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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies

International Korean Adoptee Associations is pleased to announce a call for papers for The Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies. The symposium is August 3, 2010 in Seoul, Korea. Submission deadline: September 15, 2009.

The Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies
Symposium Date: August 3, 2010
Planned location: IKAA Korean Adoptee Gathering, Seoul, Korea. For more information about the Gathering, see http://gathering.ikaa.info/en .
Symposium Sponsor: IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Associations). For more information about IKAA, see http://ikaa.org/en .
Submissions Due by: September 15, 2009
Submit to: SISKAS2010@gmail.com
Questions? Contact Kim Park Nelson, greg0051@umn.edu
If selected, your complete, full-length paper (up to 15 single-spaced pages) will be due January 1, 2010. Submission of a full-length paper by the due date is a requirement for participation in the Symposium. You may also be invited to participate in a research panel at the Gathering the week following the Symposium.
Submission Deadline and Instructions
Complete submissions (cover sheet, paper proposal and CV) must be received by September 15, 2009 by 5:00 PM (U.S.A. Central Time). No late proposals will be accepted. They will accept proposals via email only. A cover page submitted without attached proposal or CV is NOT considered complete. They will not accept or consider submissions that are lacking information. Selection notifications will be made by e-mail by the end of November.
Criteria for selection
While they encourage submissions from everyone, they will prioritize papers from academics who have completed a terminal degree or who are currently enrolled in terminal master's or Ph.D. programs. They also seek presentations/papers on a range of topics (some of which are outlined below) that represent as many of the current research approaches on Korean adoption as possible.
Introduction and presentation
The International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) plans to convene the Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies as part of the 2010 Korean Adoptee Gathering 2010.
The aim of the symposium is to establish and explore this new and rapidly expanding academic field. The field of Korean adoption studies is specifically concerned with international adoption from Korea, as well as with overseas adopted Koreans. It has recently emerged as an area of study both in Korea, the country of origin, and in the Western receiving countries to which Korean children have been sent for adoption. This symposium will bring together scholars from around the world who are conducting research in the field of Korean adoption studies. These scholars are working at the multidisciplinary intersections of Asian and Korean studies, postcolonial and cultural studies, and social and behavioural sciences. Their work is also engaged with issues of ethnicity, migration and diaspora, and globalization and transnationalism.
This day long and multidisciplinary symposium will take place in Seoul, South Korea, and will be comprised of paper presentations and open discussions. The papers will be published as a volume of collected proceedings, which will be distributed at the Symposium and also made available to university libraries. The First Symposium in 2007 laid the foundation for the growing network of Korean Adoption Studies scholars, and the 2010 Symposium will be an opportunity to continue expanding the network, to include a wider range of scholarship and to incorporate work being done by scholars in Korea.

Background and purpose

South Korea's history of over half a century of continuous and uninterrupted international adoption provides the background for this symposium. Since the 1953 armistice that suspended the Korean War, almost 200,000 Korean children have been sent for adoption to 15 principal host countries in the Western world. Of those children, over 120,000 were sent to the United States, 60,000 to Europe (with half in Scandinavia of which 10,000 arrived in Sweden alone), and the remaining 10,000 were sent to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In its significant demographic scope, its lengthy time span, and its wide-ranging geographic spread, international adoption from Korea is unprecedented in modern history as the largest global transfer of children in the world. Today, still around 1,500 children leave Korea every year for adoption to eight different Western countries. The child welfare practice commonly known as international adoption, i.e., the transnational/ transcontinental, and, often, transracial/transcultural adoption, of predominantly non-Western children to primarily Western parents, was carried out in Korea directly following the war. As such, Korean adoption has become a model for understanding subsequent waves of international adoption. Furthermore, adopted Koreans are not only the most numerous, diverse and widespread of the world's child migrants, but also constitute the first generation and population of transnational and transracial adoptees. The field of Korean adoption studies thus provides a foundation for understanding international adoption and internationally adopted people as a whole.

