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Weekly Grad Newsletter
4 October 2019

Congratulations!

PhD student Kathleen Blackburn's essay "The Evangelist" was recently published in Gulf Coast and earned an honorable mention in the Gulf Coast nonfiction prize. The essay, a chapter from Kathleen's dissertation, was also the department's Selby Award winner in Spring 2018.

English Ed MA student Anna Lewis welcomed baby Zoe Jordan Lewis on September 24 at 9:18 am. Zoe was 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 21 inches long at birth. Both are doing well.

PhD candidate Cecy Villarruel's essay "Mexican Archaeology" will be published in Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures next year.
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Coming Up Soon: UIC Events & Deadlines

Oct 4-5: English Institute at University of Chicago. FREE for UIC grad students!
Oct 8: Thesis/Dissertation Requirements for Graduation info session, 2-4 pm, SSB 2790 (1200 W Harrison).
Oct 9: TeachWrite Series, Jeff Kessler & Doug Sheldon: “Playing with Sentences.”  3:15-4:30, 2028 UH.

Oct 10: SEE NEXT Working Group: Ilya Kalinin: "Russian Formalism: The Theory of Literary Estrangement and the Estrangement of Social Practices," Hum Inst, 6-8 pm.

Save The Date - UIC Events & Deadlines

Oct 16: TeachWrite Series, Jim Drown, "Reimagining Teaching Plagiarism in the Era of Electronic Reproduction," 2028 UH, 10-11 am.
Oct 17: Poet Sara Uribe at the Institute for the Humanities, 2-4 pm.
Oct 22: Claire Decoteau, UIC Sociology: "The ‘Western Disease’: Epistemic Contestations over Autism in the Somali Diaspora,” 4 pm at Hum Inst.
Oct 23: TeachWrite Series, Ryan Croken, "Walking and Writing: Incorporating Movement into Composition Pedagogy," 2028 UH, 1-2:15 pm.
Oct 24: TeachWrite Series, Abby Kindelsperger, "Graphic Organizers as Tools for Thinking and Writing," 2028 UH, 1-1:45 pm.
Oct 24-25: The Refugee Crisis conference at the Institute for the Humanities.
Oct 25: Roundtable on academic publishing. 3-5 pm 2028 UH. Nicholas Brown, Anna Kornbluh, Melissa Macero, Adam Rensch, Mika Turim-Nygren, and Russ Mayo.
Oct 28: Lolly Bowean (Chicago Tribune), "The Stories We Tell; The People We Are" Mellon lecture in the Engaged Humanities, Hum Inst at 3 pm.
Oct 30: TeachWrite Series, Kate Boulay and Todd Sherfinski, "Undergraduate Research and the FYWP," 2028 UH, 11 am-12:15 pm.
Oct 31: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in October; open to MAs.
Oct 31: Graduate Student Council Award (up to $275) application due for travel in Q3 (8/1-10/31).
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.

Nov 1- Nov 4: Prelim Exams.
Nov 6: TeachWrite Series, Alex Luft, "Some Hard Yakka: Lessons From An Australian Uni," 2028 UH, 1-2 pm.
Nov 8: Mika Turim-Nygren mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 14: Program for Writers Reading Series with Raquel Salas Rivers and student readings, 6:30-8 pm, location TBA.
Nov 15: Colloquium: Tanya Agathacleous, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 22: Colloquium: Marta Caminero-Santangelo, 305 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in November; open to MAs.
Dec 5: Department holiday party.
Dec 6: Sarah Buchmeier mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Dec 9-13: Finals Week.
Dec 18: Grades due.
Dec 31: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in December; open to MAs.

Outside Events

Oct 10-11: "Reading the Ministry in the Americas, 1492-present" conference at the Newberry Library.
Oct 12: Clare Crowston (UIUC) at the Newberry's Eighteenth Century Seminar: "Masters, Apprentices and the Enslaved: Regimes of Labor and Social Formation in Eighteenth-Century France and the French Atlantic," 1-3 pm.
Oct 17: "Provincializing Romanticism" with G.S. Sahota (US Santa Cruz) at Northwestern. Details TBA; email arifcamoglu2014@u.northwestern.edu for readings.
Oct 30: InterCcECT mini-seminar: "Walking After Midnight [Cowboy]: The Trauma of Desire and the Stakes of Interpretation" with Earl Jackson.
Nov 9: Harold Holzer lecture at Chicago Humanities Festival. Free tickets available; click link for details.

Nov 15: "Provincializing Romanticism" with Omar Miranda (University of San Francisco) at Northwestern. Details TBA; email arifcamoglu2014@u.northwestern.edu for readings.

Funding & Grants

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC Fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.

Oct 15: Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies. $5000 to support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.
Oct 15: For the 2019-20 academic year, Caxton Club grants of up to $2,500 each are being offered to Midwestern graduate students with projects in the following areas: bibliography, book arts, history of the book, library studies, print culture studies, and zines.
Nov 1: American Association of University Women (AAUW). $30,000: postdoctoral research leave fellowship. $20,000: dissertation fellowship. $6,000: summer/short-term research publication grant (available for an eight-week grant period). Fellowships are for 1-year, nonrenewable.
Nov 1: Rockefeller Archive Research Stipend; must contact the archive by Oct 15. Up to $5000.
Nov 4: Short-term (1-6 month) research grants in Germany for doctoral students.
Nov 15: Florida Atlantic University Libraries / Huntington Library research fellowship. Accepted fellows will receive $2,500 for one month at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton using the materials from the Weiner Collection, and $3,500 for one month at The Huntington in San Marino, California. Open to PhD candidates (post-exams).
Nov 19: Funded by the State Department, the Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program (9 of 15) do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

Postdocs & Fellowships

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC Fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.

