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November 30, 2012

Miller-Sidgwick Exchange Scholarship

Telluride Association is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2013-2014 Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship. The scholarship provides support for students from the University of Michigan to participate in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Application materials for the Miller-Sidgwick Exchange Scholarship are attached to this e-mail. Full instructions are included with the application, and all qualified students are encouraged to apply. Applicants may also go to http://www.tellurideassociation.org/ for more information and for application materials.

Deadline for receipt of applications is January 18, 2013. Applicants should note submission formatting requirements and prepare materials accordingly. Late applications will not be accepted.

Founded in 1911, Telluride Association is a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that teach leadership and service through democratic participation. Telluride aims to foster an everyday synthesis of self-governance and intellectual inquiry that enables students to develop their potential for leadership and public service.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Ryan Nefdt, Co-Chair of Telluride Association Overseas Student Exchange, at ryan.nefdt@tellurideassociation.org, or to Michele J. Wogaman, Michigan Program Director, at mpd@tellurideassociation.org.

MILLER-SIDGWICK INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Telluride Association Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship provides scholarships for students from the University of Michigan, USA to participate in an exchange program with the University of Cape Town.

Program Description

The scholarship will award one grant for an undergraduate or graduate student from the University of Michigan to attend the University of Cape Town for one year of study. The recipient, known as a Miller-Sidgwick Scholar, is chosen on a competitive basis. The scholarship will cover tuition, health insurance, one round-trip airfare between the student’s home and Cape Town, room and board, and living expenses for the duration of the exchange year of study. In addition, the recipients will be required to participate in a community service project during the exchange year, broadly defined as July 15, 2013 through June 15, 2014.

Eligibility

The student selected from the University of Michigan must be a student currently pursuing a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree not in his/her final year of study during the exchange year of study. However, current Michigan Branch of Telluride Association housemembers are eligible to pursue the exchange year of study during his/her final year of study.

Criteria for Selection

Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of this educational experience to their long-term educational and/or career goals and the potential of the experience to enhance their contributions to society. Scholarships are not solely awarded on the basis of academic record. The academic record is relevant as evidence of the candidate's ability to successfully participate in the academic environment of the host institution.

Candidates must also demonstrate an interest in the region/country to which they will be going and how it relates to his/her academic goals and pursuits. Evidence of the candidate's capacity to adapt to an academically and culturally diverse environment will also be evaluated.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to democratic principles in the essay on governance.

Candidates must present an idea for a project that is thoughtful and has a capacity for making an impact yet is feasible given the budgetary and time constraints. This will be demonstrated in the essays as well as during the interview process.

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Trans-Scripts Journal seeking Paper Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine
Volume III, Spring 2013: “Thinking Activism”

Trans-Scripts – an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the third volume is “Thinking Activism.”

In The Location of Culture, Homi Bhabha reflects, “There are many forms of political writing whose different effects are obscured when they are divided between the „theoretical‟ and the „activist‟.” Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have long struggled to position their own subjective experiences and investments in relation to the scholarship they produce. Some choose to situate their research between two competing poles of theory and activism. Others, like Bhabha, argue against constructing an arbitrary distinction between the two, positing instead that scholarship is activism, and vice-versa.

