MemberRachel S. Harris

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, WhoresWomen in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 2018-2020.

MemberNishi Pulugurtha

I am Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College.  My Ph. D was on Coleridge’s poetry from the University of Calcutta.I have  completed two projects – on poetry written in English in nineteenth century Bengal and on diaspora poetry. I am now working on my third project on understanding cultural practices in Telugu films that deal with the diaspora.  I have an Associateship at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. My research areas are British Romantic literature, Postcolonial literature, Indian writing in English, literature of the diaspora and film. I have presented papers at national and international conferences in India and abroad and has published in refereed international and national journals. I also write on Alzhenimer’s and travel.

MemberNicole Bonino

My area of specialty is nineteenth-and-twentieth-century Latin America, with a comparative focus on representations migration movements in Argentinian and Italian literature and culture.My PhD dissertation, currently entitled (In)migración, política y medioambiente en la literatura italiana y argentina (1880-1930), focuses on the diasporic movements related to the South-South axis involving specifically the Italian migration to Argentina from 1880 to 1930. I am interested in analyzing this global movement as an unexpected side effect of the liberal policies supported by the creolist elite at the end of the 19th century. After investigating this migratory phenomenon from both the Argentinian and the Italian side—considering both the popular and the elitist perspective—I will focus attention on the cultural, linguistic, and artistic production born as a consequence of the encounter between these two cultures. My intention is to prove that, in a society of immigrants, integration can lead to fundamental cultural manifestations which, eventually, will form a new nation different and richer than the previous one. Theoretical support for my dissertation will be offered by Benedict Anderson’s vision of the “imagined community” as presented in the homonymous book, as well as by René Girard’s interpretation of the concepts of “escape goat”, “myth”, and “persecution”, emerging from works such as La Violence et le sacré  and Les origines de la culture. (In)migration, as reflected in art and literature, represents the focus of my research. I am currently working on connecting my migratory studies to the field of environmental criticism. 

MemberVanessa Valdés

I am the author of Diasoric Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Schomburg (2017) and Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood of the Americas (2014). I am the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys of the African Diaspora (2012). I serve as the book review editor of sx salon, of the Small Axe Project. My research interests focus on the literatures of the African Diaspora in the Americas – U.S. Latinx and Africsn American; Hispanic Caribbean; Hispanic American and Brazilian Literatures, with an examination of constructions of race, gender, and class.

MemberFlannery Wilson

Daughter of well-known philosopher of film, George M. Wilson (author of Narration in Light: Studies in Cinematic Point of View and Seeing Fictions in Film: The Epistemology of Movies), Flannery grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Barnard College in 2003 with a degree in Italian. In 2005, she moved to Southern California to accept a competitive Chancellor’s Fellowship to attend a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. She graduated in 2011 with a Dissertation Fellowship, a Barricelli Award for Research, and an Outstanding Teaching Award.She currently teaches film, visual and media studies, literary analysis, world literature, French and Italian and is working on her next book, on adaptation and the ethics of storytelling.Flannery’s published writing sheds light on cross-cultural interactions between French and Italian and East Asian cinema(s). Her articles have appeared in Modern Chinese Lit and Culture, Senses of Cinema, and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema.Her dissertation, Echoing Across the Mediterranean and the Pacific: Cinematic Resonance and Cross-Cultural Adaptations in Contemporary European and East Asian Cinema, can be found here.Her book: New Taiwanese Cinema: Within and Beyond the Frame, for the “Traditions in World Cinema” series through Edinburgh University Press, was released in paperback in April of 2015.She is the current editor of: Humanities in Transition (an online journal).