Texas Asia Conference Call for Papers


I am one of the Co-Organizers for the 2015 Texas Asia Conference, a biennial graduate student conference hosted to bring together young scholars, from any disciplinary background, who focus on some aspect of Asia. I am reaching out to you to request that you pass along the CFP to your students and mailing lists so that we might create as diverse an atmosphere as possible. The full CFP is attached, but below you will find a brief description of this year’s theme along with contact information for submissions.


Daniel Shouse
PhD Student, Asian Languages & Cultures
Texas Asia Conference, Co-Organizer
University of Texas at Austin
Beyond the Spectacular and Mundane:
As researchers engaged with various aspects and regions of Asia, how do we approach questions of scale? How do we draw boundaries around our research subjects: texts, people, languages, histories, etc.? How can we avoid the division of our subject along easy disciplinary lines? How do we measure the scale of what we are looking at——how far out must we extend our knowledge beyond our research focus in order for the boundaries of that focus to be meaningfully drawn? When what is local and specific is in a dynamic and entangled relationship with what is global and transnational, how do we choose to zoom in or out? How do we become attuned to the infra-ordinary? How do we grasp the affects and effects of the everyday that are neither ordinary nor spectacular? These are some of the broad concerns that we would like the papers at this conference to address in their own ways.
We welcome submissions addressing a broad range of topics, including but not limited to the following :
● Scale –local, global, regional;
             — national, international, transnational
             –ordinary, infra-ordinary, spectacular
● Language, language ideology, linguistics
● Literature — texts, rhetorics, interpretation, translation
● Culture, technology, society, politics, biopolitics
● Histories, herstories, new readings
● Gender and sexuality — identity, performativity, activism, politics
● Space, spatiality, affect
● Film, television, social media
Deadline for abstract submissions: 21 July 2015
Word limit: 250 words
Abstract must include the following: title, author(s), affiliation(s), email address for contact. Please send the abstract​ to texasasiaconference@gmail.com

Official: Graduate Student Parental Accommodation


The College of Liberal Arts has offered an academic accommodation to graduate student parents since 2012. The policy grants new parents a one-semester extension in the expected time to degree in cases of childbirth or adoption. In recent years, our office has worked with University Human Resources, Legal Affairs, the Graduate School, and other colleges at UT to expand our support for graduate student parents. One stumbling block is that we do not know how many students become parents while enrolled in graduate school, and we need to know this in order to answer the question of how much any accommodation will cost.
Please encourage your students, both male and female, who have become parents while in graduate school to complete and submit our parental accommodation form: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/research/news/8159
We face a number of obstacles to achieving paid leave or funds to continue insurance coverage, and having the best possible estimate of the number of new parents among our graduate students will strengthen our case.
Many thanks,
Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Ph.D.
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
twitter: @gradinnovate

Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition


The Communication Technology and Society research group, with the support of the Technology and Information Policy Institute (TIPI), is pleased to announce a student paper competition with cash awards. Full papers (approximately 20-25 pages; double spaced; one inch margins all around; 12 point font, and any reference style as long as it is consistent) along with a 250 word abstract should be submitted by April 30, 2015 atcommunicationtechsociety@gmail.com. Please do not include any personally identifiable information in the document you submit.

Papers that have been published or presented elsewhere will not be accepted for this paper competition.

This competition offers three cash awards:

1st Prize: $500

2nd Prize: $300

3rd Prize: $100

The competition is open to any graduate students enrolled at UT-Austin this semester. TIPI invites scholarly and original submissions that advance our understanding of communication technology, policy and its impact on society. Possible topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: open government and “open” movement, policy toward immersive media or online gaming, digital inclusion, network neutrality, e-health, intellectual property issues, ethical and privacy implications of big data, ICT4D, equity issues in technology use, and the politics of platforms.

Submitted papers will be judged by a faculty panel and notice of decisions will be provided by May 15, 2015.

