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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

To Core and Affiliate Faculty, and Graduate and Undergraduate students:

THE AMERICAN STUDIES FALL ASSEMBLY meeting will be held on Monday, October 15th from 3:30 - 5 pm in 105 Scott Hall (the Scott Hall Commons). Following the meeting will be the annual FALL POTLUCK. All students and faculty are invited to attend either or both events. For the potluck, just bring your favorite dish, the department will provide non-alcoholic drinks. Continue reading for a tentative agenda and more details.

Below is a tentative agenda for the Assembly meeting. If you would like to request that additional items be added to the agenda please email Colleen at henne020@umn.edu with your request. We look forward to seeing you at the events.
American Studies Assembly Meeting
15 October, 2012 3:30 pm
Tentative Agenda
1. Announcements
2. Recruitment weekend: change in schedule, discussion regarding events
3. American Studies - new directions: discussion on changes in the field and how AmSt at U of MN fits into that. Please click here to read attached 2013 ASA convention theme statement prior to meeting

Ford Fellowship Workshop Tuesday 10/9 at 3:30pm

Prof. Bianet Castellanos, Prof. Lisa Park, and Prof. Louis Mendoza will be presenting a workshop on Ford Foundation Graduate Student Fellowships on Tuesday, October 9th at 3:30pm in the Commons, room 105 Scott Hall. The Ford Foundation provides predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to scholars committed to diversity and equality. For more information about the fellowships, please click here.

Please note, although this workshop specifically applies to the Ford Fellowships, this can be a useful exercise for other fellowship applications.

Graduate School's Stout & Wallace Fellowships. Internal Department Deadline: October 16 at 12:00pm Noon

The Graduate School's Stout & Wallace Fellowships include a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and are open to graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who are ni the intermediate years of the PhD, normally students currently in their 2nd and 3rd years. Up to 1 Stout award and 2 Wallace awards total. NOTE: Application materials are due to the Department, attention Melanie, by the internal Department deadline of October 16th at 12:00pm Noon. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information: http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/stoutwall/index.html

Graduate School's Harold Leonard Fellowship in Film Study. Application deadline: November 1, 2012

The Graduate School's Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study includes a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and subsidized health insurance and is open to graduate students proposing a year of well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Up to two fellowships awarded. Applications for this fellowship do not require departmental nomination and are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12 noon, November 1, 2012. Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information: http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/leonard/index.html

ICGC Brown Bag "Toward a Sustainable Epistemology"

ICGC Brown Bag: On Friday, September 28th, "Toward a Sustainable Epistemology" will be presented by Naomi Scheman, Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Discussion will begin at 12:00pm in room 537 Heller Hall.

Epistemology, I argue, should be reoriented from abstracted anecdote to contextualized problems facing those whose social locations give them particular responsibilities for the creation and critique of knowledge or particular vulnerabilities to the knowledge claims of others. In particular, I suggest norms of sustainability: acquiring knowledge in ways that make it more likely that others, especially less privileged others, will be able to acquire knowledge in the future. (Thus, for example, much "sustainable development" problematically embodies unsustainable epistemologies.) Questions include how to integrate disciplinary expertise, which typically functions by decontextualizing both knowers and their objects of knowledge, into holistic, engaged, and sustainable ways of knowing, with communities of inquirers working across disciplinary, institutional, and other boundaries, to create maximally democratic, critical conversations complex enough to match the complexity of real-world problems. In conversation with the ICGC community, I want to think about these issues in relation to work in diverse settings, across diverse boundaries of nation, state, power, and privilege.
For the complete Fall 2012 ICGC brown bag schedule, please click here.

Crime After Crime Film Screening

Documentary Film screening of Crime After Crime and discussion with film maker Yoav Potash will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00pm in Mondale Hall room 25. Click here for an event flier.

Award winning documentary Crime after Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. She was wrongly convicted of the murder of her abusive boyfriend, and given 26 years in prison. Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and becomes a matter of life and death once more.

Sabbatical & Single Semester Leave Applications Due

Sabbatical and Single Semester Leave applications are due this Friday, September 28th. Please put completed applications in Kevin Murphy's mailbox by this Friday, so that we can get them signed, copied and submitted to CLA by the collegiate deadline.

Minnesota Law Review Symposium October 26th

The Minnesota Law Review is pleased to announce its 2012 Symposium "A More Perfect Union? Democracy in the Age of Ballot Initiatives" scheduled for Friday, October 26th at the University of Minnesota Law School. This symposium will focus on the role that direct democracy plays in American politics and to the extent which it is compatible with our constitutional system. For more information or to register, please click here.

Women's & Gender Studies Dept at Wellesley Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position

The Women's and Gender Studies Department at Wellesley College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in migration and transnationalism to start in the fall 2013. They seek a social scientist (or training in a related field) whose research and teaching utilizes qualitative or quantitative methods with priority given to scholars whose work is non-US based. PhD preferred, ABD considered. Applications due: November 15th. Click here for more info.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor at University of Virginia in Media Studies & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Media Studies and the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia seek to hire jointly a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment beginning August 25th, 2013. The successful candidate must have a PhD or be ABD with expected completion of June 2013, have evidence of innovative and effective teaching, and have excellent research promise in both media studies and gender and/or sexuality studies. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1st, 2012.