Activism can take many forms; as an intellectual labor, it challenges current structures of knowledge production and has the potential to reinvent the university's role within and against the cultures that
sponsor it. To that end, we seek submissions in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the productive intersections of scholarship (what some might call “theory”) and activism (what some
might call “practice”), as well as submissions that address the differences between these two modes of thinking and doing. The popular democratic protests of the last few years make it all the more crucial that we address the ways in which our own positionality or privilege is enabled by systems of power that actively work to dispossess people. It is important, now more than ever, for academic scholarship to address its relationship to activism, in an attempt to provide new meaning to the purpose and direction of academic research. The concerns outlined here have produced and are productive of critical
scholarship in a vast range of disciplines, including literature, law, medicine, rhetoric, anthropology, gender studies, sociology, English, economics, history, political science, and critical race studies, to name a few.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
 Historical or theoretical examinations of activist movements, strategies, and tactics
 Coalition building across time, space, and issue areas; transnational networks of scholars and activists
 Post-recession governmental austerity measures and their social effects
 The privatization of higher education and student (financial) dispossession in the United States as well as abroad, where student movements, like the Chilean student protests (2011-2012), continue to demand educational reform.
 Conservative activism (i.e. the Tea Party) and the academy
 Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and social justice
 Prison-Industrial Complex and/or Criminal Justice
 Police brutality, including the limits and potentialities of law enforcement reform
 Radical visions for peace and public safety
 Rhetoric and democratic participation
 Immigration policy and reform
 Sexual violence
 Gender (in)equality, particularly in light of recent attempts to legislate women's bodies and healthcare in the United States, as well as its instantiations in different local contexts abroad.
 Marriage (in)equality, LGBT rights, and other homonormative forms of inclusion
 Significant budget cuts to social services, like those we have seen in the UK
 Religious discrimination and violence
 The relationship between text and critic
 The move towards public writing in Composition Studies
 Anthropology‟s reflexive turn and other questions regarding the ethics of participantobservation (ethnography)
 Action-research methodologies
 Poverty and homelessness, particularly in light of recession-era global increases
 Death penalty debates
 Affirmative Action debates
 The personal as political, and other phenomenological extensions of feminist theory
 Protest as performance (and vice versa)
 Identity politics and its critiques
 Medical-Industrial Complex and/or Patient Advocacy
 Ability as a category of analysis/ The rise of Disability Studies
 Public space and free speech
 Critical Pedagogy and its discontents
 An examination of what is or should be the relationship between the community and the
university
 Broad trends of anti-intellectualism or (conversely) academic exceptionalism
 Academic publication and the public sphere (i.e. academic freedom in publicly-funded
universities)
 Thought crimes – the (literal) policing of radical ideology, both inside and outside of institutionalized educational environments

Trans-Scripts welcomes all submissions that engage topics related to activist-scholarship or activism more broadly. They may, but certainly need not, address the examples listed above. Submissions need not conform to any disciplinary or methodological criteria. They need only be original, well researched, and properly cited in MLA style. English language contributions from all universities in all countries will be considered. In addition, we welcome contributions from independent scholars who are not affiliated with any formal institution.

Faculty Contributors
In addition to selected student work, renowned academics will contribute editorial pieces, offering students the chance to place their work in conversation with experts in various fields. Past
contributors have included Étienne Balibar, Hortense Spillers, Lee Edelman, and Roderick Ferguson.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process
The deadline for submission is January 1, 2013. All submissions should be written in English. The total word count should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Submissions should employ the MLA style of citation (for further information on the journal‟s submission guidelines and mission statement, see the journal website at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/collective/hctr/transscripts/index.html).

All pieces should be submitted as a Word document attached in an email to transscriptsjournal@gmail.com. The email should include your name, institution (if you have one), program/department, and an email address at which you can be contacted. Please also include a short abstract of less than 300 words describing the content and argument of the piece.

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November 26, 2012

Abdelkader Education Project Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunities - National Essay Contests

2012-2013 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize

College and high school students across the U.S. are invited to participate in essay contests that reflect on the contemporary meaning of the life of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). He was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and countless others of different nationalities, religions, and social classes. Abdelkader’s life is an inspiring legacy of ethical leadership, civility, moral courage and cross-cultural and interfaith understanding. Upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world…He was one of the few great men of the century.” Today, Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, statesman, military leader, and religious scholar who respected all cultures and faiths.

What began as a contest for Iowa students has grown throughout the U.S. as awareness of the relevance of studying about this man of great character has spread. Emir Abdelkader...a positive role model for today.

Essay Scholarship Prizes are offered with support from The Principal Financial Group:
Ø Iowa High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500) - also in U.S. competition
Ø U.S. High School students (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
Ø U.S. College students (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)

Students are invited to compete for scholarships and enter a journey of discovery connecting cultures across centuries. Participants will:
Ø Read the biography, Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883) by John W. Kiser. Information about Abdelkader and the author can be found at www.truejihad.com.

