Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.

Fall 2017


Department of English Orientation, Fall 2017
See link below for dates, times, and locations.

Fall 2017 Orientation begins Friday, August 11th, and ends Friday, August 18th. For the locations and times of each orientation session, please see the English Department Orientation Schedule.


TA Workshop: Teaching Gulliver’s Travels
Thursday, 14 September, 4:00-5:00 pm in Smathers Library East, Judaica Suite (in Special Collections Grand Reading Room)


This teaching workshop will feature the following speakers:


Humanities PhDs at Work: Career Paths in Librarianship
Monday, 18 September, 4:00 pm in Smathers 100

The CLAS Taskforce on Humanities PhDs invites you to “Humanities PhDs at Work,” a series of fora and workshops designed to inform graduate students about careers in the humanities other than faculty positions. The series features speakers with PhDs in the humanities discussing their jobs, how and why they chose their careers, and how others might prepare for them. All events will be videoed and available for viewing. Please join us.

Featured speakers include:

Hélène, Megan, and Jessica are assistant librarians at the George A. Smathers Libraries. They will speak about their roles in the library and provide a brief overview of their work, followed with a discussion of their different career trajectories and the hurdles they encountered along the way.

This event is co-sponsored by the George A.Smathers Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Deaf Cinema: Closed Captioning, Audio Description, and the Reinvention of Silent Film
Monday, 18 September, 4:00 pm-7:20 pm in Dauer Hall 215


4:05 pm OPENING REMARKS, Dr. Mary Watt (Associate Dean, CLAS)

4:10 pm Jean-François Cornu, “‘Deafness’ in subtitled and Dubbed Versions”

Jean-François Cornu is a professional translator specialising in subtitling and the translation from English into French of books on cinema and art. A former Senior Lecturer at the University of Rennes-2, France, he is now an independent film researcher who focuses on the history and practice of film translation, and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. In 2014, he published the monograph Le doublage et le sous-titrage : histoire et esthétique (Dubbing and subtitling: history and aesthetics) (Presses universitaires de Rennes). With Carol O’Sullivan, he is currently co-editing The Translation of Films, 1900s–1940s, an edited volume laying the ground for the new field of film translation history (forthcoming 2018). He is a member of the Association des Traducteurs Adaptateurs de l’Audiovisuel (ATAA), the French association of audiovisual translators, and co-editor of its e-journal L’Écran traduit.

5:00 pm Michel Chion, “Intertitles or captions in some recent neo-silent films: Pastiche or Reinvention” (Skype talk)

Michel Chion teaches at several institutions in France and currently holds the post of Associate Professor at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. Chion is a composer of musique concrète, a filmmaker, an associate professor at the Université de Paris, and a prolific writer on film, sound, and music. His books include The Voice in Cinema edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999); Film, A Sound Art and Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. Film: A Sound Art. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011); Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994); Sound: An Acoulogical Treatise (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016); and Words on Screen, edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).

5:45 pm Peter Szendy, “Phrasing the Moving Image”

Peter Szendy is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense. Szendy is also a musicologist. His many books include Listen: a history of our ears, with a foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy, (Fordham University Press, 2008); Philosophy in the Jukebox, (Fordham University Press, 2011); and Phantom Limbs: On Musical Bodies (Fordham University Press, 2015).

6:50 pm-7:10 pm Round-Table: Jean-François Cornu, Peter Szendy, Dror Abend-David, Sylvie Blum, and Richard Burt.

This event is organized by Sylvie Blum (LLC/Film) and Richard Burt (English/Film) at the University of Florida. It is co-sponsored by a grant from the French Embassy for Centers for Excellence, the University of Florida Office of Research, the Department of English, and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

This event is free and open to all.


Hester Baer (University of Maryland, College Park)
Disorganizing Comedy: Genre, Normativity, and Neoliberalism in Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann
Wednesday, 20 September, 4:00 pm in Smathers 100

This talk by Hester Baer (University of Maryland) investigates the relationship between changing socioeconomic contexts and the emergence of new aesthetic forms in contemporary German cinema, focusing particularly on the critically acclaimed box-office hit Toni Erdmann (2016), written and directed by Maren Ade. Ade’s film is a landmark in the cinematic representation of neoliberalism. In its narrative, the film strives to depict the contemporary economy in all of its facets and employs a father-daughter generational narrative to track the transformations of ordinary life in the present. More significantly, Ade’s film intervenes into film form and especially the comedy genre, employing sight gags in new ways in order to reveal the clashing realities of its characters and the incommensurabilities of life in global capitalism. Toni Erdmann disorganizes the conventions of comedy and disrupts the affective expectations that attach to the genre, reflecting on a formal level the insecurity of the present that forms the matrix of the narrative. In considering how genre and aesthetic form help make aspects of the neoliberal present visible, the talk attends particularly to Toni Erdmann’s sustained focus on the way economic transactions shape and are shaped by normative conceptions of nation, ethnicity, race, class, gender, and sexuality today. Funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Fund. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at


Collaborating Across the Divide: Digital Humanities and the Caribbean
See link below for dates, times, and locations.

This symposium brings together scholars and artists from the Caribbean and the United States to discuss how to collaborate through digital humanities in ways that decolonize knowledge and empower Caribbean subjects, rather than reaffirm colonial histories of archiving and education. The project will center on the Digital Library of the Caribbean an international partnership. The objective of the symposium is to produce an action plan for making dLOC a hub for pedagogical, scholarly, and artistic collaboration.

