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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


THE AMERICAN STUDIES WRITING GROUP will meet every Monday from 4 - 5 pm in the Scott Hall Commons (105). All are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to submit writing of all kinds and in all stages to the group for feedback. For more information or to be added to the listserver, please contact Christine Bachman-Sanders at bachm087@umn.edu.


RYAN MURPHY, PhD ’10, will introduce his new book, Deregulating Desire: Flight Attendant Activism, Family Politics and Workplace Justice, on Wednesday night October 5th at 7PM at the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul.

See flyer below for more information


THE GRADUATE SEMINAR SERIES is pleased to announce a new seminar series, offered every other week for the 2016-2017 academic year. This seminar series is great opportunity to talk big ideas with leading thinkers at the UMN and to find out how your research can help solve the world’s greatest challenges. 

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The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture invites you to attend its Sixth Conference at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Downtown Minneapolis Thursday, October 27 to Saturday October 29.  We plan a full schedule of engaging concurrent paper sessions and roundtables and several plenary events, lectures and presentations, including nationally known memoirist Lorraine Dusky, historian Margaret Jacobs, and renowned documentary filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem.  Our program will also feature a retrospective of adoption plays produced from within the Twin Cities Asian American theater community, and a roundtable on the Social Welfare History Archive at the University of Minnesota, the premier U.S. source for archival materials related to adoption in the United States. 

We are offering special registration pricing for members and affiliates of local sponsoring organizations, including University of Minnesota departments of Asian American Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare/Social Work, the Immigration History Research Center, African American Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Social Welfare History Archive, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Sociology, and Psychology, Carleton College, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Metro State University, St. Olaf College and AK Connection,.  If you are affiliated with one of these local institutions, departments or organizations, please register at  https://asacconference2016.wordpress.com/sponsor-registration/ .

Non-sponsor affiliated registrants, register at https://asacconference2016.wordpress.com/membership-registration-hotels-travel/ .

Your conference registration will include access to all sessions and special events, the catered opening book reception Thursday afternoon (featuring adoption studies books published by conference participants since our last conference), continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday mornings, lunch on Friday, Wi-Fi access in the conference space, and reduced priced parking at the conference hotel.  Our conference banquet will take place at Northrop Auditorium, preceding Deann Borshay Liem’s screening and presentation in the same location.  You must buy a banquet ticket to attend the dinner, but admission to the film screening is included in your conference registration.

Social workers, social work CEUs will be provided upon request at the conference with your paid registration.

Single day registration is available. In addition, we are seeking student volunteers to work registration all three days and for our Saturday evening events. Volunteers will be compensated with full or partial conference registration, depending on availability. Please contact Kim Park Nelson at parknelson@mnstate.edu for questions or for more information.


NOTCHES, peer-reviewed collaborative and international history of sexuality blog, are pleased to announce applications are now open for their Assistant Editor position. As an Assistant Editor, applicants will have the opportunity to gain experience in digital and public history and develop their professional network.  Applicants should be advanced graduate students specializing in the history of sexuality. Click here for more information and to apply.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Queer Studies in Feminist Formations: A Symposium

Queer Studies in Feminist Formations: A Symposium

September 30th and October 1st
Coffman Memorial Union

Please join us for a two-day symposium celebrating the launch of the Feminist Formations dossier on Annamarie Jagose’s book, Orgasmology.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 30

1:30pm – 3:00pm
“A Feminist Formations Conversation: On the Orgasmology Dossier”
with Robyn Wiegman, Annamarie Jagose, Kadji Amin, and Sandra K. Soto 
Coffman Theater

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Coffman Theater Annex

4:00pm – 5:30pm  
Keynote Address:
Annamarie Jagose, “Animal Attachments”
President’s Room

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception
Campus Club

Saturday, October 1

10:00am – 12:00pm
President’s Room
Panel: “Queering Imperial Attachments”
with Kadji AminKale FajardoErin Durban-Albrecht and Katy Mohrman

12:00pm – 1:00pm
President’s Room

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Keynote Address: 
Robyn Wiegman “Kara Walker’s Racial Sensations”
President’s Room

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Closing Remarks by Sandra K. Soto

Kadji Amin is Assistant Professor of Queer Studies, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in “Sex” at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum (2015-16) and a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (2015). His book, Disturbing AttachmentsGenet, Pederasty, and Queer History, is under contract with the Theory Q Series at Duke University Press.

Erin L. Durban-Albrecht is former managing editor of Feminist Formations and currently Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Cultural Anthropology at Illinois State University. Durban-Albrecht’s scholarship is about the gender and sexual politics of U.S. imperialism in Haiti.

Kale Bantigue Fajardo is Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Fajardo’s first book, Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities and Globalization is an interdisciplinary ethnography that analyzes the cultural politics of Filipino migrant and maritime masculinities in the local/global shipping industry, in the context of local/global neoliberal capitalism.

Annamarie Jagose is Professor and Head the school of Literature, Art and Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Internationally known as a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory, she is the author of four monographs, most recently Orgasmology, which takes orgasm as its scholarly object in order to think queerly about questions of politics and pleasure; practice and subjectivity; agency and ethics. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

Sandra K. Soto is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching interests include Chican@ and Latin@ literary and cultural studies; feminist and queer theory, transnational feminist studies, and critical race studies. She is currently holds a Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota where she is Visiting Professor in the Department of American Studies and Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies. She’s the author of Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire (2010) and was editor of Feminist Formations from 2011-2016.

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies at Duke University, where she teaches courses in feminist and queer theory, U.S. Studies, and critical race studies. She is the author of Object Lessons (2012) andAmerican Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995), and has edited numerous anthologies that focus on the institutional and political formation of identity knowledges, including The Futures of American Studies (2002);Women’s Studies on Its Own (2002); and Feminism Beside Itself (1995). Her current work includes Arguments Worth Having, which locates points of critical tension and dissension in contemporary encounters between feminist and queer theory, and Racial Sensations, a study that considers the affective politics of race thinking.

This event is co-sponsored by Feminist Formations, the University of Minnesota Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts, Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies and Campus Life, Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies, and Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.


College of Arts and Sciences
Cluster Hire in African American Studies

The University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce openings for a cluster hire in African American Studies.  This open-rank search for tenure-track faculty will bring at least three scholars to a campus expanding its existing expertise in African American Studies in the contexts of Africa and the African Diaspora in twenty-five departments and across six schools and colleges.  We seek to create a cohort of scholars with complementary strengths and shared interests whose scholarship and teaching will enhance the study of race and ethnicity at UO and beyond and help us work toward establishing a comprehensive curriculum in Black Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
These hires will occur in several departments, including English, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies.  Ideal candidates for the cluster positions will have specialized training and expertise in one or more of the fields specified below:
  1. Literatures and Media of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Department of English http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5675
  2. African American History in the Department of History http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5620
  3. Black Feminist Theory in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies http://jobs.uoregon.edu/unclassified.php?id=5676

This initiative will help build critical mass in both traditional and emerging fields of scholarship, foster cross-disciplinary work, and diversify the knowledge we produce at UO.  We encourage applications from scholars eager to participate in a cohort committed to excellence, diversity, and equity and to redefine the research university for the next generation.  We encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities.  The University of Oregon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.