August 2013 Archives

CFP: "Whole Worlds: Systems of Affect, Capital, Aesthetics" at Univ. of Chicago

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO Department of English invites graduate student proposals for conference papers for "Whole Worlds: Systems of Affect, Capital, Aesthetics". The conference will be held February 13th-14th, 2014 and seeks papers that are at the intersections of affective, political, and aesthetic theories under the concepts of wholeness and worlds. Submission deadline: November 1st, 2013.

IDEA & ODGE sponsored Grant Writing Workshop

"SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL WRITING" is a two-day workshop on fellowship and grant applications for all disciplines hosted by the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education and the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy. Day one will be Friday, September 13th from 9am - 3pm, and day two will be Friday, September 20th from 9am - 4pm. Both sessions are designed to mentor graduate students and faculty of color in all disciplines to develop and deploy proven strategies in submitting competitive fellowship and grant applications to the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and other funding sources. Deadline for registering: September 10th, 2013.

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 first day of the academic year employment is 8/26/13 and the last day is 5/25/14 (the last check is .5 check, so will be half the amount as the others). The actual first PAY DAY is September 18th. The last PAY DAY is June 11th. If you are on a semester appointment, the dates are 8/26/13 - 1/08/14 in the Fall and 1/09/14-5/25/14 in the Spring.

For Fellowship Recipients: Fellowships and Taxes

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.

Syllabi and Office Hours Due

FALL 2013 INSTRUCTORS & TAs: Please submit a copy of your course syllabus electronically to by Wednesday, September 4th. Please also include the time(s) and day(s) you will be holding office hours for the upcoming semester.

Lubet discussion on "Pushing Limits" radio broadcast

PROFESSOR ALEX LUBET, Music, was featured on the program "Pushing Limits" on KFPA Radio Pacifica. He discussed disability and jazz as well as other issues related to his book Music, Disability, and Society (Temple University Press, 2010). To listen to the broadcast, please click here.

Barkan publishes Corporate Sovereignty

Joshua Barkan, PhD '06, published his book Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Click here for more info.

"Where do we go from here" a day of workshops in Powderhorn Park

"'WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE': A Queer Commemoration of the March on Washington" will be a day of workshops sponsored by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies. The event begins at 11:00am this Saturday, August 24th and will feature three current graduate students Myrl Beam, Jesus Estrada-Perez, and Tammy Owens. Contact current graduate student Robert Smith III at or please click here.

UMN Libraries Resources for Fall semester

OUR LIBRARIAN NANCY has compiled resources that might be useful for faculty and instructors during the fall semester. To view her messages and resources, please continue reading.

University of Minnesota American Studies Tenure-track Position in American Popular Culture

The Department of American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the area of American popular culture to begin fall semester 2014 (25 August 2014).

Cornell University Society for the Humanities Fellowships 2014-15

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR six to eight fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities. The focal theme for the year is "Sensation", and they seek interdisciplinary research projects that reflect on philosophical, aesthetic, political, ecological, religious, psychoanalytical, and cultural understandings of sensation as a concept and experience that lies at the heart of the humanities and the arts. Applicants should be working on topics related to the themes and must have received a PhD before January 1st, 2013. Application deadline: October 1st, 2013.

"The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century" Symposium

MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW will hold its 2013 Symposium "The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century" on Friday, October 25th. This symposium will be a balanced dialogue involving the top labor practitioners and scholars from across the country on why organized labor is at a crossroads in America and where it is headed in the future. To view a schedule and register for this free, all-day event, please click here.

Two-year Mellon Postdocs at Cornell Univ. Dept of Anthropology & Dept of Romance Studies

THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY at Cornell University Society for the Humanities invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for academic years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Applicants' work should focus on issues of sovereignty and representation as they intersect in the Islamic world from the 8th century to the present. Applicants must have received the PhD degree after September 2008 and no later than June 30th, 2014. Application deadline: December 15th, 2013.

Tenture-track Assistant Professor in Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University

THE MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES Department at San Jose State University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to start August 21st, 2014. PhD required with academic preparation in the social sciences and/or Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Chicana/o Studies and Chicana/o-Latina/o communities and Policy Analysis and Development. Application deadline: October 4th, 2013.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sociology at Univ. of Delaware

THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to begin September 1st, 2014. A PhD is required, with preference for that degree being in Sociology. Application deadline: October 25th, 2013.

Assistant Director position at D'Arcy McNickle Center

THE D'ARCY MCNICKLE CENTER for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library invites applications for a full-time Assistant Director position. They seek applicants who are advanced ABD or hold a PhD in the humanities, with a focus on American Indian and indigenous studies. The position is open and will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established. For complete job description and requirements, please continue reading or click here.

fall 2013 courses in AFAM

Several Undergraduate courses in African American & African Studies offered this Fall 2013 semester fulfill liberal education requirements. To view a fall schedule of courses in AFAM, please click here for courses with LEs or click here for all other course offerings

Annual American Studies Potluck Wed, Sept. 11th 6-8pm

SAVE THE DATE: The annual American Studies Potluck Gathering of students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year will be on Wednesday, September 11th from 6:00 - 8:00pm, location TBA.

AMST 8920 New Directions in Queer Studies

AMST 8920 SEC 002 "New Directions in Queer Studies" will be taught by Prof. Kale Fajardo this fall 2013 semester on Wednesdays from 1:25-3:30pm. Since the seminar addresses both US and international queer studies texts, the seminar also strives to develop comparative, postcolonial/decolonized, and transnational reading practices and analyses among seminar participants. Click here to view a course flier.

ACLS Burkhardt Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

THE NEWBERRY LIRBARY IS pleased to announce the competition for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars, owing to the generous assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships are in the amount of $75,000 for one academic year and support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Application Deadline: September 26th, 2013 by 9pm (EDT).

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology at UC-Berkeley

THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor focusing on the anthropology of race and racialization - the processes, practices, and power relations that produce "race" as a social fact and a lived reality. The approach and research specializations are open. Appointment will begin July 1st, 2014, by which date the PhD or equivalent is required. Application Deadline: October 1st, 2013.

CFP: GIGSS 2nd Annual Conference at Univ. of Minnesota

THE GRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUP In Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) at the University of Minnesota invites proposals for their second conference "Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and Globalizations" to be held on campus March 6th-8th, 2014. Travel grants for presenters will be available, sponsored by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies. Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2013.

Applying to a PhD program in the fall?

The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University offers the Hayek Fund for Future Scholars. This fund is for students applying for fulltime PhD programs and may receive up to $300 to offset application fees. Click here for more info.

Two positions in Sociology Dept at Ithaca College, NY

THE SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT Ithaca College is looking to hire two faculty to start fall 2014. They seek a colleague to teach courses related to critical Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies, and a colleague to teach critical Health Studies and Medical Sociology. One of the positions will be tenure-eligible and one will be a three-year visiting position. PhD in Sociology is required by time of appointment. Continue reading for more info.

CFP - SGMS: Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures

SMGS: MECHADEMIA CONFERENCE on Asia Popular Cultures invites submissions for conference presentation panels. The conference will be held at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design September 27th - 29th, 2013 and explores and celebrates global popular cultures influenced by anime and manga. Submission deadline: August 20th, 2013.

New DVDs at University Libraries

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES HAVE ACQUIRED new videos for research and teaching. As a reminder, DVDs can be reserved for classroom use and put on reserve for student viewing in Walter Library SRC. Click here to view the list of new DVDs.

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