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Professor Batiste wins MLA's Scarborough Prize 12/13/2012
Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephanie L. Batiste, who will receive the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book, "Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance". For details, click here.

Giving to the English Department 11/21/2011
Secure Link for Online Donation to English DepartmentNow more than ever, the English Department benefits from unrestricted gifts and major support from our alumni, parents, and friends. As shown by our careful deployment of past gifts, the English Department avoids using gifts for routine purposes. Instead, it nurtures gifts as strategic reserves for genuinely future-oriented initiatives that encourage students, develop new ways of teaching, and advance research for its integrated community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Even small gifts sponsor key research and teaching activities that help innovate for the future.

The highest giving priority for the English Department is to sustain—and to invent new—"quality" research and teaching experiences for our students during a time of statewide budgetary retrenchment. (More)

Current Features
Congratulations! 1/16/2011
The proposal on "Speculative Futures: Critical Perspectives on Risk, Uncertainty, and Security" submitted by four UCSB faculty--Bishnupriya Ghosh and Rita Raley (English, in association with the ACGCC and Transcriptions centers) and Bhaskar Sarkar and Greg Siegel (Film & Media Studies)--has won the 2011-12 endowed Critical Issues in America grant. Critical Issues in America is administered each year by the College of Letters & Science to provide "funds for educational and public programming to support courses, conferences, and related programs that bring together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, community members, and visiting scholars or public officials to discuss an important topic of contemporary concern or significance." With the $25,000 grant plus additional funds from the Transcriptions and ACGCC centers, "Speculative Futures" will pursue themes originally incubated by several of the participants at the 2009 UCHRI Residential Research Group on "Speculative Globalities" and the "Globalizing Risk" research project started in 2010 by Transcriptions and the ACGCC. (See abstract for the "Speculative Futures" Critical Issues in America proposal is as follows.)
Enda Duffy receives 2010 MSA Book Prize 11/16/2010
The Speed Handbook The Department of English is delighted to announce that Professor Enda Duffy has just been awarded the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize for 2010 for his monograph, The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism (Duke University Press, 2009). The award is for the best book in Modernist studies published in the previous year, and was jointly awarded in 2010 to Professor Duffy and to Eric Hoyot, for The Hypothetical Mandarin (Oxford University Press).

The award was announced at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, in November 2010. Please visit Duke University Press's page for Professor Duffy's book here or the book's Amazon page.

Congratulations, Enda!
New Department Publication: 'Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History' 8/16/2010
Charlie Chan BookReleased in bookstores this week is Professor Yunte Huang's new book Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History (W. W. Norton). The book has already garnered a number extensive reviews and interviews with Huang in the mainstream press, including:
Huang's book is being nominated for this year's National Book Award and next year's Pulitzer Prize. He will be on a book tour during the coming year, including a local stop for a book signing at Chaucer's Bookstore on Sept. 23rd.

For an excerpt from the book description, click here or on the image above.
English Department Newsletter 8/12/2010
Newsletter pages collageThe Spring 2010 English Department Newsletter has been released in digital form. Read about our new faculty, programs, graduate student accomplishments, and recent events (.pdf format) To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the newsletter, or if you have questions or comments, please write to: UCSB.English.news@gmail.com.

You can also view previous editions of the Newsletter here.
New Department Publication: 'Ballads and Broadsides in Britain' 8/4/2010
Ballads and Broadsides in Britain PublicationCongratulations to the members of our department and campus, current or recent, involved in the publication this week of "Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800", ed. Patricia Fumerton and Anita Guerrini, with the assistance of Kris McAbee (Ashgate, 2010). Five of the essays in the volume, which consists of 16 essays total, are by faculty and graduate students in the department's Early Modern Center and EBBA (English Broadside Ballad Archive project) community.

