February 18, 2016

Career Services Office Notes:
Shifting from Academia | Join Shelly and learn how to pivot your academic experiences into other career trajectories.
Friday, February 19th from 3-4pm | Saieh 242

Mastering the Mock Interview | Prepare for behavioral-based interviews with this master class on interviewing techniques!
Monday, February 22nd from 10-11am | Saieh 242
Friday, February 26th from 3-4pm | Saieh 242

Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring | UChicago annually recognizes and honors tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences for sustained exemplary graduate student teaching and mentoring. Graduate students wishing to nominate a faculty member should work with their department/committee/program to compile a nomination packet. | More Info
*Nominations due March 31st

Career Services

FEATURED
Save the Date!: MAPSS/CIR Student-Alumni Career Conference | Save the date for the annual MAPSS and CIR student-alumni career conference. This conference brings alumni from both MA programs who are eager to share their unique career paths and trajectories with current students. This is an excellent opportunity to network with alumni from both MAPSS and CIR. | Stay tuned for an RSVP form and more information
Saturday, April 16th, all day | Saieh Hall
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GRADUCon | Join UChicagoGRAD for the seventh annual career conference for graduate students and postdocs, covering trajectories in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. GRADUCon is a daylong program of panel discussions, workshops, and opportunities to interview and network with diverse alumni. Panel discussions include: Careers in Finance, Nonprofits, UX Research, Your First Year as a Faculty Member, Teaching in a Liberal Arts College, Careers in Communications, Library Careers, Tech Industry Forum, Consulting Introduction, Data Science Careers, LinkedIn for Graduate Students and Postdocs, The Healthcare Industry, Industry Research Careers for Scientists, and Smarter Cities: How Graduate-Level Training is valued. The event includes breakfast, lunch, and a reception.| More Info and Register
Saturday, April 8th, all day | Multiple locations on 53rd St

Conferences & Journals

FEATURED
Save the Date!: Scaling Forms: Dialogues Across Disciplines Conference | CIR | The past decade has seen exciting new formalist work in both the humanities and the social sciences that describes how forms cut across and model multiple phenomena: aesthetic, economic, political, and sociological. Implicitly, much of this work has assumed that forms scale up and down with little direction. A game of “chicken” played between two reckless drivers on an abandoned highway, for instance, is considered formally identical to a game of nuclear brinkmanship between two states. The emergence of a popular kid on the playground is said to follow the samenetwork rules of attraction that have led the US to occupy the center of the international financial order. This symposium explores and queries the opportunity and problem of scale in formalist work. Together we will explore questions such as the following: what are the ideational links that constitute the common knowledge necessary to think of global governance as a game? What network formation drives the inversion of the relationship between physical and social proximity, sometimes called “glocalization”? What are the aesthetic and cognitive processes through which individuals synchronize vastly different temporalities?
Friday, April 1st, all day | Saieh 247
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Ten Years of Theory | The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory | On the occasion of 3CT’s 10th anniversary, we reflect once more on the contemporary as an imaginative projection and a site of struggle, where the question of what can be shared matters to so many. How do we create concrete and conceptualize infrastructures of the present that are at once vital and textured, given different foci and disciplinary divides? Exploring histories, gesturing toward virtual and actual political and economic frameworks, this conference aims to prompt comparison and theoretical innovation.
Thursday-Friday, February 25th-26th
Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S Woodlawn

Call for Papers | Yonsei Journal of International Studies | The Yonsei Journal of International Studies is a biannual interdisciplinary journal affiliated with the Center for International Studies at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. The Journal welcomes submissions from all scholars, especially graduate students and junior professors that fall within the diverse field of International Studies. The Journal encompasses a wide scope of varying disciplines and methodologies, but each issue will attempt to be thematic. The Journal is divided into three sections—Papers, Essays, and Reviews—in addition to an interview section managed by the Journal staff. Currently accepting submission for the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2016 issue. | More Info

Courses

Network Theory for International Political Economy (INRE 44802/PLSC 44801) This course introduces students to the ongoing network turn in international political economy (IPE). It conceives of social network theory (SNT) as a family of structural propositions, and asks a very basic question: Does SNT (promise to) generate novel solutions to long-standing puzzles in IPE? In order to answer this question, this syllabus assembles three kinds of literature: (1) “seminal” formulations of network-theoretic propositions from outside IPE; (2) “cutting edge” empirical work in IPE that examines these network-theoretic propositions in an effort to advance existing debates in the field; and, perhaps most interestingly, (3) those “hinge” IPE texts that connect the other two camps: both debate-defining and reaching out toward, but stopping short of truly capitalizing on, the intellectual resources that SNT provides. The aim of this course is threefold. First, students will replace purely metaphorical (and vague) talk of networks with focused propositions about the network properties and dynamics of contemporary phenomena such as international hierarchy, regional fragmentation amidst global integration, and the fate of sovereign territoriality in an age of (violent) transnational activism. Second, students will ponder competing explanations of the network turn in IPE: have IPE scholars abandoned conventional analytical tools in favor of SNT, because the conventional toolkit already came with rudimentary network-theoretic devices that simply needed sharpening; or did some changes in the real international economy prompt the shift? Finally, students will critically assess the ability of SNT to be a vehicle for innovative social science. They will do this, in part, by devising a research proposal of their own that assesses the validity and utility of testing a single network-theoretic proposition against some conventional competitor.
Mondays @ 9:30am-12:20pm | Saieh 242

