Twentieth-century American literature; African American literature; the literature of social movements; women’s literature; Marxist and feminist theories; print cultures; graphicity; representations of reading, writing, ink, and print; contemporary American poetry
Rhetoric, cultural studies, social movements, American literature, pedagogy
Gender Studies, Biopolitics, Social Movements, Political Ecology, Cultures of Disposession, New Italian Epic, Italian Studies, Italian Literature, Italian Cinema, Postcolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy
Leonora is an Assistant Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Crime Fiction, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Her work has been published in Brazil and the United States.
I am Italian, from Turin, but I am currently based in the United States. I earned a PhD from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a dissertation on the literary manifestations of migratory movements to Argentina. My interdisciplinary research focuses on the contemporary artistic and literary manifestations of urban migration in the Global South, with specific attention conveyed to the analysis of Latin American metropolises. I have published on social urbanism, race, literature, and art, and I am now working on a book project that examines the interconnections between race, migration, and urban space in Southern Cone metropolises.
Remy Attig is a PhD candidate in Spanish at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on the English translation of Spanish vernaculars published in the diaspora, more specifically the modern Judeo-Spanish texts of Matilda Koén-Sarano and the Spanglish chronicles of Susana Chávez-Silverman. In his thesis, Remy focuses on experimental translation that resists domestication of the texts through a variety of English-language literary and linguistic devices. This translation approach is informed by the intersections of language, sociolinguistics, power, resistance, and identity. He is currently preparing a book project to explore the emergence of transnational costumbrismo in the literature of several borderland populations. In addition, Remy is interested in the role of translation in empowering or disenfranchising immigrant populations in social movements.
My research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities. I have just published a new book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2020) and two new co-edited volumes: Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University Press, 2019); and With the Loyal You Show Yourself Loyal: Essays on Relationships in the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Saul M. Olyan (SBL Press, 2021).
I am Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Texas-Tyler, with a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico. My work specializes in social movements, military regimes, state-society relations, and human rights & memory in Latin America, with a specific focus on Brazil. I have published articles on education and student activism in the 2013 Brazilian protests, on university autonomy and social mobilization in Brazil, and on defining transitional politics in the 21st century. I have contributed book chapters on educational demands and student movements in Brazil’s long 1960s appears in the edited volume The Third World in the Global 1960s (Berghahn Books, 2013) and on the dynamics between student activism, religious movements, and political transformation in 20th century Brazil in the edited volume Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in Latin America from Rerum Novarum to Vatican II (Catholic University Press, 2016). I am currently at work on a manuscript that uses the Brazilian university system to examine the ways in which the middle class played an increasingly central role in defining the political and social struggles of Brazil in the twentieth century. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American History, Inter-American Relations, and Native American History. Additionally, he is currently the book review editor for the quarterly scholarly journal The Latin Americanist.
I recently completed a PhD in American Literature at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. My dissertation, Utopian Regionalism: The Speculative Radicalism of Local Color in the Long Gilded Age, argues the participation of seemingly conservative regionalist texts at the turn of the twentieth century in progressive socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and environmental movements by comparing them to contemporaneous (more recognizably radical) utopian texts. I am also an activist, educator, and personal essayist, holding an MFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and my work has appeared recently in Longridge Review, Boston Accent Lit, and IDK Magazine, among others. In pedagogy as in research and creative work, I am interested in place, community formation, and social change.
I am a part-time PhD student at the University of Bristol, UK (2012- ). The working title of my thesis is ‘The Socio-cultural Connotations of Alcohol in Victorian Novels’. The project surveys a broad chronological span, and examines a range of authors and texts including Braddon, the Brontës, Collins, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Stevenson, Trollope, and Ellen Wood. I am particularly interested in the historical context of these novels as a part of a wider public and professional discourse around alcohol, drinking, and drunkenness. This focus on contextualisation means my research includes a wide range of; contemporary newspapers; scientific and medical writings on alcohol, alcoholism and suicide; and radical and political movements focussed on issues such as temperance and women’s rights. In addition to my studies, I work part-time for GW4 Developing People, based at Bristol, developing courses and resources on collaborative research. I teach as often as I can and run regular Writers’ Retreats for postgraduates and academics across the University plus other writing workshops for a small company called ThinkWrite.