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UPCOMING FORDHAM EVENTS
Monday, Dec. 9: American Studies Senior Seminar Thesis Symposium and Reception
11:00am-5:30pm in Walsh Library, Fourth Floor Special Collections Room, Rose Hill Campus
Please join us for all or part of the American Studies Senior Thesis Symposium and Annual Celebration next Monday, December 9th. The talks run from 11am to 4pm in the O'Hare Special Collections Room on the 4th floor of Walsh Library, and are followed by a gala reception that runs from 4 until 5:30.
Please see our latest blog entry for the full schedule!
Topics this year include: masculinity in the American West, hair straighteners and black identity, the rise of zombie dystopias in The Walking Dead, street art, the closure of Brooklyn's 5Pointz and other adventures in hip-hop culture, Irish dance and the Irish diaspora, the NFL and the U.S. military, the transfeminine prison experience, black Dandyism and street etiquette, disposable culture and the Solo cup, choral arrangements of spirituals, U.S. intervention in Peru, the perils of the "Hastert Rule," critical analyses of Breaking Bad, Beverly Hills 90210 and Gossip Girl, and much, much more.
Faculty discussion moderators will include Seminar Directors Professors Christiana Z. Peppard (Theology) and Dennis Tyler (English) along with Professors Margaret Schwartz (Communications), Kirsten Swinth (History), O. Hugo Benavides (Anthropology) and American Studies Director Micki McGee (Sociology).
UPCOMING NEW YORK CITY EVENTS
Tuesday, Dec. 10: "Endtimes? Crises and Turmoil at The New York Times, 1999-2009" (NEW)
7:00-8:30pm at CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th & 35th St.
From Jayson Blair and Judith Miller to 24-hour cable and the blogosphere, the first decade of the twenty-first century was not particularly kind to the New York Times. In this groundbreaking study, Daniel R. Schwarz describes how America's most important newspaper confronted not only various scandals and embarrassments, but also the rapid rise of the Internet, the ensuing decline in print advertising and circulation, and the dramatic changes facing the contemporary news industry. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Admittance will be "first come, first served." For more information, call (212) 817 8471, or visit www.gothamcenter.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 10: "Improvising Enlightenment," Columbia University American Studies Seminar, by Kandice Chuh (NEW)
7:30-9:00pm at Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
Kandice Chuh, Professor of English and American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, will be speaking on the topic, "Improvising Enlightenment." The call for the defense of the humanities widely heralded in both academic and popular arenas heightens the curious and contradictory position of minority discourse practitioners in the academy. While it is impossible to ignore the adverse effects of the corporatization and intensifying privatization of the university, neither is it possible to stand simply in defense of the disciplinary formations clustered under the rubric of “the humanities,” which have been and continue to be instrumental to the production and sustenance of social hierarchies and their subtending structures and material inequalities. The history of the humanities and the disciplinary structures organizing their emergence captures in this sense the history of the civilizational discourses subtending empire and capital, and bespeaks the onto-epistemologies that have been naturalized as common sense. In short, the histories and historicity of the humanities and the idea and structures of the university of which they are a key part prompts, in response to the call for their defense, the question of just what it is we are enjoined to defend. Or rather, in light of the historicities and conditions characterizing the humanities, if it is the case that given the participation of the humanities in advancing the linked work of capital and empire, it is impossible to stand simply in their defense, is there an alternative version that would not merely enable but energize such a stance? This talk addresses these matters by focusing on the politics of American literature and literary studies within the context of the discipline of English in its U.S. academic iteration, and by means of concerted attention to aesthetics conceptualized as a technology of racialization.
We will convene at 6:30pm for dinner, and 7:30pm for the talk. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($25 per a person; checks only). If you would like to attend, please RSVP at least one week in advance to the seminar rapporteur, Vesna Kuiken (email@example.com). It is necessary to RSVP even if you are attending the talk only, since rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.
Wednesday, Dec. 11: "Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination," NYMASA Salon Talk by May Joseph (Pratt Institute)
6:30pm at Hunter College, in the Faculty and Staff Lounge in theWest Building (8th floor), Lexington Ave. at 68th St.
In Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination (Duke University Press), May Joseph describes the many ways that New York, and New Yorkers, have begun to incorporate the city's archipelago ecology into plans for a livable and sustainable future. For instance, by cleaning its tidal marshes, the municipality has turned a previously dilapidated waterfront into a space for public leisure and rejuvenation. Joseph considers New York's relation to the water that surrounds and defines it. Her reflections reach back to the city's heyday as a world-class port—a past embodied in a Dutch East India Company cannon recently unearthed from the rubble at the World Trade Center site—and they encompass the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They suggest that New York's future lies in the reclamation of its great water resources—for artistic creativity, civic engagement, and ecological sustainability.
Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American Studies scholars to share their published work with an intimate audience. They tend to be small, lively, and informative; light refreshments are served. For directions, more information, or to rsvp, contact Sarah Chinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
APPLY: Heidelberg Center for American Studies Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) program
Applications are accepted from October 1 to March 31.
The MAS is an interdisciplinary program taught in English and aimed at qualified graduate students from around the world. It offers inside knowledge of the United States from an outside perspective. Admission is competitive and depends on quality and academic merits of the candidates. MAS participants benefit both from excellent academicteaching by internationally renowned scholars and from an interdisciplinary approach which meets the needs of future leaders. The MAS is a three semester program, with a performance-related, two-semester fast track option available.
Further information on the HCA and its MAS program aswell as application forms are available at http://www.hca.uni-heidelberg.de or http://www.mas.uni-hd.de. To learn more about the HCA and its MAS program, please contact: email@example.com.
APPLY: American Studies Graduate Program at University of New Mexico
Deadline for applications is January 15.
Please consider applying to the M.A. or Ph.D. program in American Studies at University of New Mexico. For over fifty years, the Department of American Studies has provided graduate students at the University of New Mexico with a unique opportunity for pursuing interdisciplinary studies. The Department currently offers the only Ph.D. in American Studies in the Rocky Mountain region and has one of the largest and most diverse programs in the country. Details about applying to the graduate program are available online: http://www.unm.edu/~amstudy/prospective_grad.shtml. Applications for admission are due by January 15, and should be completed through University of New Mexico’s Office of Graduate Studies. Admissions decisions are typically made during January and February. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-277-3929, or Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Rebecca Schreiber at email@example.com.
APPLY: Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark
Deadline is January 16, 2014 for doctoral program and July 1, 2014 for the MA.
The Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark explores American politics, culture and society in our backyard and around the world. There is also a special interest in public humanities, oral history and digital humanities. Doctoral students admitted with a full aid package will receive an offer of a four-year teaching assistantship; funding for a fifth year is available on a competitive basis. To learn more about the program, visit www.ncas.rutgers.edu/americanstudies. The deadline for applications to the doctoral program is January 16, 2014. Applications to the MA program will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2014.
APPLY: 2014 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies
Academic internship programs are held each summer, fall, and spring in Washington, DC for undergraduates interested in the following subject areas: Public Policy & Economics, International Affairs & Economics, Journalism & Communications, Business & Corporate Government Affairs, Nonprofit Sector & Community Service. All participants are guaranteed internship placement. Students gain substantive professional experience by interning approximately 20 hours a week while earning academic credit in government and economics from George Mason University. Internship sites include federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices and nonprofits. These fast-paced programs provide students from around the world with the opportunity to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, as well as experience the excitement of Washington first-hand. Please visit http://www.dcinternships.org/ for more information. Students may be nominated for these internships, so please contact Professor Micki McGee, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about the nomination process.
