December 2002 News

New Publications

Melisa Klimaszewski
“Writing the Victorian Home: A Nursemaid’s Perspective on Maternity and Empire.” The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 4.2 (Fall/Winter 2002), 180-190.

Masao Miyoshi
Learning Places: Afterlives of Area Studies (coedited with H. D. Harootunian). Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2002.

Wai-lim Yip

  • Daoist Aesthetics and Western Culture. China: Beijing University Press, 2002.
  • "Voices of Silence: Stone Mallet Peak” (lyrical prose). United Daily [Taipei], September 18, 2002 literary page.
  • "On Song Yong-bae's History of Chinese Social Thought" (Review). Cross-cultural Dialogues [Shanghai], 9 (July 2002), 164-172.
  • "Good Morning, Taipei" (poem). United Daily [Taipei], November 3, 2002 literary page.

Marcel Hénaff was in France to accept Le Prix de Philosophie from l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques for his book, Le prix de la vérité: Le don, l’argent, la philosophie. While in France, he also participated in a debate on his book with French economist André Orlean and noted philosophers Paul Ricoeur and Gérald Sfez at the College International de Philosophie.

Stephen Potts has been interviewed for the Bravo channel series Page to Screen on the subject of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The program should air on December 2** (Monday) from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

**check your local listings -- according to the interview is scheduled for December 9th.

Second year graduate student Priya Venkatesan presented a paper she wrote entitled "The Signifier as Discursive Practice: A Poststructuralist View of Science" at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from November 7-9, 2002.

Ina Coolbrith and Poet Laureate Contests

The UCSD Department of Literature is accepting campus submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Contest.

The Ina Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Donna Coolbrith, California’s first (unofficial) poet laureate. Awards totaling $500 are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) by an undergraduate student at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary’s College.

The Poet Laureate competition was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle in memory of Ina Coolbrith. Four prizes ($100; $75; $50; $25) are awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems (maximum of three per group) from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses.

Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed, with the last four digits of the entrant’s social security number and the name of the contest indicated at the top of each page (no other identifying information, please). A cover sheet should be attached with the following information: name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, e-mail address, last four digits of the social security number, contest name (either Coolbrith or Poet Laureate), and title of the entry (or the first four words). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems.

It is recommended that contestants retain original copies of their entries as manuscripts will not be returned.

A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest. These entries will be forwarded to a panel of final judges.

UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 13.

WE THE POETS - Poetic Reading

Rae Armantrout
Michael Davidson
Eileen myles
Quincy Troupe
Pasquale Verdicchio
Wai-lim Yip
Jerome Rothenberg (via video)

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space

Contact: Eileen Myles

THE MEN IN THE TREE: Revisiting the RSS and Hindu Fundamentalism

A documentary film by Lalit Vachani
A Wide Eye Film, 2002 (98 minutes)
In English/Hindi/Marathi/Sanksrit with English Subtitles

Film Screening followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Lalit Vachani
Thursday, December 5, 2002, 4:00 PM
Cross Cultural Center, UCSD

SUMMARY: In early 1993, Lalit Vachani and the Wide Eye Film team completed a documentary film, The Boy in the Branch, for Channel 4 Television, U.K. Set at the headquarters of the RSS in Nagpur, the film focuses on the indoctrination of young Hindu boys by a branch of the RSS, the foremost Hindu fundamentalist organization in India. Eight years later, Vachani returned to Nagpur to meet the characters from his earlier film. The Men in the Tree, filmed during this return, is a political documentary on the RSS and Hindu fundamentalism.

Lalit Vachani, director of Wide Eye Film, is a filmmaker based in New Delhi, India, and Northampton, Massachusetts. In addition to The Boy in the Branch (1993), his other documentary films include The Starmaker (1997), a film about the business of “starmaking” in the Bollywood Hindi commercial film industry.

Sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS).

Contact: Rosemary George

REEL CHINA: UCSD Series of Chinese Documentary Films and Videos

Fall Quarter, Thursdays 6:30PM
IR/PS Rm. 3201

All documentaries carry English subtitles, some with English voiceover narration.

