Workshops for MSA 17

Pre-Conference Workshops (Thursday)

Thursday Morning (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.)

1. Revolutionize Your Writing

Time: Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30

Organizer: Helen Sword (University of Aukland)

Do you dream of changing the way you write? Of writing more productively, or more creatively, or simply with greater pleasure? Of reaching new audiences? Of stretching your style? This pre-conference workshop will provide you with practical and inspirational tools for reimagining and reshaping your individual and institutional habitus of writing.

2. Beyond the Tenure-Track: Alternative Careers for Modernist PhDs

Time: Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30

Organizer: Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross)

This workshop gathers a diverse group of humanities PhDs who have chosen rewarding careers outside the tenure-track. Professionals from fields ranging from non-profit and arts administration, publishing and library sciences, advertising and finance will discuss their professional paths, sharing how they pursued and obtained richly satisfying work either within or outside of academia.

3. Modernist Commons

Time: Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30

Leaders: Dean Irvine (Dalhousie University) and Alan Stanley (Lead Programmer, Discoverygarden)

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the Modernist Commons ( — a digital repository, editorial workbench, and critical-edition publication platform designed by Editing Modernism in Canada ( It integrates a wide range of open-source systems and tools (Islandora, Tesseract OCR, CWRC Writer, Shared Canvas, Internet Archive Viewer, Open Seadragon Viewer, Calliope, and CollateX). With these tools, users can ingest images and generate transcriptions, as well as edit and mark up both transcriptions and images using a single graphical interface, which supports overlapping TEI-XML and RDF markup. Users can also perform algorithmically generated collations of transcriptions, which can be visualized in several ways. The Modernist Commons provides a critical-edition interface so that editors can assemble images, audio and video, critical apparatus, and variant visualizations in a configurable reading environment.

Thursday Afternoon (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

4. How to Survive the Tenure Track and Get Tenure

Time: Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00

Organizer: John Peters (University of North Texas)

This workshop will be directed at current or future assistant professors and will focus on strategies necessary for achieving tenure. A panel of current and/or former department chairs from various kinds of institutions will give advice and take questions.

5. Mid-Career Modernism: Opportunities and Challenges

Time: Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00

Organizer: Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross)

Invited Participants: Ann Ardis (University of Delaware), Kevin Dettmar (Pomona College), Katie Kodat (Lewis & Clark College), Meredith Martin (Princeton University), Mark Morrisson (Penn State University), Paul Peppis (University of Oregon)

Early academic career paths are fairly well mapped as we pursue tenure or the first book. We talk less explicitly about subsequent career stages. This workshop convenes engaged mid-career academics to discuss opportunities they’ve pursued (or consciously avoided) during this professional stage. Topics include publication, pedagogy, service, administration, and work-life balance.

6. Modernist Digital Texts in the Classroom

Time: Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00

Organizers: Shawna Ross (Arizona State University), Claire Battershill (University of Reading)

This hands-on workshop is part of the Open Modernisms project, a grant-funded, multi-institution initiative providing a customizable, cost-free modernist anthology. Participants will learn simple, reliable methods for digitizing modernist texts (smartphone and in-browser applications, OCR, CMS). Sample assignment sheets will show how to involve students in Open Modernisms. Each participant should bring a hardcopy text. No prior expertise necessary.

7. What Do Presses Want from First Books?

Time: Thursday, 11:30 - 1:00

Organizer: David James (Queens Mary, University of London)

This workshop will bring together commissioning editors from leading university presses (Johns Hopkins and Columbia) and series editors to address a range of practical, intellectual and professional issues involved in conceiving, writing, and proposing one’s first monograph. The session will be open to everyone; but as in previous years, it is designed to appeal especially to graduate students and younger scholars in the field who are looking for pragmatic advice about writing processes and publishing practices. After a 30-40 minute period of initial presentations by each of the speakers, the workshop will then open up to questions from the audience, allowing topics from attendees to shape the conversation.

Participants include: Philip Leventhal (Literature editor, Columbia UP), Matt McAdam (Literature editor, Johns Hopkins UP), Paul K. Saint-Amour (series editor: Modernist Latitudes with Columbia UP), Kevin Dettmar (series editor: Modernist Literature and Culture with OUP); Matthew Hart (series editor: Literature Now with Columbia UP); Rebecca Beasley (series editor: Edinburgh Studies in Modernist Literature and Culture with EUP).

Post-Conference Workshops (Sunday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)

8. The Making of Modernist Studies: A Forum

Time: Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30

Organizers: Sean Latham (University of Tulsa), Gayle Rogers (University of Pittsburgh)

A series of six brief presentations on landmark texts and figures in the history of modernist studies, followed by an open discussion on the various shapes that modernist studies has taken over nearly a century and how its past remains pertinent to the future directions of the field.

9. Modernism and Digital Archives Workshop

Time: Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30

Organizer: Charlotte Nunes (Southwestern University)

This interactive workshop will focus on how to incorporate digital archives into research and teaching on modernism. Participants will 1) learn about digital archives and digitization initiatives pertinent to modernist studies; 2) mine selected digital archives and databases for primary source materials that speak to their research interests; and 3) learn strategies for incorporating these archives into their teaching.