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Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference
Art, Nature, and the Sacred
January 28 and 29, winter 2017, Gonzaga University
Extended CFP: Abstracts due: 21st December
No registration Fee/ Meals and Housing provided
$250 Hutchins Prize for best paper delivered
Optional Snowshoe trip on Friday, 27th Jan.
Richard Kearney, Boston College
- Carnal hermeneutics
- Reimagining the Sacred
- Strangers, Gods, Monsters
- On Stories
- The God Who May Be
- The Wake of Imagination
Recent solo exhibitions.
- Brigid's Well (2014)- Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, IRE
- Ravishing Far/Near (2013)- DODGEgallery, New York, NY
- Plastic Prayer (2012)- Volta Art Fair, New York, NY
- ASTRA CASTRA, judi rotenberg gallery.
(Sheila Gallagher, Deute, 2011)
- Masters or PhD Students may submit proposals addressing at least some aspect of “art”, “nature” or “the sacred” widely construed, or the intersection of one or more of these themes.
- Conference: 28-29 Jan, Gonzaga University. Papers will be c. 4,000 words for a 45 minute session.
- Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words by12/21/16 to Sam Underwood: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
"Resistance and Innovation: Empire and Native Christianity in the Pacific"
Symposium at the University of Auckland, March 24, 2017 (Friday)
Submit abstracts to email@example.com by December 31, 2016
The history of Christian missionary religions in nations and peoples of the Pacific (including Asian Pacific nations and Oceania) is controversial. On the one hand, sympathetic accounts, often by Christian authors, have praised the missionaries’ dedication in leaving their homes and introducing new worldviews to others. On the other hand, accounts by scholars attuned to the significant power differentials that existed during the age of colonialism and imperialism have interpreted the missionary project as “cultural imperialism” or the “colonization of consciousness.” Recently a new wave of mission historiography has emerged that both corrects hagiographic depictions of missionary work and challenges the “imperialist” interpretation as limited to the extent that it oversimplifies complex cultural exchanges and ignores native Christians’ demonstrated agency to embrace, redefine, and reproduce. Other recent scholarship has demonstrated the phenomenon of “glocalization,” meaning the way in which the spread of global organizations, culture, and modes of living generates both homogeneity and heterogeneity. The mission project occurred at the margins of geographic regions and cultural domains. This liminal, shifting space was the site of experimentation and creative innovation for both missionaries and their native hosts.
This symposium will bring together scholars of Christianity in a variety of disciplines to examine the cultural dynamics of the interaction between native peoples and transplanted Christian churches in the Pacific region. Historically, missionary movements from the London Missionary Society to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have worked to establish local congregations in Pacific countries such as China, Japan, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand since the mid-nineteenth century. The founding of these local congregations dovetailed with the expansion of Western colonial influence in the Pacific, and links between local Pacific congregations and central ecclesiastical institutions overseas still persist. In this sense foreign institutions have indeed exerted a hegemonic influence within Christian outposts in the Pacific. At the same time, throughout generations of living, doing, and creating religion at the local level, native Christians within the Pacific region have inhabited Christianity as their native idiom. Foreign organizational habits and cultural structures have always been and continue to be enfolded within native ways of acting and understanding, a two-way process of engagement that has also transformed central administrative approaches. This dynamic tension between centralized and localized religious culture creates forms of lived religion both distinctively rooted in native culture and intimately linked to wider transnational networks of Christian communities, personalities, texts, and symbols.
 William R. Hutchinson, “A Moral Equivalent for Imperialism: Americans and the Promotion of ‘Christian Civilization’, 1880-1920,” in Hutchinson and Torben Christensen, eds., Missionary Ideologies in the Imperialist Era: 1880-1920 (Aarhus, Denmark: Christensens Bogotrykkeri, 1982), 174; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., “The Missionary Enterprise and Theories of Imperialism,” in The Missionary Enterprise in China and America, ed. John K. Fairbank (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974), 363.
 Ryan Dunch, “Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Cultural Theory, Christian Missions, and Global Modernity,” History and Theory 41 (October 2002), 301-325.
 Roland Robertson, “Glocalization: Time-Space and Homogeneity-Heterogeneity,” in Mike Featherstone & Scott Lash & Roland Robertson, eds., Global Modernities, SAGE Publications Ltd, 1995.
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan
invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,
"Body Language, Bawdy Talk: Sex and Form in Medieval and Early Modern Culture"
at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 9-11, 2017.