Past and Current Research

For many years, the subject of international adoption from Korea and adopted Koreans was an under-researched area in academia. The field, as it existed then, was dominated by professionals in social work, psychology, and medicine. The first academic studies on Korean adoption started to come out in the mid-1970s, both in Korea and in the West, but it was not until the mid-1990s that one could begin to talk about a full-fledged field of Korean adoption studies.
In Korean academia, the majority of adoption studies discuss international adoption in terms of social welfare or legislation, and primarily from the perspectives of social work and family law. But Korean research interest in adult adopted Koreans has grown in recent years, with studies focusing on the life consequences for adoptees who have revisited Korea and/or reunited with their Korean family members, as well as cultural studies oriented textual analyses of adopted Korean self-narratives.
On the other side of the world, adoption scholarship in the leading adopting regions of North America, Scandinavia and Western Europe mainly focus on the behavioral and emotional adjustment of adoptees, including their attachment and adjustment to the adoptive family and assimilation and acculturation to the host culture. In addition, a growing number of studies have started to look at Korean international adoption from a comparative historical perspective and others have conceptualized it as a migratory practice linked to globalization and transnational processes. There is also a growing body of research on adoptees' language detrition and attrition and their cultural output of art, film, and literature.
Finally, a new research trend that has emerged both in Korea and in the West deals with the question of an identity and community specific to adopted Koreans, in the context of existing theories of ethnicity, migration, and diaspora.
This symposium aims to bring together researchers who focus either on international adoption from Korea or on overseas adopted Koreans from these different perspectives and approaches.
Themes and Topics
They welcome submissions from any academic background or perspective, and especially welcome work with multi-or interdisciplinary perspectives. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
• The Korean state and international adoption policy /adoption and Korea's image in the world. We especially encourage the submission of papers that focus on Korean adoption as a social, cultural or political phenomenon within the nation of South Korea including research that originates from within South Korea.
• Korean adoptees as part of Korean diaspora and/or Korean adoption as a part of Asian North American, Asian European, or Asian Australian experience.
• Comparative projects that examine Korean adoption and adoption from other countries.
• In-between identities and familial relations and the impact of Korean adoption on the adoption triad members.
• Empirical research that examines a specific question or salient issue within the Korean adoptee community, including the behavioural adjustment and emotional development of Korean adoptees from normative standpoints as opposed to pathologized approaches. We also encourage work that can detail the logic of inquiry or research methods, and that provides sufficient evidence to support and interpret results.
• Projects that explore the social phenomenon of multiple group status held by Korean adoptees and their relative experiences in North America, Australia, and Europe.
• Korean adoptees as subjects of cultural production including literature, fine arts, or blogs. We especially encourage work that examines Korean adoption in documentary or cinema.
See attachment below for required coversheet.
The Second International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies.doc

Legal History Workshop Fall 2009 Guest Schedule

The Program in Law and History is pleased to announce their Legal History Worship for fall 2009 guest schedule. The workshop will be meeting on Friday mornings from 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. at the Law School.

Legal History Workshop Fall 2009 Guest Schedule
Six guest scholars will be joining the Legal History Workshop/Seminar this fall. Faculty and students are welcome to join for these sessions. This fall you will be reading a mix of recently published books and work-in-progress. The books are all available at Barnes&Noble.com and Amazon.com. Please contact Kristen Gandrow (kgandrow@umn.edu) if you are not already on the Legal History Workshop email list so that you get announcements and papers.
F. Sept. 25: Tamar Herzog, Professor of Latin American and Spanish History, Stanford University, "Defining Empires: Spain and Portugal in the Americas (17th-18th century)"
F. Oct. 2: Margot Canaday, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University, The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press, 2009)
F. Oct. 16: Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT, "A Tale of Two Treasons: Adjudicating War Crimes and Collaboration in Manila, 1945"
F. Oct. 23: Karl Shoemaker, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Sanctuary for Crimes in the Western Legal Tradition: How to Get Away with Murder"
F. Nov. 6: Rebecca M. McLennan, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776-1941 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)(Winner of the Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society of the American Historical Association (2008)), Intro., Ch. 1-4, 8.
F. Nov. 20: Peggy Pascoe, Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) (Winner of the Ellis W. Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians (2009), and the Lawrence W. Levine Award of the Organization of American Historians (2009))
(via Video Teleconference)
See attachment below for further detail on guest speakers.

The Newberry Library Seminar in American Indian Studies

The Newberry Library in Chicago is pleased to announce a call for papers for their Seminar in American Indian studies. The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars. Deadline submission: September 30, 2009

The Newberry Library Seminar in American Indian Studies
This seminar provides a forum for works-in-progress that explore topics in American
Indian Studies. They encourage the submission of proposals for seminar papers that
examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history
and culture broadly conceived. They welcome proposals from scholars working in a wide
range of academic fields, and are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches.
The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members and independent scholars.
Graduate students and junior faculty in the early-writing stages who wish to present
work are especially encouraged to apply. To maximize time for discussion, papers are
circulated electronically in advance. Priority is given to individuals who are at a stage of
their research at which they can best profit from discussion. The seminar meets several
times during the academic year, usually on a Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm, at
the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.
To propose a paper, please send a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the
relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief c.v. to Jade Cabagnot, Program
Assistant, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, The Newberry Library.
Please send all materials as electronic attachments via email to:
If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact seminar
coordinator and Director of the McNickle Center, Dr. Scott Manning Stevens

Association for Asian American Studies 2010 Annual Conference

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) is pleased to announce a call for papers, "Emergent Cartographies: Asian American Studies in the Twenty-first Century," for the 2010 Annual Conference at UT Austin, Texas on April 7-11, 2010. Proposal deadline: October 23, 2009.

Association for Asian American Studies 2010 Annual Conference
The interdisciplinary Association for Asian American Studies invites
presentation proposals from the fields of literature, geography,
sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, the applied
social sciences, education, anthropology, media and film, ethnic
studies, public policy, psychology, and communications.
The 2010 conference site is lodged squarely between the east and west
coasts and abutting Mexico. How might this location inspire us to
reinscribe the terrain of Asian American Studies to capture
twenty-first century realities and subjectivities? For example, to
the surprise of most, Texas now holds the third highest population of
Asian Americans, surpassing even Hawai'i, Illinois, and New Jersey.
Journeying away from the traditional AAS strongholds on the coasts and
Hawai'i suggests the urgency of regional perspectives reflecting
newer, post 1965 populations and communities that may fragment the
field between its oldest and newest parts. We argue that a process of
dismantling is necessary so that a twenty-first century vision of
Asian American Studies might be reassembled from its many messy and
morphing parts.
From its origins in the civil rights era, Asian American Studies has
been an emergent project intellectually and institutionally. It tracks
the growth and evolution of a highly heterogeneous population
constantly shifting in location, arrival narratives, socioeconomic
class, cultural formations, political identifications, and demography.
UT Austin presents opportunities to highlight these transformations,
as well as continuities, in student activism and program building,
intersections with gender and sexuality studies, hemispheric
conceptions of migration, transnational and diasporic practices,
transformative communications technologies, economic crises, new sites
of labor and employment, communities emerging from war and refugee
flight, and teaching for non-Asian populations.
To encompass the full range of research on Asian Pacific Americans, we
encourage contributions from scholars at every level of seniority and
papers ranging from community studies, pedagogical strategies, and
programmatic models to the most experimental, and integrative, of
theoretical ponderings.
All proposals must be submitted on-line by Oct. 23, 2009. For
instructions on submitting proposals and other conference information,
visit www.aaastudies.org/index.html
For more information, you may contact the AAAS Secretariat at
piaseng@illinois.edu or the Center for Asian American Studies at UT
Austin at kydawson@mail.utexas.edu
*AV equipment will be available on a limited basis by request. Please
make your requests when sending in your proposals although the
Association cannot guarantee that equipment will be provided.
*To be included in the conference program, participants must be AAAS
members who have paid registration fees.

The Asian American Law Journal Call for Submissions

The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) at the UC Berkeley School of Law is pleased to invite article submissions for publication in their seventeenth volume. Past volumes have addressed such issues as immigration policy, civil liberties, community development, and political engagement. Submission deadline: October 15, 2009.

The Asian American Law Journal Call for Submissions
The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) at the UC Berkeley School of Law is pleased to invite article submissions for publication in our seventeenth volume.
As one of only two law journals dedicated to Asian American jurisprudence, we are committed to providing a forum for scholars, practitioners, and students to address legal and policy issues
relevant to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Our mission is to promote excellent scholarship that fosters awareness and dialogue within and beyond the legal community.
Past volumes have addressed such issues as immigration policy, civil liberties, community development, and political engagement. For more information and for further examples of submissions, please visit our website at http://www.boalt.org/aalj/.
Submissions should be sent to aalj.submissions@gmail.com and will be
reviewed on a rolling basis until October 15, 2009 for publication in Summer 2010. All submissions must meet the following requirements:
- Documents must be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment (.doc format).
- Documents must be double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.
- Submissions should be approximately 30 pages minimum.
- Footnotes must be within text (i.e., incorporated at end of each page) and must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.).
The mandate of the Asian American Law Journal is to publish commentary, analyses, and research on the experiences and concerns of Asian Americans. We believe that to advance the Asian American movement, we must recognize the diversity among Asian American
communities and cultivate scholarship that promotes understanding and empowerment in order to foster resistance to oppression and the achievement of justice. The movement includes, but is not limited to, the intersections of gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and
race. We recognize the histories of Pacific Islanders and support those who choose to maintain distinct community identities. In solidarity with all peoples who have been subordinated, we embrace the opportunity to publish works that address issues relating to all marginalized communities. The mission of our journal is to speak truth to power; to borrow from poet Janice Mirikitani, "We give testimony. Our noise is dangerous."

Red Feather Premier Call for Papers

The bi-annual journal, Red Feather, is pleased to announce a call for papers to the premier issue, "An International Journal of Children's Media Culture." Submission deadline: December 15, 2009.

Red Feather Premier Call for Papers
Red Feather facilitates an international dialogue among scholars and professionals through vigorous discussion of the intersections between the child image and the conception of childhood, children's material culture, children and politics, the child body, and any other
conceptions of the child within local, national, and global contexts. The journal invites critical and/or theoretical examination of the child image to further our understanding of the consumption,
circulation, and representation of the child throughout the world's visual mediums. Some sample topics include, but are certainly not limited to: studies of images of children of color; child as
commodity; images of children in Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America, etc.; political uses of the child image; children in film; children in advertising; visual adaptations of children's literary
works; child welfare images; children and war; or any other critical examination of the child image in a variety of visual mediums.
Red Feather is published twice a year, in February and September, and adheres to the MLA citation system. Authors may submit articles in other citations systems, with the understanding that conversion to MLA is a condition of acceptance.
Interested contributors please submit the paper, an abstract, a current CV, and a brief biography as attachments in Word to debbieo@okstate.edu
Deadline for submissions for the premier issue is December 15th 2009.

