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CFP: Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion

To be held at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting November 23–26, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland.
Paper Proposals are due March 1, 2013

In hip-hop, the cipher is a locale where artists of various backgrounds, commitments, and training come together in a linguistic battle of wit and passion, where “aporetic flow” erupts into competing norms and continuous ad hominem assault. To “cipher” is to decipher the motivations, positionalities, concerns, and roadblocks that make up the discursive power arrangements of a community. It is to “play” a linguistic game of one-upmanship through deconstruction of your opponent and to embody and speak into existence the “possibility of the impossible” task of what might be of critical, productive discourse — scholarship. Click here http://youtu.be/aOoruUopgpM for an example of a cipher in the hip-hop context.

Thinking of the session as an academic cipher of various disciplinary examinations of the hip-hop cipher (i.e., “playing” with the two definitions of “cipher”), specific paper topics and research questions might include but are not limited to:
The role of specialized, constructed lexicons and vocabularies in the production and maintenance of communities of discourse, including their sizes, shapes, concerns, and interests.

The cipher’s “sacred” status in hip-hop culture and the privileging of discourse within the academic cipher as necessitating a rethinking over how we treat the impact of languages and vocabularies used to study hip-hop.

The “art” of ciphering as technology of the self. What new models and methods of critical engagement can be gleaned from the hip-hop cipher? How might interpreting the hip-hop cipher model the relationship between experience qua experience and experience as object of intellectual interest?

Or alternatively, are there examples of cipher amongst hip-hop locales that call into question the characterization of cipher as "masculine" and oriented around confrontation? If so, what might various positions on cipher (e.g. cipher as battle, cipher as empathic community) contribute to critical approaches to hip hop?

For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and the Social Sciences Section, the meaning of methods — social scientific approaches to religion, theology, and hip-hop. The burgeoning field of religion, theology, and hip-hop has worked hard to expand the object(s) of inquiry beyond a sole focus on rap music. While this expansion has provided form, content, and structure for the making of religion and hip-hop scholarship, less attention has been given to the methodological tools necessary to provide a rigorous account of the ways in which these endeavors are taken up in hip-hop material culture. We seek papers from leading scholars working with various methodologies from fields such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies for the study of religion, theology, and hip-hop culture.

For a possible cosponsored session with the Study of Islam Section, Islam and hip-hop.
Please submit paper abstracts by March 1, 2013 though the PAPERS system: http://papers.aarweb.org/

Questions?
email Christopher Driscoll, Rice University, rockauthor@gmail.com or Monica Miller, Lewis and Clark College, mmiller@lclark.edu

CFP: 2013 Humanities Conference

The 2013 Humanities Conference will be held at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, 19-21 June.

The conference provides a space for dialogue and publication of new knowledge which builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables, or colloquia are invited, addressing the humanities through one of the following themes:
Critical Cultural Studies
Communications and Linguistics Studies
Literary Humanities
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
Humanities Education

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 21 March 2013. Please visit our website http://thehumanities.com/the-conference?utm_source=Call%2Bfor%2BPapers_Home&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=H13PromoB for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to one of our Humanities collection of journals. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the Humanities Journals.

Plenary Speakers
We are proud to welcome the following plenary speakers to this
year's Humanities Conference:

Erzsébet Barát, English and Gender Studies, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungary

Anna Gács, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE,
Budapest, Hungary

Patricia Leavy, Author and Arts-Based Researcher, USA

Jasmina Lukic, Head, Gender Studies, Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary

Katalin Orbán, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE,
Budapest, Hungary

Antal Örkény, Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest,
Hungary

Claire Warwick, Co-Director, Centre for Digital Humanities,
University College London, UK

We hope you will be able to join us in Budapest for this important
discussion, and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the
Humanities Journals

Submit Your Proposal
http://thehumanities.com/publications/journal?utm_source=Call%2Bfor%2BPapers%2BJournal&utm_medium=DanEmail&utm_campaign=H13PromoB

CFP: Georgetown University's "Predicate"

Georgetown University’s English Graduate Student Association is seeking graduate student submissions to their interdisciplinary humanities journal, Predicate. The theme of this year’s issue is “Time and Memory.”

The deadline for papers of no more than 6,000 words is February 28, 2013. If there are any additional questions, feel free to direct students to Annalisa Adams, EGSA Journal Chair (aa956@georgetown.edu).

