Monthly Archives: January 2014

Call for Papers: 5th Biennial Graduate Student Conference in Germanic Studies

Call for Papers: 5th Biennial Graduate Student Conference in Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, Friday, March 21, 2014 

“Packaging Meaning: Culture and Concepts in Words and Grammar” 

Conference: Friday, March 21

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: February 9

Acceptance Notification: February 15

The question of meaning—where it resides, how it is created and transmitted between subjects—is what unifies the humanities. Whether we approach meaning from the perspective of linguistics or literary analysis, representation or cognition, such inquiry must always address the nexus of language and culture. The Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin invites submissions from all areas of Germanic Studies (linguistics, literature, cultural studies, second language studies, for any Germanic language) to share original contributions to the study and teaching of meaning at the intersection of language and culture.

We invite contributions from any of the following fields and subfields.

Theoretical Approaches to Meaning 

  • Semantics (semantic change, contrastive semantics, Frame Semantics)
  • Meaning representations
  • Construction Grammar, argument structure, verb classes
  • Semiotics
  • Metaphor and figurative language
  • Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistic relativism
  • Language in specific domains (humor, emotion)

Meaning in Interaction

  •  Sociolinguistics
  •  Intercultural communication (and miscommunication!)
  •  Embodied interaction
  •  Studies of meaning in language contact situations
  •  Discourse Analysis
  •  Conversation Analysis

Meaning in Literature and Culture

  • Hermeneutics
  • Linguistic analysis of literature
  • Translation and adaptation
  • Investigating language and meaning in cultural studies research (film/media studies, women and gender studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, etc.)
  • Layered meaning in multilingual / multicultural literature and film
  • Integrated teaching of foreign language and culture

Our keynote speaker will be Hans C. Boas, the Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen, and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professor of Germanic Studies and Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin. Information about Dr. Boas and his work can be found at 

We welcome abstracts from various fields within or related to Germanic Studies. We encourage proposals for individual or co-authored presentations of 20 minutes. Abstracts of 250-500 words, including references and examples, should be e-mailed to by February 9, 2014, along with a brief biographical statement (including name, institution, degree level, e-mail and phone number). Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 15.

Our department can offer presenters small awards of up to $100 to offset travel expenses. Also, presenters may be housed by members of the department in order to avoid costs associated with hotels.

Please visit the UT-Austin Germanic Studies website at for more information about the conference and updates in the coming weeks!

Texas Global Exchange Program

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the
University of Texas at Austin is offering an exciting opportunity for
eligible graduate students and faculty members!
The Texas Global Exchange Program, focused on the economic ties
between Texas and Kazakhstan, is hosting a week-long workshop, held
between May 16th and May 25th, at the Astana Economic Forum in
Kazakhstan.  The program will afford students and faculty the
opportunity to travel abroad; attend lectures on business, energy,
geopolitical issues, and public and international affairs; interact
with local students; and meet with local companies and non-profit
organizations.  Students will make contacts in the area, gain cultural
experience, and learn about business and international affairs in
Eurasia.  Funding for all expenses is available for most eligible
More information on this program and how to apply can be found at:
Rachel Weinheimer
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
University of Texas at Austin


National Women’s Studies Association’s 2014 conference

I am organizing panels for the National Women’s Studies Association’s 2014 conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico this year. I am specifically working with the Trans/Gender-Variant Caucus to create trans/gender-variant panels around the 5 themes of the conference.
I have attached our CFP for the conference and would really appreciate it if you sent it through your listservs. Something to note: our deadline is going to be a little before the NWSA official deadline, February 6th, so do let people know to keep that in mind.
If you have any questions regarding the panels, please do not hesitate to ask, and thank you for sharing this! 2014 Trans Gender-Variant Caucus CFP
Best wishes,

Kayden Arias Sharky Althen

Asian Cultures and Languages, M.A.
University of Texas at Austin

APAICS 2014 – 2015 Fellowship Program

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is now accepting applications for its APAICS 2014 – 2015 Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. If individuals are interested, please have them fill out the 2014 – 2015 application here:
The APAICS Fellowship Program places fellows in the US Congress, federal agencies and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) nonprofit organizations. The program aims to build leadership skills and foster a strong intent in political and civic engagement.

For more information about the APAICS 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Program, visit the Fellowship page on our websiteOur deadline has been extended to February 1st, 2014.

For additional questions, contact APAICS Program Director or (202) 296-9200.


Call for Papers—SALSA XXII

The 2014 Symposium About Language and Society—Austin will be held April 11 and 12 at the 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.

The theme for this year’s symposium is Language Ideologies and Language Structure. We invite the submission of abstracts regarding language as it relates to these categories. Examples of topics include but are not limited to:

Education and language; Literacies ; Verbal art ; Gender and language; Language acquisition; Bi- and multilingualism; Sociolinguistics Language change; and Language revitalization

SALSA Featured Speakers:

Jillian Cavanaugh, Brooklyn College Paul Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin Danny Law, University of Texas at Austin Barbra Meek, University of Michigan

Speakers are allowed 20 minutes each for presentations and 10 minutes total for discussion at the end of sessions. Papers will be selected based on the evaluation of anonymous abstracts, which may not exceed 250 words. Electronic submissions are required. Paper must not be already published.

SUBMISSIONS: Deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 7, 2014. Please send abstracts to, Subject: SALSA XXII Abstract. Please include the following in your message but NOT in the abstract, besides title:

1. Title of paper

2. Author’s name (if more than one author, list primary author first followed by subsequent authors)

3. Author’s affiliation

4. E-mail address at which author prefers to be contacted

5. Equipment required for presentation

Registration costs, payable to PayPal on the SALSA website:

Non-student: On-site: $60 Pre-registration: $50

Student: On-site: $30 Pre-registration: $25

Additional information: Questions can be sent to . Conference presented by the SALSA Graduate Student Organization at UT Austin



Matthew Ingram 


Transcultural Lenses on Islam

Transcultural Lenses on Islam
Friday, February 7, 2014
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
SAC 3.112 Balcony Room B
Breakfast and Lunch Provided
This symposium brings together six eminent scholars to ask how Islam translates across cultures and geographies.  Our goal is to have a conversation across the disciplines–religious studies, history, anthropology, and ethnomusicology–on the transcultural study of Islam.
Chaired by A. Azfar Moin Southern Methodist University
Frank J. Korom Boston University
“Creating a Transcultural Lens via Sufism to View Sri Lanka and North America”
Denise A. Spellberg The University of Texas
“Muslims, Toleration, and Civil Rights: Islam and the Early Modern Anglo Atlantic World”
Katherine Butler Schofield King’s College London
“Sonic Magic: The Supernatural Uses of Islamic Sound-Arti in India and the Malay world”
Enseng Ho Duke University
“Burial and Travel: Mobile Representations of a Transcultural Islam”
Shahzad Bashir Stanford University
“Islam in Bureaucratic Imagination: Iranian Secretaries in the Service of Indian Rulers”
Barbara Metcalf University of California, Davis (Emerita)
“Renewed Islam, Revitalized Languages: A ‘Virtual’ Nawab Spans Oceans and Continents”

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral candidates completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. In 2014 the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award six fellowships of up to $25,000.

We would appreciate your help bringing this fellowship announcement to the attention of those who would be most interested in this opportunity, such as talented graduate students, colleagues serving as graduate student advisors, and offices that publicize fellowship opportunities. Please click here for an informational flyer.

Applicants must have successfully completed all pre-dissertation requirements, including defense of their dissertation proposals, and be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, though they need not be U.S. citizens. Please note that the applicants’ graduate study may be in a diverse range of academic disciplines (e.g., policy studies, economics, psychology, education) but their topic must be tied to the Foundation’s  mission of advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

To learn more about the Fellowship, visit our website.  The application closes February 4, 2014.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Best regards,

Barbara Schmertz, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Higher Education
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Chateaubriand scholarship for American Students

HSS Chateaubriand is a fellowship program offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.  Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 8 months.


Application deadline:January 31st 2014.


The Chateaubriand Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)  targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.

HSS Chateaubriand grantees are applicants who answer the program’s criteria of excellence and whose sojourn in France will support the program’s philosophy. The HSS Chateaubriand fellowship program’s purpose is to foster bilateral cooperation at Ph.D. and research level, and to build and strengthen bridges between our two nations.



Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.

Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. However, French citizens are not eligible to apply.

Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please be in touch with your supervisor in France as early as possible. The history of the research relationship will be taken into account in the review process.

There are three types of fellowships:

  • Fall Fellowship: 4 months, starts October 1st.
  • Spring Fellowship: 4 months, starts February 1st.
  • Year-long Fellowship: 8 months, starts October 1st.

Applicants’ preference will be taken into account but not necessarily accommodated.



HSS Chateaubriand fellows receive:

  • A monthly stipend of 1500 €
  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • a round-trip ticket to France with welcome package



Each application receives two evaluations: one from a French scholar, the other from an American scholar.

The candidates’ applications and their scholars’ recommendations are then reviewed by a final selection committee.

The criteria taken into account include:

  • Academic Relevance of the Research Project
  • Beneficial Effects of a Research Trip to France
  • Student’s command of the subject
  • Contribution of the Project to the Global France/US Academic Exchange Context



For any further information please visit our website:


Contact the Chateaubriand HSS program manager, Ms Prudence BARBERA:


Prudence BARBERA

Deputy Attaché for University Cooperation
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road
Washington, DC, 20007

T : 202-944-6438


Austin Partners in Education

My name is Elena Lorío and I coordinate a volunteer tutoring program at a non-profit called Austin Partners in Education.  The volunteer program, called Classroom Coaching, supports elementary and middle school students in the Austin ISD.  The goal of the Classroom Coaching programs is to help students in underserved communities make progress in reading, writing, and math.

Did you know that research shows students who do not read on grade level by third grade arefour times more likely to drop out of high school?  Research also shows that tutoring can make a difference and lead to academic gains.  Caring, positive relationships are key to helping students have a successful future.

I would like to invite you and your students to participate as a volunteer in one of our Classroom Coaching programs.  Our volunteers tutor groups of three students and follow a curriculum.  The program takes place once per week on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, in the students’ classroom for 45 minutes.  Volunteers pick the subject, age group, day, time and school location most convenient for them.  We hope our volunteers might experience the reward of knowing they helped a child.

I would really appreciate if you could send this message to your students or if you could include this information in your weekly digest.  And if  you are interested in being a Classroom Coach please sign up today using the following link:

Thank you for your time and consideration.  If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Elena Lorío

Program Manager

Austin Partners in Education
1601 Rio Grande, Suite 300A, Austin, Texas 78701

Ph: 512.637-0973 | Fax: 512.473-8636 |
Connecting the Community and the Classroom

Texas Language Center event: “Enhancing Foreign Language Learning with Internet Activities: Intermediate French Cultural Materials with Clare Perry”

Texas Language Center is hosting a presentation called “Enhancing Foreign Language Learning with Internet Activities: Intermediate French Cultural Materials with Clare Perry” as a part of our Language Matters series. It will be presented in the Texas Union Sinclair Suite (UNB 3.128) from noon to 1PM on Wednesday, the 22nd.
This presentation is applicable to all languages and teaches language teachers how to use the internet and media outlets to language exposure and learning.