Winners will be expected to present their paper in a small-conference setting during a one half day event held in June.


Please address inquiries to communicationtechsociety@gmail.com.


Yoonmo Sang
Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Radio-Television-Film

Moody College of Communication

The University of Texas at Austin

Digital Humanities in a transnational context

From: Marlena Cravens <marlena.cravens@gmail.com>
Date: April 17, 2015
Time: 12-1
Location: Parlin 203

Please join the program in comparative literature for a roundtable discussion of the digital humanities in a global or transnational context. This informal meeting is open to anyone interested in digital humanities, from experienced practitioners to curious outsiders. Hannah Alpert-Abrams will briefly introduce the field of digital humanities as it is practiced in the United States, and discuss various ways that DH pushes against traditional borders, from DHPOCO (postcolonial DH) to Global Outlook::Digital Humanities and Latin America’s RedHD (Humanidades Digitales). Fatma Tarlaci will lead us in a conversation about the role of comparative literature in theorizing digital pedagogy, and about digital pedagogy in the complit (or world lit) classroom. Finally, Jennifer Hecker will discuss recent developments at UT Libraries which aim to increase access to and scholarly engagement with digital collections and tools at UT.

Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Hannah Alpert-Abrams is a graduate student in comparative literature at UT Austin and the Graduate Research Assistant in Digital Scholarship at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection.

Fatma Tarlaci is a PhD Candidate in comparative literature, whose dissertation is entitled “Literary Neo-Ottomanism: The Emergence of a Cosmopolitan Turkey on the World Stage.” She is the organizer of the MLA 2016 panel “Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities.”

Jennifer Hecker is the Digital Archives Access Strategist at UT Libraries. She is also the founder of the Austin Fanzine Project, the Austin Archives Bazaar, and the Austin Music Documentation Initiative.

See attached flyer.


Symposium about Language and Society

The Symposium about Language and Society at the University of Texas at Austin is taking place this Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18.

The conference program is attached.  Student registration is $25.  You can go to the following link to register:



Language and Borders

April 17-18, 2015

University of Texas at Austin

SALSA is an annual symposium promoting linguistic and sociolinguistic research at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally created through the joint efforts of students from the Linguistic and Anthropology Departments at the University of Texas, SALSA has developed into an interdisciplinary conference with contributions from various fields, including communication studies, foreign language education, educational psychology, media studies, speech communication, and numerous language departments. Our annual proceedings appear in special editions of Texas Linguistic Forum.

This year’s theme is Language and Borders. Language is intimately connected with human existence, and as such, is found at the borders of all areas of human interaction, and even at the borders of what it means to be human. What sorts of borders exist among people, places and institutions? What are the forces and ideological underpinnings that shape and sustain the existence of such borders? How is language related to the bounds of human endeavor? What defines the boundaries of language itself? SALSA XXIII will explore these questions from a variety of viewpoints.

This year’s presenters will be:

Salikoko S. Mufwene

University of Chicago

Robin Queen

University of Michigan

David Quinto-Pozos

University of Texas at Austin

Anthony C. Woodbury

University of Texas at Austin

Looking forward to seeing you there!

SALSA XXIII Organizing Committee,

Eric Adell, Laura Faircloth, and Deina Rabie


Museum Studies Symposium

Museum Studies and the Blanton Museum will be hosting their second annual Museum Studies Symposium this Saturday in the Blanton Auditorium (Smith Building). Three distinguished UT alumni who are directors of museums of art and industry on the East Coast will talk about how they are preparing for the future. For full details, including titles and abstracts of the three talks, and biographies of the speakers, click here:


A reception will follow at 5:00 on the second floor of the building, where you can meet our speakers (open only to UT students, faculty, and staff).

See you there!

