Category Archives: Graduate Students

Graduate Assistants: Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)

*Graduate Assistants Call for Applications Deadline: March 1, 2014*

The seventh annual meeting of Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer
Institute (PIKSI) will take place from June 14June 21, on the campus of
the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. At least* two
graduate students* will assist Ellen Feder, who will direct the Institute
this year. In addition, one graduate assistant will come from the Penn
State philosophy department. *We expect that, as was the case in previous
summers, the home institution of the other graduate assistants will fund
their positions.* (The philosophy departments of the University of Memphis,
Binghamton University, Villanova University, Michigan State University,
University of Colorado at Boulder, Stony Brook University, University of
Washington, Dalhousie, American University, DePaul University, University
of Oregon, and the University of Alberta, generously supported PIKSI
graduate assistants in 2006-2013.)

We invite those of you teaching in graduate programs to nominate graduate
student assistants for PIKSI. The applications will be screened according
to the graduate student’s accomplishments as a researcher, a teacher, and
mentor; the relevance of her or his research to the topics of the
institute; and the home institution’s willingness to fund the student
(approximately $2000, including travel, housing, and stipend).

Applications should include:

�          a cover letter from the graduate student which discusses why he
or she would like to be a GA for PIKSI

�          the graduate student’s CV

�          a letter of support from a faculty member

�          documentation of institutional support, if available

Please e-mail complete applications by March 1, 2014 to:

Ellen Feder
Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-8056

If you have any further questions please contact Eva Feder Kittay, PIKSI
Board Chair, at ** <>, or Ellen
Feder, Director of PIKSI Summer 2014, at

Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grants

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $915,136 to support over 425 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document — Congressional Research Grant Application — and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or PDF attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at Please insert the following in the Subject Line: “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (for graduate students only), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before March 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in April.

Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center’s Website: PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer – fmackaman@dirksencenter.or

Working-Class Academics: Theories, Mythologies, Realities

Call For Papers, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
Special Issue: Working-Class Academics: Theories, Mythologies, Realities
Rhizomes 28, papers due by July 1st.

Calling all academics from the working class.  Tired of hearing your
relatives and childhood friends denigrated by implication when the more
privileged assume everyone in their group is ignorant and prejudiced, of
seeing people from your background misrepresented through “reality” TV
minstrel shows, of being told that you are now middle-class because you
have a graduate degree and a college teaching job and so you should get
over your past — while you struggle to afford professional expenses
colleagues from the bourgeoisie pay with ease? Do you resent the
universalization of working-class experience across cultures and
national borders, so that all our diversity is erased?  When you hear
academe described as a meritocracy in which one’s origins don’t matter,
do you want to scream? Write back!

Studies of the working class abound.  And numerous autobiographical books
and articles have spoken back the reality of the lives of working class academics.
But so far there has been little published that theorizes what our presence means
to academe throughout the world, how it informs academic structures and practices,
if it does so at all.  And not much has been said about the inadequacy
to address the problems faced by academics that come from the working
class of current, contentious concepts of how social class is
determined. This special issue of Rhizomes aims to address these gaps in
our knowledge of working-class people in academe.  While we are well
aware of the class differences created by academic hierarchies,
especially the increasing dependence on adjuncts and temporary faculty
at many colleges, this is not the focus of this special issue.  Instead
we invite those with working class origins to contribute, regardless of
their current academic status.  Possible general topics include, but are
by no means limited to the following: historical changes, work ethic
differences, family responsibilities, expressions of sexuality,
epistemologies, pedagogies, race and minoritization, bourgeois
discourses as a second language, and diversity within the working class.

Essays should be between 20 and 40 pages, including notes.  Please
send all submissions as MSWord attachments to Carol Siegel at by July 1, 2014.

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

The membership of the American Library Association’s Library History Roundtable created and endowed the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award to recognize outstanding work in our field by emerging library historians.  As chair of the committee to select the 2015 Dain Award winner, I am beginning the solicitation process for the submission of worthy dissertations.  The committee is using the solicitation period to promote library history research among doctoral candidates in library and information science programs as well as in university history departments.  We encourage doctoral students to pursue research on significant topics in the history of libraries, librarians, and librarianship and strongly encourage their faculty advisors to mentor and aid these historical explorations in order to promote interest and excellence in library history. I hope we can count on your active support.

Barry W. Seaver, Ph.D., American History Lecturer, Durham Technical Community College

The full description of the Dain Award and the submission process follows and is available at:

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award is offered only in odd-numbered years. The award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history. Five hundred dollars and a certificate are given for a selected dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries during any period, in any region of the world.

