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Announcements for Grad Students – 11/6

November 6, 2009

1. Teaching Opportunity – Summer 2010

2. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Information Session

3. “Considerations on the History of the Minorcan (Catalan) Dialect and Culture of St. Augustine, Florida” Workshop

4. GPSO Announcements

5. “Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies” Graduate Seminar – Spring 2010

6. WEST Mellon Endowment Graduate Student Grants

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

8. Department of French and Italian Lecture

9. College of Arts & Sciences Travel Awards 

10. Call for Papers – MIT International Review

11. International Education Week


1. Teaching Opportunity – Summer 2010

West European Studies invites course proposals from graduate students interested in teaching during the 2010 SUMMER SESSION I. The course must focus on a topic pertinent to contemporary Europe. The topic may range from the humanities to social sciences, literature, politics, or art.

Recent Course Topics:
– East and West in the New Europe
– How Global is Youth Culture?
– Language Policy in Western Europe
– European Nationalism
– Meet the [B]East
– The Footballization of Europe

Proposal Package MUST include:
– Course description
– Possible joint-listings with other departments
– List of readings
– Curriculum vitae
– Course evaluations (If available/applicable)
– 1 letter of reference and contact information for 2 additional references

– Deadline: All proposals must be received in the WEST office, Ballantine Hall542, no later than Friday, January 15, 2010.
– Compensation: The stipend for teaching the course will be approximately $2800.
– For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss your proposal, please contact West European Studies, Ballantine Hall542, 855-3280, west

*Please keep in mind that the course should be of broad appeal to undergraduate students and must have an enrollment of 18 students to transpire.

2. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Information Session

November 30, 2009
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
IMU Walnut Room

3. “Considerations on the History of the Minorcan (Catalan) Dialect and Culture of St. Augustine, Florida” Workshop

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to announce a workshop by Philip D. Rasico, Professor of Catalan and Linguistics at Vanderbilt University. The workshop, entitled “Considerations on the History of the Minorcan (Catalan) Dialect and Culture of St. Augustine, Florida,” will be held on Friday, November 13 from 9:30-10:45am in BH004. Interested students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Professor Rasico has suggested three articles of his that could serve as points of departure for discussion. Each participant is asked to read at least one of these studies before the workshop. The readings are available in pdf form on EReserve:
Instructor: Patrick Dove
Course: MESDA
Password: mesda

Coffee and bagels will be provided at the workshop.

4. GPSO Announcements

– SoFA gallery this week
– City Lights Underground Film Series
– Native American Heritage Month Events
– Native American Community Center seeks volunteers
– Mather’s Museum Events

**These announcements and more can be found at the GPSO blog:


When: Friday, November 6th, 5:30-9pm (Speed Dating 5:30-7/Social Hour 7-9pm)
Where: Crazy Horse, 214 W. Kirkwood Ave (Back Room)
What: Get to know local singles in a casual and fun atmosphere! There is a $3 fee for Speed Dating (not the Social Hour). All proceeds go to the GPSO Book Scholarship fund. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding this event.

**Information on these events and more can be found at the GPSO website: www.

5. “Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies” Graduate Seminar – Spring 2010

9907 PERM 03:00P-05:00P R GY 407 Hellwig T
TOPIC : Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies

This seminar introduces participants to a range of issues facing analysts of politics in Western Europe and, more broadly, advanced industrialized democracies. The seminar’s thematic focus will change from week to week, with particular attention on the themes of democracy, representation, and responses to economic change. Topics include political institutions, elections and electoral systems, political parties and party systems, political culture, public opinion and mass politics, organized interests and producer politics, public control of the economy, social policy and the welfare state, and the fate of the nation-state in an era of globalization and economic change. Course requirements include participation in seminar discussions, short response papers, a term paper/research design option on one of the course topics, and a final exam.

6. WEST Mellon Endowment Graduate Student Grants

The West European Studies Center is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for graduate students working on West European topics, by now offering research and conference travel grants. These WEST grant program for graduate students are funded by the WEST Mellon Endowment.

WEST Graduate Student Research Grant: to help graduate students in West European area studies who require modest support for research related travel or travel for participation in a structured internship program. The research or internship must focus on topics related to contemporary West European studies. Research funds are to be used to conduct preliminary thesis or dissertation feasibility studies or to compile evidence for their master’s thesis or dissertation. WEST domestic research travel grants will not exceed $400 and international grants will not exceed $750. Priority is given to students pursuing a MA in West European Studies or a doctoral minor in West European Studies.
Deadlines: December 1, February 1, and April 1 (if funds available).

