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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/22

October 22, 2009

1. Department of French and Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series

2. Department of French and Italian – The Revised Birth of Negritude Lecture

3. Tocqueville Program Presentation

4. German Language Lilly Library Tour

5. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 2009 

6. Educators from around the world convene on IU Bloomington campus

7. POLS-Y 675 Course: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World

8. REEI Collage Tribute to Fall of Berlin Wall

9. The Future of Nuclear Weapons Symposium




1. Department of French and Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series

Aiko Okamoto MacPhail

Grimoires: Dead Languages and Ancient Books in Stéphane Mallarmé

Friday, Nov. 6

2:00-3:00 pm

Ballantine Hall 006

Talk followed by discussion and refreshments.

ABOUT THE TALK: This talk deals with the notion of grimoire as the collection of ancient and dead words in Stéphane Mallarmé and his Igitur in the evolutionary context of French verse from Aloysius Bertrand to Gustave Kahn.  In the preface of Gaspard de la Nuit, Aloysius Bertrand talks about a book of magic, a grimoire, held by an old man.  That book is Gaspard de la Nuit, a collection of prose poetry.  Stéphane Mallarmé adapted Bertrand’s notion of grimoire and transformed it into a poetic ur-text.  The grimoire contains a pure language as the legacy of the past.  In Igitur, the grimoire is the book that Igitur carries with him from his ancestral room and down the staircase.  Igitur travels to know the essence of old languages, and to apply it to the ultimate work or le Livre.   This paper talks about Mallarmé’s grimoire, the science of evolution in his poetics, and the transition of nineteenth-century French verse with the “Frontispiece” by Félicien Rops for Mallarmé’s Poésies.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Aiko Okamoto MacPhail teaches as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Italian, Indiana University.  She has the double maîtrise in literature and philosophy from the Université de Paris VIII and Paris I and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.  She is currently working on the book project based on her PhD which includes Stéphane Mallarmé, the Goncourts, and Japonisme, and also on a second project on Mallarmé and his affiliation with French literature from the late-medieval poets to eighteenth-century thinkers and writers.


2. Department of French and Italian – The Revised Birth of Negritude Lecture

The Department of French and Italian presents a lecture by Christopher Miller of Yale University

The Revised Birth of Negritude: Communist Revolution and “the Immanent Negro” in 1935

3:30 pm

Friday, October 23

College Arts & Humanities Institute

1211 E. Atwater Ave. (corner of Atwater & Ballantine)

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian and the Center for Latin American and Carib-bean Studies.

About the lecture:  In 2008, Christian Filostrat, in his book Negritude Agonistes, published the “missing link” of negritude: the long-lost 1935 article in which Aimé Césaire used the word négritude for the first time. Deeply engaged with Communist discourse, this article is very different from the epic poem that made negritude famous, Césaire’s Notebook of a Return to My Native Land (1939). Are the roots of negritude “red” as well as black?

About the speaker:  Christopher L. Miller is  Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University. He is author of The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (Duke University Press, 2008);  Nationalists and Nomads: Essays on Francophone African Literature and Culture (The University of Chicago Press, 1998); Theories of Africans:  Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa  (The University of Chicago Press, 1990): finalist, Melville Herskovits Prize Competition of African Studies Association, 1991; and Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French  (The University of Chicago Press, 1985).


3. Tocqueville Program Presentation

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tocqueville Room, Workshop in Political Theory

513 N. Park Avenue


“What’s Wrong With Tocqueville Studies, and What Can Be Done About It”

Professor Matthew Mancini, Chair, Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University, Missouri  


4. German Language Lilly Library Tour

A tour will be offered in German through the Lilly Library by Helga Keller, whom many of you know from the Art Museum tours in previous years. The library is home to various artifacts, including a genuine Gutenberg Bible.

The tour is free and will take place at 3pm on October 30 at 3pm. Space is limited, so please register with Nikole Langjahr at


5. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Colloquium Series, Fall 200 

Place: Workshop Tocqueville Room

513 North Park Avenue

Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.                                

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided free of charge and soft drinks are available. Copies of Workshop colloquia papers can be found on our website at If you have a question regarding assistance or our Colloquium Series, please contact Gayle Higgins (812-855-0441, We hope you will be able to join us!


