Go to the U of M home page


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3RD YEAR STUDENTS: Contact Melanie if you plan to submit your Prelim Portfolio on the fall semester submission date of Monday, November 2nd.

3RD YEAR STUDENTS: The fall semester date on which Written Preliminary Portfolio Exam materials are accepted by the department is Monday, November 2nd, by 12:00pm, NOON. If you are planning to submit your portfolio exam materials for this semester, contact Melanie by this Friday regarding your intent to submit in November and confirming the list of your current examination committee members.

Wing Young Huie Lecture & Workshop

WEISMAN ART MUSEUM presents a lecture and workshop with Wing Young Huie titled “Identity and the American Landscape: How Do Photographs Form Us?” which will be held on Friday, November 6th beginning at 1pm at the Weisman. Click here for complete information and to register.

Kansas State Asst Prof. of Native American Studies Position

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY is pleased to announce an open tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Native American Studies. The are especially looking for applicants who apply decolonial, comparative, interdisciplinary, intersectional and/or social justice approaches to their work. Click here for more information and to apply.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RISD Asst Professor of Political Economy position

THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL of DESIGN is pleased to announce an open Assistant Professor position in Political Economy. They are looking for someone with expertise in such areas as globalization, political economy of development, contemporary manufacturing and industry, and labor and gender, among other things. Click here for more information and to apply.

Univ. of Oregon Ethnic American Literature and Cultural Productions Postdoc

THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON is pleased to announce a 2016-18 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions. The fellowship is a collaboration between the English and Ethnic Studies Departments. Click here for more information and to apply.

John Kinder (PhD 2007) Lecture

JOHN KINDER (PhD 2007), will be giving a talk at the Minnesota History Center titled “War, Disability, and the American Veteran.” The talk will be held Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00 – 9:00pm in the 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center. 

UC Santa Cruz Professor position in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFOPRNIA, SANTA CRUZ is pleased to announce an open tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. They are searching broadly for areas of expertise. Click here for more information and to apply.

UC Santa Cruz Asst. Professor of Digital Media History Position

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFOPRNIA, SANTA CRUZ is pleased to announce an open tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the History of Digital Media. They are looking for someone with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Internet culture, video games, digital imaging and design, social media, and related applications. Click here for more information and to apply.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

American Studies Graduate Student Association Inital Meeting

THE AMERICAN STUDIES GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION will be holding their first meeting to create the constitution next Wednesday, October 28th from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Kitty Cat Klub. If you would like to participate but cannot attend the meeting please contact Christine Bachman-Sanders (bachm087@umn.edu) for more information.

CIC and ACM Tenure Track Positions

THE COMMITTEE on INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION is pleased to announce the Faculty Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate. The program aims to recruit and hire candidates interested in undergraduate teaching and scholarship at a liberal arts institution in tenure track positions. Click here to learn more about the program and positions and to apply.

Macalester College - Spring 2016 Visiting GWSS Professor

WOMEN’S, GENDER, and SEXUALITY STUDIES at Macalester College is pleased to announce they have a visiting professor position open for Spring 2016 to teach one or two courses. They are looking for a focus on minoritized, migrant, or transnational populations. 

American Univeristy of Beirut - Assistant American Studies Professor

THE ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER for AMERICAN STUDIES and RESEARCH at the American University of Beirut is pleased to announce a open Assistant Professor position in American Studies beginning September 1, 2016. Click here for more information and to apply.

CFP: MAASA 2016 Conference

THE MID-AMERICA AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce a call for papers for their 2016 Conference March 4-5 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The conference is titled “Battleground Midwest: Defining Who and What Matters in the U.S and Beyond.” All abstracts and proposals are due by November 30th.

Elliott Powell Talk

GENDER, WOMEN, & SEXUALITY STUDIES will be hosting their second event in their Fall Colloquium Series featuring American Studies Assistant Professor, Elliott Powell, delivering a talk titled “Get Ur Freak On: Exploring the Queer Intimacies of Miss Elliott. The talk will be held on Friday, October 23rdfrom 1:30 – 3:00pm in Ford 400. 