Eligibility and Criteria

Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 will compete for the 2015 award. Entries are judged on: clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate primary resources; depth of research; superior quality of writing; and significance of the conclusions. The round table is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.

Submissions and Selection

The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the Library History Round Table awards ceremony during the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Four copies of the dissertation and a letter of support from the doctoral advisor or from another faculty member at the degree-granting institution are required. Submissions must be received by January 14, 2015.  Receipt will be confirmed within four business days.

Submit manuscripts to:

LHRT: Dain Award Committee
Office for Research and Statistics
American Library Association
50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Fax and e-mail submissions are not acceptable.

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C)

February 9-12, 2014

Hershey, PA

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Accepting program and preconference proposals.

Proposal submission information can be found at

Deadline for submission is October 13, 2013

International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS ********************************************************************************** International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2013) 24-26 June, 2013 University of Toronto, Hart House, Toronto, Canada ********************************************************************************* The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort that has its roots from both academia and industry. The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to information society, which includes technical and non-technical research areas. The mission of i-Society 2013 conference is to provide opportunities for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing and generate new knowledge in the field of information society. The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between academia and industry with regards to research collaboration and awareness of current development in secure information management in the digital society. The topics in i-Society 2013 include but are not confined to the following areas: *New enabling technologies - Internet technologies - Wireless applications - Mobile Applications - Multimedia Applications - Protocols and Standards - Ubiquitous Computing - Virtual Reality - Human Computer Interaction - Geographic information systems - e-Manufacturing *Intelligent data management - Intelligent Agents - Intelligent Systems - Intelligent Organisations - Content Development - Data Mining - e-Publishing and Digital Libraries - Information Search and Retrieval - Knowledge Management - e-Intelligence - Knowledge networks *Secure Technologies - Internet security - Web services and performance - Secure transactions - Cryptography - Payment systems - Secure Protocols - e-Privacy - e-Trust - e-Risk - Cyber law - Forensics - Information assurance - Mobile social networks - Peer-to-peer social networks - Sensor networks and social sensing *e-Learning - Collaborative Learning - Curriculum Content Design and Development - Delivery Systems and Environments - Educational Systems Design - e-Learning Organisational Issues - Evaluation and Assessment - Virtual Learning Environments and Issues - Web-based Learning Communities - e-Learning Tools - e-Education *e-Society - Global Trends - Social Inclusion - Intellectual Property Rights - Social Infonomics - Computer-Mediated Communication - Social and Organisational Aspects - Globalisation and developmental IT - Social Software *e-Health - Data Security Issues - e-Health Policy and Practice - e-Healthcare Strategies and Provision - Medical Research Ethics - Patient Privacy and Confidentiality - e-Medicine *e-Governance - Democracy and the Citizen - e-Administration - Policy Issues - Virtual Communities *e-Business - Digital Economies - Knowledge economy - eProcurement - National and International Economies - e-Business Ontologies and Models - Digital Goods and Services - e-Commerce Application Fields - e-Commerce Economics - e-Commerce Services - Electronic Service Delivery - e-Marketing - Online Auctions and Technologies - Virtual Organisations - Teleworking - Applied e-Business - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) *e-Art - Legal Issues - Patents - Enabling technologies and tools *e-Science - Natural sciences in digital society - Biometrics - Bioinformatics - Collaborative research *Industrial developments - Trends in learning - Applied research - Cutting-edge technologies * Research in progress - Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and professionals Important Dates: Paper Submission Date: Extended March 10, 2013 Short Paper (Extended Abstract or Work in Progress): Extended March 01, 2013 Notification of Paper Acceptance /Rejection: Extended March 30, 2013 Notification of Short Paper (Extended Abstract/Work in Progress) Acceptance /Rejection: March 20, 2013 Camera Ready Paper and Short Paper Due: Extended April 20, 2013 Workshop/Tutorial Proposal Submission: Extended March 15, 2013 Notification of Workshop/Tutorial Acceptance: Extended March 25, 2013 Special Track Proposal Submission: Extended March 01, 2013 Notification of Special Track Acceptance/Rejection: Extended March 20, 2013 Poster/Demo Proposal Submission: March 31, 2013 Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: April 10, 2013 Participant(s) Registration (Open): January 01, 2013 to June 23, 2013 Early Bird Attendee Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): January 01, 2013 to March 31, 2013 Late Bird Attendee Registration Deadline (Authors only): April 01, 2013 to May 18, 2013 Conference Dates: June 24-26, 2013 For more details, please visit 

Boundaries, Bodies, and Dissidence: Negotiating New Spaces of Feminist Knowledge

The 15th Annual Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium
March 29, 2013

Florida Atlantic University’s Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association
in collaboration with the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
proudly presents FAU’s 15th Annual Women’s Studies Graduate Student
Association Symposium.

