SAAS 2014 – Plenary Lectures

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Professor Cheryl Glenn will speak on the topic of

“Contemporary American Politics: Women, Rhetoric, and Social Justice.”

Cheryl Glenn is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, where she also serves as John Moore Teaching Mentor, Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and co-founder of the Center for Democratic Deliberation. She is also Professor and On-Site Director of the Bread Loaf Graduate School of English, Santa Fe Campus. Over the course of her career, she has received a good number of awards and international Visiting Professorships and has delivered lectures and workshops across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Glenn’s many scholarly publications include Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the RenaissanceUnspoken: A Rhetoric of SilenceSilence and Listening as Rhetorical ArtsRhetorical Education in AmericaThe St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching WritingThe Writer’s Harbrace HandbookMaking Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical ReaderThe Harbrace Guide for College Writers; the forthcoming Landmark Essays in Rhetoric and Feminism (two volumes), as well as numerous articles, chapters, and essays. She co-edits Penn State Press’s book series “Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation” and (with Shirley Wilson Logan) the Southern Illinois University Press series, “Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms.” She sits on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals.

Professor Sharon Monteith will speak on the topic of

“I Second That Emotion: The Case for Using Subjective and Imaginative Sources in Civil Rights Historiography”

Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham, Sharon Monteith edited Gender and the Civil Rights Movement with Peter Ling (1999/2004) and co-edited the Media volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture with Allison Graham (2011) which includes some of her articles on civil rights film and media. She is the author of American Culture in the 1960s (2008) and Advancing Sisterhood?: Interracial Friendships in Southern Fiction (2000), among other books including ones about the British novelist Pat Barker. She edited The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (2013) and co-edited South To A New Place: Region, Literature, Culture, with Suzanne Jones (2002), and The Transatlantic Sixties (2013) with colleagues from Germany, Poland, Denmark, and the US.  She has contributed to notable collections including Media, Culture and the Modern African Freedom Struggle (2002), Emmett Till in Historical and Literary Imagination (2008), American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (2011) and From Sit-Ins to SNCCThe Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (2012). She is completing SNCC’s Stories: Narrative Culture and the Southern Freedom Struggle of the 1960s for the University of Georgia Press and is writing The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History for CUP.

Associate professor Bo G Ekelund will speak on the topic of

“Place, Caribbean Literature, and the ‘Global Americas’”

Bo G. Ekelund is an associate professor at the Department of English, Stockholm University. His research has consistently investigated the social conditions of possibility of the production and reproduction of those things and practices the world recognizes as literature.

In In the Pathless Forest: John Gardner’s Literary Project and in the research project “Literary Generations and Social Authority,” funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, the investigation concerned the emergence of “authors” in the meeting of a literary field and individual expressive drives, and the shaping of the authorial careers that followed.

Subsequent research projects—“Transnational Strategies in Higher Education, 1960-2010” and “Languages, Education, Society, both funded by the Swedish Research Council—involved mapping the positions and trajectories of key agents who supervise the influx of cultural and intellectual goods from other national and transnational fields into the Swedish literary field, that is, academics, critics and translators.  In both cases, the relation between educational strategies and positions within the respective fields is one of the key issues.

Apart from the two externally financed projects, Ekelund continues writing pieces for an individual project of long standing, under the working title “Studies in an Undead Culture: Scenes of Recognition in Narratives, Theory and Politics.” Ekelund has published a series of articles that contribute to this study of recognition scenes inside and outside the contemporary literary and filmic narrative.

In a recent move, Ekelund has been teaching and studying Caribbean literature as a particularly interesting case within larger questions concerning the emergent field of World Literature, and more specifically questions about the value of place within that field. In 2012, Ekelund received funding for a three-year project entitled “Geography, society and the symbolic terrain of Caribbean fiction”.

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