October 2012 Archives

Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium with Adam Dahl

The Minnesota Political Colloquium will feature graduate student Adam Dahl's presentation. He will present his paper "Antinomies of a Founding: Constituting the U.S. Imperial Republic," on November 2nd from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Lippincott Room (Social Sciences Tower 1314).

New Books for Students and Staff

New Books at University Libraries: Nancy Herther has a list of new books that may be helpful for research or teaching.

Workshop for faculty: "Supporting Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Planning"

Supporting Graduate Student and PostDoc Career Planning: A Workshop for Advisers and Mentors" will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 12:00-1:30pm in 319 Akerman Hall. The presenters and participants in this workshop will focus on sharing information, strategies and resources related to academic and non-academic career planning processes and job search practices.

Professor Richa Nagar "Storytelling and Co-authorship in Feminist Alliance Work"

Professor Richa Nagar, presents "Storytelling and Co-authorship in Feminist Alliance Work: Reflections From a Journey" on November 2nd, from 1:00-2:15 PM in 400 Ford Hall.

Bridging the Gap: African Diaspora Studies, Area Studies and the Disciplines Symposium

Carleton College's Program in African and African American Studies is hosting a symposium, "Bridging the Gap: African Diaspora Studies Area Studies, and the Disciplines" scheduled for February 15th and 16th, 2013. Guest speakers will include Professors Jean Rahier, Bruce Whitehouse, and Marlon Bailey.

Benjamin Wiggins You Talkin' Revolution in Black Camera

Current graduate student Benjamin Wiggins published his article "You Talkin' Revolution, Sweetback': On Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Revolutionary Filmmaking" in Black Camera. This essay analyzes the production, text, and reception of Melvin Van Peebles's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song to consider the potential of revolutionary cinema.

David Noble Book Reading at The Bookhouse

Author and Professor Emeritus David Noble will be reading excerpts from his new book Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and Fragmentation of Intellectual Life at The Bookhouse in Dinkytown on Sunday, November 11th from 2:00-4:00pm.

United States Capitol Fellowship

The United States Capitol Historical Society is now accepting applications for their Fellowship for Research on the Art and Architecture of the United States Capitol. Graduate students enrolled in a degree program in art/architectural history, American history or American studies may apply. Application deadline is March 15, 2013.

Click here for a link to the programs website.

Performing the Enlightenment in the Twenty-First Century Conference

The Department of Theatre and Dance is hosting "Performing the Enlightenment in the Twenty-First Century". The conference, scheduled for November 30 and December 1 at the Nolte Center, seeks to re-open discussion on the Enlightenment in times of today's economic crisis when the basic driver of the academe is the distribution of resources.

Grad students wanted at ASA Puerto Rico

If you are or know a graduate student attending the ASA in Puerto Rico, they are still in need of volunteers to staff the registration/information booths and to run the continuous screening room. In exchange you can have your fee waived. Contact Matthew Frye Jacobson directly at matthew.jacobson@yale.edu

Call for Papers: New annual journal Manifest issue "Looking Forward"

Manifest, a new annual independent print journal on American architecture and urbanism, is requesting text, project, and photographic proposals for its first issue entitled, "Looking Inward." For this issue, MANIFEST encourages a range of narratives, from the panoramic to the miniature, so long as they recast our understanding of how America is artificial, peculiar, and intriguing. Submission deadline is Friday, December 14.

Modern history graduate workshop

The Modern History graduate workshop this Friday, October 26 will feature Chantel Rodriguez who is presenting her dissertation chapter: "Making Claims to Health Citizenship: Railroad Braceros, Mexican Consuls and the Limits of State Sovereignty." The workshop will begin at 12:00 pm in 1229 Heller Hall.

Employment opportunity at Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is currently seeking an Assistant Professor of History for the Humanities and Social Sciences department. It is a nine-month, tenure track position, beginning August 12, 2013. Deadline for application is Saturday, December 1.

Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Javier Pérez Andújar spanish pulp fiction lecture

Spanish author and critic Javier Pérez Andújar will lecture on the history and development of one of the main literary expressions of mass culture in contemporary Spain: the "novela de quiosco" (similar to so-called "pulp fiction" in English). The lecture will be held in Spanish on Thursday, October 25 in room 116 of Folwell Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The 2012 Erickson Lecture on Legal History

The 2012 Erickson lecture on legal history featuring Harvard History Professor Nancy F. Cott will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4:00 pm in Room 25 of Mondale Hall. Professor Cott will present the lecture "Marriage in the Courts".

October PCard receipts DUE

Please submit receipts for all October PCard purchases to Laura by Thursday, November 1st.
Click here for a generic coversheet.

Vang nominated for Advisory Committee

Chia Youyee Vang (PHD '06) has been nominated to serve a three year term on the American Studies Association-Japanese Association for American Studies Project Advisory Committee.
Click here for more info about the committee.

Hatmaker Awarded Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Current grad student Susie Hatmaker has received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. During 2013, the award will support archival research at the Smithsonian Institute, at the National Archives in Atlanta, and at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill libraries. It will also fund her landscape-centered ethnographic fieldwork in Kingston, TN.