  • December 5, 2002: Street Life in Lhasa, Tibet
    16 Barkhor South Street

    (Duan Jinchuan, 1995, 100 min)
    An investigation--punctuated by ironic contrasts between the official and the unofficial--of insignificant everyday events as witnessed by a neighborhood committee in Lhasa, Tibet.
  • December 12, 2002: Three Takes on Minority Culture (89 min)
    Root: Tan Dun's Dialogue with His Hometown

    (Sheng Bo-ji, 2000, 29 min)
    A series of beautiful footages of Hunan scenery and folk arts accompanied by comments from Tan Dun, the composer known for his music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Romantic Lake

    (Zhou Yuejun, 1997, 30 min)
    An interesting story about the surviving matriarchal practices of the Moso, an ethnic minority in southwestern China, and how their customs are viewed today.

    The Cormorant and the Lake

    (Zhou Yuejun, 1998, 30 min)
    A fascinating story--capable of allegorical interpretation--of an old couple's training of cormorants for fishing and their changing economic life.
Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies. Selected from the Collections of the REC Foundation.

Contact: Yingjin Zhang

Art by Pasquale Verdicchio is currently being shown at caffè Forte, 3139 University Avenue. Work by Sal Filippone and Lynn Susholtz is also on display.

You are invited to the closing reception on Saturday, December 16, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.


Diversity Mini-Grants

Criteria for a Mini-Grant are as follows:

  • The event must focus on community building
  • The event must be broadly advertised and made available to the entire campus
  • Coordination of the event must be a collaborative effort between two or more campus units or organizations
  • Priority will be given to that of new programs/collaborative efforts
  • The event will take place between February 1, 2003 and March 1, 2003
Deadline: December 11, 2002

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Jocille Flores at the Cross-Cultural Center at 534-9689.
UCSD Center for the Humanities
Call for Proposals 2003-2004

The Center will consider support in the following categories:
  1. Collaborative Group Research or Creative Activity Planning Grants
  2. Conferences
  3. Humanities Faculty Fellow
  4. Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship
  5. Distinguished Visiting Scholars
  6. Ethnic Literature and History
  7. Community Outreach
  8. Conference Attendance
  9. Special Projects
Proposals should be submitted no later than Friday, January 31, 2003, 2:00 p.m.

Additional information may be found by calling Janna Clemons, Administrative Assistant, at 534-0999.

UC Pacific Rim Research Program

Proposals are now being considered for Pacific Rim Research Program funds to be awarded July 1, 2003. The program is designed to promote the study of the Pacific Rim as a distinctive region, placing priority on research that is new, specific to the region, and collaborative--reaching across national boundaries and academic disciplines. Proposals may come from any discipline and should address questions that contribute to an understanding of the Pacific Rim as a whole.

  • Research projects
  • Workshops and planning grants
  • Faculty development grants
  • Mini-grants
  • Graduate student grants
Information and application materials can be downloaded from the UCOP Pacific Rim web site,, or contact Christopher Ayson in Graduate Studies and Research, extension 24620 for printed materials.

Submissions should be sent directly to Wilma Orantes at the Office of Contracts and Administration (x40239) before the campus deadline of January 13, 2003.

The Faculty Career Development Program (FCDP) is designed to support junior faculty research or creative activities in order to enhance progress toward the Associate Professor level. Typically, proposals request salary for one quarter of release time from teaching and administrative duties in order to allow awardees to concentrate their efforts on research or creative activity.

Deadline: January 31, 2003

Fellowships in the Study of the American West and American Transportation History

Awards, varying depending on length and study, and need, beginning July 1, 2003.

St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri
8001 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Deadline: March 1, 2003


2002 Modern Language Association Convention

Scheduled December 27 - 30 in New York City, the 118th annual MLA convention will be headquartered at the Hilton New York (English language) and the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (foreign language and comparative literature).

The deadline for preregistration fees and housing forms is December 1.