September 2012 Archives

To Core and Affiliate Faculty, and Graduate and Undergraduate students:

THE AMERICAN STUDIES FALL ASSEMBLY meeting will be held on Monday, October 15th from 3:30 - 5 pm in 105 Scott Hall (the Scott Hall Commons). Following the meeting will be the annual FALL POTLUCK. All students and faculty are invited to attend either or both events. For the potluck, just bring your favorite dish, the department will provide non-alcoholic drinks. Continue reading for a tentative agenda and more details.

Ford Fellowship Workshop Tuesday 10/9 at 3:30pm

Prof. Bianet Castellanos, Prof. Lisa Park, and Prof. Louis Mendoza will be presenting a workshop on Ford Foundation Graduate Student Fellowships on Tuesday, October 9th at 3:30pm in the Commons, room 105 Scott Hall. The Ford Foundation provides predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to scholars committed to diversity and equality. For more information about the fellowships, please click here.

Please note, although this workshop specifically applies to the Ford Fellowships, this can be a useful exercise for other fellowship applications.

The Graduate School's Stout & Wallace Fellowships include a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and are open to graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who are ni the intermediate years of the PhD, normally students currently in their 2nd and 3rd years. Up to 1 Stout award and 2 Wallace awards total. NOTE: Application materials are due to the Department, attention Melanie, by the internal Department deadline of October 16th at 12:00pm Noon. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information:

The Graduate School's Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study includes a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance and is open to graduate students proposing a year of well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Up to two fellowships awarded. Applications for this fellowship do not require departmental nomination and are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12 noon, November 1, 2012. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information:

ICGC Brown Bag "Toward a Sustainable Epistemology"

ICGC Brown Bag: On Friday, September 28th, "Toward a Sustainable Epistemology" will be presented by Naomi Scheman, Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Discussion will begin at 12:00pm in room 537 Heller Hall.

Crime After Crime Film Screening

Documentary Film screening of Crime After Crime and discussion with film maker Yoav Potash will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00pm in Mondale Hall room 25. Click here for an event flier.

Sabbatical & Single Semester Leave Applications Due

Sabbatical and Single Semester Leave applications are due this Friday, September 28th. Please put completed applications in Kevin Murphy's mailbox by this Friday, so that we can get them signed, copied and submitted to CLA by the collegiate deadline.

Minnesota Law Review Symposium October 26th

The Minnesota Law Review is pleased to announce its 2012 Symposium "A More Perfect Union? Democracy in the Age of Ballot Initiatives" scheduled for Friday, October 26th at the University of Minnesota Law School. This symposium will focus on the role that direct democracy plays in American politics and to the extent which it is compatible with our constitutional system. For more information or to register, please click here.

Women's & Gender Studies Dept at Wellesley Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position

The Women's and Gender Studies Department at Wellesley College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in migration and transnationalism to start in the fall 2013. They seek a social scientist (or training in a related field) whose research and teaching utilizes qualitative or quantitative methods with priority given to scholars whose work is non-US based. PhD preferred, ABD considered. Applications due: November 15th. Click here for more info.

The Department of Media Studies and the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia seek to hire jointly a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment beginning August 25th, 2013. The successful candidate must have a PhD or be ABD with expected completion of June 2013, have evidence of innovative and effective teaching, and have excellent research promise in both media studies and gender and/or sexuality studies. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1st, 2012.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Korean Social Science at USC

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Korean Social Science to begin Fall 2013. Candidates should have a PhD by the expected start date and should demonstrate the promise of excellence in both research and teaching. Review of applications began on September 15th, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

"Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads" Joint Speaker Series

"Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads," is a 2012-2013 lecture series co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies and the Department of African American and African Studies.

Here is the schedule for the joint lecture series. Lecture details and fliers will be distributed as the dates approach. Click here to view the series postcard.

September 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci
Malinda Lindquist, University of Minnesota

October 22, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Rod Ferguson, University of Minnesota

November 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Yuichiro Onishi, University of Minnesota

February 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci

Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota

March 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 815 SocSci

Anissa Wardi, Chatham University

Tuesday, April 9 (David Noble Lecture, location TBD)
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan

CFP: Black (Academic) Women's Health

CFP: Black (Academic) Women's Health: This issue will be the first of several theme issues to address the health of various communities of women of color, LGBTQ health, and the health of gender non-conforming people. Please submit essays, stories, or research briefs of up to 1,500 words to by October 5, 2012

LGBTQ Rights, Sexuality and Politics -- 3rd European Conference

CFP: LGBTQ Rights, Sexuality and Politics -- 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender 21-23 March 2013; Universitat Pompeu Fabra For more information, see

The New History Project Small Grants

THE NEW HISTORY PROJECT at the Joint Center for History and Economics ( offers twice-annual competitions for small research grants (from $400 to $4000), available for advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing historical research on economic life.

Tenure-track job at University or Oregon

THE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM and Communication, in conjunction with the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Oregon, seeks a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on the critical analysis of media industries and institutions with primary emphasis on moving images. Application deadline: October 1, 2012.

