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Call for papers for panel at Comp Lit Meeting

The American Comparative Literature Association 2014 Annual Meeting will be held March 20-23 at New York University.

Patrick W. Gallagher, an organizer with UAW at NYU, is organizing a panel on “Beyond Excrement: Can the Permanently Underemployed Capitalize on Overproduction?” and has issued a call for papers.

Here are the details:

There are many, many trained humanists–scholars with Ph.Ds in humanities fields from accredited departments–whose relationship to the institutions of higher learning is tenuous, marginal, or nonexistent. As many have documented–most notably Marc Bousquet, with his “excrement theory” of graduate education–the chronic overproduction of Ph.Ds means that it is simply impossible for the field to validate the work of more than a minority of humanists with a traditional tenure-track position.

The purpose of this seminar is to explore whether it is possible to acknowledge this reality and move beyond it in constructive ways that could nevertheless advance the cause of the humanities, absent the hope of tenure for the majority of scholars. Can the “capital” that we accumulate from doctoral study be invested in other fields to ends that advance the humanities in one unconventional yet vital way or another?  Can or should humanities PhD programs help doctoral students find rewarding non-academic jobs? How do job market conditions shape the form and content of one’s scholarship, especially once one has become an “independent scholar” with no firm institutional affiliation?  Does the widespread yet vague imperative that scholars “market” themselves influence the form and content of scholarship in notable or in any sense interesting ways?

Essays on personal or professional experiences, as well as analytic papers on the politics of higher education, or studies of literature and criticism that illustrate the impact of job market conditions on scholarship, are all equally welcome. Proposals are encouraged to be as optimistic as possible.

Email with questions or proposals.

Submit paper proposal for panel on workplace inequality

Elizabeth Faue, professor of history at Wayne State University, is organizing a panel for the labor network for the 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago, November 21-24.

Following on the conference theme, “Organizing Powers,” she is looking for papers that would fit under the topic: Organizing the Dirty Work: Workplace Inequality, Civil Rights, and the Politics of Occupational Health and Safety. She has two papers so far, one on African American workers at the Rouge and one on women and the UAW efforts prior to Johnson Controls.

Contact her at or if you would like to present a paper or volunteer as commentator.The panel proposal deadline is firm and is Feb. 15. Get the call for papers.

AURCO seeks conference presentations by adjunct faculty

The Association for the University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) and the Ohio Part-TimeAURCO 2013 POSTER Faculty Association (OPTFA) are co-sponsoring a special track of presentations at this year’s conference to be devoted to the professional interests and concerns of adjunct faculty.

Adjunct faculty can propose 15- to 30-minute individual or collaborative presentations, or put together 45-minute panels on a given topic.

The idea is to showcase the interests and concerns of adjunct faculty and to provide opportunities for adjunct faculty to network not just with full-time faculty but with other adjunct faculty across our campuses.

Proposals will be due by March 1. They should be submitted to Martin Kich, a member of AURCO’s board of trustees, at Guidelines for the proposals are available at

All papers presented at the conference can be submitted, following the conference, to the AURCO Journal, a refereed annual journal.

This year’s conference is being hosted by Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus on Saturday, April 13. The conference typically runs from about 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m.

Overnight accommodations for conference participants are available at nearby hotels at reduced rates. To encourage participation by adjunct faculty, their registration has been reduced to $25, from the standard registration of $99 charged to full-time faculty.

Information on the conference registration and available lodging is provided on the AURCO website. For presenters staying overnight, there is an arts program on Friday evening.

AURCO was founded in 1993, so this is the 20th anniversary of the organization. Its annual conferences are notable for their friendly and relaxed atmosphere.