consumer culture, celebrity, mass culture, popular entertainment, fandom
19th to early 20th century African American and Caribbean literature, 19th to early 20th century Southern American literature, the Black Atlantic, whiteness studies; race performance; the neoslave narrative; slavery, gender, and sexual violence in literature
I’m an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. I wrote Cool Characters: Irony and American Fiction (Harvard University Press, 2016) and co-edited The Legacy of David Foster Wallace with Samuel Cohen (University of Iowa Press, 2012). I also write the novel Pop Apocalypse (Ecco, 2009). I am currently working on a book project tentatively called “Rise of the Graphic Novel.”
Digital Humanities, British Romantic literature and culture, textual studies. I’m the Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), Chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and Co-Chair of centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers.
Levi Thompson holds a BA in History and Government from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he grew up in the Appalachian Mountains. He has an MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Arabic Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. His dissertation, Speaking Laterally: Transnational Poetics and the Rise of Modern Arabic and Persian Poetry in Iraq and Iran (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3bq9v3sc), brings together the theoretical richness of Comparative Literature and the philological rigor of Area Studies to critically investigate the development of literary modernism in the Middle East. After completing his PhD in 2017, Levi was the Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center at Brown University, where he was a member of the Pembroke Seminar organized on the topic “The Cultures of Pacifism.” While at Brown, he transformed a dissertation chapter into the forthcoming article “An Iraqi Poet and the Peace Partisans: Transnational Pacifism and the Poetry of Badr Shākir al-Sayyāb,” to appear in College Literature. He is currently working on several projects, including a book manuscript tentatively titled Re-Orienting Modernism: East-East Poetic Exchange in Arabic and Persian, a book chapter about the Iranian leftist poet Aḥmad Shāmlū for a collection on Persian literature as world literature, and translations of poetry and prose by the Syro-Palestinian poet Ramy al-Asheq, among others. Levi teaches courses covering modern Middle Eastern literature, cinema, and culture more broadly, with a focus on the Arabic- and Persian-speaking worlds during the twentieth century. While studying Arabic in Cairo during the 2011 uprising, Levi co-founded Tahrir Documents, a digital archive of paper ephemera distributed by protestors in Tahrir Square which a group of volunteers collected, translated into English, and made available online.
I am a New Haven-based student of medieval English literature and culture, and will be a 2017-18 Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. I am currently working on a book project on the rhetoric of the sciences and vernacular literary culture in late-medieval England. I am also interested in manuscript studies and medievalism in the Americas. I earned a Ph. D. in English from Yale University in spring 2017.
DB Bauer is a PhD student in Women’s Studies, a graduate assistant with the Design Cultures and Creativity Honors Program, and a Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities graduate certificate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. DB has a background in technical media production and has worked for PBS, public radio, and other freelance outlets. DB’s scholarly work focuses on the relationship between digital technologies and notions of the human, centralizing issues of gender, affect, embodiment, and critical or scholarly maker practices, specifically using 3D printing, and more recently, virtual reality. DB uses scholarly making to position technology as both research object and research tool. Areas of interest: digital humanities; critical and scholarly making; 3D printing(new) media studies; speculative literature, art, and design; affect; gender performance and embodiment; queer theories; new materialisms; feminisms.
Gregor Thuswaldner is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago where I also served as Acting Provost in fall 2017. From 2003 until 2016 he was Professor of German and Linguistics and Senior Fellow of the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College From 2006 until 2012 he chaired Gordon’s Department of Languages and Linguistics. He is also a co-founder, former Academic Director, and current Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. He has written on literature, language, religion, culture, politics, and higher education. His publications have appeared in refereed journals, academic books, magazines, and American, German, and Austrian newspapers. His latest book publications are the co-edited volumes Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (2016) and The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (2017).