Monthly Archives: March 2013

Invisible Strangers: Muslims in Early Modern France and Britain, 1500-1800

The Center for European Studies invites you to:

Invisible Strangers: Muslims in Early Modern France and Britain, 1500-1800


Presented by Dr. Jocelyne Dakhlia

Thursday, April 4

3:00 p.m.

Texas Union, Texas Governors Room (3.116)

The contribution made by Muslims to the development of Western Europe is much greater than previously thought. This talk will examine a recent body of collaborative research that brings this history of Muslims in Europe out of the shadows. It will also consider the reasons why previous historians have passed this history over in silence, looking in particular at Britain and France. A new understanding of Western Europe and the Mediterranean emerges from this work, one with important civic and geopolitical ramifications for the present.

Dr. Jocelyne Dakhlia is a Director of Studies at the Centre de Recherches Historiques at the École des Hautes Études (EHESS) in Paris and this year’s exchange faculty member through an agreement between UT and EHESS.

The talk is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Institute for Historical Studies

Sally K. Dickson

Program and Outreach Coordinator

Center for European Studies

(512) 232-4311

Mezes 3.304

Position for native Mandarin speaker

Oak Hill Technology, Inc. (OHT), an Austin based company, desires the services of a current student from mainland China with an interest in working for an international firm to assist us in developing an understanding of the culture and issues for Chinese students in the U.S. We prefer an individual  that is both knowledgeable of Shanghai culture and fluent in Mandarin.
OHT will schedule a one-hour lunch session per week with the company business executives.  During the session the student will discuss current events while speaking Mandarin to the group as we improve our conversational Mandarin.  The lunch will be at no cost and the student will be reimbursed $25 per lunch session.
Please note, this not a job solicitation, only a temporary requirement for the spring and summer of 2013.
Those that are interested or have any questions may contact me directly.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
    Sherry Harvey
     Contracts Manager
     Oak Hill Technology, Inc.
     12505-A Trail Driver
     Austin, Texas 78737
     tel (512) 288-0008
     fax (512) 288-5792

Poetry writing workshop

Friends and Colleagues,
On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will be hosting a poetry writing workshop with the Luso-descendant poet Millicent Borges Accardi  The workshop will provide participants with a practical, hands-on opportunity to better understand the process of writing poetry, under the personal guidance of the Poet.  This workshop is the second of 3 that our GSO will be sponsoring this semester as part of our Spring 2013 Lecture Series.  If you are interested in attending, we ask that you please contact James Staig ( prior to the event.  To maintain the practical and personal environment of the workshop, seating will be limited and will be assigned based on the order in which reservations are received.
Poetry Writing Workshop with Millicent Borges Accardi
Tuesday, April 2nd,
4:00 to 6:00 pm at CLA 0.120
Free Admission, but Limited Seating
For a seat reservation, contact: jamesstaig (at)
(you can read more about the author in her website: )
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
James C. Staig
Graduate Student Organisation
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Texas at Austin

TransPacific China in the Cold War

TransPacific China in the Cold War

A conference presented by the Institute for Historical Studies
at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin
April 18-19, 2013

This conference brings together an international, interdisciplinary grouping of scholars from Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, the US, and Canada to consider new research highlighting cultural and social productions emerging from diasporic Chinese amist the political fissures of the Cold War.  We plan to publish an anthology of our reframing of this era through an academic press.

This conference explores the Cold War politicization of overseas Chinese communities extending from Hong Kong to Taiwan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia through cultural, refugee, and exchange programs intended to divide them into either the communist or “free” world in terms of allegiance but also mobility.  As with other parts of the globe, these communities expanded with influxes of many refugees leaving newly Communist areas.  For example, by 1952 over 40 percent of Hong Kong’s population consisted of escapees from the Communist revolution of 1949.

These communities became important sites of cultural Cold War production in the global contest for the “hearts and minds” of Chinese people throughout the Pacific region. Refugee relief outreach, educational programs, and cultural products such as cinema, popular literature, and print journalism with political aims emerged from both the PRC and Taiwan as well as US-supported organizations based in Hong Kong and Chinese communities in American and Southeast Asian cities.  Through such programs and activities, both Communist and “free” world powers courted the support of overseas Chinese by representing the superiority and superior inclusiveness of their respective political and economic ideologies–hence the themes of intimacy but also of alienation–as many ethnic Chinese found themselves unable to conform or adjust.

Both sides tried to demonstrate political, social, and cultural commensurabilities to populations of refugees who oftentimes were traumatized by their loss of home, families, and friends and took a while in order to re-establish, if at all, a new sense of rootedness and belonging.  Bringing together literary, cultural studies, and historical scholars from the US, Canada, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, this conference tracks the reconfiguration of Chinese diaspora across the Cold War’s bifurcated politicization of mobility, cultural flows, and the politics of options for resettlement that produced new formations of ethnic and national identity, community, and transnational activity so characteristic of the twenty-first century world.