Popular Culture Assocation & American Culture Association 2010 Joint National Conference

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association are pleased to announce a gay, lesbian, and queer studies call for proposals for the 2010 joint national conference in St. Louis March 31 - April 3, 2010. Proposal deadline: December 15, 2009.

Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association 2010 Joint National Conference
Call For Proposals: Sessions, Panels, Papers
Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis
Wednesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 3
For information on PCA/ACA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org
For information on the conference, please go to
We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and/or individual papers. Sessions are scheduled in ¬Ω hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.
Among the topics/themes we may highlight: representations of queers on TV; queer cinema; indicators of a gay/post-gay culture; queers in emerging media; queer youth culture; literary themes/genres; and critique of queer-centered media (e.g., Logo, Curve). Please note the
special call for proposals addressing HIV/AIDS in Popular Culture on the following page. As always, proposals addressing any topic at the intersection of popular culture and queerness are welcome.
Should you or any of your colleagues be interested in submitting a proposal or have any questions, please contact:
Bruce E. Drushel, Ph.D.
Mass Communication Area
Department of Communication
Miami University
Oxford OH 45056
(513) 529-3526
For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-word abstract. For sessions and panels, please submit paper/presentation titles and abstracts, along with a paragraph describing the central theme, and the names of chairs and respondents (if any).
For each participant, please provide a mailing address, institution name, and e-mail address.
Nearly fifteen years after the release of Saquinavir, the first protease inhibitor to receive FDA approval, the depiction of HIV/AIDS in popular culture has greatly changed, but it has not disappeared. The GL&Q Studies Area this year especially is interested in papers and panels that will explore the changing nature of HIV/AIDS in popular culture to tease out the contemporary contradiction of the AIDS epidemic as it has receded from mainstream consciousness yet continues to appear in popular culture. Although this is not an exhaustive
list, proposals might explore the visibility/viability of (RED) Products, the persistence of Keith Haring's art via the recent retrospective of his work or its use in Madonna's Sticky and Sweet
tour, the changing visual representation of the HIV positive body from Benetton advertisements to more recent pharmaceutical ads for HIV medications, the appearance of HIV in South Park and other television programming, the continued use of music to raise AIDS awareness and funding from Annie Lennox's collaborative "Sing" to dance4life, or MTV's recent movie on the life of Real World star Pedro Zamora.
Selected papers may be considered for inclusion in a planned edited collection to be published in 2011.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

American Studies Annual Potluck Gathering

The annual department potluck gathering of students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year is Thursday, September 3, 5:30 - 8:00pm at the home of Kale Fajardo. Please bring a dish to share along with a serving spoon. Kale's address is 2806 14th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

American Studies Annual Potluck Gathering

The department potluck gathering of students, faculty and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year is Thursday, September 3, 5:30 ­- 8:00pm at the home of Kale Fajardo. Please bring a dish to share along with a serving spoon. Kale's address is 2806 14^th Ave. S., Minneapolis ­located in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood, blocks from the Global Market. Attendees arriving on bikes should use the 13^th Ave. exit from the Greenway. Car parking on nearby streets is available, though may be limited.

Organizational Meeting in Researching History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Minnesota

An organizational meeting for anyone (no experience necessary) interested in researching the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Minnesota is being held Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Andersen Library room 120-B.

Organizational Meeting in Researching History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Minnesota
The immediate goal of the project is to enter the "Since Stonewall" contest organized by the innovative OUTHISTORY.ORG Project (http://www.outhistory.org/wiki/Since_Stonewall_Contest).
All are welcome! No particular experience is necessary (although individuals with experience in web page building and design are especially welcome).
For more information: schochet@umn.edu, Phone: 612-626-2562, Fax 612-625-9682

PCard Receipt Reminder

PCard receipts for all purchases made through 8/25/09 are due to Melanie by August 31, 2009.

PCard Receipt Reminder
See attachment below for the 'Generic Justification Worksheet'
COVERSHEET generic-1.xlsx

First Time TAs Instructions

Important information for first time TAs: Each person starting their first teaching position at the University needs to verify their eligibility for employment. Colleen will be sending detailed instructions to each new employee in an individual email. Please be sure to read this information because you need to provide this documentation within the first three days of employment (Monday, August 31st, Tuesday, September 1st or Wednesday, September 2nd).

