Globalization and the Image
2001 MMLA Convention
Cleveland, Ohio
2-3 November


Participants' Notes

George Boulukos is Assistant Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

David A. Brenner has taught Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Holocaust Studies at a number of universities, including Brandeis, Cornell, the University of Texas, and the University of Colorado. Since 1998 he has been a professor at Kent State University, where he serves as Chair of Ethnic Heritage and Jewish Studies Programs. Recent publications include Marketing Identities: The Invention of Jewish Ethnicity (Wayne State University Press, 1998) and a version of the paper he will be presenting here, which appeared in Germanic Review (2000). He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from the Mellon and Humboldt foundations as well as from Fulbright, DAAD, NEH, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition, he is currently the executive director of the Ohio Council on Holocaust Education.

Matthias Bruhn's doctoral thesis (1997) on Nicolas Poussin's correspondence led him to the Research Department for Political Iconography at the University of Hamburg, where he has worked since 1997. He is in charge of a multi-media project titled "Warburg Electronic Library," which provides a digital workspace for art-historical research. He is editor of Darstellung und Deutung. Abbilder der Kunstgeschichte [Representation and Interpretation. Images of Art History], Weimar 2000. He is also editor of H-ArtHist, the H-Net Information Network for Art History. In 2000, he held a Clark Art Institute Fellowship, and currently holds a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research focuses on political iconography of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, computing and the humanities, and mass media imagery.

Antonio Candau has a degree of "Licenciado" in Spanish Philology from the University of Valladolid in Spain, and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Massachusets in Amherst. He has been an instructor in Valladolid, Umass, Smith College, and assistant and associate professor at Southwest Texas State University, where he was also the director of the Summer program in Spain. He is the author of the books La obra narrativa de Jose Maria Merino (1992) and Las provincias de la literatura (forthcoming in 2001). Most of his publications deal with modern Peninsular Literature.

Ivy I-chu Chang, after finishing her doctoral work in Performance Studies at New York University, teaches in the Language Teaching and Research Center at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, where she is an Associate Professor.

Scott Cohen is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia where he is completing a dissertation that explores the relationship between British modernism and imperialism.

Nandita Ghosh completed her Ph.D. in May 2000 at Fordham University, where she specialized in postcolonial theory and literature. Since then she has been working with a grassroots movement in India which has used the Internet to organize resistance to processes of globalization. She recently published "Fixing the Language, Fixing the Nation" in Jouvert (2001).

John Grech is a visual and new media artist and a writer who has taught extensively in visual art practice, theory, and history. He is presently attached to ASCA and the Film and TV School of the University of Amsterdam, where he is completing research towards a Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ted Gup is Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA, which was nominated in 2000 for a Pulitzer Prize. He has also written numerous articles that have appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other periodicals.

Marguerite Helmers is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches courses in writing, literature, and literary criticism. She is the author of Writing Students (SUNY 1995), Intertexts: Reading Pedagogy in College Writing Classrooms (Erlbaum 2002), and articles appearing in College English, JAC, Enculturation, Bad Subjects, The Writing Instructor, and elsewhere. She is the editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration with Dennis Lynch. In 1998, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for UW Oshkosh and in 2001, she was announced Provost's Leadership Fellow. She is currently editing a book, with Charles Hill, titled Defining Visual Rhetorics.

Tsung-yi Huang is a doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY Stony Brook.

Peter Jaszi teaches at the Washington College of Law of The American University, in Washington, D.C., where he currently directs the Glushko-Samuleson Intellectual Property Clinic and the Program on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and an experienced copyright litigator who lectures frequently to professional groups in the United States and abroad. He has served as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and is a member of the Board of Editors of the Society's Journal. He was a member of the Librarian of Congress' Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit and in 1995 he helped to organize the Digital Future Coalition. With Craig Joyce, William Patry, and Marshall Leaffer, he is a co-author of a standard text on copyright. With Martha Woodmansee, he is an editor of The Construction of Authorship, a collection of essays on copyright and literary theory published by Duke University Press.

Kristine Kelly is a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University working on her dissertation, "Novel Excursions: Colonial Emigration and Global Visions in Nineteenth Century British Literature."

Kurt Koenigsberger is Assistant Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches courses in twentieth century British literature, postcolonial literatures, and cultural studies. He has published articles on William Hazlitt and libel law, on Henry James and economics, and on Virginia Woolf and the history of South London. He directs the Globalization and the Image project for The Society for Critical Exchange, and also acts as Associate Director of the SCE. He is currently at work on a book that examines the movement in domestic English fiction from realism to modernism in the context of shifting conceptions of the British empire as a unified whole.

