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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ENGL 8520

ENGL 8520 Seminar in Cultural Theory and Practice: American Places/Modern Times
Professor Jani Scandura will teach this course on Thursdays from 2:30-5:00 p.m. during the Fall 2017 semester. This interdisciplinary seminar will explore current thinking about place and space, with a particular focus on American places as portrayed in fiction, poetry, film, and art. We will consider both “America” and “place” in a broad sense, exploring and exploding understandings of American place as geographical site, imagined community, idea, ideal, style and aesthetic. The class is organized around the “modern” American places depicted in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times: the factory, asylum, crowd, the prison, home, department store, and cabaret. Readings and films that span the 19thto 21st centuries, from Poe’s crowds to the prisons in Guantanamo Bay. Works by: Charlie Chaplin, Antonio Gramsci, Nelly Bly, Michel Foucault, Edgar Allan Poe, Miné Okubo, George Cukor, Al Jolson, David and Albert Maysles, Michael Rogin, Jasmine Alinder, Lisa Guenther, Toyo Miyatake, Scott Herring, and others.

Mohrman PhD Defense: Thurs 6/29/17 9:30am


KATY MOHRMAN (PhD Candidate), will defend her dissertation on Thursday, June 29th in the Scott Hall Commons (105) from 9:30 – 11:30am. The public portion will begin at 9:30am.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Center for Writing TA Workshops


THE CENTER for WRITING is pleased to offer two different Writing Across the Curriculum Program workshops this August as part of TA training. The first is titled Assigning and Assessing Student Writing and will occur on Tuesday, August 29 from 1:00 – 4:00pm. The second is titled Commenting on and Grading Student Writing and will occur on Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Click here for more information and to register

Castellanos article in "Latino Studies" Journal


PROF. BIANET CASTELLANOS’ article “Rewriting the Mexican immigrant narrative: Situating indigeneity in Maya women’s stories” was recently published in the latest issue of Latino Studies journal. You can access the article here (doi: 10.1057/s41276-017-0057-z).

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CLA 8000 Grant writing course


CLA is pleased to offer a new 1.5 credit course CLA 8000: Intro to Grant Writing for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The course is designed for first and second year graduate students who would like to apply to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This course will also be helpful in learning to write proposals for other grants and coursework. The course meets for the 1st 7-week session of Fall semester (9/5 – 10/20) on Tuesdays from 9:05 – 11:00am in CSOM 1-135. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Schochet Graduate Associate Position (317587)


THE STEVEN J. SCHOCHET ENDOWMENT for GLBT STUDIES and CAMPUS LIFE have a Graduate Associate Position (317587) open for the upcoming school year. The position is open to anyone currently admitted to a graduate degree program at the UofM with a max of 14 hours per week year round at $23 per hour. The position will include coordinating Schochet lectures, fellowships, and research among other tasks. Click here for more information and to apply.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Camp


LATIS and UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES are hosting Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Camp from August 21-25, 2017. This weeklong workshop is designed for graduate students to learn about digital practices in their research and teaching. Student will learn mapping and data visualization, website creation, open educational resources and much more. Click here for more information and to register.

Bachman-Sanders interveiwed by The Bike Nerds Podcast

CHRISTINE BACHMAN-SANDERS, PhD candidate, has been interviewed by The Bike Nerds Podcast, where she speaks about her experiences as a touring cyclist and her current research on 1890s bicycle touring and rhetorics of civilization and conquest. Listen to the podcast here.

Marchan and Maruyama awarded the 2017 Mulford Q. Sibley / Joseph J. Kwiat Graduate Fellowship


MARY MARCHAN and HANA MARUYAMA (current American Studies graduate students) have been awarded the Department's 2017 Mulford Q. Sibley / Joseph J. Kwiat Graduate Fellowship for Summer Research Support.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

VAP Position at Miami University

Global & Intercultural Studies:  Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor for a full-time, one-year appointment for the 2017-18 academic year to teach a full load of courses as well as to provide service in support of the American Studies Program. 

Require:  PhD in American Studies or related cognate field by time of appointment (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor); ABD (for appointment as Instructor). 

Miami University will not sponsor for H1B work authorization for the 2017-18 year. 

Desire:  Applicants with an interest in transnational popular culture; demonstrated teaching experience. 

Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to https://miamioh.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=4207.  

Inquiries may be directed to Kimberly Hamlin at hamlinka@miamioh.edu.  Screening of applications will begin May 22, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is firmly committed to multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University does not permit and takes action to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of  sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. Miami University immediately investigates and takes disciplinary and/or remedial action when appropriate.

 Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities should be directed to ADAFacultyStaff@miamioh.edu or by phone at (513) 529-3560.  Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report with information on campus crime, fires, and safety may be found at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html. Hard copy available upon request. A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Esparza receives PhD


René Esparza has received his PhD with his dissertation entitled, "From Vice to Nice: Race, Sex, and the Gentrification of AIDS."  Rod Ferguson and Kevin Murphy advisers.

Treon was awarded Teacher of the Year (2016-2017)


Current grad student Matthew Treon was awarded Teacher of the Year (2016-2017) by the Department of Writing Studies/First-Year Writing program.

AAS 3341: Asian American Images will be offered for the Fall 2017


AAS 3341: Asian American Images will be offered for the Fall 2017 semester. From 19th-century anti-Chinese political cartoons to Harold and Kumar, visual representations of Asians in the United States have long influenced how Asian Americans are seen and treated. This course will examine how Asian Americans are seen and how they see themselves. John Matsunaga will teach this course, it will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30PM- 5:00PM in Blegen Hall 225. Click here for more information. See flyers below for more information



AAS 3311: Asian American Theater will be offered for the Fall 2017

AAS 3311: Asian American Theater will be offered for the Fall 2017 semester. This course will discuss powerful dramas by Asian American writers and performers, and take a hands- on approach to the creative and collaborative work of theater practice and production. No prior theater or Asian American studies experience is required. Randy Reyes will teach this course, it will be held on Fridays from 9:05 AM- 12:00PM in Appleby Hall 3. Click here for more information and see the flyer below.




Zhang as been awarded the Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize


Current grad student Lei Zhang has been awarded the Department's Josie Fowler Peace and Justice Prize for 2017-2018.

Guzman and McHugh have been awarded the Audrey Christensen Library Development Graduate Award


Current grad students Vanessa Guzman and Brendan McHugh have each been awarded the Department's Audrey Christensen Library Development Graduate Award for 2017-2018.

THE NEWCOMB COLLEGE INSTITUTE of TULANE UNIVERSITY POSTDOC FELLOWS


THE NEWCOMB COLLEGE INSTITUTE of TULANE UNIVERSITY is pleased to announce applications are now open two or more postdoctoral fellows in law and society. Applicants whose research takes an intersectional approach to law and society, reflecting how gender, race, class, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, community, immigration status, and national identities shape law and, in turn, how law shapes those identities are wanted. The fellows will receive mentoring from senior faculty, participate in our interdisciplinary community focused on intersectionality, and mentor undergraduate student research assistants. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

EXTENDED Deadline for Audrey Christensen Award: May 10th at 12:00 NOON

The American Studies department announces the Audrey Christensen
Award.  Up to two recipients will be awarded $500 each for the
purchase of books for use in research and study.  All students in good
standing pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies may apply.  American
Studies was given a small endowed fund to allow graduate students to
create a library for their research and study.

NOTE: The conditions of the award require that funds be used only for
books and no other media. In addition, given the nature of the award,
the cost of the books can only be reimbursed.  We are unable to
provide an outright grant of funds. This is an award for fiscal year
2018; all funds must be expended between July 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018
and any unused monies will remain in the department.  If you receive
the award, you will be expected to report on the books you purchase
with the donor.


Criteria:
Funds will be awarded to the graduate student who best does the following:

1) Clearly describe the connection between books requested and their research
2) Explain how receipt of this grant will aid their education.


How to Apply:
In a 1 page essay, describe what books you want to buy and how they
will aid your education and dissertation research.

Submit your application to Melanie at stein196@umn.edu by the extended
application deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00 NOON

The Indigenous Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panels and paper abstracts

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Indigenous Studies Area, Midwest Popular Culture

Association/American Culture Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22

The Indigenous Studies Area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association seeks panels and paper abstracts for the annual Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Wednesday-Sunday, October 18-22
Abstracts may address any aspect of Aboriginal, First Nations, Maori, Sami, and other Indigenous popular cultures. In addition, the area highly encourages comparative papers between Indigenous and, say, Asian, Latin American, Pacific Islander, or African popular cultures. Topics might address, but are not in any way limited to the following:

o          Film and Animation
o          Television
o          New Media
o          Video Games, Blogging, YouTube
o          Fashion
o          Popular Literature
o          Radio shows
o          Theater, Festivals, Spectacles, and Ceremonies
o          Popular Music

250 word abstracts may be submitted electronically before or by April 30, 2017 via the online submission system, http://submissions.mpcaaca.org

Send questions and inquiries to the Area Chair, Anthony Adah at adahan@mnstate.edu

For more information about the conference, including how to submit to a different area, please visit the conference website at www.mpcaaca.org/conference.

