Monthly Archives: December 2014

Funding Opportunities for travel to Poland and the Czech Republic

Dear faculty, students, and staff,
Please distribute!
SUMMER 2015 – Funding Opportunities
for travel to Poland and the Czech Republic
CREEES would like to announce the following funding opportunities, open to both graduate and undergraduate students, who are interested in study/research abroad in either Poland or the Czech Republic this summer!
Awards range from $2,000-$4,000
Application deadline: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015

Czech Studies Summer Fellowship

Awards range from $2,000-$4,000

Application deadline: Monday, Feb 16th, 2015

CREEES FLAS Fellowships

Don’t forget: Polish & Czech are FLAS eligible languages!
Awards of $5,000 tuition + $2,500 stipend

Application deadline: Friday, Feb 6th, 2015
Doing an internship or presenting research abroad?
Awards up to $1,000 (or $500 for domestic travel)
Application deadline for summer: May 15th, 2015

Center for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies &
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies 

The University of Texas at Austin, BUR 460
2505 University Ave., Stop F3600
Austin, TX 78712
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South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

From: SASLI <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:00 AM
Subject: SASLI 2015 Funding Applications Available – Apply Now!


Dear All,

We would appreciate your help in spreading the word to any who may be interested in studying at SASLI this year.  All funding applications are online now!

Thank you!


Learn a South Asian language this summer!

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Applications for Summer 2015 are now being accepted. The summer 2015 program will run from June 15 – August 7.


There are three funding options available to students:

1)      $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application

2)      SASLI Half and Full Remissions, deadline March 15, 2015  – Half/Full Fee Remission Application

3)      FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 13, 2015 – FLAS Application

Further information about funding can be found on the SASLI website at:

Apply to SASLI

Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at

We look forward to your application!

— South Asia Summer Language Institute B488 Medical Sciences Center 1300 University Avenue Madison, WI 53706-1532 608.261.1194

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ethnic and Third World Literatures

Ethnic and Third World Literatures
Fourteenth Annual Sequels Symposium
April 9-10, 2015
Deadline – Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Networking, whether social, activist, or educational, has taken on profound new dimensions in the digital age.  Distinguished UT alumni Shaka McGlotten and Jeremy Dean both address new and exciting facets of such developments through their work with online communities and archives, both within and beyond academia.  McGlotten’s book Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality uses gay men’s online sociality to explore the way sexuality and technology shape one another.  Against dominant beliefs that “virtual intimacies are failed intimacies that disrupt the flow of a good life lived right” McGlotten argues that “intimacy is and always has been virtual” and that “virtual intimacies…underscore the ways intimacy still possesses unrealized capacities and lines of flight.”  As the Education Czar for Genius (formerly Rap Genius), Jeremy Dean works to integrate the company’s virtual annotation platform into classrooms nationwide.  Genius software brings together students, academics, and critics in conversations about both literary and popular texts.  Together, McGlotten and Dean’s new understandings of academic community and political uses of the digital inspire the Fourteenth Annual Sequels Symposium Call for Papers.

UT Austin’s Ethnic and Third World (E3W) Literatures Interest Group calls for papers in honor of the work of distinguished alumni Shaka McGlotten, Purchase College, SUNY and Jeremy Dean, Education Czar at Genius.  We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that engage with topics related but not limited to:

  • Online communities and digital intimacies
  • Gaming, virtual realities, fandoms
  • Annotation and marginalia
  • Digital classrooms and technology in education
  • Race and gender online
  • Social networks and online activism
  • Archives and material culture
  • Queer communities
  • Rap and hip hop
  • Lyrics and poetry
  • Contemporary African literature and digital archives


Send the following information to with the subject line, Abstract 14th Annual Sequels Symposium.

  • Abstract (150-250 words)
  • Brief biographical statement (max 150 words)
  • Complete contact information
  • Copy & paste this information into the body of the email (no attachments).
  • Deadline: Monday, February 9th, 2015.
Allison Haas & Lauren Grewe,
Department of English

Call for Papers: graduate student conference of the Comparative Literature Department at Indiana University Bloomington

Dear colleagues,
Please find attached the call for papers for “Missed Connections”, the graduate student conference of the Comparative Literature Department at Indiana University Bloomington. The conference will be held April 10th and 11th, 2015. 

The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 1st 2015. We welcome abstracts (300 words max) from all disciplines including, but not limited to: Literary Studies, Film and Media studies, Gender Studies, Translation Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Critical Race Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnic Studies, and
Cognitive Studies, and we encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

Please also include the title of your presentation, a short bio (50 words max) with your name, email address, degree level and institutional affiliation to: (both in the body of the email and as an attachment).

We appreciate your help in circulating this call for papers to all potentially interested parties.

Best regards,
The Comparative Literature Conference Organizers.​


Wadsworth International Fellowships

The Wadsworth International Fellowships are intended to provide support for students undertaking study leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at universities where they can receive international-level training in anthropology. These fellowships are available only to students from countries where anthropology is underrepresented and where there are limited resources to send students overseas for training [click here for country list]. The Wadsworth program’s main goal is to expand and strengthen international ties and enhance anthropological infrastructure in these countries.  Because of this, priority is given to applicants who have not already begun graduate training abroad, and who are likely to return to an academic position in their home country upon completion of their degree. The purpose of the Wadsworth International Fellowship is to offer support for students who are in the early stages of their doctoral programs. See the links to ‘Eligibility’ and ‘General Criteria for Evaluation’ below.

The annual fellowship is $17,500 and can be used towards travel, living expenses, tuition, income taxes, student fees, insurance, books, research expenses and any other relevant categories of expenditure while studying at the Host Institution. The fellowship is renewable for up to two additional years upon successful completion of each preceding year’s study/training. A separate application can be made for an additional year of funding to support dissertation write-up.



