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Judith Butler wins Adorno Prize, Sparks Controversy

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 14, 2012 - 11:19am

Frankfurt to award US advocate of Israel boycott By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT08/26/2012 02:16Prof. Judith Butler denies supporting or endorsing Hamas, Hezbollah; academics denounce decision to award Adorno Prize. PHOTO: REUTER/ALEX DOMANSKI


Victims of the Recession Not Welcome?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 14, 2012 - 9:51am

From Leiter Reports:
Another job ad says, "Victims of the recession not welcome"
This one in Comparative Literature at Harvard: “Applicants must have received the PhD or equivalent degree in the past three years (2009 or later), or show clear evidence of planned receipt of the degree by the beginning of employment.”

And from Leiter, again:
PhDs Struggling in a Difficult Job Market: Don't Apply to THIS Job!


Helmglot's Apocryphal Porpoise

Submitted by slewfoot on June 19, 2012 - 5:27pm

Here's a question for you learned folks. In a rather obscure Neoplatonic rhetorical text my friend and colleague Barry Brummett ran across a reference to "Helmglot's apocryphal porpoise," which is apparently some sort of alchemical metaphor for something that keeps rising up above a water line or will not stay "under" (like a Cheerio in milk or what Freud terms "repression"). Barry has used it as shorthand for difficult theory in the humanities, and I've found it both fun and handy as well. That said: does anyone know anything about the metaphor or its origin?


A Co-op Solution to Higher Ed Reform?

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 9, 2012 - 10:12am

Our Galtian Overlords at the Texas Public Policy Foundation just tipped their hand for the next legislative session--a 7 percent across the board budget cut. It's the second item under "research" here. At TAMU currently we are robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul by imposing a 1.5% cut in department operating budgets to fund 1.5% merit raises for faculty and staff--something our former Governor once referred to as "fuzzy math." I want to make one argument and raise one question in this point.


Peer Review in CCC

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 7, 2012 - 9:07pm

If you participate in peer review for a journal, if you will undergo internal or external peer review as part of a forthcoming tenure or promotion process, or if you will serve as a peer reviewer for someone else's tenure and promotion process, you need to read:

CCC 63:4 / june 2012

Symposium on Peer Review
Editor’s note: In this Symposium focused on peer review, Irwin Weiser—drawing
both on history and on his own experience as faculty member, WPA, department
head, and dean—examines the set of practices we associate with the tenure and


With New Agreement, MLA Journals Shift Copyright to Authors

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 7, 2012 - 7:07am


With New Agreement, MLA Journals Shift Copyright to Authors
June 6, 2012, 8:47 am

The journals of the Modern Language Association will switch to a new author agreement that leaves copyright with writers, the scholarly group announced on Tuesday. The MLA had previously asserted that the journals themselves held copyright.


Some Thoughts on Wisconsin

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 5, 2012 - 9:25pm

Isaiah 40:31--But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


"Associate professors were not most satisfied in any category"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 3, 2012 - 9:54am

I guess I see my seven-year-itch here:


mapping rhetorical studies

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 1, 2012 - 11:52pm

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mapping rhetorical studies
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