My research focus is on the Francophone literary world at the turn of the 13th century, when French was used as a literary, mercantile, and colonial language from England to the Crusader kingdoms in the Levant. My current project insists upon romance being a political genre in late-twelfth and early-to-mid-thirteenth-century romances. This draws from queer theory and biopolitics, or the ways in which politics and government control, deploy, and understand bodies to analyze the very root of sovereignty and the fictions of the sovereign’s relation to governance in medieval literature and culture. I argue that medieval literature helps us understand that longer history of sovereignty’s relation to populations, bodies, and fictions of nation and nationhood, dismantling our current notions of biopolitical trajectories and francophone literary history. This trajectory of the Grail quest, as it is renewed with each new version of the Grail quest, allows us to trace how copies, adaptations, and continuations are acts of reading as much as they are acts of writing and composition. This project upsets trajectories of Grail romance as it has been understood, and rewrites the history of romance as a politically-engaged genre. This intervention aims to reposition romance as a genre that re-imagines political pasts and proposes alternate futures.
I am Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of British Columbia. Prior to my appointment at UBC, I served as Assistant Professor of German and Coordinator of the German Program at Sam Houston State University. I received my Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures and Film & Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis (2015) and hold a B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2009) in German Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I specialize in late-18th to 21st-century German media and cultural history. In particular, my research focuses on 19th-century literary cultures, film history (Imperial Germany, Weimar Germany, cinema of the 60s and 70s), narrative theory, queer theory, and critical pedagogy.
Currently, I am writing a book examining the influence of fluctuating literary markets on authorial agency and narrative form provisionally titled Fragile Literary Cultures in Early Imperial Germany. Part and parcel of this research is my work on a volume titled The Becoming and Afterlife of Literature: Agents in the German Literary Field (co-edited with Vance Byrd).
My scholarship in film studies includes a book project examining the primacy of melodramatic form in the articulation of queer experiences in popular culture and the intellectual sphere of Weimar Germany. In addition, I am completing an article, which examines the queer potential of slapstick in Ernst Lubitsch’s early comedies. This article is part of my work on an edited volume titled An Interdisciplinary Companion to Slapstick Cultures (co-edited with Alena Lyons and under advanced contract with de Gruyter).
In 2016, I co-founded the international scholarly collective “Diversity, Decolonialization, and the German Curriculum” (DDGC). Following DDGC’s inaugural conference March 2017 at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, DDGC has been institutionalized into a biannual conference (the next conference will take place Spring 2019 at St. Olaf College). I also serve as the co-editor of DDGC’s official blog.
rhetoric & writing studies, disability studies, autistic culture, digital studies, queer studies, theory of mind
I am Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow) at University College Dublin. I was previously Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Warwick. My monograph ‘Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature’ was published in 2020 by Edinburgh University Press. I am now writing my second monograph, titled ‘Water Crisis and World Literature’. I have wider interests in resource politics, feminist and queer theory, animal studies, and popular culture. My research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the University of York Humanities Research Centre, and the White Rose Universities Consortium. I previously held a three-year post as Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature at University of Birmingham, and worked as Associate Tutor at the University of York after completing my PhD. From 2013-2015 I coordinated the interdisciplinary, AHRC-funded research network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day’. You can read more about the network on our archived blog: http://jerusalems.wordpress.com/.
…ith Kath Weston and Elizabeth Freeman. Queer Kinship: Erotic Affinities and the Politics of Belonging, under contract.
“Geometric Kinship: Sensuous Abstraction and Renee Gladman’s Black Queer Kinaesthetics.” Routledge Companion to Queer Theory and Modernist Studies, forthcoming
“Inchoate Kinship: Psychoanalytic Narrative and the Performance of Queer Belonging in Are You My Mother?” The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In, 2020
I am a scholar of contemporary literature, queer studies, affect, and experimental writing. Currently, I am Associate Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator at SUNY Cortland. I am the author of Queer Experimental Literature: The Affective Politics of Bad Reading (Palgrave, 2017) and co-editor of After Queer Studies: Literature, Theory, and Sexuality in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2019). I guest edited “Lively Words: The Politics and Poetics of Experimental Writing,” a special issue College Literature (2019). My work has appeared or are forthcoming in venues such as GLQ, Mosaic, American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990, Textual Practice, Studies in the Fantastic, Postmodern Culture, Stanford Arcade, and The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In. I am currently writing a book on queer narrative theory and co-editing, with Elizabeth Freeman, “Queer Kinship: Erotic Affinities and the Politics of Belonging” (Duke, under contract).
Stephanie Spoto is a lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay in the department of Humanities and Communication, teaching literature, feminist theory, and writing. In 2013 she was an International Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study – Sofia. Her research project is “William Lithgow (1582–1645) and Early Modern Scottish Journeys to Eastern Europe”. Education: Stephanie finished her B.A. in English at the University of California in Irvine in 2006, writing her undergraduate thesis on gender and censorship in Milton’s Paradise Lost. She began her PhD at Edinburgh, and was awarded the Centre for Renaissance Studies Research Grant (2009). At Edinburgh University, she taught first-year English Literature, and has been a reviewer and Reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Fiction (2010), Biography (2011) and has reviewed for the Forum Postgraduate Journal (2011). Her dissertation passed with minor corrections, and she graduated in June 2012. She also works as a bookdealer, and enjoys baking cakes and riding her bicycle. Research Interests: Stephanie’s dissertation chronicled the history of European occult philosophy, focusing on Hermeticism and demonology, in order to create a theory of gender within English seventeenth century demonological studies. She is currently working on two research projects:
- Scottish perceptions of Islam in the seventeenth century
- A comparative analysis of seeing and recognition in the work of Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Fanon
Her other research interests include anarchism, feminist and queer theory, monstrosity, intersectionality, and teaching methods.
Queer Studies & Theory
Modern & Contemporary Poetry
Liz Deegan is a PhD student in the Department of English, Michigan State University. She has completed her Masters in English at Oklahoma State University in 2018. Liz’s research focuses primarily on the intersections of queer and feminist theories, cultural studies, and film and visual media. Her interests oscillate between cult and/or camp popular culture and underground, queer, avant-garde cinema, but focuses on work that disrupts long held patterns and practices within the visual world. This attention paid to disruption is borne out of her fascination with acts of formal, affective, or aesthetic rebellion, and how these alterations queer their medium-based landscape.
Michael Allan is editor of Comparative Literature and associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. He is affiliated with Cinema Studies, Arabic, Middle East Studies, New Media and Culture, African Studies, and Comics Studies. His research focuses on debates in world literature, postcolonial studies, literary theory, as well as film and visual culture, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. In both his research and teaching, he bridges textual analysis with social theory, and draws from methods in anthropology, religion, queer theory and area studies. He is the author of In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt (Princeton 2016, Co-Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book), and is at work on a second book, Picturing the World: The Global Routes of Early Cinema, 1896-1903, which traces the transnational history of camera operators working for the Lumière Brothers film company. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of World Literature, Philological Encounters, Syndicate Lit, and Middle East Topics & Arguments. He was elected a member of the executive committee for LLC Arabic (2017-2021) and a delegate of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Comparative Literature (2019-2021) for the Modern Language Association. He was a EUME Fellow at the Forum for Transregional Studies in Berlin (2011-12, 2017-2018), a Townsend Fellow at the Townsend Center for the Humanities in Berkeley (2006-7), and a Presidential Intern at the American University in Cairo, where he worked with its Institute of Gender and Women’s Studies (2000-1). For two summers (2011-12), he was the site director for the CLS Arabic Program in Tangier, Morocco.
Dr. Evelien Geerts is a multidisciplinary philosopher (PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, United States of America) and a postdoctoral researcher (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) with a passion for teaching and a thorough training in political philosophy and theory, critical theory, and philosophy of science & epistemology. Geerts graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2019 with a multidisciplinary dissertation project focusing on a critical cartography of contemporary (new) materialist philosophies and an eco-ethico-politics of justice in times of terror(ism), and now holds a Humanities PhD (Feminist Studies and History of Consciousness (DE)). She furthermore obtained an MSc in Global Management Studies (Antwerp Management School), a research MA Gender & Ethnicity Studies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands & exchange program with UCLA), and an MA in Philosophy (Antwerp University, Belgium). She currently is a Posthumanities Hub affiliated researcher at Linköping University, Sweden & KTH, Sweden & a PhEMaterialisms member, and previously lectured at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (where she was also an Affiliated (Visiting) Researcher at Utrecht University’s Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) from 2017-2020). As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, she is involved in Dr. Katharina Karcher’s ERC-funded Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Imagining, and Anticipating Violence project, focusing on a new materialist/Deleuzoguattarian approach to the affective, memories, and remembrance in the context of political and terrorist violence. Her research interests include new materialisms, social and political philosophy, science studies, STS, and epistemology, cultural studies & analysis, queer theory, and critical and diffractive pedagogies. She previously has published in Philosophy Today, Women’s Studies International Forum, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, and Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities. She is an avid philosophy meme-creater and an editor and editorial board member of the Dutch journal Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (2015-2020).