Desired areas of specialization within media studies may include LGBTQ studies, globalization, digital media, game culture, and social media.
To apply:
candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0610690, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest that describes research agenda and teaching experience and a curriculum vitae. Also, under separate cover by e-mail please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation that speak to research excellence to be sent to: Professor Andrea Press, Chair of Search Committee, gender_mediasearch@virginia.edu
For priority consideration please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1, 2012. The position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Judy McPeak,UVamediasearch@virginia.edu, 434-243-8855. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities persons are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Media Studies (http://www.mediastudies.virginia.edu)
The Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality (http://www.wgs.virginia.edu/)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Korean Social Science at USC

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Korean Social Science to begin Fall 2013. Candidates should have a PhD by the expected start date and should demonstrate the promise of excellence in both research and teaching. Review of applications began on September 15th, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This endowed assistant professorship will seek a faculty member who does scholarly work in the social sciences to advance Korean studies in one or more of the prospective areas of International Relations, Political Science, Economics, History, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Religion, Sociology, or other social sciences. We seek candidates with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers to offer courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Substantive areas of research and teaching are open across the social sciences. Candidates should have a PhD by the expected start date, and should have demonstrated the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.
The applicant should send a CV, a sample research paper, a statement of research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and graduate transcripts to koreanstudiessearch@dornsife.usc.edu .
In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must also apply via the website: https://jobs.usc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1348677245062
Review of applications will begin on September 15, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads" Joint Speaker Series

"Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads," is a 2012-2013 lecture series co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies and the Department of African American and African Studies.

Here is the schedule for the joint lecture series. Lecture details and fliers will be distributed as the dates approach. Click here to view the series postcard.

September 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci
Malinda Lindquist, University of Minnesota

October 22, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Rod Ferguson, University of Minnesota

November 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Yuichiro Onishi, University of Minnesota

February 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci

Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota

March 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 815 SocSci

Anissa Wardi, Chatham University

Tuesday, April 9 (David Noble Lecture, location TBD)
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CFP: Black (Academic) Women's Health

CFP: Black (Academic) Women's Health: This issue will be the first of several theme issues to address the health of various communities of women of color, LGBTQ health, and the health of gender non-conforming people. Please submit essays, stories, or research briefs of up to 1,500 words to info@thefeministwire.com by October 5, 2012

Black (Academic) Women's Health Phillis Wheatley, the first African American published poet, died at age 31. The strength of her work and the courage of her being did not protect her from sickness during a cold Boston winter. Legendary scholars like Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Barbara Christian, Nellie McKay, Elizabeth Amelia Hadley, and most recently Aaronette M. White died long before their time. Some Black Feminist visionaries sell their labor to the university for stability and healthcare benefits. Many Black Feminist visionaries believe that the racial politics and institutional and intellectual violence of the university are carcinogenic. To rephrase Barbara Smith's question at the 1976 MLA convention: Is it possible to be a Black woman academic and live? As another early dead genius, Toni Cade Bambara, asks us at the start of her novel The Salt Eaters, are we sure we want to be well? This forum organized by The Feminist Wire asks us to engage whether and how we want to be well. Engaging research and writing on health outcomes of Black Women Academics, concepts of self-care, legacies of Black women navigating the academy, disparities research, and personal reflections, we want to know what you think. What is possible? What is necessary? What does our work mean to us and what is it worth? How can allies and the larger structures better support and sustain healthy lives? What narratives of sacrifice are we inheriting and passing on? What does wellness feel like, anyway? And how can we know?
Please submit essays, stories, or research briefs of up to 1,500 words to info@thefeministwire.com by October 5, 2012. Also include a brief bio and a picture. [Note: This issue will be the first of several theme issues to address the health of various communities of women of color, LGBTQ health, and the health of gender non-conforming people.]

LGBTQ Rights, Sexuality and Politics -- 3rd European Conference

CFP: LGBTQ Rights, Sexuality and Politics -- 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender 21-23 March 2013; Universitat Pompeu Fabra For more information, see http://www.ecpg-barcelona.com

The New History Project Small Grants

THE NEW HISTORY PROJECT at the Joint Center for History and Economics (http://www.histproj.org/index.html) offers twice-annual competitions for small research grants (from $400 to $4000), available for advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing historical research on economic life.

The new History Project at the Joint Center for History and Economics (http://www.histproj.org/index.html) offers twice-annual competitions for small research grants (from $400 to $4000), available for advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing historical research on economic life.
The fall deadline is fast approaching: October 1st.
More information on the grant (including the online application portal and contact information for the Center) can be found here: http://www.histproj.org/grants.html

Tenure-track job at University or Oregon

THE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM and Communication, in conjunction with the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Oregon, seeks a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on the critical analysis of media industries and institutions with primary emphasis on moving images. Application deadline: October 1, 2012.

The School of Journalism and Communication, in conjunction with the Cinema Studies Program, seeks a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on the critical analysis of media industries and institutions with primary emphasis on moving images. We are open to a range of conceptual frameworks that consider issues such as industrial/institutional/structures of global/international media, transmedia, digital media, cultural labor and creative/working practices, technology, media law, cultural policy, etc. We seek candidates whose work is interdisciplinary and who would complement existing faculty specializations, which include the study of political economy of media, global media, and race, gender/sexuality and media. PhD. required (ABD considered).
The Cinema Studies Program is a highly successful new interdisciplinary undergraduate program of the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the School of Journalism and Communication. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in Cinema Studies and the School of Journalism and Communication.
How to Apply / Contact
We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to a diverse learning and work environment. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.
Please send a letter of application, CV, writing sample, and contract information for three references to sojc-cinemastudiessearch@jcomm.uoreogn.edu. A PDF file of these documents is preferred but not required.
The University of Oregon is an AA/EO/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.