RIGS Discussion Group

RACE, INDIGENEITY, GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES INITIATIVE is hosting their last discussion group today at 4:30pm in Scott Hall 103. Sara Cronquist with be leading the discussion and getting student feedback about what works in what could be better in RIGS curriculum. Comments are confidential and there will be free food. Email Sara at cron0158@umn.edu and copy rigs@umn.edu if you would like to join in.

Introduction to Team-Based Idea Generation Workshop

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL presents a workshop titled “An Introduction to Team-Based Idea Generation” which will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 10:00 – 11:30am in 101 Walter Library. The workshop will teach you how to spark the creative process in team settings and improve team productivity. Click here to learn more and to register.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

THE CHICANO & LATINO STUDIES DEPARTMENT and LA RAZA STUDENT CULTURAL CENTER are pleased to host their Dia de los Muertos Celbration on Friday, October 30th from 12:00 – 2:00pm. The event will begin in the Scott Hall main lobby and end with lunch  at La Raza Student Cultural Center.

Kay Ulanday Barrett Performance & Talk

GENDER, WOMEN, & SEXUALITY STUDIES, along with American Studies and others are pleased to host Kay Ulanday Barrett. Kay will be delivering “you are SO brave” a performance and talk at the margins of disability, trans, and racial justice, facilitated by Prof. Kale Fajardo. The event is on Tuesday, November 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm in Blegen 250. See below for more information.

"you are SO brave": a performance + talk at the margins of disability, trans, & racial justice with Kay Ulanday Barrett 

Facilitated by: Dr. Kale Fajardo 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6-7:15 PM
Blegen Hall 250

A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. A seasoned speaker, Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes.. See their online wobble on twitter/tumblr/instagram as brownroundboi and on his website, kaybarrett.net

Sponsored by: Feminist Studies Graduate Student Association, Feminist Student Activist Collective, GLBTA Programs Office, Department of American Studies, Social Justice Minor, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Free and open to the public!
For disability and access requests, contact Lars at macke157@umn.edu

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Indiana U Dept. of English Graduate Conference

INDIANA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT of ENGLISH is pleased to announce a call for papers for their Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “Digesting Discourses: Tast, Appetite, and Consumption.” The conference will be held at IU – Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016.  See below for more information on the conference and to submit a paper. Abstracts are due on Friday, December 11th.

Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption
We are issuing a Call for Proposals for scholarly and creative submissions for an international, interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled “Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption,” to be held at Indiana University—Bloomington, March 4-5, 2016. Join us for our 14th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English.
Daily life is ordered by many kinds of consumption, all of which influence the way we produce and comprehend meaning within the world. “Digesting Discourses” invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of taste, appetite, and consumption across texts, methodologies, and time periods. What do metaphors of eating and digestion reveal about the materiality of knowledge? How do aesthetic and physical consumption differ? What does the critical history of material consumption reveal about patterns and power dynamics of cultural exchange? How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact the representation and study of these topics?
We invite proposals for individual papers as well as panels organized by topic. We also welcome the interaction of scholarly and creative work within papers or panels.
Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by Friday, December 11th, 2015, to iugradconference@gmail.com. Below are some suggestions for possible topics. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope these ideas might inspire some exciting new thoughts related to the conference theme.
  • Appetite, Desire, and Sexuality
  • Food Studies and the History of Food
  • Disordered Eating and Health
  • Gustatory and Aesthetic Taste
  • Objectification of Gender
  • Fat Feminism
  • Eating the Other
  • Race and Cultural Appropriation
  • Travel Narratives
  • Post-apocalyptic Narratives, Cannibalism, and Zombie Culture
  • Capitalism and Commodification
  • Conspicuous Consumption
  • The Fetish and “Food Porn”
  • Fair Trade and Ethical Consumption
  • Physiology of Reading
  • Eating Your Dasein
  • The Last Supper, Con/Transubstantiation
  • Feast, Festival, and Carnival
  • Gentrification and Urbanization
  • Object Oriented Ontology
  • Hoarding
  • Snacktivism and Slow Food
  • The Need for Feed
  • Media Consumerism and Binge-watching
  • Animal Rights and Animal Studies
  • Conservation and The Commons
  • The Serialization of Novels
  • Etiquette Books
  • Waste and the Profane
  • Medieval and Renaissance Sumptuary Laws
  • Sound Studies, Sampling, and Remixing
  • (Post-)Colonialism, Importation/Exportation

American Studies Graduate Writing Group

THE AMERICAN STUDIES GRADUATE WRITING GROUP is a new weekly writing group open to all graduate students in American Studies. Members are welcome to submit any form of writing for comment and discussion, including conference papers, article drafts, grant proposals, and/or abstracts. Meetings will be held every Tuesday 3:45 – 5:00pm in Scott Hall 103. For more information please contact Christine Bachman-Sanders.

