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Weekend Reading: Thinking Beyond Our Current System

June 15, 2017 Blog

Imagining otherwise means engaging critically with (and seeing beyond) our current reality.
Our reading for this weekend collects pieces that ask us to shift our viewpoints, listen better, open ourselves up to the unexpected, and rethink what we mean by (and how we practice) inclusivity.

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IoF Team Favorites: Summer Scholar Spotlight

June 13, 2017 Blog

Summer is a great time to explore scholarship outside your area or that is otherwise new to you. We decided to highlight some favorite scholars, people who are doing great work. Here are some of the scholars, academics, public figures, and all-around cool people who should be on your radar.

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Weekend Reading: On Not Just “Powering Through”

June 8, 2017 Blog

Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.

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Teaching During the Summer: Challenges & Opportunities

June 6, 2017 Blog

Teaching over the summer is a unique experience, even for veteran instructors. Things move fast, there is less institutional support, and what worked during other semesters might not resonate in a summer course. Here are our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience as the weather warms.

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Art and Community-Based Research with Aymar Jean Christian

June 5, 2017 Blog

Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.

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Weekend Reading: The Importance of Reflection

June 1, 2017 Blog

The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?

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Writing for NonAcademic Audiences webinar

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences (the webinar)

May 30, 2017 Blog

Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski will share the power of public writing, what it entails, and how it can help us in our careers. Join us to learn what happens (and how to handle) when our public writing gets read, and even how to get paid for our words!

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IoF Team Favorites: Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 30, 2017 Blog

Summer means time off, sunny skies, and visiting friends and loved ones. But summer can also be a time to get long-term research projects off the ground, hone teaching skills, or broach new creative and professional endeavors. Here are our strategies for staying motivated while also enjoying some self-care.

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Weekend Reading: Practicing What We Preach

May 25, 2017 Blog

How can the lessons of graduate school help us in the world beyond the academy? Our weekend reading has us reflecting on the intersection of scholarly life, professionalism and the lived practice of social justice.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 2

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 2

May 23, 2017 Blog

You’ve got reviewer comments back on your academic book or article. How do you decide which ones to incorporate? In this second installment of our two-part series on reviewer comments, we talk you through how to read the sometimes conflicting advice reviewers give on manuscripts and how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow.

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Staying Motivated Over the Summer

Staying Motivated Over the Summer (the webinar)

May 22, 2017 Blog

Summer vacation! Your grading is done, seminars have ended, conference season is winding down, and committee meetings are abating. You’re excited to tackle your big writing projects, but already feel the pull of summer sun and fun. Come learn how to get your projects done while also enjoying the season.

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Weekend Reading: Emotional Labor in the Academy

May 18, 2017 Blog

Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 1

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 1

May 16, 2017 Blog

In this two-part series, we’ll talk you through how to approach revisions on your academic book or journal article (part 1) as well as how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow (part 2). Think of this first post as the big-picture strategy and the next one as helping you implement that strategy for the specific, detailed feedback you receive from reviewers.

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Sunaina Marr Maira on The 9/11 Generation

May 15, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Sunaina Marr Maira discussing her book The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, & Solidarity in the War on Terror.

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Rebekah Sheldon on The Child to Come

May 12, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Rebekah Sheldon discussing her book The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe.

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Weekend Reading: On Silences

May 11, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads on academia's silences—what remains unsaid, the open secrets, and the problematically taboo—and how we can better address reproductive labor, mental health, and true intersectionality.

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10 Self-Care Practices for the End of the Semester

May 9, 2017 Blog

The end of the semester is one of the busiest times on campus. Students are stressed about finals, faculty are buried in papers to grade, and administrators are finalizing plans for graduation and closing out the fiscal year. At this hectic time, a little strategic self-care can go a long way.

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Tressie McMillan Cottom on Lower Ed

May 8, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Tressie McMillan Cottom discussing her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.

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Minh-Ha T. Pham on Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet

May 6, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Minh-Ha T. Pham discussing her book Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging.

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Workshop for Cultural Studies Job Seekers

May 5, 2017 Blog

In this hands-on workshop, participants will hear from academic as well as non-academic employers and learn strategies for navigating their job searches. Ideas on Fire will share how cultural studies scholars can build diverse, exciting careers beyond the academy and best match their skillset to careers in various industries.

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