Tenure-track job in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

THE WOMEN'S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY Studies Program at Yale University is pleased to announce a search for a tenure track appointment in the field of gender, sexuality, and transnational migration. They are interested in seeking research on migration across the Global South, and especially across and within Africa, Latin America, South-east Asia, and the Caribbean. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012.

The Yale University Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
intends to make a tenure-track assistant professor appointment, to begin
July 1, 2013, in the field of gender, sexuality and transnational
migration. We are interested in seeking research on migration across the
Global South, and especially across and within Africa, Latin America,
South-east Asia, and the Caribbean. Scholars in the social and human
sciences, humanities, law, environmental studies, as well as those trained
in interdisciplinary fields are encouraged to apply. Yale University is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among
its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from
women and underrepresented minorities. Ph.D. expected. A cover letter
describing your engagement with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a
research statement, a teaching statement, a C.V., a two-page dissertation
abstract, a chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference
should be submitted to
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2012. Posting Number:
Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and
does not discriminate against any individual on account of that
individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a
special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered
veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the
basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program: reply by Friday, 9/21

ACLS NEW FACULTY fellows program award 25 fellows in 2012-13. American Studies students who plan to defend and clear their PhD prior to December 31st and are interested in being nominated for the program should send a dissertation abstract and c.v. to Bianet Castellanos at mbc@umn.edu by noon on Friday, September 21, 2012. Please review criteria here: 2012 ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program Description.pdf

Joseph Kwiat Award for Best ASA Paper

THE JOSEPH J. KWIAT award is for up to $500 for travel expenses to attend the ASA annual meeting, awarded to the best American Studies at U of MN graduate student conference paper presented at ASA. Application deadline: October 10, 2012.

The American Studies department announces the Joseph J. Kwiat annual
award for the best conference paper presented by a University of
Minnesota American Studies grad student at the American
Studies Association annual meeting. This award was established to
recognize Joseph J. Kwiat who was one of the three major figures in
shaping and teaching in the Department of American Studies.
Students who have had papers accepted for the 2012 annual meeting may
apply. This award is for up to $500 for travel expenses to attend the
ASA annual meeting. The funds will be distributed in the form of an
expense reimbursement. To apply, submit a copy of your ASA conference
paper to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Applicants will be notified of results shortly before the ASA conference.
Students who apply for this award are also encouraged to apply for the
ASA's Gene Wise - Warren Susman Prize (application deadline of October
1). Please click here for more information:

The Gender, Sexuality, Power and Politics Colloquium

THE GENDER, SEXUALITY, POWER, and Politics Colloquium is pleased to announce our fall schedule! Please join us for our first meeting of the fall on Friday, October 12th, 12:15pm, in Ford Hall 400. Laurie Ouellette (Department of Communication Studies, UMN) will present her work. For details on this talk, and more information about our year-long schedule attached, please click below.


ICGC DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC Lecture by Professor Sylvia Tamale, "Reconciling Sexual Rights with Cultural Specificities: The Case of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill" will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 3:30-5:00pm, 1210 Heller Hall. For more information click the link below.



"TRANSNATIONAL YOUTH IN OAXACA:Linguistic and Educational Explorations," is being presented by Kim Potowski, Univ. of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.in Folwell Hall 121.

Transnational Youth in Oaxaca:
Linguistic and Educational Explorations
Lecture by Kim Potowski, Univ. of Illinois
Wednesday, September 26
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Folwell Hall 121
For more than twenty years, researchers have been documenting the experiences of people who move from one country to another and build transnational links. Despite this being a particularly frequent phenomenon between Mexico and the United States, relatively little has been published about the linguistic and educational experiences of transnational youth - those raised in the U.S. whose families have returned to Mexico and who find themselves integrating into Mexican schools.
In this presentation, Dr.Potowski will offer a preliminary analyses of interviews carried out in both Spanish and English with 20 transnational students currently living in Oaxaca de Ju√°rez, focusing on their classroom and social experiences. Initial observations will also be offered about their Spanish and English proficiency, as well as how their linguistic proficiency in both languages relates to their sense of identity as transnational subjects.
KimPotowski is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at The University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish for Heritage Speakers program. She is the executive editor of the journalin Context and co-editor of the Heritage Language Journal. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on "transnational" youth. She is currently completing two books about Spanish in Chicago spoken by Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and "Mexi-Ricans."
This is presentation is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Cosponsors include CARLA, the Department of Chicano Studies, the Immigration Research History Center, and the Second Languages and Cultures Education program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


MALINDA ALAINE LINDQUIST presents "Race, Social Science, and the Crisis of Manhood, 1890-1970." The first lecture in the Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads series will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 3:30-5:00pm in 815 Social Science Tower.

