As a medievalist and digital pedagogy specialist, my work traces the public life of the English language within educational environments. During the Middle Ages, students and teachers worked from common books – often containing the Trojan texts of Virgil and Ovid – inscribed with Latin and vernacular marginalia that had been accumulating over time. The schoolbooks that survive from this era are so excessively overrun with glosses that it is often difficult to distinguish the texts from their commentaries. My work examines this sharing of textual space, which reflects an emphasis on collaborative and multilingual constructions of knowledge. On the World Wide Web, I characterize such democratic impulses as “open-source” movements. My research and teaching are attempts to apply the spirit of open-sourcing – the free sharing of computing source code – to the collection and dissemination of knowledge produced within the academy. The massive proliferation of social networks like Twitter and Facebook have demonstrated the power that digital compilations can wield, seemingly with little help from credentialed experts in higher education. Rather than turn to university-trained specialists for reliable information, the public is increasingly investing in the collective intelligence of the crowd, which digital databases such as Wikipedia are harnessing outside of the classroom with success never witnessed before. Yet, the same core principles of open access, free use, and collaborative generosity that inform these online projects have always been central to the work of the academy, even if they are sometimes hidden beneath the veneers of disciplinary specialization and avuncular elitism. Through my own research and teaching, I seek to peel back or make transparent these layers of exclusion to encourage a para-academic culture that interrogates and values the contributions of all parties, both inside and outside of the university.
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.
I am Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. My research focuses on literature and visual art from Latin America and the United States, and reads these in relation to the development of the global economy from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first. I am currently at work on a co-edited volume of essays titled Literature and the Global Contemporary (Palgrave, forthcoming), and a monograph on literature and the ends of autonomy in the Americas (Northwestern UP, forthcoming).
Australian Aboriginal Literature African American Literature American Literature Book History
European Theater, Attic Tragedy, Literary Theory, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy, Critical Theory
Charlie Gleek is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, under the direction of Dr. Taylor Hagood. Overtly interdisciplinary by training, Charlie’s scholarly concentration focuses on the print culture of Southern literature during the late-capitalist period. His dissertation project, “Southern Fringes: The Role of Paratext in Larry Brown’s Short Fiction” demonstrates how paratext points to the material and social conditions that make Brown’s short stories possible which in turn, and in turn, provides a context for understanding Southern literatures and cultural spaces. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in the college’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Department of English, and the Department of History. Charlie also serves on several committees at Florida Atlantic University, focusing on program development, conference organization, and advocating for improvements in graduate-student working conditions. Charlie Gleek is a veteran academic professional with more than fifteen years of research, classroom, and administrative experience in universities, secondary schools, not-for-profit, and professional organizations around the world. On the job market for the 2020-21 academic year, Charlie is looking to work in collaborative scholarly environments: from arts-focused, early-collegiate, or globally-oriented secondary educational institutions to university departments with innovative American Studies, Ethnic and Multicultural Studies, English and Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Current versions of Charlie’s application materials are available via Interfolio, by contacting either Maddie Fiumara or Liam Gluck at Carney Sandoe, & Associates, or through email. Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, to dedicated concert venues and summer touring festivals, spans more than three decades of work, including his current role as drummer and bassist in bands made up of Florida Atlantic University College of Arts and Letters faculty members. Before coming to academia, Charlie worked as a landscaper, on loading docks, and in warehouses, on retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy. Charlie lives with his wife Kate Schmitt, their two daughters, and their dog Maddie in Boca Raton, FL.
I am assistant professor of music history at the Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. My main areas of focus are on late medieval notation, theory, and performance; medievalism; and contemporary pop music, jazz, and music in media such as film, television, and video games. Additionally, I am an active singer, performer, and conductor of both early and contemporary music.