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  • Congratulations to our doctoral student Amrita De on the recent  publication of two articles:

    "Marking men, affect and care work: a study of middle-class Bengali masculinity in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland," International Journal of Masculinity Studies. Link

    "Situating Right-Wing Populisms and Revisiting The Men and the Boys under the Neoliberal Turn," Journal of Boyhood Studies. Link

  • We are proud that Diacritics published articles by two of our recent alumni: Jason Parry's "Philosophy as Terraforming: Deleuze and Guattari on Designing a New Earth" and David Spitzer's "Broken Light on the Ground of Home: Non-Being and Diasporic Trauma in the Parmenidean Poem."  Congratulations Jason and David.
  • Congratulations to our Alumna Diviani Chaudhuri on her publication of "Between Glaciers and Fossils: Landscape, Literature and the Anthropocene in Pakistan" in the prestigious South Asian Review!
  • We are pleased to announce that alumnus David Spitzer (PhD 2018) published an image-text collaborative project with his partner Sara on Hawai'i Review's Trans|lingual page:
  • In collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Anthropology, our faculty members Giovanna Montenegro and Jeroen Gerrits were awarded a 2020-21 Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Seed Grant for "Smaller Narratives for a Larger World." This multimedia, cross-disciplinary project--an expansion of the radio show "Broadcasting World Literature"--explores the significance of narrative and storytelling across the humanities and social sciences. Congratulations Giovanna and Jeroen!
  • Our grad Daimys Garcia published a moving piece "Mi Vida" in the online journal Convivial Thinking. Way to go!
  • We are proud to announce that alumna Tamkin Hussain has been appointed Assistant Professor of English at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. Congratulations Tamkin!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Elif Sendur (PhD Spring 2020) on her appointment as teaching instructor at the Rutgers Writing Program!
  • We are happy to announce that the Journal of World Literature publsihed an essay by our graduate student Mushtaq Bilal: “Reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West as a World Novel,” (vol. 5, 2020, 410–427). Mushtag also published  a thoughtful, warm piece on “Teaching Pakistani Literature to Old, White America,” in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, and received the Bucali Manav Huseyin Skerecisoy Award for Lyceum, Binghamton's Lifelong-Learning Institute (LLI). Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rania Said. Rania will be at UMass-Boston in 20-21, as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
  • Congratulations to Jessica Chang, our PhD candidate, and Midya Khudur (MA, 2019) on their publications, respectively: "Sharing Spaces and Crossing Borders: Voices from Taiwan" and "Solidarity Network in Iraq during COVID-19: This Time the Enemy is Invisible." The two chapters appear in the collection Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the COVID-19 Crisis, edited by Marina Sitrin, Collectiva Sembrar (Pluto Press).
  • Daiki Yoshioka (Comparative Literature and Philosophy) and John Santare (Comparative Literature and Biological Sciences) were selected to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence!
  • Congratulations to Jeroen Gerrits on receiving the 2019-20 award for Outstanding Graduate Director. This award honors graduate directors who demonstrate "exemplary leadership and service." The award letter notes that Jeroen has met the criteria, "by all measures." The committee was impressed with his leadership in introducing new initiatives related to recruitment, orientation of new students, and professionalization of current students, as well as in rethinking longstanding departmental programs and practices.
  • Basak Yuce has received the 2019 Distinguished Dissertation Award for, Remapping World Literature: Writing the Modern in Fin-de-Siècle Brazil and Turkey.
  • It is a pleasure to announce that the books,The Many Voices of Europe: Mobility and Migration in Contemporary Europe edited by our dear late professor Gisela Brinker-Gabler and by Nicole Shea, an alumna of the department is now available in the library as an ebook.

  • Giovanna Montenegro, Jeroen Gerrits, and Tarek Shamma's project Broadcasting World Literature received an IASH Public Humanities grant. The podcasts may be accessed here: The podcasts are produced by graduate students in comparative literature.  The radio show airs from 4-4:30 pm on Mondays on WHRW 90.5 FM in the Binghamton area.

  • 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 website:

  • 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.