MALINDA ALAINE LINDQUIST presents "Race, Social Science, and the Crisis of Manhood, 1890-1970." The first lecture in the Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads series will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 3:30-5:00pm in 815 Social Science Tower. For a description of the talk please click below.
Lindquist Lecture.pdf

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ferguson Chapter in Anthology

Professor Roderick Ferguson's chapter "On the Specificities of Racial Formation: Gender and Sexuality in the Historiographies of Race" was published in the anthology Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2012). Click here for more info.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Studies at Cal State-Fullerton

The American Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton is conducting a search for a tenure-track assistant professor to being August 2013. Desirable specializations include immigration and/or ethnicity in California and the West. PhD in American Studies or in American social/cultural history required. Application Deadline: October 1st, 2012.

The new faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in American Studies as well as upper-division and graduate courses in areas of specialization; advise students; engage in scholarly activities; serve on academic committees and contribute to department and university governance. Positive decisions on tenure and promotion require excellent teaching as well as research, peer-reviewed publications, and participation in the university and the profession.
(1) Ph.D. in American Studies or in American social/cultural history;
(2) University teaching experience;
(3) Ability to teach Introduction to American Studies, American Studies Theories and Methods, California Cultures, and advanced courses dealing with immigration and/or ethnicity in California and the West;
(4) Evidence of effective teaching and potential for successful research and scholarly publication;
(5) Ability to interact successfully with a diverse student body and to work effectively within a multicultural environment;
(6) Ability to balance excellent teaching with outstanding scholarship and professional service.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications. Additional teaching in summer and intersession is often available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available. For a detailed description of benefits, go to http://hr.fullerton.edu/Benefits/Faculty_Unit_3.pdf
To apply, please send (1) a letter of interest; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) three letters of recommendation; and (4) a writing sample to:
Dr. Adam Golub
Recruitment Chair
Department of American Studies
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868
Phone: (657) 278-5899
Fax: (657) 278-5820
Application Deadline
To assure full consideration, application materials must be postmarked by October 1, 2012.
For more information, please visit our department website at: http://hss.fullerton.edu/amst/
Cal State Fullerton is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Title IX/ADA Employer
Questions can be addressed to Dr. Adam Golub, Recruitment Chair, agolub@fullerton.edu.
Posted: August 7, 2012 http://www.theasa.net/opportunities/employment_job/assistant_professor_tenure-track_american_studies_california_state_universi/

ASA Students' Committee Survey

The American Studies Association Students' Committee has put together an online survey to learn more about the needs of American Studies students across the country. They are interested in getting views on the field, the ASA, the regional ASA chapters, the Students' Committee, and other student-related issues and would appreciate feedback. If interested, click here to complete the survey by Friday, September 28th.

Statistical Consulting Service for Researchers

The Statistical Consulting Service of the School of Statistics is open for the fall semester and is available to provide advice and guidance on the statistical aspects of your research, including study, design, analysis, interpretation and writing. For more information on services and scheduling appointments, continue reading this post.

Message from Aaron Rendahl, Statistical Consulting Manager:
Dear CLA Faculty and Researchers,
The Statistical Consulting Service of the School of Statistics is open for the fall semester and is available to provide advice and guidance on the statistical aspects of your research, including study design, analysis, interpretation, and writing.
You are not expected to already understand your statistical issues, or even to have any statistical background at all, though you should be able to fully explain your experiment or study, including how the data was collected and a basic overview of the scientific issues involved. Our consultants are doctoral students from the School of Statistics
who have special training in listening to clients, translating your research questions into statistical questions, finding a solution that meets your needs, and explaining it in terms you can understand. They meet regularly with faculty and staff to discuss cases to ensure the best service possible.
If desired, faculty researchers can speak directly with a faculty or staff consultant; to set up an appointment, please contact me directly at rend0020@umn.edu. I am also available to review or collaborate with you on grant proposals; for large projects, you may even consider writing in funding for support for statistical needs.
Consultations are provided by appointment in our office in Ford Hall; to make an appointment, please email clinic@stat.umn.edu with your full name, your department (avoiding abbreviations), your university affiliation (faculty, student, or staff), and a brief summary of yourstatistical issues. If you are a student or staff, please also provide the name of your advisor or supervisor.
Any project of scientific or educational research within the University of Minnesota is eligible for this service. Consulting is not available for questions regarding classwork or non-university projects. We also do not provide support for statistical packages and database management except in the context of specific research projects.
See www.stat.umn.edu/consulting for more details.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IDF for 2013-14 Internal Deadline: Wednesday, October 10th

IDF INTERNAL DEADLINE OCTOBER 10th: The Graduate School will again be awarding Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships (IDF) for 2013-14, which includes $22,500 and full tuition. The American Studies internal deadline is based on the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) and MN Population Center deadlines. For details on preparing applications to work in those centers, continue reading this post.

**If you intend to apply and partner with a different center/institute, contact Melanie by Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, so she can review those center/institute requirements.

All materials required by the center / institute that you are applying to (with the exception of the DGS letter) are due must be submitted to Melanie by Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.
The MN Population Center has not specified application processes for 2013-14 yet, but you can find instructions from last year here: https://www.pop.umn.edu/training/IDF
The instructions for applying to the IAS for an IDF can be found here:
For Graduate school (general) information about the IDF and the centers / institutes that will house IDF fellows please click here:

"Black Studies & American Studies at the Crossroads" First Lecture: Melinda Lindquist Sept 24th

Professor Melinda Lindquist will present lecture in the joint series between the Departments of African American & African Studies and American Studies. Join us for this first event in the series on Monday, September 24th at 3:30pm in room 815 Social Science Tower. Prof. Lindquist's lecture title and brief description will be distributed in the digest next week. For more information on the series "Black Studies and American Studies at the Crossroads," including upcoming dates and presenters, continue reading.

Here is the schedule for the joint lecture series. Lecture details and fliers will be distributed as the dates approach. Click here to view the series postcard.
September 24, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci
Malinda Lindquist, University of Minnesota
October 22, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Rod Ferguson, University of Minnesota
November 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 105 Scott Hall
Yuichiro Onishi, University of Minnesota

February 18, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, 815 SocSci

Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota

March 11, 3:30 - 5:00 pm 815 SocSci

Anissa Wardi, Chatham University
Tuesday, April 9 (David Noble Lecture, location TBD)
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pierce's Racing for Innocence

Professor Jennifer L. Pierce published her book Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action (Stanford University Press, 2012). She will be giving a public talk about her research at the Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Politics Colloquia Series on November 30th, 2012. Click here for more info about the book.

Save the Date: P.J. Brownlee Public Lecture Nov. 8th

Save the date for a lecture "Spectral Illusions, Spiritualism, and the Limits of Vision: Francis Edmonds' The Speculator" by Peter John (P.J.) Brownlee on Thursday, November 8th at 4pm. Brownlee is the Associate Curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art who will be presenting on the many, pointed allegories of "speculation" in the American 1840s and '50s. Location and lecture description will be made available on the Department of Art History's website.

GIGGS Kick-off Event

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group for Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) is hosting a fall kick-off event tonight, Wednesday, September 12th from 5:00-6:30pm at the Kitty Kat Club. Join them for a complimentary drink and find out more about their ongoing initiatives which include an annual lecture, colloquium series, reading group, writing workshop, and conference planning. Click here for an event flyer.

To find out more about GIGSS and how to get involved, email gigss@umn.edu.

Willie Cole Public Lecture 9/13/12

Join the Department of Art for a public lecture by Willie Cole, renowned New Jersey-based African American artist. The lecture will begin at 7pm on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 in the InFlux Space in the Regis Center for Art. Click here for more info.

Fall 2012 Legal History Workshop Schedule

The schedule for the fall Legal History Workshop/Seminar Series has been set. Seminars will be held on Fridays from 12:15 - 1:15pm in room 262 Mondale Hall. The first will be held Friday, September 28th titled "Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution" by Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law. Continue reading for the full schedule.

Legal History Workshop Schedule Fall 2012
Please feel free to bring lunch and come at noon to socialize before we start. Papers will be pre-circulated one week in advance of the workshop, with the exception of the Erickson Lecture. Questions? Contact Barbara Welke (welke004@umn.edu)
Friday Sept. 28 Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Kitrosser, Professor of Law
Friday Oct. 12 "Law and (Dis)Order: Cultures of Security and the Specter of Anarchy in the Making of the US National Security State, 1880-1920," Ryan Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate in History (recipient of the Erickson Fellowship in Legal History, Summer 2012)
Thursday Oct. 25 "Marriage in the Courts," Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University, and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
**Note: Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:00 p.m., Room 25, Mondale Hall. This is the Fifth Annual Lecture in the Erickson Legal History Lecture Series. We recommend coming early for seating.
Friday Nov. 2 "No Moral or Legal Obligation: The Bureau of Immigration, Mexican Refugee Migration, and Border Security along the Untied States-Mexico Border, 1910-1917," Evan Taparata, History Graduate Student
Friday Nov. 16 TBA

Friday Nov. 30
"International Rules for Internal Conflicts? The Political
Origins of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions," Giovanni Mantilla, Ph. D. Candidate in Political Science
Friday Dec. 7 "Work, Pain, and Risk Allocation in U.S. Workplace Injury Law, 1890-1915," Nate Holdren, Ph. D. Candidate in History
Want to be added to the workshop email list? Contact Morgan Gooch gooch010@umn.edu
Click here for Legal History Workshop (Fall 2012) Schedule with Abstracts.

Tenure-track History and Public Policy

The Departments of Political Science and History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship starting fall 2013. The position requires expertise related to public policy in contemporary history; it is open to substantive policy area but they are particularly interested in candidates with substantive research agendas focused on environmental policy, immigration policy, or labor and family policy. A PhD in history, political science, public policy or a closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment. Applications due: November 2nd, 2012.

Depending on qualifications, the scholar will be appointed to a tenure-track
position in either History or Political Science with an adjunct appointment in the other
department. Teaching and graduate-advising responsibilities will be divided between the
two departments. Candidates will be judged on their scholarly research as well as
Applications received by November 2, 2012 will be given full consideration. The
department strongly prefers that applicants submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae,
and writing samples in electronic form through the Academic Jobs Online website at https:/
/academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1828 and arrange for electronic transmission of three letters
of recommendation to the same site. If necessary, printed materials may be sent to Stephen
Marvell, Political Science, 322 Thompson, UMass Amherst, 200 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA
01003-9277. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to position@polsci.umass.edu.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a member of the Five College consortium
along with Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke colleges and is also a member
of the Academic Career Network, a resource for dual career couples. The University of
Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women and members
of minority groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering a diverse
faculty, student body, and curriculum.