Predicate
Issue 3: Time and Memory

predicate
(n.) - the part of a sentence or clause containing what is said about a subject
(v.) - to make an assertion; to postulate, suppose, assume

Predicate is a journal out of Georgetown University that invites current scholarship from the greater D.C. academic community. Our goal is to establish a forum for graduate students to share their research and writing: a place to work with other developing scholars.
How is memory depicted in literary and cultural artifacts? What does it mean to be in or out of time? How does time affect characters in a narrative? How do time and memory interact in storytelling?

We encourage the submission of papers from all humanities disciplines that investigate topics from philosophical, historical, art historical, theological, literary, and/or women’s and gender studies perspectives.

Submissions should be sent as email attachments (Word or PDF) to Annalisa Adams (aa956@georgetown.edu) no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2013. Please do not include your name in the text of the paper. In the body of your email, include your name, your class year, the title of your paper, the subject of your paper and a brief biography listing your research interests. Papers should not exceed 6,000 words in length.

CFP: The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years

The Global E. P. Thompson:
Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years
To be held at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
October, 3rd - 5th, 2013

Paper Proposals are due May 15th, 2013

Fifty years ago E. P. Thompson published The Making of the English
Working Class, one of the most influential social history works ever.
Its approach to the history of common people, its arguments and its
methods came to influence several generations of historians and others
all over the world. To trace Thompson's influences, and with it the
larger story of the varied approaches to social history that have come
out of them, the Program on the History of Capitalism and the
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University seek to
initiate a global conversation among researchers across the humanities
and social sciences to reflect critically on Thompson's impact on the
writing of history and his enduring significance for future research.

At a time of global economic crises, as scholarship returns to themes
of class, inequality and political economy with renewed interest,
urgency, and moral purpose, the fiftieth anniversary of the Making of
the English Working Class offers a welcome opportunity to both
critically reflect on Thompson's scholarship and consider the ways in
which his ideas, methods and commitments can still inspire
intellectual frameworks and research programs that speak to present
global problems.

The conference, to be held at Harvard University from 3rd-5th of
October, 2013 invites critical engagement with Thompson's legacy. The
Making has been at the center of many controversies in the writing of
social, political, cultural, and labor history over the past decades,
and we welcome papers that trace these debates. We are also interested
in papers tracing Thompson's influence in various fields of history,
and in various parts of the world. Moreover, we are seeking
contributors who address issues such as:
Translating E. P. Thompson: English Idioms and Traditions in Global
Context
Class Formation: An Important Category of Analysis in History?
Moral Economies and Political Economy: Culture, Economy and Politics
Spatially Situating Social Processes: Communities, Regions, Nations,
World-Systems

We are committed to making this a global conversation. With translations
of the Making into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Turkish,
Portuguese, Spanish, French and German, Thompson's work has had a global
audience. Middle Eastern, Asian, African and Latin American scholars are
especially encouraged to apply.

Finally, we encourage graduate students to submit paper proposals. We hope
to provoke an inter-generational dialogue, involving established scholars
who have long drawn inspiration from Thompson's work as well as aspiring
practitioners starting their academic careers.

Please submit paper abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a
CV, to Jessica Barnard at the email address:
jbarnard@wcfia.harvard.edu with the subject line "E. P. Thompson 2013"

Paper Proposals are due May 15th, 2013

We will notify applicants in June, 2013. If accepted, we will ask you for
a draft paper by September 1st. We will cover all (economy class) travel
costs, accommodation and meals.

Organizers
Rudi Batzell, PhD Candidate, History, Harvard University
Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History, Harvard University
Andrew Gordon, Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
Gabriel Winant, PhD Candidate, History, Yale University
Rudi Batzell rbatzell@fas.harvard.edu

Limited term (two year) position: Faculty School of Communication and Culture/ Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University invites your interest in a limited-term appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor within our School of Communication and Culture in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. You will play a key role in the administration, delivery, and instruction of the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication On Campus program.

Your primary responsibilities will include providing high quality face-to-face and online instruction, facilitating high quality course revision and program development as well as building strong relationships with students, faculty, and staff within the Marketing and International sectors.