Oct 10: National Humanities Center, Residential Fellowships. The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.
Oct 15: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Wolf Humanities Center (UPenn). The Fellowship carries a stipend of $57,900 plus a $3000 research fund and single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents). Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research. 2019-2020 theme is CHOICE. Preference for interdisciplinary research.
Oct 15: Medieval Academy of America (MAA) - Schallek Dissertation Fellowship for Research on Late-Medieval Britain. $30,000. The fellowship supports an advanced graduate student who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). It is intended to help defray research and living expenses for the equivalent of an academic year of study.
Oct 15: Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell. 3 years, $75K/year + $12K research fund.
Oct 15: Medieval Academy of America (MAA) - Schallek Dissertation Fellowship for Research on Late-Medieval Britain. $30,000. The fellowship supports an advanced graduate student who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).
Oct 15: American Antiquarian Society (AAS) - Hench Postdoctoral Fellowship. Stipend of $35,000. Fellowships provide recipients with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture through 1876--is eligible.
Oct 15: Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) - Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Mainz, Germany. €1800 per month stipend. An additional family allowance may be available. Fellowships support research in history, theology and other historical disciplines. The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern to the contemporary period. The central theme is negotiating religious, political and social differences. Oct 25: Open Rank Search for Asian American Literature and Culture faculty in English at Stanford U.
Nov 1: American Association of University Women (AAUW). $30,000: postdoctoral research leave fellowship. $20,000: dissertation fellowship. $6,000: summer/short-term research publication grant (available for an eight-week grant period). Fellowships are for 1-year, nonrenewable.
Nov 1: University of Colorado - Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Faculty Diversity. $50,000-60,000 annual salary, additional funds for research and professional development. Fellowships support scholars in all academic fields whose creative work/research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is particularly interested in scholars with a non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
Nov 1: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity - University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Stipend of $54,000 in year 1 with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3 & annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000), and one-time $5,000 relocation expense. University provides medical, vision, dental & life insurance.
Nov 1: Lyman T. Johnson Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. Fellowship recipients pursue an individualized research program under the mentorship of one or more Univ of KY professors and actively participate in departmental and professional research related activities. Fellows play a lead role in designing, developing and implementing research programs that contribute to a department's overall graduate education and research mandates.
Nov 1: University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellows Program; 12-month term, renewable up to one term.
Nov 1: Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellowship;  Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support a year.
Nov 4: Year-long (7-12 month) research grants in Germany for doctoral students.
Nov 15: Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. $25,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. Designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.
Nov 15: ACLS-University of Kentucky Postdoctoral Partnership Fellowship. The duration of the postdoctoral fellowship is two years, after which we expect the fellow to transition into a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Kentucky. The fellowship is designed to increase the diversity, broadly conceived, of faculty in the humanities. The Department of English seeks an emerging scholar in global anglophone literature and culture, 20th-21st centuries. $60K/year, research funds and benefits are competitive. Teaching duties will include a total of three courses over the two years of the fellowship.
Nov 15: Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships - Williams College. Stipend of $50,000 per year. The college will also provide health & dental benefits, housing assistance, academic support including office space & computer & library privileges, & an allowance of up to $4,000 for research-related expenses. Williams College in Massachusetts offers at least 2 fellowships to underrepresented graduate students to complete their degree and teach there for 2 years.
Dec 18: Kay Fellowship in Anglophone Literature and Film of the East Asian Diaspora at Brandeis.
Mar 1: James Madison Graduate Fellowships: Offers $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence.

Jobs

Oct 8: Assistant Professor of English specializing in American literature before 1865 at Missouri Southern State University. Open until filled.
Oct 8: Visiting Assistant Professor of English specializing in creative writing or professional writing at Missouri Southern State University. Renewable up to 3 years, VAPs often hired to TT. Open until filled.

CFPs

In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.

Oct 15: CFP for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) DH2020 conference. Theme: "Carrefours/Intersections". Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous Studies, public digital humanities, and open data are the sub-disciplinary guides for the theme.
Oct 15: 2020 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student conference at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies.
Oct 15: 2020 CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute, "Migration, Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context." June 1-10, 2020, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Nov 1: College English Association Conference: "Tides" on Hilton head Island, SC, March 26-28.
Nov 15, 5 pm CT: "Environmental Justice in multispecies worlds: Land, Water, Food." Grad Student Conference, March 6-8, 2020 at UW–Madison.

Nov 15: Society for Disability Studies, "Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference." April 4-7, 2020, Columbus, OH. 
Dec 15: Exigence in the Anthropocene: Teaching Ecocomposition in the Age of Climate Change is intended for a broad audience. The book will feature chapters from scholars/educators from across writing/English studies who approach the teaching of writing/rhetoric through the concepts of ecocomposition and climate change. We seek essays that communicate an understanding and analysis of the challenges and contradictions of writing and teaching in the Anthropocene.  (Co-edited by our own Russ Mayo!)

Miscellany


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