October 2011 Archives

PCard Receipts Due

Please submit receipts for all October PCard purchases to Laura by Tuesday, November 1st. PCard Coversheet

Tenure-stream African American Studies position at Penn State

Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in its new Department of African American Studies. The position is to be filled at the rank of assistant or beginning associate professor, effective July 1, 2012. Application deadline: December 1, 2011.

Two-year Post-doctoral Appointment at Washington University

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to fill a two-year post-doctoral appointment in masculinities and queer theory to begin in the 2012-13 academic year. Applications are invited from disciplines or interdisciplinary programs in the social sciences and humanities. Application deadline: January 17, 2012.

WRIT 8510 Spring 2012

WRIT 8510: Seminar in Rhetoric Emergent Genres in the Internet: Innovation, Evolution, and Genre Theory will be taught by Prof. Carol Berkenkotter Spring 2012 on Wednesday 2:30 to 5pm. This seminar brings together theorists and researchers from several disciplines to explore and analyze the functions of genre in the field of Computer-Mediated Communication. Click here for a course flyer

New Books at the Libraries

Our librarian, Nancy Herther, has sent us another list of recent acquisitions, click here for a full list.

"To Love and Rukus" Spoken Word Presentation

The Feminist Studies Graduate Student Association and The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies will host "To Love and Ruckus: Spoken Word by kay barrett" on Wednesday, November 16th. The event will begin at 5:00pm at Nolte Center, room 140. Click here for an event flyer.

"Revisiting bell hooks" presentation sponsored by GWSS

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies is pleased to invite you to join them for Prof. Catherine Squires Cowles presentation "Revisiting bell hooks" on Friday, October 28, 2011. The event will begin at 2pm in room 400 Ford Hall, and light refreshments will be served.

Ault Coauthors The 1968 Project

Current graduate student Elizabeth Ault's coauthored book, The 1968 Project: A Nation Coming of Age, is now available from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. It's published in conjunction with The 1968 Exhibit on display at the Minnesota History Center through February

Policy regarding University-issued International Insurance for Research Abroad

Graduate Students: The Global Programs & Strategy Alliance Office recently informed departments that graduate students must purchase University-issued international insurance, with coverage by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) or receive a waiver from the GPS Alliance in order to conduct University activities (research, attending conferences, etc) abroad. In order to be in compliance with this policy, the department will require proof of insurance or approval of a waiver for those who are doing research abroad prior to approving/releasing research or travel funds, grpp, or other funding.

"The Work of American Studies" series' first workshop of the semester will be Monday, October 24 at 3:30pm in the Scott Hall Commons on the topic of "academic conferences". Panelists will speak on a variety of subjects, including writing effective conference papers, developing panel proposals, and conceptualizing and coordinating conferences. Panelists include Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Juliana Hu Pegues, and Karisa Butler-Wall. Please bring your questions to this interactive session.

Requesting the Use of American Studies Department Funds for Research and Conference Travel

Grad students are able to request the use of Department funds for research and conference travel on an on-going basis. Continue reading for more information and the procedure for requesting the use of funds.

Castellanos Honored by Disability Services

Professor Bianet Castellanos has been awarded a 2011 Access Achievement Award by Disability Services. The awards recognize individuals who have contributed to making the University more accessible for everyone. Click here for more info.

Dillon's Article in Captive Genders

Current graduate student, Steve Dillon's article "The Only Freedom I Can See: Imprisoned Queer Writing and the Politics of the Unimaginable" was published in the collection Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison-Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011). Click here for more info.

CFP: Cornell's "From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin"

The Department of Government at Cornell University invites submissions for the conference "From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship". The conference will be held April 27-28, 2012 and will bring together a diverse group of graduate students to discuss the significance of revolutionary mobilizations and moments of solidarity. Submission deadline: November 1, 2011.

GWSS 8190 Spring 2012

GWSS 8190: The Body as Text and Context in Law, Public Policy, and Medicine will be taught spring 2012 by Prof. Mary Schuster on Mondays 2:30 to 5pm. This seminar will explore how the body is configured in legal decisions, public policy debates, and funding acceptance of medical research and treatment. Click here for course flyer.

Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies invites applications from PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender. Applications are invited from PhD candidates in the final year of dissertation writing. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support. Application deadline: November 21, 2011. Click here for full eligibility requirements and more information.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation invites applications for the 2012 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. The Fellowships are provided to PhD candidates who will complete their dissertations, with topics in religious studies or ethics, during the fellowship year. Atleast 21 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. Application deadline: November 15, 2011. Click here for full eligibility requirements and more information.