Ø Examine Emir Abdelkader’s life of struggle during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile.

Ø Write a 1000-1200 word essay to broaden perspectives on historical, civic, global, cultural and interfaith awareness addressing the following points:
· Why does Emir Abdelkader’s life story and legacy deserve remembering today?
· What stands out in Emir Abdelkader’s life that is relevant to you?
· What do you think of Abdelkader’s education compared to your own?

Deadline for Essay Submissions: March 15, 2013 (Essays accepted before this date.)
1) Submit entry form (link on website)
2) Submit final essay (link on website) to abdelkaderproject@gmail.com

Contest details on AEP website www.abdelkaderproject.org. Updates posted during year.

Questions? Contact Kathy Garms at abdelkaderproject@gmail.com or 563.329.0448

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Employment Opportunity at the University of Georgia

The History Department at the University of Georgia received late permission to conduct a search for a tenure-track assistant professor of modern Middle-Eastern history. Our ad, which appeared on H-Net, may not have reached all interested candidates, so we write to make sure that the students at the Center for Middle East and North African Studies are aware of this opportunity. All qualified students please to go to the H-Net website to view the position announcement. (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_search.php?all=middle-east) The ad states that the review of applications will begin November 15th, but we will not choose candidates to interview at the MESA meeting in New Orleans until early December.

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Fellowship Opportunity


The Woolf Institute (Cambridge), which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship.

The Fellowship, tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2014:

Lent term: 14 January-14 March 2014

Easter term: 22 April-13 June 2014

The successful candidate will be expected to be involved in a project of academic research, public education or of the arts in an area relevant to the Institute's work. The Fellow will be asked to present their work at a symposium on the subject of their project proposal.

There is no stipend attached to the Fellowships, but Fellows will be entitled to free accommodation in Cambridge and round-trip travel from their country to Cambridge. They will also have access to the Woolf Institute and Cambridge University libraries.

The Fellowship is available for a postdoctoral scholar of any academic rank, a policymaker or analyst in a relevant area of work, or an artist (writer, painter, photographer, etc.). They will most likely be asked to participate in some of the Institute's teaching or practice-based activities. Further information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk.

A letter of application, CV, the names of two referees who may be approached, a project proposal (1,500 words max.), and a sample of work should be sent to: Electors of the Visiting Fellowship, Woolf Institute, Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BJ, UK or e-mailed to Tina Steiner at bs411@cam.ac.uk.

Questions may be addressed informally to the Deputy Director, Dr Shana Cohen at sc736@cam.ac.uk.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 18 January 2013.

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Language Experts Needed

Language Experts Needed

Lidget Green, Inc. is a test development company that reviews language tests. We currently have a contract to review a large number of test items for the Defense Language Institute of the U.S. Department of Defense. We need native or near native language experts in: Arabic-Libyan and Arabic-Gulf/Saudi Arabia (Western Najdi, Central-Hijazi, and Eastern-Demmam/Dhahran dialects).
Language professionals (instructors, linguists, translators, interpreters) of the target languages are ideal candidates, as are native speakers who have studied (or are studying) at US universities.

Qualifications

1) Native or Near-Native Fluency in the target language (non-natives with near-native proven ability and substantial time spent living in the country of language origin may be considered); college-level education in the target language is preferred.

2) Excellent English skills; a degree from an English language university or standardized test scores are acceptable.

3) Professional experience in adult-level language education or assessment, translation and/or interpretation.

4) Excellent computer skills and ability to work comfortably in an online environment.

5) Documented permission to work in the US (and documented University
support if on a faculty or student visa). The DoD will vet all applicants and make the final determination whether a candidate is approved for the project. Supporting documents may be required.

Requirements

Prior to joining the project, reviewers must attend a three-day orientation workshop at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Reviewers will be paid an honorarium for attendance. Accommodations will be provided, and a daily meal per diem and documented travel expenses will be reimbursed following the workshop.

