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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

In spring 2009 19 students graduated with a major in Comparative Literature and 3 students graduated with a minor in Comparative Literature.

Congratulations

Katie Radzik (double major English/Comp Lit) will be starting an M.A. in Comp Lit at the University College in London, UK, in fall 2009.

Jennifer Mora (double major Comp Lit/Art History) will be starting an M.A. in Arts Administration at NYU, NYC, in fall 2009.

Matthew Unhjem (double major Comp Lit/Spanish) has gotten a Fulbright to teach English in Santander, Spain, in 2009/2010.

Graduate Program

Past Conferences

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

Natalia Andrievskikh received the University Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award for 2013/2014.

Angela Runciman received the University Graduate Student Excellence in Service and Outreach Award for 2013/2014.

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

Matthew Applegate was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at Molloy College, Long Island, New York.

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

2010 Demir-Atay, Hivren Reading Beyond Psychoanalysis: Transference Effect of Literature
     
2010 Lauro Amorim Blackness, Translation and the (In)Visible: Harryette Mullen's Poetry in Brazilian Portuguese
     
2010 Irmak Ertuna The Avante-Garde and the Politics of Revolution: From Dada into Surrealism, 1919-1931
     
2010 Julia Friday The Composition of Memory, Public Record and Archive: Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution
 
2009

Jessie Kabwila Kapasula

Transnational Feminist Agency in African and Afro-Diaspora Fiction and Film

 2009

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

Human Vocality: Monody, Magic, and Mind

2008 Heikki Kujansivu Returning Thirds: On Reading Literature
(Committee: Brett Levinson, Neil Christian Pages, Rosemarie LaValva)
2008 Schnabl, Ruth Gravity-Bound: The Articulation of the Body in Art and the Possibility of Community
(Committee: William Haver, Brett Levinson, William Spanos
2008 Walker, Vern Pacifism’s Precarity
(Committee: Gisela Brinker-Gabler, William Haver, Neil Christian Pages)
2008 Temiz, Ayse Deniz Gens Inconnus: Political and Literary Habitations of Postcolonial Border Spaces
(Committee: William Haver, Brett Levinson, William Spanos)
2008 Zisselsberger, Markus Fragments of One’s Own Existence: The Reader W.G. Sebald
(Committee: Neal Christian Pages, Gisela Brinker-Gabler, Ingeborg Majer-O’Sickey)
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