December 2010 Archives

University Furlough / Winter Closure

University Furlough / Winter Closure: During the break between fall and spring semesters, the Department of American Studies main office will be open regular hours (8 a.m. - Noon and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) except for University Holidays and furlough days, when the office is closed. Those days are: December 24th - January 2nd, and January 17th. More information on the University Closure / Furlough can be found at:

A NOTE FROM THE DGS: American Studies is pleased to announce the launching of a new bimonthly Graduate Student Workshop series this spring semester. Grad Students are encouraged to use this opportunity to share their work with each other and with faculty. The series was created to allow students to receive feedback on their work such as, but not limited to, conference papers, practice job talks, parts of chapters, parts of course research papers. Faculty and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

The first workshop of the series is scheduled for Monday, January 24th, 3:30-5:00pm in the Scott Hall Commons, room 105. Students interested in presenting work at one of the spring workshops should contact Melanie ( by Monday, January 10 and indicate, generally, the type of work you would like to present. One of us will be in contact with those of you who express an interest to finalize scheduling. Once the workshops are set, we will announce the schedule in the Digest, inviting graduate students and faculty.

Two Annual Requirements: Student Activity Reports Due; Annual Meeting with Adviser

The graduate school requires an annual review of student progress for each graduate student. The department process for annual review includes a meeting with your adviser(s). Meetings should be scheduled between February 2 and February 23. Students are also required to submit a Student Activity Report (SAR) each calendar year. Please submit your SAR to Melanie ( by Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Please continue reading for SAR template and for more information.

Tentative: University of Colorado-Denver Assistant Professor in Latin American History

The History Department at the University of Colorado Denver is in the final stages of posting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Latin American history. The full description will be posted on H-net when approved. For the tentative job description please:

Leipzig University 2011 Graduate Conference - Call for Papers

The American Studies Department at Leipzig University invites paper submissions for the 2011 Graduate Conference "American Pornographies: Consumerism, Sensationalism, and Voyeurism in a Global Context" scheduled for April 1-2, 2011. Calling for an interdisciplinary angle, and welcome contributions by MA-level students from all fields related to American Studies. Proposals due by January 6, 2011.

PCard Reminder

Please submit receipts for all December PCard purchases to Laura by Monday, January 3rd.

Call for Papers: UC Berkeley Race, Space, Nature Symposium

The University of California, Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender is thrilled to announce that they are now accepting proposals for the Race, Space, Nature Symposium planned for April 27, 2011. This conference aims to open up dialogue among graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and independent scholars who critically engage with analytics of race/racialization and 'the environment', broadly conceived. Proposals are due January 15, 2011.

University of Minnesota- Dept of Chicano Studies tenure-track position

The Department of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota invites applications for full-time, tenure-track position beginning fall 2011. Ph.D. in-hand by the start date of the appointment is preferred, but Advanced ABD's may be considered for appointment as a tenure-track instructor with the understanding that the Ph.D. is conferred within the first year of the appointment. To be assured of full consideration, applications must be complete by January 21, 2011.

Women's Studies Assistant Professor Position at University of Hawai'i at Manoa

The Women's Studies Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa invites applications for an Assistant Professor from individuals with expertise in historical studies of gender, culture, and transnationality from perspectives of indigenous peoples and communities in Hawai'i and the Asia-Pacific region. Ph.D. required from an accredited college, university of foreign equivalent earned by August 2011. Review of applications to begin on January 10, 2011 and continue until position is filled.

IASA Emory Elliot Prize

The International American Studies Association announces the Emory Elliot prize for outstanding paper presented at an IASA World Congress. The award will carry a special citation and an honorarium to help partially meet the expenses of travel to the IASA conference. The award-winning paper will be published in the proceedings of the conference, or in other resulting publications in print, or in RIAS: Review of International American Studies, which is IASA's refereed e-journal. Eligibility for the award is restricted to junior or mid-level professionals (within 10 years of obtaining their terminal degree). Deadline: March 15, 2011.

Assistant Professor of New Media-Colorado College

Colorado College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of New Media (tenure-track) from candidates across the liberal arts whose research addresses the theory and practice of media, digital culture, and technology. The Assistant Professor will be housed in a recently-constructed interdisciplinary Cornerstone Arts Center. Ph.D. required. Application deadline: January 15, 2011.

Oberlin College Visiting Assistant Professor-Comparative American Studies Program

The Comparative American Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning Fall 2011, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Ph.D. required by time of appointment. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Application deadline: February 15, 2011.