Orientation sessions are planned for April 23-25 and June 11-13.
Following the DLI workshop, the item review work will be done online, from one’s home or office, at any time convenient for the reviewer within the scheduled deadlines. The time commitment is variable but averages a few hours per week for a few weeks at a time. Ability to work independently online and to meet deadlines is essential.

Payment
Payment is on a per item basis, and at normal work rates, the hourly
equivalent will be attractive.

Apply Now

Interested applicants should submit an inquiry along with a detailed and current CV/resume through email to Nina Powell at Nina@lidgetgreen.org or fax 866.711.8976. The CV/resume should speak to relevant personal, academic and professional expertise with the language, as well as the extent of time spent living in communities where the language is natively spoken and detail any subsequent travel or time otherwise spent within these cultures.

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November 09, 2012

Call for papers!

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization at the University of Arizona

13th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

Invitation

The Middle East and North Africa Graduate Student Organization (MENA), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona cordially invite you to participate in the 13th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies to be held from Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona.

Objectives

This conference aims to strengthen ties between academic disciplines, provide a platform for graduate students to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and create a network of emerging scholars spanning a variety of fields. For this reason, we encourage abstract submissions not only from students within Middle Eastern Studies programs, but also from disciplines such as Anthropology, Economics, Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Religious Studies, etc.

Paper Topics

Applicants are encouraged to submit pre-organized panel proposals. Proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Select papers may be published in the group’s online journal, Zaytoon. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:



Human Rights
Media & Visual Arts
Environment
Colonialism
Art & Architecture
Minorities
Diasporas
Nationalism
Peace & Security Studies
Social Movements
Pedagogy
Dance & Performative Arts


Submission Guidelines

Paper abstract submissions are due Thursday, December 13, 2012 for international students (requiring a visa) and Thursday, January 17, 2013 for others. Abstracts must be 250 words or less and submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Non-standard fonts should be embedded in the PDF format. Abstracts must be anonymous aside from paper title and description and emailed to confuamena@gmail.com. In the body of this email, please include author name, school and department affiliation, phone number, and email address. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within three weeks of the abstract submission deadline. For further information,
please visit http://menas.arizona.edu/mena-conference or submit your inquiries to confuamena@gmail.com.

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Global Connections Study Tour to Turkey


Global Connections Study Tour to Turkey
March 6 - 16, 2013

The Middle East Studies Center is pleased to announce its 3rd annual study tour to Turkey for educators, scholars and policy makers. The MESC-Niagara Turkey trip is unique because it focuses on interaction with individuals and communities rather than site-seeing. While some activities may appear touristic, the scope of the trip goes far beyond tourism. Even visits to famous sites are accompanied by conversation with international and local scholars. Scholars in-residence (Alam Payind, Barb Petzen, and others!) on the trip also accompany us the entire way. Our focus is on making history relevant to the present day, and decoding surrounding environments to learn about current culture/s.

Trips to schools form a large part of the trip with many opportunities to interact with teachers and classrooms, in addition we will have discussions with government officials about public policy, and visits university laboratories and classrooms.

For these reasons we are seeking participants keen on learning and applying their cultural knowledge in every day situations with local people. We are looking for participants interested in fully engaging with others in the group both before and after the trip in order to help each other get the most out of the experience, and to continue to expand our U.S. - Turkish community of educators and researchers. Please note that the trip requires walking substantial distances and climbing stairs. If you're interested in applying, please see the details below, and check out our report from last year: http://mesc.osu.edu/documents/onTurkey/TurkeyTrip2012.pdf Please also share this with your colleagues.

The application is due Dec. 2nd at Midnight - Submit it at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGC3HL8
· Only 10 will be accepted.
· The Dates: March 6 - 16, 2013
· The Fee: $1350 It includes lodging, in-country transport, and airfare from New York City. Participants will be responsible for the costs of transportation to New York City, and for getting to the pre-departure orientations online and in or near JFK Airport. The itinerary will include Istanbul, Ankara and Konya.