CFP: Graduate Workshop in Modern History Fall Semester

The Graduate Workshop in Modern History (GWMH) is currently soliciting papers for its 2012 fall semester schedule. If you have a seminar paper, dissertation chapter, MA thesis, or other project you would like to submit to a journal or present at a conference, the GWMH is a perfect place to receive useful and interdisciplinary feedback in an informal atmosphere. If you are interested, please continue reading for more details.

Any papers that use historical methodology and focus on the modern period (very loosely defined as the early nineteenth century to the present) are welcome. The GWMH accepts papers from any geographic area and any discipline, and we value comparative and interdisciplinary work.
If you are interested in presenting, please email Emily Bruce (bruce088@umn.edu) and/or Ellen Manovich (manov003@umn.edu) and indicate:
1) a general time during the semester when you would prefer to present your paper (i.e. September, November, anytime, etc.). This semester, the workshop will meet at 12:00 noon on Fridays. Though this fall will be busy with several excellent papers already on the schedule, there are still some slots available in September and December. We're also happy to discuss reserving space for you in the spring semester.
2) a working title for the paper you wish to present.
3) a list of 2 or 3 professors who might serve as the faculty commentator for your paper. Faculty commentators initiate discussion of the paper being discussed that week. The GWMH has been a venue where professors and graduate students who have mutual interests yet do not know each other can meet.
We look forward to a semester of interesting papers and conversation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Scheduling an Appointment with Chair, DGS or Undergrad Adivsor

To schedule an appointment with our Chair Kevin Murphy, DGS Bianet Castellanos, or Undergraduate Advisor Abby Conover, please e-mail amstdy@umn.edu or call the main office 612-624-4190 with your preferred time, date, and topic/description for the appointment.

Kevin Murphy will be holding Chair office hours on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm in his office in 104 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 20 minute time slots.

Bianet Castellanos will be holding DGS office hours on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in 102 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 20 minute time slots.

Abby Conover will be holding her American Studies Undergraduate Advising appointments Mondays 1pm-4:30pm, Tuesdays 9am-12pm, and Fridays 1pm-4:30pm in 102 Scott Hall. We will schedule appointments in 30 minutes time slots.

For Fellowships Recipients: Fellowships and Taxes

For Fellowship Recipients: The University does not automatically withhold taxes from fellowships. Those of you on fellowship may find the University website about fellowships and taxes informative: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/pay/taxes/index.html. From here, click on the "non-service fellowship" link. For the pdf form to request withholding of graduate fellowship income tax, click here.

Pay Periods for Graduate Appointments

Academic year payments for Graduate student TAs, RA and fellows are distributed over 19.5 stipend periods, every two weeks. The pay periods go from 8/27/12 - 5/26/13 (the last check is .5 checke, so will be half the amount as the others). The actual first PAY DAY is September 19th. The last PAY DAY is June 12th. If you are on a semester appointment, the dates are 8/27/12 - 1/09/13 in the Fall and 1/10/13 - 5/26/13 in the Spring.

ACLS Faculty Research Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is accepting applications for a number of awards funding research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for faculty. Please continue reading for a list of awards with application deadlines of October 2nd, 2012.

The following awards all have deadlines of October 2, 2012:
ACLS Fellowships

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
American Research in the Humanities in China
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
Program guidelines are available on the ACLS website:

For assistance with arts and humanities applications, contact Alexandra Brown (akbrown@umn.edu).
For the social sciences, contact Anna Brailovsky (abrailov@umn.edu).

Smith Beitiks Accepts Position

Emily Smith Beitiks, PhD '12, has accepted a new position as Assistant Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Library Resources for Fall Courses

Nancy Herther has created a list of resources that may be helpful for students and instructors this semester. Continue reading for the memo from Nancy.

Message from Nancy Herther:
Going through the Fall term class schedules, I see many classes for which students might benefit from library support; and I wanted you to know that I'm here to help!
Often,instructors will tell me that they just refer students on to me for assistance. This is great - unless you are teaching a class with tens of students! In that case, it is more effective and efficient to arrange for an in-class presentation to, at least, cover the basics.
Here are some options:
As you may know, instruction has been a major effort and priority for me. If you'd want, I could come to your classroom or do a session -hands-on or presentation - related to their specific assignments or needs.
Here are some examples of what I can do in these sessions:
*In-class presentations on how the Libraries can support their secondary research.
*Tours of significant collections/services.
*Demos of specific databases to be used by students in their projects.
*Tips on using the Web for research.
*Hands-on workshops on using databases or the Web.
We have both classroom (up to 50 students) and hands-on lab (limit of25) facilities available in Wilson Library for instruction.Otherwise, I am available (with some technological assistance) to come to your classroom to speak with students.
Foravailable guides, check out these sites:
AmericanStudies @ http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=2090
Anthropology@ http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=1383
AsianAmerican Studies @http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=2088
Sociology@ http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=1157
Each page lists many guides related to the discipline or to special topics and research areas.
I would also be happy to work with you to create specific guides to meet the research needs for your class. You can, then, link to these from your Class Moodle, WebVista, other course pages or syllabi.
Often students need personal assistance with their research - finding information, refining their topics, etc. If you want, please feel free to include my name and contact information for your students on the class syllabus or web page. If students need help, I'm here to do whatever I can to assist them in their research.
The library also has Peer Research Consultants to help students with their writing and research assignments.
If you wish to create your own links to articles in Moodle, follow these instructions for assistance. There are some creative ways to insert library resources such as the "Library Blocks" as well.
The Instructor Support section of our webpage (https://www.lib.umn.edu/instruction/instructorsupport) provides some additional ideas.
And our page on reserves is also worth checking out as you work on class assignments (https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/reserves).
Give them a quick look!
Questions? Just let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping support your teaching this Session!
Beginning this week, library buildings and services will begin their regular school-year schedules. Hours for all locations are at:http://www.lib.umn.edu/about/collections
Cafes located in library buildings are also returning to their full schedules. A full listing of locations and hours for the cafes is available on the UDS homepage: http://www.dining.umn.edu/UDSHome.aspx
Thank you.
Librarian for American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies & Sociology