More information about this symposium is available here.


TA Workshop: Spotlight on ENG 2300 (Film Analysis)
Monday, 9 Oct., 4:00 pm–5:00 pm in Pugh 160


Featured Speakers:


Search Committee Meeting: Film Production
Tuesday, 10 October, 12:00–1:00 pm in 200 Walker Hall


The Past & Future of the Anthropocene
Monday, 23 Oct., 6:00 pm and Tuesday, 24 Oct., 6:00 pm in Smathers Library 100

Imagining Climate Change: Science and Humanities in Dialogue presents two guest lectures:

“The Anthropocene: Rethinking Environment & Society, Disciplines & Time”
Helmuth Trischler
Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany
Deutsches Museum, Munich

“Science & the Evolution of Planetary Politics: A Political Epistemology for the Anthropocene”
Franz Mauelshagen
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany

The event is sponsored by the UF Center for European Studies with the assistance of a Getting to Know Europe grant funded by the European Union Delegation to the United States of America. Additional support comes from the Department of English and the George A. Smathers Libraries. All ICC events are free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

For additional details about this event, visit


Kathy Williams Retirement Party
Friday, 27 Oct., 5:30 pm–7:30 pm in Herbert Library and the Main English Office

In celebration of Kathy, her service, her retirement, and her friendship, the Department will host a retirement party.

Thank you for everything, Kathy! We will all miss you very much!


Humanities PhDs at Work: Museums
Friday, 27 October 4:00 pm in Dauer 219

The CLAS Taskforce on Humanities PhDs invites you to “Humanities PhDs at Work,” a series of fora and workshops designed to inform graduate students about careers in the humanities other than faculty positions. The series features speakers with PhDs in the humanities discussing their jobs, how and why they chose their careers, and how others might prepare for them. All events will be videoed and available for viewing. Please join us.

Featured presentations include:

This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of History.


Third House Books Presents: Emma Smith-Stevens & Rachel Khong
Friday, 27 Oct., 4:00 pm–5:00 pm at Third House Books & Coffee

MFA@FLA alums Emma Smith-Stevens and Rachel Khong return to Gainesville! They will be reading from their debut novels, The Australian and Goodbye, Vitamin.

For details, click here.


2017 Florida Writers Festival
Friday & Saturday, 3–4 November in Uslter Hall Atrium (click here for details)

The Florida Writers Festival will feature Lawrence Joseph, Rachel Cusk, and Paul Muldoon. Lydia Davis will be unable to attend, and David Leavitt will be giving a reading in her place. The authors will read from their works and hold informal talks. All events will take place in the Ustler Hall Atrium on the University of Florida campus. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival, which is in its 68th year, is presented by the 2018 class of MFA@FLA, the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, University of Florida, and sponsored by The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, the French Department, and the France Florida Research Institute. It is made possible by generous donations from Terry and Dorothy Smiljanich and the Office of the Provost of the University of Florida.

For further information please contact Ben Corbett (

For general MFA@FLA program information see

For the latest in festival news visit


Ecologies and Institutions: Rebuilding a Shape-shifting Caribbean with Digital Humanities
Friday, 17 November, 11:30 am–1:00 pm in CISE Bldg E251

Dr. Schuyler Espirit
Create Caribbean Research Institute

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Marie, what do we gain or lose by continuing to frame higher education as a primary conduit for preserving Caribbean heritage and Caribbean sustainability? What new forms of academic collaboration can create or improve community accountability to the Caribbean people, whom this work should serve? How do we reshape the spaces for teaching and learning within and across Caribbean communities to facilitate academic and intellectual exploration as well as community and social justice?

The presentation will use the short history of Create Caribbean Research Institute’s mission and platform to illustrate the inherent paradoxes in developing Caribbean institutions. I focus on the ways that renaming and redefining digital humanities has been critical to establishing of a digital humanities center in the Caribbean. The term “institution” is loaded in the context of the region’s history but also, more directly, in the emergence of digital humanities as a field of study and work. In many ways, how we perceive the institutions to which we belong or the ones with which we want to collaborate.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested, in order to insure enough food (click here).

Spring 2018


Search Committee Meeting
Assistant Professor in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production
Tuesday, January 9 from 3:00-4:15pm in TUR 4219


TA Workshop: Teaching Macbeth and Performance
Wednesday, January 31 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Pugh 150


Kayley Thomas, PhD candidate
Kelly Beck, PhD candidate
Sid Homan, Professor & Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Jan.–Feb. 2018

Search Committee Meetings, Assistant Professor of British Literature, 1830-1900

Search Committee Meetings, Assistant Professor in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production


Marxism & (Bio)Politics: The 20th Annual Conference of the Marxist Reading Group
Thursday, 22 March through Saturday, 24 March

Keynote Speakers:
Christopher Breu
Tru Leverette
Alexander Weheliye

In the midst of a new materialist turn in theory, from Object Oriented Ontology and ecocriticism to Afropessimism, the MRG sees biopolitics as an opportunity to reconnect materialism to politics. Biopolitics enables us to link the corporeal, the biological, and the artificial through materialist thought. Thinkers from Sylvia Wynter to Alexander Weheliye have used biopolitical theory to expand the category of the human, which has traditionally been understood as the white, propertied male subject. This conference seeks to investigate how these new articulations of the human, and the biopolitical turn more generally, can be used to reinvigorate Marxian praxis.