English Department E-News - March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017


In this Issue:

**Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy**

**Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury**

**Active Shooter Response**

Honors and Awards:



Year of Diversity Events:

Funding Opportunities:

Calls for Papers:




Campaign-Related Activities on Campus Policy


As we approach the general election on November 8th, we write to provide a reminder of University guidance regarding permissible political campaign-related activities on campus. 

Because the University encourages freedom of expression, political activities that do not reasonably imply University involvement or identification may be undertaken so long as regular University procedures are followed for use of facilities and for conduct by faculty and staff in their official University capacities. Guidelines for student activities are also provided here.

The enclosed memo details University guidelines, and offers resources for use by our community. Please review it and distribute it to your faculty and staff members, as appropriate.

Thank you,

Geovette Washington, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer
Paul A. Supowitz, Vice Chancellor for Community and Governmental Relations

http://www.universityannouncements.pitt.edu/Campaign-Related Activities Memo.pdf

For more information about Read Green, please visit http://technology.pitt.edu/readgreen

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Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

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Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury

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Active Shooter Response

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Honors and Awards

We are proud to announce the Department of English students who have received Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships. 

Gabrielle Rajerison, Graduate: Wendall Wray Memorial Scholarship $3,500

Anna Weber, Graduate: Polish Room Committee Scholarship $4,000

Jordan Hayes, Graduate: Fred C. Bruhns Memorial Scholarship $4,000

Alexander Malanych, Graduate: Israel Heritage Room Committee Scholarship $2,500

John Kennedy, Graduate: Ivan Santa-Cruz Memorial Scholarship $4,000

Kathryn Waring, Graduate: Stanley Prostrednik Scholarship $2,500

Kim Rooney, Undergraduate: John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship $4,500


Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs

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Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to ask for your assistance in identifying individuals for potential service as Vice Provost. The impending transition of Juan Manfredi, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, back to his faculty appointment has created an opening in our office. While the responsibilities associated with supporting undergraduate studies will continue to be covered, I am considering potential changes in organizational structure that would lend flexibility to the responsibilities associated with the new position. So, I am looking for individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and interests committed to advancing the academic mission of the institution and working in a collaborative leadership environment. Individuals filling these positions are typically members of the tenured faculty.


I hope the new Vice Provost will begin this summer, though exact start dates are flexible. Similarly, the terms of office will be negotiated.  Traditionally, such positions have been full-time with an indefinite term of appointment. Though I am inclined to continue with the same, I am willing to discuss other arrangements depending on the interest and availability of potential candidates. 


If there are individuals who may be good candidates, please alert Executive Vice Provost Dave DeJong at dejong@pitt.edu.  Also, please forward this announcement to your faculty and other interested individuals to alert them to this opportunity.






Patricia Beeson

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

University of Pittsburgh

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Dear Department Chairs and Directors of Graduate Studies,

If you hear of students (current or prospective), scholars, or staff members who have questions, concerns or issues about their immigration status or international travel, it is vitally important that you and the person involved notify the Office of International Services (OIS) with the person’s name and situation. OIS is prepared to assist both individuals who are currently outside the United States, and those who are in the US.

OIS can be contacted at 412-624-7120 or OIS@pitt.edu.

As part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), OIS is the designated unit that has the most up-to-date information on the executive order, has immigration specialists who have established relationships with our student/scholar/staff population, and has the capability to communicate with them directly. They will coordinate with the University’s Office of General Counsel as needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I will share additional information as it becomes available.

All the best,



Kathleen Blee

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Distinguished Professor of Sociology

5141 Sennott Square

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA 15260

(412) 624-3939

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Statement on Immigration

The English Department reaffirms Chancellor Gallagher’s Message on U. S. Immigration Decisions: http://www.chancellor.pitt.edu/news-story/chancellor-gallaghers-message-us-immigration-decisions. We have a long history of benefitting from and supporting international exchange and a continuing commitment to welcome and support undergraduates, graduate students, visiting scholars, and faculty from around the world without regard to race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or citizenship. Please see my post-election statement in Notes From the Chair in the latest issue of The Fifth Floor: http://www.english.pitt.edu/notes-chair-0.

