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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Graduate School Fellowships Not Requiring American Studies Internal Department Nomination

Some Graduate school fellowships do not require American Studies internal department nomination – these include the Harold Leonard Endowed Fellowship in Film Study and Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy & Ethics. Applications Due: to the Graduate School Fellowship Office, 314 Johnston Hall by noon, Dec. 1, 2008.

Fellowships not requiring department nomination that have regularly been received by American Studies students are listed below: These applications are due to the Graduate School Fellowship Office, 314 Johnston Hall by noon, Monday, December 1, 2008
Harold Leonard Endowed Fellowship in Film Study: Open to graduate students proposing a year of well-defined research or study in film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics. Up to two awards. Stipend: $22,000, plus tuition. http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/Instructions/Leonard.html
Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship in Science Policy & Ethics: Open to graduate students (master’s or Ph.D.) pursuing interdisciplinary work whose content is focused in the areas of science policy and ethics. One award. Stipend: $22,000, plus tuition. http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/Instructions/Yudof.html
Additional Fellowships for which American Studies graduate students may be eligible can be found at the Graduate Fellowship website: http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/

Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado

The Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor focused on indigenous struggles in the United States with a possible transnational perspective. The candidate needs to have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Application Due: Dec 15th, 2008.

Scholar in Native American Studies Women's and Ethnic Studies: University of Colorado
The Women's and Ethnic Studies Program (WEST) is seeking a tenure-track
assistant professor focused on indigenous struggles in the United States
with a possible transnational perspective. Attention to how colonialism,
racism, class, gender, sexuality, and religion shapes native struggles is
key. Candidate may have an interdisciplinary background with grounding in
history, literature and/or other relevant fields. The candidate needs to
have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (or be very close to finished). We are
seeking a candidate dedicated to innovative scholarship, liberatory
pedagogy, and community engagement.
WEST is a newly established interdisciplinary program (with both a domestic
and transnational scope) that offers a B.A. and separate minors in Women's
Studies and Ethnic Studies. WEST faculty includes a diverse group of
prolific scholars who care deeply about quality teaching. The gorgeous
campus is located in one of the most beautiful spots of the world (the
university looks out over the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak). UCCS was
rated #1 in the country for its engagement in the community and ranked in
the top ten among public universities in the West. The University serves
many first-generation college students, is growing rapidly, and prides
itself for its student-centered and multicultural vision. If you are looking
for a place where you can thrive as a scholar, take risks and teach
cutting-edge curriculum, work with a diverse student body and a
collaborative, interdisciplinary team of faculty and community leaders,
please send your application to:
Becky Thompson, Director
Women's and Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, COH 1
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
bthompso@uccs.edu; aherrera@uccs.edu; jmuller@uccs.edu
The initial deadline for applications is December 15th, 2008, however,
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a
letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly writing;
teaching syllabi, transcripts, and the names of three references. The
starting date is August 2009. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
fosters equity in employment by promoting diversity and assuring
inclusiveness. UCCS is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment
for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we
conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
Native American Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Department in which it is housed: Women's and Ethnic Studies
Name/title of director: Becky Thompson
Degrees granted: B.A. in Women's and Ethnic Studies; minor in Ethnic
Studies; minor in Women's Studies
Description of offerings: Native American communities; global indigenous
struggles; changing legal structures; health; borderlands; government policy
Goals: Interdisciplinary course of study including attention to indigenous
people globally. Attention to their historical and contemporary experiences,
the complexity and contributions of native cultures, and changing legal
opportunities and challenges. The density of native communities,
reservations, pueblos and nations within Colorado and in the four corners
region makes Colorado Springs a focal point for the culture and history of
the region. Students will acquire particular knowledge and sensitivity in
order to work as educators, administrators and other professionals with
native communities. Course work includes class-based curriculum alongside
community building and engagement.
Areas of faculty interest/expertise:
Marguerite Cantu (Communications); intercultural communication, Native
American communities;
Minette Church (Anthropology); archeology of Native North America with
emphasis on post-contact southwest and plains
Michelle Companion (Sociology); health, federal Indian policy, Native
American communities
Edgar Cota-Torres (Languages and Culture); borderlands (Mexico and US)
Fernando Feiu-Moggi (Languages and Culture); Guatemalan cultural history
Bernice Forrest (History); traditional Native American thought and selected
eastern peoples, vision and history in Native American and African American
Christina Jimenez (History); History of indigenous communities in Latin
America (focus on Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, and
Roche Lindsey (Anthropology); archeology of Colorado
Kimbra Smith (Applied Anthropology); constructions of indigenous belonging;
racialized geographies (Ecuador/Andes); economic and social justice;
culturally relevant pedagogy
Linda Watts (Anthropology); linguistics, North American Indians, Southwest
Resources available:
American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES, Marguerite Cantu); ten year
old organization and national society that bridges traditional cultures with
Multicultural Affairs and Outreach Office (Anthony Cordova)
Native American Women's Association (Colorado Springs)
Native American Advisory Council (through the El Pomar Foundation, Colorado
Title IX-Native K-12 program (Colorado Springs)
First Nations Day (annual event, Colorado Springs)
White Bison-Wellbriety program (Don Coyhiss).
Wellbriety Indian Center in Colorado Springs (WICCS) under development (Don Coyhiss). The Center will include a research library, youth program, elder program, kitchen, offices for community work, etc.
Special collections at the Penrose Branch of the Pikes Peak Public Library
Pow Wows, political mobilization, health and wellbeing projects, and urban
community work reflecting the remarkable range of reservations, communities,
and pueblos in the region
Colorado Indian Commission (Denver)
Columbus Day/Indigenous Day Organizing (Denver)
Native American Scholars Plate (Denver)
Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (Denver)
Native American Rights Fund (Boulder)
Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change (Boulder)

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University

The Department of Women's & Gender Studies at Syracuse University seeks applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Women's &Gender Studies, appointment to begin August 2009. Applicants must have Ph.D. by time of appointment and have a strong background in transnational and intersectional feminist theories and methodologies. Applications Due: Dec. 1, 2008.

