April 28, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
MAPSS Academic Conference Abstracts | The MAPSS Academic Conference is a day of multidisciplinary presentations by and for MAPSS students. It provides you with an opportunity to celebrate a year of hard work, share your work with your peers in a low-stakes and supportive environment, hear about your peers’ work, and practice your presentation skills (important tools both for students who are applying to PhD programs and for those who will be entering the workforce and need to learn how to make presentations and consolidate arguments). | If you are interested in presenting, please submit a short paragraph/abstract (no longer than 200 words), about the paper or section of the thesis that you would like to present, to Rachel Howard (rhoward3@uchicago.edu). Included with the paragraph should be your name and notation on which panel your research best fits: Anthropology, History, Interdisciplinary, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
      Abstracts due tomorrow, Friday, April 29th

Career Services

Back to Basics: Resume and Cover Letter Workshop | Please join Shelly for a “Back to Basics” workshop, to go over the fundamentals of resume and cover letter writing. A not-to-be-missed opportunity for those of you who are in the thick of job applications, or just starting to think about your materials.
Friday, April 29th from 3-4pm | Saieh 247

Conferences

Islam and Regimes of Evidence | Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations | This conference celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, one of the earliest South Asia area studies centers in the United States. 2016 is also, not coincidentally, the 60th anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), a unique body that serves as an academic and institutional umbrella for all scholars working on Southern Asia at the University of Chicago.  We take the occasion of these anniversaries to reflect collectively upon the relationship between area studies and the particular disciplines in which a large and visible number of scholars at the University of Chicago carry out their research and teaching endeavors, among them Anthropology, History, Literature and Language, Music, Law, Business, Economics, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. We encourage conference participants to consider to what extent the sense of crisis that besets the humanities in the fields of South Asian studies similarly afflicts the social sciences, or whether the challenges of shifting conditions of research have affected the disciplines differently. Our focus on “sites” is an invitation to participants to consider some of these issues. We have requested speakers to reflect on the implication of South Asian studies as a site of such confluence. In sum, our call for papers on the theme of “Sites of South Asian Studies” seeks to understand the concept of “site” in the broadest possible terms—as a geographical entity, as an interdisciplinary location, as a pedagogic slant, and as an archival orientation. | More Info + Register
Thursday-Saturday, April 28th-30th | Swift Hall

Sites of South Asian Studies | Divinity School | How can we think of evidence when it is situated amid multiple fields of knowledge and practice? This conference examines the problems that evidence poses for a range of inquiries in Muslim communities, from law and theology, to science and historiography. | More Info + Register
Thursday-Friday, April 28th-29th | Multiple locations

gender|publics|panics in the Global South | 3CT | In the past two decades, changing economies and new, international forms of governance, not least the human rights industry, have transformed social landscapes across the global South. In many parts of the world, these changes have provided women with economic opportunities and made images and iconography of women – and women themselves – increasingly visible in the public spheres. Paradoxically, however, women’s increased economic success and political recognition has been accompanied by “moral panics” – both global and local – over the visibility, mobility, and sexuality of women and girls. For example, in South Africa, where marriage rates have reached new lows and single mothers have become eligible for state relief through a newly-instated Child Support Grant, men and elders accuse young mothers of abusing their rights, upending the moral order. Both Uganda and Kenya, where national constitutions guarantee gender quotas for elected politicians, have also recently passed national legislation that seeks to regulate women’s clothing (i.e. the so-called “Miniskirt Bill” passed in Uganda in 2014). According to media reports, this legislation was initially enforced by groups of vigilantes. Meanwhile in Guatemala, as a number of organizations to promote the rights of women have emerged in the aftermath of the war, making it seem as if indigenous women are now more institutionally empowered than ever, rates of domestic violence have increased throughout the country. And in India, where women have been particularly quick to take advantage of the new openings in the liberalizing economy, they have also been targets of sexual assault, often justified in starkly moralizing and patriarchal terms. | More Info + Register
Thursday-Friday, May 5th-6th | Wilder House

Michicagoan Graduate Conference in Linguistic Anthropology | Semiotics Workshop | The annual Michicagoan Conference focuses on the social and cultural analysis of semiotic forms centering on language, providing graduate students with an attentive forum in which to present their work and have it discussed by faculty and students from the Universities of Michigan and Chicago and beyond. We welcome work from post-baccalaureate students at all stages, and encourage participants to submit formal conference papers as well as to discuss their dissertation proposals and research reports. Commentators for each panel are drawn from participating faculty. The conference promotes ongoing scholarly exchange and collaboration among students and faculty of the two host institutions and regional affiliates. This year, our theme is “Technologies of Semiosis.” Our keynote speaker this year is John Durham Peters, A. Craig Baird Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. We seek papers taking semiotic, sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological approaches to the ways in which language and other semiotic forms are intertwined with technology. We encourage participants to interpret the concept of technology broadly, focusing on one of the themes below or expanding into other domains. | More Info + Register
Friday-Saturday 6th-7th | Ida Noyes Hall