Don Bialostosky

Professor and Chair

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Dear CLAS affiliated faculty,

CLAS is organizing a very busy spring semester, highlighted by a Latin American film festival and a number of talks including one on Truth Commissions in Latin America (Robin Kirk) and another focusing on regional economics and leftist politics (Jeffrey Webber).  Also, while the dates are not yet confirmed, we are working on events for hosting the First Secretary from the Cuban Embassy and the Ambassador of Guyana. 

We want to encourage more student participation in these types of talks and seminars, and thus we are going to begin experimenting with a new “ticketing” system so that faculty can give credit to student attendees.  We would like to ask that you consider offering students credit for attendance in these types of events, and we hope that the signed “ticket” will allow faculty to confirm attendance. We will use the tickets for all seminars that we organize, and if there are other CLAS-sponsored events that you would like us to monitor, we will try to do that as well. We hope that you will consider adding this type of participation into your syllabi.  A partial list of our upcoming events is below.

Also, please note that we will be contacting many of you in the spring semester so that a staff member or student ambassador can come to your class and provide a short announcement to encourage students to join the CLAS certificate.

Finally, Panoramas is always looking for more student (or faculty) submissions. Some classes have required students to write short articles, and we can accept submissions a wide variety of topics. 

To receive our weekly updates, subscribe at http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/subscribe.

CLAS website: www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clas.pitt/   





CLAS Events, Spring 2017 (Partial List)


Film Festival:   

                       Latin America in Motion: Pitt Latin American Films

 Jan 24- Open Cage (Mexico)

Feb 28- Second Mother (Brazil)

March 14- El Club (Chile)

March 21- Travel Agent (Cuba)

April 4- Ixcanul (Guatemala) 



03/31/2016       Lecture and Visiting Scholar

                          Tiffany Barnes, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Author: Gendering Legislative Politics


02/03/2017        Lecture

Robin Kirk, Faculty Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Title: “Commissioning Truths: Latin America's impact on the right to truth”

                                                    Time and Location: 12:00 p.m.  4130 Posvar Hall


02/09/2017       Lecture

                                                    Jeffery R. Webber, Senior Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Title: “The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left”

Time and Location: 3pm--4130 Posvar Hall


02/08/2017       Lecture

Paulina Alberto, Associate Professor, History, University of Michigan

Title: “El Negro Raúl: Lives and Afterlives of an Afro-Argentine Celebrity (1886-Present)

                                                                Time and Location: Noon--3703 Posvar Hall

Sponsored by: The Department of History and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh


03/17-03/18     Conference

                                                    Latin American and Social and Public Policy Conference (LASPP)



Approx 4/1/17 Lecture and Visiting Scholar

                         Gianluca Passarelli, Associate Professor of Politica Science at the Sapieza Universita in Rome, Italy

            Title: “The Presidentialism of Political Parties”


                         Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American Studies and the European Center at the University of Pittsburgh



04/01/2017       Festival

                                                   Latin American & Caribbean Festival

           Time and location: 12pm to 10pm; Galleria—1st floor Posvar



04/07/2017       Lecture

                                                  Peter M. Siavelis, Professor, Political Science and International Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Wake Forest University

           Title: “Politics in Chile”  

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University Senate Spring Plenary 2017: The Role of Research Metrics in Faculty Evaluation

March 29, 2017 - 12pm to 3 pm - Assembly Room, William Pitt Union

No faculty member can be reduced to a summary of statistics. Yet, metrics abound to measure the myriad of ways that research is constructed and disseminated and how the researcher impacts their field. How do metrics matter in the evaluation of a faculty member’s research? What are the best practices for using these metrics? What is the balance of data and peer judgment? The senate plenary will focus on responding to these questions and examining the responsible use of research metrics in faculty evaluation. Two highly distinguished academic experts will be joining us to inform and guide the conversation.

