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Faculty Notes

Stephen Blackwell's (Russian) scholarship is featured in a chapter of the new book Nabokov, Perversely, by Eric Naiman (Cornell UP, 2010). The chapter is called "Blackwell's Paradox and Fyodor's Gift: A Kinder, Gentler Nabokov."

Harriet Wood Bowden (Spanish) had a paper published in Language Learning: "Optimizing explicit instruction: Matters of type and timing" (co-authored with Stafford and Sanz). In July 2011, she gave a presentation entitled "Second language acquisition: what do we know and how can I apply it?" to teachers of deaf students at the Strategic Interactive Writing Instruction workshops, held at Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) read a paper on contemporary Italian cinema at the Venice conference of the Canadian Association of Italian Studies, and she was invited as a panelist at the Cremona international workshop on "New Italian Political Cinema" organized by the University of Salford, UK. Her book Popular Italian Cinema came out in 2011, and she is currently preparing a book manuscript on the Western genre. She received a Professional Development Award in support of her research and, in October 2010, she was named Quest Scholar of the Week ( ). She has also been invited to serve as referee reader and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Italian Cinema Studies.

Luis Cano (Spanish) presented the paper "La ciencia ficción en la obra de Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Science Fiction in the novels of Rodrigo Rey Rosa)" at the 92nd Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), July 10‐13, in Guadalajara, México.

Nuria Cruz-Cámara (Spanish) received a Professional Development Award for the summer of 2011 in order to conduct research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid (Spain's National Library). Her research was part of her current project, a book manuscript on the New Woman in Spain during the first decades of the 20th century. She also served as a manuscript evaluator for Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs and as a tenure reviewer for Trinity University.

Sébastien Dubreil (French) presented a paper, "Think Global, Teach Local: Globalization, Transcultural CALL Research, and FL Pedagogical Praxis," at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Chicago. In Aprils 2011, he also delivered the keynote address at the Annual Conference of the Northeast Association of Language Learning and Technology (NEALLT) in Philadelphia, "Identities, Borders, Change: (Trans)cultural Learning in Mediated Learning Communities."

Dawn Duke (Spanish & Portuguese) became Chair of Africana Studies in Fall 2011. She continues to publish on Afro-Latin American Women's Writings, and she spent the summer 2011 in the Dominican Republic to do research for her book project on Gendering Race, Writing, and Activism. Her review is of Maria Cristina Fumagalli's book Caribbean Perspective on Modernity – Returning Medusa's Gaze was published in Caribbean Writer, Volume 25, 2011. Forthcoming are: "The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil" Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature; "An Overview of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Women's Narratives" Afro-Hispanic Review; and "Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana" Revista Iberoamericana.

Les Essif (French) published the preface ("Preface: Doing and Experiencing Theatre in the Culture of the Decidedly Free") and the lead article ("Rehearsing the Uncertainty of Theatrical Art and/in Foreign Language and Culture") for the book Dramatic Interactions; completed his manuscript on "Images of the U.S. on the French Stage," received a Professional Development Award to do summer research in France, and was invited to participate on a panel on the subject of innovations in contemporary theatre production at the Avignon Theatre Festival (France).

Millie Gimmel (Spanish) was invited in October 2010 to give a talk and direct a graduate seminar at the Ohio State University. In May 2011 she as a participant in the NACADA regional advising conference and in July she delivered a talk on literacy in colonial Mexico at the biennial conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publication in Washington, DC.

Michael Handelsman (Spanish) was named Faculty Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at UT in July 2011 ( ). He received a Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award and the TFLTA Jacqueline Elliott Award for outstanding service to the profession at the post-secondary level ( ). Handelsman was a panel member for "Panorámica actual de la cultura ecuatoriana" held in London, Paris, and Madrid in March 2011. His co-edited volume of essays, De Atahuallpa a Cuahtémoc: Los nacionalismos culturales de Benjamín Carrión and José Vasconcelos, will be published jointly by the Museo de la Ciudad de Quito and the University of Pittsburgh.