Tenure-track job in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

THE WOMEN'S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY Studies Program at Yale University is pleased to announce a search for a tenure track appointment in the field of gender, sexuality, and transnational migration. They are interested in seeking research on migration across the Global South, and especially across and within Africa, Latin America, South-east Asia, and the Caribbean. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012.

ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program: reply by Friday, 9/21

ACLS NEW FACULTY fellows program award 25 fellows in 2012-13. American Studies students who plan to defend and clear their PhD prior to December 31st and are interested in being nominated for the program should send a dissertation abstract and c.v. to Bianet Castellanos at by noon on Friday, September 21, 2012. Please review criteria here: 2012 ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program Description.pdf

Joseph Kwiat Award for Best ASA Paper

THE JOSEPH J. KWIAT award is for up to $500 for travel expenses to attend the ASA annual meeting, awarded to the best American Studies at U of MN graduate student conference paper presented at ASA. Application deadline: October 10, 2012.

The Gender, Sexuality, Power and Politics Colloquium

THE GENDER, SEXUALITY, POWER, and Politics Colloquium is pleased to announce our fall schedule! Please join us for our first meeting of the fall on Friday, October 12th, 12:15pm, in Ford Hall 400. Laurie Ouellette (Department of Communication Studies, UMN) will present her work. For details on this talk, and more information about our year-long schedule attached, please click below.


ICGC DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC Lecture by Professor Sylvia Tamale, "Reconciling Sexual Rights with Cultural Specificities: The Case of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill" will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 3:30-5:00pm, 1210 Heller Hall. For more information click the link below.


"TRANSNATIONAL YOUTH IN OAXACA:Linguistic and Educational Explorations," is being presented by Kim Potowski, Univ. of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:00 - 4:00 Folwell Hall 121.


MALINDA ALAINE LINDQUIST presents "Race, Social Science, and the Crisis of Manhood, 1890-1970." The first lecture in the Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads series will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 3:30-5:00pm in 815 Social Science Tower.

Ferguson Chapter in Anthology

Professor Roderick Ferguson's chapter "On the Specificities of Racial Formation: Gender and Sexuality in the Historiographies of Race" was published in the anthology Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2012). Click here for more info.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Studies at Cal State-Fullerton

The American Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton is conducting a search for a tenure-track assistant professor to being August 2013. Desirable specializations include immigration and/or ethnicity in California and the West. PhD in American Studies or in American social/cultural history required. Application Deadline: October 1st, 2012.

ASA Students' Committee Survey

The American Studies Association Students' Committee has put together an online survey to learn more about the needs of American Studies students across the country. They are interested in getting views on the field, the ASA, the regional ASA chapters, the Students' Committee, and other student-related issues and would appreciate feedback. If interested, click here to complete the survey by Friday, September 28th.

Statistical Consulting Service for Researchers

The Statistical Consulting Service of the School of Statistics is open for the fall semester and is available to provide advice and guidance on the statistical aspects of your research, including study, design, analysis, interpretation and writing. For more information on services and scheduling appointments, continue reading this post.

IDF for 2013-14 Internal Deadline: Wednesday, October 10th

IDF INTERNAL DEADLINE OCTOBER 10th: The Graduate School will again be awarding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for 2013-14, which includes $22,500 and full tuition. The American Studies internal deadline is based on the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and MN Population Center deadlines. For details on preparing applications to work in those centers, continue reading this post.

**If you intend to apply and partner with a different center/institute, contact Melanie by Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, so she can review those center/institute requirements.

Professor Melinda Lindquist will present lecture in the joint series between the Departments of African American & African Studies and American Studies. Join us for this first event in the series on Monday, September 24th at 3:30pm in room 815 Social Science Tower. Prof. Lindquist's lecture title and brief description will be distributed in the digest next week. For more information on the series "Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads," including upcoming dates and presenters, continue reading.

Pierce's Racing for Innocence

Professor Jennifer L. Pierce published her book Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action (Stanford University Press, 2012). She will be giving a public talk about her research at the Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquia Series on November 30th, 2012. Click here for more info about the book.

Save the Date: P.J. Brownlee Public Lecture Nov. 8th

Save the date for a lecture "Spectral Illusions, Spiritualism, and the Limits of Vision: Francis Edmonds' The Speculator" by Peter John (P.J.) Brownlee on Thursday, November 8th at 4pm. Brownlee is the Associate Curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art who will be presenting on the many, pointed allegories of "speculation" in the American 1840s and '50s. Location and lecture description will be made available on the Department of Art History's website.

GIGGS Kick-off Event

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group for Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) is hosting a fall kick-off event tonight, Wednesday, September 12th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Kitty Kat Club. Join them for a complimentary drink and find out more about their ongoing initiatives which include an annual lecture, colloquium series, reading group, writing workshop, and conference planning. Click here for an event flyer.

