400 applicants and I happened to be number 29. Sigh. So, all this is to say, I feel your pain and hope for better things to come!

Another Damned Medievalist said...

Shoot! I'm sorry, Rebecca! I am still waiting to hear on the Perfect Job and the Close to Perfect Job, so I'll keep everybody posted. I'm supposed to hear something on the former this weekend ... Drinking may be involved either way ;-)