The Spring Semester Has Begun
...and it will be my final semester at Simmons.
I am continuing my master's thesis, taking a required course called Feminism and Literature, and participating in the Hazel Dick Leonard Research Seminar on Gender. This is the very first semester that Simmons is running the HDL seminar, a special class that is part of the Hazel Dick Leonard academic award.
Half of the class is comprised of graduate students working on our theses, and the other half are undergraduates working on their own long-term projects. Although the topic of the seminar is focused on gender, all of us come from different disciplines and methodological backgrounds.
This is definitely going to be a very busy semester--I may not have as much to juggle as last semester, but my thesis needs as much energy as I can possibly dedicate to it. I look forward to it, especially to collaborating with my fellow Hazel Dick Leonard recipients.
As for other goings-on, a paper that I co-wrote with one of my colleagues has been accepted for publication in a special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. We are working on revisions, and I will be excited to see my name in print. This will be my first scholarly publication (I blogged previously about contributing a blog series to the Bitch magazine website, and I also wrote a piece for their print magazine this past summer.)
I will also be presenting a paper at the PCA/ACA national conference in March. My paper is essentially a queer reading of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep." I wrote it for a GCS class I took last year, and while the piece needs significant revision to be conference-ready, I think it'll make an impression and that the overall experience will be fun.