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Announcements for Grad Students – 2/5

February 5, 2010

 1. Lecture on ‘The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth’

2. “Crisis and Cultural Consumption” Lecture

3. George Stolnitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies 

4. 2010 Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference

5. Norwegian Summer Course

6. GPSO Announcements

7. International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

8. European Spring Institute 2010 on the Future of Europe in Prague







1. Lecture on ‘The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth’

The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth: Packy Jim McGrath’s Constructions of Self and Society on the Irish Border”

A Lecture by Ray Cashman, Associate Professor at the Center for Folklore Studies and Department of English, Ohio State University

Monday, February 15, 2010

5:00-6:15 pm

Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology Performance and Lecture Hall

800 N. Indiana Ave.

(formerly the Indiana Avenue Church of Christ)

Dr. Cashman has written on Irish ethnohistory; outlaws and insurgents in folklore and popular literature; traditional customs, drama, and rites of passage; vernacular expressions of local, ethnic, sectarian, and political identities and histories.

His is the award winning author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community, winner of both the Chicago Folklore Prize from the American Folklore Society and the Donald Murphy Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies. His current book project is Packy Jim: An Irish Life. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book The Role of the Individual in Tradition, with Pravina Shukla and Tom Mould.

2. “Crisis and Cultural Consumption” Lecture

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ballantine Hall 103

4:00-5:00 PM

Chilean writer and publisher Pía Barros




 “Crisis and Cultural Consumption”

Please join us on Tuesday, February 9 to hear Chilean writer and publisher Pía Barros reflection on how the process of globalization in general, and the current economic crisis more specifically, has altered our practices of cultural consumption and the political consequences they produce. In this presentation, Barros questions whether forms of mass communication,specifically the Internet, can democratically insert peripheral cultural consumers into the global society. Barros will also reflect on how economic crisis and globalization affect the way in which cultural differences are consumed on a global scale and the way in which the act of cultural consumption has become the defining characteristic of global citizenship.

Since founding the underground writing workshop and press Ergo Sum during Chile’s dictatorial period, Barros has worked as a writing instructor and editor for the past twenty-five years, publishing her students work in the form of handmade book-objects. In addition, Barros is continually recognized for her own work as a writer and was recently nominated for Chile’s esteemed Altazor prize for her 2008 collection of short stories, La Grandmother y otros. Barros will be visiting Bloomington as part of her US tour to promote her most recent bilingual collection of short stories titled Los que sobran/Those Not Spared translated by Jane Griffin

(Indiana University) and Resha Cardone (Southern Connecticut State University).

3. George Stolnitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies

Itzik Gotteman

Associate Editor, Yiddish Forverts

Thursday, February 11

7:30 p.m.

Oak Room, IMU

Itzik Gottesman is Associate Editor of the Yiddish Forverts newspaper, now in its 112th year of publication. He has a Ph.D in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught Yiddish language and Jewish Folklore at Penn and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Jewish Folklorists of Poland (2003).

The George J. Stolnitz Memorial Program was established to honor the memory of Indiana University Economics Professor George J. Stolnitz (1920-2001).

George Stolnitz’s distinguished career at Indiana University began in 1956 when he joined the Department of Economics faculty.  Professor Stolnitz was internationally recognized for his research on demographic trends and was a frequent consultant to the United Nations and U.S. government agencies.  Throughout his career, George lectured around the globe, including in Moscow, Jerusalem, and Brazil.  At Indiana University, he served as director of the International Development Research Center before founding the Population Institute for Research and Training.

The Jewish Studies Program is indebted to George and his wife Monique for their generous commitment to the advancement of education in Yiddish language and culture at Indiana University.

4. 2010 Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference

Friday, February 19th, there will be panelists from a wide variety of disciplines speaking on a range of topics, including building your research record, being a good teacher without letting it consume you, navigating the academic job market, and everything in between!

Event: 15th Annual Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Student Conference

Date: Friday, February 19, 2010

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: IMU Solarium

The conference is free and open to all.  There is a *free* lunch from 12:30-2pm, however seating is limited to 200 guests.  To reserve your space, send an e-mail with your name, e-mail address, and department by Sunday, February 14 to:  Dr. Sonya Stephens will be the keynote speaker. 


5. Norwegian Summer Course

Summer Course – Intermediate and Advanced Norwegian

University of Bergen, Norway

July 6 – July 31, 2010

For more information, contact or Gergana May at


6. GPSO Announcements

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


GPSO Speed Dating and Valentine’s Day Social Hour

When:  Friday, February 12; Speed Dating from 5:30-7, Social Hour from 7-9pm 

Where:  Crazy Horse, 214 W. Kirkwood Ave.

What: Get to know local singles in a casual and fun atmosphere!  Please RSVP to by Wed, Feb. 10th to confirm your reservation for the Speed Dating portion.   Be sure to RSVP ASAP, as slots for this event fill up quickly!

There is a $3 fee for Speed Dating (not the Social Hour). All proceeds
go to the GPSO Book Scholarship fund.

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

7. International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

“Shifting Paradigms : How Translation Transforms the Humanities”
October 14-16, 2010
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Organizers: The Center for Translation Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; The Université Denis-Diderot, Paris, France

This conference will convene scholars and practitioners to present state-of-the-art research on translation and the humanities. In particular, we seek to assess if, and how, academic disciplines comprising the humanities consider translation to be constitutive of their practice.

Translation scholars have called for a paradigm shift in defining the relationship between translation and the humanities. While it is acknowledged that a large share of our common knowledge is conveyed through translation, too little has been said about the way knowledge itself is built and circulated, particularly in the domain of interpretive disciplines.

A focus of this conference will be to assess whether and how this shift is actually taking place, by reviewing:
a) How the shift of translation theory away from a Eurocentric perspective may impact the various disciplines in the humanities that work on and with cultural transfer;

b) The ways in which translation itself transforms the humanities.

The conference will address these questions by focusing on the nexus of theory, practice, and institutional settings in which translation takes place. The gathering aims to foster theoretical frameworks through which to account for the cultural and linguistic determinants of the various humanistic disciplines, building upon such concepts as, for instance, the dislocation of culture (H. Bhabha), the ethnocentric violence of translation (L. Venuti), the experience of the foreign (A. Berman), and the dissymmetry of cultural transfer. We are especially interested in papers that bring theoretical sophistication and historical research to bear on practical issues of writing, reading, and publishing translations as well as their uses in academic institutions.

Proposals are invited from scholars and practitioners of translation, whatever their discipline and academic affiliation,  for individual papers (30 minutes), 20-minute presentations on panels of three speakers (90 minutes), and performance events. The conference languages are English and French. Conference papers will be published online.

Please send proposals to and include :

Name/s and academic or institutional affiliations and titles of participants

Paper or Panel Title

Abstract (maximum 300 words)

Contact information (email)


Proposal submissions: April 15, 2010

A final conference announcement and program will be published on June 15, 2010

8. European Spring Institute 2010 on the Future of Europe in Prague

The Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Spring Institute 2010 (ESI 2010) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? March 27 – April 3, 2010

Who? Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku<; – CPVP) has teamed up to organize the tenth institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2010).

Why? The European Spring Institute 2010  is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their spring holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

What is it about? The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2010 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website<> to discover all the details about the ESI2010. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

We also suggest students to submit their applications by the Early Bird Application Deadline of February 22, 2010. The Final Deadline is March 8, 2010.

Should you have any questions regarding the ESI2010 and/or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

European Spring Institute 2010
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
Fax: +420 281 930 584

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