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January 5, 2017

Folklore Professor Daniel Wojcik’s new book gets inside the world of outsider art

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On January 3, UO English professor and folklorist Daniel Wojcik was featured in an article in AroundtheO that highlights his latest book, “Outsider Art: Visionary Worlds and Trauma”. Wojcik examines and challenges the genre of “outsider art” and inserts his unique academic perspective into a conversation that’s been dominated by the art collectors, critics and dealers who drive demand for these pieces. His research attempts to humanize a group of artists he says are frequently marginalized and disempowered. Read the entire article here.

 

November 21, 2016

Humanities Conference Call For Papers – Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities

The Humanities Education and Research Association [HERA] is having its annual conference in San Diego, 1-4 March 2017 on Local Voices to Global Visions: Exploring Identity in the Humanities

In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2017 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic. 

 

Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including advanced graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities. 

 Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops (150-200 words) must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at www.h-e-r-a.org

 Questions may be directed to the conference organizer, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu)

 Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

 Deadline for submission: no later than January 10, 2017

 The Westgate Hotel is an historic hotel and is the host of HERA’s 2017 conference.  The guest room rate is $153 plus tax.  The hotel is steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and the blue and green trolley lines.

October 10, 2016

Call for Papers: Myths and Fairy Tales. Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

Call for Papers

Myths and Fairy Tales

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

 

38th Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016

 

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

 

All scholars working in the areas of myth and/or fairy tales are invited to submit paper or panel proposals for the 2017 SWPACA Conference. Panels are now forming on topics related to all aspects of myths and fairy tales and their connections to popular culture. To participate in this area, you do not need to present on both myths and fairy tales (one or the other is perfectly fine). Presentations considering both genres are of course welcome and can stimulate interesting discussions.

 

Paper topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

 

–Where Fairy Tales and Myth Overlap

–Non-Western Myths and Fairy Tales

–Revised Fairy Tales

–Fairy Tales in/as “Children’s Literature”

–Disney

–Urban Fairy Tales

–Ethnic Myths and Fairy Tales

–Gendered Readings of Myths and Fairy Tales

–Postcolonial Myths and Fairy Tales

–Myths and Fairy Tales in Advertising Culture

–Reading Myths and Fairy Tales in the Popular Culture of Past Centuries

–Performing Myths and Fairy Tales: Drama and/or Ritual

–Genres of Myths and/or Fairy Tales: Film, Television, Poetry, Novels, Music,

Comic Books, Picture Books, Short Stories, or Graphic Novels

 

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference2017.southwestpca.org/

 

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/proposal-submission-faqs-and-tips/

 

Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

 

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

 

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016.   

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

 

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/

 

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org

If you have any questions about the Myths and Fairy Tales area, please contact its Area Chair, Sheila Dooley, University of  Texas Rio Grande Valley, sheila.dooley@utrgv.edu

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

October 4, 2016

Fall 2016 Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

UROP Mini-grant 

UROP Mini-grants are awards of up to $1,000 to support undergraduate student research, creative scholarship or work on an innovative project. The mini-grants may be used by recipients to purchase materials, equipment, and supplies that are necessary to complete their project and/or assist with travel expenses related to their project.

Deadline: October 19, 2016

Websitehttp://urop.uoregon.edu/students/opportunities/current-uo-opportunities/urop-grants/

 

Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HURF)

The Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides students with a $2,500 stipend to conduct humanities-related research under the guidance of a UO faculty member. The Fellowship takes place over 16 weeks during the Winter and Spring term and includes weekly cohort meetings where fellows will workshop their research/writing as well as participate in other guided activities in the areas such as research design, research communication, and career preparation.

Deadline: October 19, 2016

Websitehttp://blogs.uoregon.edu/undergraduateresearch/students/opportunities/current-uo-opportunities/urop-affiliated-programs/2883-2/

 

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. McNair Scholars receive comprehensive support to earn undergraduate degrees, complete research projects in their fields of study, and apply to graduate schools.

Deadline: November 2, 2016

Website: http://mcnair.uoregon.edu/

 

September 1, 2016

Sterling Research Fellowships Accepting Applications

The Donald J. Sterling, Jr. Fellowships in Pacific Northwest History at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland have been established through an endowment, made possible by the family of Donald J. Sterling, Jr., to encourage original, scholarly, interpretive research in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. The Society offers two Fellowships each year—a Senior Fellowship ($2,500), which is open to all applicants, and a Graduate Research Fellowship ($2,000), which is restricted to candidates for advanced degrees.

The recipient of the Fellowship will be given free access to OHS’s Research Library with its extensive collection of manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other resources. The Library holds strong collections in business and economic development, labor, arts, conservation and land use, migration, politics and government, and the activities of women and ethnic groups.

Fellows will be in residence in the OHS Research Library for four weeks during the calendar year following the award (not necessarily in one block of time). A 250-word written report on the research completed will be required within a month after the Fellowship ends. Within a year of completing the Fellowship, recipients will submit an article based on their research for possible publication in OHS’s journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Applicants for the Fellowship need not be professional historians, but they must have experience in historical research and writing. Preference will be given to scholars who have suitable research topics, who have the potential of making a significant contribution to historical scholarship on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and who evidence the ability to write an article-length manuscript for OHQ.

The Library is open for 32 hours a week; the Fellowship recipient will conduct research during those hours.

2017 Fellowship Timeline

October 1, 2016: Applications due

December 1, 2016: Fellowship recipients notified

Fellowship recipient conducts research for four weeks during 2017.

Application Details

Please send the following, as separate email attachments and with the subject line “Sterling Application,” to Eliza.Canty-Jones@ohs.org by the deadline listed above:

  1. Description of the project, including the significance of the project, a selected bibliography, and the OHS Research Library collections that might be used. (no more than 3,000 words)
  2. Resume or c.v.
  3. Two letters of support
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