New Guest Blogger: Edje

By June 15, 2008

Please join the Juvenile Instructor in welcoming Edje as the newest guest blogger to the JI. Edje is a regular commenter here at JI (and other sites around the ‘nacle), and is, like the rest of us here (except for ol’ man Taysom), a grad student in history. Here is what he has to say about himself:

My mother calls me Edward. Most other folks in meatspace call me
Ed—which in my native East Texas has two syllables—or Edje, which
is pronounced like “edgy,” which is how most Brazilians pronounce
“Ed,” which, by my estimation, beats the Brazilian nickname for
Edward, which sounds like “doo-doo” to most Americans. I am,
apparently, a fan of complex sentence structure.

My standard introductory joke is that after obtaining an undergraduate
Electrical Engineering degree I attempted an MRS degree and failed.
Thereafter I taught high school English and Math for three years at an
experimental school targeting troubled students. Then, having never
taken a university-level history course, I resolved to become a
History professor. I am in the third year of Master’s degree (plus
some undergrad courses so I could be admitted to the MA) at Sam
Houston State University (an hour north of Houston, Texas). I hope to
begin a PhD in 2009, location to be determined.

My research focus is post-bellum nineteenth-century identity
narration—how groups decided who was in and who was out and what
sort of stories they told to support/respond to those determinations.
I’ve been participating in the Bloggernacle since 2005. My most common
reaction to blog conversations is, “I’m out of my depth.”

Welcome, Edje.

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  1. Welcome welcome. I look forward to your posts.

    Comment by Ben — June 15, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

  2. Lucky Juvenile Instructor!

    I’m looking forward to your posts, Edje.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 15, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  3. As the resident geriatric (thank Chris) I’m tempted to simply yell “Get outta my yard, punk!” But I will just welcome you and say I look forward to your posts. Several of us here share your interest in narrative and identity construction, so I hope you get into that a little if you have a chance.

    Comment by SC Taysom — June 15, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  4. Welcome, welcome, Sabbath evening.

    Comment by Jared T — June 15, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  5. Welcome. I’m not a regular, but I’m interested in seeing what this site has to offer. I look forward to reading you.

    Comment by MLBrown — June 15, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  6. Welcome edje. This should be fun.

    Comment by David G. — June 15, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  7. Do something controversial, like call out the BYU religion faculty.

    Comment by BHodges — June 16, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  8. Looking forward to a new voice. [Not that I’m tired of the other people writing this blog by any stretch of the imagination. 🙂 ]

    Comment by Researcher — June 16, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  9. Welcome, Edje. You are in good company here, and I look forward to your posts.

    Comment by kevinf — June 16, 2008 @ 10:34 am

  10. Good stuff.

    Comment by Steve Evans — June 16, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  11. Taysom, it’s all in good fun, and probably represents how far away the actual written dissertation/awarded PhD/the job market seems to a lowly MA student like myself more than it does your age.

    And I should also note that Ed’s intro was quite modest. He’s shared with me some of his specific research interests/angles, and he is a fine historian.

    Comment by Christopher — June 16, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  12. Thanks to all for the kind welcome.

    Comment by Edje — June 16, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  13. Oh no Chris, I’m old. So, so old.

    Comment by SC Taysom — June 16, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  14. hey Ed,

    good to have you aboard!

    Comment by stan — June 16, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  15. So when do we get the first installment, Edje? Don’t let the permas tease us this way with an announcement followed by too long a silence!

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — June 16, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

  16. Welcome.

    Comment by matt b — June 16, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  17. Ardis: later this afternoon. At the moment I’m dealing with my fear of leaving ungrammatical words permanently out in the open. (agoramenopseudologophobia?)

    Thanks, Stan and Matt.

    Comment by Edje — June 16, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  18. um agoramenopseudologophobia is that even pronounceable? Who is the … who came up with that abomination.

    Comment by JonW — June 17, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  19. JonW: I’m glad you liked it. While word origins are often lost to history, I can decisively place the neo in this neologism in the fifteen minutes preceding 2:06 pm, yesterday. As to pronounceability: I specifically chose “meno” instead of “statos” to avoid the “tospseu” tongue-twister.

    Comment by Edje — June 17, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  20. […] acquisition…Edje, who after two weeks of guestblogging is now joining us permanently. See here for his bio. […]

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