Eligibility and post-trip requirements:
· We are seeking educators, researchers and teacher trainers interested in Turkey.
· Graduate students in PhD programs for education are welcome to apply.
· Prior international travel experience is preferred.
· A final essay will be required with a possible follow-up interview. This is for the purpose of evaluation.

For questions:
Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director, Middle East Studies Center – mesc.osu.edu - mcclimans.2@osu.edu

Sponsorship:
The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at the Ohio State University & Niagara Educational Services.

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Call for papers!

SHARING CULTURES 2013 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage
July 24-26, 2013 * Aveiro * Portugal

Organised by: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development

Conference Overview

Sharing Cultures 2013 - 3rd International Conference on Intangible Heritage follows the path established by the previous Conference on Intangible Heritage (Sharing Cultures 2009 and 2011) and aims at pushing further the discussion on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), under the main topics proposed by the UNESCO Convention adding some new field of discussion, namely on what concerns management and promotion of ICH, educational matters and musealization (please refer to the list of Topics).

The concept of ICH gained its rightful place among the scientific community during the last decade and a significant amount of work has been done by a large number of researchers, academics and practitioners, leading to the recognition of ICH as fundamental piece for the comprehension of human societies, organisations and ways of living. Accordingly, scientific events that gather scholars, researchers and academics with on-going work on ICH are privileged moments to share experiences, problems, questions and conclusions. Sharing Cultures 2013 aims at being one of those events.

As in its previous edition, Sharing Cultures 2013 will include a number of workshops promoting some hands-on experience to all Delegates who will have the opportunity to learn traditional know-how from its owners and practitioners.

SHARING CULTURES 2013 is a peer reviewed conference.

Visit the conference website for full details about the conference scope, topics and submission procedures at:
http://www.sc2013.greenlines-institute.org

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract via the conference website: http://www.sc2013.greenlines-institute.org or contact the Conference Secretariat below.

Topics

· Oral traditions and expressions

· Performing arts

· Social practices

· Traditional craftsmanship

· Management and promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage

· Intangible Cultural Heritage and education

· Musealization of Intangible Cultural Heritage

· 08- Special Chapter: Maritime Intangible Cultural Heritage

Conference Secretariat

Secretariat SHARING CULTURES 2012
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377 S12
4750-106 Barcelos, PORTUGAL
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037
Email: sc2013@greenlines-institute.org

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November 05, 2012

Bilingual in Arabic? Here's an eInternship opportunity for you!

Do you know someone bilingual in Arabic who may be interested in a virtual eInternship with the State Department? A few eInternship positions are available with the Public Affairs section of Embassy Tripoli, Libya. We are looking for bilingual students who are interested in history, culture, international affairs, intercultural communication and/or public affairs. The detailed description of each project and the application follow below.


Embassy Tripoli eInternship Projects

Project 1: Virtual Speaker

The eIntern will participate in live video-streaming events for a series titled “Conversations with America.” The eIntern will speak for about 30 minutes about a selected topic, and the remaining 30 minutes will be Q&A. Speakers will discuss topics which are both relevant to our Mission priorities and of interest to a Libyan audience, such as: the Constitution; rule of law; Supreme Court and the judiciary; professional journalism; the 2012 election and the U.S. electoral process; colleges & universities; reconciliation and post-conflict justice; visas; civil society and NGOs; entrepreneurship; women in the U.S.; Muslims in America & Islamophobia. The eIntern will spend 5-8 hours per week researching and preparing the presentation, and 1 hour in the live event. Each presentation will be advertised on the Embassy’s Facebook page (over 70,000 fans and growing), and the audience could be in the hundreds or even thousands. All eInterns for this project should speak Arabic at the advanced or native level.

