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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships

THE CENTER for GERMAN and EUROPEAN STUDIES is pleased to announce applications for the 2015 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships are now open. The fellowship provides summer support, in the amount of $5,000 to full-time CLA graduate students specializing in German and European Studies. Applications for current students are due on March 16th, 2015. See attached documents for more information
Mears Fellowships Flyer 2015.pdf
Mears Recruitment Fellowship 2015.pdf

Scott Hall Library: Book and Video Return

Reminder to all Faculty and Students: Please return any books and videos you have checked out from the department library. Return items to the "task box" in the main department office by Monday, January 12th.

Grad Office Space and Key Return

Grad Instructors & TAs with Scott Hall Offices: If you are not teaching or TAing in Spring 2015, please remove all personal items from your office and return your key to the department office by Monday, January, 12th. Any unclaimed items will be removed

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mary Rizzo, PhD 2005 Has Accepted an Assistant Professorship at Rutgers University - Newark

MARY RIZZO, American Studies PhD (2005) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Director of Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives for American Studies and History at Rutgers University - Newark.

Annual Student Activities Report (SAR) DUE: Feb. 2 Annual Adviser meetings: February 2 - 20

The graduate school requires an annual review of student progress for
each graduate student. The department process for annual review
includes a meeting with your adviser(s). Please make an appointment
with your adviser(s) to discuss your academic progress toward the
degree. Goals, problems, research interests, and timelines for
completion should be reviewed. Meetings should be scheduled between
February 2 and February 20. After the meeting, your adviser will
submit a brief written report to the DGS. We will be in contact with
each adviser to remind them of the department process and deadlines.

Students are also required to submit a Student Activities Report (SAR)
each calendar year. Cumulative information from collected SARs --
which includes information about research, teaching, publication,
conference participation, honors, and service activities in the 2014
calendar year-- is important for the department, graduate school, and
college in assessing the activities of the graduate program. Please
submit your SAR (template attached) to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by
Monday, February 2, 2015. We encourage you to submit a copy of this
report to your adviser at this time as well as advisers have noted
that your SAR is a helpful guide to facilitate a broader discussion of
your research and professional goals.

SAR Template SAR Template 2014.docx
For more information on the annual review please check the Graduate
Handbook, available at

UC-Davis Call for Papers: Remaking the Indigenous Universe: Vision, Praxis, and Tradition

UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA- DAVIS is issuing a call for papers for their graduate student conference titled "Remaking the Indigenous Universe: Vision, Praxis, and Tradition" to be held from April 23-24th, 2015. Abstracts are due Friday, February 13th, 2015. Click CallforPapers_Symp2015.docxfor more information.

American Graduate School in Paris Call for Papers: The Influence and Role of NGOs in Global Governance: From Grassroots to Global

AMERICAN GRADUATE SCHOOL in PARIS is issuing a call for papers for their graduate student conference titled "The Influence and Role of NGOs in Global Governance: From Grassroots to Global" to be held from April 23-24th, 2015. Abstracts are due Tuesday, January 30th, 2015. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships applications due February 9, 2015.

The Institute for Global Studies is offering Foreign
Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for both Summer 2015 and
Academic Year 2015-2016 with stipends of up to $15,000.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications
are dues directly to the FLAS coordinator by Monday, February 9, 2015.
Click here for more info. http://igs.cla.umn.edu/grad/fundflas.html

Washington University Post-Doc in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Washington University is accepting applications for two year post-doctoral fellowships in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Candidates with training in social science methodologies are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact wgss@wustl.edu

Duke Univerzity Post-Doc in Latino/a Studies

Duke University is accepting applications for a two year post doc in the Latino/a Studies program. Candidates should have a focus in any of the following areas: history, ethnoracial formations, gender and sexuality, citizenship, empire, migration, hemispheric studies, and related topics. Click here for more information.

Environment and Culture Caucus of the ASA Network Opportunity

SARAH STANFORD-MCINTYRE, a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the College of William & Mary would like to extend the offer to be on the listserv for the Environment and Culture Caucus of the ASA. It comprises a network of faculty and students broadly interested in environmental topics within the humanities. Contact Sarah Wald at sarahwald@gmail.com for more information.

Esparza received MA

Rene Esparza has received his MA. Kevin Murphy, adviser.

