English Department E-News - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017


In this Issue:

Honors and Awards:



Year of Diversity Events:

Funding Opportunities:

Call for Papers:

Important Policies and Notices:

**Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy**

**Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury**

**Active Shooter Response**




Campaign-Related Activities on Campus Policy


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.

Thank you,

Geovette Washington, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer
Paul A. Supowitz, Vice Chancellor for Community and Governmental Relations

http://www.universityannouncements.pitt.edu/Campaign-Related Activities Memo.pdf

For more information about Read Green, please visit http://technology.pitt.edu/readgreen

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Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

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Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury

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Active Shooter Response

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Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Awards!

Natural Sciences

Karen Jakubowski (Psychology)

Derek Orr (Mathematics)

Social Sciences

Alicia Grosso (Anthropology)

Leslie Marshall (Political Science)



Rachel Mabe (English)

Birney Young (Communication)


Honorable Mention

Farrah Neumann (Spanish)

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The English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) is seeking new officers to serve in 2017/2018. Any graduate student in the department is welcome! You may nominate yourself or a colleague for any of the positions, which include co-presidents, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and social coordinator. Feel free to make nominations in person at the EGSO's last meeting of the year on Wednesday 4/19 from 5-6 in the Graduate Student Lounge, or by emailing Hannah Eko, HOE2@pitt.edu, or Jordan Hayes, jch77@pitt.edu.

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Dear Department Chairs and Directors of Graduate Studies,

If you hear of students (current or prospective), scholars, or staff members who have questions, concerns or issues about their immigration status or international travel, it is vitally important that you and the person involved notify the Office of International Services (OIS) with the person’s name and situation. OIS is prepared to assist both individuals who are currently outside the United States, and those who are in the US.

OIS can be contacted at 412-624-7120 or OIS@pitt.edu.

As part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), OIS is the designated unit that has the most up-to-date information on the executive order, has immigration specialists who have established relationships with our student/scholar/staff population, and has the capability to communicate with them directly. They will coordinate with the University’s Office of General Counsel as needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I will share additional information as it becomes available.

All the best,



Kathleen Blee

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

5141 Sennott Square

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA 15260

(412) 624-3939

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Year of Diversity Events



Funding Opportunities

Profane is a print journal that publishes poems, essays, and stories. Our reading period runs through July 31st.


In addition to being in print, all of our past issues are available on our website to read for free (you can also listen to most of the authors read their pieces, as well).


To find out more about what our journal's all about, check us out at profanejournal.com


We're also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year.


The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).


The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).


Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words.


For more details and guidelines, you can check out our contest page at http://www.profanejournal.com/2017.html

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This is an important announcement regarding fellowship opportunities at UCLA:

sponsored by UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies www.1718.ucla.edu and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library www.clarklibrary.ucla.edu

Graduate fellowship information can be found here: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/graduate/

Predoctoral application forms can be accessed directly via this link: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/graduate/graduate-fellowship-application


Graduate Travel Grants (UCLA students)

Graduate students at UCLA may apply to the Center for travel support for participation in professional conferences related to Seventeenth- & Eighteenth-Century Studies and Oscar Wilde. Please apply in advance of travel. Details on the following webpage: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/ucla-graduate/

Stipend: up to $500 for domestic travel; up to $1,000 for foreign travel.




Calls for Papers


 TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Joni Adamson, Guest Editor

 We seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, games, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words), shorter items for the “Methods and Texts” section, and items for the "Material Culture of Teaching” section, that explore how to teach in ways that spur innovative thinking about the future.

 We welcome articles that go beyond overly-familiar dystopian or apocalyptic tropes to illustrate how teachers are employing the imagination in their courses to give tangible form to different worlds outside of the constraints of any given present. The issue will engage with what Joni Adamson and others have discussed as the “arts of futurity.”  The arts of futurity seek to give students in different disciplines and at different levels of education broader notions of how they might build a plausible, desirable, and socially equitable “future we want.” (This phrase is the title of the outcome document of the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.)  We invite contributors to consider education broadly: How might teaching a “future we want” happen in larger civic or community planning groups?

 Submissions should explore strategies for teaching “the future” and the “arts of the futurity” in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces (such as the media and public discourse). We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

We invite authors to think beyond the classroom to engage with methodologies and participatory events—such as literary engagements, games, film festivals, scenario-planning, or future-casting. How can these or classroom activities address both small and large scale social, energy, and environmental transitions to realize more equitable futures? How can they take into account the well-being of both humans and nonhumans, in all the places they live, work, move, swim, grow, worship or play?

 Transformations is a peer-reviewed semi-annual journal published by New Jersey City University and Penn State University Press which invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic in scholarly articles.

 Transformations publishes only essays that focus on pedagogy.

 For submission guidelines go to: http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_Transformations.html

 Deadline: July 1, 2017

 Queries welcome.

 Possible topics for pedagogy-related articles:

 ·         The “arts of futurity”

·         The politics of teaching the future

·         Teaching the future of publishing

·         Using old media to teach future media

·         Teaching representations of the future in literature, history, environmental studies and other disciplines (e.g., teaching the history of the future)

·         Teaching the future in cross-cultural and international contexts

·         Teaching the future in the K-12 classroom

·         Teaching the future in relation to gender

·         Teaching the future in relation to sexuality

·         Teaching the future in relation to race

·         Teaching students to imagine plausible and desirable futures, that account for present-day and future social formations, ecologies, and technologies

·         Imagining the futures of teaching and education

·         Teaching science fiction, climate fiction, and speculative fiction

·         Teaching dystopias and utopias

·         Using games to teach the future

Past issues of Transformations include: Teaching Community, Teaching Disability, Teaching Popular Culture, Teaching and Religion, Teaching Food, Teaching Feelings, Teaching Digital Media, Teaching Sex, and Teaching Earth. Please familiarize yourself with the journal before submitting. Read articles in previous journals. You can find them online via Project Muse and JSTOR.