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University

The Department of Women's & Gender Studies at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Women's &Gender Studies, appointment to begin August 2009, Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. We seek a candidate who demonstrates a strong record of interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Women's & Gender Studies, consistent with a tenure-track appointment at a research university. We are specifically interested in a scholar with a strong background in transnational and intersectional feminist theories and methodologies. Interdisciplinary doctoral training required; Women's Studies or Interdisciplinary Ph.D. preferred.
Area(s) of expertise open, but the candidate's work should complement the mission, goals, and strengths of the WGS Department at SU. The candidate will be expected to contribute to our core undergraduate curriculum and to expand our offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department is distinguished by its commitment to intersectional, transnational, and interdisciplinary approaches, and an emphasis on issues of race, class, disability, sexuality, and ethnicity as an inherent part of our signature focus on transnational feminist analyses of gender and gender justice.
We will begin screening applications on December 1, 2008. Position will remain open until filled. Candidates should visit http://www.sujobopps.com to apply electronically. Please submit a letter of application, and curriculum vitae on line. In addition, a teaching statement, writing sample and three letters of recommendation are required and should be forwarded separately to:
Dr. Gwendolyn Pough, Chair,
Search Committee, Women's and Gender Studies Department,
208 Bowne Hall, Syracuse University,
Syracuse NY 13244-1020

Humanities and Social Science One-Year, Fellowship and Postdoctoral Programs

A list of major programs offering funding for Humanities and Social Science One-Year, Fellowship and Postdoctoral Programs for 2009 – 2010 is now available. See specific fellowships for deadlines.

Most proposals for external funding must be submitted through the U of M Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA). Proposals and Proposal Routing Forms (PRF’s) must be received by SPA at least 24 hours prior to the sponsor’s deadline. For information on SPA, see http://www.ospa.umn.edu/aboutspa.html. Assistance with SPA processes and PRF’s is available from the CLA Grants Team at http://grants.cla.umn.edu/
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Humboldt Research Fellowships -- several programs
Award: varies by program
Deadline: varies by program
Various fellowships and awards for research in Germany.
American Berlin Opera Foundation, Inc.
Opera Scholarship Competition
Award: $16,000 and round-trip flight to Berlin or Turin
Deadline: February 12, 2009
Scholarship recipients will travel to Berlin and/or Turin to start his or her training with the Deutsche Oper Berlin or Teatro Regio Torino. During the year, the students receive advanced training and are offered roles in actual productions for which they receive additional compensation. Open to American citizens or permanent residents between the age of 18 and 30 who are beginning their professional singing careers.
American Academy in Rome
Rome Prize
Award: stipend of $12,500 for 6-months or $25,000 for 11-months
Deadline: November 1, 2008 or November 15, 2008 for an additional fee
The Rome Prize is awarded to 15 emerging artists (working in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, or Visual Arts) and 15 scholars (working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and early Modern, or Modern Italian Studies).
American Antiquarian Society (AAS)/ NEH
Long-Term Fellowships
Award: Up to $40,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
Long-term academic residential research fellowships for use of AAS materials. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.

American Association of University Woman (AAUW)

AAUW Fellowships
Award: varies, up to $30,000
Deadline: November 15, 2008
The sponsor offers a variety of grants and fellowships for female scholars. Please refer to the website for the details.
Award: up to $75,000
Deadline: varies, deadlines in October 2008-January 2009.
ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Please refer to the website for the details.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Various fellowships and grants
Award: varies by program
Deadline: earliest January 15, 2009. Other deadlines throughout the year depending on program.
The sponsor offers a variety of fellowships and grants in Greek studies and archaeology in Greece. Please refer to the website for the details.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University
James M. Osborn Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Award: $45,000 and a residential apartment
Deadline: January 15, 2009
This long-term fellowship, for the academic year 2009-2010, is open to scholars of British history, literature, society or culture in any period from the Middle Ages through the end of the Twentieth Century who will devote the term of the fellowship to research in the Beinecke Library's extensive collection of books, manuscripts, prints, and original art concerning the literature, history, and culture of the British Isles.
Brown University Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
Postdoctoral research fellowships

Award: $50,000, plus a supplement for health and dental insurance
Deadline: December 10, 2008
Post-docs in qualitative and humanistic research in the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences. In 2009-10, the Pembroke Seminar will pursue a multi-disciplinary examination of "Markets and Bodies in Transnational Perspective.‚Ä? This collective inquiry will raise questions about global flows of people and technology that involve reimagining the body and transforming what it means to be human.

Bush Foundation
Bush Artists Fellowships

Award: up to $48,000
Deadline: November 7, 2008 for Literary Arts and Script Works, November 14, 2008 for Performance-Based Work, Music Composition, and Traditional & Ethnic Performing Arts
This program provides artists with significant financial and professional development support that enables them to further their work and their contribution to their communities.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia
Postdoctoral Residential Research & Teaching Fellowships

Deadline: December 8, 2008
Award: $90,000 ($45,000/year for two years)
Two-year postdoctoral research and teaching fellowship for scholars whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora beginning August 25, 2009. Fellows are required to teach one course per year in the African-American and African Studies program, to be offered in either the Fall or Spring semester.
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Fellowship Program
Award: $2,250/month for predoctoral fellows, $3,000-$4,000/month for recent postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. received within the last 6 years)
Deadline: January 15, 2009
These awards are to support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows, in any of the social sciences, history, law, and comparative literature. Due to funding constraints, the sponsor will be able to award fellowships for the 2008-09 academic year only to scholars who have a current or former affiliation to a University of California campus (as a graduate student, faculty member, or researcher).

Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame Research Fellowships

Award: varies by level, $16,000 (graduate)-$60,000 (senior scholars)
Deadline(s): varies, January 15, 2009- March 2, 2009
The sponsor provides fellowships to scholars in the philosophy of religion at different levels, from graduate students to distinguished senior scholars.
Cornell University Society for the Humanities

Award: $45,000
Deadline: November 1, 2008
The Society for the Humanities will sponsor three postdoctoral teaching-research fellowships in the humanities, each awarded for the two-year period beginning July 2009. While in residence at Cornell, Mellon Fellows hold department affiliations and have limited teaching duties and the opportunity for scholarly work. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in three areas of specialization: German Studies, Near-Eastern Studies, and History.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Fulbright Programs for U.S. Scholars
Award: varies
Deadline: varies
Awards for U.S. citizens who wish to lecture, conduct research, or participate in special Fulbright seminars abroad.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Faculty Research Visit Grants

Award: €1,840- €2,240 per month
Deadlines: November 15, 2008 and May 15, 2009
DAAD offers grants for one to three months in all academic disciplines to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. Grants are awarded for specific research projects and cannot be used for travel only, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings, lecture tours or extended guest professorships.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Residential Fellowship

Award: up to $50,000
Deadline: November 1, 2008 (long-term) and March 1, 2009 (short-term)
The collection's two great strengths are materials related to the entire early modern age in the West, from about 1450 to the mid-1700s, and materials related to William Shakespeare and the theater, up to the present day. Fellowships are for use of the collection.
Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowships
Award: $40,000
Deadline: November 28, 2008
Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. A wide variety of major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields are accepted. Fellows propose a host institution appropriate for their study.
The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester

Award: $23,000 (pre-doctoral)-$35,000 (post-doctoral)
Deadline: January 31, 2009
Research in African and African-American experience.
The German Historical Institute
Programs for Young Scholars, Fellowships, Awards

Award: varies
Deadline: varies, depending on program
The GHI is an independent institute dedicated to the promotion of historical research in the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany and to the dissemination of historical knowledge. We support and advise American and German historians and political scientists and encourage the cooperation between them.

Getty Grants for Scholars (Villa Getty, Malibu, CA)
Villa Getty Scholar and Villa Visiting Scholar Grants

Award: $40,000
Deadline: November 1, 2006
The Getty Research Institute seeks applications from researchers who are interested in questions bearing upon the display of art and wish to be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa during the 2009/2010 academic year.

Harvard College Houghton Library
Visiting Fellowships

Award: $3,000 (short-term)- $36,000 (long-term)
Deadline: January 16, 2009
The library's holdings are particularly strong in the following areas: European, English, American, and South American literature, including the country's pre-eminent collection of American literary manuscripts; philosophy; religion; history of science; music; printing and graphic arts; dance; and theatre. Fellows will also have access to collections in Widener Library as well as to other libraries at the University.
Harvard University Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Award $23,000-$43,000 plus family medical insurance
Deadline: December 1, 2008
Offer three categories of fellowships and make a combined total of approximately six awards each year. Fellows combine disciplinary excellence in the humanities or social sciences, or significant work experience, with an area focus in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and/or the Caucasus.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Loeb Fellowship

Award: varies, up to $35,000
Deadline: 01/05/2009
Loeb Fellows are accomplished, mid-career professionals who have been engaged in their field for a minimum of five years, have compiled a record of exemplary work, and have been identified as leaders by their peers. Most applicants have expertise in the disciplines in which the Design School grants degrees - architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and urban design. Others come from related fields such as journalism, fine arts, nonprofit administration, and public service. Good candidates typically share a passion for improving the quality of the built and natural environment, and a commitment to improving their own skills in pursuit of that goal.
Howard Foundation; Brown University
Howard Foundation Fellowship

Award: $25,000
Deadline: November 10, 2008
For 2009-2010 approximately ten fellowships will be awarded in the fields of History and Philosophy.

Huntington Library
Huntington Library Fellowships

Award: varies, up to $50,000
Deadline: December 15, 2008
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within these general fields, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature, British Drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. A variety of short-term and long-term fellowships are available. See website for details.
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton

Deadline: November 15, 2008
The theme for the 2009-2010 academic year will be Education, Schools, and the State. Each year it is expected that about one-third of the selected Members will be conducting research around the theme.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Visiting Fellows Program

Award: $20,000-$25,000 per semester, plus housing
Deadline: November 15, 2008
The institute's current research emphases are (1) the practice and theory of local, regional, and global peacebuilding, including the origins of armed conflict as they relate to peacebuilding; (2) the role of global norms, networks, and institutions in the prevention of armed conflict (including projects on economic sanctions, ethics and the use of force, and social movements); (3) the comparative study and analysis of peace processes; (4) the role of religion (especially Christian-Muslim relations) in conflict and peacebuilding.
Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame
Visiting Fellowship

Award: varies
Deadline: November 3, 2008
Supports residential research in the following themes: Democratization and the Quality of Democracy, Growth and Development, Public Policies for Social Justice, Religion and Society, and Social Movements and Organized Civil Society.
Korea Foundation Advanced Research Grant
Award: Stipend amount to be determined on the basis of country, region and institution where the Fellow will conduct his/her research.
Deadline: 01/31/2009
Funds are provided to overseas Korean studies scholars with a PhD who are currently engaged in Korea-related teaching and research activities. Grant duration is six to twelve months, involving full-time effort related to the research and writing activities of the proposed project.
Korea Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellowships

Award: Stipend amount to be determined on the basis of country, region and institution where the Fellow will conduct his/her research.
Deadline: 01/31/2009
Provides promising and highly qualified recent Ph.D. recipients with the opportunity to conduct research at leading universities in the field of Korean studies. Supports research in humanities and social sciences such as: anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, geography, history, language and literature, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Library Company of Philadelphia
Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellowships

Award: $20,000-$40,000
Deadline: March 2, 2009
Fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to roughly the 1850s. Some of the possible topics of research include the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, and political economy. Dissertation-level and post-doctoral fellowships available.
Library Company of Philadelphia/ National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Award: $20,000-$40,000
Deadline: November 3, 2009
Supports research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections, which are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries.
Loeb Classical Library Foundation

Award: $1,000 to $50,000
Deadline: November 1, 2008
The Loeb Classical Library Foundation will award grants to qualified scholars to support research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Long-Term Fellowships

Award: $40,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
The Society will award two long-term grants of six to twelve months, although either fellowship may be divided into two awards of a maximum of five months. The library of the Massachusetts Historical Society serves primarily as a repository for collections of the personal papers of individuals and families who lived in Massachusetts.

Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Award: $16,000
Deadline: December 12, 2008
The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies encourages scholarly research, publication, and teaching in the various disciplines of Jewish studies. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies are made for one academic year and are given for the final stages of completing a dissertation, typically in the fifth year of study.
McKnight Foundation/ IFP Minnesota
Filmmakers and Screenwriters Fellowships

Award: $25,000
Deadline: Estimated February 2, 2009 based on 2008 deadline. Website indicates 2009 guidelines and application deadlines will be available in fall 2008.
With funding from the McKnight Foundation IFP MN annually selects four individuals based on merit to receive a $25,000 fellowship. Two are specifically for filmmakers and two for screenwriters.

McKnight Foundation/ MacPhail Center for Music

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians
Award: $24,000
Deadline: Final auditions May 9, 2009. Applications available Oct./Nov. 2008.
Fellowships support outstanding solo musicians or small ensembles.
McKnight Foundation/ Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
Visual Artists Fellowship

Award: $25,000
Deadline: March 2009
Fellowship program awards $25,000 annually to four Fellows, allowing each the freedom to pursue his or her own work over a 12-month period. Awards are often used for studio space, materials, travel or research, or simply to provide free, focused time to formulate ideas and make art.
McKnight Foundation/ Minnesota Center for Photography
Photographers Fellowship
Award: $25,000
Deadline: 2009/2010 applications will open in January 2009
The MCP/McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota who use photography as a primary means of creative, personal expression. The fellowships enable four artists to study, reflect, experiment, and explore over a twelve-month period with the support and assistance from MCP and the McKnight Foundation.
McKnight Foundation/ Northern Clay Center
Ceramic Artists Fellowship

Award: $25,000
Deadline: late April 2009
The Fellowships are intended to significantly advance the work of Minnesota ceramic artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded annually. Awards may be used for, but are not limited to, supplementing living or travel costs, purchasing materials and equipment, experimenting with new materials and techniques, and collaborating with other artists.
McKnight Foundation/ The Playwrights' Center
Playwrights/ Theater Artists Fellowships

Award: $25,000
Deadline: Notification of intent to apply encouraged by October 31, 2008, Final Application Deadline: April 10, 2009 (postmarked)
Awarded to Minnesota theater artists. Fellowships recognize outstanding work by professional artists whose skill and talent contribute to theatrical productions.

Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies

Award: $40,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
The fellowship will permit an outstanding young scholar in any field of medieval studies to continue his or her research while in residence at Notre Dame's Medieval Institute during the academic year 2009-2010. Mellon scholars must hold a regular appointment at a U.S. institution and plan to return to their institution following their fellowship year. Applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand as of the application date and must not be more than five years beyond the Ph.D.
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER)
Title VIII National Research Competition
Award: $40,000 to $70,000
Deadline: February 13, 2009
From broad, cross-cultural analyses to more focused studies of particular problems, NCEEER supports research projects that facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of information between scholars and policy-makers and contribute to a better understanding of current developments and future prospects in the post-communist countries of Europe and Eurasia.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH Collaborative Research Awards
Award: $25,000 to $100,000
Deadline: November 5, 2008
Collaborative Research Grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary.
National Gallery of Art
Fellowship Program

Award: varies by program, up to $50,000
Deadline: varies by program, March 21, 2009, September 21, 2009
Various fellowships are available for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Award: varies
Deadline: November 3, 2008
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offer Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and related supporting activities in an effort to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the U.S. These fellowships support training and research in science, technology, engineering and mathemetics (STEM) fields in a host institution only in the areas of biology and social, behavioral, and economic sciences within the purview of NSF.
New America Foundation
Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program
Award: $25,000-$45,000 for regular fellow, $75,000 for senior fellows
Deadline: none, accepted on a rolling basis
The New America Foundation provides economic, professional, and intellectual support to exceptionally promising young writers, thinkers, and analysts who wish to establish themselves as leading voices in the national policy debate.
Newberry Library
Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities

Award: up to $40,000, varies by program
Deadlines: January 12, 2009 for long-term fellowships and March 2, 2009 for most short-term fellowships.
Short and long-term fellowships, post-doctoral programs in areas relevant to the library’s collections (history/culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century and the Americas from the time of the first contact between Europe).
Ohio State University, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: January 30, 2009
The post-doctoral fellowship is a one-year fellowship in residence at the Mershon Center for scholars who received their doctoral degree within the past five years. The scholar’s work must relate to one or more of the Mershon Center’s three areas of focus:
• The use of force and diplomacy.
• The ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security.
• The institutions that manage violent conflict.
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Award: $45,000 plus benefits
Deadline: November 1, 2008
The award carries a year's support to revise the applicant's first book manuscript and the Institute's commitment to publish the resulting study. The Institute's scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America's indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1815.
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships 2009–2011

Award: $40,000 stipend
Deadline: November 1, 2008
Two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2009. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate's dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. The Institute's scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America's indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1815.
Oregon State University Center for the Humanities
Fellowships in the Humanities

Award: $12,000-$18,000 per semester
Deadline: December 12, 2008
This fellowship program is primarily concerned with offering research opportunities both for members of humanities departments as traditionally defined and for other scholars seriously interested in humanistic issues.
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship for Greek Studies

Award: $20,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
Candidates must be unmarried women between the ages of 25 and 35. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year that begins September 1, 2009.
Princeton University Center for Human Values
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowships

Award: up to one-half of academic year salaries
Deadline: November 10, 2008
These fellowships will be awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers interested in devoting a year in residence at Princeton writing about ethics and human values. Applicants typically have a doctorate or a professional postgraduate degree and cannot be in the process of writing a dissertation.
Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Award: stipend will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution at the time of application.
Deadline: November 1, 2008
To be considered, assistant professors must be working on projects in areas represented in the School of Historical Studies, and should preferably have gone beyond revising the dissertation. The School is interested in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of Western, Near Eastern and Far Eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, the history of science, and modern international relations.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Fellowship Program

Award: up to $70,000 for one year
Deadline: December 1, 2008 for natural sciences and mathematics. The deadlines for cluster applications and for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences have passed, but applications will be available Spring 2009.
Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.

A Room of Her Own Foundation
Gift of Freedom Award

Award: $50,000
Deadline: must be postmarked on or before October 31, 2008
The 2009 Literary Gift of Freedom Award will be given to an American woman writer who is a U.S. citizen and will be living in the U.S. during the grant period. Because the award is quite substantial, the application process is extensive. Acceptable genres for this grant are poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis
External Fellowships

Award: $40,000
Deadline: January 9, 2009
The Rutgers University Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), an interdisciplinary research center, announces a competition for visiting postdoctoral fellowships for 2009-2010 on the topic Evidence and Explanation in the Arts and Sciences.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
Scholars-in-Residence Program

Award: $30,000 for six months and $60,000 for twelve months
Deadline: December 1, 2008
THE SCHOMBURG CENTER residency program assists scholars and professionals whose research on the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library.

