December 11, 2017
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As we approach the general election on November 8th, we write to provide a reminder of University guidance regarding permissible political campaign-related activities on campus.
Because the University encourages freedom of expression, political activities that do not reasonably imply University involvement or identification may be undertaken so long as regular University procedures are followed for use of facilities and for conduct by faculty and staff in their official University capacities. Guidelines for student activities are also provided here.
The enclosed memo details University guidelines, and offers resources for use by our community. Please review it and distribute it to your faculty and staff members, as appropriate.
Geovette Washington, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer
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Open Mic Nights @ Nordy's Place (8:30-10 pm)
The C4C Open Mic is a chance for University of Pittsburgh performers of all kinds – writers, musicians, comics, storytellers, and others – to meet and mingle while showcasing their skills. All levels and styles are welcome! Whether you have experience performing in public, or you’re a first-timer in search of a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you.
Colliders @ Hillman Digital Scholarship Commons (7-9 pm)
Collider brings the Pitt community together for an evening of art, music, and performance. At each event, we focus on one important component of creativity, and invite creators of all skill levels to try out, display, or perform work around that theme in an informal party atmosphere.
On behalf of everyone at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP), thanks to so many of you who have come out to our events, assigned work by our guests, and circulated our flyers and announcements. We are looking forward to more exciting programming this coming semester, continuing the theme Black Futures. As you begin to imagine your syllabi, please keep in mind these upcoming events and consider assigning work by some of the featured artists and writers:
Thursday, January 18th: Poet Fred Moten and Visual Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier
7:30 PM, Heinz Memorial Chapel: Reading, Lecture and Conversation
Thursday, March 1st: Poet Carl Phillips and Visual Artist Laylah Ali
7:30 PM, Heinz Memorial Chapel: Reading, Lecture and Conversation
Thanks in advance.
Research Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics
University of Pittsburgh
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
526 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
The 2017-18 Pitt United Way Campaign is underway! This year, Pitt’s United Way Co-Chair is our distinguished and passionate Dr. Kathy Humphrey. At our kick off breakfast, Dr. Humphrey spoke about Pitt’s successes and goals for this year’s campaign. She brings fresh and lively spirit and some great ideas. As Dr. Humphrey addressed the volunteers and committee members, she asked them to encourage anyone in their unit who has received help from a United Way agency or program to come forward and tell their story.
Let’s talk about our moments! Share our moments! Inspire with our moments!
To share your moment contact: Kamrhan Farwell, Office of University Communications
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Volunteering benefits you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. And when you invest your time in our community, you can make a real difference in the life of someone in need.
United Way offers volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule – short-term, ongoing, or even corporate opportunities. See below for opportunities in the Pittsburgh and across Southwestern Pennsylvania that meet your needs.
Exciting news from the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: For the first time, the Schomburg's Scholars-in-Residence Program is opening applications for shorter stays (1-3 months) and inviting applications from creative writers as well as scholars. The program gives an office and a stipend to scholars working on projects that have a need for the materials archived at the Schomburg.
The Schomburg is currently accepting applications for this very new opportunity (as well as for their long-term fellowships). Please feel free to spread the news! More information about the Scholars-in-Residence Program, and the 2018-19 application, can be found here.
It’s that time of year again! Time for the PITT ARTS campus briefing! We ask that you send this information out to the appropriate people on your staff and/or faculty and let me know what questions you have so that you and your staff and faculty may confidently answer arts-related questions and serve your students. Over 50,000 students participated formally in PITT ARTS programs last year, including repeaters, so students may be asking you questions about PITT ARTS and our offerings. Some of the information may not be directly related to your department, but some may, so please feel free to cut and paste appropriate information. Please make sure that all TA’s and RA’s receive this information as well.
1. PITT ARTS has a program called the Cheap Seat Program, for which we sell to Pitt people greatly reduced tickets to cultural venues. Several times a year, starting this fall, we will send you a flyer with the current shows for sale.
You can post and distribute this. Cheap Seats are available to Pitt students and to Pitt staff and faculty, and they may buy up to four tickets per show (there are some exceptions), and they may even buy tickets for non-Pitt people if the purchasing Pitt person attends.