WEST Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant: to help graduate students present their research on contemporary West European topics at major association meetings and conferences. Student travel reimbursement is limited to minimum airfare or mileage (per IU guidelines), two nights lodging, and conference registration fee. WEST domestic conference travel grants will not exceed $400 and international grants will not exceed $750. Priority is given to students pursuing a MA in West European Studies or a doctoral minor in West European Studies.
Deadlines: December 1, February 1, and April 1 (if funds available).

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

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!

November 9, 2009


Presented by Professor Jerome Busemeyer, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Affiliated Faculty, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: The order that questions are asked on a survey can have substantial effects on the choice frequencies for answers. Four different patterns of effects have been identified by past researchers — assimilation, contrast, additive and subtractive effects. These order effects are usually explained by changes in context caused by the first question. Here we develop this context explanation into a rigorous model using quantum probability theory. We show that a quantum probability model provides a natural and simple formal explanation for all four patterns of order effects.

Please see the link below for a paper that provides an overview of quantum probability theory.

Introduction to Quantum Probability for Social and Behavioral Scientists. To appear in L. Rudolph & X Valsiner (Eds.) Qualitative mathematics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Routledge Publications.

BIO: Dr. Busemeyer is a professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. He has served on several national grant review panels, he has been federally funded for the past 28 years, and he has published over 100 articles in various Psychological and Mathematical Social Science journals. Currently, Dr. Busemeyer is the chief editor of Journal of Mathematical Psychology, and previously he served as Manager of the Cognition and Decision Program at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for two years. His main areas of research include mathematical models of decision making and learning, and perhaps his most important work so far is a dynamic model of human decision making called decision field theory.

November 11, 2009


Presented by Luz Aliette Hernández, Political Science PhD Student, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Visiting Scholar, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: Laguna Escondida is an “ejido” that is part of the natural protected area “Reserva de Biosfera Los Tuxtlas.” Currently, 71% of the surface of Laguna Escondida is occupied by livestock, which strongly influences the loss of the “ejido” forest. The cultural acceptance of this productive activity is a result of several social factors related to the lack of alternative opportunities and the pressure for better incomes from the local population. Restoration initiatives for the region should incorporate these socio-economic demands and the stakeholders’ participation in the proposal’s design. As an alternative, in this study a restoration strategy was analyzed on the basis of the establishment of live fences with commercial use – using Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.- in the cattle ranch area. The viability of the proposal was evaluated on the basis of the performance of P. dioica on: (1) the establishment of a demonstrative plot; (2) the growth and yield projection for the species; (3) the analysis of the individuals’ morphological variation according to their growing site; (4) the analysis of the environmental modifications as consequence of the presence of P. dioica in the cattle area; and (5) the analysis of the commercial value of the proposal. As a result, it was observed that: (1) survivorship of P. dioica was successful (58%) on pasture land conditions; (2) in the pasture area, trees grew three times faster than trees developing inside the forest; (3) P. dioica trees improve the environmental conditions of the pasture; and (4) its establishment in live fences around the cattle area is profitable and economically competitive with the current “ejido” livestock activity. These results allowed us to conclude that P. dioica has a high biological potential for the restoration initiatives; and its use as part of the live fences system is a commercial valuable alternative for the restoration of the pasture areas of Laguna Escondida.

BIO: Luz Aliette Hernandez is currently a Political Science PhD student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She received her Master of Science in Biology, with specialization in Restoration Ecology from the Ecology Institute of UNAM. She did her undergraduate studies in Biology at the National University of Colombia. She has nine years of professional experience in the collective management of forest resources, through the planning, management, coordination, and implementation of projects in the areas of sustainable rural development, community organization, and civic participation. Her PhD research is focused on the evaluation of the impact of the Mexican governmental program for the development of the community forestry in the quality of life of beneficiaries. Her main objective at the Workshop will be to extend the analytical and methodological framework for her research proposal.



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

Presented by Professor Scott Feld, Department of Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Based upon collaborative work with Professor Bernard Grofman, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine, and Professor Joseph Godfrey, Virginia Tech and Winset Inc.

Abstract: Majority rule games in a spatial context generally have no equilibria. Nevertheless, we suggest that majority choices in such games tend to move toward, and are more likely to end at, points that have a small winset (the set of other points that a majority prefers to that point). Reanalysis of experimental evidence from eight different 5-person spatial voting games (previously reanalyzed by Bianco et. al, 2006.) indicates that the mean outcome in each of these games was not statistically significantly different from the strong point (the point with the smallest winset). Furthermore, we anticipated and found that the larger the winset of the strong point, the greater the variation among the outcomes around the strong point. Further analyses suggest several reasons to expect that outcomes in these games would center near the strong point and vary with the size of its winset. We suggest a relatively simple algorithm to find the strong point in any spatial voting game, consider some implications and applications of these findings, and make suggestions for further research.

BIO: Scott L. Feld is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. He is a mathematical sociologist whose primary sociological work has focused upon causes and consequences of patterns in social networks. Specifically, his work has described and analyzed patterns of intersecting social circles and systematic patterns of inequality in networks. His work on collective choice, mostly in collaboration with Bernard Grofman, has focused on systematic implications and outcomes of mechanisms of collective choice. In addition to his primary theoretical work on networks and collective choice, he continues applied research in various areas that have included such diverse topics as interpersonal violence, innovations in marriage laws, and hurricane evacuation. For the 29 years before coming to Purdue in 2004, he served as a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Louisiana State University.

8. Department of French and Italian Lecture

The Department of French & Italian presents a lecture by Giuseppe Gazzola of Stony Brook University:

Marinetti and the Afterlife of Mallarmé: New Documents for a Vexata Quaestio

4:30 pm, Friday, November 13, 2009
College Arts & Humanities Institute
1211 E. Atwater Ave. (corner of Atwater & Ballantine Rd.)

About the talk: F. T. Marinetti’s relationship with the works of Stephane Mallarmé has always been seen as conflicted, and the discovery of new archival documents will complicate the issue even more.

About the speaker: Giuseppe Gazzola is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Stony Brook University. He received his laurea in lettere from the University of Genova , and an MA from the University of Notre Dame, before completing his Ph.D. in Italian Studies at Yale University in 2008. His research and teaching interests range from Petrarch to eighteenth-century literary historiography to contemporary poetry and film in Italy and by Italians abroad. His first book, Le armi della ragione. Contributo allo studio dell’opera teatrale di Vico Faggi (Genova: Microart, 1997), described the theatrical production of Vico Faggi. Since then, Gazzola has published articles on Petrarch, Foscolo, and Italian poets of the twentieth century. In 2006, along with Olaf Müller, he published a German edition of Foscolo’s Essays on Petrarch (Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2005). He is currently working on a book-length project entitled The Literature of History, which investigates the reciprocal relationship between the construction of an Italian national identity and the development of a national literary canon from about 1790 to 1890.

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian with support from the West European Studies Program.

If you have a disability and need assistance, accommodations can be made to meet most needs. Please call 855-5458.

9. College of Arts & Sciences Travel Awards

Are you traveling to a conference this year?
Have you already presented a paper at a conference this year?
Would a travel grant help off-set the cost of presenting at a conference?

The College of Arts & Sciences Travel Awards competition has just opened!
Starting November 1st, you can go to the following website College Travel Award Application or and apply for the Travel Award.

For the application, you will need the following:

• Name of conference
• Location of conference
• Dates of conference
• Title of your contribution (paper, panel, poster)
• Names and affiliations of co-presenters (if any)
• Lodging information and cost
• Transport information and cost
• Dates and amounts of any previous travel awards
• Department or other funds available
• Abstract or summary

Contact the WEST office for sponsorship. This award is for travel between January 2009 and July 2010.

10. Call for Papers – MIT International Review


Our Vision
The MIT International Review is an annual publication at MIT that aspires to
support solution-oriented discourse on challenges facing our global community.

Our Mission
*MITIR* endeavors to stimulate objective commentary and debate on international
political, economic, social, and technological issues, by highlighting
innovative work that identifies global problems and their solutions, and
employs a diversity of perspectives: qualitative and quantitative, humanistic
and scientific, theoretical and applied; and to produce a publication that is
of value to all individuals, including students, academics, and policymakers.

-Submit your original articles, research manuscripts, or senior thesis AS IS
-Circulation to dorms, departments, libraries, and universities across the
-MITIR accepts submissions from the political science, life sciences, applied
sciences, economics, international development, and social sciences!

For consideration in our 2010 issue, please submit by:
December 5, 2009 12pm
Submit to

For more info, including our past issues, visit

11. International Education Week

November 11 – 20, 2009

Celebrated worldwide, International Education Week provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange, to express appreciation for students and scholars who study and teach here, and to commend the millions of people who build and strengthen bridges of international understanding by organizing and participating in exchange programs.

Visit  for a detailed calendar of events!

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