Erik Bolt (Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State) is a second-year graduate student focusing on Late Antiquity, the transition period from the Roman Empire to the early medieval era. Although his primary research involves a Roman astrologer, a Byzantine geographer, and the environmental impact of two major late-fourth and mid-fifth century battles, in his spare time he is an independent filmmaker and wrote his undergraduate thesis on adapting the Iliad to film. His paper here, a refined version of that thesis, analyzes the ways in which the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (2003–2007) and his own film Meynin (2010) use the conventions and style of ancient oral epic poetry to faithfully translate the spirit of Homer’s warfare and adventure to the modern screen.
Nate Campbell is an MA student at the New School for Social Research in the Liberal Studies program. He is interested in the intersection between Evangelical Christianity and politics, and culture that explores that relationship.
Carolyn Dekker is a 2005 graduate of Williams College and a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Michigan. She is at work on a dissertation on atomic bomb literature and has taught a course on fictions of war.
Zoë Eckman is a Master’s student at New York University, specializing in eighteenth-century novels, women writers, gender, and sex. Her work centers around the threat posed to the female body by social, marital, and sexual pressures during the “long” eighteenth century. Zoë’s personal interest in female-centered Second World War films began at a young age, after a tear-filled viewing of “Mrs. Miniver.”
Dominique Ficalora is currently a graduate student of Literature & Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dominique’s concentration is in avant-garde criticism and history. She is also interested in urban street art and postmodern American literature. Dominique teaches at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
Katherine Fisher is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Michigan, where she specializes in twentieth-century British literature with a particular focus on modernism and war. Her dissertation examines the representation of space and memory in novels about the London Blitz, although she often writes and presents about similar issues in the literature of World War I. Katherine is currently teaching a writing class broadly focused on depictions of war and violence in film, literature, and journalism.
Brooke Ford is doing her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, with a focus on digital community, interarts relations and literature. She has published in the Globe and Mail, The National Post and is an editor with Broken Pencil magazine. Her fiction has appeared in various Canadian magazines, and her first novel, The Summer Idyll, was published earlier this year.
Joseph George is a PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, working on a dissertation about American fiction set in postwar suburbia. His work has appeared in Techne Rhetorike, Diesis, and in The Comparatist.
Maryam Monalisa Gharavi is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature and Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation is a comparative study of urban banditry and transgressive violence in the cinema of Brazil, France, and Morocco. Corporeal disagreement and surveillance form the foundation of her postdoctoral concerns. She blogs at South/South.
M.-Niclas Heckner is in his third year of a dual doctoral program in German Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He holds an M.A. from the University of Freiburg, Germany in English and American Studies and German Linguistics. His thesis focused on questions of Gender and Sexuality in Slasher Horror movies. Presently, his interests lie in paradigms of historicity and masculinity in New Media, as well as Weimar Germany and Nazi film culture.
Jeff Hinkelman is a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. His dissertation involves films dealing with the First World War made between the Armistice and the active enforcement of the Production Code. He has taught courses on general film history (by dahl at dress head), East Asian film, and film and race, and is especially interested in early cinema, Asian cinema and pre-1950 studio filmmaking around the world.
Linnéa J. Hussein was born and raised in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany. She received her BA (honours) in film and American studies from the University of East Anglia in 2009. In 2011 she received her MA in film studies from Columbia University. She currently works as a research assistant on Columbia’s Women Film Pioneers project and interns for Just Vision. In the fall, she will start working as a teaching assistant at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY. Her research interests include post-colonial theory regarding the Middle East, documentary, freaks, and geographical spaces on film.
Daniel Irving received his MA from Binghamton University this past May, and his thesis, “Traumatogenic Narratives and Ontological Reproduction: Re/Viewing the Southern Civil War Novel,” deals with issues of ontological inheritance and war trauma in the novels of William Faulkner and Thomas Dixon. His recent work focuses on postbellum Southern and Southwestern intergenerational narratives, as well as issues of inheritance, border life, and traumatic experience in ontological construction.
Brian Keilen is currently a second-year Master’s degree student in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. His primary research interests are cultural representations in video games and comparative media studies. He is currently preparing a thesis on the theme of invasion in shooter video games as a reflection of cultural concerns.
Cameron Kelsall is an M.A. candidate in Creative Writing: Poetry at Ohio University. He holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Marymount Manhattan College, where he was the editor-in-chief of the college’s literary magazine, The Marymount Manhattan Review. Cameron’s poetry and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Foothill: A Journal of Poetry, Octave Magazine, Drunken Boat, On the Issues Magazine, and The Asbury Park Press. A native of New York, he lives in Athens, Ohio, and teaches introductory and intermediate writing classes at Ohio University.