School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM
Resident Scholars Program

Award: $40,000
Deadline: November 1, 2008
Fellowships are available for either Ph.D. candidates or scholars with doctorates whose work is either humanistic or scientific in nature. In addition, two fellowships are available for Native American scholars working in the humanities, arts, or the sciences.
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Award: $6,000 - $47,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
The sponsor offers a variety of fellowships and grants. Please refer to the website for the details.
Social Science Research Council

Award: varies
Deadline: varies with program
Most programs target the social sciences, but many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. Most support from the Council goes to pre-dissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, offered through annual, peer-reviewed competitions.
Social Science Research Council JSPS Fellowship Program
Fellowship Program for U.S. researchers

Award: For Ph.D. holders: ¥364,000, For non-Ph.D. holders: ¥200,000, Settling-in allowance of ¥200,000 and round-trip air ticket.
Deadline: December 1, 2008
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Program for U.S. researchers provides promising and highly qualified recent PhDs and ABDs (please see eligibility) with opportunities to conduct research in Japan.
UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies
Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships

Award: $37,500 for academic year
Deadline: February 1, 2009
This year’s resident fellowship program will focus on the theme: Cultures Of Communication, Theologies Of Media In Early Modern Europe And Beyond. Scholars who have received a Ph.D. in the last six years and are engaged in research pertaining to the announced theme are eligible to apply.
UCLA Institute of American Cultures
Postdoctoral Fellowship/Visiting Scholar Program in Ethnic Studies

Award: $32,000-$35,0000 plus up to $4,000 research support
Deadline: varies by program, January 16, 2009-April 24, 2009
Awards to postdoctoral fellows/visiting scholars to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os.
University of Connecticut Humanities Institute
Faculty Residential Fellowship

Award: $40,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
Faculty Residential Fellowships are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities.
University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center
Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Visiting Fellowship

Award: $42,000
Deadline: December 1, 2008
Projects in any of the following fields are eligible for support: anthropology and archaeology, communication, history, philosophy, religious studies, ethnic/gender/cultural studies, jurisprudence, history/theory/criticism of the arts, languages and linguistics, literature, creative writing, historical or philosophical issues in the social and natural sciences, or the professions.

Vanderbilt University Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellowship

Award: $50,000 plus $2,000 moving expenses
Deadline: January 19, 2009
The Warren Center will host a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar entitled ‚ÄúImmigration and the American Experience‚Ä? to explore immigration and its influence on identities, cultures, nationhood, and urban politics. The seminar meets weekly and will allow the visiting fellow ample time to pursue a major research project.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc.
Post-Ph.D. Programs

Award: up to $25,000
Deadline: November 1, 2009 and May 1, 2009
Awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. Applicants must be engaged in research that contributes to anthropological knowledge. Applicants of any nationality or country of residence may apply.
Wesleyan's Center for Humanities
Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Award: $45,000
Deadline: November 3, 2008
Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree after June 2005 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences‚Äîbroadly conceived‚Äîare invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship. The Theme for 2009-2010 will be ‚ÄúWar‚Ä?, please visit the website for a complete description of the theme.
Winterthur/ NEH
Winterthur Fellowships
Award: $40,000
Deadline: January 15, 2009
The sponsor offers a variety of fellowships and grants. For research in the areas of material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, childhood, sentimental literary culture, and many other areas of social and cultural history. Please refer to the website for details.

Book Signing: ‚ÄúHow Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon.‚Ä?

Professor David R. Roediger will be signing his new book, ‚ÄúHow Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon.‚Ä? Mayday Books, Saturday, Nov 1, 2008.

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Geographic Information Systems: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps

CLA is joining several other units to fund a Graduate Research Assistant who will provide GIS training and support. A 7-hour workshop will introduce participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. The first of three GIS user workshops: Dec. 5th, 2008.

One-day Workshop: December 5, 2008
Geographic Information Systems: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps

This 7-hour workshop will introduce participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn basic GIS concepts and the fundamentals of spatial analysis.
Topics Include:
• accessing and using GIS data
• preparing data for use in a GIS
• joining data to GIS mapping files
• working with basic thematic mapping
• analyzing spatial information
• working with geocoding (address mapping)
• using proper map making techniques
Prerequisites: Basic spreadsheet or database knowledge.
Platform: This course is taught on the Windows platform using ArcView 9.2, but the concepts apply to geographic information systems in general.
Fees: No fee, but registration is required. Registration in this course is limited to University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. You can register online at http://uttc.umn.edu/courses/description.jsp?secName+GIS101.
There will be two more workshops offered during Spring 2009 semester.
This workshop is made possible by support from the College of Design, the College of Liberal Arts, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, the Institute on the Environment, the Minnesota Population Center, the University of Minnesota Libraries, the Office of Information Technology, the School of Public Health, and the State Health Access Data Assistance Center.

Identities and Technoculture

The University of Iowa Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts and the Mid-America American Studies Association announces a call for papers for the conference, "Identities and Technoculture". Proposals should revolve around interdisciplinary questions regarding the study of technology and American culture. Proposals Due: Jan 9. 2009.