Memo for Instructors: Policies Regarding Student Athletes

The Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics has asked that instructors read the following memo regarding University policies for student athletes. Continue reading for the memo.

FROM: Susan Meyer Goldstein, Professor and Chair Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics
RE: Student-athletes' Participation in University Sanctioned Activities and
Academic Progress Reports
I am writing on behalf of the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (hereafter FAOCIA) about some issues important to the academic success of student-athletes at the University of Minnesota. First, we are enlisting your help in making faculty and instructors aware of the University policies for student-athletes missing class days for University sponsored events. Over the course of the past year, our committee has become aware of student-athletes' unfortunate experiences with their
instructors concerning missed class days for competition or for travel associated with competition. It is important that our student-athletes are treated fairly and are not penalized when participating in University sanctioned events. It is also important that instructors know whether a student-athlete is missing class because of a sponsored event or for other reasons.
To address this, at the beginning of each semester student-athletes are provided a letter that includes their approved competition schedules that they are to give to each of their instructors. Lynn Holleran, director, McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes (hereafter MAC), will be working with the students on how to approach professors and be comfortable with the interactions. This is important because, in the past, student-athletes have felt discriminated against by some instructors. We don't want this to prevent them from communicating with their instructors.
For approved competitions, the University policies regarding legitimate absences, missed classes, schedules, and final examinations, are briefly stated below.

Policy on Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences

This policy states "Students will not be penalized for absence during the semester due to unavoidable or legitimate circumstances. Such circumstances include illness of the student or his or her dependent, participation in intercollegiate athletic events...subpoenas, jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances. Such circumstances also include activities sponsored by the University if identified by the senior academic officer for the campus or his or her designee as the basis for excused absences. The instructor has the right to request verification for absences. Such circumstances do not include voting in local, state, or national elections." This policy can be found at:http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/MAKEUPWORK.html.
Our committee believes it is important for instructors to be familiar with this policy and work with students to accommodate their schedules in a positive way that encourages academic success.
Intercollegiate Athletic Events during Study Day and Final Weeks: Twin Cities
This policy addresses athletics events during Study Day and Finals Week. It reads... In those instances where post-season competitive events occur during Study Days or Finals Week, the Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) will consider them approved (that is, without requiring explicit action on the part of the Committee) subject to the following conditions:
a. The event is in normal progression in the sport, leading from in-season
competition to conference or regional championships and then to national
championship competition;
b. The academic counselor for the team ensures that satisfactory alternative
academic arrangements have been made and reported to the Faculty Academic
Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics; and
c. The event is conducted under the aegis of the NCAA or the appropriate
national sport governing body if it is not the NCAA.
This policy can be found at:
http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/ATHLETICSTUDY.html and means that instructors need to accommodate students' schedules around finals, possibly giving makeup finals or allowing finals to be taken on the road under appropriate supervision.
Student Progress Reports
I would also very much appreciate your support and assistance in encouraging instructors to complete the Course Progress Reports for student-athletes. This request for information is sent to instructors from Lynn Holleran, director, MAC. The purpose of the progress reports is to provide useful information to both the student and the academic counselor. MAC requests this information during the 5th week of the semester, and again during the 10th week of the semester. The reporting form is conveniently online and will take about five minutes to complete. Our committee recognizes the extra attention this requires but we believe it is crucial to the success of
many student-athletes.
We also recognize that the most important aspect in these matters is the integrity of your courses and the University's academic programs. If an instructor feels that their treatment of a student-athlete in any way compromises this integrity, there are several paths available to resolve these issues. He or she should contact Lynn Holleran (612-626-5093) and/or Professors Perry Leo (612-625-0535) or Linda Brady (612-624-9211), Faculty Representatives to Athletics.
Finally, the FAOCIA welcomes and invites your feedback so it can continue to work to improve the academic performance of student-athletes.
Thank you.
cc: Members of the FAOCIA
Linda Brady, Faculty Athletics Representative
Vickie Courtney, director, University Senate Office
Perry Leo, Faculty Athletics Representative
Lynn Holleran, director, MAC
Robert McMaster, vice provost, Undergraduate Education

Graduate Student Health Insurance

To register for Graduate Student Health Insurance please click here and follow the steps on this webpage. Be sure to review your student account and ensure you are charged for Graduate Health Plan, not the Student Insurance Plan. Please contact Colleen at 612-624-1871 if you have any questions.

