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Interview with Prof. Calderwood in Cordopolis

Aug 07, 2019

The Spanish newspaper Cordopolis published a long interview with Prof. Eric Calderwood about the Spanish translation of his book, Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture.

Faculty receive Public Voices Fellowship

Aug 02, 2019

New program at Illinois helps professors amplify their ideas to a wider audience.

New Book from Alumni Matthias Stephan

Jun 15, 2019

Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century, by Complit alumni Matthias Stephan '15,  has been published by Palgrave MacMillan. You can read a preview of the book here:

Prof. Mehta elected for 2019-20 Public Voices Fellowship

May 29, 2019


Please join me once more in congratulating Prof. Mehta on her newest award: along with 19 other faculty members from all three U of I System universities, Prof. Mehta was elected for the inaugural 2019-20 cohort of Public Voices Fellowship, sponsored by the University of Illinois System. This year-long program provides an opportunity to work with professional journalists to help craft research and expertise in ways that can contribute to public conversations of our age.

Prof. Rini Mehta named NCSA Faculty Fellow for 2019-20

May 23, 2019

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has named seven new Faculty Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The NCSA Faculty Fellowship is a competitive program for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides seed funding for new collaborations that include NCSA staff as integral contributors to the project.

Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas appointed Lecturer in Basque literature and language at UC Santa Barbara.

May 15, 2019

Estibalitz Ezkerra Vegas has been appointed as Lecturer in Basque literature and language at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prof. Hassan, President of ACLA, 2019-2020

Apr 29, 2019

Prof. Waïl Hassan is serving as President of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). 

The ACLA was founded in 1960 and is the largest professional association representing the discipline in North America, although its membership of over 2,000 includes many who travel to its annual conference from Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. The ACLA also holds occasional conferences abroad, with the 2020 meeting taking place in Chicago, Illinois, March 19-22. 

Prof. Harriet Murav appointed Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies

Apr 22, 2019

Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky appointed Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar

Jan 31, 2019

Prof. Stephanie Hilger awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System"

Jan 14, 2019

Stephanie Hilger and Justine Murison (and the Medical Humanities Research Cluster) were awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System" from the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and Humanities.

Prof. Rini Mehta awarded $150,000 for "Global Film History from the Edges: Engineering a Comparative Public Humanities”

Jan 14, 2019

Prof. Rini Mehta has been awarded $150,000.00 in support of her project, “Global Film History from the Edges: Engineering a Comparative Public Humanities,” as part of the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and Humanities!

Prof. Mehta's proposal was selected from among 53 proposals across the three UI campuses and will make a significant impact on how we do film history across the globe.

Eric Calderwood receives Honorable Mention for MLA’s William Riley Parker Prize

Dec 10, 2018

Prof. Eric Calderwood, of the University of Illinois, Urbana, is receiving honorable mention for “Franco’s Hajj: Moroccan Pilgrims, Spanish Fascism, and the Unexpected Journeys of Modern Arabic Literature,” which appeared in the October 2017 issue of PMLA. 

On campus, mothers exist and persist

Oct 25, 2018

A story about our students (Alex, with Nadia Hoppe and Serenity Orengo)

New Conrad Humanities Scholars Selected

Oct 23, 2018

Six professors from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences have been named Conrad Humanities Scholars. They are taking advantage of the new designation to pursue a variety of projects, from studying second language acquisition and black girlhood to researching immigration politics.

The Conrad Humanities Scholar awards are funded by a gift from the late Arlys Conrad, whose estate gift shared by the College of LAS and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is intended to assist and retain promising mid-career faculty.

Exploring the complexities of Indian cinema

Oct 08, 2018

Movie fans and scholars alike will soon be able to visualize an entangled network of Indian film stars, the history of Indian cinema, and the trajectory of Bollywood as it shot towards mainstream fame with an interface professor Rini Mehta is developing through a fellowship with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

New Book by Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky

Oct 05, 2018

As cinema industries around the globe adjusted to the introduction of synch-sound technology, the Soviet Union was also shifting culturally, politically, and ideologically from the heterogeneous film industry of the 1920s to the centralized industry of the 1930s, and from the avant-garde to Socialist Realism. In The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1928–1935, Lilya Kaganovsky explores the history, practice, technology, ideology, aesthetics, and politics of the transition to sound within the context of larger issues in Soviet media history. Industrialization and centralization of the cinema industry greatly altered the way movies in the Soviet Union were made, while the introduction of sound radically influenced the way these movies were received. Kaganovsky argues that the coming of sound changed the Soviet cinema industry by making audible, for the first time, the voice of State power, directly addressing the Soviet viewer. By exploring numerous examples of films from this transitional period, Kaganovsky demonstrates the importance of the new technology of sound in producing and imposing the "Soviet Voice."

Prof. Calderwood selected as Conrad Humanities Scholar

Jul 02, 2018

Eric Calderwood has been selected as a Conrad Humanities Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for 2018-2023.

Prof. Rushing receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards

Jun 26, 2018

Prof. Robert Rushing has received both the campus-level Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Exploring the complexities of Indian cinema

May 20, 2018

Read more about how Rini Mehta develops interactive tools to better understand a rising industry.

Rebecca Whalen earns Comparative and World Literature Award for Excellence

May 07, 2018

Rebecca Whalen was awarded the Comparative and World Literature Award for Excellence as a senior student.

Alex Van Doren Awarded Bailey Fellowship

May 02, 2018

The Fred S. Bailey Fellowship for Community Leadership, Service, and Activism supports University of Illinois Urbana campus graduate and professional students who have shown passion, creativity, innovation, and commitment through community organizing, activism, and/or service in one or more of the following areas: social justice, environment, global engagement and/or interfaith cooperation. 

Prof. Rini Mehta awarded NCSA Fellowship

Apr 24, 2018

Professor Rini Bhattacharya Mehta has been awarded a fellowship by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for a project titled "Indian Cinema in Context: Interactive Film History Archive and Tools."

New Book by Prof. Eric Calderwood

Mar 15, 2018

Through state-backed Catholicism, monolingualism, militarism, and dictatorship, Spain’s fascists earned their reputation for intolerance. It may therefore come as a surprise that 80,000 Moroccans fought at General Franco’s side in the 1930s. What brought these strange bedfellows together, Eric Calderwood argues, was a highly effective propaganda weapon: the legacy of medieval Muslim Iberia, known as al-Andalus. This legacy served to justify Spain’s colonization of Morocco and also to define the Moroccan national culture that supplanted colonial rule. Drawing on a rich archive of Spanish, Arabic, French, and Catalan sources—including literature, historiography, journalism, political speeches, schoolbooks, tourist brochures, and visual arts—Calderwood reconstructs the varied political career of convivencia and al-Andalus, showing how shared pasts become raw material for divergent contemporary ideologies, including Spanish fascism and Moroccan nationalism. Colonial al-Andalus exposes the limits of simplistic oppositions between European and Arab, Christian and Muslim, that shape current debates about European colonialism.

Ethan Madarieta awarded the Gendell and Shiner Fellowship

Feb 27, 2018

Ethan Madarieta has been awarded the Gendell and Shiner Fellowship for the Fall Semester of 2019-20.


Alex Van Doren selected for International Women's Day Award

Feb 27, 2018

Alexandra Van Doren was selected for the International Women's Day Award.