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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/5

October 5, 2009

1. Transatlantic Cooperation in Research (TransCoop)

2. GPSO Survey

3. Stammtisch TONIGHT – Monday, October 5

4. 2010 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

5. Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences

6. Department of French and Italian Student-Faculty Forum

7. Call for Applications – USA Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

8. 2009-10 IUB Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability

9. Call for Papers – Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics, Literature and Culture

10. Department of Germanic Studies’ Walter Salz Family Award

11. Greece as a European Periphery: Second Eight-Week Course




1. Transatlantic Cooperation in Research (TransCoop)

Funding for Collaborative Research for Scholars in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, and Law

As the October 31 deadline for fall TransCoop applications approaches, we invite you to share this information with anyone who may be interested and eligible to apply. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the program.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports transatlantic research cooperation between
German, American and/or Canadian scholars in the humanities, social sciences, economics, and law.

Joint research initiatives can receive up to 55,000 EUR over a three-year period. 

Funding Information

Funds can be used:

  • to finance short-term research visits lasting up to three months.
  • to organize conferences and workshops.
  • for material, equipment and printing costs.
  • for a limited amount of research assistance.

Up to fifteen percent of the TransCoop funds granted can be earmarked for the German partner institution and used as an administrative lump-sum.

U.S. or Canadian sources must match funds from the TransCoop Program.

 Application Information
Applications should be submitted jointly by at least one German and one U.S. and/or Canadian scholar.  A Ph.D. is required of both applicants.

Applications are accepted biannually, with deadlines of April 30 and October 31.

Applications and detailed information
can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage.


2. GPSO Survey

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) has developed a short, 10-minute survey about health insurance, living costs and support services for graduate and professional students on the Bloomington campus. These surveys are invaluable to the GPSO in identifying the interests and priorities of graduate students, getting feedback on GPSO initiatives and representing the graduate student population to the administration. Last year, the GPSO surveys had 800 respondents (nearly 1/10th of the graduate population), which allowed us to much more effectively promote our initiatives.

The GPSO is again offering several Starbucks gift cards to randomly-selected survey respondents.
Please take the time to fill our survey at


3. Stammtisch TONIGHT – Monday, October 5

German conversation at tonight’s Stammtisch, 6:30pm at Bear’s Place. All levels welcome! For more information, contact Nikole Langjahr at .


4. 2010 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

We are very pleased to announce the 2010 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation. This prize will be a $5,000 grant for a literary translation from Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic into English, and it is open
to anyone under the age of 30.

The application form and more information can be found on our website:

$5,000 grant for a literary translation from Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic into English.

This $5,000 grant will be awarded to a proposed work of literary translation from Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic into English and is open to anyone under the age of 30. The translation must fall under the category of fiction or letters, and the applicant will propose his or her own translation project. The project should be manageable for a five-month period of work, as the grant will be awarded in May 2010, and the translation must be completed by October 2010.

Acceptable proposals include a novella, a play, a collection of short stories or poems, or a collection of letters that have literary import. Preference will be given to works that have not been previously translated. (Previously translated works will be considered, however applicants should include an explanation for why they are proposing a new translation.) Applicants wishing to translate significantly longer works should contact the Foundation before sending in their applications so that supplementary
materials can be included. The prizewinner will be notified on May 14, 2010 and results will be announced online at

The recipient will be expected to participate in symposia on literary translation with established writers and translators, as well as public readings of their work once the translation has been completed.

Application Requirements (Please download the official application online at All applications must include three copies of the following:

• Application Cover Sheet (available online at
• Personal Statement (2 pages maximum) explaining your interest and background in literature and the source language (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Icelandic)
• Project proposal (2 pages maximum) outlining the work and describing its importance
• 5 page sample translation of the proposed work from the source language into English
• The same passage in the original language
• A bio-bibliography of the author (including information on previous translations of his or her work into English)
• One academic letter of recommendation
• Official transcript from your current or most recent academic institution

All applications must be submitted via regular mail to the Foundation’s P.O. Box address, which will be posted online at on December 15, 2009. All application materials must be received by February 13, 2010.

The fine print: Applicants must be under the age of 30 on the date the prizewinner will be announced: May 14, 2010. By submitting work to the Susan Sontag Foundation, the applicant acknowledges the right of the Foundation to use the accepted work in its publications, on its website, and for educational and promotional purposes related to the Foundation. Please note that application materials cannot be returned to applicants.



5. Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences

June 2 – 5, 2010

Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel, Honolulu Hawaii, USA

 Submission Deadline:  January 22, 2010

(Submit well in advance of the above deadline if you wish to take advantage of our new Early Bird Rate. See website for details.)