                                    Visit our website to order past issues.

To submit an article to Transformations, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/transformations and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office: Please use MLA format (7th edition). Please send inquiries to Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transformationsjournal/

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The Rush is a literary magazine created and run by the MFA creative writing students at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. We premiered our first issue earlier this month, and we were delighted to have received over 500 submissions during our first reading period! We look forward to keeping the momentum going. 

It is free to submit and open to all who are interested. To find out more information, please visit our website http://www.therushmag.com/. For writing guidelines, check out our submittable page https://therushmag.submittable.com/submit

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Call for papers


​Pacific Gateways: The Rise of Transpacific Literature in English, 1760–1900


International travel writing symposium

Ito International Research Center, University of Tokyo

Friday 24 - Saturday 25 November, 2017




Plenary speakers:

Nikki Hessell (Victoria University of Wellington)

Julia Kuehn (University of Hong Kong)


This international conference will explore the entanglements of English literature (including travel writing, novels, journalism, and poetry) with Pacific geographies and cultures in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The concept of the “transatlantic” has become familiar in Anglo-American literary studies, but it is only in recent years that the counterbalancing notion of the “transpacific” has received sustained scholarly attention, driven in part by the growing global economic importance of the Asia-Pacific region.


Our conference examines the period—broadly beginning with the end of the Seven Years’ War (1763), the voyages of Captain Cook (1768–79), and the founding of San Francisco (1776), Los Angeles (1781), and New South Wales (1788)—in which Anglo-American attention first begins to “pivot” towards the Pacific, extending through to the imperial engagements of the mid nineteenth century which open a series of ports (including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Yokohama) to Western trade. These developments give rise not just to a flood of travel writing and journalism on the Pacific but also to numerous literary works by authors (including Melville, Twain, Kipling, and Ballantyne) fascinated by the vast expanse of the Pacific and by its diverse Asian, Oceanic, and North American cultures.


The conference will focus, in particular, upon the “gateways” to the Pacific offered to English travellers and traders by the ports along its rim. These include the major centres of local commerce (Osaka, Hangzhou, Shanghai); long-established European colonies (Batavia, Macau); ports opened by imperial coercion in the nineteenth century (Hong Kong, Yokohama); and newer communities created by expanding colonial empires (San Francisco, Wellington, Vladivostok, Vancouver). These ports become hubs for the exchange not just of people and tradeable goods but also intellectual and imaginative developments. They act as national and imperial nerve-centres, kernels of settlement, sites of intercultural interaction, and even hot-beds of anti-imperial resistance. By bringing cultures together in highly local and specific ways, often in different relations of power, these sites generate hybrid languages and literary forms which, because of their position on the hubs of global circulation, become swiftly exported and adapted. In addition, they become important objects of artistic and literary representation in their own right, often tending to dominate the European history of representation of Asia.


We will ask how these Pacific gateways shape the development of a “transpacific consciousness” in Anglophone literature, whose modes of exchange and patterns of thought can still be seen in modern-day attitudes to the region. Drawing on our location in Tokyo, we will explore the triangulations between Japan, the West, and other Pacific cultures created by the “opening” of the country to trade in the 1850s and the resulting transmission of travel accounts and "japonaiserie" back to Europe. We also welcome papers which focus on other cultures and regions or explore broader transpacific flows. We will aim to replace older models of “East” meeting “West” with a more polyglot and cross-cultural history of Anglophone literature in the Pacific, in which the networks and communities established by Anglo-American imperialism coexist with established intra-Asian networks.


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“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture”


November 17-18, 2017


A symposium hosted by the

Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware,

and the Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware


Keynote Speakers:


Johanna Drucker, UCLA

Peter Galison, Harvard University



As testimony, test, or proposal, models of all sorts record, revise, and reinvent the world.  From toy miniatures to computer simulations, modeling is a primary means by which we make sense of and act upon our material lives, the lives of others and the culture at large.  Everyone models: from artists and designers to prototype machinists and engineers to children.  Models may be provisional or idealized—rehearsals of things yet to be or representations of those that already exist—professional or slapdash, sustained or ephemeral.  In particular, models, whether prospective or mimetic, have long animated disciplines and discourses that center on knowledge formation and innovation.  Models can represent existing conventions or visionary inventions; in both cases models are scalar constructions with the potential for affective, aesthetic, conceptual, and technological effects. Inspired by the Hagley Museum’s extensive collection of patent models—nearly 900 items made between 1809 and 1899—this interdisciplinary conference [S1] seeks to highlight modeling as both a fundamental human activity and an inevitably material practice.


“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture” inaugurates a biennial conference series sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. We invite submissions from all disciplines—including art and architecture, art history, comparative literature, digital humanities, English, history, history of science, and media studies—that critically investigate the function and form of models, the materials and methods of simulation and representation, questions of scale and perception, experiment and presentation, and the limits of modeling.


Please send abstracts of max. 300 words, with a brief CV of no more than two pages, by February 15, 2017 tomaterialculture@udel.edu.


For information see http://www.materialculture.udel.edu/.

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