JOUR8602, "Seminar: History of Mass Communication"

JOUR8602, "Seminar: History of Mass Communication" will be taught spring 2011 by Professor Giovanna Dell'Orto on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45-2:00 p.m. This seminar provides opportunities to explore communication history's scholarly traditions and dimensions, as well as some core literature and new trends in research (both quantitative and qualitative).

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies (Social Scientific Approaches)

The Gender Studies Program at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in social scientific approaches to sexuality studies, to run September 2011 - August 2013. Ph.D. required by September 2011 or have received their degree within the last five years. The stipend is $45,000 plus benefits in the first year of the fellowship and $46,350 plus benefits in the second year. In addition, the Fellow is eligible for $2,000 per year to fund research and conference travel, and up to $2,000 for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. Application deadline: February 15, 2011.

University of New Mexico-Dept. of American Studies Assistant Professor Position

The Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico invites applicants for a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision in American Studies with expertise in Environment, Science and Technology at the level of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin in August, 2011. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the successful applicant. Application deadline: January 14, 2011.

Grad Instructors and TAs with Scott Hall Offices

Grad Instructors & TAs with Scott Hall Offices: If you are not teaching or TAing in Spring 2011, please remove all personal items from your office and return your key to Laura by Friday, January 7th. Any unclaimed items will be removed.

Grades due January 4th, 2011 at 11:59pm

REMINDER TO FALL 2010 INSTRUCTORS: Grades for Fall 2010 courses should be entered online by Tuesday, January 4th at 11:59 p.m.

Instructional Technology Fellow

The College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology seeks enterprising, technologically savvy graduate students for the position of Instructional Technology Fellows. This is a 12 month 50% appointment, annually renewable, that begins in January 2011.The 50% appointment includes tuition benefits. Application period is December 15, 2010 to January 5, 2011.

Recruitment Weekend Planning

Graduate Students: Please join the DGS and staff to discuss the 2011 recruitment weekend. We would like your ideas on caterers and on how you might want to be included in recruitment events. Please join us for a brief planning meeting at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 16th in the Scott Hall Commons. If you are interested in being involved but cannot attend the meeting please contact Melanie at

Book & Video Return

Reminder to all Faculty and Students: Please return any books and videos you have checked out from the department library. Return items to the "task box" in the main department office by Wednesday, December 23rd

The Graduate School will be again be awarding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for 2011-12. Please note: the application process has changed this year and a letter of support from the director of the research center/institute at which the student intends to study is required. Because of this, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) set an earlier deadline, which has significantly impacted our internal deadline. Internal department deadline: Tuesday, January 11.

"Black Is...Black Ain't": Reconceptualizing The African Diaspora - Call for Papers

The Graduate Society of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University has announced a call for papers for the 8th Annual Herman C. Hudson Symposium, "Black Is...Black Ain't": Reconceptualizing The African Diaspora on March 25-26, 2011. They invite scholars, community activists, artists, and other professionals to interrogate definitions of, theorize about, and imagine new possibilities for the African Diaspora. Submission deadline: January 12, 2011.

Tenure-track Position: Cultural Studies and Gender Studies / McMaster University

The Department of English & Cultural Studies and the graduate program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research at McMaster University jointly invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in Cultural Studies and Gender Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1, 2011. Assistant Professor current minimum salary for an Assistant Professor is $60,997 per annum. Specific areas of expertise are open, but might include indigenous studies, sexuality studies, queer studies, visual culture, youth cultures, critical race studies, consumer culture, and popular culture. Application deadline: January 17, 2011.

"Continuously Rich: Dance Revolutions 2010"

"Continuously Rich: Dance Revolutions 2010" is an engaging presentation of three distinct dance pieces. It features the work of black women choreographers working from different contexts, aesthetics and thematic foci whose work comments on any stereotypical notions of what "black dance" might be. Performances will run December 10-12, 2010.

POL 8260, "Topics in Political Theory: Violence and the State"

POL 8260, "Topics in Political Theory: Violence and the State" will be taught spring 2011 by Professor Yves Winter. The seminar will investigate some of the seminal theoretical arguments concerning the relation between violence and the state.

AMST 8289 Ethnographic Research Methods: Research Strategies in American Studies

AMST 8289, "Ethnographic Research Methods: Research Strategies in American Studies *Emphasis on Space, Place, and Region" will be taught spring 2011 by Professor Kale B. Fajardo on Thursdays 3:35-5:30 p.m. This graduate seminar will focus on ethnographic methods in the context of interdisciplinary, transnational, and postcolonial American Studies--especially in relation to space, place, and region.

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