Conference Presentations: “‘Dear Little People’: Insects in Eighteenth-Century French Literature and Natural Philosophy.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Conference, Orlando, FL, March 22–24, 2018. “The French Wars of Religion and the Diseased, Disfigured, and Monstrous Body.” Corp(u)s, Harvard French Graduate Student Conference, Cambridge, MA, January 28, 2017. “What’s in a Name? Denomination, (De)mythologizing, and Crossing Borders in Mabanckou’s Bleu-Blanc-Rouge and Le Clézio’s Onitsha.” Midwestern Modern Language Association Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 10–13, 2016. “Le carnavalesque et la violence dans des romans de Patrick Chamoiseau et Marie Vieux-Chauvet.” LSU Department of French Graduate Student Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 11–12, 2016.
I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary’s University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I’m highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari’a’s treatment of apostates. I’ve also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information.
I am a part-time AHRC-funded (WRoCAH) PhD student at the University of York. My thesis aims to recreate ‘biographies of meaning’ for late medieval household objects and spaces by examining traces of their use, significance, and meaning in late medieval probate documents. I am particularly interested in probate inventories as a source and in developing innovative methodological approaches to these documents. I am also a part-time administrator and visiting lecturer at the University of Chester.
Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor/Houston Writing Fellow in the English Department at the University of Houston.
Mary Ann Tobin, Ph.D., is Assistant Research Professor and Instructional Consultant with Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), where she shares her expertise on classroom and course assessment techniques, student engagement techniques, outcomes-based course design and curriculum development, inclusive and equitable teaching strategies, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and other instructional matters with faculty throughout the university system. Before joining SITE in December 2016 she served as Triton College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, where she oversaw the college’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment and its Center for Teaching Excellence. There, she worked with faculty and administrators to develop student-centered pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment techniques. She has taught English composition, literature and business writing, in both traditional and online classrooms, since 1994 when she was a Teaching Fellow at Indiana State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in English Literature. She then taught for Duquesne University, where she earned a doctoral degree. She also taught for the Community College of Allegheny County, DeVry University Online, and Triton College. Beyond her pedagogical interests, her professional interests and scholarship include 19th-century British culture and literature, particularly the life and work of Charles Dickens, marital law and custom, and women’s education. She has presented on these topics at national and regional conferences, and her work on them appears in Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice (McFarland, 2012) and Critical Insights: Great Expectations (Salem Press, 2009). Most recently, she has explored the intersections of Neo-Victorianism and innovative pedagogy as chair of a Dickens Society Sponsored Panel entitled “Neo-Dickens for a New Audience: Reading, Watching, and Teaching Dickens in the 21st Century” at the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference, in which she presented “A Christmas Carol: The Gift Book We Keep on Giving … And Should Give More Often!”
Jaime Goodrich is an Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University and Editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts. She has published a monograph on early modern Englishwomen’s religious translations (Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England, Northwestern University Press, 2014). Her work on women writers has appeared in ANQ, British Catholic History, English Literary Renaissance, Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, Sixteenth Century Journal, and several edited collections. She is the recipient of research grants from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Catholic Record Society.
Jack Kerouac, English language crime fiction, creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, long fiction, academic writing, multimodal composition, filmmaking, podcasting, digital media, transmedia storytelling
Stephanie J. Lahey is a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, Canada, where she holds the Howard E. Petch Research Scholarship and a University of Victoria Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation—a mixed-methodology, corpus-based study of the use of parchment ‘offcuts’ (low-quality byproducts of parchment manufacturing) in manuscripts produced in later medieval England—is jointly supervised by Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins (Victoria) and Dr. Erik Kwakkel (UBC iSchool). A recent Guest Researcher at Universiteit Leiden, she is the Editorial Assistant of Early Middle English, teaches at DHSI and at the University of Victoria, and serves on the Public Relations and Outreach Committee of the Canadian Society of Medievalists / Société canadienne des médiévistes. Her research interests include medieval codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production; parchment-manufacturing and use; medieval legal, technical, and reference literatures; quantitative and digital humanities; and public humanities.
I am medical rhetorician and technical and professional writing scholar. I teach writing at Harold Washington College — one of the City Colleges of Chicago. There, I am an Associate Professor of English and a member of the City Colleges of Chicago Institutional Review Board (IRB). I am a Newberry Library scholar-in-residence for 2018-2020, a 2018 recipient of a Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) research grant, a 2019 recipient of Special Interest Group on the Design of Information early career research grant, and an associate editor for the Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication book series. You can see more information about me on my CV.
Saskia Fischer studied Literary Studies and History at Bielefeld University and finished her PhD dissertation on Rituality in postwar German Drama (original title: Ritual und Ritualität im Drama nach 1945, published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag) in 2016. For this study she was granted the Dissertation Award of the Universitätsgesellschaft Bielefeld. She was an academic researcher at the SFB 584 Das Politische als Kommunikationsraum in der Geschichte (The Political as a Communicative Space in History), fellow of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Bielefeld Young Researchers’ Fund. She worked as a lecturer and coordinator for international cooperation at the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Bielefeld University, and as head of the Graduate Program at the Bielefeld School of Education (BiSEd), Bielefeld University. Currently she is coordinator of the research group ‘Felix Culpa’? – Guilt as Culturally Productive Force at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld. Saskia Fischer has also held ERASMUS guest lectureships at universities in Poland and Italy (2011 and 2017: Lodz University/Poland, 2016: University Ca’Foscari Venice/Italy, 2018: Sapienza Università di Roma/Italy) and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and visiting scholar at Meiji University in Tokyo, Kyoto University, Niigata University and Kyushu University in Fukuoka (all Japan). In a former life she used to work as assistant director at several theatres throughout Germany and in the cultural and academic program of the Goethe-Institute Sydney/Australia.