June 2004 News
Alain J.-J. Cohen
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
A conference was organized in the honor of
Masao Miyoshi by his
friends and former students on April 29-May 1 at New York University.
"Imminent Questions: Empire/Globalization, Arts/Culture Industry, Corporate
University, and Ecology" was participated in by Rosaura Sánchez, Don Wayne,
Paul Bove, Susan Buck-Morse, Eric Cazdyn, Ray Chow, Bruce Cumings, Richard
Dienst, Wai Chee Dimock, Harry Harootunian, David Harvey, Fredric Jameson,
Kristin Ross, Tetsuo Najita, Kenzaburo Oe, Gayatri Spivac, Mitsuhiro
Yoshimoto, and others.
Stephen Potts will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Earl Warren College graduating class of 2004 at their commencement ceremony on June 13.
Ellen Quinn, who served as the department's graduate coordinator
for many years, has announced that she will be retiring from her current
position in the Dimensions of Cultures Program this summer. Quinny writes:
"I just can’t depart without saying 'good-bye' to all of my colleagues in
Literature as I ride into the sunset (or is that the book stacks!!!), as of
July 31, 2004. Happy Reading!"
Jordana Rosenberg has received Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and The UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She will be in residence at the Clark Library in Los Angeles during the fall quarter of 2004.
Priya Venkatesan presented a paper entitled "Poststructuralism and Science" at UCLA's Southland Conference on Theorizing Methodologies on May 21, 2004.
Wai-lim Yip was featured in the cover story of the April issue of We Chinese in America, "the first and only authentic Chinese language monthly magazine" serving San Diego County, Los Angeles, and Tijuana. With a circulation of 6,000, We Chinese focuses on profiles Chinese people in Southern California, and it provides information on current events and topics of special interest to the area's Chinese population. The popular magazine appeals to readers from all regions, including Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong, and southeast Asia. Ms. Minnie Ho, a We Chinese staff writer and graduate student at SDSU, wrote the cover story on Professor Yip.
Judith Halberstam joined the Literature Department in 1991, and at a very rapid pace, distinguished herself through her publications and many professional activities. Her projects have continuously engaged questions of identity, narration, and embodiment by combining traditional literary methods of interpretation with broader sociological, ethnographic, and historical methods for the study of culture. Her first book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke University Press, 1995), examined both the literary history of gothic narrative as well as its reproduction and displacement in gothic film, through a consideration of the figure of the "monster"; with her signature insight into cultural meanings, she considered classic gothic texts like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula in relation to the "gothic" impulse in the contemporary film, Silence of the Lambs. In her second book, Female Masculinity (Duke University Press, 1998), she argued against presuming a stable relationship between masculinity and the male body. A very different definition of masculinity emerges if one examines female masculinity, she suggests; female masculinity comprises those forms of identity and cultural practice whose very performance refers to the constructedness of masculinity itself, its non-natural and unstable relation to the male body. In a book forthcoming from New York University Press, In a Queer Space and Time, she rethinks temporality as the cultural vehicle of the proper "life," which narrated in a traditional fashion, proceeds from youth to adulthood through marriage, reproduction, and family, concluding in maturity, drawing upon queer subcultures for counter-examples.
Judith has been an exemplary colleague, friend, and conscience, for us all, serving on the Executive Committee, on recruitment committees, and as member of doctoral dissertation committees for the department’s most successful graduate students in British literature, feminist theory, and queer studies. We wish Judith Halberstam continuing success at USC, and thank her for all that she has done here at UCSD.
As a teacher Professor Miyoshi has had a major influence on the field of
Japanese studies and, more generally, on literary and cultural studies in
the US, Asia, and Europe. Within the UCSD Literature Department, Professor
Miyoshi has directed the work of a number of doctoral students who now teach
at such institutions as University of Wisconsin-Madison, Duke University,
New York University, and the University of Toronto. A recent conference at
NYU brought together writers and scholars from several disciplines and from
around the world who met to pay tribute to Professor Miyoshi’s
accomplishments by presenting papers and engaging in dialogue on topics that
have been the focus of Miyoshi’s scholarship over the last decade. A
recurring motif of the conference was the prescient iconoclasm of Masao
Miyoshi. Indeed, Masao is a true iconoclast who leaves an indelible
signature on the history and the future orientation of the UCSD Literature
Department. His persistent disregard for conventional and unimaginative ways
of thinking about literature, culture, and the university have often been
the necessary irritant that prodded his colleagues and graduate students to
innovative work of their own. Masao has made our lives richer with his
irreverence and his adamant refusal to be compliant. We shall miss his
lively presence on a regular basis. His retirement after this year will not,
however, deprive us of his teaching, as he will return in Spring 2005 to
offer a graduate seminar. Join us in wishing Professor Miyoshi all the best
in what promises to be an active retirement of continued research and
Fred Randel's interests and publication record are admirably diverse,
ranging from Lamb to Faulkner, with special emphasis on writers of the
Romantic period, not least on Mary Shelley. His conscientious and devoted
service to the department will be sorely missed.