In addition, you will be responsible for recruiting, developing and supporting instructors, managing student issues, monitoring the day-to-day delivery of the program, participating in program planning and reviews, attending program events and contributing to the marketing of the program. This program offering is geared primarily at international graduate students and delivered on campus in Victoria, British Columbia.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about helping others achieve their academic pursuits, enjoys working within a highly entrepreneurial, collaborative and team-based teaching environment, and possesses well-developed interpersonal and intercultural communication skills and relationship-building abilities.

Royal Roads University is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, thereby making us more compassionate human beings and strengthening the fabric of our communities. Experience working in diverse settings is essential to this position.

To be considered, candidates will possess:
• Doctorate in related discipline
• Bilingualism, with preferred proficiency in English and Mandarin
• Some personal or professional experience outside of Canada
• Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level (employing adult learning, English as a second language and applied learning principles) in intercultural and international communication
• Experience in the communication sector, and ability to develop international networks
• Ability to work within an interdisciplinary outcomes-based curriculum
• Applied research experience in social and applied sciences field
• Experience in curriculum design and development at the graduate level preferred
• Experience in supervision of graduate students preferred

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience.

This is a limited term appointment for a two-year term. The possibility of extension to this term is subject to performance and program needs.
To apply please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy (preferably in electronic format) to:
E-mail: rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca

Competition #13-007 or Human Resources - Career Opportunities Royal Roads University 2005 Sooke Road Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2 Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2511
The competition will begin on February 6, 2013. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2013; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found. While the position is pending funding, funding will be confirmed prior to March 31, 2013.
While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions.

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL (two positions), University of Maryland College Park

The Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) in the College of Education at the University of Maryland seeks to hire two Clinical Assistant Professors of TESOL. Both positions require a doctorate in language education, applied linguistics, or closely related field, and both involve significant coordination and oversight responsibilities.

Position #1: Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL (1)

Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL and PDS Coordinator (Position #1). The TESOL Program/PDS Coordinator works collaboratively with other faculty in the Division of Language, Literacy, Culture, and Social Inquiry (LLCSI) to coordinate the day-to-day activities of three TESOL masters programs and an undergraduate TESOL minor, both on-campus and in Professional Development School (PDS) sites. The TESOL Program/PDS Coordinator assists in recruitment and program improvement initiatives, completes TESOL-NCATE reports, communicates regularly with students about upcoming deadlines and opportunities, collaborates with program partners, and performs other related duties. Teaching responsibilities include two 3-credit courses each year, a 1-credit internship seminar each semester, and supervision of two interns for fall or spring semester. This is a 9-month, non-tenure accruing academic appointment with limited, separately compensated summer commitments.

Minimum Qualifications (Position #1): K-12 classroom teaching experience; PhD or EdD in TESOL, language education, or related field; experience working collaboratively with local schools; evidence of capacity to manage program details effectively.

Desired Qualifications (Position #1): Experience teaching in a teacher education program at the Masters level.

Position #2: Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL (2)

Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL and TESOL Outreach Program Coordinator (Position #2). A new position, the TESOL Outreach Program Coordinator plans and implements short-term TESOL institutes for groups of international visitors in collaboration with the Center for Language, Literacy and Culture (CLLC) in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) and in partnership with the Maryland English Institute (MEI), and plans, staffs, and implements a planned online TESOL Masters program. The TESOL Outreach Program Coordinator is responsible for building the outreach efforts of the CLLC and TLPL. Teaching responsibilities are balanced with program coordination responsibilities. This is a 12-month, non-tenure accruing academic appointment.

Minimum Qualifications (Position #2): PhD or EdD in TESOL, language education, or related field; evidence of capacity to manage program details effectively.

Desired Qualifications (Position #2): Proficiency in a language other than English; international experience; experience with online teaching.

How To Apply
For best consideration, please submit all materials by February 22, 2013.

Applicants may apply for either or both positions, as appropriate. To be considered for both positions, applicants must separately submit their materials for each. Applications for either position should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. The cover letter should relate the applicant's qualifications to the set of responsibilities for the position, and should describe the applicant's intellectual interests in the field, and how these might fit within a community of scholars in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

To apply for Position #1 (job posting # 118845), visit this link: https://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58364

To apply for Position #2 (job posting # 118872), visit this link: https://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58411

For inquiries, please contact Jeff MacSwan, search committee chair, at macswan@umd.edu.