We take exact cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Lastly, this is a self-serve ticketing service; students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets anytime the Union is open—the instructions and reservations forms are located outside our office at 907 William Pitt Union in a very prominently marked display. Please pay attention to the deadlines listed on the boxes.
Most of our Cheap Seats are available online at www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats.Click on the Image for the organization for which you wish to purchase tickets and your affiliation at Pitt and the promo code will automatically be applied.
NOTE: Please be prepared to show a valid Pitt ID when you come into the office to buy Cheap Seats and when you pick up reserved tickets at the Will Call window at the Box Office of the appropriate venue.
We sell about 17,000 Cheap Seats a year to the following eleven organizations:
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $15 for students and $18.26 and up for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, $16-$82 for students and $22-$85 for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Opera, $10-$35 for students and $20 and up for faculty and staff
Pittsburgh CLO, $15-$60.75 for students, faculty and staff
CLO Cabaret, $15-$59.75 for students, faculty and staff
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, students, faculty and staff, starting at $10-$60 or more
PICT Classic Theatre, students, $15 and $35 for faculty/staff and
Pittsburgh Public Theatre, $15.75 students, $25.75 for faculty and staff
Quantum Theatre, students $17 and $33-$50 for faculty and staff
Renaissance & Baroque, $10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff
Calliope, $14-$24 for students, $36-$51 for faculty and staff
In addition, this year we offer three Pitt Nights, which for a great price starting as low as $15.00 for students $18.26 for faculty and staff for the Pitt Night at the Symphony on January 12th with Stavinsky’s Firebird Suite! Visit: www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats
For Pitt Night for the Ballet for Swan Lake on February 23 buy tickets for as low as only $20 for students and $26 for faculty and staff. Links to purchase available soon.
On March 23 do not miss Pit Night with the Pittsburgh Opera for Moby Dick starting at $10 for students $20 for faculty and staff. www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats
Pitt students, faculty and staff attending a Pitt Night can get optional free transportation with us, enjoy a free dessert reception, and meet the cast and artistic directors. These events are lively and fun. Attendees celebrate both their Pitt pride and their love for the arts by participating.
2. Free Museum Visits: All INDIVIDUAL Pitt students with valid Pitt ID’s, part-time, full-time, Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, The Carnegie Science Center, The grad/undergrad, get in free during the academic year and over winter break to: The Andy Warhol, Mattress Factory, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and The Senator John Heinz History Center, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. All students need to do is swipe their ID at the admissions desk. Check out www.warhol.org, www.cmoa.org, www.clpgh.org/cmnh, www.carnegiesciencecenter.org, www.mattress.org, www.soldiersandsailorshall.org, or www.pghhistory.org for more information. Free Visits are suspended during the summer months.
For Group Visits: Please notify Visitor Services at ANY of the museums listed above one week in advance for any group visit.
If any group arrives without advance notice they may be turned away, but if accepted, the faculty- member or other leader of such a group will be charged full admission.
If you wish to have a docent-led tour, notify Visitor Services one month in advance.
In addition, please check with your department prior to scheduling a tour that they are willing to reimburse PITT ARTS for docent-led and other Group Visits. Thank you.
3. Artful Wednesdays: PITT ARTS celebrates its 16th Annual Artful Wednesdays series, a fantastic program that takes place nearly every Wednesday in the fall from noon to 1 PM in Nordy’s Place on the Lower Level of the WPU, and includes a free lunch and a free exciting performance. LUNCH is Limited. Please be prepared to show your valid Pitt Oakland campus student ID to receive lunch.
Here are but two of the twenty performances from Artful Wednesdays this year. Come up to the PITT ARTS office at 907 WPU to pick up the complete brochure.
Danny is trained on classical, but also plays a range of beautiful and moody guitar stylings, and he sings!
Cherylann Hawk and Friends
Enjoy this cheerful band playing alternative folk pop, and country in creative and original ways.
4. We have much in the way of literature regarding current arts information, including quite literally, hundreds of press releases, and promotional information about current shows in the arts community. From time to time we may send pertinent/ applicable information to you through interoffice mail or email. If you have a student with an arts-related question, and you don’t know the answer, feel free to:
Call us at 4-4498
Go to our website at www.pittarts.pitt.edu, which has a great deal of information.