Courses

The Press Conference: A Skills-Based Workshop for Student Journalists | IOP | Please join the Gate, UChicago’s undergraduate political review, for a daylong skills-based workshop on journalism. Featuring David Axelrod, Steve Edwards, Jeff Greenfield, Maria Latelia, and Kate Grossman, we will discuss storytelling, interviewing, ethics, and opinion writing, covering a wide array of topics crucial for any student journalist to understand. No prior experience in journalism or with a campus publication necessary. | More Info
Saturday, April 30th from 10:15am-3:30pm
Institute of Politics Living Room

Thought Provoking

Diplomatic Encounters: His Excellency Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States | IOP | More than a quarter of a century after its creation, the European Union is facing the biggest challenges yet to its existence. Born under the promise of open borders, open markets, and broad alliances, member states now face divisive questions over such issues as how best to respond to a mounting migration crisis and how to navigate the debt and currency questions posed by the 2008 financial crisis. Add to that terrorism, nationalism and a critical UK referendum, and the future health of the EU remains unclear. Join the IOP for the latest installment of its Diplomatic Encounters series as it welcomes His Excellency Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, for his insights on the challenges facing the EU and the prospects for multilateral alliances. | More Info + Register
       Tomorrow!: Friday, April 29th, from 9:30-10:45am
Ida Noyes Hall, East Lounge

Women in Charge: How Politics is Being Transformed | Join the IOP as it welcomes Jay Newton-Small of TIME and author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works. Newton-Small argues that when women reach between 20-30 percent of any organization—be it the legislature, the military, or a corporate board—they fundamentally change how it operates. America is finally reaching that tipping point, led by the women of Washington. Newton-Small will elaborate on this thesis, and explore what the implications of reaching this critical mass are for the future of American politics. She’ll also discuss the impact of the women’s vote in the 2016 races. | More Info + Register
Monday, May 2nd from 6-7:15pm | Quadrangle Club

Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution | African Studies Workshop | James Ferguson, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, will be discussing his latest book. An African Studies Distinguished Scholar Workshop. | More Info + Register
Tuesday, May 3rd @ 5:30pm | Franke Institute for the Humanities

Global Thought in the Anthropocene: A Panel Discussion with Ursula Heise | CIS | In this panel discussion, Prof. Ursula Heise (UCLA – English & Institute of the Environment and Sustainability) joins UChicago faculty members Bill Brown (English), Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (History) and Benjamin Morgan (English) in a conversation on recent approaches to the Anthropocene and the global environment. This event is cosponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Society and Culture through its project on Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences. | More Info + Register
Wednesday, May 4th, @ 5:30pm | SSR 122

Who Created Trump? A Conversation with Frank Bruni of the NY Times| IOP | The 2016 Presidential election is creating confusion among the country’s top political minds. Donald Trump started as a comical blip on the road to the White House. Few Republicans or Democrats took his candidacy seriously—but now, with less than three months until the convention, Trump is leading the delegate count. So, how did a candidate who was viewed as a reality star joke turn into a serious contender for President of the United States? Does the media give too much attention to Trump and sway the opinion of American voters? Or do American voters get the news they want? | More Info + Register
Wednesday, May 4th from 6-7:15pm
International House, Rockefeller Lounge

Marilynne Robinson: What is Freedom of Conscience? | Neubauer Collegium | Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She was most recently named one of the 2016 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the world. She is the author of Lila, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, andHome, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel,Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson’s nonfiction books include The Givenness of ThingsWhen I Was a Child I Read BooksAbsence of MindThe Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award.  She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Iowa City. | More Info + Register
Thursday, May 5th from 5:30-7pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society

Take a Break

MAPSS/CIR Epic Game Night | Join the fun with fellow MAPSS and CIR students! Featuring titles on-hand: Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, Battleship, Settlers of Catan, Backgammon, Cranium, Clue, Reverse Charades, Jenga, Chess, and UNO. | More Info
TONIGHT! Thursday, April 28th from 5:30-7:30pm | Pick Hall Lounge

 

Workshops

FEATURED
PIPES | “MA Panel,” with CIR students
TONIGHT!: Thursday, April 28th, from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506
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Islamic Studies | “Escaping the Islamic State: Reflections on Sudan at a Crossroads,” by Noah Salomon
TODAY!: Thursday, April 28th @ 12pm | Swift 106

US History | “‘We learn to love and obey those who are over us’: Recasting Democracy as Civic Cooperation in the Progressive Era Public School,” by Larry Bauer
TONIGHT!: Thursday, April 28th, from 4:30-6pm | SSR224

EthNoise! | “It Sounds Better in the Bahamas: Musicians, Management, and Markets in Nassau’s All-Inclusive Hotels,” by Timothy Rommen (University of Pennsylvania)
TONIGHT!: Thursday, April 28th @ 4:30pm | Goodspeed Hall 205

Language, Variation, and Change | “Covering: Mutable Characteristics and Perceptions of (Masculine) Voice in the US Supreme Court,” by Daniel Chen (Toulouse School of Economics)
Friday, April 29th @ 3pm | Rosenwald 015

Political Theory | “Inequality, Dependence, and the Corruption of a Republic’s Contestatory Culture: A Realist Critique of Philip Pettit’s Republican Democracy,” by Amanda Maher
Monday, May 2nd, from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

Social Theory and Evidence | “Constructing the Criminal Persona in Felony Sentencing,” by Kyla Bourne
Monday, May 2nd @ 12pm | SSR 302

Early Modern | “Identities, Communities, and Emotions in Early Modern Lviv,” by Jakub Wysmulek (Loyola)
Monday, May 2nd, from 5-6:30pm | SSR 401

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Defying Milton Friedman’s Doctrines at a Friedman City? A Case Study of a Socially Responsible Investment Fund in Hong Kong,” by Yuhao Zhuang
Tuesday, May 3rd, from 4:30-6pm | Pick 222

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “Echolocating Home: Voice and Space in Latife Tekin’s Dear Shameless Death and Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Life is a Caravanserai,” by Tristan Bates
Tuesday, May 3rd, from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

East Asia | “Information from Abroad: Foreign Media, Selective Exposure, and Political Support in China,” by Haifeng Huang
Tuesday, May 3rd, from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Animal Studies | “Domesticated Necromancy: ‘Renart Macgicien’ and the Non-Humanity of Language,” by Matthew Vanderpoel
Wednesday, May 4th @ 4:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Comparative Behavioral Biology | “TBA,” by Anna Czupryna (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Wednesday, May 4th @ 12pm | BSCS 122

Comparative Politics | “Brown by Design: Elections as a Cause of Aborted State-Building,” by Fahad Sajid
Wednesday, May 4th @ 5pm | Wilder House

Global Christianities | “Global Evangelicals and the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Snapshots from India, Korea, and the US,” by Paul Lim (Vanderbilt)
Thursday, May 5th, from 12-1:15pm | Common Room

Human Rights | “Strikes, Force, and Resistance to Oppression,” by Alex Gourevitch (Brown)
Thursday, May 5th, from 12-1:20pm | Pick 506

PIPES | “Just a War Theory?: American Public Opinion on Ethics in Military Combat,” with Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth)
Thursday, May 5th, from 4:30-6:30pm | Pick 506

Fellowships

REMINDER: Graduate Global Impact Internship Program | UChicagoGRAD | Funded summer internships are still available through UChicagoGRAD and the Emerging Leaders Initiative at the Social Sciences Division! Don’t see anything that looks like a good fit? Please contact us to inquire. Many of the posted projects are flexible and can be adapted to student interests. Opportunities continue to be posted to GRAD Gargoyle. An example of a position open to Master’s students is UC Laboratory Schools and UC Charter School Partnership (ID#59630). | More Info

 

On-Campus Opportunities

Actors for Research Stimuli | Psychology Dept | We are looking for White and Black men (ages 18 and over and no verbal accents) to be filmed as stimuli to show to future research participants for a project looking at how social gesture is perceived. You would be filmed saying a few simple phrases as similarly as possible across the takes while changing your amounts of gesturing (i.e., your hand movements). We anticipate the filming should take only around 15-30 minutes depending on how many takes you have to do. We will send you the script/phrase in advance so you can become familiar with it and then we will set up a time for you to come to the lab on campus to be filmed. In exchange for your time, you will get a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
*Email Dr Sarah Gaither (sgaither@uchicago.edu) for more information or to sign up to be filmed

Volunteer | Office of Special Programs-College Prep | We are hosting out annual Careers Conference for high school students and are looking for volunteers to help us with event coordination! Volunteer times and options are flexible. We are looking for plenty of people to help us host a successful event.More Info + Register
*Questions can be directed to Laura Wang (xinchuw@uchicago.edu)

 

Jobs

Field Coordinator/Lead Field Coordinator | MAPSCorps | MAPSCorps is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based on the south side of Chicago. Born from the South Side Health and Vitality Studies at the University of Chicago, MAPSCorps uses an approach called assetbased community-engaged research to ensure that our science serves community priorities and needs. MAPSCorps and NowPow, a for-profit social enterprise, make up a self-sustaining collective social impact model that utilizes technology, cross-sector collaboration, and youth engagement to generate visibility for all of the vital assets of a community. Lead Field Coordinators and Field Coordinators responsible for the implementation of the MAPSCorps STEM-based, positive youth development curriculum. | More Info + Apply (+HERE)

Intern/Student Trainee | Department of Mine Safety and Health Administration (Mount Hope, WV) | The student selected will provide various types of administrative support activities over the summer months. These duties include processing correspondence, providing clerical support, receiving visitors and referring them to the proper points of contact. They will handle mail, maintain records, review reports and assist preparing reports. Additionally, the intern will produce a variety of finished work products such as reports, statistical summaries and data lists in support of the organization. Documents produced are frequently complicated and require the use of varied types of software. | More Info + Apply
*Apply by 5/2/16

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