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Michigan Society of Fellows Fellowships in Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Professions; October 18

Michigan Society of Fellows – Fellowships: 2011-2014 in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Professions
The objective of the Michigan Society of Fellows is to provide financial and intellectual support for individuals holding advanced degrees in their fields, who are selected for their outstanding achievement, professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests. The Society invites applications from qualified candidates for three-year fellowships at the University of Michigan. Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers. Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2008, and September 1, 2011. Application deadline is October 18, 2010 – for more information, please visit the website.

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“Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes,” 12th Annual Michicagoan Linguistic Anthropology Conference, May 14-15

Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes
The 12th Annual University of Michigan – University of Chicago
Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

The University of Chicago, May 14th and 15th, 2010

Gordon Center for Integrative Science
929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Room W301/303

Keynote speech: Friday, May 14th, 6:00 PM
John Singler, Professor of Linguistics, NYU
“Keeping Pace with Space: The Creation and Negotiation of Stigmatized Linguistic Elements”
A crucial element of the social use of language involves the creation and negotiation of stigma, ranging in scope from the single shibboleth to the wholly stigmatized dialect. The present paper assumes that the assignment of stigma to linguistic elements arises from social motivation, but it then examines the specifically linguistic properties of stigmatized elements. It addresses a chain of linked questions, including the following:
• How much control do speakers exert over their production of stigmatized speech?
• Are there linguistic constraints on the creation of stigmatized forms? That is, are there elements of language that are likely candidates for stigma and elements which are not?
• What role, if any, does stigma play in linguistic change?

The focus of the paper is the individual as well as society, and it considers matters of agency, appropriation, and speaker awareness (while incorporating identity, ideology, and indexicality). Evidence is drawn primarily from pidgins and creoles but also from dialects of American English.

Please see the website ( for the conference schedule! (Directions to the conference venue will be added to the website shortly.)

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Call for Papers: “Polish Studies in the 21st Century,” University of Michigan, Deadline: January 15

Polish Studies in the 21st Century
3rd International Conference on Polish Studies
September 16-18, 2010
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies at the University of Michigan welcomes proposals for papers and presentations at the 3rd International Conference in Polish Studies, to be held September 16-18, 2010, in Ann Arbor.

The field of Polish studies in North America has been utterly transformed over the past decade.  There are now more people than ever studying Polish language, literature, culture, history, society, and politics, and the overwhelming majority of them entered the profession after the fall of communism. With this new generation of scholars have come new forms of scholarship. The broad cluster of methodological and theoretical innovations collected under the rubric of Cultural Studies has brought to light a range of previously unexplored topics and introduced to our work a heightened degree of self-reflexivity. Work on gender and sexuality, for example, has not merely introduced new analytical categories and new themes, but shifted the way we understand the broad narratives of Polish history, culture, and society. Although Polonists have a long history of working across disciplinary boundaries, the vectors of interdisciplinarity have been shifting in recent years to bring together perspectives that were not always in dialogue. The moves towards comparative work and a new focus on transnational processes have not so much eclipsed Polish studies as forced us to critically examine the concept of the “Polish Nation” and to re-conceptualize it in more productive ways.

The Steering Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Novel approaches to Polish Studies, in both theory and practice, will be favored over papers that merely attempt to fill “gaps” in available scholarship. Advanced graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Please submit an abstract of 250-500 words as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file by email to Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2010.

Upon acceptance, attendees at the conference will be asked to contribute a non-refundable registration fee of USD 100. Limited financial assistance is available as needed, though participants are first asked to exhaust resources for conference travel at their home institutions.

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