MemberLayne M. Farmen

…Member of the College English Association, since 2018.

Member of the International James Joyce Foundation, since 2016.

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society, University of South Florida, 2015-2018…
…Enrolled in a PhD program in English, University of Tulsa. 2018-Present

Masters of Liberal Arts in English, University of South Florida, December 2016, GPA: 4.0
Comp Examinations: Unanimous High Pass

Thesis: Slacker Joyce: James Joyce, Richard Linklater, and the Silent Re-Canonization of the Masterpiece.

Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Education, University of South Florida, May 2013….

Layne M. Farmen is a PhD student in the English Department of The University of Tulsa. Research interests include Transatlantic Modernism, particularly James Joyce Studies, along with Film, Adaptation and Trans-mediation. He has delivered conference papers on the work of James Joyce, the cinema of Richard Linklater, Barry Jenkins, and Terrence Malick, and the music of Bob Dylan, and Lauryn Hill. He has published a book review for The James Joyce Literary Supplement, and conference reviews for the JJLS and also for James Joyce Quarterly. Currently he is planning to co-edit a volume on James Joyce and film entitled “Film After Joyce” (CFP: ) 2016-2018, Research Assistant Teaching Assistant Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg. 2018-2019 Graduate Assistant at the University of Tulsa Oklahoma Center for the Humanities Institute for Bob Dylan Studies International James Joyce Foundation 2019- Teaching Assistant at the University of Tulsa Subscription Manager for James Joyce Quarterly

MemberGil Ben-Herut

…University Of South Florida…

Dr. Gil Ben-Herut is an Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include pre-modern religious literature in the Kannada language, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, translation in South Asia, and programming for Digital Humanities. Ben-Herut’s book Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara’s Ragaḷegaḷu (Oxford University Press) is the first study in English of the earliest Śaiva hagiographies in the Kannada-speaking region, and it argues for a reconsideration of the nature and development of devotionalism associated today with the Vīraśaivas. The book received the Best First Book Award for 2019 from the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) and the 2020 Best Book Award from the Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS). Ben-Herut is currently co-translating selections from this hagiographical collection for a separate publication. This project is funded by the American Academy of Religion’s Collaborative International Research Grant. His extensive publications include a co-translation of a twelfth-century Kannada treatise about poetics, encyclopedic entries, a co-edited volume, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in the journals Religions of South Asia, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies. Ben-Herut is the co-founder of the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network (RBSN), a platform for facilitating scholarly conversations about South-Asian devotional traditions, with annual events at national conferences, dedicated publications and special issues, as well as ongoing collaborations. Utilizing his copious experience in computer programming, Dr. Ben-Herut is leading several Digital Humanities projects, including ROSES (Rapid Online Search Engine for Scanned materials) and BHAVA (BHAkti Virtual Archive). The latter is funded by the American Library Association’s Carnegie Whitney Grant.