GSC Executive Committee Nominations–EXTENDED DEADLINE

The Graduate Student Caucus (GSC) of the Comics Studies Society (CSS) is extending the deadline for nominations and self-nominations for TWO positions  on its Executive Board. The CSS GSC represents the interests of graduate students and recent grads (within three years of receiving a degree), contingent faculty, and postdocs in the larger CSS, with the GSC President sitting on the CSS Executive Board. 

The GSC welcomes nominations and self-nominations from GSC members from any stage in their academic career (off or before the tenure-track) for the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Members-At-Large.

Secretary-Treasurer: The secretary-treasurer assumes the responsibility of managing the society’s finances, keeping minutes from all meetings, and keeping a membership list. The secretary—treasurer serves a one-year term.

Members-At-Large: Two members at large provide advice and aid to the officers of the Caucus. Early career scholars holding contingent positions such as postdoctoral fellowships are encouraged to apply for these positions. The Members-at-Large serve one-year terms.
Details about the responsibilities of each position are outlined in the GSC Bylaws, available here. Information for joining the Society is at CSS website. We encourage nominations and self-nominations from comics scholars working in diverse locations and on all aspects of comics studies.

Please submit your nomination and self-nominations to Biz Nijdam (elizabeth.nijdam@gmail.com). Nominees should include a short biography (100-200 words) no later thanMarch 30, 2020. If a nominee is not currently a CSS member, one must join the society by then.

Results of the election will be announced in May 2020.   

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Comics Studies Society Prizes 2020

The Comics Studies Society (CSS) recognizes outstanding contributions to the study of comic art with five annual prizes: the CSS Article Prize, the Hillary Chute Award for Best Graduate Student Conference Presentation, the Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship, the Charles Hatfield Book Prize, and the new CSS Prize for Edited Book Collections.

The CSS defines comic art liberally to include all forms of cartooning, sequential art, and graphic narrative: comic strips, comic books, papers, and magazines; albums, graphic novels, and other graphic books; webcomics andS other electronic formats; single-panel cartoons, including editorial and gag cartoons; caricature; animation; and other related forms and traditions.

The CSS is currently soliciting nominations for all five prizes, which will be awarded at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (August 5-8, 2020). Winners will receive a $300 cash award and a plaque. Please see http://comicssociety.org/conference/ for conference details.

  • Nominations for the CSS prizes may be historical, biographical, critical, analytical, pedagogical, and/or bibliographical in focus.
  • Nominations should draw on original research, acknowledge and advance existing scholarship where relevant, and include appropriate documentation.
  • Reprints of or excerpts from previously published works are not eligible for prizes.

Frequency and time period: Prizes are awarded by the CSS at its annual conference for first-time publications (not reprints or revised editions) or original presentations bearing a copyright date for the previous calendar year. For example, the 2020 prizes will cover publications and presentations © 2019.
 
Nomination process: Peer nominations and self-nominations are welcomed. Nomination letters are due March 15, 2020. The letter of nomination should do the following:

  • Identify the work’s complete title, author(s) name(s), publisher, and original copyright date.
  • Include means of access to a complete digital copy of the work that members of the CSS Prize Committee can access as needed (alternately, for works native to print and best viewed in print, nomination requires three complete physical copies of the published book or article to be sent via mail).

Nominations and inquiries should be sent by email to the CSS Awards Coordinator, Biz Nijdam, at awards@comicssociety.org. Instructions on mailing physical copies will be provided in reply.

Judging and awarding process: Nominees for each prize will be reviewed by a committee of not less than three members of the Comics Studies Society, as chosen by the CSS Executive Board, including the Awards Coordinator or their designee. Prize winners will be notified by June 15th, and announcements will be published on the CSS website and in Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.

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A Message from the CSS Grad Student Cacus

With our 2019 conference just around the corner, I wanted to reach out to introduce myself, announce some of our GSC programming at Ryerson, and take care of some administrative tasks in advance of our Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 26th at 1pm.

First things first: My name is Biz Nijdam, and I recently stepped into the role of GSC President. I’ve been on the GSC Executive Committee since 2014 and am honored to follow in the footsteps of former president Joshua Abraham Kopin in leading the GSC as we continue to establish our long-term goals. In particular, I am excited to collaborate with the other officers on GSC’s Executive Committee, Adrienne ReshaSafiyya HoseinHanah StiversonAlex Lampp Berglund and Jeremy M. Carnes, to continue our work supporting graduate students, contingent faculty and postdoctoral fellows in professional development and job market preparation over the course of the next academic year.

To this end, the GSC has organized several events to take place at CSS 2019:

On Thursday, July 25th (8:30am to 9:45am), we will host our second Job Market Clinic, which will take the form of an open conversation between GSC members and tenure-track and tenured faculty. This event is intended to give graduate students, contingent faculty and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to ask questions about the job market process and discuss their job market documents (CVs, Cover Letters, Teaching and Research Statements) with faculty with search committee experience. Anyone contemplating the job market is encouraged to participate. Please see the flier below for more details.

Also on Thursday, July 25th (11:30am to 12:45pm), Hanah Stiverson will moderate the GSC-sponsored roundtable “Best Practices in Comics Scholarly Publishing”. With publishing being such an important part of securing a tenure-track position in today’s academic job market, the GSC is dedicated to helping foster the skills necessary for graduate students and contingent faculty to attain publishing success. This roundtable will feature comics scholars with specific expertise in different types of academic publishing in the field of comics studies and beyond. Each presenter will speak to one topic for 6 minutes, offering best practices and an informational handout, before we open the floor for questions.

In conjunction with this roundtable, the GSC is organizing an Academic Mentorship Program. This program will create opportunities for motivated graduate students, postdocs and contingent faculty to connect with established scholars in the field of comics studies. After sharing one piece of writing with their mentor, mentor and mentee will meet once over the course of the conference to discuss turning the project into a journal article or book chapter. Please see the flier below for more information.

Lastly, below you will find the recently redrafted Constitution of the Graduate Student Caucus, which we will be voting on in Toronto in July. Please review this document in advance of our Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 26th at 1pm in order to prepare for any discussion that may occur.

On behalf of all of us on the GSC Executive Committee, I would like to wish those of you who can make it safe travels to Canada! We look forward to seeing you all in Toronto! And please keep an eye on the GSC Website over the next 6 weeks, as we will be posting more event information, introductions to our new officers, and helpful tips on exploring the city of Toronto!

Sincerely,

Biz
GSC President

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