Aubrey Porterfield has received been named the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University in Belfast for the next academic year. Replacing former EGSA member Michael Alijewicz, Aubrey will be working alongside other fellows in developing new techniques for interdisciplinary research. Congratulations, Aubrey!
Last Friday (March 28th), Emily August and former EGSA member Elizabeth Barnett held a poetry meeting at Vanderbilt’s Barnes and Noble. Their wonderfully emotive poems made us chuckle, made us sigh, but, most of all, made us remember how many exceptionally creative people were among our ranks. We hope to attend other readings soon!
Jennifer Bagneris and Aubrey Porterfield will be attending Harvard’s Institute for World Literature this summer, hosted by City University of Hong Kong! We hope you have an exciting journey, both mentally and geographically!
Deann Armstrong will be joining Annie Castro in representing Vanderbilt at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory this year. Congratulations, and we hope you have loads of fun!
Congratulations to all our colleagues in the third year–Petal Samuel, Lucy Mensah, Chance Woods, Annie Castro, Faith Barter, and RJ Boutelle–who’ve passed their comprehensive exams! Go you! We knew you could do it!
Last week, the EGSA presented the third year students–Faith Barter, RJ Boutelle, Annie Castro, Lucy Mensah, Petal Samuel, and Chance Woods–with “comps baskets,” or gifts in anticipation of their 10-day written comprehensive exams, which began today. These gifts are a well-loved tradition in the English department at Vanderbilt, as they offer items of sustenance and inspiration, from cookies and coffee to letters and t-shirts, for each member of the cohort as they approach an important turning point in their graduate careers.
Please give your support and encouragement to the six of them as they write their exams! May their answers be as exciting and flavorful as the macaroons from Provence bakery.
Anne Margaret Castro will be attending Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory this summer, from June 15 to July 25. Soon it will be hotdogs and Heidegger around the campfire. Watch out for that hill, Annie!
Wietske Smeele and Dan Fang will be representing Vanderbilt at this year’s Dickens Universe, at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Aug. 3-8). They will be attending seminars, going to lectures, and–best of all–learning Victorian dances with John Jordan in a waistcoat.
Don Rodrigues has been admitted to Professor Barbara K. Lewalski’s 2013-14 Folger Institute Colloquium, “Constructing and Representing Early Modern Authorship.” Don joins a group of faculty members and advanced graduate students monthly throughout the year to share work and discuss research topics and methods at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He will present his culminating project at the colloquium’s final session in May, 2014.
Aubrey Porterfield, along with former EGSA member Elizabeth Barnett and faculty member Vera Kutzinski, is organizing two panels for the 2014 conferences of the Modern Studies Association (MSA) in Pittsburg, PA (Nov. 6-9). Please check out their calls for papers below!