June 1997 News

New Publications

  • Blanco-Aguinaga, Carlos, A Time of Your Own. Translated from the Spanish (Un Tiempo Tuyo) by Carlos Blanco-Aguinaga with Agnes Moncy. Los Angeles: Jahbone Press, 1997.

  • Alain J.-J. Cohen, "Blade Runner II (Director's cut): the Disappearance of the Voice Over," Lexia, 11-12 (1997). [Proceedings of Colloquium: the Figures of the Millennium.]

  • Iñigo Sánchez Llama, book review, "Jean Franco: Las conspiradoras. La representación de la mujer en México (Version actualizada)" (México: El Colegio de México & Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1994). Draco, revista de literatura española, 7 (1997): 273-287.

  • Donald Wesling, "Michel Serres, Bruno Latour, and The Edges of Historical Periods," Clio: Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, 26.2 (Spring 1997): 189-204.

  • Donald Wesling, "The Matter of Scotland," in Writing Places and Mapping Words: Readings in British Cultural Studies, edited by David Jarrett,Tadeusz Rachwa and Tadeusz S awek. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu S skiego, 1996: 118-134.

  • Wai-lim Yip, Mother Tree (Poems for Children), illustrated by Chen Lu-chien. Taipei: San Min Books, 1997.


  • To Benjamin Bertram who has been appointed, beginning with the 1997-98 academic year, to a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of English at the University of Southern Maine.

  • To Cristina Farronato who has been awarded a Friends of the International Center Scholarship.

  • To Laura Harris who has been appointed, beginning with the 1997-98 academic year, to a tenure-track assistant professorship in English, World Literature and Black Studies at Pitzer College.

  • To Lisa Lowe whose book, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 1996), has been awarded the 1997 National Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies.

  • To Wm. Arctander O'Brien who has been selected to deliver the keynote remarks at the induction of new UCSD students into Phi Beta Kappa. The ceremony will be Tuesday, June 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Robinson Auditorium at IR/PS.

  • To Jerome Rothenberg who received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the State University of New York and the College at Oneonta, at the college commencement ceremony on May 17, 1997. The award is in recognition of his distinguished standing as a preeminent poet, translator, anthologist, and teacher. It acknowledges his leadership in co-founding the "Deep Image" school of poets and creating ethnopoetics; his enrichment of American literature by including the cultural contributions of Pre-Columbian America, South and Central America, Asia and Europe; and the important contributions of his anthologies and journals in expanding the intellectual and spiritual boundaries of American literature.

  • To Roberto Strongman who has been awarded a Friends of the International Center Scholarship.

  • To Jennifer Tuttle who was offered a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of English at Western Connecticut State University and a three-year lectureship in the Department of English at Santa Clara University. (She has decided to remain in San Diego for the time being.)

  • To Donald Wesling who has been appointed Otto Salgo Professor of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, for the 1997-98 academic year. His address will be: School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21, Hungary H-1146; telephone/fax: 361-343-6041.

1997-98 Executive Committee

Fanny Howe, Michael Murashige, and Don Wayne have been elected faculty representatives to the 1997-98 Executive Committee. Todd Kontje, the Director of Graduate Studies, and Cynthia Walk, Director of Undergraduate Studies, will continue to serve as ex-officio members, and the graduate students are in the process of electing a student representative and alternate representative.

Conferences/Calls for Papers

Society for Cinema Studies Conference, "Media on the Border," Hyatt Regency Hotel, La Jolla, April 4-7, 1998. The Society for Cinema Studies (SCS) invites proposals for the 1998 conference on "Media on the Border." How have changing border relations in the Americas, Asia/Pacific Rim, Africa and Europe affected the forms of media being produced and the ways media are distributed? What role are the media playing in the emerging discourses around immigration, nationalism and border relations? For detailed information about how to propose a panel, workshop or individual paper, please see the "Preliminary Call for Papers," available from Quinny or Barbara Saxon; or contact Ellen Seiter, Host Committee Chair (534-2356) or Linda Dittmar, Program Committee Chair (617-287-6746).

Research Funds/Fellowships

  • UCSD Center for the Humanities Bridge Grant. The Center has received a bridge grant from the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Irvine, to enhance the relationship and collaboration between UCSD and HRI.

