Representation[s] & the U.S.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
Speaker: Bishnupriya Ghosh
Bishnupriya Ghosh is
a professor in the Department of English at the University of
California, Santa Barbara. She came to UCSB with a doctorate
from Northwestern University, a B.A. from Wellesley College,
and a B.A. from Presidency College (Kolkata). Her teaching interests
are global studies, postcolonial theory and media studies, and
gender/sexuality studies. Apart from publishing essays on literature,
film, postcolonial criticism and theory in journals such as
Screen, boundary 2, The Journal of Postcolonial
Studies, and in several anthologies, Ghosh’s first
monograph on globalization, literary markets, and the political
imagination of South Asian writing in English, When Borne
Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel
(Rutgers University Press), appeared in 2004; she has also co-edited
a volume of critical essays, Interventions: Feminist Dialogues
on Third World Women’s Literature and Film (Garland,
1997). She is working on a second manuscript on the corporeal
idioms of famous contemporary female icons marked as “South
Asian” such as Phoolan Devi, Taslima Nasrin, Arundhati
Roy, and Mother Teresa; Corporeal Intimations: The Material
Life of South Asian Female Icons rethinks received dismissals
of icons as overexposed mass mediatized commodities and resituates
them hieroglyphics of social power in South Asian contexts.
As she completes Corporeal Intimations, Ghosh is beginning
research on a third project on a spectral modernity evidenced
in twentieth-century gothic and speculative fiction from South
Asian postcolonial contexts. At UCSB she is active in the Multi-Research
Group, “The Subaltern and the Popular”; most recently,
she is engaged convening a UCHRI short-term research focus group
on risk, uncertainty, and globality, “Speculative Globalities,”
in February 2007.
Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero is
currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Miami.
Her dissertation focuses on the fiction of Bharati Mukherjee,
Cristina Garcia, Edwidge Danticat, and Jhumpa Lahiri, and her
research interests include Anglophone postcolonial literatures,
ethnic American literatures, and transnational feminisms.
Michial Farmer received his
BA in English from Toccoa Falls College in 2004 and his MA from
the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007. Beginning in August,
he will be a PhD student and teaching assistant at the University
of Georgia. His interests include Southern and existentialist
literature and popular culture.
Gabriela Frank is a native
of Germany. She completed her BA in Political Science at CSU
Stanislaus, where she currently is a graduate student in the
English department. Her declared emphasis is American Literature,
and her research interests include 19th century German American
literature in particular. Influenced by her undergraduate studies,
Gabriela looks for manifestations of political concepts in works
of fiction. She has been an invited speaker at Chapman University
in May 2004, discussing the effects of the American military
presence in Germany. Gabriela is currently being considered
for the Sally Casanova Predoctoral scholarship. She lives in
Modesto with her two children.
Stefka Hristova is currently
a graduate student in the Visual Studies program at University
of California, Irvine. She holds an MA degree in Communication
Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.
Rosie Kar is a second-year
graduate student in the Comparative Literature Program at UCSB.
Her fields of interest include 20th century Asian American literature
and media representations, post-colonial theory, North American
fiction, and Francophone literature and culture. She received
her undergrad degrees in 2004 from UC San Diego in Literatures
of the World and Chemistry. In what little free time she has,
she enjoys writing, reading everything she can get her hands
on, listening obsessively to all kinds of music, filling up
her passport, belly dancing, classical Indian dance, Polynesian
dance, painting, decoupage, printmaking, and sleeping. Born
and raised in Orange County, California to South Asian professionals,
she was exposed to a wide variety of written and performative
art through her family, local festivals, and traveling the world.
In her research and writing, she draws upon personal experiences
and social observations. She attempts to explore the edges of
awareness, where the conscious and the unconscious intertwine,
through word play, vernacular and abstract language, verbal
color and form. Her interests in written art are to challenge,
uplift, inspire, and transform.
Danielle La France earned her
Master's degree from UCSB in 2005 in Comparative Literature
and is currently working on a dissertation comparing the feminist
implications of ghost stories written by Anglo-American, Mexican-American,
and Mexican women authors published in literary magazines in
the early twentieth century.
Eric Martinsen is a doctoral
candidate in English with a Ph.D. emphasis in Global Studies
at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he is writing
a dissertation entitled "Narrativizing Global Moments in
Twentieth-Century Fiction and Film." His research focuses
on representations of intense transcultural exchanges and the
interpretative crises they provoke in contemporary postcolonial
fiction, U.S. ethnic writing and film.
Elizabeth Nixon is currently
studying postcolonial and narrative theory at Ohio State University.
Mary Seliger is a fifth-year graduate student in Comparative Literature at UCSB. She received a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1982. She obtained an M.A. from UCSB in Latin America and Iberian Studies in 2003. Her dissertation research project explores the dialogue between American literary and legal narratives in the twentieth century.
Lily Wong is a second-year
graduate student from the Department of Comparative Literature
at UC Santa Barbara. She has published translations in Pots
magazine, the Taipei Poetry Festival, and was the editor for
Full Tilt a journal of East-Asian poetry and translations. Her
research interests rest in the intersection of post-colonial/globalization
theories and literatures; East-Asian oral/religious cultures;
Mark Young is completing his
Master's Degree in American Literature at San Diego State University.
His research interests include photographic representations
of Latin Americans, mythological tropes in American children's
literature, and the european roots of American satire. His forthcoming
thesis explores the mythological dimensions of Kurt Vonnegut's
early novels and short stories.