University of Iowa Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts (CESA) and the Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA) announce:
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, April 3-4, 2009
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
A 2-day conference about American culture and technologies that examines how new technologies dominate and define Americaness in the US and abroad. Key questions include:
How do social arrangements of new technologies shape aspects of ‚Äúidentity,‚Ä? including ethnicity, race, gender, sexualities, and class?
How does the diffusion of new technologies affect power relations?
How do human/machine relationships contribute to new expressive cultures?
The conference will feature three research strains: (1) Afrofuturism (how culture and technology frame African American experiences); (2) Identities and the Internet; (3) Technology and Culture before the Information Age. CESA/MAASA invites anyone interested in these and all related topics to submit proposals for 20-minute paper presentations, panels, or ‚Äúhands-on‚Ä? workshops.
WORKSHOPS will focus on and showcase an ‚Äúartifact‚Ä? (e.g., movie, Internet sites, TV show, documentary, comic book pages, radio broadcast, art exhibition, historic site). Immediately following the artifact experience, facilitators will lead a discussion. We invite proposals for any workshop ‚Äúartifacts‚Ä? and how an individual‚Äôs leadership of discussion would frame important questions. Workshops will serve as ‚Äúlaboratories‚Ä? about specific cultural instances of identities and technoculture.
We seek presentations that further the Center's aim of promoting scholarship on ethnicities and the arts and that reflect disciplinary and institutional diversity. We welcome ALL proposals interested in it. Graduate students are eligible for the Katzman-Yetman prize for best conference paper, which includes a $250 prize and review for publication by American Studies.
For each workshop, paper, or panel proposal, please submit:
• Name(s) of all participants
• Address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each participant
• Institutional affiliation(s), if any
• Title(s) of paper
• 250-word proposal
• 100-word biographical note for each participant
Send proposals via electronic mail by JANUARY 9, 2009, to: cesa@uiowa.edu.
For further questions or information on IDENTITIES AND TECHNOCULTURE, please contact:
Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts, Department of American Studies
University of Iowa, 210 Jefferson Building
(319) 384-3490
e-mail: cesa@uiowa.edu; web: http://www.uiowa.edu~cesa

13th Annual Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies

The 13th Annual Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies held on March 7, 2009 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities calls for papers relating to the theme "Performing Violence: Re-creating the ‚ÄúOther‚Ä? across Space and Ages". Abstracts Due: Nov 31, 2008.

13th Annual Graduate Symposium in Romance Studies
March 7, 2009 - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Performing Violence: Re-creating the ‚ÄúOther‚Ä? across Space and Ages
Violence is often thought of in terms of destruction, trauma, and displacement. We will reframe the question by looking at what violence itself does or shows‚Äîits performance or execution. This symposium is centered first of all on how violence transforms the nexus of social relations, identity, and differences that constitute a particular community. The events and aftershocks of conquest and post-coloniality inform and reshape notions of cultural, ethical, and aesthetic standards by forcing the acknowledgment and incorporation of otherness into the domain of social discourses. Secondly, we consider how discourses‚Äîoral, textual, imagistic, linguistic, cinematic, performative, or other‚Äîoften enact violence as agents of socio-political, cultural, and/or ideological change. Rather than merely depicting the image of violence in a static, detached fashion, discursive violence may also serve as a rhetorical embodiment of the ‚Äúother‚Äôs‚Ä? confrontational position that exists simultaneously within and beyond the limits of normative representation.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

rhetoric of ‚Äúotherness‚Ä?
counter-hegemonic discourses
identity, space, and nation in ‚Äúpost-modernity‚Ä?
theatricality and violence of representation
the politics of sacrifice and public spectacle
relationships of dominant/minority languages
baroque and neo-baroque manifestations of cultural difference and/or dissent
violence and metamorphosis
evolutions and revolutions
the bifurcated self, alienation, the self as ‚Äúother‚Ä?
vision and hearing: the limits of representation
Please send proposals for submissions, including your name, affiliation, contact information, paper title, and 150-word abstract to agsrs@umn.edu by November 31, 2008.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Spring 2009 Book Orders

Spring 2009 Book Orders are due.

Dear Spring 2009 Instructors,
Attached you will find the blank order form (Excel document) for Spring 2009 book orders.
Please complete the attached form, one for each of your classes, and send them to the Department of American Studies amstdy@umn.edu by Monday October 20th.
Please note the following:
*Please indicate if you DO NOT need a personal desk copy for any of your ordered books. For courses with TA's, desk copies will be ordered for them.
*For seminars or other low enrolling courses, desk copies may not be available.
*If a book you are using is out of print, we are unable to obtain desk copies.
*If ordering from any publisher is OK, please indicate that.
*Please order early. Delayed book orders mean delayed desk copies. Also, timely orders allow the bookstore to buy as many used copies as possible, saving students money.
*Please order accurately and avoid using abbreviations (John Doe, rather than J. Doe) to ensure accuracy and minimize unnecessary delays.
*If you intend to use the same book in a future semester, please indicate when that is. This allows the bookstore to plan to purchase used copies, saving students money.
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Fall Assembly of the Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Please attend the Fall Assembly of the Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives. The Assembly will be held from 3:00 pm-5:15 pm in the Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Oct. 27. Please RSVP for the Assembly by Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008.

Please join me for the Fall Assembly of the Network of Interdisciplinary Initiatives. The Assembly will be held on Monday, October 27, from 3:00 pm-5:15 pm in the Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus, and 410 Library on the Duluth campus (via ITV).
We ask that you please RSVP for the Assembly by Wednesday, October 22nd, by clicking on the following link:
The Assembly will feature a presentation on building and sustaining successful collaborations by Dr. Paul Mattessich, Executive Director of Wilder Research. For more information on Dr. Mattessich and his work at Wilder, please see http://www.wilder.org/154.0.html. We will also hear from the chairs of NII's Working Groups, who will propose an implementation plan for 2008-2009 for the recommendations presented at the 2008 Spring Assembly.
Please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who you believe would be interested in the issues before the NII.
For more information, please visit the NII Website at http://www.grad.umn.edu/oii/nii/index.html or contact gradoii@umn.edu

Disease Prevention and Lifestyles in the Age of AIDS

Susan Mlangwa from the Department of Sociology presents, "Disease Prevention and Lifestyles in the Age of AIDS: Young Professional Couple Relationships in the City of Dar es Salaam: Accounts and Reflections from the Field." Located in 537 Heller Hall, West Bank Camus, at 12:00pm on Thursday Oct. 23.