With keynote lectures by:
Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern) and
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)
And panel responses from the medieval
and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.
Our knowledge about premodern bodies is mediated by cultural production and historical distance. We see (and don’t see) sex in pornographic images, libertine literature, and court records; we encounter racialized bodies through anatomy tracts, maps, and travel narratives; we come into contact with historical bodies through reliquaries, medieval manuscripts, and performance. But although we can’t fully recover what lies beyond or beneath these intervening forms, we can find both pleasure and knowledge in the traces of the archive. Jeffrey Masten, for one, approaching this problem in early modern English print culture, argues that “comprehension of sex will require philology.” Similarly, Zrinka Stahuljak looks to language for knowledge about sex in her book Bloodless Genealogies, reading genealogical filiation in medieval French romance as primarily a linguistic phenomenon.
Following the lead of these and other scholars, this conference is an opportunity to consider how thinking about embodiment through form, language, visual art, and material objects might open new avenues for understanding both cultural production and historical experience. Sex and sexuality, while inseparable from language and form, also cannot be understood without inquiry into the historical construction of race, gender, disability, and embodiment, all of which we hope to attend to. In addition, one panel, to be co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's Religion in the Premodern Atlantic Workshop, will focus specifically on the intersections of sex, bodies, and form with premodern religion.
We invite fifteen-minute presentations on a medieval or early modern topic by graduate students in any discipline that think productively across two or more of these categories:
- Gender, race, and sexuality
- Language and form
- Sex, desire, and eroticism
- Art, literature, and representation
- Performance and gesture
- Production and reproduction
- Visuality, materiality, and textuality
- Disability and embodiment
- Animals, nature, and ecologies
- Violence, illness, and death
- Religion, faith, and ecstasy
- Travel, globalism and colonialism
- Pain, pleasure, and affect
- Aesthetics, historiography, and method
- State formation and jurisprudence
Please submit 250-300 word abstracts to Margo Kolenda (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 15, 2016.
Special thanks to our cosponsors: Forum for Research in Medieval Studies, Drama Interest Group, European History Workshop, Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Religion in the Premodern Atlantic Workshop.
Summer Employment Opportunities Teaching Critical and Creative Writing
CTY offers academically rigorous programs for advanced learners in elementary, middle, and high school. We seek highly motivated and well-qualified candidates to lead our writing workshop courses.
Our instructional staff
- Lead small classes of 12-15 bright students
- Enjoy many opportunities for professional development
- Earn competitive salaries, plus room and board at residential sites
Instructors design curriculum and teach a three week course at a day or residential site
Teaching Assistants support classroom instruction at residential sites
Program Assistants support classroom instruction and facilitate the activities program at day sites
Our residential sites are located in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and Hong Kong.
Our day sites for grades 2-6 are located in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas; New York City; Los Angeles, San Diego and San Mateo, California; and Hong Kong.
When? Session 1: June 25–July 14; Session 2: July 16–August 4
- Find descriptions and sample syllabi at cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/courses/writing.
- To read more about these and other positions, our site locations, all 2017 program dates, and to complete an online application, visit cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer.
- Read the web and have more questions? Contact CTY at email@example.com or 410-735-6185.
Join the literary conversation!
Apply now to be Spring 2017 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Blogger-in-Residence.
- Meet distinguished poets, including Kngsley and Kate Tufts poetry winners and current Tufts judges
- Attend exclusive local literary events
- Add you voice to the global and local literary conversation
- Build your resume
- Get paid to write
Interested applicants should visit the blog to read posts by current and past Bloggers-in-Residence: www.sites.cgu.edu/tufts
- To apply, please send an email with a letter of interest (including 2-3 ideas for potential blog posts you'd like to write), a resume or c.v., and a short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
- This position is for Spring semester 2017, renewable for an additional semester. Payment is per-post.
- Application deadline is January 13, 2017, or until position is filled.
Congratulations to Professor Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi (Vandebilt University) on the publication of thier new book, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the Historical Explorations of Literature Series, ABC-CLIO, 2016.
The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is accepting applications for its 2017 program in Washington, DC. SIMA is a graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian's Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
UCLA Minorities and Philosophy Conference
Critiquing the Canon
January 21st, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Peter K.J. Park (University of Texas at Dallas)
Call for Papers (Deadline: December 16th, 2016):
The UCLA chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) invites submissions of papers addressing the topic of the philosophical canon. In recent years, attention has been drawn to the exclusionary practices resulting in the ``core'' works of philosophy---those texts most often examined within academic debates and university curricula. We aim to facilitate a critical discussion of these practices.
Anonymized abstracts of 500 words or less should be emailed to <email@example.com> by December 16th, 2016. Submissions should be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the author's name, affiliation, and contact information. Decisions will be announced by January 1st, 2017. Allotted presentation time for speakers will be 30 minutes.
Both historical and theoretical papers are welcome. Possible areas of exploration include:
- Historiographical investigations into the formation of the philosophical canon
- Modern attempts at canon reorganization
- Women or people of color in the history of philosophy
- Philosophies of race, gender, or disability
- Philosophies of racism, sexism, or ableism
- Institutionalized discrimination within academic philosophy today
The conference will also include a roundtable discussion on pedagogy, which will be organized around the question of how we can respond as teachers to the content of our syllabi. All conference attendees are invited to participate.
For more information, please contact the conference organizers at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Call for Papers
Oxford Research in English, Issue 5: Brevity
“Since brevity is the soul of wit…” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
“Short Talk on Brevity… try to leave the skin quickly, like an alcohol rub. An example, from Emily Tennyson’s grandmother, her complete diary entry for the day of her wedding, 20 May 1765: ‘Finished Antigone, married Bishop.’” – Anne Carson
Perhaps Polonius and Emily Tennyson’s grandmother were ahead of their time. In the twenty-first century, we can now choose to express our political opinions in 140 characters, express emotion in emoji, and finish our thoughts with a TL;DR. The literary context of ‘brevity’ spans across centuries, cultures and artistic forms, emerging in styles such as short stories and aphorisms, and ranging from the texts of the late Middle Ages to auspices of contemporary poetry. Whether found in the incisiveness of Anne Carson or the pith of Alexander Pope’s epigrams, economy of language is often prized in texts and academic work; whether or not that superiority is merited is, of course, up for debate.
The term ‘brevity’ also brings about various material interpretations—abbreviations and abridgements, for example. We can consider the consequences for the reader when a writer abridges narrative, paraphrases the work of another, or condenses their own language, as well as the physical marks of abbreviation on the page condition. Alternatively, we can consider texts and forms that are naturally short—such as Basho’s preternaturally tweetable haikus and the hermeticism of Symbolist poetry—as well as texts that are exceptionally long—Richardson’s Clarissa, for example—to consider the comparative value of brevity and length. In the end, the age-old question rises once more: ‘does size really matter’?
The implications of concision are endless (ironically enough), and this issue seeks to explore these different interpretations of brevity, welcoming papers investigating, but not limited to, any of the following topics:
- Abridged texts, paraphrases, simplifications or summaries
- The forms that brevity can naturally take: haikus, parables, sonnets and sketches
- Rhetoric and style
- Editing, collaboration, (self-)censorship
- Staging, sound, metre, time
- Abbreviation in the material text: signs, effacement/defacement, eyeskips and misprints
- Witticisms, aphorisms, clichés
- Advertisement: titles, blurbs, posters, chapter headings
- Linguistic change: semiotics, texts and tweets, artificial languages
Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate and early career scholars in English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peer-reviewed by current graduate students at the University of Oxford. The journal is currently seeking papers of 5-8,000 words for its fifth issue, to be released in 2017. Please submit papers for consideration to email@example.com by the deadline of 1 February 2017.
Papers should be formatted according to the journal’s house style, details of which can be found on our website: http://ego.english.ox.ac.uk/journal/style-guide
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA is looking for several instructors to teach either a World Religions or Asian Religions (focusing on Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism) course next semester (January 29 -May 27, 2017). The minimum requirement for this position is a Masters degree in Religious Studies and a desired qualification would be previous teaching experience at the community college or university level.
If you feel that you have the academic/teaching background to teach either of these courses (which are scheduled for M/W or T/TH) please contact Bruce Hanson at BHanson@fullcoll.edu. Please be sure to include a brief description of why you feel that you would be able to successfully teach one or both of these courses and attach your current CV.
- By cgusah
- On Friday, November 11, 2016
Summer graduate-level courses in American Maritime History are offered at Mystic Seaport, America’s largest maritime museum. Munson Institute courses are available for transferable academic credit through the University of Connecticut.
The tall ships, historic buildings, and scenic waterfront of Mystic Seaport will be the campus for both a survey course and a seminar from 26 June through 4 August, 2016.
