Pre-Conference Professionalization Workshops at SMU

Thursday afternoon, March 21, 100 Hyer Hall on the SMU campus from 3:30-4:45

Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars

[See also Journal editors’ panel below]

(this panel and the reception at 6:30 in the Texana Room and Exhibit Hall  Space in Fondren Library West, 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane, have been generously supported by the William P. Clements Department of History)

Moderated by Crystal L. Clayton, Ed.D., Executive Director of SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center

What career paths lie open to humanities scholars besides the tenure-track job? Come hear five scholars with different career trajectories talk about what they do, how they came to do it, and why they like doing it.

Diana Bellonby is Co-Founder and President of The Fringe Foundation, a nonprofit that funds community-based social justice organizations around the United States, and Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her Ph.D in English. Her research focuses on Victorian fiction, aesthetic philosophy, and histories of gender and sexuality. She is at work on two monographs: the first traces a Victorian cultural history of toxic masculinity from German aesthetic humanism to British modernism; the second explores the relationship between Britain’s Aesthetic Movement and the forgotten genre of magic-portrait fiction. She is also the mother of two young children.

Amanda Dotseth is the curator of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Her research focuses on Medieval Spain and collecting history. She completed her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2015 and has held Fulbright, European Research Council, and Mellon Fellowships.

Alan Itkin is Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at Southern Methodist University as well as a scholar of modern German culture and Holocaust literature. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan in 2011 and has held positions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Literary Cultures at New York University and Senior Lecturer in German at Vanderbilt University. His monograph, Underworlds of Memory: W. G. Sebald’s Epic Journeys through the Past, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2017, and his articles on Holocaust literature, cultural memory, and the reception of classical literature and culture have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including PMLA.

Evelyn Montgomery, who earned a Ph.D. in Humanities (with an emphasis in history),  worked for 18 years at Dallas Heritage Village, curating their collection of historic artifacts and buildings, creating exhibits and helping educate the public about early Dallas life.  Trained also as an architect and a self-taught museum professional, she teaches the practice of public history at the University of Texas at Arlington, serves as curator of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture, and is a consultant for historic preservation and museum curatorship.

Michael Widner received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied late medieval literature through the lens of cognitive literary theory. He then worked for the Stanford University Libraries as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. He has won numerous grants for digital humanities projects, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He has published on digital humanities, medieval literature, and the intersections between the two. He now works as the Director of Development for a software startup focused on early childhood education.


What does a Journal Editor Want?

Thursday afternoon (March 21), 4:50 – 6:20 in Hyer 100, SMU campus

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Nineteenth-Century Theater and Film
Nora Gilbert, Studies in the Novel
Daniel Hack, Victorian Literature and Culture
Akiko Tsuchiya, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos
Rajani Sudan, Configurations
Alexandra Wettlaufer, Nineteenth-Century Contexts

Generously supported by the Scott Hawkins Fund in the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute

See also Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars Panel at 3:30 in Hyer 100