GEOG 8230: Race, Space, and Biopolitics: Feminist Elaborations

GEOG 8230, "Theoretical Geography," will be taught fall 2009 by Assistant Professor Arun Saldanha on Thursdays from 12:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

GEOG 8230: Race, Space, and Biopolitics: Feminist Elaborations
Few students of the city, colonialism, or violence can escape at some point addressing the question of race. As a system of classifying and segregating bodies, race pops up even when we think we are studying something else. Obviously there is biological variation within the human species, but exactly why this variation has become so insidiously political is a difficult problematic, shaking up any attempt at disciplining academic boundaries. This graduate seminar seeks to investigate the conceptual intricacies of the becoming-political of human life, of "biopolitics." This fall, emphasis will be given to the intersections of theorizations of biopolitics and race with feminist theory, since the latter has for decades been at the forefront of conceiving the politicization of biology. What can feminist theory - itself diverse and dynamic
- teach us for thinking race as a material process of sexual, laboring, violent, migrating bodies? The course understands the politicization of phenotypic differences to be a planetary process, to a large extent determined by European colonization involving bodies and desires positioned in particular places and inequalities. It is however also entirely contingent, and thus changeable by antiracist politics and research.
Meets Thursdays, 12.20-3.00
Email instructor Arun Saldanha (saldanha@umn.edu) for the syllabus.

Monday, August 24, 2009

American Studies TA Positions

TA positions available in American Studies: We are looking for a 50% TA for AmSt 3252W (you would lead two sections). We also may have a 25 to 50% reader grader position available in a different course. If you are interested in either position, please contact Colleen at henne020@umn.edu as soon as possible. Please let her know if you are currently holding any other appointment (TA, RA or fellow) and the percentage time (or equivalent) of that appointment.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Interdisciplinary Graduate Study Group in Childhood Studies

Kysa Hubbard, recent Ph.D. graduate, invites graduate students to join a recent formation of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Study Group in Childhood Studies.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Study Group in Childhood Studies

In short, the initial stages of an interdisciplinary graduate group are to help coalesce the group and attract others to the initiative who share the group's intellectual interests and can help develop the group's agenda and goals.
As there is no requirement for a teaching component in the early stages of an ID graduate group, the Director of the Graduate School's Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Vicki Field, suggested that we might want to propose that funding be used to sponsor a lecture or symposium to draw others (faculty, grad students, postdocs) from across the campus to an event focused on childhood studies and on the possibility of building such a program at the U of MN (see attached Childhood Studies Major and Minor Description and Core Requirements and Childhood Studies v. Sociology, Family Social Science, and Child Development). We took her suggestion (more details can be found in the attached proposal) and were ultimately successful, however, in addition to adding graduate students to our roster, they would like for us to add faculty members from the following places:
Adolescent Health
Family Policy
Social Work
Mass Communications
Public Policy
For more information contact Kysa Hubbard at 612-624-6858 or email khubbard@umn.edu

Graduate Student Health Insurance

The Office of Student Health Benefits notified the Department of a change in insurers for the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan. Insurance is now provided by Health Partners. A new insurance enrollment packet has been put in your mailbox in Scott Hall. Please contact Colleen if you have any questions or need another packet.

Santa Clara University Women's and Gender Studies Position

The Women's & Gender Studies Program of Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of transnational feminisms. Ph.D. required. Application deadline: September 15, 2009.

Santa Clara University Women's and Gender Studies Position
The Women's and Gender Studies Program of Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position commencing in September 2010 in the area of transnational feminisms. Ph.D. in Women's Studies preferred, with a minimum requirement of a graduate certificate or equivalent in Women's Studies with Ph.D. in a related field; candidate will demonstrate an ongoing professional commitment to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses including but not limited to Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Transnational Feminisms. Ability to teach interdisciplinary courses and courses outside the Humanities is required. Position includes service responsibilities on the Program's governing council and, pending a successful tenure petition, service as director of the Program. This position is contingent on available funding. Santa Clara University, located in California's "Silicon Valley," is a Jesuit, Catholic institution, emphasizing education in the liberal arts and sciences and an AA/EEO employer. Application deadline is September 15, 2009. Search committee members will conduct preliminary interviews with candidates at the November 2009 National Women's Studies Association Conference in Atlanta. For more information regarding application submissions, see www.scu.edu/hr/careers/faculty.cfm or contact lgarber@scu.edu.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

American University of Paris Call for Chapters

The Department of Global Communications at the American University of Paris announces a call for chapters for the upcoming publication, "Women and the Media in Asia." Abstract deadline: December 30, 2009.

American University of Paris Call for Chapters

Call for Chapters
Women and the Media in Asia

To what extent do women have control over their lives? How do the media intersect with imagining different lives for women? This book is concerned with the changing lives of women; the troubling signs of female individualization as intersected with everyday media culture - a new arena of anxiety for women in contemporary Asia.
From the 1980s onward, women in Asia have gained higher levels of education and the commensurate expectations have become a driving motor in the women's aspirations for work, economic power, independence, freedom and self-fulfilment. However, women often experience gendered labour market inequity setting limits on patterns of participation, women's socio-economic position on the margins of work systems, and thus the illusion of the language of choice that the new capacities of education appear to promise. The enlargement of choice can be particularly illusory for women in contemporary Asia where gendered socio-economic and cultural conditions continue to persist and structure labour market outcomes and lifestyles.
Yet signs of female individualization have been proliferating as a defining feature of contemporary modes of identity, albeit untenable and ambivalent, within the discursive regime of self - embodied in regulatory practices in society where individualism is not placed at the heart of its culture. Arguably, the media are central to the signs of emergent cultures of female individualization producing the alternative social, cultural and symbolic relations women wish to live within and define the kind of self they wish to become. Seeming suggestions of individualization are encountered, mediated through popular media imaginaries that are present and often intentionally used as resources for reflexivity and self-imagining. This also provides a condition for an increased awareness of cultural differences and of women's own positions in relation to global Others, new symbolic objects of identification and contestation.
At a time of significant changes in women's lives entering a much larger but precarious world, this book explores such phenomena by critically incorporating the parameters of popular media culture into the overarching paradigm of gender relations, economics and politics of everyday life.
I invite contributions that explore everyday media culture and the issues of women as `consumers', women as `representations' and women as `creators', to offer an understanding of changing lives and frustrated desires, contradictions and dispersed sites of female individualization that are refracted into various degrees and forms.
Deadline: 30 December 2009. 300 word abstract, biographical note: please send electronic submissions to Professor Youna Kim, ykim@aup.fr
Media Consumption and Everyday Life in Asia (Routledge, 2008)
Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea: Journeys of Hope (Routledge, 2005/2009)
Department of Global Communications, American University of Paris
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris, France

Philadelphia PA Library Resident Research Fellowships

The American Philosophical Society has announced the Philadelphia PA Library Resident Research Fellowships. The stipend is $2,000 per month. Ph.D. required. Submission deadline: March 1, 2010.

Philadelphia PA Library Resident Research Fellowships


The Library Resident Research fellowships support research in the Society's collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.
Applicants must demonstrate a need to work in the Society's collections for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates whose normal place of residence is farther away than a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia will be given some preference. Applicants do not need to hold the doctorate, although Ph.D. candidates must have passed their preliminary examinations.
$2,000 per month.
The deadline for submission of all materials, including letters of support, is March 1, 2010.
Library Resident Research Fellowships
American Philosophical Society Library
105 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386
Phone: (215) 440.3443
Fax: (215) 440.3423
Email: libfellows@amphilsoc.org libfellows@amphilsoc.org
Visit the website at http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/resident.htm

Sex and Hip-Hop Beyond Misogyny: Call for Submissions

Words Beats & Life global journal is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the upcoming issue, "Sex and Hip-Hop Beyond Misogyny." Submit research papers, essays, and articles as soon as possible.

Sex and Hip-Hop Beyond Misogyny: Call for Submissions
Many have stated that sex sells with regards to commodities, hip hop culture in particular. However, in recent years the industries surrounding sex and hip hop have developed a symbiotic relationship. For example, rappers often use strip clubs to premiere records and circumvent mainstream radio payola. In turn, the porn industry employs rappers to promote its DVDs and websites. This connection not only allows the two industries to benefit financially, but also results in their mutual exploitation.
Traditionally, hip hop scholarship and commentary has focused on the misogynist and sexist nature of cultural products. That is, until now, academic debates about how sex is addressed by the hip hop community have centered primarily on topics such as the treatment of the video girl, Nelly's "Tip Drill," depictions of rappers as violent, sexual predators, etc.
For the forthcoming issue, "Sex and Hip hop Beyond Misogyny", Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip Hop Culture invites scholars, students, and practitioners to submit nuanced takes on gender and sexuality within hip hop culture. Topics may include sex trafficking, sexual education, hip hop and sex in film and literature, queer hip hop, boyhood and girlhood, and representations of the body. We hope to push ideas about sex and hip hop beyond simple investigations of misogyny in this issue.
Submissions Process
All submissions are accepted on a continuous basis and need not be limited to the themes outlined.
All submissions designated as scholarly require an abstract of 150 words or less and up to five key words to accompany each submission.
All scholarly submissions should follow the APA style guide.
Submission Formats
Research Papers 3,000 words
Essays 1,500 words
Editorials 1,500 words
Short Stories 3,500 words
Lyrics 150-300 words
Featured Poet 150-300 words (4 poems, bio, and photo)
Featured Artist PDF or JPEG (5-7 pieces, bio, and photo)
Scholarly Reviews 2,000 words (albums, books, and films)
Interviews 1,500 words
Submissions and Inquiries:

Mailing address:

Words Beats & Life
Attn: Journal Staff
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, D.C. 2001

"American History and Culture" Call for Papers

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 31st Annual Conference, "American History and Culture", February 10-13, 2010. Submission deadline: December 15, 2009.

"American History and Culture" Call for Papers

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations
31st Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2010
Priority registration deadline: November 1, 2009
Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2009
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Avenue NW , Albuquerque , NM 87102 , (505) 842-1234
The annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference is one of the nation's largest gatherings of interdisciplinary scholars. The 31st annual conference will take place February 10-13, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in vibrant downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, just steps from historic Route 66. Further conference details are available at http://www.swtxpca.org .
Panels are now forming for all of the conference's 80+ individual subject areas, including the "American History and Culture" area. Below are some suggestions for presentation / panel topics related to the area of "American History and Culture." Topics not mentioned here are also welcome for consideration. However, all proposals for the "American History and Culture" area must have a historical focus and should also emphasize culture.
* American cultural history in general
* Specific eras / periods in American history
* Regional and local history (especially in the Southwest)
* Public history, collective memory, representation, nostalgia, memorials / monuments
* Historic preservation and historical sites
* Consumer culture and advertising
* Leisure, public amusements, travel, and tourism
* Urban studies, architecture, city planning, cultural geography, cultural landscapes
* Local image / identity creation, boosterism, and the marketing of place
* Radio
* Sports
* Youth culture/subcultures, children's culture, senior culture, etc.
* Visual culture, art, and design
The submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA is December 15, 2009, although the priority registration deadline (for discounted rates) is November 1, 2009. For the "American History and Culture" area, please email queries and proposals for either individual presentations or full panels to "American History and Culture" Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at Kelli_Shapiro@brown.edu . (Full panel submissions need to include 3 or 4 papers.) Include a 200-word abstract with a two-part working title (as well as a CV and contact information) for each potential presenter. Please convert any Word 2007 .docx files into the older .doc file format before sending them. Mention the conference or the "American History and Culture" area in the email's subject line.
Professors, independent scholars, teachers, and professionals are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are particularly welcome at the conference, which offers awards for the best graduate papers. Please note that the SW/TX PCA/ACA does not generally accept previously presented (or published) papers. Further, it permits only one presentation per person per year. The conference features numerous individual subject areas - each with its own Area Chair, and each typically including multiple conference panels. Therefore, please consult the area list at
http://www.swtxpca.org/documents/123.html to determine whether the "American History and Culture" area is the appropriate area to receive your proposal.
For more information http://www.swtxpca.org

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

State University of New York at Buffalo Call for Papers

The American Studies Graduate Student Association of the State University of New York at Buffalo has announced a call for papers, conversations, and projects that address interdisciplinary work in all fields. Submission deadline: November 20, 2009.

State University of New York at Buffalo Call for Papers
The American Studies Graduate Student Association of the State University of New York at Buffalo is currently accepting submissions that address interdisciplinary work in all fields.
Articles that include Native American perspectives and philosophies on environmental restoration, sustainable farming practices, community development and planning, health care and preventative medicine, and literature and oral traditions are particular interest.
All papers, conversations, and projects are welcome.
Please send submissions and inquiries to: journal.ams.ub@gmail.com
Deadline: November 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Teaching Assistant AFRO 3592W

A Teaching Assistant is sought for AFRO 3592W: "Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States".

Teaching Assistant AFRO 3592W
A Teaching Assistant is sought for AFRO 3592W: "Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States" (either 25% = 10 hours a week or 50% = 20 hours a week).
The TA should preferably be:
(i) A graduate major or minor in African American and African Studies with a concentration in African diasporic Literatures; (ii) A graduate major or minor in ethnic studies, post-colonial studies, diaspora studies, world literatures, gender studies . . . (iii) A graduate student majoring in literatures and/or languages with a strong background in literary and critical approaches and theories;
TA duties will ordinarily include all of the following: • attending lectures • holding office hours • keeping records of attendance and absence • coordinating the list serve and students' inquiries • attending meetings with the course instructor • grading homework and exams (mainly essays) in a confident, skillful, and competent manner
Please contact Professor Njeri Githire (ngithire@umn.edu)

2010 University of Tornoto International Colloquium

The Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto presents the 2010 international colloquium, "Explosive Past, Radiant Future," March 19-20, 2010. Abstracts due: September 30, 2009.

