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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Penn Humanities Forum accepting applications for 2013-2014 Mellon Postdoc Fellowships

The Penn Humanities Forum invites applications for five (5) Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities for the 2013-2014 academic year on the general theme of Violence. Untenured scholars in the humanities who received for will receive their PhD between December 2004 and December 2012 are eligible. The fellowships include a stipend of $46,500 plus single-coverage health insurance and a $2,500 research fund. Application deadline: October 15th, 2012. For full requirements and application, click here.

CFP: University of Chicago "Refiguring the 1970s" Grad Student Conference

The University of Chicago invites submissions for this year's Graduate Student Conference, "Refiguring the 1970s: New Narratives in U.S. and International History", to be held April 26-27, 2013. This conference capitalizes on the changing historiographic moment to offer a forum for graduate students from throughout the country (and abroad) to share the most innovative work on the 1970s. Submission deadline: November 1st, 2012.

Rather than view U.S. and international history as two isolated fields, this conference will explore interrelated and overlapping themes. The 1970s saw the rise of formal equality in equal rights movements for women, gays, people of color, the disabled, and even animals; the decade brought both the end of formal empire throughout the globe and the rise of human rights as a transnational politics and ideology. At the same time, market values and individualism worked to supplant more collective visions of society-- what was once "public" gradually became the proper purview of the "private"-- engendering the rise of neoliberal free-market economics and the dismantling of the welfare state. How do we explain the tension at the heart of these seemingly contradictory trends? And how might a conference that explores the intersection of U.S. and international history shed light on these developments?
Four guest scholars who have done critical recent work on the 1970s will participate in the conference:

  • Daniel Rodgers (Princeton, author of The Age of Fracture);

  • Tim Borstelmann (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, author of The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality),

  • Matt Lassiter (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South)

  • Mary Dudziak (USC Gould School of Law, author of War Time)

The conference will pair each presenter with a faculty commentator drawn from our guest scholars and history department faculty at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
Interested graduate students and postdoctoral scholars should send a one-page proposal and one-page CV (both in PDF format) to gradschoolconference@uchicago.edu by November 1, 2012. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application in December. All questions should be addressed to Patrick Kelly and Katy Schumaker at gradschoolconference@uchicago.edu.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

O'Brien awarded NAISA Best Subsequent Book Prize

Professor Jean O'Brien, History, was awarded the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) 2010 Best Subsequent Book Prize for her book Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out Existence in New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Click here for award announcement.

CFP: "Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference"

The Committee on LGBT History invites submissions for "Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference" to be held at Princeton University on October 20th, 2012. This conference seeks to create a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across disciplines and fields that interrogate the intersections between blackness and queerness. Professor Kara Keeling of the University of Southern California will be the Keynote Speaker. Submission deadline: August 31st, 2012.

Against an abjuring history, we ask: how might we understand the relationship between blackness and queerness if we first reject the premise of their mutual exclusivity? How might transit between blackness and queerness open up new pathways of thought to engage thinking concerned with a host of issues ranging from agency to temporality to phenomenology to resistance? Are we in a post-black or post-queer moment, and if so, how might a reinterrogation of both blackness and queerness reanimate supposedly deadened modes of inquiry?
We invite papers that engage blackness and queerness in all their richness, as both material negotiations that limn and give possibility to actual bodies and as metaphysics that operate in excess of the very bodies they help give name and shape. Our theme, "Intersections," follows from Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson's introduction to the seminal anthology Black Queer Studies, where they express their desires for black queer studies to marry the protest energies of black protest traditions to the radical interrogative traditions of queer theory. Our theme, purposefully broad, aims to include a range of disciplines including but not limited to, history, sociology, literary and cultural studies, black studies, queer studies, media studies, and art history. We especially seek scholarship from disciplines where a lacuna exists with regard to queer experiences and/or those of people of African descent.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
· Interrogations of same-sex desire in artistic production
· Queerness in the African diaspora
· Histories of black queer communities in the Americas and Africa
· Studies of conflicts between racial and sexual communities/individuals
· Imbrication/ conflicts between racial and sexual identities
Professor Kara Keeling of the University of Southern California will deliver the keynote address for this one-day conference. The conference will feature 16 presentations of original scholarship. Submission and acceptance to this conference will be based on blind reviews of 250-300 word abstracts. Please submit your abstracts and CV to bqsgraduateconference@gmail.com by August 31, 2012. All other inquiries should be directed to Brittney Edmonds (bedmonds@princeton.edu) or Jennifer D. Jones (jdjones@princeton.edu).

CFP: "Terror and the Inhuman" Brown University

Brown University's Department of Modern Culture and Media seeks submissions for the conference "Terror and the Inhuman" to be held October 25-27, 2012. This conference seeks to develop new lines of exchange between "terror" and "the inhuman," two diverse - yet inescapably interrelated - figurations and theoretical concepts. Submission deadline: June 30th, 2012. Click here for more info.

CFP: Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Colloquium

The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies invites submissions for the Colloquium "Why You Can't Teach U.S. History without American Indians", to be held March 29-30th, 2013. They hope that his seminar will provide a public, academic forum for new interpretations of past events, from an Indian perspective, and they plan to publish selected papers in a volume that will be geared toward classroom teaching. Submission deadline: July 15th, 2012. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

PCard Early Deadline Notice

Please submit receipts for all June PCard purchases to Laura by Tuesday, June 26th. Note: the deadline is earlier than usual because of year-end reconciling, so please be sure to get receipts and coversheets in as soon as possible.

