Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Footnotes: The English Department Newsletter

Volume 58 |November 11, 2013| Number 12


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Fellowship Payment

Graduate students on fellowship for the Fall semester (8/16/13-12/15/13), will receive their last fellowship payment on 12/16/13.Upcoming Events

Patrick McGrath’s final defense is scheduled for TODAY -
Monday, November 11from 2-4


December Degree List MA & PhD students

November 15th is the last day for graduate students to add themselves to the December 2013 degree list via Student Self Service <> . This degree application deadline is firm.  If you are unable to add yourself to the graduation list via Student Self Service, contact your department for assistance prior to November 15.

Please note that if you were on the degree list for a previous term, but did not complete your degree, you will need to add your name to the degree list. Names are not automatically carried over from one term to the next.

Fall 2013 – Dates to Remember
November 15: Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W
November 15: Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a semester course or to change from credit/no-credit option to a regular grade
November 15: Last day for student to drop a semester course without a grade of W (without approval)
November 15: Last day to take final exam for December doctoral degree
November 15: Last day for students to add themselves to Dec degree list via web UI Integrate Self- Service and for departments to add students who do not have access to UI Integrate Self-Service
November 22: Deadline for Graduate Student Academic Services office to receive the final exam Certificate of Result
Nov 23-Dec 1: Fall vacation for students
Nov 28 - 29: Thanksgiving Break (all campus holiday)
December 2: Instruction resumes
December 6: Last day to complete deposit of December doctoral dissertations
December 6: Last day to elect credit/no-credit option for a second half-session course or to change from credit/no-credit option to a regular grade
December 6: Last day to drop a second half-session course, without a grade of W (without approval)
December 11: Instruction ends
December 12: Reading Day
December 12: Last day to add or drop a second half-session course with approval (a W is recorded)
December 12: Last day to add or drop a semester course with approval (a W is recorded)
December 12: Last day to change a grade of DFR (in a non-thesis course) or I, awarded last spring or summer to prevent F by rule
December 13: Last day to complete deposit of December master’s theses
Dec 13 – 20: Final examination period
December 20: Last date for receipt of completed petitions in the Graduate College for graduating students
December 23: December degree conferral (no commencement)


Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program

IFLIP classes will meet weekdays Jan. 6-17 for three hours a day. The two-week classes are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty members. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. Paid registration encouraged by Dec. 15; courses not meeting minimum enrollment by that date are subject to cancellation.

Marlynna Schaefer  • School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics


Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders 2014 Graduate Conference in Transnational American Studies at Binghamton University

“Transatlantic Modernities”

Saturday, April 26 2014

Keynote: Anthony Bogues, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences & Critical Theory and the Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Brown University

Deadline for Proposal Submission: March 7, 2014. 

“Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders” is an interdisciplinary graduate conference dedicated to exploring the changing contours of the field of American Studies. This year’s conference theme, “Transatlantic Modernities,” focuses on the literary and material facets of cultural exchange across the Atlantic during historical moments broadly defined as modern. We aim to situate the study of “American” cultural production in the geographical nexus formed by the Americas (including the Caribbean), Africa, and Europe, with an emphasis on points of contact, methods of exchange, and acts of border crossing. We are interested in how transatlantic flows of capital and peoples continue to influence and redefine the production and study of culture from the rise of industrialism, imperialism, capitalism, and the nation-state in the age of modernity through to the globalized, postcolonial, and post-national era.

In keeping with our conference’s focus, we seek papers focused on the historical and cultural relationships between peoples and nations within the transatlantic nexus. How are traditional conceptions of modernity altered when viewed from the perspectives of Caribbean, Latin American, South American, West African, and Native American communities? How does one define modernity in the face of the decline of the nation-state in the postcolonial, late-capitalist, global era? How do the economic and geopolitical realities of this era shape and reconstitute the indissoluble continuum of experience ranging from the local to the national to the transatlantic to the global? What would a transatlantic American Studies look like in theory and in practice? We invite panel and paper submissions that follow these and similar lines of inquiry.

 This year, we are planning to have faculty from across New York acting as respondents to each panel, rather than having the traditional moderator.  Each paper will be read prior to the conference, and the respondents will provide feedback, offer questions, and direct the conversation after the panel has presented. Because of this, we ask for completed papers two weeks prior to the conference.   

To submit a paper or panel proposal, send a 250-word abstract to Panel proposals should include the names and e-mail addresses of three participants, with individual paper abstracts and a 150-word abstract uniting them. Possible Topics include, but are not limited to:

●      Transatlantic Exchanges of Culture, Goods, and Peoples

●      The Transatlantic Political Subject

●      Transatlantic Geographies and Regionalism

●      Literature and Art and the Politics of the Transatlantic

●      Critical Race Theory in the Americas

●      Representing and Re-Presenting the Triangular Trade

●      Ex-Patriotism and Literary Culture

●      The United States and Producing/Enforcing the Modern

●      Indigenous Culture and the Arrival of the “Modern”

●      Transatlantic Practice and Pedagogy

●      The Intersections of Modern Temporality and the Constructions of Space

●      Modernity, Progress, and the Politics of Development

●      The World Wars and Constructions of the Global

●      Transatlantic Cosmopolitanism and the Urban/Rural Divide

●      The Histories of Transatlantic Diaspora

●      Transatlantic Migrations and the Politics of Labor