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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


THE DEPARTMENT OF CHICANO and LATINO STUDIES is pleased to present the first event of their Spring 2017 Critical Conversations Speaker Series entitled “"Beyond the Wall: Border Disruptions and Creative Resistance" by Professor Michelle Téllez. This talk looks at the physical U.S./Mexico border not just as a site of passage, a crossing line of militarized surveillance and policing, or political boundary; rather, it uncovers the borderlands as a space of resistance, conviviality, agency, creative community building, and a space where transformative politics can take place. This event will talk place on February 2, 2017 from 4:15- 6:00PM in The Nolte Center. 

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THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT is hosting a workshop with Professor Michelle Tellez titled “Women of Color in the Academy”. This workshop is on February 2 from 12:00-1:30 PM in Scott Hall Commons. To RSVP for the workshop please contact Rachelle Henderson at hende694@umn.edu.

Save the Date for Graduate Recruitment Events 2017

SAVE THE DATES: Graduate Student Recruitment Events for 2017 will be held Sunday, March 26th - Tuesday, March 28th.


TONGUES UNTIED is pleased to present their workshop entitled “Ain't No Justice, It's Just Us: Transformative Justice for QTPOC Survival in the Academy”. This interactive workshop and training will touch on how Indigenous and race-radical, queer, and trans feminist frameworks of transformative justice can work to create bridges supporting collective efforts to survive, thrive, and heal in the academy. Professor Lena Palacios will facilitate this workshop.   

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Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies


Thursday, January 26 - 4 PM

Ford Hall 400

Learn about past projects and help envision for the future!

Possibilities include (but are not limited to): reading & writing groups, queer data studies working group, symposiums and more!

All are welcome.

Questions? Contact: gigss@umn.edu


STANFORD UNIVERSITY’s ABBASI PROGRAM is pleased to announce applications are now open for their two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. They are looking for intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.


Mellon Visiting Assistant Professorship in Racial Capitalism

University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616

The University of California, Davis is pleased to announce a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2017-2019 in Racial Capitalism supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We welcome research specializations addressing any aspect of the genealogies of racial capitalism in the U.S. and the Americas. We welcome but do not require candidates in research areas including race and ethnic studies, environmental studies, geography, gender and sexuality studies, popular cultures and media, historiography, or intersections of economics and legal policy. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research profile builds upon existing work in the field of racial capitalism and pushes it in new directions. The specific field is open, but interdisciplinary orientation in humanities and qualitative social sciences is preferred.

Our new three-year Mellon Research Initiative in Racial Capitalism focuses on the historical relationship between race and capitalism, from the 15th century colonization of the Americas to the present. Sometimes explicitly, often only implicitly acknowledged, it shapes fundamental questions about inequality, value, life, bondage, and freedom, among others, across the disciplines of race and ethnic studies, literary studies, law, economics, sociology and anthropology. We directly address methodological and archival issues throughout and emphasize the workings of gender and sexuality throughout since the current field of work grouped under "racial capitalism" often subsumes gender and sexuality within supposedly larger, more encompassing categories such as "labor." This initiative is organized around three major themes: 1) culture; 2) space; 3) debt. “Culture” begins to think through the ways that economic truths are often not derived from fact but from affect and from cultural production. “Space” foregrounds how the effects of capitalism unfold unevenly across geographic space. “Debt” interrogates debt’s deeply racial history. We will consider junior scholars including recent PhDs and ABDs (the degree must be completed by July 1, 2017).

The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will participate in the activities of the Mellon Research Initiative in Racial Capitalism. Duties include teaching three courses per year, and serving as co- organizer of colloquia and other events involving faculty and graduate students. The appointment will be housed in an appropriate department or program in the humanities or social sciences, in accordance with the background of the successful applicant (fields may include African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American studies, Chicana/o studies, Economics, English,, History, Native American studies, Sociology, among others).

The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will receive an annual stipend of $57,600, plus health benefits, research funding, and relocation funds.

To apply, please send a cover letter, research statement, c.v., statement of contributions to diversity, and three (3) letters of reference through the online application form found at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01430 

 For full consideration applications must be received by February 17, 2017. The position is open until filled.

The University of California is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


THE OFFICE of STUDENT AFFAIRS is pleased to announce the 2017 Job and Internship Fair. This connects U of M students and recent alumni with over 300 employers and organizations. In addition to attendance to the entire Job and Internship Fair, the registration includes a free professional headshot photo for student’s LinkedIn and other social media. This event is on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Fall 2016 Prelim Exams Milestones

The following students have passed their preliminary portfolio & oral exams in Fall semester 2016 and have attained doctoral candidacy:  Joe Whitson and Lei Zhang.

University-Required Form for Students Registered for AMST 8444

Students Registered for AMST 8444: University policy requires that all who are registered for 8444 complete their form, the "application for advanced doctoral status".  This form is to be kept on file with the department each semester that you register for AMST 8444.  

Click here to link to the form: http://policy.umn.edu/sites/policy.umn.edu/files/forms/otr195.pdf  Or, if you prefer to have a hard copy printed for you, let Melanie know. Please obtain your adviser's signature and submit to Melanie as soon as possible.  You do not need to obtain the DGS signature as Melanie will do so.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) Internal Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 12:00 NOON

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF), which includes a $25,000 stipend, is intended to give the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the 2017-2018 fellowship year.  It is expected that Fellows will graduate no later than December 2018. To be considered for nomination by the department, submit your application materials, including your 2 letters of recommendation, to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by the department's internal deadline of : February 13, 2017 at 12:00PM    

Please note: If, in 2017-18, you will be entering your sixth year or later, please include with your application a note with a statement of explanation for being outside the general guidelines of eligibility.

Click here for the Graduate School's complete program and eligibility
information and instructions:


THE OXFORD WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM is pleased to announce their call for papers for their 10th Women's Leadership Symposium in Oxford. The paper should focus on an aspect of women’s studies. Papers presented will be subsequently peer reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium books or as sponsored journal articles. Click here for more information.