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MemberDenae Dyck

  Denae Dyck is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. Her doctoral research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic, and the Visiting Scholars Program of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University. Her dissertation examines the impact of biblical higher criticism on Victorian literature, focusing on how this criticism prompted a creative recovery of biblical wisdom literature.  

MemberOrchid Tierney

A doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania, Orchid Tierney researches landfills and their relationships to contemporary poetry, poetics, and media. Her dissertation draws on interdisciplinary methodologies from discard studies, media archaeology, and the digital humanities to explore the issues related to contemporary waste displacement and the afterlives of toxic discards in media art and poetry.

MemberMatthew Brauer

Matthew Brauer is a PhD candidate in French/Francophone Studies at Northwestern University  and a member of the Middle East and North African Studies program. He studies Maghrebi literatures in comparative contexts, especially the Mediterranean and the francophone Caribbean across the 19th and 20th centuries. His research tracks the changing ways that literature relates (or is made to relate) to politics, especially through the transformations of literature and literary theory in circulation and translation and the interactions of literary and non-literary discourses (especially in archaeology and anthropology). His dissertation investigates the relation between literature and territory in Arabic- and French-language novels from the Maghreb. Other research interests include the periodical press, travel writing, and colonial literature in the 19th century Mediterranean.

MemberM. Emilia Barbosa

Prior to moving into the US and becoming a US citizen, Dr. Barbosa studied Law at the University of Coimbra, Faculdade de Direito, French at the Alliançe Française in Portugal and France (Lille), and Anthropology (Archaelogy) at the University of Bristol. Having worked for many years as a medical and legal interpreter in South Carolina, in 2006 Dr. Barbosa moved to Kansas to pursue a graduate degree. Parallel to her graduate education, she has taught basic language sequences extensively in both Spanish and Portuguese regionally, from Kansas City to Topeka, at the college level. Always striving to deliver more than just trivial knowledge of languages and cultures, Dr. Barbosa specializes in cultural inclusion in language courses and has been developing several projects in Digital Humanities in the last three years. Dr. Barbosa’s major areas of research are contemporary Central and Latin American theater, performance, and narrative and Latin American subaltern and gender studies. Her third area of research is Portuguese-speaking Africa and Lusophone Studies, particularly post-revolutionary cultural representations of identity and self-affirmation.