Please join us as our two speakers, Diana Hicks and Cassidy Sugimoto, and a local response panel discuss the changing ways that data influences evaluation.

Further reading and various perspectives


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The Composition Program Presents a Workshop


Exploring Literature

with ESL writers


Clare Connors, PhD English/Film Studies

Marylou Gramm, Senior Lecturer

Katie Homar, Visiting Lecturer


Thursday, March 30

1 - 2

512 Cathedral of Learning



In this workshop, ESL Composition teachers at Pitt will share their assignments, pedagogies and outcomes in working on close reading and writing about short stories and poetry with ESL students. We discuss how literary texts offer a platform for international writers to demonstrate their variously schooled and acculturated ways of reading fiction and to enter literary critical practices in U.S. academic settings. Working with literary texts also enables multilingual students to pay close attention to syntax, semantics, narrative structures, and cultural allusions, which—in turn—helps to nuance their own composition practices. Our course readings include Asian American poetry, which offers particular challenges and opportunities to our predominant Asian international population. 

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The Chatham University MFA in Creative Writing Program will sponsor Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times on April 6 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside campus. The event will feature readings and conversations with four authors, Li-Young Lee, Cornelius Eady, Danez Smith and Adriana E. Ramirez. The writers will take questions that will address what poetry might accomplish in divided times, and how it might be used to navigate hostile environments, whether personal, cultural or political. Books will be available for purchase.

5:15-6 p.m. Readings by Danez Smith and Adriana Ramirez

6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:30-8:15 p.m. Readings by Li-Young Lee and Cornelius Eady

8:15- 9 p.m. A panel discussion featuring all authors

9:00-9:30 p.m. Book sales and a reception

Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents. His father had been a personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China, and relocated the family to Indonesia, where he helped found Gamaliel University. He is the author of The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon & Schuster, 1995); Behind My Eyes (W. W. Norton & Co., 2008); Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (BOA Editions, 1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (BOA Editions, 1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award.

Cornelius Eady is an American writer focusing largely on matters of race and society, His poetry often centers on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and societal problems stemming from questions of race and class. He is the author of Hardheaded Weather (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008); Brutal Imagination (2001), which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox (1997); You Don’t Miss Your Water (1995); The Gathering of My Name (1991), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, among others. In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American  poets

Danez Smith is an American poet. They are the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (2017), [insert] Boy (2014), winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship Books, 2013). Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and elsewhere. He is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. Smith’s work has been featured widely including in on Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, digital maker, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.

Contact Brittany Hailer atbhailer@chatham.edu with any questions.


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Year of Diversity Events



Funding Opportunities

Profane is a print journal that publishes poems, essays, and stories. Our reading period runs through July 31st.


In addition to being in print, all of our past issues are available on our website to read for free (you can also listen to most of the authors read their pieces, as well).


To find out more about what our journal's all about, check us out at profanejournal.com


We're also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year.


The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).


The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).


Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words.


For more details and guidelines, you can check out our contest page at http://www.profanejournal.com/2017.html

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The 2017 Tamara Horowitz Memorial Fund Award, administered by the Department of Philosophy, supports limited-term summer graduate research on the scholarly topics that were of primary interest to Horowitz: philosophical and experimental studies of human decision making, analytic feminism, and the status of a priori cognition.  Tamara Horowitz was passionate about social justice, self-determination, and inclusiveness, and successful applicants should reflect these passions as well. 

Applications are open to all Ph.D. graduate students in any department within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  Please submit, electronically, a CV and a two- to three-page outline of the proposed program of research to Kathy Rivet 1001 CL (krivet@pitt.edu) in the Philosophy Department by March 31, 2017.  The winner of the award will be announced by April 30. 

Total award: $2,000

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2017 James P. Danky Fellowship

Applications are due May 1. 

In honor of James P. Danky's long service to print culture scholarship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is again offering its annual short-term research fellowship (http://www.wiscprintdigital.org/fellowship/).

The Danky Fellowship provides $1000 in funds for one individual planning a trip to carry out research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society (please see details of the collections at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/collections/).

Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture (http://www.wiscprintdigital.org/) .

Preference will be given to:
-proposals undertaking research in print culture history
-research likely to lead to publication
-researchers early in their career
-researchers from outside Madison

Prior to applying it is strongly suggested that applicants contact Lee Grady at the Wisconsin Historical Society (lee.grady@wisconsinhistory.org or 608-264-6459) to discuss the relevancy of WHS collections to their projects. Wisconsin Historical Society staff may be able to identify potential collections of which you may not otherwise be aware.

There is no application form.  Applicants must submit the following:

1)  A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, and proposed dates of residency.

2)  A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work, including publication plans. If residents of the Madison area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.

3)  Curriculum vitae.

4) Two confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis adviser.

Applications are due by May 1.  The recipient will be notified by June 1.

Please use your last name as the first word of all file names (for example: Name CV.pdf) and email materials to:

Anna Palmer

Coordinator, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture


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This is an important announcement regarding fellowship opportunities at UCLA:

sponsored by UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies www.1718.ucla.edu and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library www.clarklibrary.ucla.edu

Graduate fellowship information can be found here: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/graduate/

Predoctoral application forms can be accessed directly via this link: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/graduate/graduate-fellowship-application


Graduate Travel Grants (UCLA students)

Graduate students at UCLA may apply to the Center for travel support for participation in professional conferences related to Seventeenth- & Eighteenth-Century Studies and Oscar Wilde. Please apply in advance of travel. Details on the following webpage: www.1718.ucla.edu/research/ucla-graduate/

Stipend: up to $500 for domestic travel; up to $1,000 for foreign travel.




Calls for Papers

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference Call for Proposals 2017


Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference (#BUDSC17). The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.”


·  What can different disciplines learn from each other when it comes to adopting or using digital tools?

·  What is the role of innovation in digital scholarship?  Who is being innovative?

·  How is digital scholarship rewarded in, or beyond, academia?

·  How can we foster communication across intellectual disciplines and administrative units?

·  How is digital scholarship made?  Who produces it?  Who is excluded and who is included?

·  Where is digital scholarship published, promoted, and publicized? Is the message reaching the audience it deserves?

·  How is digital scholarship incorporated into the existing conversations of traditional scholarship?

·  What are the resources for sustaining digital scholarship?  How are those resources going to change in the future? Can digital scholarship be done inexpensively without sacrificing quality?

·  Does digital scholarship have a responsibility to be open or engaged beyond the academy?  How are these different responsibilities defined and grappled with?

·  Should digital scholarship be defined? Where should a definition of digital scholarship begin? What ends should it be directed toward?


#BUDSC17 is committed to expanding the definition of digital scholarship to be more inclusive across diverse communities, both inside and outside of academia. The conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners--faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others--engaged in digital scholarship both in research and teaching who share an interest in the evolution of digital scholarship.


The theme “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship” acknowledges the changes to scholarship wrought by the introduction of digital technologies across the disciplines.  Now is an apt time to reflect upon how digital scholarship has evolved over the past decades and where it may head in the future. Scholars and teachers, poets and administrators, artists and community members, are encouraged to reflect on the past of digital scholarship and work together to build a future for digital scholarship.


We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how digital scholarship has been done in the past and how it may change in the future.


Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations, project demos, electronic posters, panel discussions, work-in-progress sessions, workshops, lightning talks, or other creative formats.


We look forward to building on the success of the last three years, in which we came together to discuss challenges, share working models, reflect on projects, and inspire new avenues for actively including students in public scholarly pursuits. For more information, please view our highlights from the 2016 meeting, the conference website and this year's call (including promo video).


Submission Form

Proposals are due: 8:00 AM, Monday, May 15th  

Notifications will be sent by June 26th

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The Rush is a literary magazine created and run by the MFA creative writing students at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. We premiered our first issue earlier this month, and we were delighted to have received over 500 submissions during our first reading period! We look forward to keeping the momentum going. 