Faculty and Graduate Student Opportunities
CFP: "Music and Nature: Between Scientific Reason and Divine Power"
Proposals due Friday, Dec. 6
The Stony Brook Music Department announces its Fourth Annual Graduate Music Symposium, to be held February 14-15, 2014. Music has always involved nature by imitating its sounds, referring to it in texts set by composers, and more recently by means of recording technology. As environmental awareness has become more widespread, an increasing number of musicological works have engaged with ecological questions. Since Ancient Greece, thought about music has considered its relationships to nature, as both philosophy and physics were concerned with the nature of musical sound. The concept of nature itself has been constantly changing throughout history and Aristotle’s idea that understanding of nature involves understanding of change is still valid today. The broad conception of nature includes the essential quality of things, the inherent force that directs either the world or humans, and the material world itself. We welcome the Symposium participants to explore these various conceptions of nature and how they relate to historical, social, philosophical and scientific manifestations in music, and also invite composers to share of their works that involve sounds of nature. We invite submissions of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, 30-minute composer presentations and 40-minute lecture recitals. Proposals for composer talks should include a description of the proposed work and a short biography. Submit proposals to email@example.com by Friday, December 6. Stony Brook is accessible via JFK and MacArthur Airport, the Long Island Rail Road, and the Bridgeport/Port Jefferson ferry. Housing with Stony Brook graduate students may be available for presenters staying overnight. For more information, please visit http://sbugradsymposium.blogspot.com
APPLY: The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center 2014-2015 Fellowship Opportunities
Applications due Sunday, December 8, 2013.
The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellowship Program invites approximately twenty scholars to be in residence each year and reflects the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. The Program supports the research of scholars for a period of one or two semesters and at all stages of their careers, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, midcareer, emeritus, and independent. Scholars come from all around the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Latin America to participate in a range of activities at the Institute and the HarvardUniversity campus, including a weekly fellows' colloquium, fellows' workshops, lectures, performances, and art openings.
The Fellows Program is at the heart of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University.Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies including art and art history, photography, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing - among other areas of interest.
A residential appointment at the Du Bois Institute offers considerable benefits to any scholar. We provide office space and a computer. Fellows have full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. The Du Bois Research Institute also houses the Image of the Black in Western Art archive. Fellows interact and engage with faculty as well as with other visiting scholars in fellows programs across the university.
Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, the most important of which is the weekly colloquium. Attendance is required of all Institute Fellows. Chaired by the Institute's Director, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the colloquia offer Fellows the opportunity to share their work with Institute colleagues, Harvard faculty, graduate students, and the extended community. Colloquia also allow Harvard faculty and visitors to present work in progress, and we have hosted presentations by such notables as Wole Soyinka, A. Leon Higginbotham, Ira Berlin, Orlando Patterson, Jamaica Kincaid, Hazel V. Carby, Zadie Smith, among others.
Applications are available at http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/fellows-program/applications. The deadline for receiving applications and three letters of reference is December 8, 2013. Applicants will be notified of decisions in early March 2014. For more information, click here.
FP: Labor Research and Action Network New Scholars Research Grants
Deadline: December 15, 2013
The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) connects workers’ rights organizations, academics and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for working people in the United States. One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor academics and scholars. LRAN is pleased to announce a competition for research grants for graduate students working on labor-focused projects, defined broadly. Proposals will be judged on the basis of overall quality, but projects with direct relevance to workers and their organizations may be given priority. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, and students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. LRAN will award one or more grants totaling $6,000. Applicants should submit (preferably as a single PDF):
• A brief (no more than two pages, single-spaced) narrative proposal describing the
• A detailed and realistic budget explaining how the funds will be used
• If the proposed project is in collaboration with a union or other organization, the name, email and phone number for the applicant’s contact at the organization.
Completed applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “LRAN New Scholars Research Grant” in the subject line. Grantees will be asked to report on their research at the 2014 annual LRAN Conference, travel to which will be provided. Funds will be disbursed as reimbursement for budgeted research expenses. No funds may be used for overhead, tuition or fees at the applicant’s university. Deadlines for application is December 15, 2013, with winners announced in early 2014. For more information on LRAN, see http://www.lranetwork.org
APPLY: John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowships 2014-15
Applications are due Dec. 15.
The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research in the history and culture of the Americas on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. The Library contains one of the world’s premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World, from Greenland to Patagonia, to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period. Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to U.S. and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral, or independent, research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application. Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. These include NEH Fellowships, for which an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or have lived in the U.S. for the three years preceding the application deadline. For other long-term fellowships, all nationalities are eligible. Graduate students may not hold JCB Long-Term Fellowships. PhD candidates are welcome to apply for long-term fellowships if all degree requirements, including the successful defense of their dissertation, have been met by the December 15 deadline. Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB Fellows’ residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library. The deadline for both short- and long-term fellowships is December 15, 2013. For more information and application instructions: www.jcbl.org or email@example.com.