We welcome scholarly work by graduate students from all disciplines. We
hope to encourage lively debate about issues of common interest and
encourage further work in the fields of gender and women’s studies issues.
This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to present their
ongoing work, thesis proposals or research papers.
Graduate students in the Visual and Performing Arts are invited to submit
proposals for exhibits or creative performances.
To apply, please submit a one-page abstract which includes:
(1) A brief description of the proposed topic
(2) An explanation of how the topic relates to Women’s Studies scholarship
or issues of feminist analysis
(3) A thesis statement

Individual or collective submissions are welcome. Please include your name,
address, telephone number, e-mail, institutional affiliation and the title
of your paper at the top of the page. Final decisions on the submitted
abstracts will be sent no later than February 22, 2013.

All abstracts must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013.
Abstract submissions should be sent via email to:
For more information, contact Renata Bozzetto at
The conference is open to the public. Arrangements concerning refreshments
and guest speakers are pending.
Please join us in celebrating the
15th Anniversary of the WSGSA Symposium!

We welcome papers on the following topics including, but not limited to:
Gender Justice
Global Feminist Issues, Diaspora and Politics of Exile
Feminist Philosophy
Women’s Studies and Feminist Pedagogy
Sexual Politics
Queer Studies
Feminist Cultural Studies
Media and Popular Culture
Disability Studies
Feminist Critical Race Studies
Environmental Justice
Feminist Approaches to Science, Spirituality, Militarism, Families,
Reproduction, Labor, Health or Violence

“Science and Gender Matters: No Limits 2013”

March 1-2, 2013 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Hosted by the UNL Women’s and Gender Studies Program

“No Limits” is an annual student conference dedicated to crossing boundaries between disciplines and exploring a wide range of women’s and gender issues. We invite proposals from undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates on any topic from any discipline related to women’s issues, lives, histories or cultures; feminism; or women’s and gender studies. Creative writing, visual arts, film, music, performances, workshops, and academic papers are all welcome. Proposals for individual presentations or pre-made panels are accepted.

While papers and panels can address a variety of themes, this year’s keynote and panel discussion will address the conference theme of “Science and Gender Matters.” Janet Kourany, feminist philosopher of science and professor at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the keynote talk “But What Happens When the Scientists Are Women?” In addition, UNL associate professor Sarah Gervais will lead a panel discussion on “Applying Gender to Psychology Research: Helping Students Create New Knowledge.” Her students will describe their experiences working with Gervais’ research team and answer questions about their work and research from the audience.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Your proposal should include:

• Your project title

• An abstract of 250-400 words describing your project and its larger significance

• Contact Information: your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, e-mail, and phone number MUST be on your proposal

• The days you are available to present and any A/V equipment you might need. 15-20 minute presentations are expected. If you anticipate your presentation to exceed that time, please make note of it on your proposal.

When submitting your proposal, please copy the text of your proposal in the body of the email AND attach it as an electronic copy.

Proposals and questions regarding the conference should be submitted to:

Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18th, 2013.

Early submissions will be responded to prior to the deadline.

For more information about the conference, please see the No Limits website:

LOEX Graduate Student and Fellow Proposals

The Nashville LOEX Committee invites 1) graduate students in library and information science programs and 2) library fellows and residents to submit proposals to host a poster session at the 41st Annual LOEX Conference, May 2-4, 2013.

The deadline to submit poster session proposals is January 25, 2013.  More details, including the proposal submission form, can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Brown at




A multidisciplinary conference, The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IX, will take place at Idaho State University on Wednesday, March 7 through Friday, March 9, 2012. 


Gender is not a given. Its meaning and significance are constantly in flux.

This conference will explore the various ways in which gender is crafted, celebrated, endured, deciphered, expressed or, in short, the art of how it is lived on a daily basis.


The conference will include, in addition to other gender-related events and workshops: a keynote address on Friday evening by Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA; a Friday lunchtime talk by an ISU faculty member; and a screening of LUNAFEST. 


A formal call for papers, an announcement of our student paper competition, and a registration form can be found on our website at Abstracts must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 1, 2011.