5. Free Arts Encounters
PITT ARTS is not a club and students do not join our organization; however, Pitt undergraduate students can sign up to be on our email distribution list by visiting our website at www.pittarts.pitt.edu and signing up to be on our D-List by clicking the “Get Involved” button to register. Students will then receive our weekly e-calendar of events from which they can choose to participate simply by going on-line to register for a program. They will subsequently be notified about their RSVP status and will be given program confirmation details. We will offer 100 free arts programs to undergraduates this year, ranging from symphony to film to ballet, to opera, and so on, all art. Transportation, food and tickets are pre-arranged and are COMPLETELY FREE to the Pitt Oakland campus undergraduate student.
6. For Faculty, Staff and Grad Students:
We have a weekly “Hotlist” e-calendar for graduate students, faculty and staff to let them know about free and inexpensive arts happenings about town. These members of our community also register to receive the weekly Hotlist by clicking on the “Get Involved” button on our website and noting their status at the University.
7. PITTT ARTS pays a $2 subsidy for Pitt students for any of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers films, at any of their theatres during the academic year.
8. PITT ARTS does not sell: Pitt Theatre tickets, Pitt Theatre semester passes, or Music Department tickets. Students can call 624-PLAY for theater tickets, 4-4125 for Music tickets.
9. The #61 and #71 buses run back and forth from Pitt to the downtown Cultural District. We have a great directions sheet in our office on how to get to and get around in the Cultural District and to the amenities of the North Side for both bus and driving.
10. Please encourage students to take advantage of what PITT ARTS has to offer. Including our Annual PITT ARTS Art Fest!
If you have any questions about this campus briefing, feel free to call me directly at 4-4462.
Annabelle Clippinger, MFA
Director, PITT ARTS
Hello Graduate Students!
Looking for a way to get involved? The A&S GSO is looking for individuals to serve on the following committees. Contact Allison (email@example.com) for more information or to volunteer.
Planning and Budget Committee representatives
Graduate Council representatives
Social Programs Coordinator
Graduate and Professional Student Goverment (GPSG) representatives
Grad Expo Committee
Teach Awards Chair and Committee
Peer Professionalization Workshop Instructor
Summer Research Grant Chair and Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Advocacy and programming committee concerned with issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to the graduate student population. This committee will organize programming and events as well as participate in university-wide administrative initiatives such as the Inclusion and Diversity Senate Council Working Group. This committee will be involved in the ongoing work of implementing aspects of the university’s strategic plan.
A&S GSO Administrative Assistant
5603 Sennott Square
Pretty Owl Poetry, a Pittsburgh-based online journal of poetry, flash fiction, and art, is seeking an editorial intern to join the small staff and work closely with the managing editor on outreach, planning and running the local reading series, and other responsibilities as needed. This position (like all of those at POP) is unpaid, and we ask that the interested candidate be willing to devote at least two hours each week to the journal. The ideal candidate will be savvy with social media and have an interest in generating engaging content for our readership, including updates for our monthly newsletter. We hope to create a meaningful mentorship with the right person and work one-on-one with the candidate to promote learning and growth for everyone. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Kelly Lorraine Andrews at k [dot] lorraine [dot] firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pretty Owl Poetry is in its fourth year of publishing and is part of Sundress Publications, a 501©3 nonprofit literary press collective. To read our latest issue and get a feel for the type of work we publish, please visit our website at https://prettyowlpoetry.com/
Please distribute this important announcement regarding fellowship opportunities at UCLA:
UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Postdoctoral fellowship information can be found here:
Post-doctoral application forms can be accessed directly via this link:
Fellowships jointly sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Center/Clark are available to postdoctoral scholars and to ABD graduate students with projects in the Restoration or the eighteenth century. Fellowship holders must be members in good standing of ASECS. Awards are for one month of residency.
Stipend: $3,000 for the month of residency.
Application deadline: 1 February 2018
Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship
Sponsored jointly by the Center/Clark and the Huntington Library, this two-month fellowship (one month at each library) provides support for bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history as well as other areas where the two libraries have common strengths; eligible projects include textual scholarship, analytical/descriptive bibliography, history of printing and/or publishers, and related fields. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or have appropriate research experience.
Stipend: $6,000 for two months in residence.