University Libraries Grad Student Research Workshop

"Seven Keys to Grad Research Success," A workshop sponsored by the University Libraries is intended to give a head-start on learning the essential information that every grad student needs to know here at the University of Minnesota. The workshop will be offered on three different occasions in the upcoming weeks. Click here for a full schedule and info on how to register.

Postdoc at Penn State University in African American and Diaspora Studies

The Africana Research Center at Penn State University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in any aspect of African American and Diaspora Studies, beginning August 2013. During their residency, fellows have no teaching or administrative responsibilities, though they may request a teaching assignment. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD within the previous four academic years. Application deadline: November 7th, 2012.

Fellows will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and be expected to be active in Penn State's community of Africana researchers. Salary/benefit package is competitive.
Submit complete application packets including cover letter describing your research and goals for the fellowship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages at http://www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch/ by November 7, 2012.
Three letters of reference should be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and e-mailed directly to africanacenter@la.psu.edu.
Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to africanacenter@la.psu.edu.
Penn State requires successful completion of background check(s) consistent with the requirements of the job. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workplace.
Department Website:
Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

CFP: AAAS Conference "The Afterlives of Empire"

The Association for Asian American Studies invites submissions for the 2013 conference "The Afterlives of Empire" to be held April 17-20th, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The conference hopes to explore the breadth and depth of historical and contemporary imperial formations and practices, to map what might be called imperial fields -the nodes and circuits of power, capital, and desire generated by colonization, commerce, and migrations around the world. Submission deadline: October 15th, 2012.

Claimed by multiple empires for hundreds of years and proclaimed a gateway to Asia and the Pacific over the last century, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest afford a fitting backdrop to reflect collectively on the histories of empire and their enduring impact on Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other communities. We wish especially to explore
the breadth and depth of historical and contemporary imperial formations and practices, to map what we might call imperial fields--the nodes and circuits of power, capital, and desire generated by colonization, commerce, and migrations around the world. Particularly on the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in the so-called "war on terror," we invite submissions that grapple with the meanings of empire, in the past and in the present.
The political urge and urgency to challenge the U.S. empire, most expressly in the movement against the Vietnam War, helped to define Asian American Studies in its founding. That urge, however, has perhaps faded over the past four decades, even as our current political moment demands that we comprehend and critique empire from
and across multiple disciplines. How might we theorize or define empire in the twenty-first century? How have public policies, political and academic discourses, social practices, health services, research, teaching, and cultural productions made empire visible and invisible in the United States and beyond?
We encourage submissions from a range of disciplines covered in Asian American Studies as well as from individuals and groups engaged in political and intellectual work outside the academy, including politicians, artists, and community activists.
We welcome papers and panels that address the topic of "empire" from the perspective of multiple as well as intersecting disciplines, research areas, and professional fields, including legal or policy analysis, medical/health practice, education, geography, psychology, international studies, and social work.
We especially encourage panels incorporating a range of institutional and extra-institutional locations, from students to senior scholars, and from artists to policy makers. Co-authored presentations, undergraduate student panels or roundtables and poster presentations will also be seriously considered.
We will give priority to complete panel submissions (with a minimum of three papers and a maximum of four, with a moderator) that attend to the conference theme, but we will consider individual submissions as well.
We accept electronic submissions. Paper and panel applicants must be members of the Association for Asian American Studies and all presenters must submit their conference registration form and fee to be included in the printed conference program. Additional information, including the membership form and submissions guidelines, is available at the Association for Asian American Studies Web site at http://www.aaastudies.org/forms
We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Association for Asian American Studies Conference in Seattle, Washington!
Committee Co-Chairs,
Rick Bonus and Moon-Ho Jung
*All paper and panel applicants must be members of AAAS in order to submit conference proposals. AAAS membership number or confirmation of membership from JHUP will be required with all proposals.
**AV equipment will be available on request but on a limited, first-come-first-served basis due to budget restrictions. Please make your requests when sending in your proposals.

CFP: 34th annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference

Submissions are invited for the 34th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference "Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context" to be held February 13-16th, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. While the area of American Studies is one that should be centered in the cultures of the Americas, a particularly vibrant area of inquiry is increasingly found in the transnational, intra-national and global considerations of these cultures. Topics offering multiple perspectives in this vein on the American Southwest are especially welcome. Submission deadline: November 16th, 2012.

Call for Papers: American History and Culture Area
Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association
34th Annual Conference
February 13-16, 2013
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposals are now being accepted until November 16, 2012 for the American History
and Culture Area at the 2013 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference. We invite you to submit
presentations about American history and culture, ranging from critical essays to
analyses employing recognized research methodologies. Paper presentations should be
15 to 20 minutes. Proposals with a global scope are especially welcomed. All proposals
for the "American History and Culture" area must have a historical focus and should
emphasize culture.
Panels are still forming for all of the conference's 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.
* 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
For individual presentations, submit a proposal with the following items:
• maximum 250-word abstract, including paper/presentation title;
• current curriculum vitae;
• working bibliography for your paper; and
• contact information (name and email). 

All presenters must enter their own information and proposals into the
conference database.
Proposals for panels of 3-4 presenters are also welcome. To propose a panel, submit
the following:
• panel title;
• name and email address for the panel chair;
• titles and abstracts of each paper; and
• name and email address for each presenter.
Submit all proposals to http://conference2013.swtxpca.org. ‚Ä®
Please see http://www.swtxpca.org/documents/48.html for a list of graduate student
awards and requirements.