English Department E-News - February 20, 2017

February 20, 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

Back to top

Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

Back to top

Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury

Back to top


Active Shooter Response

Back to top


Honors and Awards

Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award


James R. Kincaid

Aerol Arnold Professor Emeritus of English

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


James R. Kincaid has been a beloved fixture at USC for nearly three decades.  Coming to Los Angeles after more than 20 years at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, he evinced academic leadership in assuming the prestigious Aerol Arnold Chair, and affirmed his status as a renowned specialist in Victorian literature who has published works regarding such literary luminaries as Charles Dickens, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Anthony Trollope.  His impressive body of work features numerous books and hundreds of essays, including studies of the child in Victorian and modern cultures and the nature of comedy.  Nationally, Professor Kincaid has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, directed summer seminars for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served in a broad variety of capacities with the Modern Language Association.

Well known by generations of Trojans for his charismatic and engaging pedagogy, Professor Kincaid received multiple teaching honors at USC, including the Albert S. Raubenheimer Award and the General Education Teaching Award.  Even in his most serious moments, he retains his wry sense of humor, while his inviting personal warmth fosters a strong sense of camaraderie among his students and colleagues.

Since arriving at USC, Professor Kincaid made a significant commitment to the Neighborhood Academic Initiative by teaching classes and taking students on field trips to important sites in Los Angeles, and generally preparing them for the joys and the rigor of college life.  As a sought-after voice on literary culture, he has written extensively for The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Salon.  Indeed, his scholarly work has been a testament to his bright mind, meticulous inquiry, and intellectual sensitivity.

*          *          *

In recognition of his tremendous literary scholarship, and his sterling legacy as a teacher and mentor, the University of Southern California is proud to honor James R. Kincaid with the USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award.

Back to top

Cindy Skrzycki, Senior Lecturer in the English Writing Program, has received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.  The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences recognizes teaching excellence by members of the University of Pittsburgh's faculty. Cindy is a correspondent for GlobalPost, a world-wide news service based in Boston. Previously, she was a weekly regulatory columnist for Bloomberg News. She was a business columnist for The Washington Post for 18 years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2003. She also was an associate business editor at U.S. News & World Report and a Washington correspondent for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She also worked in the Washington Bureau of the Fairchild News Service and was a business writer for The Buffalo News. She began her career at Pitt in 2003 as a journalist-in-residence and has since served as a senior lecturer in the English Department, teaching in the University's Honors College. She is the author of The Regulators: Anonymous Power Brokers in American Politics.

Back to top

Adam Lowenstein, Professor of English and Film Studies, has been granted the Humanities Center Pitt Senior Faculty Fellowship.  Adam will join the Advisory Committee and help plan a program of workshops, conferences, and other events related to his project.  

Adam’s project is entitled “Living/Dead: New Subjectivities and Objectivities in the Humanities.”  The project asks, can we reframe the recent turn in the humanities toward questions of the posthuman, the Anthropocene, and a newly energized race and gender studies in terms of distinctions between “living,” “dead,” and “living dead” bodies?  Can the theorizing and historicizing of the meanings living/dead distinctions carry in the social, cultural, and political realms offer us new ways to see how the humanities contributes to our understanding of emerging subjectivities and objectivities? The project builds outward from these questions by taking its inspiration from an upcoming Pittsburgh anniversary with a world-historical impact: October 1, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), one of the most important independent American films ever made and arguably the most famous and influential film ever produced in Pittsburgh.

Back to top



Back to top

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

Back to top


Back to top

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

Back to top


KairosCamp!  A Digital Publishing Institute for Authors and Editors

24 July - 4 August 2017


Are you working on a digital humanities project? Do you want to learn more about designing and editing your multimedia work? Do you wonder how peer review is conducted with digital media projects? Are you interested in publishing digital humanities scholarship? If so, come to KairosCamp!


Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Digital Publishing Institute (DPI) at West Virginia University is proud to host two sets of institutes for authors and editors in the digital humanities over the 2017-18 academic years. KairosCamp’s goal is to help authors and editors produce digital scholarship in all forms. These workshops aim to help authors and editors build, edit, and maintain digital humanities projects. By offering hands-on workshops, we hope to spread best practices in scholarly multimedia production through sustainable and collaborative publication outlets. Feel free to check out our grant narrative, explaining what-all we have planned!


