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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Karisa Butler-Wall Practice Job Talk

KARISA BUTLER-WALL will be giving a practice job talk titled “Modulating Health: Gender, Biopolitics, and Digital Media” on Thursday, February 11th at 3:00pm in 400 Ford Hall. 

Digital technology has recently been embraced by both the private and public sector as an innovative solution to the so-called “epidemic” of child obesity. While technology is often blamed for leading to sedentary lifestyles, a host of interactive tools from video games to mobile activity trackers now promise to help kids develop “healthy habits” of exercise and nutrition. This talk situates the rise of digital health platforms within a larger shift in the gendered and racialized management of bodies and populations over the past century, in which the pursuit of physical and emotional health has become linked to new affective economies of pleasure and consumption. Questioning what is at stake in the pursuit of health as a normative ideal, this presentation explores how health has come to denote the condition of possibility for greater freedom, happiness, and fulfillment even as discourses and practices of health continue to serve as the basis for regulating gender, sexuality, race, class, and dis/ability.

Karisa Butler-Wall holds a Ph.D. in American Studies with a graduate minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Macalester College.

MPR Article on "Singing Our History" Exhibit

“SINGING OUR HISTORY: PEOPLE and PLACES of the RED LAKE NATION” had a successful opening reception, attracting over 700 visitors. The exhibit of photography and art is a collaboration between the Department of American Studies and the Red Lake Nation of northern Minnesota and runs through February 13,th 2016 at the Katherine Nash Gallery. Click here to see a recent write-up by MPR about the exhibit.

Glen Coulthard Talk

THE MINNESOTA POLITICAL THEORY COLLOQUIUM is hosting a talk by Professor Glen Coulthard on Friday, February 19th from 3:30 – 5:00pm in the Lippincott Room (1314 SocSci). His talk is titled “Fanonian Antinomies: Third Worldism and North American Settler-Colonialism.” 


English Dept. American Lit and Cultures Job Talks

The finalists for the American Literature and Cultures Assistant Professor Position in English will be visiting through February 11. All job talks are in Lind 207A, from 2:30-4 pm. Below are the remaining presentations:

Thursday, January 28: “(Dis)locating ‘Sonny’s Blues’ through Embodied Performance”
Rashida Braggs holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University as well as an M.S. in Mass Communications from Boston University and is currently an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.

Friday, January 29: “John Brown’s Bed: A Queer Historiography”
Lauren Heintz holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at Tulane University.

Monday, February 1: “Outlaws, Hobos, and Radicals: Recovering the Black Marxism of Ralph Ellison’s 1930s Fiction”
Nathaniel Mills holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of English at California State University, Northridge.

Thursday, February 4: "'To a Mind Like Mine': Legal Form and the Logic of Madness in Narratives of the Black Atlantic"
Christopher Brown holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is currently a lecturer in English at Princeton University.

Friday, February 5: “Emancipation in 3D: Slavery, Narrative, and Immersive Photographic Technologies, 1861-1900”
Khaliah Mangrum holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and is currently a Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s Department of English.

Wednesday, February 10: "Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, 1862-1934"
Christopher Pexa holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and is currently an assistant professor of English at Oklahoma State University.

Thursday, February 11: “The Science of Begging: Uplift and Rehabilitation in the Postbellum United States”

Todd Carmody holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University.

USC Annenberg Summer Docotoral Institute on Difference in Media and Culture

THE USC ANNENBERG SCHOOL of COMMUNICATION & JOURNALISM is pleased to announce applications are open for their Summer Doctoral Institute on Difference in Media and Culture. The institute takes place June 20-24, 2016 and brings together doctoral students and faculty from Communication, Media, and American Studies to discuss issues of race, gender, and difference in the media. Click here for more information and to apply.

University of Toronto Food Studies Post-docs

THE CULINARIA RESEARCH CENTRE at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce two post-doctoral fellowships in the field of Food Studies. Applicants primary research experience should be in one or more of the following areas: urban food security, food and diaspora, urban food activism, food and urban livelihoods/labour, and urban agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Art Institute of Chicago Undergraduate Summer Academy and Curatorial Fellowship Programs

THE ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO is pleased to announce the 2016 Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program. The Academy is a weeklong intensive program for undergraduates students from groups historically underrepresented in the curatorial field and who support promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums. After completing the Academy participants have the opportunity to apply for a two-year curatorial fellowship. The Academy takes place June 20-26 and applications are due midnight, February 28th. Click here for more information.