Nicholas Maradin is a PhD student in the Communication Department at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include: Rhetoric, Visual Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Science, Media and Cultural Studies, Technology Studies and History of Technology. Other areas of interest include: Art, Pop Culture Studies, Mechanical Design, Military Weapons, Robots and Science fiction. This paper brings together his interests in Rhetoric, Art and Technology, in exploration of the following question: “What does (visual) science fiction mean for a rhetoric of science?”
Fiammetta Martegani was born in Milan, Italy, in 1981. After her Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences (2003), which she concluded with a thesis on the representation of the Balkan War in the Cinema of Emir Kusturica, and a Post Graduate Degree in Anthropology (2006), which she concluded with a thesis on the representation of the Armenian Genocide in Armenian Cinema, she decided to continue her studies with a Ph.D. in Contemporary Anthropology (University of Milan-Bicocca in co-tutorship with the Tel Aviv University), which she will conclude in 2011 with a thesis on the representation of Israeli Defense Forces in Israeli Cinema. Her Fields of Research are very transdisciplinary, ranging from Postcolonial to Cultural studies, from Media to GLBTQ studies.
Felipe Martínez-Pinzón is a PhD candidate at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. His research focuses on representations of tropical geography in 19th, 20th and 21st Century Latin America. His PhD research analyzes the spatial image of Colombia in 19th and 20th century elite and subaltern literary and visual texts.
Inga Meier is a fifth-year PhD student, specializing in theatre of violence and trauma – currently focusing on the narrativization of 9/11 – while also working on a film studies certificate. She has presented papers at conferences throughout the United States and in England, including at Film and History, MMLA, SETC and the Shaw Society. She holds a BA with a double major in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Rutgers College, and an MFA in Dramaturgy with a certificate in Cultural Studies from SUNY: Stony Brook.
Jon Moore is a History PhD student at Tulane University. His research interests in European Imperialism center on understanding the differences in European thought among various actors. His thesis explores the differences between paternalism and economic development in Kenya during the early 20th century. He has done masters work at San Diego State in Liberal Arts with a thesis exploring the representations of gender in the James Bond films. His B.A. is in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.
Adam Parsons is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Syracuse University. Drawing on interests in evangelical Protestantism, radical politics, the body, and social and cultural criticism, his dissertation explores the way in which radical community politics and apocalyptic modes of self-fashioning shaped the development of evangelicalism in the late twentieth century.
Sonya Pinero has a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently an English MA student at New York University. “Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Conflict” is her first conference.
Katy Ralko received her MA from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies in 2011 and her BA from the Screen Arts and Cultures program at University of Michigan in 2009, where she has returned and is a first year PhD student. Although her focus in study is as of yet undecided, her prior work has focused on the links between the city, architecture and changing technology of war, focusing on documentary work produced in and about Iraq between the years of 2005 and 2010. Recent interests include soldier-produced media, news coverage and fiction films from the area.
Shaun F. Richards is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in American Studies at The College of William and Mary. He holds an MA in English from the University of Rochester and a BA in English from SUNY at Buffalo. His dissertation looks at representations of whiteness, masculinity, and science in American literature from the pre-revolutionary period to the first decades of the twentieth-century. He has taught a course of his own design on gender politics in detective, spy, and serial killer fiction and is currently a teaching assistant for a course on cinema and modernization in the US. (He is also a 15th Level Prestige in the latest iteration of the Call of Duty franchise.)
Lauren A. Ross‘ research engages ritual, mourning and performative art practices by utilizing sculptural objects and performance to explore repetitive actions. Her work charts how these actions constitute domestic (dys)function or, alternately, transformative ritual. Lauren holds a Masters Degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago and earned her B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College.
John Trafton received a B.A. in Film Studies from Chapman University in California, his academic work focusing strongly on screenwriting, film history, and genre studies. While at Chapman, he also held various production and post-production positions within the film industry. At the University of Edinburgh, he received a MSc. in Comparative and General Literature. For his dissertation, he looked at post-9/11 literature and cinema that focused on issues of disaster and global conflict and the increasing use of narrative empathy in addressing these issues. This project helped pave the way for what was to become his current project as a PhD student at St. Andrews: a study of the evolving visual codes of the war film and their relation to the post-9/11 American cultural landscape.