KairosCamp has been a long-time dream of the editors of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the longest, continuously running scholarly multimedia journal in the world. Kairos celebrated its 20th anniversary on January 1, 2016, and the staff of KairosCamp come from the staff and editorial board members of the journal. These digital writing studies and rhetoric scholars have the most significant amount of expertise when it comes to teaching and mentoring scholars to build scholarly projects grounded in digital media. The Digital Publishing Institute at WVU Libraries and the English Department at West Virginia University are excited to offer, through the generous support of the National Endowment of the Humanities, this first series of KairosCamps.

National Endowment for the Humanities

West Virginia University Libraries
West Virginia University English Department
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Back to top


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”  

Back to top



WEBSITE LINK: https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/neh2017lear


Back to top





Back to top

PDF link to calendar

Back to top

Back to top

Back to top

Back to top


Back to top

Back to top

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce the LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for university professional staff and faculty. Over the last several months, both members of the staff and members of the faculty have met with members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to identify resources available for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including networking opportunities, professional development funding, and support groups in light of current events throughout the country. The LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group will serve as an umbrella organization in order to provide these opportunities to members of the community. The group will also offer the community an official, collective voice for LGBTQIA+ issues at Pitt, will serve as a liaison to upper administration, and will provide support for recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.


Our committee has planned a mixer that we would like to invite members of the LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff community at Pitt to attend at 5801 Video Lounge Café in Shadyside, on Thursday, February 23rd 5:00pm-7:00pm in order to provide an opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other. At this mixer, we will also brainstorm about the future direction of the affinity group and about possible projects involving both faculty and staff. At this time, we ask that only individuals who identify within the community join us for this program; at future programs and events, we are happy to welcome allies to join us as well. If you plan to attend, please fill out the following RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VN8QR96


All are also welcome to join our Facebook Group to stay connected about future events:


Back to top

Back to top

Digital Media Reading Group

The Digital Media Reading Group will meet Thurs, Feb 23, 3:30-5pm in 464B. 

We'll discuss the following two articles by Lisa Parks: 

Parks, Lisa. Feminist Studies, Drones, Vertical Mediation, and the Targeted Class, Feminist Studies 42, no. 1. (2016): http://www.inmediasres-lb.com/vertical-collisions/assets/fs42-1-lisa-parks-(news-and-views)-1.pdf

Parks, Lisa. Earth Observation and Signal Territories: Studying U.S. Broadcast Infrastructure through Historical Network Maps, Google Earth, and Fieldwork, Canadian Journal of Communication Vol 38 (2013): http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/parks/earth-observation.pdf

Grad students and faculty from all programs in (or outside) the department are welcome and encouraged to come. Come join us! Invite friends! Bring questions and ideas! Or just come and listen. Please contact Annette Vee (annettevee@pitt.edu) with questions.

Back to top

Back to top

Please save the date for an upcoming symposium on "Feminist Media Histories and Higher Education Activism," taking place on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 2pm to 5pm in the University Club—Gold Room.

We will welcome Profs. Shelley Stamp (UC Santa Cruz), Miriam Posner (UCLA), Elana Levine (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Hilary Hallett (Columbia University) for a masterclass showcasing their research and an interactive discussion on feminist historiography, silent cinema, and women's media. Please distribute widely, and alert your grad and undergrad students as well, since the event is imagined as an open forum for knowledge-exchange.

This symposium is made possible due to support from the Humanities Center, The Year of Diversity, the Film Program, The English Department, and an award from the IAMHIST—Early Career Research Challenge.

Back to top

Back to top

Back to top

City of Asylum presents Aster(ix) @ Alphabet City Reading Series

Curated by Angie Cruz

LOCATION: 40 W. North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA

FREE tickets online www.alphabetcity.org

Patricia Engel and Adriana Ramirez

March 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

Back to top

Humanizing the global, globalizing the human


The Global Studies Center and the Humanities Center invite applications from faculty to participate in this year’s faculty development seminar: Empire and Imperialism.  The purpose of this seminar is to bring colleagues from the humanities and the social sciences (as well as cognate professional schools) together for a series of lectures and workshops in which they will jointly explore questions that highlight the urgency of thinking globally about the humanities and humanistically about globalization.  (Advanced Ph.D. students who are ABD and writing on related topics may also apply.)

