Department News

May 21, 2018
Oliver Brearey will present papers at two writing studies conferences this summer. These papers include "The New Deal and the Gold Mountain," which he will present at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on College Composition and Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia on 25 May, and "Threshold Concepts in Job-Search Training Programs," which he will be presenting on invitation at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence's 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, which will take place on 13-16 June at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
May 21, 2018
Oliver Gaycken gave a presentation recently in conjunction with Sarah Eilers, an archivist at the National Library of Medicine.
May 21, 2018
On May 31, 2018, Orrin Wang presented his paper, "Two Pipers and the Cliche of Romanticism" to the UCA Irvine Poetics Workshop; he also participated in the PhD defense of Gerald Ma, a MFA alum from our Creative Writing Program.
May 21, 2018
This spring Sabrina Islam has a short-short "New Market in August" in Acta Victoriana and another story "Khea" in Flock. She also has three short-shorts - "Language", "Inheritance" and "School Hours" - appearing in the Fall 2018 issue of the minnesota review.
May 21, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 PhD graduate in Comparative Literature has published a book chapter, "Our Tears: Lacrimae Rerum and Thornton Wilder," in Thornton Wilder in Collaboration: Collected Essays on His Drama and Fiction, pp. 151-171. Edited by Jackson Bryer, et al., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
May 21, 2018
Stanford University Press is publishing Tita Chico's new book, The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment, which tells the story of how literariness came to be distinguished from its epistemological sibling, science, as a source of truth about the natural and social worlds in the British Enlightenment. This spring, Tita was invited to speak at Kings' College London (UK), the University of Kent (UK), the University of California, Berkeley, and Indiana University, and she also presented new work on mathematics and the periodical press at ASECS.
May 21, 2018
On March 15 in Annapolis, Emily Saunders Plummer (1815-1876) was posthumously inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame 2018 with Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady, and other dignitaries in attendance. Leigh Ryan has researched Plummer’s life as an enslaved woman. She nominated Plummer and spoke at the induction. Leigh was interviewed for Comcast Newsmakers, presented a talk “’To do right and overcome’: The Plummer Family in Slavery and Freedom” at the Maryland State Archives on March 28, and has several other presentations scheduled throughout the state. Leigh also worked with Riversdale House Museum staff to mount a Black History Month exhibit on Plummer family escapes and the family’s life after freedom. During Black History Month, she also planned and conducted tours based on workers at this historic plantation.
May 21, 2018
At the 2018 CCCC in Kansas City, I organized a workshop title "Corpus Approaches to Teaching and Studying Writing," sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing Standing Group, and I co-led, with Michael Israel, a workshop session on constructing and performing preliminary analysis of a corpus of written text, using UMD's "Interpolations" first year writing journal, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Writing (MICUSP), and the academic subcorpus of the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA-A).
May 20, 2018
Fatima Azam recently published the article “Ink vs. Bytes: The Delicate Balance I Tried to Maintain in a Library.”REFLECTIONS Narratives of Professional Helping: Special Issue Librarians as Helping Professionals, vol. 23, no. 3, 2018, pp. 36-41.
May 19, 2018
Sangeeta Ray attended a few conferences and gave a couple of talks in AY 2017-18. In September 2017 she went to the English Institute conference on Scale at The University of California, Irvine in her continuing role as a member of the Supervisory Board. In October 2017 she presented a paper at the ASAP conference in Oakland, CA on a roundtable on the "Greatest American Novel of the 21st century" alongside Professor Lee Konstantinou. In November 2017, she was a respondent at the "Reading the Indian Ocean: A Global Humanities Seminar," at Georgetown University. In January , 2018 she cycled off as the Ex-President of the 20th and 21st century Comparative Literature at the MLA Forum. In February, 2018 she gave a plenary talk along with 6 other international speakers on the "Global Novel" in a conference at the University of North Bengal, Siliguri, India, "Do the Humanities Matter?" In February she was apart of a faculty panel for the Graduate Students'Conference at Georgetown University on "The New Biopolitics." In March she was part of the plenary panel at our GEO conference on "Formations: Intersections of Form Across the Literary, Social and Political." In March she also presented a paper at the ACLA conference in Los Angeles, in a seminar on "The African Literary Field: Imagining Five Years Forward." In April she gave a plenary talk at the Université de Montréal, titled "Reading for Form in the Anthropocene," at a conference on "Planetary Cultural and Literary Studies: New Epistemologies and Relational Futures in the Age of the Anthropocene." She is presenting a paper at the Novel conference at Cornell University in June 2018.

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