Fred Randel joined the Department of Literature in 1968, after receiving his Ph.D. in English Literature from Yale University. He published a book on Charles Lamb’s Essayistic Romanticism and is nearing completion of a new book on The Mountains and Caves of English Romanticism. Over the years Fred has published many articles in prestigious venues on authors such as Coleridge, Wordsworth, Faulkner, Byron, Thomas DeQuincey, and Mary Shelley. Fred’s teaching has ranged from Milton to the Victorians, with a special focus on the Romantic period. He has taught at all levels, from required lower-division surveys to graduate seminars. Of particular note is his contribution to the Revelle Humani-ties program, where for many years he introduced students to eighteenth-century literature and culture. Fred has also served the department and the larger campus on committees and in administrative positions too numerous to list here. We thank him for his years of service to our department, and wish him a long and productive retirement.
The Winter Quarter collection of books for Preuss School Library was a great success, with hundreds of usable books delivered to the Preuss Library in March. To Department Members: Thank you for your generosity! This is the first year Preuss graduates a Senior Class, and nearly all Seniors have won places in excellent universities. Our donated books will help future classes.
Our thanks, and thanks also to Literature Staff for help in organizing.
NOT ONLY NOT AT THE GROVE
For more information, please contact Eileen Myles.
Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville:
June 22-26, 2005
Held on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of both Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom and Melville's Benito Cereno, this conference will examine the works, lives, and contexts of these two writers who spanned most of the nineteenth century. The conference will take place in the historic town of New Bedford, Mass., where both young men spent time.
Proposals for papers, panels, or roundtable discussions should be 1-2 pages and sent to Robert S. Levine, English Department, 3101 Susquehanna Hall, University of Maryland, 20742 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Samuel Otter, English Department, 322 Wheeler Hall #1030, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. 94720 (email@example.com). Proposals should be postmarked or emailed by June 15, 2004.
For details, go to http://whalingmuseum.org/index.html
20th Century Literature Conference
February 24-25, 2004
Critical papers may be submitted on any topic con-cerning literary works (including film) since 1900. Work by creative writers is also welcome. Submissions may be in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
For information, go to http://www.louisville.edu/a-s/cml/xxconf
Deadline for proposals: September 15, 2004
Academic Senate Committee on Research Grants
Travel Grants: Academic Senate members may also apply for travel expenses to national and international conferences and symposia. Limits apply, and a maximum of $1,000 will be granted. Applications must be submitted to Nancy Ho-Wu by June 14.
Intercampus Exchange Program Grants: Airfare is provided to Academic Senate members and registered graduate students for travel to other UC campuses for research study, and to faculty invited to UCSD from other UC campuses for consultations that will benefit UCSD faculty. See Nancy Ho-Wu for an application.
For information: http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor.htm
Harvard’s Society of Fellows gives exceptional scholars early in their careers an opportunity to pursue studies in any department without formal requirements. Those still pursuing their Ph.D. should have completed routine training and be well along in writing their dissertations. Nominations sent in May or June are most beneficial to the candidates. For details, contact: Ana Minvielle
Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2004
The Jacob K. Javits program offers graduate student funding for up to 48 months. FY 2005 applications are expected to be available in August 2004. The application deadline date for FY 2005 is expected to be the first week of October 2004. For program information, go to http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsjavits/index.html
Conference Grants are designed to foster an intellectual community among University of California scholars from a range of campuses and disciplines. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and require at least 50% matching funds from the applicant's home campus or other sources.
Seminar Grants are intended to be more focused in content and smaller in scale—generally focusing on a research problem within a discipline, though inter-disciplinary discussions on a seminar scale are also appropriate. Grants range from $3,000 to $5,000, and require at least 50% matched funds.
For information and application forms, please see the UCHRI website at http://www.uchri.org
Proposals must be received by October 15, 2004.