Beam received PhD

Myrl Beam has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "Compassion, Community, Capital, and Crisis: Neoliberalism and the Non-Profitization of Queer Social Movements." Kevin Murphy and Teresa Gowan, advisers.

Vitulli received PhD

Eli Vitulli has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "Canceral Normatives: Sex, Security, and the Penal Management of Gender Nonconformity." Rod Ferguson and Regina Kunzel, advisers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Charles University in Czech Republic Assistant Professorship in U.S. Studies

THE FACULTY of SOCIAL SCIENCES of CHARLES UNIVERSITY in Prague, the Czech Republic is accepting applications for an assistant professor in U.S. Cultural/Social History/Studies with specialties in recent and contemporary studies. Click New North American Studies Position online announcement.doc for more information.

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Lecture, Arthur Daemmrich

THE HISTORY of SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and MEDICINE program is hosting a lecture by Professor Arthur Daemmrich titled "Vulnerable Subjects, Vulnerable Knowledge: Children's Chemical Testing Programs in the United States and European Union" on Friday, December 5th at 3:35 pm in 131 Tate Lab of Physics. Click f14_Daemmrich.pdf for more information.

ICGC Global Food Security Fellowship

THE ICGC is accepting applications for the Global Food Security Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship awards a stipend of up to $30,000 for one year. Applications for Spring 2015 are due December 12th, 2014 and applications for Summer of Fall 2015 are due February 15th, 2015. Click here for more information.

Katherine Beane Defends Dissertation, Begins New Post Doc Position at UC Santa Cruz

KATHERINE BEANE successfully defended her dissertation Woyakapi Kin Ahdipi "Bringing the Story Home": A History Within the Wakpa Ipaksan Dakota Oyate on November 24th and will be beginning a University of California President's Postdoc position at the University of California Santa Cruz this month.

UPDATE - Brenda Child Interview on New Book on Minnesota Public Radio

BRENDA CHILD will be discussing her recent book, My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014) on the Daily Circuit, Minnesota Public Radio, on Wednesday, December 10th from 11am - 12pm.

Department of Geography, Environment, and Society Talk, Mohammed Bamyeh

THE DEPARTMENT of GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, and SOCIETY is hosting a coffee hour on Friday, December 5th at 3:30 pm in Blegen Hall 445. The talk will be given by University of Pittsburg professor Mohammed Bamyeh and titled "Do Revolutions Always Disappoint?"

Do Revolutions Always Disappoint?
Mohammed Bamyeh
University of Pittsburg - Sociology
Based on observations from the Arab Spring countries, this paper pursues two related aims. First, it argues that revolutions have a tendency to disappoint, largely due to dynamics that are latent in their very character. Second, based on this thesis, the paper calls for a different approach to studying the promise and prospects of revolutions. The first goal is accomplished by surveying how new, utopian political imagination develops during the revolution and becomes one of its main driving forces. A specific social psychology becomes intertwined with that imagination. That social psychology is not equipped to outlast the revolutionary environment in the form of political institutions, although it does outlast the revolutionary moment as forms of revolutionary psychology and forms of memory among certain constituencies. It also survives at the cultural level in the form of long-term transformation in values and perspectives.
This analysis suggests that revolutions ought not to be evaluated on the basis of their immediate political accomplishments, which are typically unsatisfactory to perhaps the majority of participants. Rather, revolution and post-revolution should be treated as analytically distinct moments, in spite of their relationship. Here, the paper explores the differences between the two moments in terms of social psychology, levels of popular unity, the role of social traditions in revolutionary and post-revolutionary mobilization, how different individuals experience "progress" during the two moments, and how they remember and forget events. While the paper shows that the feeling of disappointment that is often felt after revolutions has something to do with dynamics that are latent in the revolutions themselves, it also suggests that a different level of disappointment is produced by social science itself. Specifically, the very analytical tools that social scientists prefer to use when they study revolutions and social movements in general, themselves tend to produce disappointment.

Graduate Workshop in Modern History Discussion

THE HISTORY DEPARTMENT is hosting their Graduate Workshop in Modern History on Friday, December 5th at 12:00 pm in Heller Hall 1229. The discussion is on Laura Luepke's dissertation chapter "Science, Religion, and the Project of Professional Boundary Maintenance." Hard copies are available in the history main office. Click here for access to an electronic version of the chapter.