Disease Prevention and
Lifestyles in the Age of AIDS
Young professional couple relationships in the city of
Dar es Salaam: Accounts and Reflections from the Field
Susan Mlangwa, Department of Sociology
‚ÄúIt was a study about them when I arrived in the field and I knew that was how it was going to stay. Me, listening to their life histories, asking questions, allowing them to explain and observing the way they do things etc. In doing this I was attempting to capture a closer to a full picture, of their lived experiences. Not only did I proceed well with this, I did so only to realize how much of a lifestyle they were trying to makes sense of is as much of a lifestyle I was trying to make sense of for myself! So‚Ķ‚Ķthen came the dynamics of focusing and refocusing on the researcher and the researched to be able to move forward‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ..‚Ä?
(Susan’s reflection from the field).
In this presentation I give an account on how when a research topic in the field gets much interwoven with your own life. I share about the way I found myself a part of the investigation and the study became more of us then them. I reflect on what are the implications for such a development.
Thursday October 23, Noon
537 Heller Hall, West Bank Camp

Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US: The Wal-Mart Effect

Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher for Human Rights Watch, is presenting "Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US: The Wal-Mart Effect" at University of Minnesota Law School Walter F. Mondale Hall from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.

Discounting Worker’s Rights in the US:
The Wal-Mart Effect
Thursday, October 23, 2008
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Presented by Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher for Human Rights Watch
Auerbach Commons
University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis (U of M West Bank campus)
Free and Open to the Public
Hosted by The Institute for Global Studies and the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program
The right to organize and form trade unions has been recognized internationally for almost 100 years as a fundamental human right. How are US workers faring? Get a first hand account of the antiunion tactics employed by retail giant Wal-Mart. In the context of weak US labor laws do US workers stand a chance?
Carol Pier is the senior labor rights and trade researcher for Human Rights Watch. In 2007 Human Rights Watch published an investigative report, Discounting Rights: Wal-Mart’s Violation of US Workers’ Right to the Freedom of Association, authored by Pier to illuminate the anti-union tactics of Wal-Mart and the failings of the US labor law system. Pier will speak on issues facing US labor law, including weak statues and inadequate enforcement.
Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies. Co-sponsored by the University’s Human Rights Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change, Labor Education Service, Workers Rights Clinic and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

Telling Stories

The book Telling Stories by Jennifer L. Pierce, Mary Jo Maynes, and Barbara Laslett was published.

Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History by Mary Jo Maynes, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Barbara Laslett
About Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History
In Telling Stories, Mary Jo Maynes, Jennifer L. Pierce, and Barbara Laslett argue that personal narratives-autobiographies, oral histories, life history interviews, and memoirs-are an important research tool for understanding the relationship between people and their societies. Gathering examples from throughout the world and from premodern as well as contemporary cultures, they draw from labor history and class analysis, feminist sociology, race relations, and anthropology to demonstrate the value of personal narratives for scholars and students alike.
Telling Stories explores why and how personal narratives should be used as evidence, and the methods and pitfalls of their use. The authors stress the importance of recognizing that stories that people tell about their lives are never simply individual. Rather, they are told in historically specific times and settings and call on rules, models, and social experiences that govern how story elements link together in the process of self-narration. Stories show how individuals' motivations, emotions, and imaginations have been shaped by their cumulative life experiences. In turn, Telling Stories demonstrates how the knowledge produced by personal narrative analysis is not simply contained in the stories told; the understanding that takes place between narrator and analyst and between analyst and audience enriches the results immeasurably.
Praise for Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History
"Each of these authors brings a wealth of insight and experience to this discussion of the distinctively illuminating arguments that can be drawn from personal narrative materials. Theoretically sophisticated and grounded in an intriguing array of empirical works, Telling Stories will be an indispensable resource for those interested in any variety of life-story research."
--Marjorie DeVault, Syracuse University, author of Liberating Method: Feminism and Social Research
"Telling Stories is an invaluable guide to making sense of personal narratives across two key disciplines: social science and history. This clear, thoughtful, and comprehensive guide to key issues and their interpretation--questions on agency, subjectivity, intersubjectivity, the complexity of narrative genres--is essential reading as we work to comprehend this key source in the production of knowledge."
--Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Graduate Program in Culture and Media; and Director of the Center for Media, Culture & History, New York University
"Telling Stories provides an instructive and usable map of approaches to working with personal narratives. The authors' careful readings of a number of key texts are clear and graceful."
--Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo, SUNY
"Telling Stories supports the value of the narrative turn and offers well-grounded advice to would-be narrative historians."
--Arthur W. Frank, University of Calgary

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The International Conference on Intangible Heritage

The International Conference on Intangible Heritage: Sharing Cultures in Portugal is to be held May 30 to June 1, 2009. Sharing Cultures 2009 aims at gathering in an International Conference worldwide experts and scholars on Cultural and Intangible Heritage.

Sharing Cultures 2009
International Conference on Intangible Heritage
Pico Island – Azores – PORTUGAL
30 May – 1 June 2009
Call for papers now open at:
- Title: Sharing Cultures 2009
- Dates: 30th May to 1st June 2009
- Place: Pico Island - Azores
- Country: Portugal
- Description (short): Sharing Cultures 2009 aims at gathering in an International Conference worldwide experts and scholars on Cultural and Intangible Heritage. One of the main goals of the Conference is to promote significant discussion on these relevant issues, now that the General Assembly of UNESCO approved the Operational Directives and that the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is fully operational. The Scope of the Conference is available at: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org/index.php?page=scope
- website of the event: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org
- Steering Committee:
Brian Osborne, Emeritus Professor, Queen's University
Gregory Ashworth, Professor of Heritage Management and Urban Tourism, University of Grönigen
Tomislav Sola, Director of European Heritage Association, Professor of Museology, University of Zagreb
- Scientific Committee: http://sharing.cultures2009.greenlines-institute.org/index.php?page=scientific_comm
- Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
Susan Pearce, Emeritus Professor, University of Leicester (UK) Department of Museum Studies
Andrew Hall, Member ICOMOS International Executive Committee, President ICICH (International Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage)
- Contact person: Sérgio Lira (Prof.), slira@greenlines-institute.org
(PhD Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK)
- Organiser:
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377, S.12
4750-106 Barcelos
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037
Fax: + 351 253 824 730

Policy and Review Council for Language, Literature and Arts

The Policy and Review Council for Language, Literature and Arts is seeking graduate student representatives. The P&R Council meets twice per year: once on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 3-5pm, and again in the spring (date TBA).

