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GELS presents speakers, seeks 2005 fellows

The Global Ethnic Literatures Seminar (GELS) has announced its speaker list for fall and also is accepting applications for faculty and graduate student fellows for next fall.

This year's speakers in the series, presented by the Program in Comparative Literature at Michigan, are:

• 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Louisa Schein, Rutgers University, "Media Production and Neoliberal Subjecthood: Hmong Ethnic Entrepreneurs Go Global," Michigan Room, Michigan League

• 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Leslie Weisman, New Jersey Institute of Technology, "Re-Shaping the Built Environment: A Global Perspective on Development and Gender Equity," Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

• 4 p.m. Nov. 11, Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego, "The Work of Disability in an Age of Globalization," Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

• 4 p.m. Nov. 18, Pedro Pérez-Sarduy, Trinity College, "Afro-Cuba, Afro-Cubans, and Afro-Cubanía: How Black is Cuba Becoming?" Michigan Room, Michigan League

• 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Amie Macdonald, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and Susan Sánchez-Casal, Hamilton College, "Identity, Realist Pedagogy, and Racial Democracy in Higher Education, " Vandenberg Room, Michigan League

• 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Joseph Roach, Yale University, "World Bank Drama," Michigan Room, Michigan League.

The lectures are sponsored by LSA; the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; the Office of the Vice President for Research; the Rackham School of Graduate Studies; Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; Atlantic Studies Initiative; Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS); and the departments of Anthropology, and English Language and Literature.

For information, contact GELS at (734) 647-6251 or

The application for fellowships is open to tenure-stream faculty and graduate students in candidacy who are doing humanities, arts, cultural or humanities-oriented social science work on issues of ethnicity and globality. Applications are due by noon Jan. 10.

For more information about qualifications and the stipend, visit

The Program in Comparative Literature sponsors GELS. The seminar is made possible through the generosity of the LSA Dean's Office, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The 2004 fellows are:

Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, assistant professor of American culture and romance languages and literatures, who is writing a book about the contemporary representation and actual lived experience of transvestites, drag queens and kings, performance artists, and transgender people in the Hispanic Caribbean;

Ifeoma Nwankwo, assistant professor of CAAS and English language and literature, who is fascinated by the ways cultures bleed into each other. Her project is about traveling vernaculars in West Indian, Afro-Latin American and African-American poetry;

Sarita See, assistant professor of American culture and English language and literature, who is working on the Filipino American Renaissance, 1989-2003, as an after-effect of U. S. Colonialism;

Magdalena Zaborowska, assistant professor of American culture and CAAS, who is writing a book about James Baldwin and the erotics of space that looks at transnational ideas of Americanness, blackness and homosexuality.

The graduate student fellows are:

Laura Halperin, Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature, who works on the construction of madness in contemporary Latina literature, exposing the connections that link sexism, racism, and clinical and nonclinical diagnoses of insanity;

Michael Hathaway, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, who is researching the rise of the concept of "indigenous peoples" in southwestern China, especially in relation to connections between personhood and landscape;

Geoffrey Maturen, Ph.D. candidate in Classics, who is writing on the classical ideal of Greek identity by way of Lucian, the 2nd century CE Syrian author of "The Lover of Lies";

Kari Neely, Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern studies, who works on metaphorical homelands in cyberspace, with particular attention to the Armenian diaspora and the need to relocate traumatic memories;

Hiro Saito, Ph.D. candidate in sociology, who is studying imperial spectacles in Meiji, Japan as an expression of the desire to compete with the West;

Lingling Zhao, Ph.D. candidate in American culture, who is writing a dissertation about the contemporary construction of pan-indigenous identity, as figured in native literary and activist texts.

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