Or at least that’s how I feel. I wanted to pop in and say that I am emerging.
The past two years have been a constant and frantic race between the daily demands of various jobs (held because even graduate students must eat) and the weekly demands of committees and other administrative work. I’ve been able to read, but writing has been almost entirely out of the question. Now, with some money saved up against future lean times, I’m leaving one of my jobs and focusing on my work. In the long run, I think taking a few years to think through my dissertation and other work will have been helpful.
One of the things I’ll be taking up in the fall is the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Group at the City University of NY Graduate Center. This means I will be responsible for inviting speakers and planning monthly events throughout the 2007-2008 year, taking over from Matt Williams and Andrea Fabrizio, who have done admirable service for four years. If anyone is interested in participating, I’m taking suggestions for talks and panels now, which are usually held on Friday afternoons. (Think of it as a good excuse to come to New York for a weekend!) I’ll put up a more formal call soon, but feel free to email me with suggestions at any time, at carrieshanafelt at gmail.
I look forward to our summer conversations!