Dear fellow graduate students,
If you are interested in the inner workings of your graduate program and other related programs, the Policy and Review Council for Language, Literature and Arts needs you! This is an awesome way to learn about and directly influence the issues that affect grad students and programs behind the scenes.
The P&R Council meets twice per year: once on Tuesday, November 4, from 3-5pm, and again in the spring (date TBA), with an optional large assembly meeting on Wednesday, October 22, from 3-5pm.
Graduate School Deans Gail Dubrow and George Green are almost always in attendance at these meetings, and issues of curriculum and department-specific and graduate school-wide policies are discussed. As student representative chair, I am in charge of filling all 7 student seats on this council, so please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in becoming a member (or alternate) of the P&R Council. Also let me know if you know any other students who might be interested.
Here's a link to the P&R council previous meeting minutes, if you're interested: http://www.grad.umn.edu/faculty-staff/governance/p-r_councils/Language_Literature-Arts/index.html
Eden Kaiser
Program in Linguistics
COGS P&R Council chair for
Language, Literature and Arts

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is Offering an Honorarium

The U of M's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in an effort to encourage CLA graduate student involvement is offering a $1000 honorarium to CLA graduate students. OLLI is a membership-based learning community of older adults who attend seminars, talks, and other events. Application deadline for teaching a six week course in the winter: Oct. 20, 2008. Deadline for the eight week spring 2009 course: Jan. 5, 2009. Deadline for the eight week fall 2009 term: June 24, 2009.

The U of M's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in a effort to encourage CLA graduate student involvement with OLLI, is this year offering a $1000 honorarium to CLA graduate students selected as OLLI course leaders. OLLI is a membership-based learning community of older adulty who attend seminars, talks, and other events organized by the institute throughout the year. Most OLLI instructors are volunteers chosen from academics to retired CEOs, writers or community organizers.
OLLI classes meet once a week for six or eight weeks and typically consist of a mix of lecture and discussion format. There are no tests and required readings are minimal. OLLI participants are typically highly motivated and well-educated older adults, and instructors should expect a high level of engagement from OLLI participants. Please visit the website at http://www.cce.umn.edu/olli/ for more information.
The application deadline for teaching a six week course in the winter is October 20, 2008.
The deadline for the eight week sprin 2009 term is January 5, 2009.
The deadline for the eight week Fall 2009 term is June 24, 2009.
I believe that leading an OLLI course can provide a unique learning and professional development opportunity for our graduate students that is distinctly different from what they encounter as graduate instructors in the undergraduate classroom. It is, of course, important that teaching in the OLLI program does not unduly impede students' academic progress and interested students will therefore need the endorsement of their advisor to participate in the program.
Contact Steve Benson, the institute's director at benso006@umn.edu or (612) 624-7847 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Requests for Funds

The Department of Americans Studies will be handling requests for funds for research and to travel to conferences differently than in the past. This change will be effectively immediately.

Dear Graduate Students,
The Department of Americans Studies will be handling requests for funds for research and to travel to conferences differently than in the past. This change will be effectively immediately. All students will be allowed to access up to $1500 in total from the American Studies Research and Conference Travel funding pool over the course of your graduate career. Any individual request will be limited to $500. Because these funds are limited, we continue to encourage you to apply for outside sources of funds as often as possible and to rely on this funding only when you are unable to secure outside funding. Good sources for outside funding include conference organizations and "best paper" competitions. Also, here are some University web sites that may offer conference travel funding:
Please note: because we are dealing with a new financial system, we may have to slightly adjust the process for requesting access to funds. However, we have prepared a process (attached) for accessing conference travel funds because we know that many of you are traveling to present papers soon. We are working on a process for research funding, and will send that out to everyone soon. Our plan allows you to request funding as soon as the criterion for each allocation is met - you do not have to wait for a specific call.
If you have any questions about the new process, or feedback on how the process is working, please let Colleen know so that we can re-examine it. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact me.
Request to Access Conference Travel Funds
CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS: You may apply for travel to a scholarly conference to present a paper. The total funding available to you is limited to $1500 from the American Studies conference travel and research funding pool, and the maximum allowance to attend any one conference is $500. Students may apply for more than one conference, but additional awards will be made only if the maximum award has not been claimed. We expect, as is professionally appropriate, that no one gives the same paper at more than one conference. Criteria for conference travel funding:
1) are traveling to present research at a conference and have proof of acceptance
2) are in good standing
3) have not exceeded $1500 in total funding from the conference travel and research funding pool
In order to apply for conference travel funds please submit an application in hard copy to Marie Milsten Fiedler -- 104 Scott Hall -- including the following information:
1. Name, adviser and Student ID#
2. Conference Attending (include where and when)
3. Paper Title and paragraph synopsis
4. Amount requested (not to exceed $500)
5. ATTACH Proof Of Acceptance
If you have any questions, please contact the DGS Assistant Marie Milsten Fiedler, Phone: 612/626-9590, FAX: 612/624-3858, Email: m-fied@umn.edu

Submitting Dissertations Electronically

Effective Oct. 2008, doctoral students who submit their dissertations electronically will no longer be required to submit a paper copy to the Graduate School, or pay the related $20 binding and shipping fees.

The GSSP staff is pleased to announce recent improvements to the Electronic Dissertation (ED) submission process, which has been an option for doctoral students since 2006. Effective October 2008, doctoral students who submit their dissertations electronically will no longer be required to submit a paper copy to the Graduate School, or pay the related $20 binding and shipping fees. Additional conveniences include on-line payment of the required publishing fee, and the opportunity to make their dissertations available via the University’s Digital Conservancy http://conservancy.umn.edu/dissertations/
To publicize the above changes, we recently sent an email notification to all currently registered doctoral students. In addition, we soon will be sending hard-copy notices concerning the latest ED submission improvements to your graduate program office and ask that you post these notices near/within your office to help us publicize the ED submission process. In that mailing you will also receive for your reference a revised version of the Graduate School‚Äôs ‚ÄúPreparing the Doctoral Dissertation‚Ä?, which includes information about formatting, submitting, and publishing the dissertation. An electronic version of this document is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/forms/gs16.pdf
Thank you for your help with sharing the information about the ED submission process. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the GSSP office at gsdoc@umn.edu.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships ( www.woodrow.org/newcombe) support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. or Th.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose research addresses ethical or religious values. The 29 Newcombe Fellows to be named in 2009 will each receive a stipend of $24,000; their institutions are asked to waive or otherwise cover tuition and fees.