Ute Lehrer is Assistant Professor of Planning at SUNY Buffalo, where her research interests include urban form; globalization and the built environment; economic restructuring; immigration and cities; architectural criticism; theory and history of urban planning; and history and theory of urban design and architecture. She has worked as an architecture critic for Tages Anzeiger, the largest daily newspaper in Switzerland, and has taught at the Federal Technical University in Zurich, Switzerland; York University, University of Toronto, and UCLA. She is a member of the editorial board of Intersight, the journal of the School of Architecture and Planning at Buffalo. She has published dozens of photographs in professional and scholarly publications, and is the author of over 300 articles which have appeared in professional journals, magazines, and daily newspapers on topics such as art and architecture, urban design, urban planning, urban development, and nature in the city.

Chi-she Li teaches in English and Comparative Literature at National Taiwan Normal University.

Steve Litt is an art and architecture critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and teaches a journalism course titled "Covering Culture" at Case Western Reserve University,

Jeannie Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. A Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada fellowship recipient, Jeannie is currently writing her dissertation, "(Re)Forming the Child: Global-Imperial Missions of Development." This study tracks the figural child in post-WWI, WWII, and Cold War cultural texts along with the kinds of management the child enables in the discourse of globalization.

Marilia Martins works as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she also teaches several university courses.

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham teaches anglophone literatures of the third world at Oberlin College and has published on such subjects as translation, (third world) feminisms, and on the status of racial and ethnic difference. Her most recent publication is a book, Using the Master's Tools: Resistance and the Literature of the African and South Asian Diasporas (St. Martins, 2000)

Larry Needham has published on Rhetoric and Romanticism, as well as on the impact of expansion and contact with other peoples and cultures on English literature written from 1782--1832. He currently is working on a study of Disney and Difference and the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali.

Kirsten Ostherr completed her doctoral dissertation, titled "Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Audiovisual Discourse of World Health," in American Civilization at Brown University in May 2001. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty Seminar on Transnational Intersections of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class and Sexuality at Wesleyan University, where she also teaches courses on globalization and media studies.

Susan Parulekar is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Syracuse University. Her dissertation is tentatively titled "Learning Power: Gender, Education and Socialization Among Elites in Mumbai," and is focused on how individuals learn power. Utilizing a gendered ethnographic analysis, her research examines how eliteness is lived by young women in Mumbai via lenses sensitive to the issues of gender, education and socialization.

Bethany Schneider teaches courses in American and Native American Literature at Bryn Mawr College.

Karl Erik Schollhammer is Danish but since 1987 he has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he works as associate professor in Brazilian literature and literary theory at Pontifícia Universidade Católica - Rio. He has his Ph.D. in General Semiotics from the University of Aarhus (1991) and is attached as a researcher to the National Research Council (CNPQ) with a project on the new forms of realism in contemporary Brazilian art, literature and culture. Right now he is trying to conclude a book on literature and image in Brazilian and Latin-American culture. He has published extensively in national and international magazines and written or edited the following books: As Linguagens da Violência, Ortega y Gasset: A Missão da Universidade, Novas Epistemologias. Desafios para a Universidade do Futuro, Den Hovedløse - et studie i George Bataille, Dødens Tårer, and Avisen som Kampmiddel.

Sharon Sliwinski is a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto. Her dissertation work takes place at an intersection of psychoanalysis, visual culture and social theory, and focuses on the representation of atrocity.

Kate Thomas is Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College. She is currently working on the Victorian Post Office and the rise of the communication network in nineteenth-century Britain.

Marc Tuters teaches in Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.

Trui Vetters is a research assistant at the English Department at Ghent University. She holds a BA and an MA in Literary Theory from Ghent University and an MA in English from Rutgers University (USA). She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation on the relationship between architectural theory and twentieth-century fiction. In 1994-1996 she was coordinator of the two-year Global Women's Studies Seminar at Rutgers University, funded by the Ford Foundation. In 2000, she coordinated the Ghent Urban Studies Team's international conference "Post Ex Sub Dis: Fragmentations of the City," held in Brussels.

Martha Woodmansee is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Society for Critical Exchange. She is the author of The Author, Art, and the Market: Rereading the History of Aesthetics (Columbia, 1994) and Erkennen und Deuten: Essays sur liteature und Literaturtheorie. With Mark Osteen she has edited The New Economic Criticism: Studies at the Intersection of Literature and Economics (Routledge, 1999), and with Peter Jaszi, The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (Duke, 1994).