It is free to submit and open to all who are interested. To find out more information, please visit our website http://www.therushmag.com/. For writing guidelines, check out our submittable page https://therushmag.submittable.com/submit

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American Antiquarian Society

Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture


“Other Languages, Other Americas”

July 10-14, 2017

Led by

Anna Brickhouse, University of Virginia, and

Kirsten Silva Gruesz, University of California, Santa Cruz


When Isaiah Thomas created a repository to gather all the stray materials that might tell the nation’s history, he could not foresee what that nation’s geographical contours would ultimately be. But he did begin his History of Printing in America with the arrival of the press to Mexico in 1539, intimating that the continental sense of “America” overlapped in some way with the republic whose formation he had witnessed. Hemispheric and transatlantic approaches to scholarship over the past twenty years prompt us to delve into the questions that Thomas’s choice implicitly pose: First, how did different colonial and national cultures influence, receive, and translate early U.S. publications? Second, how might we incorporate material in languages other than English, whether printed domestically or abroad, into our narratives of American history, literature, and cultural expression? And third, what can the study of print culture and book history add to the so-called transnational turn in American Studies? 

This seminar will both survey and critically examine the state of two overlapping fields—hemispheric and multilingual American studies—while asking how book history might reshape these fields.

The seminar will be of interest to graduate students, librarians, curators, and college and university faculty. Our discussion will benefit from participants with even modest knowledge of a language other than English, but we also welcome those who want to work on English-language materials prior to, or outside of, the United States.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

 For further information and application materials, please consult the AAS website: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/2017-summer-seminar-history-book-american-culture

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Call for papers


​Pacific Gateways: The Rise of Transpacific Literature in English, 1760–1900


International travel writing symposium

Ito International Research Center, University of Tokyo

Friday 24 - Saturday 25 November, 2017




Plenary speakers:

Nikki Hessell (Victoria University of Wellington)

Julia Kuehn (University of Hong Kong)


This international conference will explore the entanglements of English literature (including travel writing, novels, journalism, and poetry) with Pacific geographies and cultures in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The concept of the “transatlantic” has become familiar in Anglo-American literary studies, but it is only in recent years that the counterbalancing notion of the “transpacific” has received sustained scholarly attention, driven in part by the growing global economic importance of the Asia-Pacific region.


Our conference examines the period—broadly beginning with the end of the Seven Years’ War (1763), the voyages of Captain Cook (1768–79), and the founding of San Francisco (1776), Los Angeles (1781), and New South Wales (1788)—in which Anglo-American attention first begins to “pivot” towards the Pacific, extending through to the imperial engagements of the mid nineteenth century which open a series of ports (including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Yokohama) to Western trade. These developments give rise not just to a flood of travel writing and journalism on the Pacific but also to numerous literary works by authors (including Melville, Twain, Kipling, and Ballantyne) fascinated by the vast expanse of the Pacific and by its diverse Asian, Oceanic, and North American cultures.


The conference will focus, in particular, upon the “gateways” to the Pacific offered to English travellers and traders by the ports along its rim. These include the major centres of local commerce (Osaka, Hangzhou, Shanghai); long-established European colonies (Batavia, Macau); ports opened by imperial coercion in the nineteenth century (Hong Kong, Yokohama); and newer communities created by expanding colonial empires (San Francisco, Wellington, Vladivostok, Vancouver). These ports become hubs for the exchange not just of people and tradeable goods but also intellectual and imaginative developments. They act as national and imperial nerve-centres, kernels of settlement, sites of intercultural interaction, and even hot-beds of anti-imperial resistance. By bringing cultures together in highly local and specific ways, often in different relations of power, these sites generate hybrid languages and literary forms which, because of their position on the hubs of global circulation, become swiftly exported and adapted. In addition, they become important objects of artistic and literary representation in their own right, often tending to dominate the European history of representation of Asia.