Project 2: Club Series

In the club series, an eIntern can pick a cultural theme of American culture/society, such as sports, books, international politics, science fiction, movies, etc., and establish a “club” which is smaller, less formal, and gives more time for discussion than in the speaker series. In a club, group size will be limited to 15 participants, who will commit to a three-month period (Nov-Jan or Feb-Apr). Rather than passively listening to a presentation, club members – each of whom must have a webcam and microphone – should participate in each discussion. The eIntern will spend 4-6 hours preparing for each week’s meeting and 1-2 hours emailing participants outside of the club. The eInterns should speak Arabic at the advanced or native level.

Project 3: Social Media Monitor

Embassy Tripoli is seeking eInterns with advanced or native-level Arabic to monitor and report on the comments in Arabic to our Facebook and Twitter posts. The eInterns should be familiar enough with Arab societies (ideally Libyan society) to understand idioms and slang.


Embassy Tripoli eInternship Application
Submit by Sunday November 11th to VSFS@state.gov

Name:
Email:
Phone:
Country of Citizenship:
Education Level:
Undergraduate School:
Major(s):
GPA:
Graduate School:
Major(s):
GPA:
Please rate your Arabic Language ability according to the scale bellow.
[3- Professional Proficiency, 4 - Advanced Professional Proficiency, 5- Native or Bilingual Proficiency]
Speaking:
Writing:
Reading:
First Choice Project:
Second Choice Project:
Statement of Interest (max 500 words):

The application deadline is Sunday November 11th.

If you have any questions or want more information email VSFS@state.gov

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November 02, 2012

Call for Submissions -- Trans-Scripts, an Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine
Volume III, Spring 2013:

“Thinking Activism”

Trans-Scripts – an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the third volume is “Thinking Activism.”

In The Location of Culture, Homi Bhabha reflects, “There are many forms of political writing whose different effects are obscured when they are divided between the „theoretical‟ and the „activist‟.” Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have long struggled to position their own subjective experiences and investments in relation to the scholarship they produce. Some choose to situate their research between two competing poles of theory and activism. Others, like Bhabha, argue against constructing an arbitrary distinction between the two, positing instead that scholarship is activism, and vice-versa.

Activism can take many forms; as an intellectual labor, it challenges current structures of knowledge production and has the potential to reinvent the university‟s role within and against the cultures that sponsor it. To that end, we seek submissions in the humanities and social sciences that focus on the productive intersections of scholarship (what some might call “theory”) and activism (what some might call “practice”), as well as submissions that address the differences between these two modes of thinking and doing.
The popular democratic protests of the last few years make it all the more crucial that we address the ways in which our own positionality or privilege is enabled by systems of power that actively work to dispossess people. It is important, now more than ever, for academic scholarship to address its relationship to activism, in an attempt to provide new meaning to the purpose and direction of academic research. The concerns outlined here have produced and are productive of critical scholarship in a vast range of disciplines, including literature, law, medicine, rhetoric, anthropology, gender studies, sociology, English, economics, history, political science, and critical race studies, to name a few.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

 Historical or theoretical examinations of activist movements,
strategies, and tactics

 Coalition building across time, space, and issue areas; transnational networks of scholars and activists

 Post-recession governmental austerity measures and their social effects

 The privatization of higher education and student (financial) dispossession in the United States as well as abroad, where student movements, like the Chilean student protests (2011-2012), continue to demand educational reform.

 Conservative activism (i.e. the Tea Party) and the academy

 Social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and social justice

 Prison-Industrial Complex and/or Criminal Justice

 Police brutality, including the limits and potentialities of law enforcement reform

 Radical visions for peace and public safety

 Rhetoric and democratic participation

 Immigration policy and reform

 Sexual violence

 Gender (in)equality, particularly in light of recent attempts to legislate women's bodies and healthcare in the United States, as well as its instantiations in different local contexts abroad.

