Monthly Archives: January 2014

Int’l Conference for Literature Grad Students

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been invited to select candidates in literature to attend a Doctoral Seminar sponsored by the Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, to be held in Finland at the University of Helsinki in June 2014. The topic of this year’s seminar is: Reading Reconsidered: History, Practices, Materialities, Affects.

The full call for papers appears below. Those interested in applying may also contact Professor Ellen Sapega ( or Professor B. Venkat Mani (

The UW campus deadline for applications is Friday, February 28. Applications (by email only) containing name, institutional address, email address, 200-word abstract of doctoral project, and 300-word abstract of proposed paper should be sent to:


HERMES seminar 2014
Reading Reconsidered: History, Practices, Materialities, Affects

Helsinki, June 8-13, 2014
Annual International Post-Graduate Seminar
in collaboration with the universities united in the HERMES-network

It is a truism that literature does not exist unless there is someone who reads it. We are used to think of reading as a meeting of text and reader. We are familiar with debates about which of the two dominate this encounter: do the embedded reception structures, conceptualized as, for example, the distinction between authorial and narrative audiences guide the reader’s response? Or is reading primarily steered by our reading strategies that are institutionally formed? New dimensions were added to this debate when we realized that reading is not simply a matter of relating content to form, but that it responds to a text’s materiality. The concrete forms of books affect our reading. Further, reading has a physical side, too; this dimension was better known in earlier times when reading aloud was a common practice. In Karin Littau’s words, reading brings together two bodies, “one made of paper and ink, the other of flesh and blood.” The growing awareness of the physicality of reading involves a heightened perception of the effects of reading. Besides whetting our imaginations and challenging our intellect, reading affects our emotions. It supplies not only occasions for interpretation but also opportunities for feeling. Reading may excite us, make us weep, make us angry and anxious, or soothe us. An important realization garnered from discussions and debates about reading concerns the fact that reading is historically variable and physically as well as emotionally conditioned.

While these familiar questions are still being examined, a host of new issues has emerged, thanks to changing reading habits and environments. New technologies have created new platforms on which to read: we have desktops, laptops, e-readers (Kindle), tablets (iPad), and handheld devices (phones, iPod Touch). These devices raise questions about their effects. Is reading on an electronic platform different from reading a hard copy? Does it require a new reading strategy? One solution has been to distinguish between “deep” and “quick” reading, strategies that consider the specific goals of reading. Others have promoted an expanded notion of reading, one that takes as its starting point the fact that literature, films, television programs, and songs can all be downloaded from the same sites and played on the same device. Reading becomes a new kind of activity when it is combined with intermediality – with viewing and listening. Still others have called for an examination of what they call amateur reading; that is, reading for the love of literature, yet not for purposes of academic study. Harold Bloom reminds us that the fundamental goal of reading is the development of the self. In his view, reading is the most healing of pleasures because the mind is expanded, not anesthetized. For her part, Rita Felski observes that literary theory offers tools for exploring everyday readers’ experience, yet it has difficulties recognizing that literature may be valued for different, even incommensurable reasons.reasons.

The Hermes 2014 seminar at the University of Helsinki invites participants to reflect on the various facets and strategies of reading in the context of the cultural and technological transformations of our time. We welcome examinations of reading from a wide variety of approaches. Issues to be discussed might include, but are not restricted to:

*Textually-embedded reader roles

* Reading and affect

* Histories and representations of reading

* The materiality of texts and reading

* Embodied reading, the physicality of reading

* Academic and amateur reading strategies

* Empirical reading research
* New technologies, reading platforms and environments of reading and their effects

Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program Summer 2014 applications

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2014 awards.
Two different types of awards are given annually:

– International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad

– International Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research

The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The deadline to submit applications is 24 February 2014.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:

There have been some changes to policies and procedures from previous years — of particular note: while applications with a social justice component will receive favorable consideration it is NOT a requirement this year. Applicants should review the information thoroughly before applying.

For a full overview of the fellowship, its mission, and history, see:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht, Program Coordinator @ Global Studies, by email ( or phone at 608.265.6070.

Fulbright Info sessions for Undergraduate Students

Erin Crawley, the Fellowships Advisor in the Division of International Studies, will hold several information sessions about the Fulbright US Student grant program during spring semester for undergraduates. If you are an undergraduate interested in pursuing a project abroad after you graduate, this session is for you. If you will be graduating in or December 2014 or May 2015, it is not too early to begin preparing for Fulbright application deadlines in the fall (early September). If you are a freshman or sophomore and would like to learn more about this program, you are welcome to attend. To be eligible for the Fulbright US Student program, you must be a US citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project.
There are two identical information sessions open to all undergraduates who are US citizens:

Wednesday, February 5
336 Ingraham Hall


Thursday, February 27
3:30-4:30 PM
336 Ingraham Hall

There is one information session that will focus specifically on the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program; this is open to all students who are US citizens:

Tuesday, March 4
336 Ingraham Hall

If you cannot make a session, but would like to learn more, please contact Erin Crawley to set up an appointment (skype appointments for those abroad are also encouraged).

Fulbright Info Sessions for Graduate students

Dr. Erin Crawley will hold several information sessions for GRADUATE STUDENTS who are interested in doing graduate research abroad. The first 2 (identical) sessions will introduce two Fulbright programs: the Fulbright US Student Program (MA or PhD research) and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. We will discuss the types of projects abroad that can be funded and the application processes for both competitions. To be eligible for the Fulbright US Student program you must be a US citizen. Applicants to the Fulbright-Hays DDRA you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Fulbright general information sessions:

Thursday, January 30
336 Ingraham Hall


Tuesday, Feb. 11
336 Ingraham Hall

There are two sessions for students who are planning on applying to the Fulbright-Hays DDRA competition (no deadline has been set; it is likely to be posted in the spring): one session will discuss how to use the Fulbright-Hays DDRA technical review to put together a competitive application. The other is for those interested in participating in a peer review writing group to discuss DDRA application proposals.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Technical Review
Monday, February 17
336 Ingraham Hall

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Peer Review Writing session
Tuesday, February 25
206 Ingraham Hall

If you are interested in finding out more about these Fulbright programs, but can not attend a session, please contact Erin Crawley to set up an appointment.

Christina Flach, Bonn University visit

Graduate students, if you are interested in learning more about the UW-Madison/University of Bonn graduate fellowship competition, please to come to an information session with
Christina Flach, the Exchange Programs coordinator at the University of Bonn.
Christina will talk about the research possibilities at the University of Bonn and related research institutes in the area and Erin Crawley will be on hand to answer questions about the campus competition. Pizza will be provided. The session will be held on:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
336 Ingraham Hall

The campus deadline cannot be set until after Christina Flach’s visit. However, you can go here to find out information about the program in general and get an idea of what the competition entailed:

If you are interested in attending, please send Erin Crawley an email, Registration is not required, but it is helpful.

Fulbright mtvU Award competition

Fulbright mtvU Awards are available to all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates who meet all host country requirements, including those related to language, affiliation and program start dates. Please refer to the Participating Country Summaries for details. In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required.

The competition deadline is February 28, 2014 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Visit the Fulbright website for more information about the application,
Note: If you applied to the Fulbright US Student program grant competition in fall 2013, you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.

There will be a webinar on 1/28/2014, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time: Application Overview and Meet a Fellow. To register for the webinar, go to

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes 2014 Programs

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2014 UK Summer Institutes. These summer programmes provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer programme. Participants will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic programme at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.

There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2014. The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, accommodation and social programme, subsistence e.g. food and drink.

Participants in these programmes will get the opportunity to:
• Experience an exciting academic programme at a top ranked UK University.
• Explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK.
• Develop their learning skill, improving presentation, research and communication skills.
• Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned UK universities.
• Develop their knowledge in the academic programme of their choice, be taught by world leaders in their field and receive credit they can transfer to their US University.

The application deadline is February 27 or March 6, 2014. Please see specific website page for particular programme deadline.

If you would like more information, please visit the website below or contact:

There is no UW-Madison campus component to this competition.

Valerie Schreiner, Programme Coordinator—Summer Institutes
The US-UK Fulbright Commission

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright US Student program has a new grant program. The deadline for submission of an application is February 28, 2014 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including, most prominently, a blog hosted by National Geographic.
For the Fellowship’s inaugural year of 21014, applications will be accepted for the following themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water.

Applicants apply directly to IIE through the embark electronic application system; there is no campus component to this competition.
Eligibility (see note on restriction below):
U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants may come from a broad range of fields. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time application. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling (including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.
Note regarding eligibility restriction: Anyone who applied to the Fulbright US Student program in fall 2013 for the fall 2014-15 cycle or who is applying to the Fulbright-Clinton or Fulbright MtvU competitions is NOT eligible to apply.

Please read all of the information on the Fulbright website concerning the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, including the FAQs about the program. If you would like to meet with Erin Crawley to discuss your application, please email to set up an appointment (there is no internal campus deadline, but I am available to discuss the application).

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