February 2012 Archives

The spring semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is April 2 at 12:00 Noon. If you are planning to submit your Portfolio Exam materials for this semester, contact Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) regarding your intent to submit on April 2 and to confirm the members of your examination committee.

2012 May Term Dissertation Writing Retreat

The Center for Writing and the Graduate School's annual 3-week on-campus Dissertation Writing Retreat will be held this year from May 21st-June 7th, 2012. All dissertation-writing graduate students are invited to apply for one of the 15 open seats, which is a free opportunity for concentrated writing time in a supportive group setting. Applications due: April 9th by 5 p.m.

Ford Foundation Research Travel Grants Program

Each spring and fall, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards a number of grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Grants defray North American travel, living, and photocopy expenses for a research trip to the Ford Library. Postmark deadlines for applications are March 15th, 2012 and September 15th, 2012. Click here for more details.

2012 Ford Scholar Award

The Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter is an annual award of $5,000 given to a doctoral student to support dissertation research and writing on an aspect of the United States political process and public policy, broadly defined. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. program (coursework and examinations) by the application deadline, except for the dissertation. The postmark deadline to apply: May 1, 2012. Click here for more info.

CFP: Anthology on Queer Utopias

Palgrave MacMillian seeks submissions for their anthology on queer utopias titled "Somewhere Over the Rainbow: A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias". The anthology is a symposium on queer space and queer utopias and contributors are encouraged to submit both theoretical and empirical work. Submission deadline: ASAP

Two Upcoming Presentations on Critical Theory

The Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium Series "Capital and Crisis" invites you to two upcoming presentations from outstanding scholars in critical theory: Professor Robert Hullot-Kentor will present on Friday, March 2nd at 1:30pm and Professor Alex Demirovic will present on Tuesday, March 6th at 5:00pm. Both events will be held in room 1314 Social Science Tower.

Mural presentation by artist Miguel Rep

"Mural Por Los Derechos Humanos", a mural depicting the struggles for Human Rights in Argentina in the last decades, will be presented by artist and cartoonist Miguel Rep on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00am in room 416 Folwell Hall. The event is in conjunction with the XVII the State of Iberoamerican Studies Series "Human Rights Across the Disciplines".

"Metronatural: Inventing Urban Nature in Seattle" Talk by Andrew Karvonen

Join the Geography Coffee Hour this Thursday, March 1st at 3:45pm in room 445 Blegen Hall featuring Andrew Karvonen's presentation "Metronatural: Inventing Urban Nature in Seattle".

"Women in Afghanistan: Securing Their Future" Presentation

"Women in Afghanistan: Securing Their Future" a talk with David Cortright in honor of International Women's Day will be held on Friday, March 9th in the Humphrey School Atrium beginning at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

"Gender and Sexuality and the Black Arts Movement" Lecture

Join the Department of OF Theatre Arts & Dance and Penumbra Theater for Sydne Mahone's lecture entitled "Gender and Sexuality and the Black Arts Movement" on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00pm in the In-flux Auditorium, room 110 E Regis Center for Art.

Time change for Preliminary Portfolio Exam Workshop

NOTE: The "Preliminary Portfolio Exam" workshop will begin at 3:45pm (instead of 3:30) on Monday, February 27th in the Scott Hall Commons.

American Studies Teaching and Assisting Applications for 2012-13

To apply for a TA-ship next year, please complete the attached application (s). One is a form used to indicate your preference for assisting in the classroom, and the other for teaching. Because assisting positions are limited we recommend that all students who will be ABD next year also apply to the teaching pool. Please feel free to contact Colleen (612-624-1871) with any questions. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, March 21st, 2012.

Child's Book Reviewed

Prof. Brenda Child's book Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community was reviewed by the Star Tribune. Click here to read the article.

Carwright received PhD

Ryan Cartwright has received his PhD with his dissertation titled "Peculiar Places: A Queer History of Rural Nonconformity." Rod Ferguson and Kevin Murphy, advisers.

Join the Graduate Workshop in Modern History for Drew Thompson's presentation "Blurring the Color Lines: Photography in the Colonial Capital of Lourenço Marques 1950-1975" held Wednesday, February 29th at 12pm in room 25 in Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

"From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics" Legal History Workshop

Sam Moyn from Columbia University will be presenting "From Antiwar Politics to Antitorture Politics" at the Legal History Workshop session on Friday, February 24th in room 55 of Mondale Hall from 12:15 to 2:10pm. A light lunch and refreshments will be available. Click here for more info.

PCard Receipts Due

Please submit receipts for all February PCard purchases to Laura by Thursday, March 1st.

Grad Student Networking Resources & Upcoming Events

CLA's Office of Research and Graduate Programs would like to draw your attention to the following career and networking resources and events. Click here for more info.

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2012. The position will be a joint appointment between the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (formerly known as the Women's Studies Program). Earned PhD in Women's Studies or related discipline or interdisciplinary field strongly preferred; A.B.D. considered. Application deadline: March 8th, 2012.

Brown University Postdoc Fellowship in Public Humanities

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow in public humanities for the academic year 2012-13. While the nature of an applicant's specific interests and areas of expertise is left open, these should be complementary to the present makeup of the Center. Annual (12-month) salary is $45,000 plus additional supplement to allow for single person health and dental coverage from university providers. Application deadline: March 1, 2012.

NY Public Library LGBT Research Travel Grant

Each year, the New York Public Library provides stipends for up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. The stipends support travel to New York City and related expenses to do research in the Library's premier LGBT history collections. The program is limited to emerging scholars--those without permanent academic appointments -or those who are unaffiliated with an academic institution. Application deadline: April 1st, 2012.

American Studies Assembly Meeting Agenda for Monday, Feb 20th at 3:30pm

All Core and Affiliate faculty and graduate and undergraduate students are invited to the American Studies Assembly meeting Monday, February 20th at 3:30pm in the Commons, room 105 Scott Hall. The tentative agenda for the meeting includes updates on recruitment weekend and Noble lecture and a discussion on continuing to build intellectual community. Please send suggestions for additional agenda items to Colleen at henne020@umn.edu.

The next "Work of American Studies" series workshop is Monday, February 27th at 3:30pm in the Scott Hall Commons on the topic of "Preliminary Portfolio Exam". This workshop will review fulfilling the Preliminary Portfolio Exam requirement, provide guidance on preparing for the exam, and compiling portfolio components. Please review relevant sections of the handbook and come with your questions. Click here for the most up-to-date version of the grad handbook.

Center for Jewish Studies Izun/Mizan Film Series 3 events

Izun/Mizan: A Film and Dialogue Series at the University of Minnesota will present three evenings of award-winning films that explore the complexity of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict followed by dialog and listening between audience members. The first evening will be on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:30pm in room 135 Nicholson Hall.

"The Presence of 'America' in India" Conference at UI-Urbana-Champaign

The International Forum for U.S. Studies will be hosting the conference "The Presence of 'America' in India: Where and How Does 'America' Appear and What are the Effects". The conference will be free and open to the public on April 5-7, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Economic and Social Justice in the 21st Century Conference at Macalester

The American Studies Department at Macalester College is hosting the 13th annual American Studies Conference, "Economic and Social Justice in the 21st Century" on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th, 2012. The conference seeks to highlight the links among scholarship, activism, and civic engagement. Click here for more info.

Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Macalester College invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in social sciences or natural sciences to begin August 27, 2012. Area of specialization is open, but a strong preference will be given to applicants with research and teaching experience in feminist and queer theory and LGBT studies. Position is benefits-eligible and salary will be commensurate with experience. A PhD by time of appointment is required. Application deadline: March 2, 2012.

American Studies Teaching Application for Summer 2012

To apply for a summer teaching position, please complete the attached application. To be eligible for the teaching positions you must have passed your preliminary examinations. Please feel free to contact Colleen (612-624-1871) with any questions. The deadline for the application is Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.

Child's Holding Our World Together February Events

Professor Brenda Child published her book Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (Viking, 2012). She will discuss the book at two events in the coming weeks, one at Black Bear Crossings and one at the University Bookstore . Child book.jpg

Dillon's Essay in Radical History Review

Current graduate student Steve Dillon had his essay "Possessed by Death: The Neoliberal-Carceral State, Black Feminism, and the Afterlife of Slavery" in the latest issue of the Radical History Review: Genealogies of Neoliberalism, Volume 2012, Number 112. Click here for an abstract.

Murphy's Essay in Radical History Review

Ryan Murphy, PhD '10, had his essay "United Airlines is for Lover's?: Flight Attendant Activism and the Family Values Economy in the 1990s" in the latest issue of Radical History Review: Genealogies of Neoliberalism, Volume 2012, Number 112. Click here for an abstract.

Wiggins's Essay in World Film Locations: Paris

Current graduate student Ben Wiggins's essay on the film Story of a Three-Day Pass was published in World Film Locations: Paris (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Click here for more info on the book.

IAS Forum on "Why Future Research and Teaching Will Be Interdisciplinary"

Join the IAS for "Questions Without Borders: Why Future Research and Teaching Will Be Interdisciplinary", a forum on why large research universities need to do more to offer interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate education. The event will be held on Monday, February 13th at 3:30pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Click here for more info.

Dartmouth College's Futures of American Studies Institute Summer 2012

Dartmouth College is accepting applications for the 2012 Futures of American Studies Institute. This week-long institute will run from Monday, June 18h through Sunday, June 24th with the topic "The State(s) of American Studies". Applications will be accepted until all slots have been filled, but applications received by May 18, 2012 will be granted priority. For more information, click here.

Tenure-track assistant/associate professor in African-American History at DePaul University

DePaul University is accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in African-American History, all subfields and periods welcome. PhD preferred, but advanced ABD considered. Primarily serving as an undergraduate student population, the department also offers a terminal MA in history. Review of applications has begun and will continue until a final decision is made. Click here for more info.

SAVE THE DATE: April 12 Graduate and Profession​al Education Assembly on Advising

The spring 2012 Graduate and Professional Education Assembly on "From First Course to First Job: Developing Rewarding Excellence in Graduate Student Advising" will be held on Thursday, April 12th from 1:30-4:00pm in the Mississippi Room at Coffman Memorial Union. For more information about the Assembly and how to register, please click here.

Center for Jewish Studies Colloquium Series

"Between Inquisition and Holocaust Landscapes: Jews in Contemporary Spanish Fiction" will be presented by Stacy Beckwith as part of the Center for Jewish Studies Colloquium Series on Thursday, February 9th at 12:00 to 1:30pm in 325 Nicholson Hall.

Forum on Interdisciplinary Undergraduate and Graduate Education

Join the IAS for "Questions Without Borders: Why Future Research and Teaching Will Be Interdisciplinary", a forum on why large research universities need to do more to offer interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate education. The event will be held on Monday, February 13th at 3:30pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Click here for more info.

Call for Submissions: Radical History Review Special Issue

The Radical History Review invites submissions for its special issues "The Fictions of Finance". The special issue aims to decipher a vast array of moral panics, conceptual revolutions, legal constructions, and discursive forms implicated and imbricated within the world histories of capital. Submission deadline: March 15, 2012. Click here for more info.

Update from Nancy Herther

UPDATE FROM LIBRARIAN NANCY HERTHER: The Libraries has agreed to participate with four other major institutions to explore the possibilities of e-textbooks. We are in the early stages of ebook migration - working to do everything we can improve access to these key materials. More information will be coming as the project begins, but for an article published by The Chronicle about the study, click here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Nancy.

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