December 2011 Archives

GEOG 8240 Spring 2012

GEOG 8240: Medical Geography: Critical Approaches to Health will be taught by Prof. Abigail Neely this spring on Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:30pm. Click here for a course description.

"Politics, New Media, and Inequality" talk

The Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics colloquium series is hosting a talk "Politics, New Media, and Inequality: From the Occupy Movement to the 2012 Elections" by Professor Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago) on Thursday, January 19th at 4pm in the Cowles Auditorium. Click here for an event flyer.

New library resources

Our librarian, Nancy Herther, has shared research resources and information on in-class presentations for your spring 2012 courses.

PCard Receipts due

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

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 1 and February 22. Students are also required to submit a Student Activites Report (SAR) each calendar year. Please submit your SAR to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

CFP: EXTENDED DEALINE "Battleground States" at Bowling Green State University February 2012

Bowling Green State University's Cultural Studies Scholar's Organization is pleased to invite submissions for the seventh annual Battleground States Conference: "3R: Response, Re/Actions, and Revolt". Battleground States is an interdisciplinary conference fostering an open and productive environment for scholars, artists, and activists to present their work in an intellectually stimulating environment. The conference will be held February 23-26, 2012 at the Bowling Green State University Campus. Submission deadline EXTENDED TO: January 8th, 2012.

CFP: Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics

Submissions are invited for the collection "Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics". This collection of scholarly essays, brief reflections, and info blurbs will focus on intersections between energy, history, and a range of cultural formations including literature, film, art, digital media, and popular culture. Abstract deadline: March 15, 2012.

TH 8120 Spring 2012

TH8120 Performance Theory, Performance Studies will be taught spring 2012 by Professor Margaret Werry on Fridays from 9:05am to 12:05pm.

1 year LGBT Studies postdoc teaching fellowship

Carleton College Women's and Gender Studies Program is actively accepting applications for their one-year LGBT Studies postdoctoral teaching fellowship to begin September 1, 2012. Appointment involves half-time teaching, half-time research, and residency for the year. Review of applications has begun, and will continue until position is filled. Click here for more info.

CANCELLED: Dec 19th "The Work of American Studies" DGS Workshop

Because we only received a small number of RSVPs, "The Work of American Studies" session scheduled for Monday, December 19th on the theme "Applying for Fellowships and Grants" has been cancelled.

Fall Grades Due & Incomplete Grades

FALL 2011 FACULTY & INSTRUCTORS: Grades must be submitted by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 29th.

Grad Instructors & TAs with Scott Hall Offices

If you are not teaching or TAing in spring 2012, please remove all personal items from your office and return your key to the department office by Friday, December 23rd. Any unclaimed items will be removed.

AFRO 5910 spring 2011

AFRO 5910 "Feast or Famine: The Politics of Food in Literary & Cultural Contexts" will be taught spring 2011 by Prof. Njeri Githire on Wednesdays from 10:10am to 12:20pm. Click here for a course flyer.

BTHX 5000/JOUR 5990 spring 2011

BTHX 5000/JOUR 5990 "Fear and Loathing in Bioethics" will be taught spring 2011 by Professor Carl Elliot on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30pm. Click here for a course description.

CFP: "Media and the Arab Spring" at the University College Dublin

The Clinton Institute for American Studies at The University College Dublin invites papers for the conference "Media and the Arab Spring" to be held April 14-15, 2012. This conference will bring together media practitioners, writers, commentators and scholars to investigate the role of different forms of media in shaping certain events and perceptions of them. Submission deadline: February 1, 2012. Click here for more info.

CFP: SW/TX Popular & American Culture Assoc Conference

The Southwest Texas Popular and American Culture Association invites submissions for the 33rd Annual Conference to be held February 8-11, 2012. The conference theme "Celebrating 'Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context'" honors the cultures of New Mexico whose celebration of food transcends national boundaries. Submission deadline: December 15, 2011. Click here for more info.

RSVP for "The Work of American Studies" session on December 19th

RSVP required by Monday, December 12th: "The Work of American Studies" session scheduled for Monday, December 19th from 3:30 - 5:00pm in the Scott Hall Commons will feature the theme "Applying for Fellowships and Grants". Scheduled speakers include Alison Skoberg of the Graduate School Fellowship Office, who will discuss strategies for identifying internal and external fellowships; Prof. Brenda Child, who will discuss the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program; and PhD candidate Ben Wiggins, who will speak about crafting a successful Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application.

Library Books and Videos

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 Thursday, December 22nd.

HCA Spring Academy Call for Applications

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies invites applications for the ninth Spring Academy, which will take place March 26-30, 2012 in Heidelberg, Germany. Applications that range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences and pursue an interdisciplinary approach are encouraged. Application deadline: December 15, 2012. Click here for more info.

GLBT Studies & Campus Life "Beyond Marriage: Broadening LGBTQ Social Movements" discussion

The Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies & Campus Life is please to present the second colloquium series of the Fall term, "Beyond Marriage: Broadening of LGBTQ Social Movements", on Thursday, December 8th from 4 to 5:30pm in room 140 Nolte Center. The discussion will be facilitated by Myrl Beam, and among the panelists are Jesus Estrada-Perez and Eli Vitulli.

Political Theory Colloquium 12/16/2011 "Crisis and (Im)Mortality"

The Political Theory Colloquium is proud to present Professor A. Kiarina Kordela of the Department of German Studies at Macalaster College at 1:30pm on December 16 in Social Sciences 1314. Professor Kordela will present her paper "Crisis and (Im)Mortality" as part of the continuing series "Capital and Crisis".

Call for abstracts for "Transforming Lives" volume

Submissions are invited for the special edition volume "Transforming Lives: Hmong Women, Gender and Power". As the first edited volume focusing on Hmong women, this project demands an innovative interdisciplinary approach in which we borrow from different theoretical frameworks to generate a materially rich and conceptually rigorous dialogue. Abstract deadline: January 31, 2012. Click here for more info.

CFP: Conference on Pop Culture at Bowling Green

The Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University invites papers for the First Annual Ray Brown Conference on Popular Culture to be held March 31st-April 1st, 2012. The conference hopes to address this question: what is popular culture in the 21st century and how must we study it? Submission deadline: February 3, 2012. Click here for more info.

Vitulli Passed Prelims

Eli Vitulli has passed his preliminary portfolio and oral exams and now holds ABD status.

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