- On November 1st, the Department of Comparative Literature and the Office of
the Provost held a service in honor of the memory of Professor Gisela Brinker-
Gabler, who passed away on June 6, 2019. Sidonie Smith, Lorna G. Goodison
Distinguished University Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the
University of Michigan, delivered a formal lecture on Professor Brinker-Gabler’s
career and accomplishments. Susan Strehle, Distinguished Service Professor of
English, introduced the speaker, and Brendan Mahone, lecturer in Philosophy
and Ethics at the SUNY Polythecnic Institute a student of Professor Brinker-
Gabler’s, responded to the lecture. A blog with messages in Gisela's honor is available here; all are welcome to contribute.
- Congratulations to David Spitzer on the publication of his article, "Ab-ruption: Towards a Poetics in Gustaf Sobin's Early Work," in Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal (September 2019).
The LASA Venezuela Section recognized Giovanna Montenegro's " 'The Welser Phantom': Apparitions of the Welser Venezuela Colony in Nineteenth-century and Twentieth-century Cultural Memory" as Best Article in the Humanities in 2019.
- Tarek Shamma and Jeroen Gerrits received Harpur College subvention awards for their
respective book projects. Shamma's Anthology of Arabic Discourse on Translation is under contract with Routledge; Gerrits' Cinematic Skepticism: Across Digital and Global Turns is forthcoming with SUNY Press (Nov 2019).
Giovanna Montenegro, Jeroen Gerrits, and Tarek Shamma's project Broadcasting World Literature received an IASH Public Humanities grant.
Giovanna Montenegro's scholarship has been supported by a Presidential Diversity Research Grant (2019); an AAUW Publication Grant (2018); Huntington Library Short-Term Grant (2017) and a Newberry Library Short-Term Grant/Herzog-August Bibliothek Short-Term Grant (2017). For her teaching, Montenegro has received an award from Binghamton's Institute of Genocide & Mass Atrocity Prevention for curriculum development.
Michael Kelly has co-edited two scholarly collections: The Imagery of Interior Spaces. (New York: Punctum Books, 2019); Theories of History: History Read Across the Humanities (London: Bloomsbury, 2018). He serves as co-editor of the online, open access journal Visigothic Symposia.
Michael Kelly serves as director of scholarly network Networks and Neighbors. In October 2018, this network organized the workshop Practices of Knowledge Selection in Early Medieval Manuscripts at University College, Dublin. They are organizing a conference on "Entangled Manuscripts" at UCD (May 2019), and a colloquium on "Coinage and Economy of the Early Medieval Mediterranean: A Colloquium" at the American Numismatic Society (September 2019). Their work has been supported by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the College of Arts and Humanities, University College Dublin; the Government of Ireland and University College Dublin.
Jason Parry (PhD 2017) has been appointed Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Purdue University.
- Luis Castañeda (PhD 2015) is a Lecturer I in the Department of Writing and Language Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Anastasiya Lyubas (PhD 2018) has been appointed Visiting Research Fellow in the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Diviani Chaudhuri (PhD 2016) has been appointed Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shiv Nadar University, India.
Ken Roon (PhD 2017) has been appointed Director for Student Support Services at Pace University's New York City campus.
Olga Blomgren (ABD 2018) has received a Dissertation scholarship at U. C. Santa Barbara.
Rania Said (ABD 2015) has been appointed lecturer of English at the Mediterranean Institute of Technology (Medtech), South Mediterranean University.
- Mona Husain (PhD 2018) has been appointed Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Forum
Transregionale Studien at the Free University of Berlin.
Natalia Andrievskikh (PhD 2015) is a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. She has recently published a collection of prose poems, Clay Unbreakables (Backlash Press) and, together with Andrei Guruianu, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects (Parlor Press, 2019). See also Guruianu and Andrievskikh
- Comparative Literature Major, Dina Rabie, received an honorable mention for the 2019 President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence, which honors students for enriching the Binghamton University community through leadership and accomplishment in academic, campus, and community life.
- Comparative Literature major Daiki Yoshioka was selected to attend the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) at Harvard University this mid-February. He gave a speech about social expectations and mental health in Asia / Pacific to 300+ participants from 40+ countries. Daiki also attended the National Conference on peer Tutor in Writing (NCPTW) in Texas last November, where he gave a presentation, and was awarded The NCPTW Trustee Awards.