Application deadline: 1 February 2018
Clark Short-Term Fellowships
Fellowship support is available to scholars with research projects that require work in any area of the Clark Library’s collections. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or have equivalent academic experience. Awards are for periods of one to three months in residence.
Stipend: $3,000 per month.
Application deadline: 1 February 2018
Kanner Fellowship in British Studies
This three-month fellowship, established through the generosity of Penny Kanner, supports research at the Clark Library in any area pertaining to British history and culture. The fellowship is open to both postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars.
Stipend: $9,000 for the three-month tenure.
Application deadline: 1 February 2018
Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships
This theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of The Ahmanson Foundation of Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to encourage the participation of junior scholars in the Center's yearlong core programs.
The core program for year 2018–19:
Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization
organized by Bronwen Wilson (UCLA) and Angela Vanhaelen (McGill University)
co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant
Narratives of colonialism, empire building, and religious mission—of center, periphery and globalization—have been under revision in recent years in order to nuance our understanding of what were immensely complex and multi-faceted phenomena. This year’s conference series will shift the focus from governing regimes and institutions to ways in which creative forms and practices were intertwined in the dynamics of materiality and early modern globalism. Such a proposition directs analysis toward the flow of materials, artefacts, and motifs across borders and bodies of water. It attends to experimentation that activated and responded to this traffic in things; it investigates these interactions as constant, on-going processes, thereby bringing innovation, ornamentation, improvisation, and sensation to the fore.
Such interactions were given impetus by an efflorescence of cosmopolitan spaces in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These are cities, ports, exhibition sites, ships, caravanserais, markets, museums, theaters, and warehouses. They are spaces that are open to becoming something new, provisional instead of fixed in their form; they are not inherently hierarchical nor merely commercial, but inflected by global relations of power; they are spaces in which distance and presence are brought into consideration with each other. They are spaces through which people of diverse ethnicities, faiths, and vocational interests came and went. Allowing for convergences, reorientations, and interconnections, cosmopolitan spaces propelled people and artefacts in unexpected directions, giving rise to new ways of thinking.
These interconnected themes of spaces, materials, and imagination will be examined in three conferences through developing a series of interrelated case studies of movement and migration. These sessions will foster discussion and debate with visiting and local researchers and with the Making Worlds research project (www.makingworlds.net).
The first conference, In Between Spaces, will consider movement, migration, and invention through, between, and within early modern spaces. The papers will explore new uses for, practices in, and configurations of spaces such as inns, ships, caravans, islands, warehouses, deserts, streets, and waterways. Such spaces could be in motion or transitional, both isolated and connected, and open to unpredictable forms of traffic. These spaces have much to teach us about flows and commingling of materials, media, motifs, practices, and people across and between cultures in the early modern world. The second conference, Material Flows, will consider the flows, circuitry, and transformations of materials, motifs, styles, artistic vocabularies, and practices across geographical boundaries. Recent considerations of transnational studies and the global turn have prompted a shift away from area studies, state formation, and fixed borders to take into account concepts such as mobility and cultural entanglement. Papers will take up artefacts and motifs, tracing their circuitry and their paths to explore the implications of global movement and material flows. The final conference turns to “Other Worlds.” These are imaginary places, such as utopias and paradises; sites, like Jerusalem, that have been recreated elsewhere; travel narratives; costumes, performances, and ballets, such as Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness (1605) and Daniel Rabel’s designs of Americans for René Bordier’s Ballet de la Douairière de Billebahaut (1626); and representations of terrestrial and astronomical imagery. Papers will consider ways in which literary, theatrical, theological, mythological, architectural, and geographical forms became loci for imagining and inventing other worlds.
Bronwen Wilson is on the faculty at the UCLA Department of Art History, where she specializes in Renaissance and Early Modern art history. Her current book project, The Horizon and Inscription in Early Modern Mediterranean Travel Imagery, brings to light innovative uses of media and ways in which diverse temporal experiences were materialized as lines. Angela Vanhaelen is professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She specializes in the study of seventeenth-century Dutch visual culture. She is the author of The Wake of Iconoclasm: Painting the Church in the Dutch Republic (Penn State University Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize by Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. She is also author of Comic Print and Theatre in Early Modern Amsterdam: Gender, Childhood and the City (Ashgate, 2003). In 2012 the organizers co-edited a special issue of the journal Art History, "The Erotics of Looking: Materiality, Solicitation and Netherlandish Visual Culture" (Nov. 2012).