Throughout the year, we bring internationally-renowned scholars to campus to speak to our theme from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives.  Each of our guests presents a public lecture on Thursday afternoon at 5pm.  In addition, each will lead a workshop with seminar participants on the Friday morning (from 9-11am; coffee and pastry provided).  This year’s seminar features four visitors:

Jan. 26/27:      Fred Cooper, NYU

Public Lecture: Political Rights, Social Rights, and the Decolonization of Africa

Feb. 16/17:      Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University

Public Lecture: Salt Assault: Towards an Aesthetic of the Ambulatory

Mar. 23/4:       Laura Doyle, UMass (Amherst)

Public Lecture: Reframing Political Subjectivity: Inter-imperial World, Interdisciplinary Method

Everyone is welcome to attend the public lectures, but we ask that seminar participants commit to attending all four lectures and workshops.  Seminar participants will also have the chance to join dinner groups with speakers.


Back to top

Back to top

On Wednesday, March 15 from 3-4:30pm, Mary Ellen O’Connell, Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Kroc Institute and Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, will be speaking on “Law, Ethics, and the New Technology of War” in the Power Center ballroom at Duquesne University. Prof. O’Connell is one of the world’s leading scholars on international law and the ethics of war and we are enormously honored to have her at Duquesne.

Back to top

Come celebrate at the Koloc Writing Awards Ceremony for the 2016 winners in the ESL Workshop in Composition and Workshop in Composition classes on Friday, March 24, 3:30-4:30 at the Writing Center ESL workshop in CL 512.

Back to top

The Composition Program presents Exploring Literature with ESL writers, a workshop on Thursday, March 30, from 1-2, in the Cathedral, room 512. Speakers: Clare Connors, Marylou Gramm, and Katie Homar. Q & A to follow.

Back to top

Back to top

Year of Diversity Events



Funding Opportunities

Back to top

The Graduate Writing Award in Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric (submissions due Mar 1)

Every year, the English Department's Program in Composition, Literacy and Pedagogy offers an award for graduate student work. This competitive award recognizes superior graduate writing that investigates questions relating to literacy, pedagogy, or rhetoric.  We welcome writing that takes any number of critical approaches: theoretical, historical, pedagogical, ethnographic, empirical, aesthetic, and/or multimodal.  Submissions may be seminar papers, scholarly articles, work developed from conference presentations or dissertation chapters, digital or online projects, or projects composed specifically for this competition. Each student may submit only one project for consideration. Graduate students from any discipline may apply for the award. Submissions will be judged on the level of critical engagement with the topic, the significance of the argument, and the quality of the writing and composition. The winning graduate student will receive a $200 award. Occasionally, a second-place prize is offered, or the prize is offered to co-winners.

Submissions for the 2017 award will be accepted now until March 1, 2017. Please send a pdf or doc/x attachment with all personally identifying information removed to Anthony Payne at AEP63@pitt.edu. For digital projects, please send a link to a website or project uploaded to Pitt Box. In the body of your email, please provide the title of the project/essay, your name, and your departmental affiliation.

We will announce the winner(s) of the award in late March and honor them at an award lecture and reception in April. The award will be judged this year by Carrie Hall (PhD Candidate in Composition), Cory Holding (Assistant Professor in Composition) and Troy Boone (Associate Professor in Literature). For a list of past winners, you can visit the page for the award on our website: http://www.composition.pitt.edu/graduate/writing-award

Please direct questions about the award to Annette Vee, annettevee@pitt.edu.

Back to top

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

 Back to top

Back to top


Back to top

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


Back to top


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sessions
Wednesdays - February 15, March 15, April 12 @ 12:00 PM in CL 3704 Register
Thursdays - March 2, March 30 @ 12:00 PM in CL 3704 Register
Attendance at an information session is MANDATORY for all undergraduates or recent alums who intend to apply for a Fulbright this season. Interested graduate students should contact Jessica Sun: jessicasun@pitt.edu.

Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant awards $25,000 to two undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students who excel in science and have an interest in the field of the gut microbiome’s effect on human health and well-being, or in the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt, fermented dairy products and probiotics on the body. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

AIER (American Institute for Economic Research) Summer Fellowship Practicum Program in Great Barrington, MA enhances students' understanding of economic concepts, theories, and real-world applications, and provides an opportunity to develop research, writing, and presentation skills. Rising seniors age 21 and over are eligible to apply. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

James Madison Graduate Fellowship provides $24,000 for graduate school to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of American history, government, or social studies at the secondary school level. U.S. citizenship is required. Deadline is March 1, 2017.

Pitt Sustainability Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and groups who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. Deadline for nominations is March 10, 2017.


Back to top


Back to top

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

"Beyond Nebraska," the 16th International Cather Seminar, will be held June 11-16 at Duquesne University.

Please join us by proposing a paper or attending the walking tours and musical events, including a free concert by a full orchestra on June 15 of music Cather heard in its original venue, Carnegie Music Hall.  During the weeklong seminar, we will have volunteer opportunities for DU students.  Volunteering is a way to meet professors from across the United States.  Ten years ago, when I interviewed at my present employer, I knew a senior professor who attended our 1996 centennial observance.

Drs. Barnhisel, Barrett, and several administrators have extended Duquesne’s hospitality to the Cather Foundation and two alumni--James Jaap and myself—to make this happen.  Dr. Barnhisel also negotiated reduced registration for DU students.  At present, we have 45 scholars who have submitted abstracts, from Canada and Taiwan as well as across the US, with other international representation expected.  We invite proposals on a wide variety of topics within Cather studies, with or without a strict connection to Pittsburgh, ideally by February 15.

Not sure how your interest in Cather intersects with Pittsburgh?  Ask us!   TBintrim@francis.edu  (Tim)   jaj15@psu.edu  (James)

Topics with particular connections to the Steel City include the following:

Cather’s Pittsburgh Writings

      Signed, pseudonymous, and unsigned works written in the city

      Daily journalism, editorial work, reviews, and correspondence

      The lost Pittsburgh novel (Fanny)

      Works with Western Pennsylvania settings                    Echoes of Pittsburgh in Cather’s novels

Cather’s Pittsburgh Life

      Life in boardinghouses and with the McClungs

      Family, friends, and acquaintances

      Clubs, excursions, and other diversions

      Forays to New York, Virginia, Washington, and her first trips abroad

      Cather’s experience of music: symphonic, operatic, sacred, classical, folk,                       

             popular, and jazz                      

      The Carnegie International and art in public and private collections


Pittsburgh’s People and International Connections

      Cather’s place in Pittsburgh’s diverse literary pantheon (Nellie Bly, Gertrude Stein, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Annie Dillard, August Wilson, to name a few)

      Cather’s troubled relationship with race and ethnicity: representations and elisions

      Social class, immigration, Americanization; religious and political minorities Cather’s journalistic commentary on international affairs

Please send 500-word proposals of individual papers to the Willa Cather Foundation’s education director, Tracy Tucker, at ttucker@WillaCather.org, by February 15, 2017. If your paper is accepted, you will be notified by March 15, 2017. You will need to submit your final paper by May 1, 2017. Papers should be 8-10 pages in length (20 minutes when read).  For more information:  https://www.willacather.org/events/16th-international-willa-cather-seminar

Seminar Highlights:

  • Keynote by documentary filmmaker Rick Sebak
  • The first professional concert Cather heard in Pittsburgh, recreated on an 1895 church organ
  • The 60-piece Washington PA Symphony Orchestra performing Cather's Iron City Music in Carnegie Music Hall, the setting of Cather’s best known story, “Paul’s Case”
  • Walking tours of three city neighborhoods with stops at Gertrude Stein's birthplace and August Wilson's childhood home
  • Cather Trivia at the Red Ring Tavern, hosted by The Cather Archive
  • Roundtable on the opera Paul's Case with composer Gregory Spears, vocalist Jonathan Blalock, and music writer Steve Smith
  • Ethelbert Nevin artifacts from the University  of Pittsburgh's Special Collections
  • Optional Saturday tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

For further details, please see the attached brochure.  Registration is now open at https://www.willacather.org/events/16th-international-willa-cather-seminar


Back to top

Back to top

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.


Back to top

Back to top

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline February 15, 2017)


The Center for Material Culture Studies (CMCS) at the University of Delaware invites proposals for its first biannual conference, 

“Imagined Forms: Modeling and Material Culture.”


Confirmed keynote speakers are Johanna Drucker, UCLA, and Peter Galison, Harvard University.


The symposium will take place November 17-18, 2017, and is hosted by the

Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware, and the Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware. Accepted speakers will be provided with two nights lodging nearby.


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


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 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.


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

Back to top

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.

Back to top



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.


Back to top

Back to top

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


Back to top

On behalf of the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia (GOSECA) of the University of Pittsburgh, we would like to invite students to submit abstracts for our annual conference. This year’s theme is “Defining Agency, Performing Power”. We are happy to announce Dr. Jennifer Suchland of The Ohio State University as our keynote speaker.

The conference will be held March 25-26th, 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, January 23rd. Further information can be found here:  http://goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/conference.

Back to top

Back to top





“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/.

Back to top


Back to top



Back to top



Back to top