Ferguson's The Reorder of Things

Professor Roderick A. Ferguson published his book The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). He will be giving a talk about his research on Monday, October 22nd at 3:30pm in 105 Scott Hall as part of the Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads speaker series.

ICGC Brown Bag "Developing a Theory of Urban Drought Resilience"

Professor Lawrence Baker presents "Developing a Theory of Urban Drought Resilience," as part of the ICGC Brown Bag series. This event is Friday, October 19th, 2012 from 12:00 noon in 537 Heller Hall.

Professor Riv-Ellen Prell presents "Remaking the Concept of Youth in Postwar American Jewish Life: Shoah, Suburbs, and Subversions." This lecture is the second event in the Childhood and Youth Studies Across the Disciplines Research Collaborative series and will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 1:30-3:30pm in 235 Nolte.

Click here for more info.

The Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium with Professor Mark Rifkin

Professor Mark Rifkin will be presenting his book chapter, "Loving Oneself Like a Nation: Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden," as part of The Minnesota Political Colloquium Series. The talk will be held on Friday October 19th from 1:30-3:00pm in the Lippincott Room (Social Sciences Tower 1314).

Mellon-CES Dissertation Fellowship for European Studies

The Council for European Studies(CES) invites graduate students to apply for the 2013 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships. The fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focused on topics in European Studies and include a $25,000 stipend. Application deadline: February 4th, 2013.

The University of California, Berkeley's Comparative Ethnic Studies Program seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a social science background, beginning July 1st, 2013. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent in an appropriate disciplinary or interdisciplinary field by the time of appointment. Applications deadline: November 5th, 2012.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California's English department seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chicano and/or Latino literature for fall 2013. Applicants should have a PhD at the time of appointment. Application deadline: October 22nd, 2012.

Child Book Talk at Central Library 10/16

Brenda Child will read from the "Minneapolis" chapter of her book next week at the Minneapolis Central Public Library, in recognition of Ojibwe women activists who have been important to the American Indian community. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16th from 7:00-9:00pm in Pohlad Hall at the Minneapolis Central Library. Click here for an event flier.

Prell's Article in Contemporary Jewry

Riv-Ellen Prell's article "Boundaries, Margins, and Norms: the Intellectual Stakes in the Study of American Jewish Culture(s)" appears in the journal Contemporary Jewry (Vol 32, July 2012). The article was based on the Sklare Lecture, delivered at the Association for Jewish Studies, where she was awarded the Marshal Sklare Award for distinguished scholarship in the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. The journal includes two responses to the article by Ari Kelman, an American Studies PhD now at Stanford, and Shaul Kelner, a sociologist at Vanderbilt. Continue reading for the article abstract.

History Museum Fellows Program for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Students are invited to apply for the History Museum Fellows Program. Applications are due by November 15th, but priority is given to applications received by November 1st. Placement occurs by December 1st. The HMFP includes 3 distinct components: a semester-long, 3 credit course offered through American Studies; a paid summer internship at the Minnesota Historical Society; a museum-study trip to Washington DC. For more information, please click here.

Noble's Debating the End of History

Professor Emeritus David Noble published his book Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Click here for more info.

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Castellanos's Co-edited Comparative Indigeneities of The Américas

Professor Bianet Castellanos, along with Lourdes Gutiérrez and Arturo Aldama, published their co-edited volume Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach (University of Arizona Press, 2012). It is the first book in their new series called Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies. Click here for more info.

Staffing Update

New student employees, Marissa Binsfeld and Julie Miller, began working for American Studies this week. Julie and Marissa will be splitting time at the front desk - please be sure to stop by and welcome them. Marissa is a junior majoring in communications and political science. Julie is a sophomore majoring in accounting and MIS.

Roderick A. Ferguson Lecture on 10/22/2012

Roderick A. Ferguson presents "The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference". This is the second lecture in the Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads series and will be held on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 3:30pm in room 105 Scott Hall. Please continue reading for an event flier and talk description.

Book Orders for Spring 2013 DUE October 24th

Book orders for Spring 2013 courses are due to amstdy@umn.edu by Wednesday, October 24th. Please continue reading for the order form, bookstore ordering guidelines, and notes that help process your order and obtain desk copies.

Fall 2012 Needs for Classrooms for Final Exams

Fall 2012 Faculty and Instructors: Please e-mail amstdy@umn.edu by Monday, October 29th to let us know if you will or will not be using your classroom during finals week. We notify the Office of Classroom Management for all course levels, so please be sure to include both your graduate and undergraduate level courses. If you are unsure of when your final is to be held, click here to check the schedule.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in WGSS at UMass, Amherst

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The Department is searching for a scholar whose work focuses on the African diaspora with a preference for Latin America and/or sexuality studies, but all qualifies applicants will be considered. Successful candidates must have a PhD, scholarly credentials, and some teaching experience in WGSS required. Priority deadline: October 19th, 2012.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in WGSS at Gettysburg College

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2013. PhD is required at the time of appointment, and teaching experience is preferred. Application deadline: November 10th, 2012.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Women and Gender Studies at ASU

Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Women and Gender Studies. Applicants are required to have a PhD in Women and Gender Studies or related field by time of appointment (August 2013). Application deadline: October 29th, 2012.

