CFP: Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being

Hello Graduate Student Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the release of this year’s 22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Call for Paper (CFP). This year’s theme is “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”. The conference will be held March 25-26th at the Student Activities Center (SAC). Please review the proposal and consider submitting an abstract for a paper, poster, or performance presentation. Priority deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2014, and the final deadline is January 10th, 2015.
Garrett Sawyer
CWGS Graduate Student Conference Committee Chair

Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being

22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate Student Conference*

March 25-26th, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin


The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.

*Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.
We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2014-2015 theme:

 “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”

How are boundaries determined and contested? How do notions of boundary and space inform identities and relationships? What does it mean to move through space? What does it mean to take up or occupy a space – especially for marginalized bodies? How do diasporic moments in history lead to different mappings of race and gender? How – in varied ways – do we/can we construct or imagine, space? What are the limits of history, memory, and geographical boundaries on ideas and experiences of space?

We invite proposals that address these questions (or pose related ones) using the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, ability, performance or other feminist, womanist, queer or anti-racist methodologies.

Our understandings of location, space, and identity are broad and open to interpretation. Possible topics may include:


Virtual Borderlands

Comparative Borderlands Studies

Spiritual Borderlands


Sexual Borderlands

Borders, Belonging, and Nation/State



Geographies of the Body/Mapping the Body

Marginalized Bodies: Creating/Contesting/Occupying Space

Sexuality and Trauma


Bodies in Space/Bodies as Space

Physicality and Performance



Geography and Identity

Migrant/Immigrant Identities

Co-creation of Identity and Space

Community and Space

Identity and Diaspora(s)

Intersections of Space with Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, and other Identities


Space and Place:

“Real” and “Imagined” Space

Virtual Space


(Inter-)Disciplinary Perspectives on Space and Place

Making Claims to Space – Colonialism, Conquest, Invasion, Citizenship/Belonging

Space, Place, and Social Change

Queer, Feminist, Womanist, and Indigenous Interventions/Critiques of Space and Place

Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four. All submissions should be made here:

Priority Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014

Final Submission Deadline: January 10, 2015


Conference Registration $20
There is no cost for submitting a proposal.

Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF)

I’m reaching out to you to get your help on letting people in Asian Studies know that Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is back and it’s only a week away! AAAFF was a successful film festival in Austin several years ago. I attended it one year when I was a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies, and I loved my experience at the festival. Now I’m part of the team that brought the film festival back this year. I worked on the programing team and I’m proud to say that we have a strong line-up of films from Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the U.S.
We’d like to get the word out to everyone in Asian Studies, so more people get to see the great films that we carefully selected, enjoy the panels and meet the filmmakers. The festival is offering a discounted student pass fee for $45.
Please see the flyers attached for more information about the $45 student film pass, as well as the information of a free screening on UT campus.

More information about the festival can be found on its website:
If any students would like to volunteer at the festival, please check out this page:
Jing Yang
MFA in Film/Media Production
The University of Texas at Austin
Director / Photographer


2015-16 FLAS competition

Dear Students,
We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015-16 FLAS competition. We are also excited to offer a new addition of the undergraduate FLAS for the academic year award! The FLAS application can be found on the following link -
The highly competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious graduate students undergoing intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies.
It is highly encouraged that applicants read the FAQs regarding the FLAS application as we have made some significant changes to this year’s award requirements (such as the new requirement of filling out a FAFSA to indicate the ‘financial need’). We also recommend that you collect all your documents before you start the process as there is no option to save or resume the FLAS application once it is started. 
All this information and much more can be found on the South Asia Institute’s website –
The due date for the FLAS applications is February 6, 2015. Notifications of awards will be sent out end of March 2015.
Please email for any questions/concerns regarding the application.

GRS 097 course for first-time TAs

GRS 097 is a 0-credit hour course for first-time TAs leading discussion sections in CoLA to gain knowledge about teaching fundamentals.  We piloted the program in CoLA last year and our research indicates that TAs benefited greatly from the seminar in areas such as feeling prepared to teach the subject matter, creating a positive learning environment, and using a range of instructional strategies.  After the seminar, TAs felt more strongly that their teaching influenced student learning and that they were able to reflect upon their teaching practice to keep improving as instructors.  
Here is the link to the application that contains more information about this professional development opportunity:  The due date for the application is Friday, November 21 at 5 p.m.



Thank you,


Molly Hatcher, J.D., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Development

SZB 450G | 512.232.5181


2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little over two weeks away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. 