 Marriage (in)equality, LGBT rights, and other homonormative forms of inclusion

 Significant budget cuts to social services, like those we have seen in the UK

 Religious discrimination and violence

 The relationship between text and critic

 The move towards public writing in Composition Studies

 Anthropology‟s reflexive turn and other questions regarding the ethics of participant-observation (ethnography)

 Action-research methodologies

 Poverty and homelessness, particularly in light of recession-era global increases

 Death penalty debates

 Affirmative Action debates

 The personal as political, and other phenomenological extensions of feminist theory

 Protest as performance (and vice versa)

 Identity politics and its critiques

 Medical-Industrial Complex and/or Patient Advocacy

 Ability as a category of analysis/ The rise of Disability Studies

 Public space and free speech

 Critical Pedagogy and its discontents

 An examination of what is or should be the relationship between the community and the university

 Broad trends of anti-intellectualism or (conversely) academic exceptionalism

 Academic publication and the public sphere (i.e. academic freedom in publicly-funded universities)

 Thought crimes – the (literal) policing of radical ideology, both inside and outside of institutionalized educational environments

Trans-Scripts welcomes all submissions that engage topics related to activist-scholarship or activism more broadly. They may, but certainly need not, address the examples listed above. Submissions need not conform to any disciplinary or methodological criteria. They need only be original, well researched, and properly cited in MLA style. English language contributions from all universities in all countries will be considered. In addition, we welcome contributions from independent scholars who are not affiliated with any formal institution.

Faculty Contributors
In addition to selected student work, renowned academics will contribute editorial pieces, offering students the chance to place their work in conversation with experts in various fields. Past contributors have included Étienne Balibar, Hortense Spillers, Lee Edelman, and Roderick Ferguson.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process
The deadline for submission is January 1, 2013. All submissions should be written in English. The total word count should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Submissions should employ the MLA style of citation (for further information on the journal‟s submission guidelines and mission statement, see the journal website at http://www.humanities.uci. edu/collective/hctr/trans-scripts/index.html).

All pieces should be submitted as a Word document attached in an email to transscriptsjournal@ gmail.com. The email should include your name, institution (if you have one), program/department, and an email address at which you can be contacted. Please also include a short abstract of less than 300 words describing the content and argument of the piece.

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2013 Spring Internship -- Apply Now!

2013 Spring Internship Program -- Apply now!

ADC seeks college and graduate students with interest in the Arab American community, civil rights, law, policy, journalism, culture, organizing, and activism, as interns for our 2013 Spring Internship Program. Please note that the deadline for all internship materials is December 30, 2012. Internship positions are available at ADC’s national office in Washington, DC and at the regional office in Michigan.

The program offers a variety of positions for leadership development. It educates students on issues of civil rights, Arab heritage, and current events in the Middle East. Students gain practical training in community organizing, media relations, research and writing, legal issues, political action, educational outreach, and routine office work alongside our regular professional staff.

To get a better idea about the internship program, read former intern and staff member, Hani Almadhoun's Kabobfest article.

Dates The fall program runs from January 2013 until April 2013


Washington, DC Internships

•Legal-- must be enrolled in law school
•Outreach & Communications
•Organizing
•President's Office
•ADC Women's Initiative


Michigan Internships

ADC Michigan accepts 3-5 interns each semester. With the spring semester approaching, we are now accepting resumes and applications to work in our Dearborn office. If you are interested, please email your resume to kristyn@adc.org

General Information & Deadlines

ADC’s fall and spring internship programs are unpaid positions. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a college or university are encouraged to apply and use their internship hours for course credit. Applicants who have graduated will also be considered. Work hours can be accommodated to student class schedules.


What you need to apply
•Completed application form
•Resume
•Academic transcript
•Two (2) letters of recommendation
•Two-page personal statement about your goals as an ADC intern and how your academic, professional, or campus and community activities or career goals are related to the position you requested


Mail completed applications to

Intern Coordinator
ADC
1990 M Street, NW Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036


Questions?

Contact Marielle Costanza! Email mcostanza@adc.org or call (202) 244-2990

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Intern Perspectives

Each year interns write and publish the Intern Perspectives, in which they reflect on their experiences at ADC. See what our 2012 summer interns had to say! Download a copy

You must have Adobe Reader or other PDF-capable software installed on your computer to view this information, if you have problems opening the document you probably don't have it installed. Download the free Adobe Reader software for your computer.

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