University of South Florida Postdoc in Social Sciences and Humanities

The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the fifth year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this year's scholars is Global Change in Dynamic World. Atleast six, 12-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded with appointments beginning August 5th, 2013. Appointments are fulltime, $40,000 per year, and the University contributes to health insurance for the scholars and their dependents. Application deadline: December 7th, 2012.

USC Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities

The University of Southern California announces that the Provost's Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities will be accepting applications for the fall 2013 cohort. Candidates must have received the PhD no earlier than July 1, 2009 and must have the degree in hand by July 1, 2013. The Provost expects to make six postdoctoral awards per year. Application deadline: November 15th, 2012 at noon (PST). Click here for more info.

CFP: Radical History Review issue "Queering Archives"

The Radical History Review seeks submissions for the issue "Queering Archives," scheduled to appear in Fall 2014. This issue of Radical History Review reflects on the notion of the "archive" that has been radically opened up by activists, archivists, and scholars. Proposals due: February 1, 2013. Click here for more info.

CFP: Women's and Gender History Symposium at Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Submissions are invited for the Women's and Gender History Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign February 28-March 2, 2013. They seek papers that engage the concept of exploitation broadly across time period, genders, sexualities, across and beyond the nation-state borders. Submission deadline: November 15, 2012.

Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Applications Due November 14, 2012

The Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2013 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 of $20,000. Application deadline: November 14, 2012. Click here for a full guidelines and application: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047958

Ford Dissertation Fellowship Applications Due November 19, 2012

The Ford Dissertation Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2013 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 19, 2012. Click here for full guidelines and application: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047959

Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Due November 19, 2012

The Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for their 2013 Fellowships. Applications are invited from individuals who have earned their PhD no earlier than November 30, 2005 and no later than November 19, 2012 in an eligible 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 19, 2012. Click here for full guidelines and application:
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047960

3rd year students: The fall semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is November 1st 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 November 1st and to confirm the members of your examination committee.

Community Fund Drive

Note from Laura: The University's Community Fund Drive began on October 1st and runs until October 31st, 2012. Look for a pamphlet in your mailbox or click here for more info. I am our Department's Community Fund Drive volunteer, so if you have questions, please feel free to contact me (domin047@umn.edu).

Open Rank Position in North American Religious History - Harvard Divinity School

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL SEEKS to appoint one or two scholars of North American Religious History. Candidates may be specialists in any particular aspect of the field, in any religious tradition, and in any chronological period. This is an open rank search; the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to the rank or chair appropriate to their experience. Review of applications will begin November 9th, 2012 and will continue until the position(s) is filled. Click here for more info.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Public History - UNC

THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is conducting a national search for an Assistant Professor in Public History, possible to hire at the Associate level if a more senior person is chosen. Candidates must hold or anticipate a PhD in History, American Studies, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Urban Studies, or a related field by August 1, 2013. Application deadline: November 9th, 2012. Click here for more info.

CFP for a Session at Assoc. of American Geographers Annual Meeting

SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR the session "Found in Translation: Performing Queer Injuries and Desires" at the 2013 Association of American Geographers meeting to be held in Los Angeles, CA. Organizers for this session are Begum Basas (Bilgi University, Turkey) or Lorena Munoz (University of Minnesota), and they aim to engage with the term "queer" and the perfromances of its translation while the term travels. Abstracts due to one of the organizers by October 8, 2012.

Belkin Talk "Is Military Masculinity Masculine?" October 12th at 3:30pm

AARON BELKIN, San Francisco State University, will be presenting his talk "Is Military Masculinity Masculine?" on Friday, October 12th from 3:30 - 5:30pm in room 105 Scott Hall. Drawing from his new book, Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Façade of American Empire, 1898-2001 (Columbia, 2012), Professor Belkin will discuss how the campaign to repeal "don't ask don't tell" succeeded in expanding the rights of gay lesbian troops at the same time that it smoothed over filth-related contradictions that structure both warrior masculinity and empire thus rendering militarism more difficult to disable.

PhD Student Research Position University of Groningen, Netherlands

The University of Groningen, Netherlands invites applications for a PhD-student research position at the Graduate School for the Humanities, Literary and Cultural Studies. Candidates should plan to study the processes of colonization of North and/or South America, as well as the representation of those processes and their byproducts - captivity, conversion, and war - in texts from before 1800. The 0.9FTE appointment is temporary for 18 months but will possibly be for a specified period of four years. Application Deadline: October 15th, 2012.

2012 Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies

The 2012 Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies will be presented by Professor John Butler. The lecture, "God in Gotham?: Spiritual Terror in the Capital of American Secularism," will be held on Friday, October 12th at 4:30pm in room 155 Nicholson Hall. Click here for an event flier.

James Wright Prize for Poetry

Entries are welcome for the 2012 James Wright Prize for Poetry. This contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, and this year's judge will be Garrison Keillor. Winner will receive $100. Click here for more info.

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