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25 October 2019

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Coming Up Soon: Events & Deadlines

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 30: Race & US Empire Working Group Book Discussion, "The Persistence of 'The Police that Kills': Authoritarian Coercion in Sao Paulo State" by Yanilda Maria Gonzalez. Hum inst 1-2:30 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: "Can A River Be A Person?", 9 am-5 pm. Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia U) keynote at 3 pm: “Where is the River? Acts of Attention and the Extensions of Existence.”

Nov 1- Nov 4: Prelim Exams

Save The Date - UIC Events & Deadlines

Nov 6: TeachWrite Series, Alex Luft, "Some Hard Yakka: Lessons From An Australian Uni," 2028 UH, 1-2 pm.
Nov 7: Works in Process Session: Hannah Huber, Digital Humanities Postdoc presents "Sleep Fictions."
Nov 8: Mika Turim-Nygren mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 13: TeachWrite Series, Kate Sjostrom, "The Unfamiliar Genre Project," 1-2 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 30: InterCcECT mini-seminar: "Walking After Midnight [Cowboy]: The Trauma of Desire and the Stakes of Interpretation" with Earl Jackson.
Nov 1: Seminar in European Art at the Newberry with Karen-edis Barzman (Binghamton Univ) and Jesús Escobar (Northwestern Univ). 2-5 pm.
Nov 2: An Introduction to Global Milton and Visual Art, Angelica Duran and Mario Murgia, 12-2 at the NEwberry.
Nov 9: Harold Holzer lecture at Chicago Humanities Festival. Free tickets available; click link for details.
Nov 14: "The Art of Images in Premodern Books," Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, 9:30 am-5 pm.

Nov 15: "Provincializing Romanticism" with Omar Miranda (University of San Francisco) at Northwestern. Details TBA; email 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.

Rolling: The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) Dissertation Research Grant is open to UIC's ABD graduate students. $2,000 to complete research related to race, ethnicity, and policy.
Nov 14: Two research grants via the Leo Baeck Institute to support research on "German-speaking Jewry": $3K Fritz Halbers Fellowship, and $7.5K David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship.
Nov 15: North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) / Huntington Library - Dissertation Travel Grants. $3500. Time must be spent in residence at the Huntington Library (California). The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution.
Nov 15: CLAGS Duberman-Zal Fellowship; $2,500 to support scholarly research of the LGBTQ experience. Open to grad students, adjuncts, and independent scholars.
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.
Dec 31: FIU-Wolfsonian Museum Fellowships. Stipend, RT travel, and accommodations in South Beach, Miami.
Jan 7: Chateaubriand Fellowships for outstanding students to study in France for 4-9 months.
Feb 15: Summer Internship at the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution.

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.

Nov 4: Meeting re: Ford Foundation Fellowships. RSVP. Ford Fellowships provide $24K for 3 years (predoc), $25K for 1 year (diss) or $45K for 1 year (postdoc). Deadlines in December & January.
Nov 10: Cambridge Digital Humanities, Postdoctoral Fellows in Digital Humanities.

Nov 15: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity.  $47,476 per year. 
Nov 15: U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum - Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies - Dissertation Fellowships.
Nov 15: Trinity College (Hartford, CT) - Ann Plato Dissertation, Postdoctoral, & Post-MFA Diversity Fellowship. $50K (pre-doctoral) or $55K (post-doctoral), plus health benefits, office space, computer, conference travel expenses, and assistance in finding housing near campus.
Nov 15: Mehindra Humanities Center (Harvard) Postdoctoral Fellowship for research on migration and the humanities. $65K + $2.5K research money, $1.5K moving expenses.
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.
Jan 8: Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow. Two-year residential fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and professional lives while preparing for careers at church-related institutions of higher learning.
Jan 10: UIC deadline for the Dolores Zohrabb Liebmann Fellowship ($18K for a year). Must have outstanding UG record and demonstrated financial need. MAs and professional students are eligible.
Jan 31: Frederick Douglass Institute Teaching Scholars Fellowship (PA).
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.

The Harper College Diverse Faculty Fellow Program will open soon! Consider applying if you are a member of an underrepresented group in higher education, are interested in community college teaching, and hold an MA or PhD. No previous teaching experience is required.


Nov 4: Freshwater Lab job for Spring 2020. 25% RAship; communications oriented with room for  personal interest focus.
Dec 1: College of Lake County Graduate Student Internship Program. Paid ($1000) internship at community college.
Start date in January 2020: Academic Editor in Business with Research Square (Remote full-time position for NC-based company).


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

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!)


If you identify as Arab or Arab American, Middle Eastern (Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish, Assyrian, etc.), North African, Muslim, etc., the Arab American Cultural Center would like you to take the first ever survey of this population at UIC.

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