    Funds are designated for the support of proposals that have the potential of becoming HRI resident research groups (see below). Funds can be used for research expenses and other expenses associated with developing a proposal (but not for staff support nor faculty release time). The proposal should contain a short statement of the goal and discussion of the significance of the proposed project (1-3 pages), short vita of the convener, and a proposed budget for the development of the proposal. The deadline for submission of bridge grant proposals is June 27, 1997. For more information, contact the Humanities Center/Dean's Office, 534-6270.

  • University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Call for Program Proposals.

    • 1998-99 Conference Proposals. HRI's Advisory Committee will consider conference proposals for the 1998-99 academic year at its fall meeting. Proposed conferences should foster an intellectual community among UC scholars, across campus and disciplinary boundaries. National and international participation of scholars is also encouraged. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 (rarely exceeding $10,000) and require at least 50% in matching funds from campus or other sources. Proposals must be postmarked by October 15, 1997.

    • 1998-99 Seminar Proposals. The seminar program supports events smaller in scale, usually one or two days in length, focussing on a research problem within a discipline. An interdisciplinary discussion on a seminar scale would also be appropriate. Grants range from $3,000 to $5,000, with the expectation of a 50% match from other sources. Proposals must be postmarked by October 15, 1997.

    • 1999-2000 Research Group Proposals. HRI is currently seeking proposals for research groups to be in residence in Irvine during 1999-2000. Research groups bring together scholars to work in collaboration on interdisciplinary topics which advance the Institute’s commitment to promote new and exciting scholarship in the humanities. Proposals must be postmarked by December 15, 1997. During Fall 1998, applications will be solicited from UC faculty to work in the research groups selected.

      For further information contact (714) 824-8177 or UCHRI@uci.edu. Potential organizers are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas both with Patricia O'Brien, the HRI Director, and with their campus representatives on the Advisory Committee.

  • UC President's 1998-99 Research Fellowship in the Humanities. The fellowships, which provide salary support to UC faculty conducting research in the humanities, are awarded in an annual competition modeled on that of the NEH. Active ladder-rank faculty are eligible to apply, and junior faculty will be given special consideration, but not for work which involves revision of the dissertation. The maximum award is $25,000, but combined funding from all sources may not exceed the fellow's regular salary. Fellows must have accrued a minimum of two years of sabbatical leave credit; the accumulated sabbatical credit (up to a maximum of four years) must be used in conjunction with the fellowship; and the fellowship must be used in the academic year following the year the fellowship is awarded. All applicants, except junior faculty, must also apply to appropriate extramural agencies that offer funding for their research fields; junior faculty are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Applications are available from Greg Llacer at OGSR (534-3556) and must be postmarked by October 13, 1997.

  • 1998-99 National Humanities Center Fellowships. Each year the center awards approximately 30 residential fellowships to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars who are engaged in work significantly beyond the revision of the doctoral dissertation. During the years 1997-2001, the Center will also award, on an annual basis, three or four Lilly Fellowships in Religion and the Humanities for the study of religion by humanistic scholars from fields other than religion and theology. The center, located near Chapel Hill, NC, offers private studies, a reference library, editorial and software assistance, and support for information technology, and it also locates nearby housing. To further the exchange of ideas, fellows participate in seminars, lectures, and occasional conferences. Stipends are individually determined, and applicants are expected to supplement them with sabbatical salaries or grants from other sources. Travel expenses for fellows and dependents are provided. Nonstipendiary fellowships, which provide travel funds and center services only, are also available. Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 1997. For additional information, contact The Fellowship Program, National Humanities Center, P O Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256; or http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us.

  • Mellon Seminars: "Issues in Interpretation". The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds each year a small number of seminars for graduate students dealing with issues which focus the many current conflicts in interpretation in teaching and in scholarship (conceptions of truth, empirical inquiry, objectivity) that directly affect the dissertation and entry into the scholarly profession. The typical seminar will not be confined to interpretive theory alone, but will locate theory in a historical and professional context. Seminars were initially limited to the fields of literature and history, but have now been expanded to include all the humanities, the social sciences, historical museums, and research libraries. Seminars should involve at least five to ten graduate students at the dissertation level, and should run at least four to eight weeks over the summer or during the academic year. The budget may cover a stipend for the leader's summer work and modest payments to graduate students, plus small amounts for clerical help, guest lecturers and other expenses. The total amount requested should be in the range of $40,000. Proposals, which must be submitted through the UCSD Contract and Grant Administration, should be received by December 1 of the year preceding the intended seminar. For additional information, including a sample budget and sample seminar descriptions, see Lucinda Rubio-Barrick.