APPLY: Fellowship Opportunities at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Deadline: January 15, 2014
The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. A variety of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowships are available. Fellowships are residential and support independent and dissertation research. The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $30,000 for predoctoral fellows or $45,000 for senior and postdoctoral fellows, plus generous research and travel allowances. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months will be considered; stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. Contact: Amelia Goerlitz, Fellowship Office, American Art Museum, (202) 633-8353, AmericanArtFellowships@si.edu. For more information and a link to the online application for the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, please visit: www.AmericanArt.si.edu/fellowships. Applicants should propose a primary advisor from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to be eligible for a fellowship at this unit.
CFP: 59th Annual Conference for the British Association for American Studies (BAAS)
April 10-13, 2014. Proposals due January 15, 2014.
Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs. The AAEHC is a joint project of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the experiences of African American Episcopalians. Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels. The following list details some of the topics that are among the collection’s strengths:
• The Afro-Anglican conferences
• The histories of black Episcopal parishes
• Networking and mentorship among black clergy
• The history of the Union of Black Episcopalians
• The history of the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People
• The editing of the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal
• The Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity
• The contributions of various individuals to the Episcopal Church, such as The Rt. Rev. Walter Decoster Dennis, Ms. Verna Dozier, The Rev. Canon Harold T. Lewis, The Rev. Canon Thomas W. S. Logan, Sr., and Canon Diane Porter.
For more information, visit http://www.vts.edu/aaehc or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFP: American Literature Association 25th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Deadline for proposals is January 30, 2014. Deadlines may vary for individual societies.
Individual Author Societies’ CFPs are available: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/english/ala2/2014%20ALA%20Society%20CFP.html
For more information about the conference, visit:
CFP: "Restored Jesuits and the American Experience, 1814-2014"
Proposals due Feb. 1, 2014
On October 16-19, 2014, Loyola University Chicago will hold a major conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814. The conference aims at locating works – of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women’s religious orders – within the specific experiential context of building an American nation. The stories of these men and women provide studies in what Thomas Tweed has termed “Crossing and Dwelling” (2006): the crossings and dwellings of refugees from European exclusions; transatlantic immigrants; multilingual and transnational identities; settlers in ethnic urban cores; boundary-dwellers in frontier peripheries. In order to give examples of new historiographical approaches the conference hopes to foster, a Tumblr has been set up: http://jesuitrestoration2014.tumblr.com/. Scholars are urged to consult the posts and Tag Index for preferred topics. They are also invited to post reports of research in progress, forthcoming dissertations, archival possibilities, and other emerging resources. Send a 250-500-word proposal and a brief summary of your research interests and career to date to: Kyle Roberts (email@example.com) and Stephen Schloesser (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for the proposal is February 1, 2014. Participants with accepted proposals will be notified by April 1, 2014. For more information, visit the conference website: http://blogs.lib.luc.edu/jesuitrestoration2014/
APPLY: The Gest Fellowship for Study in the Haverford College Quaker Collection
Each year Haverford College Special Collections offers several one-month, $2,000 fellowships to researchers who are interested in using the unique resources of the Quaker Collection. We invite applications from researchers at various stages in their career and from any discipline. The most competitive applications creatively explore concerns to which Friends have turned their attention, including literature, mysticism, women’s issues, family history, race relations, and American Indian affairs, as well as religious doctrine and controversies. Application requirements, deadlines and a complete list of past fellows and their topics are available at http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/gest_fellowship/. The Quaker Collection was founded in 1833 and presently consists of some 35,000 printed volumes and 300,000 manuscripts. Our holdings span the history of Quakerism from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world. Information by and about the Society of Friends can be accessed here in many formats and categories. Highlights include the Jenks Collection of early books and pamphlets, meeting records, organization and family papers, journals and diaries, English and American Quaker serials, and a comprehensive collection of Quaker fiction. Because of Quaker involvement in the social justice movement and Pennsylvania's location in the history of the United States, these materials also lend themselves to many kinds of study beyond the Society of Friends. Please contact Ann Upton, Quaker Bibliographer, with your questions: email@example.com, phone: 610-896-1161