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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2012-2013 DDF recipients

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipients AJ Lewis, Waleed Mahdi, Jasmine Mitchell, and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PCard Receipts Due

PCard receipts for all May purchases are due to Laura by Friday, June 1st.

For a generic coversheet, click here.

Spring 2012 Prelim Exams Milestones

The following students have passed their preliminary portfolio and oral exams and have attained doctoral candidacy: Karisa Butler-Wall, Rene Esparza, Jesus Estrada-Perez, and Kasey Keeler.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome Fall 2012 Cohort

We are pleased to announce the incoming graduate cohort for 2012. We look forward to having Amber Annis, Sarah Atwood, Kong Pha, and Robert Smith III joining us in the fall.

Amber Annis received the BA in History and American Indian Studies from the University of North Dakota in 2010 and will receive the MA in History from UND this spring. She served as president of the UND Indian Studies Association, 2007-2010. Amber's research interests include the history of American Indian boarding schools and Native resistance discourse.
Sarah Atwood received the MA in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2011 and the BA from Hamline University in 2007. Her MA thesis examined how used clothing has constructed and symbolized respectability in the United States accross the long twentieth century. At UMN, Sarah plans to conduct research on identity, consumption, and material culture.
Kong Pha received the BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with minors in Asian American Studies, History, and Sociology. Kong served as President of the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and, in that capacity, established the Hmong Human Rights Awareness Day. Kong was awarded the 2011 Dr. Stark Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Award. He is interested in developing queer analyses of Hmong communities in the United States and other sites in the Hmong diaspora.

Robert Smith III
received the BA from Brown University in 2009 with concentrations in Africana Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. He completed an honors thesis on "AIDS Activism and the Shaping of Gay and Lesbian Politics in Rhode Island." Since graduating, Robert has worked as a Development Associate with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Robert is interested in developing queer historical analyses of urban gentrification.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Smith Beitiks received PhD

Emily Smith Beitiks has received her PhD with her dissertation titled "Building the Normal Body: Disability and the Techno-Makeover." Rod Ferguson and Bruce Elliot Jr, advisers.

Ault Defends and Accepts Position

Elizabeth Ault defended her dissertation and has accepted a position as Editorial Associate to the Director of Duke University Press, which will begin in June.

Save the Date: Kar Tang Summer Dance Collaboration

Current graduate student, Jasmine Kar Tang, is a dance collaborator and dramaturg for Annicha Arts who will be premiering In Habit: Living Patterns at the Northern Spark Festival this summer. The free performances will be June 7-9, 2012 and will take place outdoors in the Minneapolis St. Anthony neighborhood. Click here for more info.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sarmiento awarded Schochet GLBT Studies Award

Current Graduate Student Tom Sarmiento was awarded a 2011-12 Schochet GLBT Studies Award for Excellence in Creativity & Scholarship in the category of Best Graduate Academic Paper for his conference paper "The Empire Sings Back: Glee's Queer Materialization of Filipina/o America."

South & Southeast Asian Literature Primary Source Collection Accessible Through University Libraries

The University Libraries' technical staff has just loaded 351 records from the "Alexander Street Press - South and Southeast Asian Literature" Primary Source collection and database into MNCAT for easier access.

The description for the database is:
"South and Southeast Asian Literature is a searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia and their Diasporas. Focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras, the collection will also feature author interviews and manuscript materials that will shed additional light on the rich literary heritage and emerging traditions of this region. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of classic, rare, and contemporary literature. The database currently has over 95,792 pages."
To access the database go to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=14628
Questions? Just ask Nancy Herther at herther@umn.edu

FT One-year position at American University

The History Department at American University invites applications for a full-time, one-year teaching position in the American Studies Program beginning Fall 2012. As primary fields of research, they especially invite applicants with transnational and/or Mid-Atlantic studies specialties in a historical perspective. The appointment will be made at either the Instructor or Professional Lecturer level, dependent on qualifications (ABD or PhD in hand). Application deadline: May 21, 2012. Click here for full details.

Return Scott Hall Office Keys

Grad Instructors & TAs with Scott Hall Offices: Please remove all personal items from your office and return your key to the department office by Friday, May 18th, 2012. Any unclaimed items will be removed.

ANTH 8810 Fall 2012

ANTH 8810: Anthropology of Capitalism will be taught by Professor Karen Ho this fall semester on Tuesdays from 12:00-2:30pm.

Capitalism seems to have triumphed so completely in the past four decades that the question of how to understand, resist, even undermine, "free markets" and capitalist enterprise is particularly crucial. In this graduate seminar, we will explore some of the diverse strategies that compose an anthropological approach to apprehending capitalism: one that centrally questions the dichotomy of society and culture vs. economy, and one that examines the cosmologies, practices, values, techniques, institutions, flows, and social effects of capitalism. This course is equal parts theory, ethnography, history, and methodology; namely, how multiple approaches and skills are crucial to the analyses of capitalism. We will interrogate key concepts in social scientific approaches to capitalism, from the state to neoliberalism, from finance to posindustrialism. We offer particular scholarly methodologies, case studies, and histories to study capitalism in such a way as to interrogate its contingent conditions of possibility, its embodied formations, and its disruptions and undoings. While a majority of the readings will focus on dominant capitalism in the United States (precisely because the histories, cultural practices, and ideologies of American capitalism have globalizing influence), we will also pay attention to world-making practices and ideologies from multiple global sites.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cheyne Accepts Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

Current Graduate Student Mike Cheyne has received and accepted a 2012 Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship. He will be teaching and working as a fellow at the University of Minnesota-Morris campus this upcoming academic year.

Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University

The Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History at Cornell University invites applications for a full-time one-year Visiting Assistant Professor faculty position in any period of the United States history to begin August 2012. Appointment includes teaching an introduction to U.S. labor and working class history, plus an upper-division lecture and writing courses on the candidate's areas of expertise for a total of two courses each semester. Preference will be given to candidates with a completed dissertation and demonstrated potential in scholarly research and teaching. Review of applications begins: May 14, 2012.

We are interested in social, political, or policy historians whose scholarship engages questions of work, labor, inequality, immigration, ethnicity, business, or political culture. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research places the U. S. in an interdisciplinary, comparative, and/or transnational perspective.
The ILR School is the world's leading college focused on work, employment, and labor issues. Information about the ILR School is available at www.ilr.cornell.edu . Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.
We will begin reviewing applications May 14, 2012. Questions about this position should be directed to Prof. Jefferson Cowie (cowie@cornell.edu). Interested candidates should submit paper copies of a cover letter describing their research and teaching interests, a vita, and three reference letters to:
History Search Committee
c/o Rhonda Clouse
374 Ives Hall
ILR School
Cornell University

Scott Hall Library Books & Videos Due

Reminder to faculty and students: Please return any books and videos you have checked out from the department library to the "task box" in the department's main office by Friday, May 11th.

Spring 2012 Grades Due May 16th by 11:59pm

Spring 2012 Instructors: Grades for spring 2012 courses must be entered online by 11:50pm on Wednesday, May 16th.

Please note: if you submit an incomplete for an undergraduate student, you must also submit a copy of the "Completion of Incomplete Work" agreement form (available at the link below). Fill out this agreement with the student and be sure to keep a copy for yourself, provide the student with a copy, and submit a copy to Laura for filing with the Department. If you have any problems with access or other questions, please contact Laura at domin047@umn.edu.
Completion of Incomplete Work:
To enter final grades: http://onestop.umn.edu/faculty/grades/final/index.html
Website for additional information: