November 2002 News
Steven Cassedy has been named the new Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
His responsibilities will include the following:
- Managing the campus-wide graduate program
- Assisting faculty with the development of new
graduate degree proposals
- Overseeing graduate outreach and admissions
- Advising students and departments on the
development of strong extramural fellowship
Stephen Potts has been selected as a contributing editor to the resuscitated
San Diego Free Press, a progressive periodical covering politics and
culture. The premiere issue is scheduled to come out in December.
Graduate student Priya Venkatesan presented a paper entitled "Translation
A Semiotic and Discursive Analysis of Science" at the Western Humanities
Alliance Confer at UC Irvine from October 17-19. The title of the conference
is "Translation and the Reproduction of Culture."
Graduate student Chuong-Dai Vo presented a paper entitled "The Vertical Ray
of the Sun: Aestheticization and the Erasure of History" at the Western
Humanities Alliance Conference at UCI in October. She also received a FLAS
this past summer to study Vietnamese.
David Klowden – October 31, 2002
Carl Jubran – October 31, 2002
Title: “Spanish Internal Orientalism, Cultural Hybridity and the Production
of National Identity: 1887-1940”
Harleen Singh – September 27, 2002
Title: “Rani Lakshmi Bai, Queen of Jhansi, and the 1857 Rebellion: Colonial
and Postcolonial Representations”
Alain J.-J. Cohen
"Twelve Monkeys de Gilliam, Vertigo et La Jetée. Mythologies postmodernes et
films cultes." La Licorne [Hors série XIII ] «Cinéma et Mythe» (2OO2),
"Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance." Disability
Studies: Enabling the Humanities. Ed. Sharon L. Snyder, Brenda Jo Brueggemann, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (New York: Modern Language
Association, 2002), 76-87.
Review of Joyce Appleby's Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of
Americans. http://www.cercles.com, Ed. Georges-Claude Guilbert.
|Western Poetry Alive & Well at UCSD
The UCSD Department of Literature is well represented in Place as Purpose:
Poetry from the Western States (Los Angeles: Autry Museum of Western
Heritage and Sun & Moon Press, 2002). Poems by Rae Armantrout,
Davidson, and Quincy Troupe appear in the anthology, along with an essay by
Bill Mohr. The book, a catalog of a “first of its kind event” held Los
Angeles in October 10-12, also contains poems by former UCSD instructors
Dennis Phillips and Leslie Scalapino as well as recent New Writing Series
poets Michael Palmer and Nathaniel Tarn.
AnnaMaria Stephens, a Literatures in English major who graduated in 1997, is
now an independent arts writer/features designer for SignOnSanDiego.com. She
confesses, “Right after I graduated, I was a little worried that I'd be
serving coffee for the rest of my life. Suddenly I knew why everyone else
had gone to grad school. Happily, I write for a living now.” Her first book
review, of Karen Palmer’s Border Dogs, appeared in October 20 Books
Section of the San Diego Tribune.
|Luis Arturo Ramos
“Literatura y Globalización”
deCerteau Room, Literature Building
Thursday, November 7, 5 P.M.
Critics and writers alike agree that Luis Arturo Ramos is one of the true
masters of the modern Mexican novel. Ramos is the author of Violeta Perú
(1979), Intramuros (1983), La casa del ahorcado (1994), and several
collections of short stories. He will talk about the changes taking place in
Latin American literature due to the impact of global market economy in the
Spanish language publishing world. Ramos is currently Professor of Creative
Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.
The lecture is in Spanish.
Sponsors: Department of Literature and The Center for Iberian and Latin
American Studies (CILAS)
Contact: Max Parra
“Hindutva- Its Nature and Challenge to India’s Future”
Sunday, November 10th, 3:30 – 6:00 P.M.
Virendra Prakash, author of Hindutva Demystified, received a master’s degree
from Harvard, a master’s in economics from Agra, and a bachelor’s in science
from Lucknow. A senior administrator, he retired as Secretary to the
Government of India, having served in the Capital of India as Chief
Secretary, Municipal Commissioner, and Development Commissioner, among other
positions. Postretirement, he headed Delhi’s first Finance Commission. In
his long years in Delhi, he gained, by close association, keen insight into
the minds of some of the top guns of the Sangh Parivar.
Sponsored by: Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS)
and Department of Literature
Contact: Rosemary George
“Hong Kong: Questions of Identity, Culture, and Internationality”
Tuesday, November 12, 4:00 pm
IR/PS Gardner Room
“Utopia, East and West”
Thursday, November 14, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Professor Chair of Comparative Literature and Director of the Centre for
Cross-Cultural Studies at City University of Hong Kong, Longxi Zhang is a
unique scholar whose research cuts across conventionally defined
disciplinary boundaries: traditional and modern Chinese literature, Eastern
and Western literature, literature and philosophy, religious studies, and
intellectual history. Professor Zhang is the author of The Tao and the
Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West, which won honorable mention for
the Joseph Levenson Book Prize; Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to
Differences in the Comparative Study of China; and, most recently, Out of
the Cultural Ghetto.
Hong Kong Talk
In his talk, Longxi Zhang will examine the questions Hong Kong has been
facing since its return to China and the formation of a Special
Administrative Region (SAR) in 1997. How do Hong Kong and its people
readjust their sense of belonging, their political and cultural identity?
What role does culture, Chinese as well as Western, play in Hong Kong? How
has Hong Kong's higher education changed in the last few years, and what is
the general institutional culture within the university today? Professor
Zhang will give his personal observations and reflections on these issues
and discuss his sense of where the city is heading at the beginning of a new
Professor Zhang contends that utopia, the idea that human beings can build a
good society by means of rational organization and deployment of resources
and without divine intervention, proves to be a deeply secular, if not
anti-religious, social concept. He demonstrates that in the West, the
concept has direct relations with Renaissance humanism and the
secularization of European life as a result of the Reformation, and
therefore has been seen as historically and uniquely Western. With an
essentially secular cultural tradition, however, China may prove to be just
as important in offering utopian visions of a good society built by morally
cultivated human beings.
Sponsored by: UCSD Center for the Humanities and Department of Literature
Contact: Yingjin Zhang
REEL CHINA: UCSD Series of Chinese Documentary Films and Videos
All documentaries carry English subtitles, some with English voiceover
Fall Quarter, Thursdays 6:30PM
IR/PS Rm. 3201
November 7, 2002: Art and Politics (96 min)
Art in the Cultural Revolution (Kubert Leung, 1996, 34 min)
An introduction to what constitutes revolutionary art in the Cultural
Revolution and what changes and innovations were made during the time.
The Petrel Returns (1999, 62 min)
A biography of a female expert of modern dance, whose ambitious dream faded
due to political interference, this documentary includes scenes of
grass-roots activism in Taiwan.
November 14, 2002: Re-staging Folk Art
Mask (Liu Xiaojin, 2000, 120 min)
An elaborate story about the rediscovery, performance, and changed meanings
of a traditional village play-dance.
November 21, 2002: Life on Tibetan Grassland
The End of the Earth (Duan Jinchuan, 1996, 140 min)
An examination of traditional life on Phala Grassland and what
modernity--represented by a rundown truck--can and cannot bring to Tibetan
Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies
Selected from the Collections of the REC Foundation
Contact: Yingjin Zhang
|NEW WRITING SERIES
Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm
NOVEMBER 13. Ron Padgett’s books include
New & Selected Poems; Great Balls
of Fire; The Straight Line: Writings on Poetry and Poets; and You Never
Know. He is the editor of a three-volume reference series entitled World
Poets and the translator of Blaise Cendrars’ Complete Poems. In 2003 the
University of Oklahoma Press will publish his memoir of his father, Oklahoma
Tough. In 1999 Padgett received an American Academy of Arts and Letters
award for poetry.
Sponsored by the Department of Literature.
Contact: Rae Armantrout
Julia Reinhard Lupton
“Paul, Shakespeare, and the Literature of Citizenship”
Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building
Julia Reinhard Lupton is Associate Professor of English and Comparative
Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the co-author
with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis, and
the author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology, and
Sponsored by the Department of Literature.
Contact: Lisa Lampert
|"Waging Discursive Warfare: How Public Discourse Marginalizes Latino/as"
Prof. Otto Santa Ana
Thursday, November 21, 2002
4 p.m. in the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center (Gallery)
Otto Santa Ana was born in a mining town in Arizona. He is on the faculty of
the César Chávez Center for Chicana and Chicano Studies at
UCLA. He received
his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and has held
positions at El Colegio de México , the
University of New Mexico, and
Sorbonne Nouvelle in France.
For his doctorate, Dr. Santa Ana researched the development of Chicano
English among Mexican Americans in Los Angeles. This required ethnographic
work in four barrios in Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, South San Gabriel,
Huntington Park, and north and south Montebello). He is presently conducting
research on the change that is taking place in the Spanish of Salvadorans
who live in Los Angeles. He has also published several articles about the
nature of Mexican Spanish.
