George Gasyna, Conrad Scholar
Harriet Murav, CAS professor
Cultural Myths and Everyday Heroes
Interview with Prof. Calderwood in Cordopolis
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
New program at Illinois helps professors amplify their ideas to a wider audience.
New Book from Alumni Matthias Stephan
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: https://www.palgrave.
Prof. Mehta elected for 2019-20 Public Voices Fellowship
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
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.
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
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
Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky appointed Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar
Prof. Stephanie Hilger awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System"
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”
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
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
A story about our students (Alex, with Nadia Hoppe and Serenity Orengo)
New Conrad Humanities Scholars Selected
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.
Exploring the complexities of Indian cinema
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
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
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
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
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
Rebecca Whalen was awarded the Comparative and World Literature Award for Excellence as a senior student.
Alex Van Doren Awarded Bailey Fellowship
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
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."