October 26, 2009


Co-sponsored by the Political Economy of Democratic Sustainability (PEDS)

Presented by Dr. Carolyn Lesorogol, Associate Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Abstract: Privatization of common lands shifts legal authority for land use decisions from communities to individual land owners. In so doing, privatization may undermine systems of rules regulating access to and use of common resources, such as grazing land among northern Kenya pastoralists. This study of privatization of pastoral land among the Samburu finds, however, that while individual land owners do claim a high level of autonomy over decision-making regarding their land, new social norms have emerged following privatization that promote the continued accessibility of private land for livestock grazing by neighbor’s herds. These new rules stipulate, for example, that land owners who refuse others’ access to grazing on their property will not be allowed to graze their livestock on any privately owned land in the community. In this way, communal sanctions are used to enforce cooperation in maintaining shared grazing rights, even on private parcels. Furthermore, these rules have differential effects on land owners depending on the number of livestock they own. Those with many livestock requiring greater access to pasture are encouraged to keep their land available to others, while those with few livestock may benefit by enclosing their land and leasing it for cultivation or grazing. Private ownership coupled with such norms regarding access creates varied incentives for land owners resulting in new patterns of land use. The emergence of new norms demonstrates the presence of institutional innovation at community level in the face of de jure shifts in ownership originating from national level policy. This case illustrates the important role of social sanctions in establishing and maintaining cooperation, and the dynamic interplay of public and private realms in Samburu land management.

BIO: Carolyn Lesorogol is currently assistant professor of social work and anthropology at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis. Her primary research interests include processes of institutional change, particularly changing social norms related to property among pastoralists in Kenya. She has lived and worked among Samburu pastoralists in northern Kenya for over 20 years and her recent book, Contesting the Commons: Privatizing Pastoral Lands in Kenya (2008, University of Michigan Press), investigates the social, political, and economic processes that led to privatization of communal land among Samburu as well as the consequences of this shift for household well-being and social relations. Dr. Lesorogol has also used experimental economics games in her work to explore changes in human behavior related to institutional transformations. Her work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright-Hays, and has been published in Science, Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Development and Change, World Development among other journals.


October 28, 2009


Presented by Christopher Bartlett, PhD, ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia, and Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: Chris will outline results of research on community-based marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu. Utilizing a suite of cross-disciplinary methodologies, he and his ni-Vanuatu colleagues contrasted MPAs that are permanently closed to fishing (no-take) with those that are periodically harvested. Findings corroborate traditional ecological knowledge that fishing in MPAs can produce conservation outcomes while simultaneously satisfying local resource use requirements. Chris will also present research in progress that operationalizes theoretical ontologies of complex systems to investigate how village MPA rule selection may be enabled by combinations of social and ecological factors. Preliminary findings suggest that imported rules (i.e., Western-dominated, no-take marine reserve panaceas) may be incompatible with local MPA-enabling factors and potentially lead to management failure. He concludes with general policy suggestions to guide the locally and externally driven implementation of global MPAs.

BIO: Christopher Bartlett is a visiting scholar at the Workshop 2009-2010. Since 2002 he has been living and working full time alongside indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands, first as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then as a PhD researcher with the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia. Currently, Chris is collaborating with government officials, NGOs, academics and island communities in the Republic of Vanuatu to develop and evaluate coral reef management and networking institutions. He and his colleagues are comparing various institutional models that can simultaneously operate on ecosystem scales, be self-governed, and internalize the subsistence, conservation and socio-economic aspirations of small localized communities. See


6. Educators from around the world convene on IU Bloomington campus 

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning holds sixth annual conference Oct. 22-25

Six hundred college and university educators from 15 countries will converge on Indiana University Bloomington this week to share research and insights on what makes for effective teaching and learning.

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) will have its annual conference Oct. 22-25 (Thursday-Sunday) on the IU Bloomington campus — the same campus where the society had its launch five years ago.

Scholars from Canada, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt and Ethiopia, as well as from hundreds of campuses throughout the U.S., will be in attendance to focus on how to enhance the understanding of student learning and guide teaching practices.

The 2009 conference, “Solid Foundations, Emerging Knowledge, and Shared Futures in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” features workshops by leaders in the field, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel presentations, individual paper and poster presentations and roundtable discussions.

“The slate of offerings is really strong and diverse, with sessions on teaching creativity, Japanese-style lesson study, learning in the STEM disciplines, preparing graduate students to teach, instructional technologies, and many more,” said IU Department of Communications and Culture faculty member Jennifer Meta Robinson, ISSOTL president and 2009 ISSOTL conference chair.

The opening keynote speaker is Voldemar Tomusk (5:30 p.m., Thursday), director for policy and evaluation of Open Society Institute’s Higher Education Support Program (HESP), based in London, U.K., speaking on “Learning Together and the Politics of Knowledge: Mis- and Disconnections in Europe and Beyond.”

Plenary speakers include:

  • Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering/Connexions, Rice University, “Open Access Education and the Textbook of the Future,” Friday, 9-10 a.m.
  • Tai L. Peseta, lecturer, Teaching and Learning Unit and Faculty of Economics and Commerce, The University of Melbourne, Australia, “For Whom Do We Write? The Place and Practices of Writing in Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
  • Craig E. Nelson, professor emeritus of biology, Indiana University, “Why SOTL? Why Now?” Sunday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The keynote and three plenary sessions held in Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union are open gratis to IU Bloomington faculty, staff and students who check in with their Indiana University ID at the conference registration desk in the IMU East Lounge.

“The real appeal of ISSOTL is that it networks a broad range of faculty to share their own formal discussions about what matters and what works in learning and teaching,” said Robinson. “It’s not about externally-derived standards or homogenous expectations and outputs like some of the worst fears about assessment. Instead, ISSOTL is about disciplinary experts engaging the real work of teaching subject matter, acknowledging that work as worthy of intellectual inquiry and investment.

“It’s about formalizing what may start as a hunch about what makes a good class, and considering it in a scholarly manner that will be meaningful to others,” she continued. “It’s about sharing our insights and discoveries so that the horizon of what is possible in higher education moves forward — for individual students, in individual classrooms, in departments and fields, in institutions and across nations.”

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning was founded in 2004 by a committee of 67 scholars from several countries.

It was organized to recognize and encourage scholarly work on teaching and learning in each discipline, within other scholarly societies and across educational levels; to promote cross-disciplinary conversation to create synergy and prompt new lines of inquiry; to facilitate the collaboration of scholars in different countries and the flow of new findings and applications across national boundaries; to encourage the integration of discovery, learning and public engagement; and to advocate for support, review, recognition and appropriate uses of the scholarship of teaching and learning. For more information about ISSOTL, see To learn more about the conference, visit And for questions, contact


7. POLS-Y 675 Course: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World


Spring 2010

TR,  2-4 pm, WH 200

Description of the course. This course explores the concept of revolution in modern political thought. It does so by examining key revolutionary moments in the history of modern Europe and America: 1688, 1776, 1789, 1848, 1917 and 1989. All these revolutions reshaped the political map and challenged the conceptual vocabulary of social scientists by challenging them to rethink the prerequisites of political change and the conditions under which the latter can be brought to a successful end. This course that has both a historical and a contemporary part focuses on the lessons that scholars could earn from reflecting on the legacies of these historical moments. How do revolutions come to an end? What factors can contribute to constitutionalizing the newly gained liberties? How must new regimes deal with the legacy of the past? The course will examine the works of some of the most important interpreters of these revolutionary moments as well as a few classic works on revolution (Hannah Arendt and, most recently, Martin Malia). It will include representative selections from  The Federalist and the Anti-Federalist Papers,  Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Sieyes’s What is the Third Estate, Tocqueville’s The Old Regime and the Revolution and Recollections, as well as representative selections from the writings of Marx and Lenin. The last part of the course will examine the revolutions of 1989 and a few important theoretical reflections on the events 1989 (Dahrendorf,  Michnik, Havel).

Instructor: Professor Aurelian Craiutu

Department of Political Science, Indiana University

401 Woodburn Hall



8. REEI Collage Tribute to Fall of Berlin Wall

With the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are reaching out to the REEI community to share their own memories of November – December 1989. Where were you? What were you doing? We invite you to share your stories and pictures for a collage tribute in the December issue of REEIfication.
Please submit all entries to by November 6.


9. The Future of Nuclear Weapons Symposium

The Center on American and Global Security and the India Studies Program at Indiana University have invited a distinguished panel of experts to present a symposium on “The Future of Nuclear Weapons.” The symposium will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. This event is free and open to the public.
Participating in the symposium will be:
-Robert Jervis, the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and author of several books, including American Foreign Policy in a New Era,  The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution, Perception and Misperception in International Politics, and The Logic of Images in International Relations.
-John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago and author of books such as Conventional Deterrence, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
-Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs and a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
-Stephen Schwartz, editor of Nonproliferation Review and former publisher and executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
The symposium occurs at an opportune moment because nuclear weapons policies and controversies are much in the news now and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. President Obama is pursuing his call for global elimination of nuclear weapons. The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in September 2009 on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and strengthening compliance with international non-proliferation treaties. Fears about the nuclear weapons ambitions of North Korea and Iran are escalating. Concerns about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal have been raised. Russia and the United States are negotiating a treaty to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Worries about the U.S.-India nuclear accord concluded in 2007 are increasing. Policy makers remain concerned about the potential for nuclear terrorism. The next review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will take place in 2010.
The symposium’s distinguished experts will address these and other challenges facing national and international policies on nuclear weapons.

Questions about the symposium can be directed to David P. Fidler, Director, CAGS, at

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