Click here for additional details on the book and the essays contributed by the department.
Interdisciplinary student media project seeks donations to produce short films 'powered by ideas' 6/15/2010
Two English Ph.D. students, Zach Horton (an independent filmmaker) and Lindsay Thomas (working in the area of digital humanities), have started the Collaborative Media Commons, which uses collaborative online technologies to allow student writers, scholars, artists, designers, video makers, actors, and others to produce short narrative films “powered by ideas.” The first episodes, which will be produced in Santa Barbara for worldwide showings online, will be about “cyberpunk”--a theme that many students are interested in and that combines ideas about tomorrow’s technology and society. Collaborative Media Commons Flowchart Making creative use of the new Google Wave technology, the group has enlisted the enthusiastic participation of many undergraduate and graduate students from several disciplines (as well as members of the public). Given a $500 matching pledge from UCSB's Humanities and Fine Arts Division, the Department is seeking $500 from alumni, the public, or companies (for a total of $1,000) to support this project and allow film production to proceed in the summer and fall of 2010. (The students are volunteering their own equipment, time, and work.) Donations may be made by going to the UCSB Giving Online to Humanities and Fine Arts site, where a gift can be designated for the English Department under the drop-down menu for “Specific Gift Area of Interest.” The “Comments” section can be used to indicate that a gift is for the Collaborative Media Commons. All gifts count toward the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara. (See the Collaborative Media Commons Prospectus.)
Congratulations to John Ridland on the Balint Balassi Award 5/1/2010
John RidlandCongratulations to English Professor Emeritus John Ridland, who was given the Balint Balassi Memorial Award (in the form of a ceremonial sword!) for his translation of the Hungarian folk epic "Janos Vitez" (John the Valiant).

Click here for the translated interview about the award, appearing in the The Independent (and written by Charles Donelan, brother of Jim Donelan and himself formerly of the UCSB Writing Program).

Shirley Lim receives MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award 9/23/2009
Shirley Lim Congratulations to English department faculty member Shirley Lim on one of the most significant awards a member of our faculty has ever achieved, the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Lim is an internationally recognized scholar who is currently Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lim has published widely in the areas of literary criticism, Asian American studies, poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent publications include Princess Shawl (Maya Press: Kuala Lumpur, 2008); Listening to the Singer: New and Selected Malaysian Poems (Maya Press: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2007); and Sister Swing, A Novel (Singapore/London: Marshall Cavendish, 2006). Dr. Lim’s wide-ranging and deeply influential contributions to scholarship and teaching have frequently been acknowledged with numerous grants, prizes, awards, and honors such as NEH and American Book Award.

For more information on the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award, see their website at http://webspace.ship.edu/kmlong/melus/.
ACGCC launches new Journal of Transnational American Studies 2/24/2009
Journal of Transnational American StudiesThe American Cultures & Global Contexts Center is delighted to announce the inaugural issue of its Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS), a new peer-reviewed online journal co-sponsored with Stanford University's Program in American Studies and now available free of charge at http://repositories.cdlib.org/acgcc/jtas/

New on The Agrippa Files 12/9/2008
  • Recovery of the code from an original 1992 diskette containing William Gibson’s self-encrypting, self-disappearing memory poem and an emulated “run” of its software. (Go to The Poem Running in Emulation)
  • Original footage from December 9, 1992, public debut of Agrippa at the Americas Society in New York City during the “Transmission” event. (Go to The “Hack”)
  • Essay by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, with Doug Reside and Alan Liu, “No Round Trip: Two New Primary Sources for Agrippa"
Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) appeared in 1992 as a collaboration between artist Dennis Ashbaugh, author William Gibson, and publisher Kevin Begos, Jr. The Agrippa Files (http://agrippa.english.ucsb.edu) is a scholarly site developed by members of the UCSB English and Comparative Literature departments that presents selected pages from the original art book; a unique archive of materials dating from the book’s creation and early reception; a simulation of what the book’s intended “fading images” might have looked like; a 1993 experimental video "remix" based on the bootleg video from an original 1992 Agrippa “transmission” event; a “virtual lightbox” for comparing and studying pages from the book; commentary by scholars; an annotated bibliography of scholarship, press coverage, interviews, and other material; detailed bibliographic descriptions of the book; and a discussion forum. (more)
English Department Expands Specializations Offerings 7/7/2008
PDF Flyers for Specializations American Cultures & Global Contexts (PDF document) Literature & Culture of Information (PDF document) Early Modern Studies (PDF document) Literature & Mind (PDF document) Literature & Mind (PDF document) Two new specializations for English majors -- Literature & Environment, and Literature & Mind -- join the existing specializations in American Cultures & Global Contexts, Early Modern Studies, and Literature & Culture of Information. Formed around clusters of advanced research in the department, the specializations give undergraduates a chance to work with faculty and graduate students pursuing a cutting-edge topic. . . . more

Online World of “Second Life” 9/24/2007

The UCSB Transcriptions Project is proud to announce its recent pedagogic and artistic foray into the online world of "Second Life," a popular 3-D virtual environment that first debuted for public use in 2003 and now supports over 30,000 concurrent users.

