From: Greg Youmans (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Feb 20 2010 - 10:56:26 PST
Apologies if this already went out to this list. It's a great opportunity
for queer film scholars.
Please pass the announcement on to anyone who could benefit.
Have a great weekend,
Lecturer, Film and Digital Media Department
Ph.D., History of Consciousness
University of California, Santa Cruz
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From: Damon Young <email suppressed>
Subject: DUE MONDAY: SCMS Queer Caucus Mentoring Program
To: Damon Young <email suppressed>
Reminder -- applications due Monday!
SOCIETY FOR CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES QUEER CAUCUS MENTORING PROGRAM -- CALL
In 2010, the Queer Caucus at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies is
piloting a queer mentoring program.
The program pairs early career LGBTQ scholars working in film and media
studies with more experienced scholars who have survived the trials and
tribulations of beginning an academic career, and who have kindly
volunteered to share some of their wisdom with younger or less experienced
The program is conceived in the spirit of queer "initiation" that reflects
the way many of us learn about queer community more broadly. We believe that
mentoring is an important part of queer experience. Many of us, in the
process of "coming out" or "coming in" to various forms of queer community,
have relied on intergenerational bonds that provide alternative (queer)
models of kinship and pedagogy. We believe such bonds -- which acknowledge,
rather than disavowing, the ambiguous distinction between the professional
and the personal -- are also important for queer scholars and for the field
of queer scholarship.
The mentoring relationships are intended to provide a forum for occasional
casual discussion about professional concerns. We would like to stress that
mentors will NOT serve as de facto dissertation committee members, nor
should they be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Their role is to
provide outside counsel and advice on career matters. The model should be
considered one of intergenerational friendship (regardless of actual age),
rather than formal advising.
Issues discussed between mentors and mentees might include: dissertation
anxieties (though, as stressed above, mentors are not expected to read
mentees' dissertations), job applications/interviews, departmental politics,
research & publishing, tenure process, pedagogy.
This is a pilot program, and the number of mentees we are able to
accommodate this year is limited. We will do our best to forward prospective
mentees' material to the mentors who best match their interests, but mentors
may have many suitable matches and will make the final decisions themselves.
As the program gets going, we hope to expand our mentor list. We encourage
anyone interested in the program to apply now, and to apply again next year
if we cannot find a suitable match for you this time around.
Here is the most recent list of confirmed mentors participating in the pilot
Michele Aaron (University of Birmingham)
Harry Benshoff (University of North Texas)
Caetlin Benson-Allott (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Chris Berry (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Gilberto Blasini (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Steven Cohan (Syracuse University)
Alexander Doty (Indiana University)
Richard Dyer (King's College London)
Brett Farmer (Chulalongkorn University)
Elizabeth Freeman (University of California, Davis)
Ron Gregg (Yale University)
Ellis Hanson (Cornell University)
Lisa Henderson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Astrid Henry (Grinnell College)
Lucas Hilderbrand (University of California, Irvine)
Ken Hillis (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Chris Holmlund (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Earl Jackson, Jr. (Korean National University of Arts)
Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College)
Kara Keeling (University of Southern California)
Homay King (Bryn Mawr College)
Helen Hok-Sze Leung (Simon Fraser University)
Bliss Cua Lim (University of California, Irvine)
Peter Limbrick (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
Fran Martin (University of Melbourne)
Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)
Juana Maria Rodriguez (University of California, Berkeley)
Bhaskar Sarkar (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Matthew Tinkcom (Georgetown University)
Amy Villarejo (Cornell University)
Tom Waugh (Concordia University)
Audrey Yue (University of Melbourne)
*How to apply to be an SCMS Queer Caucus Mentee*:
1. Join the SCMS Queer Caucus! If you are already an SCMS member, you can do
this online at the SCMS website (go to the "membership" area, click on
"update membership profile," and then select "queer caucus"). While we
strongly encourage you to become an SCMS member if you are not one already,
the mentorship is open to everyone regardless of SCMS membership status. (We
realize that some people, especially graduate students, aren't able to
remain members all the time due to the membership fees.)
2. Write a short (one-paragraph) description of your scholarly interests and
current projects. We will use this to pair you with a mentor with similar
interests and compatible experience. Also write a short statement (just a
few sentences) about what you might hope to get out of a mentorship. If you
have a particular preference for a specific mentor from the list or for a
mentor with specific expertise, you can indicate this, but we can't
guarantee your choice of mentor. Mentors will be responsible for selecting
their own mentees, and we encourage you to be open to mentoring from
unexpected sources. Expanding networks is one of the goals of the program!
3. Attach a CV (no more than 3 pages).
4. Email these documents to email suppressed *no later than February 22,
2010, 5pm Pacific Standard Time*.
5. Mentors and mentees will be introduced by email before March 18, and we
hope that those attending the SCMS conference might meet at or after the
Queer Caucus special session: "Queer Mentorship: Genealogies and
Affiliations for the Future of LGBTQ Film Studies," Fri Mar 19, 4:00-5:45pm
(Session O). Not all the mentors will be at SCMS (and you do not need to be
going to SCMS to be a mentee), so email meetings are also possible.
If you have any questions, please address them to: (address suppressed)
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.