The Ethnic & Third World Literatures specialization at the University of Texas at Austin invites you to a landmark symposium featuring five of the most powerful, popular, and innovative writers in contemporary African literature: Taiye SelasiMaaza MengisteSofia SamatarNnedi Okoraforand Laila Lalami. Please see the updated schedule below. 
Selasi’s Ghana Must Go (2013) challenges us to think about family and love across nation-states and continental imaginaries; Samatar’s A Stranger in Olandria (2013) uses epic fantasy to engage themes of imperialism and exile; Mengiste’s Beneath the Lion’s Gaze (2010) brings to life the intimate tragedies of the “Red Terror” in 1970’s Ethiopia; Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (2014) tells the story of the New World’s first explorer of African descent, Estebanico; and Okorafor ranges prolifically across science fiction, fantasy, young adult fiction, and Afro-futurism.
To describe these writers as either “American” or “African” would be to miss what is most vital about authors whose literary horizons are not bound by birthplace, passport, or skin color. We are excited to welcome them to UT Austin for a two-day symposium featuring readings and discussions of their work, and we hope you will join us!


Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
 – UNB 3.502 (Santa Rita Suite, Texas Union)

  • Opening introduction by Bernth Lindfors
  • 7:00-9:00pm: Taiye Selasi
Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 – CLA 1.302E

  • Opening introduction by Toyin Falola
  • 1:00-2:30pm: Nnedi Okorafor, Sofia Samatar
  • 3:00-4:30pm: Laila Lalami, Maaza Mengiste
  • 5:00-6:30pm: Full Panel
Aaron Bady, Barbara Harlow, and Neville Hoad
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of: The Department of English, The Ethnic & Third World (E3W) Literatures Specialization, The UT Africa Program, and The Michener Center for Writers.


Dear Department Representative,

For those who wish to present at the 24th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia at Columbia University in the City of New York, the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to December 7, 2014. Details are included in the Call for Abstracts attached below.
We would appreciate it if you could spread this information among your associates and any who might be interested in attending the conference, which will be held February 20th to February 21st, 2015.
GradCon2015 Organizing Committee

Chloe Estep
Nancy Ng Tam
Joshua Rogers
Yiwen Shen
John Thompson
Yuan Ye

Contact Information:


24th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia Columbia University in the City of New York
Friday February 20th to Saturday February 21st, 2015

Graduate students (and qualified undergraduates) are invited to submit abstracts for the 24th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference — the oldest of its kind in the nation — provides students from institutions around the world with the chance to meet and share research in progress with their peers. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students as well as Columbia faculty.

This year’s conference will be both a forum for promoting and circulating new ideas within East Asian studies and an opportunity to engage with fellow graduate students across disciplinary and regional frontiers. The field of East Asian studies, broadly conceived, offers fertile ground for exploring and re-inventing conventional analytical categories such as nation, society, politics, objects, space, economics, race, class, mind, identity, culture, body, art, nature, and so on. To that end, we especially encourage work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to critically rethink the categories that both bind and sub-divide area studies. With an eye toward using the methodological tools of particular disciplines to make connections that are broadly applicable to the East Asian field, projects presented at this conference will be the starting point for discussions that can create new frontiers of knowledge and invigorate the next generation of scholarship.

We welcome applications from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies, including but not limited to: history, literature, political science, economics, art history, religion, sociology, archaeology, law, environmental studies, media studies, and anthropology.


Participants can take part in the conference as presenters or discussants. Presenters deliver a talk no longer than 15 minutes that summarizes research in progress. Discussants introduce the panelists, offer feedback, and facilitate the 20-minute discussion session following the presentations. Please indicate on your application which role(s) you are applying for.

Presentations may take two possible forms: a standard academic research paper, or demonstration based in another medium. We encourage submissions of experimental work that engages non-traditional media, including (but not limited to) film, music, creative writing, and visual art. Please specifically indicate the format of your presentation on your application form.

Finally, this year’s committee is also willing to consider applications from pre-arranged panels of three to four presenters organized around a specific research topic, such as a region, discipline or theme. If you are applying as a pre-formed panel, please make sure to include a topic or tentative title for your panel on the application form.

APPLICATIONS (Extended deadline: December 7th, 2014):

Please fill out the application on <<>> with the required information:

*Your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet and conference schedule
*Contact information (e-mail)
*Institutional affiliation

*Major area of study (region and discipline)
*Title of your paper (or alternative media presentation)
*250-300 word abstract in print-ready format, including your name and institution *Five key words for your paper (along with the abstract)
*Whether or not you would like to be considered as a discussant
*PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept presenter applications without abstracts.

Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-December. Final Papers (5-7 pages maximum) are due January 16th, 2015. NOTE:

*Please indicate any audiovisual equipment you will need for your presentation. Please note that our A/V resources are quite limited, and we may not be able to satisfy everyone’s needs. Presenters must bring their own laptops and VGA adapters for computer presentations.

*Since presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, full-length research papers or theses will not be accepted. Presentations in any other format will also be restricted to 15 minutes.

*Applicants who have not submitted final papers or projects will not be permitted to participate in the conference.


Housing will be available on a very limited basis, but we encourage everyone to arrange their own accommodations in advance. The conference runs from Friday afternoon to late

Saturday evening. Travel and lodging information will be available soon on the conference website.


Chloe Estep Nancy Ng Tam Joshua Rodgers Yiwen Shen John Thompson Yuan Ye


Graduate Student Conference on East Asia Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures 407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
FAX: 212-678-8629