WRITER: MICHELLE MONCRIEFFE
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 27, 2002
10 international American studies scholars to visit UI this spring
Distinguished scholars from around the world will visit the University of
Iowa this spring through the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS).
During their visits, which range from one week to two months, the 10 scholars
will conduct research, participate in the Ford Foundation's Crossing Borders
Convocation March 7-9, and give lectures on their areas of study.
The first scholar, Sonia Torres, arrived earlier this month and will speak
on Friday, March 1 about "Remembering the Alamo, Dismembering the Cowboy."
Her presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room 704, Jefferson Building.
Torres is associate professor at the Institute of Letters, Universidade Federal
Fluminense, where she teaches English language literatures and Hispanic literatures.
She is also former president of the Brazilian Association of American Studies
and is currently vice president of the International American Studies Association.
While on campus as an IFUSS Fellow through March 21, Torres is teaching
a six-week course entitled "America: Crossed Gazes, Close Encounters."
This course focuses on different national identity discourses as they are
defined through representations of space, such as the domestic sphere, "contact
zones," metropolitan spaces, and the open road. Her March 1 lecture is
co-sponsored by IFUSS and the American studies department.
Other IFUSS fellows include:
-- Kousar Azam, professor of political science at Osmania University, Hyderabad,
India. Her teaching and research interests include international relations,
defense and strategic studies, and American studies. From 1995-2000, she served
as Senior Academic Fellow at the Indo-American Center for International Studies.
Azam was an IFUSS Fellow in 1999 and is returning to Iowa March 3-12 to participate
in the Crossing Borders Convocation.
-- Sabine Broeck, professor of English and American studies and vice president
for international relations at the University of Bremen. She will visit the
UI March 26-April 13 to discuss possibilities for establishing transnational
collaborative research projects with IFUSS.
-- Nila Das, a reader of English at the University of Kalyani in India.
Her areas of study specialization include Indian literature in English and
20th century women's literature. Das came to the UI in spring 2000 under a
Crossing Borders research residency and returns March 3-11 to participate
in the Crossing Borders Convocation.
-- Eva Federmayer, professor of American Studies at Eotvos Lorand University
in Budapest, Hungary. A Keller Foundation grant recipient and IFUSS affiliate
scholar, she will conduct research on her specialty area of African American
literature and culture while in Iowa April 3-July 11.
During her visit to the UI, Federmayer will present a lecture titled "A
'New Negro Woman': Race, Gender, and Class in Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun (1929),"
Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in Room 704, Jefferson Building. This event is
sponsored by IFUSS and the African-American world studies department.
-- Lesley Marx, a professor of English at the University of Cape Town, South
Africa. Her research and teaching interests include American and South African
culture, with a particular focus in literature, film, and history. Marx is
coming to the UI March 4-16 to participate in the Crossing Borders Convocation.
-- Makarand Paranjape, professor of English in the Centre for Linguistics
and English, School of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies at Jawaharlal
Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Paranjape will be in Iowa for a month
starting April 15. During this time, he will conduct research on American
literature and give a public lecture entitled "Re-Presenting India: Indian
English and its Con/texts." The event will be Thursday, April 25 from
4 to 5:30 p.m., 315 Phillips Hall, and is co-sponsored by IFUSS and the South
Asian Studies Program (SASP).
-- Lilea Rilea, dean of languages at Moldova State University. As a Fulbright
grant recipient and IFUSS affiliate scholar, Rilea is on campus through April.
During her fellowship, she is developing an American studies curriculum for
a new M.A. program in American Studies at Moldova State University.
-- Christopher Saunders teaches in the history department at the University
of Cape Town. He first visited the UI in the spring of 2000 with the Crossing
Borders "Reciprocal American Studies" program and will return March
21 for two weeks. Saunders' current research involves comparative racial politics
of the United States and South Africa. He plans to conduct a seminar on this
topic during his return to the university.
-- R.S. Sharma, professor emeritus, department of English, and dean faculty
of arts, from Osmania University. One of the pioneers of American studies
in India, he has contributed to American studies curriculum development in
Indian universities. He is returning to the UI March 3-12 to participate in
the Crossing Borders Convocation.
IFUSS is funded by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, with support
from The Ford Foundation and The University of Iowa. The program was founded
by Virginia Dominguez, a UI professor of anthropology, and Jane Desmond, a
UI professor of American studies. The forum works to internationalize the
practice of "American Studies" in the U.S. by placing foreign and
domestic scholars in dialogue, and to yield a more complex understanding of
U.S. culture by bringing scholars from all parts of the globe together for
shared research residences and conferences.
For more information on any these scholars, IFUSS or for special accommodations
to attend any of the lectures, call (319) 335-2476, or send e-mail to email@example.com.