October 12–13, 2018, Conference 1: In Between Spaces
February 1–2, 2019, Conference 2: Material Flows
May 3–4, 2019, Conference 3: Other Worlds
Scholars will need to have received their doctorates in the last six years, (no earlier than 1 July 2013 and no later than 30 September 2019). Scholars whose research pertains to the announced theme are eligible to apply. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark.
Stipend: $48,216 for the three-quarter period including paid medical benefits for scholar and dependents.
Dietrich School Curricular Innovation Fund
The Dietrich School announces a two-year program to fund efforts to improve our undergraduate curriculum, especially efforts that support School-level initiatives to enhance departmental advising, develop innovative majors, enrich large-enrollment and introductory courses, or scale-up mentored research, scholarly, and creative arts experiences for undergraduates.
Funds must be requested by department chairs or program directors on behalf of a full time T/TS or NTS faculty member or group of faculty members within, and in some cases also outside, their department or program. Funds can be used to assess and/or purchase materials, including software that might augment teaching, learning, assessment, or grading; support travel to visit colleagues at institutions with curricular programs being considered at Pitt; convene workshops or retreats for sustained faculty consideration of curricular changes, especially those that cross departmental or School lines; or similar purposes. In exceptional cases that involve complex departmental or program changes, funds can be requested for limited summer salary support. No funds are available for course releases or salary support during fall or spring terms.
There is no minimum or maximum request limit, but, as funds are limited, most successful proposals will have budgets less than $10,000 in one-time (non-recurring) funds. Proposals should contain a short (1-3 page) description, a 1-page letter from the chair or program director that details the faculty involved in the project and their respective responsibilities, a 1-page timetable for the expenditure of the funds and the testing and/or implementation of the project, and a 1-page budget that should be reviewed in advance by the department’s fiscal administrator.
All funds must be allocated by the end of the spring 2019 term. Proposals can be submitted anytime and will be considered until the fund is expended. Please send proposals as a single PDF document to email@example.com.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website.
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
• U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program, and political asylees and refugees regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation
• Individuals planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities
• Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years
• Dissertation--$25,000 for one year
• Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year
Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 65 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.
Application Deadline Dates:
• Predoctoral: December 14, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)
• Dissertation: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)
• Postdoctoral: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)
Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 9, 2018 (5:00 PM EST)
For more information and to apply online:
Thank you for your assistance.
The Newberry is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018-19 academic year!
The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.
We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:
Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.
Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.
Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls for Papers
Stony Brook University
30th Annual English Graduate Conference
February 23rd, 2018
Literature as Activism
Dr. Lisa Duggan, NYU
Literature is a social act. Our encounters with literature, history, philosophy, and even science are informed by the world in which these encounters take place. No matter what text we choose, we are constantly and actively reading with a critical eye toward the present, trying to make sense of that present by excavating the cultural archives of the past. Such readings are precipitated in part by the fact that works of literature, history, philosophy and the like are steeped in and respond to their own sociopolitical context. And as the authors of the past found themselves working through the issues, concerns and anxieties that dominated their particular historical moment, we as readers in the present make use of their texts for the same purpose of sense-making. Our choice of text is also a social act, as evidenced by the resurgence in readership of texts such as 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Man in the High Castle. Something about the present moment has led readers across the world to seek in these and other texts a way to understand, and therefore to live and act in, the world around them. But this fascination with the social implications of literature is by no means unique to our time or place. Indeed, a text’s popularity at any given moment around the world stems from the text’s ability to speak and respond to the pressing issues of the time in which it was produced. Works of literature have the potential to not only influence the public consciousness but also bring about meaningful social reform. And as these texts become part of our cultural memory, everything that we read shapes the way in which we view, and thus act on, the world around us.
As academics, we cannot and should not solely read and write for our own community, but rather consider ways in which our own work can shape or effect change in the broader social and cultural landscape. Many of us have made the decision to bring the outside world both into the classroom and into our scholarship in the hope that our work will transcend the academe. One possible starting point to effecting change is the sharing of ideas, practices, methodologies, and experiences.