Ault received PhD

Liz Ault has received her PhD with her dissertation entitled, "Take Responsibility for Your Good Times: Black Sitcoms, Citizenship, and the Reinvention of Government 1972-1985." Laurie Ouellette, adviser.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GEOG 8101 fall 2012

GEOG 8101: Proseminar in Nature Society Geography: Nature-Society and STS will be taught by Abigail Neely this fall 2012 semester on Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:30pm.

Instructor: Abigail Neely: 533 Social Sciences, ahneely@umn.edu
The interrogation of the relationships between people and their environments has long been a key site of inquiry for the discipline of geography. Indeed, nature-society geographers use sciences like ecology, forestry, and GIS, as well as the critical social sciences and social theory to better understand nature-society relationships. The multi-disciplinary sub-field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) critically interrogates the production and circulation of scientific knowledge and objects. As a result, it offers important lessons for scholars who seek to use the sciences to better understand nature-society relationships. Geographers, by contrast, often investigate the unexpected consequences of the application of scientific knowledge. In this research seminar we will bring together these two overlapping fields - nature-society geography and STS - in an effort to think through the questions and methods of nature-society relations, broadly defined. Our aim in the first half of the course is to gain a broad understanding of STS as it relates to questions in nature-society geography. This will provide a strong background for a research project that will be the focus of the second half of the course. The key questions we will ask throughout the class are: How does knowing and working with STS help yield novel insights into nature-society relationships? How does knowing and working with STS help yield novel insights into nature-society relationships? How can we critically use sciences like ecology and biogeography to better understand nature-society relationships? Topics will likely include: feminist science studies, actor-network theory (ANT), laboratory studies, animal studies, political ecology, and environmental history.

Workload and Course Expectations:
This seminar is divided into two sections: an intensive readings section and an intensive research section. For the first eight weeks of the course, seminar participants are expected to complete a number of readings from STS and nature-society studies, and to actively engage in discussion on those readings. Students will lead two discussions during this period and will be expected to complete one 2-page paper summarizing and drawing connections across a week's readings. During the second half of the course, students will be expected to complete an 8,000 to 10,000 word paper of original research. During the research portion of the class, we will spend a lot of time working on the development of the research project, the practice of peer review, and revision. In addition to the paper, we will hold a half-day mini-conference in which students will present their research papers.
Readings will likely include works by: Andrew Pickering, Thomas Kuhn, Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding, Bruno Latour, Michel Callon, John Law, Steve Woolgar, David Harvey, Sarah Whatmore, Mara Goldman, Matthew Turner, Tim Forsyth, Samer Alatout, and Michelle Murphy.

Graduate students of any discipline are welcome; please contact Abigail Neely and Bonnie Williams (willi046@umn.edu) for permission to register.

Visiting Assistant Prof/Instructor Position at Miami University

Miami University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor position for the 2012-2013 academic year. Position includes teaching full load of introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in American Studies. PhD by date of appointment required for Visiting Assistant Professor position or ABD in American Studies/Civilization for Instructor level position. Screening of applications begins June 25th, 2012.

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor to teach full load of introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in American Studies. Require: PhD by date of appointment (for appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor), ABD (for appointment as Instructor) in American Studies/Civilization or closely cognate field. Desire: teaching experience and scholarly research focused on globalization, transnationalism, and representations of America preferred; demonstrated ability to teach the following courses--Introduction to American Studies, America in Global Context, and American Icons--welcome.
Send letter of application, c.v., three letters of reference, and sample syllabi to Marguerite S. Shaffer, American Studies Program, Miami University, 120 MacMillan Hall, Oxford, OH 45056. E-mail shaffems@muohio.edu.
Screening of applications begins June 25, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke-free campuses. Campus Crime and Safety Report--www.muohio.edu/rightotknow. Hard copy upon request.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

CFP: Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference

Tufts University invites submissions for their 2nd Annual Graduate Humanities Conference. The conference, "Mic Check: Resistance and Revolution," will be held Friday, October 26th, 2012. The theme comes from the practice of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and invites conversations on politics, activism and resistance from all areas of the humanities. Abstract submission deadline: July 1st, 2012. Click here for full details.

JOUR 8602 Seminar Fall 2012

JOUR 8602 Seminar: History of Mass Communication will be taught by Prof. Giovanna Dell'Orto this fall 2012 semester on Wednesdays 11:15am to 2:15pm. Continue reading for a course description.

Dear American Studies graduate students,
I'm a professor of journalism history in the SJMC and I'd like to invite you to consider taking my history of mass communication seminar in the Fall.
The seminar, "History of Mass Communication," provides opportunities to explore communication history's scholarly traditions and dimensions, as well as some core literature and new trends in research (both quantitative and qualitative). In addition to critical analysis of specific assigned readings, which range from civil rights to cinema
and advertising, the course includes:
1) Mass communication historiography (or, how come we study what we do);
2) Evolution of explicit and implicit theories and models (or, how come we insist on a
theoretical framework in your research papers);
3) Different types of mass communication histories (from print to the Internet, by way of
cultural studies, political science, popular culture, etc.).
I choose readings and lecture topics to reflect diversity in communication history--in scholarly approaches, in fields of interest, in conceptual frameworks, and in reflections of multiculturalism. But I also shape the syllabus based on who's taking the class and your interests -- another great reason to register now!
Most importantly, I want you to use this class to further your own research agenda, even if it is not about "history" meaning old stuff -- previous papers for this seminar have looked at topics as diverse as the Korean candlelight vigil, the evolution of framing theory, documentary film in the Reagan era, healthy eating advertising and "The Jungle."
I hope you will consider registering for this seminar, and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. Have a terrific summer!
-Giovanna Dell'Orto
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Minnesota
217 Murphy Hall
206 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 626-2951