Thought Provoking

The Honorable Jon Huntsman  | IOP | In light of the recent state visit by President Xi, recent controversy over cyber attacks, and the developments in the Chinese economy, former Ambassador to China, current Chairman of the Atlantic Council, and former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman sits down with the IOP to provide his insights and analysis on the US China relationship as well as the state of American politics. How will the future of the relationship between these two geopolitical and economic superpowers shape the world? | More Info + Register
Monday, February 22nd from 6-7:15pm
International House Assembly Hall

Let the People Rule: Are Presidential Primaries Good for Democracy? | IOP | Join the IOP in welcoming the multi-faceted author Geoffrey Cowan in conversation with Jessica Yellin on his new book, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary. Cowan will discuss how the campaign of 1912 changed presidential politics forever, with reverberations that are still being felt today. Dubbed by ABC News as “the man who more to change Democratic Conventions than anyone since Andrew Jackson,” he will also discuss his own impact on how we choose our president. As both an historian and participant, he is no stranger to tumultuous party politics, and will shed valuable light on the 2016 campaign season. | More Info + RSVP
Tuesday, February 23rd from 6-7:15pm
Ida Noyes Hall, 3rd Floor Theater

 

 

Workshops

FEATURED
Early Modern | “Group Sentiment Among Arabic-Speaking Scholars of the Early Modern Ottoman Empire,” by Basil Salem
Monday, February 22nd from 5-6:30pm | Pick 319

Social Theory and Evidence | “Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities,” by Jaclyn Wong
Monday, February 22nd from 12-1:20pm | SSR 401

20th and 21st Centuries | “The Lower Frequencies: Cripistemologies of Race in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” by Margaret Fink
Monday, February 22nd from 12-1:20pm | Foster 103

Ancient Societies | “Greek Mythology and the Making of Constantinople,” by Anthony Kaldellis (Ohio State University)
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 3:30pm | Classics 21

Gender and Sexuality Studies | “The Unequal Effects of Work Experience on Evaluations of Male and Female Professionals’ Leadership Traits,” by Adilia E E James
Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-6pm | 5733 S University Ave

Money, Markets, and Governance | “Of One Night Stands, Serial Hook-Ups, and Monogamy: The Dynamics of Collaboration Among Craft Brewers,” by Paul-Brian McInerney (UIC)
Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-6pm | SSR 401

East Asia: Politics, Economy, Society | “Enumerating and Assembling the Social: Governing through Community Mental Health in Post-Socialist China,” by Zhiying Ma
Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-6pm | Pick Lounge

Animal Studies | “Pigs in the Parlor: Species and Nuisances in the American Suburbs,” by Laura Perry (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Wednesday, February 24th from 4:30-6:30pm | Rosenwald 405

Latin American History | “ABACC and the Evolution of Nuclear Verification Between Argentina and Brazil, 1978-1992,” by Chris Dunlap
Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-6pm | Kelly 114

Semiotics | “Low Tech, High Sci,” by Colin Halverson
Thursday, February 25th from 4:30-6pm | Haskell 101

Religions in America | “Ma’I Lepera and the Literary Bohemians: The Role of Travel Writing in Shaping American Attitudes About Leprosy,” by Mark Lambert
Thursday, February 25th from 12-1:15pm | Mary Center Seminar Room, Swift Hall

Middle East History and Theory | Workshop on sources and methodology pertaining to gender and early Islamic legal history with Dr Marion Katz | RSVP
Thursday, February 25th from 12-1:20pm | Pick 218
 

Fellowships

IIC Brazil Summer Policy Lab | The International Innovation Corps (IIC) at Chicago Harris is partnering with the Marine Biological Laboratory, USAID, Woods Hole Research Center, and Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental de Amazonia to launch a summer opportunity to address pressing issues in Brazil’s biodiversity conservation efforts. Students will work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team with an international group of students, researchers, and policy experts. This is an exceptional opportunity to study the effects of biodiversity conversation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon and create actionable recommendations to the Brazilian government. Working in Brazil with biodiversity and ecosystem experts, policy experts, students, and government officials, UChicago students will learn how research can be used to drive broad-scale change across one of the world’s most important and vulnerable ecosystems. | More Info + Apply
*Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Jobs

Internships (multiple opportunities) | Millennium Challenge Corporation | The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent US foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Student Volunteer Intern positions are available for the 2016 Summer session. The internship applications are open from February 8th, 2016-February 29th, 2016. The internships run from June-August 2016. Although the internships are unpaid, the experience in the international development field is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. There are five applications open: Department of Administration & Finance, Department of Administration & Finance (IT),Department of Compact Operations, Department of Congressional and Public Affairs, and Department of Policy & Evaluation.
*Applications due Monday, February 29th

English Language Officer | US Department of State | The Department’s FS Regional English Language Officers serve as a catalyst for enduring, positive change via their active commitment to high-quality education, access to information, and effective global dialogue. RELOs work with US embassies and consulates to develop long-term English language programming strategic plans. RELOs develop sustained partnership with English language professionals, encourage their membership in a mutually supportive global network, support their professional growth, and enhance their ability to influence positively the lives of their students. Through the programs that RELOs initiate, manage, monitor, and evaluate, they enable teachers to teach more effectively through a variety of means such as social media, virtual learning, in-country professional development programs, teacher and learner exchanges, courses for youth, and support of local professional associations and their activities. Through these efforts, they offer a window on US society, history, and culture, and encourage analytical thinking, tolerance for difference, and increased understanding among themselves and their students. | More Info + Apply
*Application open until March 1st, 2016

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