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

We have hosted 3 webinars and their recordings can be found here (on our website) 

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at:

Harvard East Asia Graduate Student Conference

From: Harvard East Asia Society Conference <>
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Subject: 18th Annual Harvard HEAS Conference—Call For Papers

To Whom It May Concern:

The Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS) invites currently enrolled graduate students working across all disciplines to submit papers for its annual conference. This three-day conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars from institutions around the world to share ideas and research with their peers. Participants gain invaluable experience presenting their work for discussion with other graduate students and Harvard faculty.

This year’s conference is titled “Asia in Transition” and will be held on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2015.

The HEAS Conference Board invites papers that examine Asia as a region in flux. We seek to highlight the ever-changing nature of spaces in Asia, whether historical or contemporary. What provides the impetus for change and what are its results? Conversely, why do transitions not occur? Preference will be given to papers which engage with the conference theme.

Interested parties can apply via the conference website: The application entails entering basic personal information, a 100-word bio, and 300-word abstract. Applications are due on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.

Questions or concerns can be directed to

Additionally, we ask that you circulate this message to interested parties within your department and/or institution.


The HEAS Conference Planning Committee

Harvard East Asia Graduate Student Conference

Online career services panel discussions

From: John Dalton

Dear Graduate Students:

I hope you’ll take advantage of the online career services panel discussions offered by the Versatile PhD. This online career services resource is available to you at no cost. Please visit the web site below and see what you’ve been missing.


November Panel: Careers in Government Research (STEM fields)

Our third panel of the academic year explores options for research careers in government settings. Panelists come from a wide range of agencies and labs: NASA, EPA, US Air Force, US Geological Survey, California Department of Water and Resources, and Health Canada. You’ll find template text for in-advance promotion and for week-of promotion in the attached file (.txt format).

2015 Panel Discussions

Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs (January 26-30; H/SS forum)

Let’s kill the cliche that humanists and social scientists don’t or can’t have careers in technology. This panel discussion will present a good group of H/SS PhDs who have bootstrapped their way into technology careers, and now play diverse technology-centered roles in a wide variety of organizations.

Careers in Informal Science Education (February 23-27; STEM forum)

Museums and other nonprofits (nature preserves, zoos, etc.) are key sites where science education takes place. Many STEM PhDs have entered this stimulating and rewarding field. The February panel will showcase a nice group of them doing informal science ed in a variety of settings.

Careers in Marketing for STEM PhDs (June 8-12; STEM forum)

Products and services that have science at their core need to be marketed with the help of scientists to make sure the science is right and the best possible story is being told. This discussion will feature STEM PhDs who have gone into Marketing, using their science knowledge to help educate customers truthfully about products and services that are science-based.

Best regards,

John Dalton, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program Informational Meeting

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Program 
Informational MeetingMonday, November 3 at 12:00 PM
Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302D

The FLAS Fellowship Program provides close to $1 million in funding to UT
undergraduate and graduate students each year. Please join us for an informational
meeting on the program to learn more about it and what it has to offer students in your
department. A brief presentation on the FLAS Fellowship, including application
requirements, program benefits and responsibilities of awarded students, will be
followed by a Q&A session with administrators from UT.

We welcome you to spread the word and bring along students from your department
who focus on international studies and would especially benefit from the FLAS
Fellowship Program. Fellowships are available for both undergrads and grads.

For more information please contact:

Rachel Meyer
South Asia Institute

(512) 475-6038
Sally Dickson
Center for European Studies

(512) 232-4311
Agnes Sekowski
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

(512) 232-9123


Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowships

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Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 7:41 PM
To: Connor, Julie G
Subject: 2015 Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship


Please be advised that applications have opened for Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowships.  Pickering & Rangel Fellowships are excellent programs, provide generous support to graduate students, and are among the very best ways available to help someone be highly competitive for entry into the U.S. Foreign Service. Application and recommendation deadlines for both programs are in January.

Immediately below please find hotlinks to the sites for the two programs.


Attached below please find a flyer on the Pickering program, and attached above a flyer on the Rangel program.

Please note that for the 2015 cycle, U.S. Department of State graduate scholarships will be offered ONLY via the Pickering and Rangel programs.

That information has yet to be updated on the Woodrow Wilson website.

2014 Rangel Fellowship Flyer (3)

Please feel to share this message widely with students, faculty and staff.



Floyd S. Cable

Diplomat In Residence for Central Texas

The University of Texas at Austin – LBJ School

UT Religious Studies graduate conference


The Graduate Committee for the Study of Religion at The University of Texas at Austin will be hosting its conference for the 2014-2015 academic year on April 10-12, 2015. The title is “Building Bad:  The Constructions of ‘Evil’ in Religious Discourse.”
Ryan Austin Fitzgerald, MA, MAR
Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin