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Faculty Announcements – 9/21

September 21, 2010

1. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

2. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

3. FRIT Lecture: Civility, Honor, Familiarity

4. Minority Languages in Europe Conference

5. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

6. Lecture: Europeanism

7. ACTFL 2010 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

8. Faculty Exchange

9. Smith Richardson Junior Faculty Research Grant Program


1. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

Thursday, September 23, 2010

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ballantine Hall 003

Speaker: Colonel J. Mark Mattox

Dean, Defense Threat Reduction University

Commandant, Defense Nuclear Weapons School

“The Semiotics of Military Deception:  A Moral Evaluation

2. Lecture: The Semiotics of Military Deception

Thursday, September 30, 2010

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Maple Room, IMU

“20th Anniversary of German Reunification”

Discussion and Brown Bag Lunch with Stefanie Sigrid Rehm, Liaison for the Brussels Office of the State Chancellery of Saxony

3. FRIT Lecture: Civility, Honor, Familiarity

The Department of French & Italian presents a lecture by

Hélène Merlin-Kajman

Université de Paris 3 – Sorbonne nouvelle

Civility, Honor, Familiarity:
The Case of the French Seventeenth Century and Beyond

5:30 pm, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walnut Room

Indiana Memorial Union

Lecture will be in English.

About the talk: Is civility always opposed to barbarism? Norbert Elias famously analysed the “civilizing process,” the unfolding of internal self-restraints and its contribution to the decrease in social violence in the centuries following the Middle Ages. However, this self-discipline has been mobilized by thinkers such as Zygmunt Bauman to explain the uncritical obedience to Nazi rule. Today often understood as a synonym of hypocrisy, civility is nonetheless called to combat the new barbarism of Western societies.

In this talk Hélène Merlin-Kajman goes back to the 17th century to explore how different modes of coexistence (“vivre-ensemble”) oppose not only civility to barbarism or rusticity, but to two other modes of relation based on familiarity and honor. She argues that the focus on the opposition barbarism/civility, as the basis of our conception of social bonds, blinds us to more important distinctions that are foundational to grasp what is really at stake in the appeal to civility.

About the speaker: Hélène Merlin-Kajman (Professor at Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France) is a leading scholar of French 17th-century studies. Her research brings a rigorous and sensitive philological engagement with literary texts to bear on wider philosophical, historical and political questions. Among her books are La langue est-elle fasciste? Langue, pouvoir, enseignement (2003), L’absolutisme dans les lettres et la théorie des deux corps: Passions et politique (2000) and Public et littérature en France au XVIIe siècle (1994).

Also join us for: “Always Already: Conservation and Innovation in the Humanities, a roundtable,” featuring Hélène Merlin-Kajman and Victoria Kahn (UC Berkeley), October 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian.

4. Minority Languages in Europe Conference

On October 7- 9, 2010, West European Studies will host the conference, “Minority Languages in Europe: Successes and Challenges,” on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Online registration is now open and can be accessed through the conference website:

The conference features presentations by invited speakers:

  • José Ignacio Hualde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Does language revitalization work? Lessons from Basque
  • Bernat Joan i Marí, Secretary of Language Policy of the Government of Catalonia
    Language policies for social cohesion
  • Jean-Luc Vigneux, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ch’Lanchron, author, singer, composer, translator
    Ch’Lanchron, a weed planted 30 years ago in Picardie
  • Colin Williams, Cardiff University
    The Mask of Piety: Reflections on Promotion and Regulation

In addition, competitively selected presentations will cover a wide range of topics and issues for minority languages and cultures, including attitudes, standardization, maintenance and revitalization, language policy, theoretical linguistics. The preliminary schedule is posted on the website ( For more information, contact

5. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010 will be held in Bloomington at Indiana University on October 14-17, 2010.

Conference Theme: Variation and Linguistic Theory

Workshops: Thursday, October 15

For more information, please visit the symposium website at

6. Lecture: Europeanism

Thursday, October 28, 2010

12 – 1:30 pm

Woodburn 218

Speaker: Professor John McCormick, IUPUI Political Science Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics

Topic: Europeanism – What Europeans Have in Common and Why It Matters

7. ACTFL 2010 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
November 19-21, 2010
Pre-convention Workshops – November 18, 2010
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Languages: Gateway to Global Communities

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo brings together more than 6,000 teachers, administrators, method instructors and students of foreign languages at all levels from across the world. The convention features over 600 educational sessions on such topics areas as: Assessment, Culture, Curriculum, Literature, Methods/Techniques, Advocacy and Policy Issues, Professional Development, Research, Specific Purposes, Standards and Technology.

Advance Registration by: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Visit to register.


1. Faculty Exchange

The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs has opportunities for Tenure or Tenure-track Faculty and Librarians to participate in one of our Faculty Exchange Programs for one month. This is a great opportunity to work on research, collaborate with and meet exceptional faculty.

University of Costa Rica

University of Zagreb, Croatia (next available in 2012-2013)

Bayreuth University, Germany

Hamburg University, Germany

University of Debrecen, Hungary

Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiors (CIESAS), Mexico

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Warsaw University, Poland

University of Seville, Spain

Application deadline: November 18, 2010

For more information see our website at:

2. Smith Richardson Junior Faculty Research Grant Program

The Smith Richardson Foundation’s International Security and Foreign Policy Program is pleased to announce its annual grant competition to support junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.  The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each to support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community.

These grants are intended to buy-out up to one year of teaching time and to underwrite research costs (including research assistance and travel).  Each grant will be paid directly to, and should be administered by, the academic institution at which the junior faculty member works.  Projects in military and diplomatic history are especially encouraged.  Group or collaborative projects will not be considered.

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