Sponsored by:

University of Louisville – Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

Web address:

Email address:

The 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences will be held from June 2 (Wednesday) to June 5  (Saturday), 2010 at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The conference will provide many  opportunities for academicians and professionals from social sciences related fields to interact with members inside  and outside their own particular disciplines.

Topic Areas (All Areas of Social Sciences are Invited):


*Area Studies (African, American, Asian, European, Hispanic, Islamic, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Russian, and all other  cultural and ethnic studies)




*Energy Alternatives

*Ethnic Studies/International Studies



*International Relations


*New Urbanism

*Political Science

*Preservation and Green Urbanism


*Public Administration

*Social Work


*Sustainable Development

*Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods

*Urban and Regional Planning

*Women’s studies

*Other Areas of Social Science

*Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas

Submitting a Proposal:

You may submit your paper/proposal by using our online submission system! To use the system, and for  detailed information about submitting see:

Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences

P.O. Box 75023

Honolulu, HI 96836 USA

Telephone: (808) 542-4986

Fax: (808) 947-2420




6. Department of French and Italian Student-Faculty Forum

Julie Auger – Picard neuter subject clitics: variation or allomorphy?

 Friday, October 16

2:30-3:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 144

Talk followed by discussion and refreshments.

ABOUT THE TALK: The variety of Picard that is spoken in the Vimeu region of France contains three different forms that mean something like ‘it’ and correspond to French ce/ça: a, ch’, and a null form.  These forms are illustrated below:

I.          a sra point d’trop complitché à  trouvoèr.

            = ‘it won’t be too difficult to find’

II.        Est point aisé

            = ‘it’s not easy’

III.       Ichi, ichi ch’est l’Vimeu, oui

            = ‘Here, here it is Vimeu, yes’

Such a richness of forms raises many questions concerning their origin and their function.  Are the different forms allomorphs of a single pronoun?  Do they occur in free variation?  If not, what determines which form is used: phonological, semantic, or syntactic factors?  Is the alternation between them a result of language contact between French-like ch’ and Picard form a?  In this lecture, I will provide elements of answer based on an analysis based on an extensive corpus of written and oral data.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Julie Auger is Associate Professor of French linguistics in the Department of French & Italian and the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her recent publications include Le français en Amérique du Nord: État present (co-editor with A. Valdman and D. Piston-Hatlen, Laval UP, 2005) and “Ne deletion in Picard and in regional French: Evidence for distinct grammars” in Social Lives in Language – Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities (Co-authored with Anne-José Villeneuve, John Benjamins, 2008).


7. Call for Applications – USA Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders
Next Weeklong Seminar (6th – 10th November 2009, Berlin)

The next Weeklong Seminar for “USA Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders” will be taking place on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and therefore offers a unique opportunity for participants to experience this historic occasion.

The program will include lectures, seminars, and panel discussions with leading speakers from the fields of academia, politics, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector. The event runs concurrent to the ICD program “A World Without Walls”, and the contributing speakers will include:

•    Dr. Benjamin Barber (Professor, Maryland University, author of “Jihad Vs McWorld”)
•    Ms. Ségolène Royal (2007 Presidential Candidate, French Socialist Party, President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council)
•    The Rt. Hon. David Trimble (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland)
•    Jack McConnell (MSP; Former First Minister of Scotland)
•    Mike Kenneth Moore (Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
•    Annelli Jäätteenmäki (Former Prime Minister of Finland)
•    Emil Constantinescu (Former President of Romania)

The topics under discussion will include:

•    The history and development of transatlantic relations since 1989
•    The process of European integration from political, economic, and cultural perspectives and the implications of this for US-European relations
•    The current and future impact of the Obama administration on transatlantic relations
•    Comparing and contrasting US and European approaches towards the Russian Federation and the importance of Russia in determining the nature of transatlantic relations
•    The interdependent nature of the challenges faced by sovereign states and the challenges and opportunities this brings

Who can apply?
The program is open to students and young professionals with an interest in international relations and cultural exchange.

What will the Weeklong Seminar involve?

The program for the Weeklong Seminar will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, and cultural activities in and around Berlin. The participants will meet with leading figures from the political, diplomatic, academic and civil society spheres to discuss the state of relations between Europe and the USA, and consider how they can be supported through organised cultural exchange.

The timing of the event will also allow the participants the unique opportunity to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall here in Berlin.

What is the aim of the Weeklong Seminar?

The Seminar aims to raise awareness of key issues in the transatlantic relationship, inform the participants about the field of cultural diplomacy and its importance today, create a sustainable network between the participants, and provide support and guidance for future initiatives.

What happens after the Seminar?
After completing the Weeklong Seminar, the participants become members of the USA Meets Europe Forum. They are then supported by the ICD in conducting research, organising and developing leadership initiatives, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum where they can network with the other Young Leaders from around the world. The Forum activity is aimed at creating sustainable initiatives that bridge the Atlantic.

Where can I find more information?
Further information about the next Weeklong Seminar, including the online application forum, can be found under:

Further information about the Forum as a whole can be found under:

Further information about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy can be found under:

Any enquiries regarding the program can be sent to


8. 2009-10 IUB Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability

Visit to apply.

Deadline extended to Friday, October 9th at 5:00pm.
The IU Office of Sustainability (IUOS) is now accepting applications for its Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability.  IUOS has funding for up to 19 internships including:

Energy Challenge Coordinator
Greening of the Athletic Department
Funding Opportunities for the Office of Sustainability
Greening of the IMU Charrette Coordinator
Green Team Coordinator
Sustainability Reporting Research and Database
Social Dimensions of Sustainability
Campus-wide Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development
Co-curricular and Community Opportunities in Sustainability
Preparing for the College Themester in Sustainability
Water Conservation in Academic Buildings
Non-academic Building Energy Audits
Wetland and Stream Inventory of IUB and the Five Regional Campuses
Sustainable Food Procurement
Increased Awareness of and Initiatives for Recycling
Reclamation and Resale of Reusable Student Move-out Waste
E-waste Solutions  
Feasibility of Acquiring Alternatively Fueled Buses
Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure
These are paid positions.  Interns are expected to work 10-15 hours per week from mid-October to the end of the Spring semester, and schedules can be set to accommodate varying academic load and other commitments.  
For information about how to apply, please visit  


9. Call for Papers – Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics, Literature and Culture

6 February 2009

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Perspectives on Meaning and Self-Expression: Harmonizing Disparate Voices

There is a high degree of individuation in the manner in which people express themselves as well as in the communicative methods they use to connect with one another. This individuality manifests itself in various mediums and cultural products including literature, art, music, film and language itself. Arguably, these products both produce and circulate countless identities, meanings and perspectives within society. In this economy of signification and identity, a multiplicity of perspectives and voices are in dialogue with each other, which may result in reconciliation and harmony or discord and conflict.

The Seventh Annual Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics, Literature and Culture invites graduate students to ponder meaning and self-expression in Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Latin American linguistic, literary, and cultural contexts. What is the relationship between individuality and language use? How is individuality expressed in language choice? How do different voices rely upon each other as they attempt to create or appropriate individuated identity and meaning? How are disparate voices and perspectives harmonized? Is the process of harmonization necessarily exclusionary? At what point does the act of harmonizing become normalizing? Does this reconciliation and harmonization sabotage individuality? Does harmonization also cause dissonance?

In addition to seeking papers on the conference theme, discussion of the following areas of language study are also encouraged for submission: Spanish and Portuguese sociolinguistics, pragmatics, second language acquisition, syntax and morphology, phonology and phonetics, semantics, and historical linguistics.

Hosted by the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, the conference encourages submissions from all graduate students interested in the topic.

Due date and abstract information. Please submit a 250-word abstract with presentation title by December 15, 2009 via e-mail to The abstract itself should consist of only the title of the paper and abstract with no personal information. On a separate page please include the following: name, email, institution address, telephone number (office or home), title of your presentation. Submissions of panels are encouraged.

Paper format: Papers or presentations may be in Spanish, Portuguese, or English and should not exceed a presentation time of twenty minutes (aprox. 8 pages). A brief discussion and question session will follow each presentation.


10. Department of Germanic Studies’ Walter Salz Family Award

The Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington announces the seventeenth annual competition for the Walter Salz Family Award for the best essay on some aspect of the history of German Jews from the earliest times to the present day.

IU undergraduate or graduate students enrolled on any of the university’s eight campuses in any instructional session during academic year 2009-2010 are eligible to submit an essay.

Essays, of any suitable length, may either have been written for a course or be original compositions.

Essays (typed or printed out double-spaced) should be submitted to:

Walter Salz Family Award Committee

Department of Germanic Studies

1020 East Kirkwood Avenue

Ballantine Hall 644

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana  47405-7103

Deadline: June 1st, 2010. The winner or winners will receive a prize of up to $500.


11. Greece as a European Periphery: Second Eight-Week Course

Greece as a European Periphery: Case Studies in Culture and Society from the Early Modern Period to 2008

Special Topics in Western European Studies

WEUR-W 406

5:45pm-7:45pm TR

BH 242

Instructor: Tsitsopoulou V

In this course, students will examine Greece as an example of the socio-economic and cultural profile of a peripheral state in relation to Europe and to the global system. The course will be organized around a small number of case studies chosen to represent different historical periods and particular issues. No prior knowledge of the Greek language or Greece is required. Students will have the option to work on comparative projects based on their individual academic orientation and interests. The class format will combine lecture and discussion. Course content will include: theater, opera, prose, poetry, painting and film.

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