Faculty members will also lead students on field seminars to historic New London CT; the whaling village of Stonington, CT; and colonial Newport, RI. Students will also cruise Long Island Sound aboard UConn’s R/V Oceanology II.
Students are welcomed to investigate the origins of transnational interaction and cultural exchange, when seafaring was the link between distant peoples. Classes are taught by leading experts from a variety of fields, including gender, race and ethnicity, diplomacy, the Atlantic World, navies, ocean sciences, marine archeology, the environment, and lakes and rivers.
Faculty Members include award winning scholars: Lisa Norling, University of Minnesota; Helen Rozwadowski, University of Connecticut; John Hattendorf, Naval War College; and leaders in environmental history Christine Keiner RIT, Christopher Pastore, SUNY Albany; and Bancroft Prize winner W. Jeffrey Bolster of UNH.
The interaction among institute participants, faculty and guest speakers continues under informal circumstances during the late afternoon and evening get-togethers. All matriculated graduate students and recommended upper level undergraduates are eligible for admission. Housing located at Mystic Seaport. Financial aid is available.
Phone: 860 572 0711, ext. 5089
Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport, Box 6000 Mystic, Ct 06355-0990
The English Graduate Student Association at California State University, Los Angeles is delighted to announce its annual graduate studies conference: Significations on May 5, 2017 at the CSULA campus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Liminalities: Metamorphosis & Chaos,” and we welcome graduate student work that explores various fields of inquiry including literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, philosophy, the social sciences and visual & performing arts.
Students are encouraged to submit their papers for conference consideration by January 15, 2017.
Fullerton College's Basic Skills Initiative is offering two unique
opportunities in spring 2017 to graduate and undergraduate students at
1. The Graduate Student Mentorship Program (GSM) is open to current
graduate students in the following disciplines: English, math, reading,
ESL/TESOL, anthropology, political science, ethnic studies, and
geography. This unique program serves a dual purpose: to give graduate
students the opportunity to gain valuable community college classroom
teaching experience before they enter the job market, and to support the
success of basic skills students enrolled in our courses. Please see the
attached GSM application for more information. The deadline to apply is
Nov 7, 2016.
2. The Entering Scholars Program (ESP) is hiring both undergraduate and
graduate students that are interested in tutoring first-year students in
English and reading courses. Tutors are hired to work with a specific
class and instructor for an entire semester. Please see the attached ESP
application for more information. The deadline to apply is Oct 14, 2016.
Since both opportunities are paid positions, students
cannot receive course credit if hired.
Jacqueline Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College, has published her first book, Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement. Jacqueline graduated from the Religion PhD program at CGU in 2010. Her areas of expertise are: U.S. Latina/o Religions, Religion and Culture, Scriptures and Communities, Utopias and Utopianism, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion, and Apocalypticism.
The intern in Special Collections Cataloging at the Getty Research Institute will gain hands-on experience with the Getty’s unique research collections, which include archives of artists, architects, dealers and art historians; sketches and drawings; prints from the 16th to the 21st century; rare photographs; audiovisual materials; art multiples; and an extensive Photo Archive documenting Western art. The broad range of subject areas includes, but is not limited to: art collectors and collecting, 20th-century architecture, video and performance art, and Latin American art. The two primary responsibilities of the graduate intern will be to process and catalog special collections materials. Specific assignments depend on the intern’s area of specialization, but tasks may include writing finding aids, maintaining processing plans, creating collection-level and item-level catalog records, writing blog posts, and creating metadata for digital assets. The intern may work on an independent project and may also participate in team-based processing.
Research Assistant Wanted as Independent Contractor
Work at your own location. No special time to be at work but deadlines established for
periodic transfer of data to me.
Job involves researching (1) bibliography formats approved by Chicago Manual
pertaining to any type of historical documents, especially websites. (2) Endnotes
composed from these bibliographical references which are applicable only to
1. Prior experience with using Chicago Manual of Style Online 16th Edition
(http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/bib_toc.html) and/or know where you can use
a hardy copy of their manual.
2. Prior experience with EasyBib.com or other online format for bibliography.
3. Respect for and interested in details.
$12.50 per hour.
I am an amateur historian working on the following project: 24 chapter manuscript
which is a collection of memories about merchants and their businesses on one street in
Clarksdale, Mississippi, between 1900 and 1978. My intent is to correctly include all
related and diverse types of references. I am planning to publish.
Margie Kerstine', 909-542-9063 (land line)