We will ask how these Pacific gateways shape the development of a “transpacific consciousness” in Anglophone literature, whose modes of exchange and patterns of thought can still be seen in modern-day attitudes to the region. Drawing on our location in Tokyo, we will explore the triangulations between Japan, the West, and other Pacific cultures created by the “opening” of the country to trade in the 1850s and the resulting transmission of travel accounts and "japonaiserie" back to Europe. We also welcome papers which focus on other cultures and regions or explore broader transpacific flows. We will aim to replace older models of “East” meeting “West” with a more polyglot and cross-cultural history of Anglophone literature in the Pacific, in which the networks and communities established by Anglo-American imperialism coexist with established intra-Asian networks.


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Call for Papers: British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists’ (BrANCA) 3rd Biennial Symposium: “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.”


***Deadline for Submissions 15 May 2017*** 


Plenary speakers:

Lloyd Pratt (Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature, University of Oxford). Author of Archives of American Time  (Penn 2009); The Strangers Book (Penn 2015).

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Professor of American Literature, University of Lausanne, Switzerland). Author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ashgate 2010).

BrANCA: The British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists seeks proposals to its third biennial symposium, which will take place November 17-18 2017 at the Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, UK. We invite individual paper or group proposals on progressive aspects of U.S. literary culture during the long nineteenth century (comparative approaches are particularly welcome).

Our symposium theme is “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S”. “Not Yet” gestures to the renewed and growing interest in the variety of politically imminent imaginaries that increasingly defines scholarship concerning long nineteenth-century US literature and culture. We invite paper submissions and group proposals that engage with nineteenth-century utopian futurities that did not, but might yet in some sense, come to pass; the multiple temporal, spatial, and social imaginaries that produce alternatives to the linear, “empty time” associated with the rise of US nationalism and imperialism.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Alternative temporalities: queer, oceanic, religious, biological, geological, theological etc.


C19 science fiction (or genre fiction)

Seriality and serialisation;

Radical futures, radical culture, radical memory

Postwork and antiwork imaginaries

The labours of literature and the literature of labour

Embodied reading and time 

Gender, race, genre, and periodisation

Delays, belatedness, cancellations

Modernity and acceleration

Futurity and foreclosure


Secularisation and the post-secular

Science, innovation and invention

Media archaeology

Biological clocks

Against 1865

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20-minute papers and a short bio to Peter Riley at conference@branca.org.uk by 15 May 2017.

Accommodation and registration information will be available at http://www.branca.org.uk/symposium17 in Spring 2017.

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2017 Conference of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

University of Wisconsin-Madison

BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities

September 22-24, 2017 | Madison, Wisconsin


Call for Individual Papers and Complete/Partial Panels

Proposals due to printculture@slis.wisc.edu by April 15, 2017

Decision Notification by May 15, 2017

Organizers: Jonathan Senchyne, Heather Wacha, Mark Vareschi

Questions to: printculture@slis.wisc.edu


Keynote Lecture: Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English and Information Studies at the University of Maryland and author of Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination and Track Changes A Literary History of Word Processing.


Often celebrated and criticized as the next big thing in humanist research and teaching, “the digital humanities” get a lot of press for shaking up the way things are done. But is “dh” a continuation of some of the most “traditional” scholarly work in the humanities: bibliography, textual criticism, and book history? This conference, convened by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to study how digital humanities grows out book history, how “bh” and “dh” continue to be mutually informative and generative, and how also they contradict each other.

In Mechanisms (MIT 2008), Matthew Kirschenbaum brings together the methods of digital forensics and book history, noting that his study of the inscription of data on hard drives “draws heavily from bibliography and textual criticism, which are scholarly fields dedicated to the study of books as physical objects and the reconstruction and representation of texts from multiple versions and witnesses.” D.F. McKenzie, Kirschenbaum reminds us, similarly emphasized the continuities rather than the ruptures between studying manuscript, print, and electronic media, remarking in his Panizzi lectures: “I define ‘texts’ to include verbal, visual, oral, and numeric data in the form of maps, prints, and music, of archives of recorded sound, of films, videos, and any computer-stored information.” Criticizing the politics of the field in the digital pages of the LA Review of Books, Daniel Allington, Sarah Brouillette, and David Golumbia argued that “to understand the politics of the Digital Humanities, it is necessary to understand the context from which it emerged. One crucial point of origin, rarely remarked in discussions of the subject, is in the literary studies subfield known as ‘textual studies’ …. [in] two broadly defined forms…. ‘book history’….[and] ‘textual criticism.’” This conference is an occasion to think broadly and provocatively about fields and formats – to trace these genealogies and debate their meaning, to think about what difference it makes to position the hand written or printed word on a continuum with digital inscription rather than insisting the latter is a clean break from the former, and to broaden views about whose labor – intellectual and physical – makes all kinds of reading, writing, and scholarship possible.

The organizers welcome proposals for papers, entire panels, partial panels (to be filled in with individual paper submissions), posters, or other forms of presentation from scholars and practitioners in all fields that have claim to these questions: literature, history, religious studies, librarianship, information studies, area and ethnic studies, computer science, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, digital studies, library and information science, art history, preservation, forensics, curation, archival practice, and more.

 Topics may include (but are certainly not limited to):

•             Book as technology

•             The relationships between and among librarians, technologists, and humanities faculty and students

•             The making of digital bibliographies, catalogs, and archives out of analog ones (and librarian, largely women information laborers)

•             digital remediation of manuscript, print, and books

•             Histories of digitization (and/or of microfilm, other storage and transmission media)

•             What happens to the "traditional humanities" vs. "digital humanities" antagonism when we see the latter as a continuation or inheritor of book history?

•             Critical Race Studies in BH and DH and the critiques of BH and DH from African American studies, postcolonial studies, and Native American studies

•             Histories of particular institutions that connect BH and DH such as the American Library Association, the UVA English Dept, the William Blake Archive.

•             Printing history and digital humanities (e.g. understanding circumstances of production key to OCR, etc)

•             Importance of labor to create metadata, reference books, accumulate information – what kind of labor is acceptable, privileged, valuable?

•             Quantitative methods in Book History (esp. Annales school, French/Continental tradition) and continuity with digital humanities methods

•             Bibliographical methods in Book History and continuity with digital humanities methods

•             How has DH dealt with/expanded what “reading” means and how is this connected to book history’s approach to history of reading?

•             BH and DH methods for studying group reading, collaborative reading and writing, institutions of reading, reading “against the grain”, readers as writers, etc.

•             Encoding the physical book – how to make computers understand and display what book historians care about

•             DH and BH and the collecting/accumulating/”cabinet of curiosities” tradition; media archaeology

•             history of information organization/data collection as part of history of science, book history and digital humanities, structures of digital and pre-digital information

•             web archiving and preservation of information about readers and texts in the present

•             And more. We welcome an expansive, capacious, and argumentative field for this conference!

Other relevant details:

Affordable (below market) accommodations are available in a reserved block of rooms at an on-campus hotel on a first-come first-served basis. We offer a reasonable registration fee on a sliding scale, especially to keep fees very low for graduate students and adjuncts. Information about accommodations and registration will circulate with panel/paper acceptances. While on campus, attendees will be welcome to experiment with the CHPDC’s “Text Technologies Press,” a full service hands on letterpress shop, and the iSchool’s “RADD: Recovering Analogue and Digital Data” center, a media archaeology lab for personal archiving of endangered media formats. In the past, conference goers have made productive research use of materials in the Special Collections department in Memorial Library and the vast holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society while on campus.

Participants will be invited to submit edited and expanded papers for possible inclusion in a volume within our series at the UW Press.


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Posthuman Materialisms: Knowledge, Economy, Ecology

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Georgetown University

Saturday, April 8, 2017


            “[N]ow may be the time,” as Teresa de Lauretis suggests, “for the human sciences to reopen the questions of subjectivity, materiality, discursivity, [and] knowledge, to reflect on the post of posthumanity.” She goes on to enumerate the various “schemata” to which that reopening applies, a list that is, unsurprisingly, a long one. As scholars reconsider their own disciplines in light of the “nonhuman turn,” the question of what comes next becomes increasingly pressing. What’s more, escalating global temperatures and rising sea levels have urged thinkers, from the mechanical sciences to the humanities, to move beyond traditional methodologies to consider their fields of study from increasingly interdisciplinary vantage points. Given this confluence, the English Graduate Student Association of Georgetown University seeks proposals from various disciplines and theoretical approaches addressing, but not limited to, the following questions: How do new materialist theories think through the increasingly complex global systems—economic, technological, and environmental in scope—impacted by anthropogenic climate change? To what extent can posthumanist theory and emerging disciplines like critical animal studies challenge or even collapse the subject-object division inherent to Enlightenment epistemology? In refusing the confines of a traditional subject-object divide, how might a reconsideration of these non-human agents allow us to reconceive our failures within the political arena or the ramifications such a failure might entail? How might we rethink historical periods, and especially literary periodization, along the lines of energy regimes? How are terms like “nature” and “environment” employed or circulated as discursive constructs that affect human bodies, knowledges, and spaces? In what ways does a reconsideration of the nonhuman world—of animals and inanimate objects as agents in and of themselves—shape our understanding of science, methodology, or historicity? We are particularly interested in papers that investigate burgeoning technologies in relation to research methods in the humanities, as well as in studies that integrate approaches or methodologies less common in humanistic inquiry. Proposals may also be considered for inclusion in Predicate, EGSA’s interdisciplinary journal in the humanities, which will be published in spring 2017.


A combination of any of the following theoretical approaches (as well as those not listed here) would be welcomed:


Marxist theory and criticism

Feminist theory and gender studies

Queer theory

Postcolonial theory

Race and ethnic studies


Globalization and globality

Environmentalism and ecotheory

Animal studies

Poststructuralism and Deconstruction

Epistemology, phenomenology, and ontology

Digital humanities


Disability studies

Reader response theory

Print and material culture

Television and media

Pop culture and game studies


Submissions should be sent via email by February 13, 2017, to the following address: egsa@georgetown.edu. Please address conference submissions to Emily Coccia, Academic Chair, and journal submissions to John James, Editor of Predicate. If submitting for both the conference and the journal, please note so in the body of your email.


Key terms: Anthropocene, Ecology, Environmentalism, Animal Studies, Queer, Materialism, Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Antihumanism, Metahumanism, Cyberhumanism


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“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture”


November 17-18, 2017


A symposium hosted by the

Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware,

and the Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware


Keynote Speakers:


Johanna Drucker, UCLA

Peter Galison, Harvard University



As testimony, test, or proposal, models of all sorts record, revise, and reinvent the world.  From toy miniatures to computer simulations, modeling is a primary means by which we make sense of and act upon our material lives, the lives of others and the culture at large.  Everyone models: from artists and designers to prototype machinists and engineers to children.  Models may be provisional or idealized—rehearsals of things yet to be or representations of those that already exist—professional or slapdash, sustained or ephemeral.  In particular, models, whether prospective or mimetic, have long animated disciplines and discourses that center on knowledge formation and innovation.  Models can represent existing conventions or visionary inventions; in both cases models are scalar constructions with the potential for affective, aesthetic, conceptual, and technological effects. Inspired by the Hagley Museum’s extensive collection of patent models—nearly 900 items made between 1809 and 1899—this interdisciplinary conference [S1] seeks to highlight modeling as both a fundamental human activity and an inevitably material practice.


“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture” inaugurates a biennial conference series sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. We invite submissions from all disciplines—including art and architecture, art history, comparative literature, digital humanities, English, history, history of science, and media studies—that critically investigate the function and form of models, the materials and methods of simulation and representation, questions of scale and perception, experiment and presentation, and the limits of modeling.


Please send abstracts of max. 300 words, with a brief CV of no more than two pages, by February 15, 2017 tomaterialculture@udel.edu.


For information see http://www.materialculture.udel.edu/.

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