To find out more about GIGSS and how to get involved, email

Willie Cole Public Lecture 9/13/12

Join the Department of Art for a public lecture by Willie Cole, renowned New Jersey-based African American artist. The lecture will begin at 7pm on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 in the InFlux Space in the Regis Center for Art. Click here for more info.

Fall 2012 Legal History Workshop Schedule

The schedule for the fall Legal History Workshop/Seminar Series has been set. Seminars will be held on Fridays from 12:15 - 1:15pm in room 262 Mondale Hall. The first will be held Friday, September 28th titled "Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution" by Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law. Continue reading for the full schedule.

Tenure-track History and Public Policy

The Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship starting fall 2013. The position requires expertise related to public policy in contemporary history; it is open to substantive policy area but they are particularly interested in candidates with substantive research agendas focused on environmental policy, immigration policy, or labor and family policy. A PhD in history, political science, public policy or a closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment. Applications due: November 2nd, 2012.

CFP: Graduate Workshop in Modern History Fall Semester

The Graduate Workshop in Modern History (GWMH) is currently soliciting papers for its 2012 fall semester schedule. If you have a seminar paper, dissertation chapter, MA thesis, or other project you would like to submit to a journal or present at a conference, the GWMH is a perfect place to receive useful and interdisciplinary feedback in an informal atmosphere. If you are interested, please continue reading for more details.

Scheduling an Appointment with Chair, DGS or Undergrad Adivsor

To schedule an appointment with our Chair Kevin Murphy, DGS Bianet Castellanos, or Undergraduate Advisor Abby Conover, please e-mail or call the main office 612-624-4190 with your preferred time, date, and topic/description for the appointment.

Kevin Murphy will be holding Chair office hours on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm in his office in 104 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 20 minute time slots.

Bianet Castellanos will be holding DGS office hours on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in 102 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 20 minute time slots.

Abby Conover will be holding her American Studies Undergraduate Advising appointments Mondays 1pm-4:30pm, Tuesdays 9am-12pm, and Fridays 1pm-4:30pm in 102 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 30 minutes time slots.

For Fellowships Recipients: Fellowships and Taxes

For Fellowship Recipients: The University does not automatically withhold taxes from fellowships. Those of you on fellowship may find the University website about fellowships and taxes informative: From here, click on the "non-service fellowship" link. For the pdf form to request withholding of graduate fellowship income tax, click here.

Pay Periods for Graduate Appointments

Academic year payments for Graduate student TAs, RA and fellows are distributed over 19.5 stipend periods, every two weeks. The pay periods go from 8/27/12 - 5/26/13 (the last check is .5 checke, so will be half the amount as the others). The actual first PAY DAY is September 19th. The last PAY DAY is June 12th. If you are on a semester appointment, the dates are 8/27/12 - 1/09/13 in the Fall and 1/10/13 - 5/26/13 in the Spring.

ACLS Faculty Research Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is accepting applications for a number of awards funding research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for faculty. Please continue reading for a list of awards with application deadlines of October 2nd, 2012.

Smith Beitiks Accepts Position

Emily Smith Beitiks, PhD '12, has accepted a new position as Assistant Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Library Resources for Fall Courses

Nancy Herther has created a list of resources that may be helpful for students and instructors this semester. Continue reading for the memo from Nancy.

Memo for Instructors: Policies Regarding Student Athletes

The Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics has asked that instructors read the following memo regarding University policies for student athletes. Continue reading for the memo.

Graduate Student Health Insurance

To register for Graduate Student Health Insurance please click here and follow the steps on this webpage. Be sure to review your student account and ensure you are charged for Graduate Health Plan, not the Student Insurance Plan. Please contact Colleen at 612-624-1871 if you have any questions.

University Libraries Grad Student Research Workshop

"Seven Keys to Grad Research Success," A workshop sponsored by the University Libraries is intended to give a head-start on learning the essential information that every grad student needs to know here at the University of Minnesota. The workshop will be offered on three different occasions in the upcoming weeks. Click here for a full schedule and info on how to register.

Postdoc at Penn State University in African American and Diaspora Studies

The Africana Research Center at Penn State University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect of African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning August 2013. During their residency, fellows have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD within the previous four academic years. Application deadline: November 7th, 2012.

CFP: AAAS Conference "The Afterlives of Empire"

The Association for Asian American Studies invites submissions for the 2013 conference "The Afterlives of Empire" to be held April 17-20th, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The conference hopes to explore the breadth and depth of historical and contemporary imperial formations and practices, to map what might be called imperial fields -the nodes and circuits of power, capital, and desire generated by colonization, commerce, and migrations around the world. Submission deadline: October 15th, 2012.

CFP: 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference

Submissions are invited for the 34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context" to be held February 13-16th, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. While the area of American Studies is one that should be centered in the cultures of the Americas, a particularly vibrant area of inquiry is increasingly found in the transnational, intra-national and global considerations of these cultures. Topics offering multiple perspectives in this vein on the American Southwest are especially welcome. Submission deadline: November 16th, 2012.

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