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MemberStephanie Batkie

Dr. Stephanie L. Batkie holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in English, Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies).  Her work focuses on the late medieval period, and she has published on literature written in Middle English, Medieval Latin, and Anglo-Norman. She is currently a Teaching Associate Professor, the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and the Director of the Writing Center at The University of the South.

MemberMariela Mendez

I am an Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond. My research engages comparative literary studies and feminist and queer theories to interrogate representations of genders and sexualities in print culture throughout Latin America. In particular, I address the various ways in which women writers have used the press to craft alternative spaces of cultural, aesthetic, and political intervention that disrupt heteronormative ideologies. I teach at the intersection of Latin American Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory, and Feminist New Materialisms, and I am also interested in the political potential of a transnational feminist critical practice.

MemberVisnja Krstic


2016 – present:

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)

2017 – present:

Modern Language Association (MLA)
British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
European Network for Comparative Literary Studies (REELC/ENCLS)

Višnja Krstić (1991) is a second-year PhD candidate at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade. She holds an MA in English Literature (2015) from the University of Warwick as well as an MA (2016) and a BA in English Language and Literature (2014) from the University of Belgrade. Višnja has presented at multiple international conferences, including those organized by: the American Comparative Literature Association (Harvard University, 2016; Utrecht University, 2017), the International Comparative Literature Association (University of Vienna, 2016), the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies (University of Helsinki, 2017), the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (University of Cambridge, 2017), the Modern Language Association (New York, 2018). Višnja has attended Harvard University’s Institute for World Literature (2016) as well as the University of East Anglia’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School (2017). Višnja has been awarded scholarships from Harvard University’s Institute for World Literature (2016), the British Comparative Literature Association (2016), the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (2017), Fund for Young Talents Dositeja (2014/15), the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2016/17, 2017-). As a young researcher, Višnja is involved in the project of the Serbian Ministry of Education ‘Кnjiženstvo – Theory and History of Women’s Writing in Serbian until 1915’. Author of reviews in Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Review, Cultural Sociology, and Knjiženstvo. Research interests: translation, multilingualism, feminism.