Gregory Kaplan (Spanish) presented a paper, "Poetic Expressions of Otherness and Humanness: Rodrigo de Reinosa's Sympathetic Attitude Toward African Slaves," in January at the annual Modern Language Association (MLA) conference. In September, he gave a UT Pregame Showcase presentation ("Christian Pilgrimages and Cave Churches in Medieval Spain") and presented a paper ("Using Medieval Church Architecture to Teach Texts Three Dimensionally") at the Medieval Academy's CARA conference held at UT. He also published an article ("El impacto del culto a San Millán en el nacimiento de la lengua española en Valderredible, Cantabria [España]") in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

Katherine Kong (French) was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2011. Her article "Writing Love in the Thirteenth Nouvelle: Marguerite de Navarre's Epistolary Fictions" appeared in Romance Quarterly. She delivered a paper on "Repeating Oneself in Christine de Pizan" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and she organized and chaired a session on "Renaissance Translations" at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. She was awarded a Chancellor's Grant for Faculty Research, and she was a core member of the Medieval Studies Research
Workshop. In November 2010, she was a UT Quest Scholar of the Week ( ).

Daniel H. Magilow (German) co-edited the volume Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low Brow Cinema and Culture (November 2011). This essay collection considers the persistence and perverse attractions of Nazi imagery in a variety of media, including film, video games, and comic books. In 2011 Dr. Magilow also published several book reviews and the article "Yizker Books and Photographic Form," about the use of photography in Holocaust memorial books. He gave talks at both regional and national conferences and has taught courses on interwar German culture, Holocaust representation, literary theory, and German children's literature.

Douja Mamelouk (Arabic, French and Francophone Studies) gave a talk on "Tunisia's Stumbling Toward Democracy: From Dictatorship to Constituent Assembly" at the George Washington University conference hosted by the Solidarity Committee to Protect the Iranian People's Will (SCPIPW), on September 17, 2011. The overarching conference-theme was "Towards a Democratic Middle East." She also presented a paper entitled "From Dictatorship to Constituent Assembly: What Comes After the October Elections in Tunisia" at a lecture series on the Arab uprisings at George Mason University in November 2011. In November, she was invited to a reception in Washington, DC, to celebrate the publication of the Oxford Dictionary for African Biographies, to which she contributed with an entry on Tunisia.

Mary McAlpin (French) was the recipient of a Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award in spring 2011. She organized a panel on classification in eighteenth-century thought for the January 2011 Modern Language Association Conference as part of her duties on the 18th-Century Divisional Panel. She also spoke at a roundtable in March 2011 organized by the U.T. chapter of the American Association of University Professors ("Jobs in Jeopardy?"). She continued to serve as undergraduate coordinator for French, as a member of the Faculty Senate, and as a member of the du Châtelet Prize Committee for the American Society for 18th-Century Studies.

Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) organized UT International Literary Colloquy at the International House in Fall 2011. She and Noah Soltau jointly created a new English-language translation of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck for the Clarence Brown Theatre (Fall 2011). She presented on "Displaying the Natural World in 18th Century Travel Writing" at NeMLA (April 2011), and at the same event she, Rosemary Feal (Executive Director of the MLA), and Cristina Santos (Brock U) were panelists of a roundtable discussion on the MLA's "Programs in Peril" Study. In 2010 and 2011, she organized sessions at TFLTA on German Film and on Transcultural Studies and presented at both conferences. She was also the lead organizer of UT's "do Deutsch" Campus Week (Oct. 2011) for which she received funding from the German Embassy, UT's Ready for the World Initiative ( ).

Natalia Pervukhin (Russian Studies) recent publications include a review of Russkaia sem'ia "Dans la tourmente déchaínée..." Pis'ma O.A. Tolstoy-Voeikovoi 1927-1930 gg. Publikatsiia V.P. Jober in the Russian Review, and an article on "Homeland Through a Looking Glass, Darkly: Recreation of Ukrainian Space in V.S.Pecherin's Memoirs," in Dvesti let Gogolia (200 of Nikolai Gogol) Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow.

Maria Stehle (German) published an article, based on her book manuscript, "The Sound of the Ghetto: Representations of German Spaces in Rap and Hip-Hop," an article about the legacies of the West German student movement, and an article on innovative pedagogical approaches. She is currently working on two new collaborative research projects, one on soccer and multiculturalism and one on Pop-Feminist performances in contemporary Germany. During Mini-Term 2011, Dr. Stehle took a group of thirteen UT students on a faculty-led study abroad trip to Berlin, Germany. Dr. Stehle also developed a new cross-listed MFLL/German lecture course on representations of witches (Fall 2011).

Yulan Washburn's (emeritus, Spanish and Portuguese) audio book, The Eloquence of God, has appeared as a 6 CD set from Audio Book, Daystar Productions, LLC, Knoxville. (865) 602-7777.

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