His new book, Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary
American Public Discourse (University of Texas Press, 2002), is the first
major study of representations of Latino/as in the U.S. media and other
Sponsored by the UCSD Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program, the
UCSD California Cultures Initiative, and the Department of Literature.
Contact: George Mariscal
Readings & Performances
Friday, November 22, 5:00 pm
Visual Arts Performance Center
author of Godspeed and lead singer of Tribe 8
author of Some of the Parts and member of the drag king group ‘’The Backdoor
Department of Literature assistant professor, performing her ‘’Tales of
Suburban Squalor,’’ which has been performed in D.C. and workshopped at
Mobius Center for Experimental Work in Boston
Department of Literature lecturer whose fiction has recently appeared in
Fort Necessity and Lit
Department of Music Ph.D. candidate who interprets & creates experimental
opera. This season she premiers new work at L.A.’s Armand Hammer Museum and
New York’s Miller Theater.
Hosts: Judith Halberstam and
Sponsors: Poets & Writers * UCSD Department of Literature * UCSD
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
The deadline for preregistration fees and housing forms is December 1.
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
UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110
Literature Building, by no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 13.
Freshman Seminars Program
Ladder-rank faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for this new
systemwide initiative designed to offer one-unit seminars to freshmen.
Deadline for spring seminars: November 14
|The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
2003-04 Visiting Research Fellowships
CCIS invites applications for Visiting Research Fellowships at the
predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. The fellowships are to support advanced
research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee
flows, in any of the social sciences, history, law, and comparative
literature. The fellowships are residential and cannot be used to support
fieldwork or other primary data collection. Scholars whose work deals with
Mexican migration to the United States can apply jointly to CCIS and the
Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. Comparative research placing the U.S.
immigration experience in broader perspective is especially encouraged.
Deadline: January 15, 2003.
Summer Institute on International Migration
June 18-24, 2003
The Summer Institute is intended to expose advanced graduate students and
recent postdoctoral scholars to cutting-edge research in the field of
international migration and refugee studies. The emphasis will be on
discussion of new, as yet unpublished research that can help to shape
doctoral dissertations and postdoctoral research projects. The Institute is
a collaborative project of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS)
and the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at the
University of California-San Diego, and the International Migration Program
of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).
The application form can be downloaded from:
Contact: Gaku Tsuda, Associate Director of CCIS (858-452-9635)
Deadline: February 15, 2002
2003-04 FACULTY CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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
Deadline: January 31, 2003
|UC Pacific Rim Research Program Information Seminar
11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2002
3150 Literature Building, Warren College
Featuring UC Pacific Rim Research Program Director, Martin Backstrom
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.
There are four categories of grants, as follows:
Research projects generally for amounts up to $45,000 for a one- or two-year
Workshops and planning grants of up to $15,000 for research development, new
collaborations and workshop funding; and mini-grants of up to $3,000 for
Faculty development grants (new this year) up to $10,000 for short-term
residence in the development of new projects aimed at facilitating
collaborations or basic field work; to be used by a P.I. going to a Pacific
Rim country, or to bring a collaborator in another Pacific Rim country to
the P.I.’s home campus.
Mini-grants for planning and travel purposes, awarded throughout the year in
amounts not exceeding $1,000 (Note: applications for these awards are
reviewed on a quarterly basis).
Graduate student grant proposals (requires faculty sponsor to serve as
principal investigator of record) for preliminary field trips to assist in
formulating full-scale Pacific Rim proposals, as well as field work or
research support, may be submitted for consideration by the program.
Information and application materials can be downloaded from the UCOP
Pacific Rim web site, http://ucop.edu/research/pacrim/ 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
Open Enrollment November 1 - November 30.
During Open Enrollment, covered UC employees and retirees may transfer to a
different medical or dental plan, add eligible family members current plans,
or opt in or out of UC-sponsored medical, dental, and vision plans.
Significant changes this year include the termination of UC Care and the
adoption of Blue Cross as a UC health care provider.
Detailed information is available at UCSD’s Benefits Fair scheduled for
Friday, November 15, 11 am – 3 pm, at the Price Center Ballroom.
In addition, the following meetings will provide information about the Blue
November 6 - Price Center Gallery B - 2:30-4:30
November 19 - Price Center San Francisco/Santa Cruz Room – 9:00-11:00 and
2:30 – 4:30
Comprehensive information is available at the new UC Benefits website: