Highlights

Fourteen Faculty Fellowships!

Fourteen English department faculty members have been granted research leaves for all or part of the 2015-16 academic year, under Fordham's competitive Faculty Fellowship program. We're pretty sure that this extraordinary number is an all-time high for our department, and it may be a record for any department at Fordham. 

And what a range of research projects Fordham's Office of Research will be supporting! Their geographical scope includes Europe and the Near East, Tanganyika and Tanzania, Great Britain and North America. The historical periods covered range from medieval to Victorian to contemporary. The themes researchers will be exploring include the black body, economic and political development, homelessness, love, modernity, pilgrimage, riots, travel, tourism, and upward mobility. The forms of culture they will analyze include broadsides, drama, films, grave markers, illustrations, music, novels, plays, and poetry. The methodologies and theories being brought to bear on these texts include affect studies, critical race studies, cultural studies, disability studies, genre studies, performance studies, philology, and postcolonial studies.  This is what the research agenda of a great English department looks like. 

Each of the recipients--and the department as a whole--thanks Fordham's University Research Council and Office of Research for the faith they have demonstrated in the research productivity of the English faculty. 

Recipients of Faculty Fellowships for one or both semesters of the 2015-16 academic year include: 

  • Andrew Albin, for Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: Alliterative Translation and Commentary.
  • Edward Cahill, for Colonial Rising: Narratives of Upward Mobility in British America
  • Shonni Enelow, for Emotion After Fascism: Affect, Politics, and the Performing Body in Theater and Film of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Christopher GoGwilt, for Joseph Conrad and Romanization: The Timing and Spacing of English as World Script
  • Constance Hassett, for Edward Lear: Genre and Genealogy
  • Glenn Hendler, for Buildings on Fire: The 1838 Pennsylvania Hall Riots
  • Corey McEleney, for More Strange than True: Re-Visions of Shakespeare’s “Dream”
  • Fawzia Mustafa, for Intersections of Literature, Film, and Development in Tanganyika and Tanzania
  • Rebecca Sanchez, for Adomestic Modernity: Homelessness, Migration, and Access to the Private Sphere
  • Elizabeth Stone, for The Grave Marker as Autobiography: The Stone Carver as ‘Ghostwriter’
  • Dennis Tyler, for Disability of Color: Figuring the Black Body in American Law, Literature, and Culture
  • Keri Walsh, for Acting Like a Hustler: Method Acting, Gender, and the Hollywood Film
  • Suzanne Yeager, for Tourism, Travel, and Ritual: Premodern Pilgrimage from Europe to the Near East. 

Congratulations to ALL!

Eva Badowska (and other faculty) on WFUV

Our own Eva Badowska will be on WFUV's "Fordham Conversations" show at 7am this coming Saturday, May 17. She'll be interviewed as chair of the Fordham Task Force on Liberal Education and as a follow-up to the symposium she recently helped organize on "The Value of Liberal Education for the American Future." The focus of the interview is the value of liberal education in the workforce, though it will range into other, related topics. For anyone who is not up and about at 7am on Saturdays, the interview will be posted on the web not long after it airs. 

Literary Speakeasy and Issue 13

The Creative Writing Program at Fordham is thrilled to announce that CURA Magazine's Issue No. 13 is now live.  You'll find new media work by Jason Nelson, poetry by Cate Marvin and a special section featuring emerging Filipino artists and writers.

Also, CURA is throwing a party just for you... if you know the password.

Please join us for The Beautiful & The Damned: A Literary Speakeasy on April 23rd at 8 pm.
 
To celebrate the unsilenceable voices of censured writers and our April issue, we’re taking a trip to Prohibition-era New York. There will be banned book readings by time-traveling authors. There will be defiantly free-flowing libations, and a sinful dessert bar. (Plus, we have a few surprises stashed up our sleeves.)
 
Dress to impress Zelda Fitzgerald.
Costumes will be rewarded.
 
The best part? Well, the fine literature and company, of course.

The very-close-second-best part? You get all this (including the two-hour open bar), for $15 admission, plus a $5 donation to our indomitable partners at the Doe Fund, who work to support formerly homeless and incarcerated New Yorkers as they find their voices.  For more, click here.

Omeka for Teaching and Research

April 3, 11:00-12:30, Keating 318
Sign up for the workshop will begin on 
March 1, at the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities website
The number of participants is limited to 15. 

Part 1 of the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities group's Teaching and Research with Technology Series will be a workshop on Omeka, led by Alex Gil, the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University. In this workshop you will learn how create and organize a digital archive using Omeka, an open-source tool designed to manage and display collections of cultural objects in digital formats (images, video, documents, sound, etc.).  As you explore this user-friendly but powerful tool, you will learn about its functions and its design. We will use the version of the software provided on omeka.net.  For examples of humanities research projects that use Omeka, look at the Showcase.  The workshop does not require you to be a digital expert. Simple familiarity with common tools like Microsoft Word, Google or WordPress should suffice. Fordham University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the Fordham University Graduate Student Association have provided funds to make this workshop possible.