Monthly Archives: April 2011

Doing the Research

As part of the core seminar for the PhD in Canadian Studies (a joint program between the Carleton University School of Canadian Studies and Trent University), we composed brief discussion papers based on the course readings for the month.  This … Continue reading

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Kathy Charmaz Would Be So Disappointed In This Title

As part of the core seminar for the PhD in Canadian Studies (a joint program between the Carleton University School of Canadian Studies and Trent University), we composed brief discussion papers based on the course readings for the month.  This … Continue reading

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Comic-Con for Academics?

With a tip of the hat to Hope Nicholson, I’d like to adapt her Facebook note here regarding a recent conference in Texas: The best way I’ve heard yet to describe the PCA ACA SWTX Conference (also known as the Popular … Continue reading

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Canadian Studies is…

There was an answer all along!  It involves Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, Queen Elizabeth, and a little dog.

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What is Canadian Studies?

As part of the core seminar for the PhD in Canadian Studies (a joint program between the Carleton University School of Canadian Studies, my home institution, and Trent University, far away in Peterborough, near Havelock, outside of which I once … Continue reading

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Spousal hires, not to be confused with spouses for hire

Couples in academia can be a tricky thing.  For example, my loving partner goes to school in America-land.  I go to school in Canada-land.  Actually, I’ve gone to school in either Eng-land or Canada-land on and off since 2003.  “What … Continue reading

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Happy Spring Christmas!

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Unwanted?: Straight, white, male professors. Beards, spectacles, suspenders, and elbow patches optional.

Folks are quick to denigrate the genre of straight, white, male professors, particularly of the History Department variety, and I have made a similar mistake with over-generalizations in the past that I think will be illuminating. When I was in … Continue reading

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“You’d have to drink $145 worth of coffee to recoup your conference registration.” “Plus tax!” Challenge accepted.

Since my effort to drink $145 worth of coffee at a four-day event is keeping me occupied, I’d like to draw your attention to some ye olde water cooler (commonly referred to as Facebook in these modern times) topics, which include … Continue reading

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If you tell one joke but you get two laughs, you’re still coming out ahead

Conferencing it up down in Texas.  I have been called “ma’am” twice.  I have eaten tacos twice.  I have enjoyed margaritas thrice.  Texas is nice! Finding random roommates on the interweb has worked out well once again, as I had … Continue reading

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