DDRI Primer session

Nervous about applying for the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant this year? Don't despair: help is at hand! Please join CLA Social Science Research Development Coordinator Anna Brailovsky on Friday, May 12, from 1:30 PM- 3:30PM in 1314 Social Sciences in 1314 Social Sciences for your essential DDRI Primer session. 

We will review the solicitation and program requirements, go over administrative procedures for submitting a federal grant application through the UMN Sponsored Projects Administration office, explore grant writing strategies and budget development, have a hands-on tutorial to create your application in Fast Lane, and answer any questions you want to bring up. 

IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED: If you do not already have a Fast Lane ID, please contact Robert DeLutri (delut001@umn.edu) as soon as possible and request one. You must have an active, functioning Fast Lane account in order to participate in the hands-on portion of the session. Please allow 2-3 business days for Robert to respond to your request and make sure to log in prior to the session to check that the account is working. 

Please contact Anna Brailovsky (abrailov@umn.edu) with any questions. Please fill out Google Doc form below.

https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkpk8CUj8rLfco8dF1WZfKc3LB9I_UvR-bHeTnW83zPUhYJw/viewform?c=0&w=1

GWSS 8108: Genealogies of Feminist Theory

GWSS 8108: Genealogies of Feminist Theory
Fall 2017
Instructor: Zenzele Isoke
Thursday 1-4pm, 400 Ford Hall

This graduate proseminar explores intersections of gender with critical race theories, postcolonial theories, theories of sexuality, social class analyses,  anticolonial and  decolonial perspectives. By de-naturalizing  “women” and “gender” as stable categories and primary subjects or objects of analysis, this course explores how theory is connected to the formation of raced/gendered/sexed bodies, subjectivities, and existences that unsettle and critique Eurocentric genealogies of disciplinary knowledge formation. Rather than approaching feminist genealogy as a practice that traces feminist theories along historical trajectories rooted in a Euro-American tradition, we explore epistemologies and genealogies that deviate from hegemonic understandings of feminist theory.

In fall of 2017 this course will coalesce around three major themes (1) blackness and ontology, (2) phenomenology and affect, and (3) the poetics of decolonial theory-making and writing. One of the central goals of the semester is to resist the impetus to organize questions of epistemology and epistemic violence around the priorities and logics of Eurocentric and white cis-womanhood. Rather, the goal is to center questions of enslavement, social death, and resistant liveness in such ways that opens the psyche and spirit to decolonial and non-violent spatial-temporal ways of being in the academy. The selection of readings also provide a decolonial, and (though to a lesser extent) posthumanist framework through which to analyze and assess the intellectual value of contemporary critical writings across the fields of black feminism,  queer/queer of color criticism, and decolonial feminism, all the while pressing students to imagine, theorize and produce scholarship that rubs against the conventions of neoliberal knowledge-making in the U.S. academy.

Selected Reading List:
Essays from Frantz Fanon and responses
Essays  by Laura Berlant
Writings by Aimé Cèsaire
Essays by Sylvia Wynter and responses
Essays by Sharon Holland
Essays by José Esteban Muñoz
Essays by Elizabeth Freeman
Essays by Christina Sharpe
Essays by Katherine McKittrick

Essays by Roberto Rodriguez
Essays by Walter Mignolo
Essays by Sara Ahmed
Essays by Robyn Weigman
Essays by Himadeep Muppidi
Writings by Edouard Glissant
Essays by Theresa Delgadillo
Essays by Hortense Spiller
Essays by Donna Jones



Summer Reading List

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Yabo by Alexis De Veaux
“The Uses of the Erotic” by Audre Lorde
“Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book” by Hortense Spillers
The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study by Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

ENGL 8300: Graduate Seminar in American Minority Literature will be offered for the Fall 2017 semester


ENGL 8300: Graduate Seminar in American Minority Literature will be offered for the Fall 2017 semester. This course will examine questions central to Asian American literary and cultural studies. In addition to requiring an extended research project, the course will also encourage an active pedagogical component that highlights the development of course syllabi and other materials related to teaching Asian American literature and culture. Professor Josephine Lee will teach this course, it will be held on Mondays from 4:00PM- 6:30PM on East Bank. Click here for more information.