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Pros, Cons, and Confusion: Return to Campus

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This is the fifth post in the Pandemic Methodologies series. See the introductory post for more information. By Victoria Seta Cosby Being back on campus is like being in an alternate universe where everything is the same and yet somehow different. Everything feels familiar while also being simultaneously much more sinister and dangerous. Teaching on campus has always carried some pressures, but… Read more »

Reflections on Disability and (Dis)Rupture in Pandemic Learning

This is the second post in the Pandemic Methodologies series. See the introductory post for more information. By Hannah S. Facknitz and Danielle E. Lorenz In June, as part of the Pandemic Methodologies Twitter Conference, we wrote about our precarity as disabled graduate students (especially as educators) in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We wanted to talk about how the… Read more »

After the Conference: The Pandemic Labour of Graduate Student and Early Career Scholars

by Erin Gallagher-Cohoon and Letitia Johnson  In April 2021, Erin started to write a piece she would later call “Pandemic Methodologies.” Without much of a plan, she only knew that she wanted to figure out how to verbalize what it felt like to be doing historical research during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was deeply personal, born out of little and… Read more »

“Grad School is a Hot Mess Right Now”: Continuing the Conversation with Grad Students

Erin Gallagher-Cohoon This post has been cross-posted with The Covid Chroniclers.  “I feel like if you even just wrote something on fatigue – like the whole essay, just the word fatigue. We’re tired.”  -2nd year PhD student Last December, I FaceTimed one of my closest friends, a PhD candidate who I have not seen in person since we both started… Read more »

Surviving Grad School During a Pandemic

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By Erin Gallagher-Cohoon This post has been cross-posted with CovidChroniclers.com I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the 20 graduate students who shared their stories with me. Wherever you end up, may you never lose your passion, curiosity, and empathy. I see you. I acknowledge you. Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about surviving grad school during… Read more »

History Slam Episode 137: Grad School, Stress, & Mental Health

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/History-Slam-137.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Over the past couple years, the issue of mental health within the academy has become, like mental health in all aspects of society, an increasingly visible issue. From public awareness to increased resources for grad students, there is a greater acknowledgement of the challenges associated with isolation, burn out, and maintaining… Read more »

“So, What Will That Get You?”

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Carly Ciufo When I decided to pursue a PhD in history, I did not intend to remain in academia. Although now I sometimes daydream of being on the tenure-track, it’s hard to realistically envision a future where I will be able to make a stable living as an academic. Before returning to university in 2016, I was happily working in… Read more »