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Victor is currently working on a book project titled, The DJ is Precedent: Hip Hop, Community Building, and Technical Communication, that merges discussions on technical communication and community-based modes of knowledge production through research on Hip Hop Practitioners and culture. This book showcases how DJs and their practices can inform contemporary conversations about the connections between culture, technology, and community in and beyond the field of technical communication. Recently, he presented on this work at the 2019 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference (ATTW) for a talk titled, “The Hip Hop Practitioner: Community-Building as a Model for Communication Design and Accountability,” as well as recently published the article “DJs, Playlists, and Community: Imagining Communication Design through Hip Hop,” in Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ). Dr. Del Hierro also recently presented his work on the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso Borderlands title “Urban Space: Histories of Migration and Invisible Borders” at the Gloria Anzaldua: Translating Borders international colloquium in Paris, France.

Victor frequently attends the ATTW conference, Computers and Writing Conference, and the National Council for Teacher of English convention. In October of 2020, Victor will help host the Sound Studies, Rhetoric, and Writing Conference in Detroit. He offers courses in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication that relates to topics in Hip Hop, Digital Media, Chicanx studies, Sound Studies, and Cultural Rhetorics.

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Professor & Distinguished Teaching Scholar

My current project explores new pedagogies for modernist studies, drawing on my UF courses and cross-campus collaborations. The materials it engages include literature, film, archives, and artworks. With my frequent collaborator Mary Ann Eaverly (UF Classics), I’ve published a new essay on museum pedagogy in the anthology The Classics in Modernist Translation. My other recent essays include “Gentry Modernism,” which examines an upscale men’s fashion magazine alongside cultural connoisseurship in midcentury America. I also do crossover writing, including a piece on Tupperware culture for The Conversation, “From Slag to Swag.” You can find my blog here.

I am active in the Modernist Studies Association, and have contributed to its affiliate journal Modernism/modernity. I also serve on the editorial board of Contemporary Women’s Writing. On the UF campus, I work with the interdisciplinary project Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS), and collaborate frequently with the Harn Museum of Art. I have co-led the recent workshops “Team Teaching from Classroom to Gallery” and “Teaching with Archives: A 360⁰ Event.” I enjoy teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, which include Desperate Domesticity: The American 1950s, Modern British Poetry, and PostPunk Cultures: The British 1980s. I received a UF Doctoral Mentoring Award in 2018.

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Sid Dobrin

Positioned within writing studies, Dobrin’s research focuses on three distinct but overlapping subjects: the ecological properties of writing; ecocriticism and ecocomposition, including questions of oceanic criticism; and the relationship between writing and emerging technologies, including questions of contemporary digital and visual/screen culture. Dobrin is also Director of the Trace Innovation Initiative, a research hub that studies emerging writing technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, comic forms as scholarship, writing ecology, and other cool stuff. Dobrin has been named a Digital Thought Leader by Adobe, and he serves as Chair of the American Sportfishing Association’s Advocacy Committee.

Dobrin’s  latest monograph Fishing, Gone?: Saving the Ocean through Sportfishing, a book about the future of the world’s oceans, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2019. He is currently completing a book and media project called  Blue Ecocriticism, which is scheduled to be published by Routledge. He has also recently completed the co-edited (with Sean Morey) collection Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, also to be published  by Routledge, and he is wrapping up his edited collection EcoComix, which is scheduled to be published by McFarland Books. His other recent publications include the edited collection Digital Environments (Routledge, 2017), the co-edited collection (with Kyle Jensen) Abducting Writing Studies (Southern Illinois UP, 2016), and the edited collection Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing (Parlor, 2015).

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Margaret Galvan is at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. In addition to the book, she will develop an affiliated digital project on the Manifold Scholarship online platform.

Her grant-funded archival research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, advertisements, and other image-text media produced by women. Her published work can be found in journals like Australian Feminist Studies, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Archive Journal. She serves on the MLA Forum Executive Committee for Comics & Graphic Narratives, and she is affiliate faculty of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that examine feminisms, queer theory, etc. through comics and other visual media. In these courses, students create public digital scholarship through multimodal research projects.

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I work on the literature and culture of the eighteenth century, with emphasis on Great Britain and a secondary focus on France. My interests are the rise and theory of the novel, the intersection between philosophy and literature, and the intellectual history of the Enlightenment. My first book, Empiricism and the Early Theory of the Novel (Palgrave, 2016), considers how eighteenth-century British novelists, from Henry Fielding to Jane Austen, defended the novel as a source of knowledge. Their theories of the novel, I argue, constituted responses to an empiricist suspicion of fiction that became culturally dominant in the late seventeenth century; and they anticipate, in content and purpose, modern arguments that vindicate the humanities against scientistic skepticism. For a sample review click here.

My new book project, provisionally entitled The Enlightenment Crisis of Values, is the first full-length study of Enlightenment relativism. The book begins by showing that a wide range of authors in both Britain and France came to associate the philosophical tendencies of the eighteenth century with a possible collapse of traditional normative boundaries — between right and wrong, true and false, beautiful and ugly, men and women, and Europeans and “barbarians”; and I proceed to suggest that the vast majority of these authors tried to counter this tendency, trying to keep relativism at bay by “upgrading” the old distinctions on new philosophical grounds. In the process, they not only salvaged values that we remain invested in (such as ethical distinctions and the notion of basic human entitlements) but also revitalized old prejudices we are still struggling to overcome. This is a long-term project that shall keep me busy for a few more years, as it has sent me after a wide variety of genres — essays, philosophical treatises, personal letters, legal documents, poetry, prose fiction, and history; the book’s goal is to recover the centrality of relativism as an eighteenth-century cultural phenomenon and in the process develop a picture of the Enlightenment’s afterlife that acknowledges both its positive and its regrettable legacies. If you are interested in these issues, or you wrote something I should know about, please get in touch!

Born and raised in Brazil, I hold an M.A. in English Literary Studies from the University of São Paulo (2006) and a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University (2015). (My surname, should you decide to use it, is pronounced My-OH-ly, but I am very comfortable with first names. Plain “Roger” is always welcome.) I have articles and book reviews either published or forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century FictionSEL– Studies in English Literature 1500–1900The ShandeanThe Scriblerian, and Digital Defoe. In addition, I have an extensive output as an English–Portuguese translator, having prepared among many others the first Brazilian edition of Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including secularism, the rise of the British novel, literature and ethics, the Enlightenment, the philosophical tale, and the self in literature. Other than Jane Austen and the eighteenth-century usual suspects, I am a fan of Elizabeth Gaskell, Machado de Assis, William Somerset Maugham, Jorge Luis Borges, and Donald Duck.

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