English Department E-News - April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017


In this Issue:

Honors and Awards:



Year of Diversity Events:

Funding Opportunities:

Call for Papers:

Important Policies and Notices:

**Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy**

**Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury**

**Active Shooter Response**




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

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Awards!

Natural Sciences

Karen Jakubowski (Psychology)

Derek Orr (Mathematics)

Social Sciences

Alicia Grosso (Anthropology)

Leslie Marshall (Political Science)



Rachel Mabe (English)

Birney Young (Communication)


Honorable Mention

Farrah Neumann (Spanish)

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The English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) is seeking new officers to serve in 2017/2018. Any graduate student in the department is welcome! You may nominate yourself or a colleague for any of the positions, which include co-presidents, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and social coordinator. Feel free to make nominations in person at the EGSO's last meeting of the year on Wednesday 4/19 from 5-6 in the Graduate Student Lounge, or by emailing Hannah Eko, HOE2@pitt.edu, or Jordan Hayes, jch77@pitt.edu.

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Save the date: May 5.  Soon after grades go in, the RPE group will have a day-long symposium featuring student and faculty work.   It should run from 10-3 or so.  Come support your friends and teachers. Look for more info in a few weeks.  

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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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Funding Opportunities

Wanted: PT Executive Director for Pittsburgh intersectional gender analysis.


In Dec. 2016, the Pittsburgh City Council passed a Gender Equity ordinance enacting the human rights principles of CEDAW, The UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women. The law funds an Executive Director position to oversee see the work of Pittsburgh's city-wide Gender Equity Commission. This Commission is tasked with completing an intersectional gender equity analysis of the city's expenditures and policies, and creating a 5-year action plan based upon those findings. 


Those with experience in Women's Studies or a related field are specifically invited to apply. Part-time, 43.5k. Application closes 5/1/17.


The job posting states: "The City of Pittsburgh is seeking an Executive Director to create the mission and vision of the Gender Equity Commission. The Executive Director will be tasked with identifying how discrimination manifests against all women, including intersectional discrimination and including trans women, and to identify and create action plans to resolve gender equity problems in the City of Pittsburgh."


The complete job post is listed at:




The ordinance itself may be accessed through the city clerk's website, https://pittsburgh.legistar.com/Legislation

Just search "CEDAW" within Legislation for *2016*


For more background on the job or the ordinance, contact Jordan Hayes at jch77@pitt.edu.

For more background on CEDAW and the civic organizations that sponsored the ordinance:





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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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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


 TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Joni Adamson, Guest Editor

 We seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews on books, film, video, games, performance, art, music, websites, etc. 3,000 to 5,000 words), shorter items for the “Methods and Texts” section, and items for the "Material Culture of Teaching” section, that explore how to teach in ways that spur innovative thinking about the future.

 We welcome articles that go beyond overly-familiar dystopian or apocalyptic tropes to illustrate how teachers are employing the imagination in their courses to give tangible form to different worlds outside of the constraints of any given present. The issue will engage with what Joni Adamson and others have discussed as the “arts of futurity.”  The arts of futurity seek to give students in different disciplines and at different levels of education broader notions of how they might build a plausible, desirable, and socially equitable “future we want.” (This phrase is the title of the outcome document of the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.)  We invite contributors to consider education broadly: How might teaching a “future we want” happen in larger civic or community planning groups?

 Submissions should explore strategies for teaching “the future” and the “arts of the futurity” in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces (such as the media and public discourse). We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

We invite authors to think beyond the classroom to engage with methodologies and participatory events—such as literary engagements, games, film festivals, scenario-planning, or future-casting. How can these or classroom activities address both small and large scale social, energy, and environmental transitions to realize more equitable futures? How can they take into account the well-being of both humans and nonhumans, in all the places they live, work, move, swim, grow, worship or play?

 Transformations is a peer-reviewed semi-annual journal published by New Jersey City University and Penn State University Press which invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic in scholarly articles.

 Transformations publishes only essays that focus on pedagogy.

 For submission guidelines go to: http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_Transformations.html

 Deadline: July 1, 2017

 Queries welcome.

 Possible topics for pedagogy-related articles:

 ·         The “arts of futurity”

·         The politics of teaching the future

·         Teaching the future of publishing

·         Using old media to teach future media

·         Teaching representations of the future in literature, history, environmental studies and other disciplines (e.g., teaching the history of the future)

·         Teaching the future in cross-cultural and international contexts

·         Teaching the future in the K-12 classroom

·         Teaching the future in relation to gender

·         Teaching the future in relation to sexuality

·         Teaching the future in relation to race

·         Teaching students to imagine plausible and desirable futures, that account for present-day and future social formations, ecologies, and technologies

·         Imagining the futures of teaching and education

·         Teaching science fiction, climate fiction, and speculative fiction

·         Teaching dystopias and utopias

·         Using games to teach the future

Past issues of Transformations include: Teaching Community, Teaching Disability, Teaching Popular Culture, Teaching and Religion, Teaching Food, Teaching Feelings, Teaching Digital Media, Teaching Sex, and Teaching Earth. Please familiarize yourself with the journal before submitting. Read articles in previous journals. You can find them online via Project Muse and JSTOR.

                                    Visit our website to order past issues.

To submit an article to Transformations, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/transformations and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office: Please use MLA format (7th edition). Please send inquiries to Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transformationsjournal/

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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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