Louis A. Waldman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Adviser, Department of Art and Art History

Director, Graduate Portfolio in Museum Studies

The University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station

DFA Bldg. 2.110 / Mail Code D1300

Austin TX 78712


Open Access Advocate Speaks to Impact of Open Access on Graduate Success

Open Access Advocate Speaks to Impact  of Open Access on Graduate Success

What: Open access advocate and SPARC representative Nick Shockey discusses the impact of OA on graduate students, universities and other public research institutions. This event is free and open to the public.

When: 12-1:30 p.m.,Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Where: Perry Castañeda Library (PCL 2.500), The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: As the core informational resources needed to succeed beyond the undergraduate experience have become less accessible to those wanting to continue their education, graduate students from around the world are increasingly coming together to promote open access to research.

While in Austin to meet with legislators, Nick Shockey — Director of Programs & Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition — will visit The University of Texas at Austin to talk about his work with student groups around the world and share concrete ideas for how graduate students at the university can advocate for increased access to the work they create through the creation of open access (OA) policies. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to be part of an international effort to improve the way research is shared and elevate their own research profile.

Open access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. OA is closely related to open data and open education — parallel movements designed to increase access to and reuse of both data and educational resources.

What are the new OA requirements at various granting agencies? How would a university OA policy improve overall research at UT?  And why does OA matter? Shockey will touch on these questions and more for attendees who want to have a better understanding of or get more involved with the issues surrounding broader access to public research.

The program is free with pizza and drinks provided to attendees who RSVP by March 27.

To help us accommodate everyone, please RSVP to the Eventbrite page by Friday, March 27.

For more information on Open Access, please visit http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/open-access or http://www.righttoresearch.org/index.shtml.


Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife

Friday 3/27@2 PM in WIN 2.112
Dr. Kareem Khubchandani, Dancing Against the Law: Critical Moves in Bangalore’s Queer Nightlife”
For Bangalore’s gay middle class communities, the social and legal policing of queer identities is made doubly stringent by sanctions against social dance in nightclubs and bars. This lecture moves between nightclubs and kothas, house parties and seedy bars, to document the perpetual displacement of queer subjects from public spaces. Using cultural analysis, ethnography, interview, and performance historiography, Dr. Khubchandani explores the possibility for social dance to model a response to legal and moral policing that justice systems have refused to grant sexual dissidents.
Kareem Khubchandani (Ph.D., Performance Studies, Northwestern) is the Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at UT.

Women and Gender Studies graduate portfolio program fellowships

Women and Gender Studies graduate portfolio program fellowships
Applications are being accepted now through April 6, 2015, for the following awards to be presented at the annual CWGS Spring Awards Reception:
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Dissertation Fellowship
  • Women’s and Gender Studies MA Thesis Award
  • Ellen Clarke Temple Award in the Study of Women in History
  • Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Details and application information for each graduate award can be found on the following CWGS web page: 


Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being

22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
“Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being”

Wed, March 25, 2015 • 12:00 PM • College of Liberal Arts Glickman Conference Center

The Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies conference is an annual event hosted by the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin. This conference provides an opportunity to share new and innovative 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.

The 2015 conference, “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being” will be held in the Student Activities Center and the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) Glickman Center.

Professor Simone Browne, CWGS Core Faculty and in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, whose scholarship focuses on place, borders, race and surveillance, will deliver the pre-conference key note address on Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm in the College of Liberal Arts Glickman Conference Center in CLA 1.302E

Professor Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, CWGS Core Faculty and in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon on Thursday, March 26 at 12:00pm in CLA 1.302E.  will be the speaker. with a reception to follow.

Moderated panels will take place from 12pm-5pm Wednesday on March 25th and from 9am-6pm Thursday on March 26th at the Student Activity Center (SAC), Rooms 3.106 & 3.116.

Interested students should contact Garrett Sawyer <sawyerg@utexas.edu> for more volunteer information.
Co-sponsored by: Office of the President, Department of American Studies, Center for Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Classics

Free Registration available.

RSVP/Registration/Accommodations: http://sites.utexas.edu/feministgeographies/registration/
Conference Program: http://sites.utexas.edu/feministgeographies/program/