Funded by a 2007 Instructional Improvement Grant and developed under the direction of Profs. Rita Raley and Alan Liu, the project has successfully created its own experimental classroom space. This property is currently open for all registered Second Life users to explore and utilize for educational purposes. English department undergrads, grads, and faculty are invited to visit our virtual home at the following SLURL location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kerlingarfjoll/179/245/46.

Second Life

For more information, please visit the Transcription's Second Life Project blog.

Literature and the Environment Programs Launched 9/1/2007

L&E WebsiteThe English Department recently underscored its commitment to the study of literature and the environment (often referred to as "ecocriticism") by announcing a number of exciting new programs and courses. In fact, a total of fourteen L&E courses will be taught in 2007-08 from a range of over twice that many that will now be regularly offered. Undergraduates can both declare an Undergraduate Specialization in Literature and the Environment (USLE) for the first time, as well as have the option of completing it with honors. Graduate students now have the benefit of a L&E graduate colloquium, teaching opportunities, and other exciting new proposals. A number of L&E events will also be taking place throughout 2007-08. UCSB's commitment to environmental issues dates from 1969; after one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history off the coast of Santa Barbara, a group of twenty-one UCSB faculty members calling themselves the Friends of the Human Habitat helped create the modern environmental movement. This commitment to the environment continues today with our English Department, especially the twelve Professors that teach L&E courses.

Transliteracies Project Awarded UC Funding 10/8/2005
Transliteracies Web siteIn summer 2005, the Transliteracies Project for research in the technological, social, and cultural practices of online reading was granted status as a University of California Multi-Campus Research Group (MRG) for 2005-2010, with total funding of $175,000 from the UC system and another $175,000 in cost sharing from UC Santa Barbara. Headquartered in the UCSB English Department, the project is directed by UCSB Professor Alan Liu and includes scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and engineering from throughout the University of California system. Over five years, the group will study historical reading practices alongside contemporary digital technologies in order to define a framework, development plan, and speculative tools to improve online reading and, equally important, to understand what "improvement" might mean in a broad cultural and historical perspective. The project was launched at a June 2005 planning conference featuring well-known speakers from universities and industry. (fuller statement of Transliteracies topic) (Transliteracies Web site)
Early Modern Center Creates Online Ballad Archive 10/7/2005
A ballad image: Anne Wallens murdering her husbandThe Department's Early Modern Center (EMC) is well on its way to completing an online archive of Samuel Pepys's collection of English broadside ballads, the most important such collection of the seventeeth century. Created with permission from the Pepys Library at Magdelene College, Cambridge, as part of the EMC's ongoing English Ballad Archive, 1500-1800, The Pepys Ballad Archive currently makes available on the Web facsimiles of all 1,857 ballads that Pepys collected; extensive cataloguing of the ballads; introductory essays about ballad culture and the categories in which Pepys assembled his ballads; sample transcriptions, audios of musicians reconstructing the original songs, XML encodings of the works; and sophisticated search functions. In the future, the EMC plans to complete its "facsimile transcriptions" (allowing the reader to toggle back and forth between the difficult to read "black letter" font of the original ballads and roman-type transcriptions that preserve the works' original illustrations and ornaments) and expand its musical repertory to 1,000 available tunes. The goal of the ballad project is to open up new ways of understanding early modern popular culture, literature, art, and music.
Race and Pedagogy Project Launched 9/27/2005
Race & Pedagogy ProjectThe English Department recently announced the creation of a new web resource: the Race and Pedagogy Project (http://rpp.english.ucsb.edu/). A product of the department's Diversity Work Group and the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center, this resource provides teachers, students, researchers and the interested public with on-site research summaries and citations as well as bibliographies of research and teaching materials. The project has been inspired by lively, ongoing exchanges regarding anti-racist teaching strategies, exchanges that have evolved in a wide variety of disciplines and educational settings. The site attempts to convey the range of these engagements by highlighting representative examples of scholarship. The site developers envision this as a multi-year endeavor and they encourage suggestions and advice from site visitors, especially at this early stage. The site is carefully designed to lend many different voices to race and pedagogy dialogues. To this end, visitors are encouraged to add their comments by making use of the dialogue boxes positioned after each research summary and bibliography. The RPP development team includes four English graduate students, Susan Cook, David Roh, Benjamin Shockey and Katherine Voll, as well as Professor Carl Gutierrez-Jones. The project has been funded by UCSB’s Office of Research and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Legal & Regulatory Notices 1/1/2005
2008-2009: Notice of Application for Alien Employment Certification (Shewry)
2009-2010: Notice of Application for Alien Employment Certification (Griffin)
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