Thesis Research Travel Grants. Application deadline: 12:00 Noon on December 8, 2015.

The Thesis Research Travel Grants, administered by the Graduate School, are grants of up to $2,500 for domestic research and up to $5,000 for international research.  Travel is to be completed by December 31, 2016; retroactive requests will also be considered. Applications are due directly to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by 12:00 noon on December 8, 2015.  Please refer to the Graduate School's website for complete information: https://www.grad.umn.edu/funding-tuition-fellowships-grants/thesis-research-travel-grant

Fall Ada Comstock Lecture: Anna Clark

THE UNIVERSITY of MINNESOTA WOMEN’S CENTER is pleased to announce the awardee of the Fall 2015 Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award is Professor Anna Clark. As part of the award Prof. Clark will deliver a lecture titled “Drink and Sex in the British Empire: Controlling Men or Controlling Women?” which will take place on Oct. 28th at 4:00pm in the Cowles Auditorium in Humphrey. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Discovery Across Disciplines Research Showcase

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL is hosting “Discovery Across Disciplines: A Show-case of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes” on Thursday, October 15th from 12:00 – 2:00pm in Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall. The event is a great way to see the exciting research being done at the university and the opportunities to get involved. Click here for full event details.

Dialogues in Dis/Ability

DIALOGUES in DIS/ABILITY is a film screening and discussion series beginning next Friday, October 16th and continuing on various dates throughout the semester. Each event goes from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Blegen Hall 155. There will be a film screening followed by a facilitated discussion. See the poster below for the full event line up and details.

Daniel Blaufuks Talk, Film Screening, and Art Installation

THE CENTER for HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE STUDIES is pleased to announce international artist Daniel Blaufuks will be on campus next week for film screening, installations, artist talks, and panel discussions. The events will be happening on Tuesday, October 13th and Thursday, October 15th. Click here for the full schedule of events.

CFP: UCLA Thinking Gender Grad Research Conference

UCLA CENTER for the STUDY of WOMEN are pleased to announce a call for submissions for their Thinking Gender 2016 Graduate Student Research Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Spatial Awareness, Representation, & Gendered Spaces.” Submissions are due November 20th, 2015. Click here for more information.

Ethan Katz Talk

THE CENTER for JEWISH STUDIES is pleased to announce a talk by Ethan Katz about his new book “The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France.” The talk will be held Friday, October 8th at 2:00pm in 1210 Heller Hall. Click here for full event details.

Book orders for Spring 2016 courses DUE Monday, October 26.

Spring 2016 courses are due to Melanie by Monday, October 26.  Order form attached.
Please read through for guidelines that help with order accuracy and obtaining desk copies.

Notes from staff:
-NOT ordering books? Using packets instead?  Be sure to inform Melanie either way.

-ISBN: Important! Include the ISBN to avoid receiving incorrect editions.

-DESK COPIES:  You may only request desk copies of titles which you've not previously received.  If you've previously received a desk copy of the same edition, one will not be requested for you again.  All TA's will have desk copies requested for them.  Note that publisher requests take weeks so timely submission of orders is very helpful to you & your TA's.  NOTE: Desk copies cannot be guaranteed for faculty & instructors if the deadline for book orders is not met.

Bookstore guidelines:
-Submitting book orders early gives the Bookstore the opportunity to pay students the best price for their books during buy-back.

-If you delete or change books after they have shipped from the publisher, your research account will be charged for return fees.

-If you will be using a book in the future, please indicate when that will be. This helps students save money by allowing the Bookstore to plan their used copy purchases.

IMPORTANT: do not use old versions of order forms.  Please use only this order form: