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Mark Amerika screens "Immobilié" (Oct 16, 2013)

The Department of Comparative Literature presents the screening of "the world's first feature-length mobile phone art film," Mark Amerika's Immobilité, to be followed by a Q&A session with the artist.

Mark Amerika is an internationally renowned artist/writer/media theorist and professor in Digital arts at the Department of Arts and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His "avant-pop" digital art (re)mixes popular and mass media culture with an avant-garde spirit. Immobilité takes this mix to heart by exploring the possibilities offered by the low-tech materiality of an ordinary mobile camera to create a highbrow narrative and stunning audio- visual product. Immobilité explores relationships between images, bodies, landscapes and movements to tell a story of intersubjective blurring.

The event, which is cosponsored by the Department of Art History, takes place on October 16 from 4:40-7:40 in LT 1506

Undergraduate Program

Over the past 5 years (2010-14), 69 students graduated with a major in Comparative Literature.

Congratulations

 

Graduate Program

Past Conferences

Literature, Politics, Aesthetics: Jacques Rancière and the Politics of A-Disciplinarily, March 28-29, 2014

Interdisciplinarity has become a buzzword across the humanities; the term usually implies that scholars make use of the tools of another discipline while remaining within the boundaries of their own. The French philosopher Jacques Rancière points to the impossibility of this project, describing his work as "a-disciplinary" or "in-disciplinary." We propose a conference about Rancière for three reasons: firstly, he takes up questions and concepts that belong to multiple disciplines; secondly, his ideas have been adopted within different disciplines; and lastly, Rancière himself theorized the nature of disciplines and disciplinary boundaries.

Sexuality Across the Disciplines, April 30, 2010

This interdisciplinary graduate conference seeks to consider the intersections between literature and other humanities and social sciences fields, including anthropology, sociology, philosophy, art history, history, and how these fields interpret, understand, and/or engage issues of sexuality. The conference will be held in LT 1506 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. It will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Free and open to the public.

Inhabiting the Transnational, February 20, 2009

The Department of Comparative Literature presents a conference on "Inhabiting the Transnational," Friday, February 20, in LT 1506 (9:00-12:30 p.m.) and in LT 1406A (1:30-4:30 p.m.). For questions and program information please contact Gisela Brinker-Gabler (gbrinker@binghamton.edu) or Annemarie Fischer (afische3@binghamton.edu). Free and open to the public.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Natalia Andrievskikh on the publication of "The Larger Picture," a non-fiction prose piece (Twenty Years After the Fall, Andrei Guruianu, ed.).

Congratulations to Shelly Jansen on being a finalist for the Aldridge Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association.

The Comparative Literature Graduate Research Awards 2008-2009 went to Julia Friday, Gulru Gozacan, Ana Haber, Jessie Kabwila Kapasula and Nilima Rabl.

Awards

Tamkin Hussain received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2010/2011.

Erin Riddle received the University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service & Outreach for 2010/2011.

Michelle Jansen and Gregory Sevik received the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Service Award for their outstanding service as officers of the COLI GSO.

Irmak Ertuna received the University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research for 2009/2010.

Annemarie Fischer received the University Graduate Student Award for Service/Outreach for 2009/2010.

Markus Zisselsberger received the University award for Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities for his dissertation "Fragments of One's Own Existence: The Reader W. G. Sebald." Only one award is given every year in the Humanities (2008/09).

Gregory Sevik received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2008/2009.

Irmak Ertuna received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2008/2009.

Ayse Temiz received the University award for Research in 2007/2008.

Kenneth Roon received the University award for Service in 2007/2008.

Vern Walker received the University award for Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities for his dissertation "Pacificism's Precarity." Only one award is given every year in the Humanities (2007/08).

Graduate Student Papers

Ken Roon's essay "John Rechy's Borderless City of Night" was published in The Idea of the City: Early Modern and Post-Modern Locations and Communities, edited by John Fitzpatrick, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), 2009.

Alison Heney's article "Seeking the Ancient Spirit in Modern Art: A Comparative Consideration of Wassily Kandinsky, Jane Harrison and Virginia Woolf" was published in Issue 27 of the peer-reviewed journal genre: "Ancient and Modern Narrative" issued by the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at CSULB.

Alison Heney's paper, "Because the last room is his room': 'Bluebeard' and Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina," was nominated to be considered for the 2008 Horst Frenz prize of the ACLA. She gave this paper at the 2008 ACLA meeting. The prize includes a $250.00 gift certificate for books and a $250.00 travel grant to attend the following year's ACLA conference, as well as publication of the paper in the Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature.

Recent Placements

Cheikh Thiam was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor of French and African Studies at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Kim Allen Gleed was appointed Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg Campus).

Amy Smith was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Jeongyun Ko was appointed Visiting Professor at the Department of English of Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Markus Zisselsberger was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Ben Van Wyke, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies at University of Purdue and Indiana, Indianapolis.

Dissertation Defenses 2009-2014

2014 Applegate, Matthew The Imperatives of Guerrilla Discourse: Partisanship, Power, and the Aesthetics of Resistance
     
2014 Riddle, Erin (TRIP) Domesticating Memory: Jana Hensel and Rigoberta Menchú in Translation
     
2014 Atamer, Esra Gilbert Simondon: Physical, Vital, and Collective Individuations Through Transductive Articulation of Sciences
     
2014 Jennings, Kristine Narcissistic Sensibilities: The Erotics of an Imaged Self in English and German Novels of the Eighteenth Century
     
2014 Nubukpo, Ayao (TRIP) Reconstructing Blackness: The Harlem Renaissance Movement (1920s) and Negritude (1930s)
     
2013  Mahasneh, Anjad (TRIP) Translation Training in the Jordanian Context: Curriculum Evaluation in Translator Education
     
2013 Palma Moya, Domingo (TRIP)      Writing the Stereoscopic and Cosmopolitan Future: Ariel Dorfman and the Interconnectedness Between Translation and Self-Translation
     
2013 Al-Ashoor, Arif (TRIP) Philosophy and the Politics of Poetry in Relation to Translation of Al-Mutannabi's Poetry
     
2013 Wang, Linda (TRIP) Translating Totality in Parts: An Annotated Translation of Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Huayanjing, Fascicle I
     
2013 Beliakova, Natallia  Russian "Madness" in English Translation: Reading Dostoevsky's Madmen from the Translator's Point of View
     
2013 Alhossary, Riham (TRIP) Politics of Translating Arab Women Writers into English
     
2013 Ramirez Giraldo, Juan The Politics of Irony and Allegory in Postmodern and Postcolonial Discourse and in Contemporary Colombian Literature
     
2012 Morris, Jon (TRIP) Thanks for Nothingness: The Translators and Critics Who Brought Existentialism to America
     
2012 Dewey, Bryan The Key to the Garden of Eden, or, the way to Apocalypse
     
2012 Addrayhem, A. A. (TRIP) Culture in the Service of Another: Implementing the West in Saudi Literature
     
2012 Canete-Jurado, V. (TRIP) Translating the Myth. Theater, Ideology, Translation
     
2012 Miletich, M. J. (TRIP) Reading Gender in Translation: Translator's Intervention in Isaac Chochron's Pronombres Personales
     
2012 Sevik, G. B. Aesthetics and Modern Poetry: Mood, Musicality, and Imagery in the Poems of Dickinson, Hopkins, Trakl
     
2012 Gozacan, Gulru Species Being and Biophilosophy in Marx, Deleuze, and Guatarri
     
2012 Haber, Ana Ethics of Tragic Heroism: oral Autonomy as Lawgiving Rebellion in Kant, Hegel and Kafka
     
2012 Hwang, A. H. The Language-Experience: Experiencing Language
     

2011

Latzo, Steven N. The Emergence of Latin American Subaltern Studies and Gramscian Dismay
     

2011

Sabri, Yara (TRIP) The Politics of Translation and the Search for a National Identity: A Translation of Maha Al Qasrawi's The Cry
     

2011

Kasap, Cagri The Anacoluthon of a Libertinage: The Question of Literary Value and Some Works of Phillippe Sollers
     

2011

Jansen, Michelle For-Giving: The Economy of the Revenant

 

   

2011

Heney, Alison Fairy Tales, Modernisms and Grotesqueries: The Art of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Ingeborg Bachmann
     

2011

Sak, Taras The Art of Escape: Herman Melville's Bachelor Machines, 1850-57
     

2010

Mahoney, Brendan Thomas Listening to Things: Eco-Poetics in Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Stevens
     

2010

Lopez, Nelson J. Translating Salarruè: Cultural Evolution, Memory and Indigenuos Ancestry in the Savadoran Spanish of Today
     

2010

Barbaza, Raniela An Orosipon Kan Bikolnon: Interrupting the Philippine Nation
     

2010

Kabwila Kapasula, Jessie Transnational Feminist Agency in African and Afro-Diasporic Fiction and Film
     

2010

Demir-Atay, Hivren Reading Beyond Psychoanalysis: Transference Effect of Literature

 

   
2010 Amorim, Lauro Blackness, Translation and the (In)Visible: Harryette Mullen's Poetry in Brazilian Portuguese
     
2010 Ertuna, Irmak The Avante-Garde and the Politics of Revolution: From Dada into Surrealism, 1919-1931
     
2010 Friday, Julia The Composition of Memory, Public Record and Archive: Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution
     

2009

Harris, Mark The Continuity of Readings: Thematic Approaches to the Short Fiction of Julio Cortazar
     
2009 Timmsen Amory, Carolyn

Human Vocality: Monody, Magic, and Mind

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