• Lovers' Lane: Bowling with Bibliophiles!

    Join us for our Valentine's edition of Bowling with Bibliophiles, Thursday, February 13 from 9-11pm at Matador Bowl!

  • How to Present at a Conference Workshop

    Get tips and tricks about presenting at conferences from our special guest speaker, Dr. Chatterjee! The workshop takes place on Tuesday, February 25 from 10-11am in JR 319!

  • Beoome a lifetime AGSE member today!

    Lifetime memberships for AGSE are only $10! Contact us at agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com for more details. And don't forget to pick up an AGSE shirt for $20!

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Present at a Conference Highlights

Thanks to everyone who attended our "How to Present at a Conference" Power Workshop last week! And a very special thank you to our guest speaker, Dr. Chatterjee!

For those who were unable to attend the workshop, you can download the highlights here!

See you all at the conference!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Meeting Highlights



Annnnd we're back! Thanks to all who attended (and brought snacks to!) our first meeting of the spring semester! For those who weren't able to make it, here's a recap of what you missed!

Books & Bowling: Valentine's Week!
As Valentine's Day approaches, join us for a week of books, bowling, and bibliophiles!

  1. Spring Booksale: One more book sale to feed your bibliophilia! Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30am- 3:30pm @ Jerome Breezeway (in between Jerome Richfield and Sierra Hall!)
  2. Lovers' Lane: Bowling with Bibliophiles, Valentine's Edition! We had such a great time last semester that we're ready for another bowling night! Thursday, February 13 from 9pm-11pm @ Brunswick Matador Bowl (Off Balboa and Nordhoff!)

    $15 with an RSVP (email or Facebook), or $18 without.
    Price includes shoes and two hours of bowling fun!

Other Upcoming Events:
  1. How to Present at a Conference: Dr. Chatterjee will join us once again to talk about conference presentation tips and tricks! Tuesday, February 25 @ 10-11am in JR 319.
  2. Board Elections: For those interested in being on the AGSE board, we will do nominations in a few months! Positions include president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, press secretary, and historian. More information, including position details, coming soon.
  3. Intersections Conference: Saturday, March 8 starting at 9am @ the CSUN USU! Much more information coming soon!

If you'd like to volunteer for our upcoming book sale event, become an official member (lifetime membership for $10!), and/or purchase our lovely AGSE shirt, please contact us at agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Meeting Highlights

We had a fabulous meeting this November. We discussed the Call For Papers for the AGSE Spring conference, "Intersections." We also announced that we are planning on having a panel of first-year students at the conference; we are accepting full-length papers from first-year students. If you teach or SI for a first-year comp class, have your students send us their essays by email (agse.csunorthride@gmail.com). 

We are also very excited about the AGSE workshop on Wednesday, November 20th at 2:30 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 319 on How to Write an Abstract for a Conference, hosted by the brilliant Dr. Ranita Chatterjee. We hope you can all attend.

We also had a very informative discussion, lead by Hannah Jorgenson, about what to do to study for the GRE. Here are a few highlights from that discussion:

1. One of the best books that you can buy to help you study for the GRE is by Manhattan Prep. You can also pay for classes through this company, as well as companies like this, but all of the information that you will need can be found in their prep books.

2.Study the format of the GRE. You need to know how the questions are worded and what kind of answers the test will expect from you. The GRE is written with a specific logic to it that once you understand you will be able figure out what answers the test finds to be the most correct (sometimes there will be several options that look correct on a multiple-choice question). 

3.Studying vocabulary words will only take you so far. It may be helpful to make flashcards and memorize a few hundred of the most commonly used GRE words, but if you only have a limited amount of time, you should stick to studying the logic and format of the GRE.

4.Take lots of practice tests. The more familiar you are with the style and kind of language typically used on the test, the more comfortable you will be on the test day. 

5. Give yourself lots of time to study for the test, maybe a few months in advance, depending on how much time you plan on dedicating to studying each day. 

6. The night before the test, you might want to just give yourself a break because you've probably already studied enough at this point.

Hope to see you next month for our final meeting of the semester on Friday, December 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m.!

Monday, October 21, 2013

"Intersections" Conference CFP

“I, like other queer people, am two in one body, both male and female. I am the embodiment of the hieros gamos: the coming together of opposite qualities within” - Gloria AnzaldĂșa

The Associated Graduate Students of English (AGSE) at California State University, Northridge is now accepting proposals for our annual Spring Conference. We are interested in critical papers/panels and creative pieces that investigate intersections.

Both similar to but also quite distinct from the border and the crossroad, the intersection is a powerful and provocative space for theoretical queries and figurative imaginings. The body is a locus where varying identities or ideologies intersect. Texts may serve as intersections for seemingly disparate genres. Geographical intersections are paradoxical spaces that embody the characteristics of different cultures that are both distinct yet united. What can we gain from a greater understanding of these locus points? What are the implications of these meetings? What might we discover about power relations, identities, and ideologies? Explorations may include but are not limited to: bodies as sites of intersection, geographical intersections, liminality, interstitial texts/genres, cultural/racial/ethnic intersections, intersections of social injustice, historical periods/events that mark times of intersection, intersections of political policies and ideologies, transitions and hybridity, intersections of classes.

We welcome graduate and undergraduate papers/panel proposals and creative works from a range of disciplines including but not limited to:

  • Literature 
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Pedagogy
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Queer Studies
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Chicano Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Art History
  • Film and Screen Studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Popular Culture

Our conference is proud to feature keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Allen Boone, Professor of English, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and author of The Homoerotics of Orientalism (2014) and Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism (1998).

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 23, 2013

Proposals for individual papers and creative works should be a maximum of 250 words. Panel proposals should be no more than 500 words. Please email submissions as Word (.doc, or .docx) attachments to agse.csunorthridge@gmail.com

Conference date and place: March 8, 2014 at California State University, Northridge.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October Meeting Highlights

Thank you to everyone who could make it to our second meeting of the semester! It was nice to see our lovely members again!

Our fundraisers did delightfully well. During the book sale, we sold 425 books, meaning we made $425! So thank you all you bibliophiles out there! Our bowling night was also a blast! It was nice to see so many friendly faces, bowling the night away! In the 2 hours we were there, we managed to make $332! Yes, you read that correctly! It was such a success, that we’re considering having another bowling night, this time a little later. Who doesn't love Cosmic Bowling, eh?

Thanks for everyone who came to the Personal Statements Workshop! We had a full crowd and we hoped everyone left with a better understanding of their own personal statements!

We also have our Call For Papers finally finalized! We hope to see everyone’s submission!

Things to look forward to: How to Write an Abstract.
Don’t know quite how to apply to our CFP? Never fear, come to our How to Write an Abstract workshop. The time/date/professor are yet to be decided, but when we find out, you all will be the first to know!

That’s it for now! But we hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Warm, special thanks to Kristin Kaz for providing us these scrumptious, pumpkin vegan muffins! <3