We invite proposals that interrogate our present moment or other unique sociohistorical conjunctures through readings of texts including but not limited to works of fiction, history and philosophy within a variety of media, namely literature, television and film. We also welcome pedagogical approaches to reading and writing as social acts. We are looking for critical interpretations not just of contemporary texts but also of novel approaches to classical/canonical works of varying genres that seek to help us better understand the current conjuncture and those that came before it. By using literature to make sense of past and present, we might then be able to make changes and influence what comes next.
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to stonybrookenglishgradcon@
MARXISM & (BIO)POLITICS
The Twentieth Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
Keynote Speakers: Christopher Breu, Tru Leverette, and Alexander Weheliye
22-24 March 2018
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
In the midst of a new materialist turn in theory, from Object Oriented Ontology and ecocriticism to Afropessimism, the MRG sees biopolitics as an opportunity to reconnect materialism to politics. Biopolitics enables us to link the corporeal, the biological, and the artificial through materialist thought. Thinkers from Sylvia Wynter to Alexander Weheliye have used biopolitical theory to expand the category of the human, which has traditionally been understood as the white, propertied male subject. This conference seeks to investigate how these new articulations of the human, and the biopolitical turn more generally, can be used to reinvigorate Marxian praxis.
The MRG invites scholars of any discipline to clarify and explore questions such as: How do our current political conversations invoke biopolitics, and what are their productive capacity for materialist thought? In what ways do biopolitics intersect with theoretical frameworks for race, gender, and sexuality? What are the political stakes of decentering the category of the human? What is the relationship between biopolitics and the Anthropocene? How can biopolitics become sites of resistance to dominant cultural and political forms?
Papers and panels addressing any aspect of Marxism and biopolitics will be considered, but possible topics of interest include:
· Animal studies
· Black Marxism
· Climate change
· Ecocriticism and environmentalism
· Health, health care, medicine, self-care
· Labor movements
· Life after the subject
· Necropolitics and thanatopolitics
· Object oriented ontologies
Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words with 4-5 keywords for a 15-20 minute presentation, along with contact information, to email@example.com by Friday 19 January 2018. We will also consider panel proposals, but do ask that panelists represent multiple institutions and provide a brief description and rationale along with the panelists’ abstracts. Please indicate any a/v requests, and let us know if you have participated in past MRG conferences or if you are a UF-MRG alumnus. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified by February 5, 2018. For questions concerning the conference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit our website: http://www.english.ufl.edu/mrg/.
Call for Papers: Premier Undergraduate Conference is Now Accepting Essay Submissions
The Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference is now accepting essays for its 9th year. QUEUC is the largest undergraduate conference in Canada, with delegates from all provinces as well as international students.
Bishop’s University will be hosting the conference in Sherbrooke, QC on March 16-17, 2018.
The deadline for essay submissions is January 12th, 2018.
We encourage students from all programs within the Humanities to submit an essay. Successful submissions will be high quality undergraduate research papers that are between 7 and 8 pages in length.
Along with two days of panel discussions, QUEUC 2018 will include an array of social and networking events, including a wine and cheese social and English-themed Cranium game night.
QUEUC began in 2009, and since then has become Canada’s largest undergraduate student conference. QUEUC’s mission is to provide undergraduate students the unique opportunity to share and discuss their research in a welcoming and engaging environment. This conference offers students the change to meet and talk with like-minded undergraduates from across the globe. We hope you will join us to participate in this exciting tradition!
Please send any questions or comments to our email at email@example.com.
For more information on registration and submissions, visit our website:
Dr. Jessica Riddell
Chair of the English Department
The first of our deadlines, for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2018!
The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019.
MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships are made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Society will offer at least two in 2018-2019. (See our ad in the H-Net Jobs Guide or visit our website for details.) The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50. These fellowships are for researchers who have already completed the terminal degree in their fields (typically a Ph.D.).
DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2018
MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. See the MHS website for details on these fellowships; we will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in 2018-2019!
DEADLINE: MAR. 1, 2018
The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks of research at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.
DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2018
The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-five organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Visit www.nerfc.org to learn more about the member organizations and start planning your itinerary!
DEADLINE: FEB. 1, 2018
For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-646-0577. Follow us on Twitter @MHS_Research for reminders regarding fellowship deadlines and information on all of our other activities.