Remembrance for Prof. Judith Martin Today 10/12 at 5pm and an October 30th service

Professor Judith Martin, Geography, passed away on Monday, October 3rd. Faculty, staff and students of the Geography Department will be hosting a remembrance gathering for Judith today, Wednesday, October 12th in the John S Adams Community Room, Blegen Hall 445, beginning at 5pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information about today's and an October 30th gathering, please click here.

Agenda for 10/17/11 Assembly Meeting

All Core and Afiiliate faculty and graduate and undergraduate students are invited to the American Studies Assembly meeting on Monday, October 17th at 3:30pm in the Commons, room 105 Scott Hall. The tentative agenda for the meeting includes updates on undergraduate programming and the continuing development of graduate workshops. Please send suggestions for additional agenda items to Colleen at henne020@umn.edu

Schneider-Mayerson Co-Editor of Reconstruction

Current Graduate Student, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, co-edited the issue "Gender and Popular Fiction" of the journal Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Volume 11, Number 3. Click here for an online edition.

Save the Dates for Recruitment Weekend

Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend for 2012 will be held March 23rd and 24th.

New Technology Team

CLA OIT has reorganized the support team and asks that you contact the CLA Service Desk at (612) 624-4357 or 4help@umn.edu for assistance. Click here for details on our new tech team.

GWSS & Political Science Colloquium Series

The Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquium series will kick-off its inaugural season with lunch on Friday, October 14th at 12:25pm in 319 Coffman Memorial Union. The Colloquium is an exciting collaborative initiative of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Political Science Departments.

Wiggins Essay in World Film Locations

Current graduate student, Ben Wiggins's essay "Getting Played: Hollywood, South Central, and the Space Between" appears in the book World Film Locations: Los Angeles (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Click here for more info.

Classroom Use for Fall 2011 Finals

Fall 2011 Faculty and Instructors who will NOT use their classroom during finals week should notify the department by writing to amstdy@umn.edu no later than Monday, October 24. If you are unsure of when your final is to be held, click here to check the finals schedule.

CFP: University of Wisconsin "Gendered Borders and Queer Frontiers"

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites submission for the conference "Gendered Borders and Queer Frontiers" to be held March 16-17th, 2012. Submission deadline: November 14, 2011.

CFP: UCLA's "Thinking Gender" Conference

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women announces a call for papers for the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference "Thinking Gender". The conference will be held on February 3, 2012. Submission deadline: October 17th by noon.

Two-year Cornell Mellon Postdoc

Cornell University's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance invites applications for a two-year, teaching-research Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in global, transnational, and/or minority performance and media studies. Applications are invited from individuals who earned their PhD no earlier than September 2006. The fellowship provides a stipend of $45,000 each year. Application Deadline: January 6, 2012.

University of Delaware Search in Multiple Disciplines, Open Rank Position

The University of Delaware seeks to hire a minimum of two professors in the arts and humanities, social or behavioral sciences, or business and economics, law and public policy. They expect to hire at the associate or full professor rank though assistant professors are also encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin November 15, 211

IAS presentation: "A Guantánamo Site of Conscience?"

Join the Institute for Advanced Study for Liz Ševčenko's presentation "A Guantánamo Site of Conscience? Remembering "Gitmo" long before-and long after- 9-11" on Tuesday, October 25th at 4pm in room 125 Nolte Hall.

University of Virginia Assistant Professor in Race & Ethnicity

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies with the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia seek to fill a joint position in race and ethnicity. The position, open to applicants at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) rank, is to begin August 25, 2012. Review of applications will begin by October 14, 2011, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Univeristy of New Mexico Sociology Position

The Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico invites applications for probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision at the rank of Assistant Professor for Fall 2012. Minimum qualifications are a PhD in Sociology or a closely related discipline completed by August 15, 2012 and an active research agenda in the sociology of Latin America. Application Deadline: October 12, 2011.

William Stout and Thomas Wallace Fellowship will not be offered for 2011-2012

Please note that the Graduate School Fellowship Office administers endowed fellowships which, because they are supported by endowed income, are not all offered every year and stipends may vary from year to year. Unfortunately, this means for 2011-2012 the William Stout and Thomas Wallace Fellowship will not be offered. If you have questions, please contact Melanie.

The Graduate School's Privately-funded Fellowship Applications Due 12/1/2011

Several of the Graduate School's privately-funded fellowships do not require American Studies internal department nominations. Those which have been received in the past by American Studies students include the Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study and the Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy & Ethics. Applications are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12 noon, December 1, 2011.

The Graduate School's Norman Johnston Dewitt Fellowship Internal Deadline 11/9/2011

The Graduate School's Norman Johnston Dewitt Fellowship includes a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance and is open to advanced graduate students in the humanities. One fellowship is awarded. NOTE: Application materials are due to the Department, attention Melanie, by the internal Department deadline of November 9, 2011. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information and application form: http://www.grad.umn.edu/Fellowships/Instructions/DeWitt.html

Fall Assembly Meeting 10/17/11

Please mark your calendars for the fall American Studies Assembly meeting. The Assembly is comprised of core and affiliate faculty and graduate and undergraduate students and meets once each semester. The fall meeting will be held on Monday, October 17th at 3:30pm in the Commons, room 105 Scott Hall.

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2012 Fellowships. Applications are invited from individuals who have earned their PhD no earlier than November 30, 2004 and no later than November 17, 2011 in a research-based field from a U.S. educational institution. The postdoctoral fellowships provide one year of support including a $40,000 stipend. Application deadline: November 17, 2011. Click here for full guidelines and application.

Ford Dissertation Fellowship

The Ford Dissertation Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2012 Fellowships. Applications are invited from PhD candidates studying in a research-based discipline at a U.S. educational institution. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support including a $21,000 stipend. Application deadline: November 17, 2011. Click here for full guidelines and application.

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2012 Fellowships. Applications are invited from individuals enrolled in a research-based program leading to a PhD at a U.S. educational institution. The fellowships provide 3 years of support including an annual stipend $20,000. Application deadline: November 14, 2011. Click here for full guidelines and application.

Spring 2012 Book Orders Due

Faculty & Grad Instructors: Book orders for Spring 2012 courses are due. Please send your order to amstdy@umn.edu by Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Continue reading for the order form, bookstore ordering guidelines, and notes that help process your order and obtain desk copies.

Written Prelim Portfolio Exam Fall Semester Submission Date

3RD YEAR STUDENTS: The fall semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is November 1st. If you are planning to submit your portfolio exam materials for this semester, contact Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) regarding your intent to submit on November 1st and to confirm the members of your examination committee.

2010-2011 Graduate Student Milestones

We are pleased to announce the following milestones completed by graduate students during the past academic year, 2010-2011:

PhDs conferred: Pamela Butler, Michael David Franklin, Sonjia Hyon, Danny LaChance, Ryan Murphy, Scott Shoemaker, Harrod Suarez, and Cathryn Merla Watson.

MAs conferred: Lauren Shell.

Passed prelim exams: Myrl Beam, Mike Cheyne, Susie Hatmaker, A.J. Lewis, Waleed Mahdi, Karla Padron, and Tom Sarmiento.

Continue reading for dissertation titles from PhDs conferred.

CSCL Conference "Aesthetics/Class/Worlds" October 14-15, 2011

Join the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature for their 2nd annual conference "Aesthetics/Class/Worlds" on October 14-15, 2011 on the University of Minnesota's East Bank Campus. The conference is free and open to the public and will feature key note speakers Kristin Ross (NYU) and Eric Cazdyn (Univ of Toronto).

CFP: "Craving Happiness, Containing Anxiety" Brown University

Brown University invites submissions for the 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference "Craving Happiness, Containing Anxiety" to be held April 13-14, 2012. The goal of the conference is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion about the role that happiness and anxiety have played in shaping human society in the past and present. Submission deadline: November 18, 2011.

Child Contributed to Award Winning Documentary

Professor Brenda Child contributed to the Twin Cities Public Television documentary First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language. The film recently won the Regional Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary at the Midwest Regional Emmy Award Ceremony.

Heikkila's Sisterhood of War

Kim Heikkila, PhD 2002, published her book Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietname (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011). Click here for a Star Tribune article about the book.

New Library Resources Available

Our librarian, Nancy Herther, has sent some updated information to us about the libraries. She has shared new resources including new book and video lists. There are also in-class presentations she offers that may be aide students in their writing and research.

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