2010 University of Tornoto International Colloquium
Explosive Past, Radiant Future
an international colloquium, March 19-20, 2010
Keynote Lectures to be delivered by:
Svetlana Boym (Harvard University, USA)
Thomas Moylan (University of Limerick, Ireland)
The lingering spectre of the past and the beckoning formlessness of the future are the two highly charged images that act as the starting points for the 21st annual international colloquium at the Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto. Negotiating the troubled terrain between them has been the work of cultural texts and an ongoing problem for cultural and literary criticism. The struggle to establish a meaningful present, which incorporates the triumphs and horrors of historical memory and enables comprehensible directions toward the future, is a shared task of art, philosophy, religion and political thought, among other activities. We suggest that narration - in its various poetic modes - is nothing more than this struggle for meaning, occurring over a multiplicity of social and cultural spaces. Likewise, we suggest that art, philosophy, political thought and religion, to the extent that they are concerned with the problems of meaning and temporality, may also be understood as narrative endeavours. We seek papers from diverse disciplines that bring the problems of narration, thus defined, to the fore and offer innovative solutions to them.
The arts have offered us rich and enduring images embodying the complex antinomies of this struggle, from the time bomb ticking in a sardine can in Petersburg to the ghost of Sethe's murdered baby in Beloved to Paul Klee's painting Angelus Novus. This painting is so eloquently described by Walter Benjamin as having its face turned to the past, wishing "to piece together what has been smashed," but blown by a wind from Paradise "irresistibly into the future." We take seriously Benjamin's subsequent suggestion that the dialectical object - the historical ruin, the aesthetic text, the political moment - contains the latent potential to "explode the continuum of history." We seek papers that interrogate the status of such objects and their relations to the problems of temporality in general, to current cultural and political situations, and to the ways we understand cultural and political situations of the past.
We also invite papers that consider the phenomenological and/or existential nature of time, its relation to the experiences of consciousness and the limitations (or impossibilities) of translating it into public language. Such papers may follow Heidegger in the contention that the subjective experience of time - "the horizon of being" - shapes the contours of social and cultural "historical" realities; on the other hand, they may follow Freud in the counter-contention that the temporal imperatives of organized domination are introverted against the living memory of primordial, liberated time (situated in the unconscious). It was perhaps Augustine who most clearly illuminated the phenomenological problem: "What is time? If no one asks me, I know. If I want to explain it to someone who asks, I do not know." We seek re-evaluations of the relationship of subjectivity to culture, mediated by the experience of time.
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
• the study of texts from various historical periods; the political and intellectual goals of revisiting older texts; the selection of historical texts and critical modes of approaching them from the present;
• canonization/re-canonization/de-canonization and their relationship to temporality in general and their own historical moment (the problem of cultural history);
• the emergence of "historical thought" within history itself, and related artistic, political and philosophical movements (i.e. "the rise of the novel"; "enlightenment" thought; new teleologies; the explosion of imperialism); alternative modes of temporality and historical thought within modernity;
• revisionist approaches to history and historical thought based on subjective experience (i.e. women's history, queer history, indigenous people's history); the political projects and philosophical stakes of such revisions, and new directions for revisionism (i.e. moving beyond "herstory"; moving beyond the "outing" of history; moving beyond the postcolonial and "new" historicism);
• the role of capitalism and its social/cultural logic in the narration of history and the possibilities of the present; the limits within capitalism of imagining alternative futures, and literary, philosophical, or political challenges to those limits;
• the challenges of globalization and the crossing of political, social, cultural, and philosophical boundaries; the clashes and hybrids of opposing temporalities;
• the role of technology and science in articulations of modernity, and the relationship of these spheres to literary forms, political agendas, and philosophical discourses;
• science fictions, possible worlds, and literary utopias/dystopias; utopian planning in art and politics; utopian philosophy; lived utopias/dystopias;
• the status and temporality of memory, trauma and nostalgia, rooted in the present and directed toward both past and future.
Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes and should touch on the major theoretical, literary, or philosophical concerns of the colloquium. We invite scholars from all disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. We welcome graduate students, university faculty members and independent scholars alike as presenters (typically, we strive for a balance of graduate students and faculty/independent scholars).
Please submit an abstract of your proposed paper (no more than 350 words) to colloquium2010@gmail.com by September 30, 2009. We also welcome the proposal of panels consisting of 3 papers that address a common set of concerns. If proposing a panel, please submit a 250-word abstract describing the theme of the panel in addition to the standard abstract for each of the papers on the panel. All abstracts will undergo a blind-review selection process. Selected participants will be notified by email by October 15, 2009.

CUNY Asian American Literature Associate/Full Professor Position

The Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites applications for a fall 2010 tenured Associate or Full Professor of Asian American Literature position. Review of applications begins September 15, 2009.

CUNY Asian American Literature Associate/Full Professor Position
Title: Associate, Full or Distinguished Professor - Asian American Literature
Location/Department: Ph.D. Program in English
Position Detail: Faculty - The appointment will begin in Fall 2010

FLSA Status:
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Web Site: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/English/Notice Number: FY16374
Closing Date: Open until filled with review of applications to begin September 15, 2009.
The Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor of Asian American Literature. We seek a nationally recognized scholar working on aspects of the long history of cultural contact and migration between Asia and the Americas, with an emphasis on Asian American literature. We are particularly interested in scholars who approach issues of diaspora and globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective, through historically grounded research in literary studies, cultural studies, media studies, critical race studies, and/or comparative ethnic studies.
The Graduate Center, which is the Ph.D.-granting institution of CUNY, is devoted to advancing original research and training graduate students in over 30 fields in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. This position is part of a Graduate Center-wide initiative to hire new faculty interested in the interdisciplinary study of immigration and globalization. We expect that during the next three years this initiative will result in the hiring of six scholars (in both the humanities and social sciences) doing groundbreaking work related to the interdisciplinary study of social change in an era of globalization.
Ph.D. and extensive previous experience in a faculty position are required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and dedicated professional service, provide the main hiring criteria. A particularly strong candidate may be nominated as a Distinguished Professor.
Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to
Ph.D. Program in English
365 Fifth Avenue - Room 4409
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY 10016