Convened by Madeline Y. Hsu (UT Austin), Poshek Fu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Hon-ming Yip (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Special thanks to our co-sponsors for their generosity:

College of Liberal Arts
Center for Asian American Studies
Department of Asian Studies
Taiwan Studies Program
Center for East Asian Studies
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation
Taiwan Academy

12th Annual Sequels Symposium – “Literary Indictments: Bodies on Trial, in Prison, and Out of Bounds.

E3W is excited to announce its 12th Annual Sequels Symposium – “Literary Indictments: Bodies on Trial, in Prison, and Out of Bounds.” Sequels is an annual graduate student conference sponsored by the Department of English and the Ethnic and Third World (E3W) literatures group. The conference centers around the recent work of UT-Austin alumni and showcases the research of current graduate students.

Keynote Address – Thursday, April 4, 7pm, The Texas Union, Eastwoods Room

UT English alumni Peter Caster and Ellen Crowell are this year’s featured keynote speakers. Over the course of their careers, Crowell and Caster have explored the ways that state institutions have criminalized specific bodies. Moreover, they have paid particular attention to how certain literary figures may represent resistance to the imperatives for segregation or incarceration created by rigid conceptions of sex, gender performance, and race. Ellen Crowell’s talk is entitled “What monster am I this time? Laird Cregar, Oscar Wilde, and the Aesthetics of Queer Noir.” Peter Caster will be discussing “The Criminalization of Black Masculinity in U.S. History, Literature and Film.”

Graduate Student Panels – Friday, April 5, 9:30am-1pm, SAC 2.120
The Symposium will continue on Friday with panels featuring the research of current graduate students whose work engages with the scholarship of our keynote speakers. Our panelists will address topics including immigration, identity, queerness, empathy, and camp. 

9:30am-11am / Panel 1: “Moving Bodies: Law, Labor, Trauma”

Moderator: Connie Steel

Courtney Massie: “Spectacular Bodies, Kinesthetic Empathy, and the Cruelty of Jean Genet’s Deathwatch

Regina Mills: “Latin@, Immigrant, or Guatemalan-American?: The Issue of Identity in The Tattooed Soldier and Family Resemblance

Julia Traylor: “‘Let us begin again’: Joe Arridy and Derrida’s Of Hospitality

Christine Wheatley: “Deportation and the Circulation of Value of Non-citizen Life”

11:30am-1pm / Panel 2: “Queer Localities of Conflict”

Moderator: Martino Lovato

Allison Haas: “Queerness in a Time of Civil War: Gender Ambiguity and Political Violence in Hoda Barakat’s The Stone of Laughter and Patrick McCabe’s Breakfast on Pluto

Alejandro Omidsalar: “The Aunt Alternative: The Case for Doña Dolores as Queer Matriarch in Caballero

Laura Thain: “Reading Django Unchained as Camp”

Professionalization Roundtable – Friday, April 5, 2:30pm, SAC 2.120
Our keynote speakers will join us for a discussion of the various issues raised by this year’s presentations. They will also offer their insight on larger issues related to professionalization and life in academia. The roundtable will be moderated by Prof. Cole Hutchison of the Department of English.

American Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Reimagining the American Dream.”

The Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites you to join us for the 2013 American Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Reimagining the American Dream.” The conference will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 at the Texas Union. Our keynote address from Dr. Claire Jean Kim (Political Science and Asian American Studies, UC Irvine) is entitled “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Michael Vick” and will take place Thursday, April 4 from 6:00-7:30p.m. in NOA 1.124.

We have an incredible line-up of graduate student presenters and faculty moderators who will weigh in on everything from power lines and western swing to payday loans, refrigerators, and the zombie apocalypse. Click here for the full program. Hope to see you there!

The Department of American Studies Graduate Conference Committee

Scholarships for the ALLEX / Portland State Teacher Training Program

Scholarships for the ALLEX / Portland State Teacher Training Program
An intensive teacher-training program in teaching Chinese & Japanese will be held this summer at Portland State University in Oregon. The Chinese & Japanese Teacher Training Institute is an intensive course for current language teachers or those who plan to enter the field. The program provides the foundation for future instructors to teach their language and gives substantial tools to current teachers to reinforce and strengthen their programs. It is a hands-on course, and effective methodology in teaching Chinese and Japanese to North Americans is emphasized over a theoretical analysis of the language.

Ginger Marcus, Washington University in St. Louis, serves as the program’s academic director. Patricia Wetzel (Portland State University) is On-Site Executive Director. Faculty include: Haohsiang Liao, Williams College, (Director of Chinese teacher training); Masayuki Itomitsu, Linfield College, (Director of Japanese Teacher Training); Wan-Chen Chen (Ohio State); Cornelius Kubler (Williams); Mari Noda (Ohio State); Yongfang Zhang (Wofford).

Dates: June 24 – August 9, 2013.
Credits: 12 Credits
Substantial scholarship support available.

For more details on the course and registration information please visit the ALLEX Website:

Administered by the ALLEX Foundation (Thomas Mason Jr., Executive Director) with the Consortium for Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training (Cornell University, Ohio State University, Portland State University, and Washington University in St. Louis)

UT Austin Medieval & Early Modernists: Interdisciplinary Network

Dear students and faculty,

Does your research touch on medieval or early modern history? Do you know anyone who works in these fields? A couple of students in the History Department have recently set up two interdisciplinary networks in the form of Facebook groups. Please share widely with students and colleagues. Many Thanks!

UT Austin Medieval & Early Modernists: Interdisciplinary Network

This group serves as a networking opportunity for scholars working on Medieval and Early Modern eras at UT Austin. While the group was set up by two graduate students in the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin, the intention is to foster a vibrant network of scholars across different departments at UT.

Ideally this group will serve as:

A networking and mentoring site for students and scholars
A place for sharing pertinent information on grants, research opportunities, archives, digital resources… etc
A place to form collaborative research communities, and organize separate online environments, such as online writing workshops for various forms of writing, e.g. PhD dissertations, MA thesis and reports, journal articles, book chapters, online writing, journalistic writing, and grant & fellowship applications.
A place to discuss and collaborate on pedagogy and course design for those organizing courses pertaining to either Medieval or Early Modern time periods
And of course a place to get to know other scholars working in similar areas / time periods here at UT across a variety of different departments.
This is a closed group, but if your research is pertinent to Medieval / Early Modern history or you are just interested in learning more about what we are talking about, please feel free to join.

Research Study: mentoring in graduate school

Dear Graduate Students,
I am recruiting graduate students to participate in a study creating a measure that will assess the quality of mentoring relationships in graduate school. The only requirements for participation are that you are at least 18 years of age or older, are currently enrolled in a graduate program, and can identify one knowledgeable individual who is in a position to provide you with support and guidance (e.g. an academic advisor).  
Participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.  It will take you no more than 30 minutes to complete the survey.  You will never be asked to provide your name and identification codes will be used to ensure confidentiality. 
To participate, please  contact me at jenstinson (at)
Also, please consider forwarding this link to other graduate students you know!
Thank you!
**This study has been approved by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects**
Jennifer Stinson, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate
Dept. of Educational Psychology
University of Houston

Gender Symposium: “Blossoming Opportunities: Women and Ikebana in Postwar Japan”

Who: Dr. Nancy Stalker

What: Gender Symposium

Where: GAR 4.100

When: March 22, 2013.    Time: 12-2:00pm

Topic: “Blossoming Opportunities:  Women and Ikebana in Postwar Japan”

Few societies take as much pride as the Japanese in a reputation for a refined aesthetic in appreciating and cultivating nature.  Ikebana, a discipline focused on the manipulation of flowers and plant material for decorative and artistic purpose, is a major aspect of this reputation.  With over ten million students at its peak in the 1960s, and more than three thousand officially registered schools, ikebana was (and remains) one of the nation’s largest cultural industries.  Like nearly all of Japan’s traditional arts, ikebana began as a wholly male pursuit, an arena to demonstrate wealth and cultural capital. Early twentieth century educational reforms, highly conscious of the Western gaze, made ikebana part of girls’ school curriculum, resulting in a complete reversal of the gender ratio.  While men continued to dominate the positions of ikebana headmasters and senior teachers, opportunities for women’s labor and leisure increased steadily, spiking in the postwar period. This presentation examines growth, competition, and transformation among the three leading schools of ikebana.  It interrogates how these organizations shifted flexibly in response to emerging trends in art, market competition and women’s changing lifestyles.


Professor Stalker’s scholarship examines the relationship between cultural and religious practice and national identity in modern Japan. Her first book, on new religious movements in the 1920s-30s, is entitled Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburo, Oomoto and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan. Her next monographic project will examine the role of ikebana, the art of flower arrangement, in constructing national and international Japanese identity in the twentieth century, especially focusing on its rapid expansion in postwar Japan from the 1950s-70s. Other research interests include the conception of traditional Japanese cuisine and gender ideology. []

Please join us for another exciting event. Thank you for forwarding to your friends and colleagues.

There will be plenty of food as usual!!!
We hope to see you there.


Our kindest regards,
Cris and Lady Jane
Co-coordinators of the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality