Professor Zrinka Stahuljak elected New Director of the CMRS

Published: May 17, 2019

We would like to congratulate Professor Zrinka Stahuljak for being elected to serve as the new director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS)! Professor Stahuljak will serve as the director for the next three-year term, effective July 1, 2019. Zrinka Stahuljak is Professor of French and Comparative Literature and has taught…

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Professor Michael Rothberg Speaks Up in Defense of Stanford University Press

Published: May 7, 2019

Professor Michael Rothberg speaks up in defense of Stanford University Press (SUP) and all scholarly publishing. In response to Stanford University’s Provost’s threat to cease funding to SUP, Professor Rothberg quickly took action to decry this administrative decision and defend the renowned press. In a letter addressed to Stanford’s President and Provost, Rothberg voices his…

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Professor Shu-mei Shih elected to board of ACLA

Published: April 2, 2019

Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies, has been elected second vice-president of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Founded in 1960, the ACLA represents the field of comparative literature and is a crucial meeting place for academics and students around the world, with a membership of around…

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Professor Zrinka Stahuljak visits Warwick University as International Fellow

Published: February 25, 2019

Professor Zrinka Stahuljak was awarded a position at Warwick University as an International Visiting Fellow. While at Warwick University, Professor Stahuljak will assess current and develop new approaches to Translation and Interpreting Studies. She will focus on translation in situations of conflict (whether or not armed) and the lived experience of fixers (military and journalistic…

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Professor Michael Rothberg gives Keynote at Conference in South Africa

Published: December 13, 2018

Last week Professor Michael Rothberg served as one of the keynote speakers at a conference in South Africa. The conference, entitled “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation,” brought together scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on complex questions of historical wounding and its haunting legacies. To learn more about the conference, visit its website, here. Michael Rothberg is…

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Department Opens 50th Anniversary Year with Fall Welcome Reception

Published: October 25, 2018

Colleagues and friends of the Comparative Literature Department gathered together last week at the Fall Welcome Reception to kick-off a year of celebrating the department’s 50th Anniversary. The event, organized by the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association, consisted of leisurely mingling, lively conversation, and – the climax of our event – a discussion panel with…

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GRM Winners: Stefanie Matabang, Shane Black, and Catherine Illingworth

Published: May 2, 2018

Three graduate students in Comparative Literature have just been awarded prestigious Graduate Student Mentorships for the 2018-2019 school year at UCLA. Clockwise, from top left, they are: Catherine Illingworth, Shane Black, and Stefanie Matabang. The Graduate Research Mentorship (GRM) Program is designed to assist students in acquiring and developing advanced research skills under faculty mentorship….

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STAR Awards: Helga Zambrano and Rebecca Lippman

Published: May 2, 2018

     Two of our graduate students, Helga Zambrano and Rebecca Lippman, were celebrated last week as members of the STAR award-winning staff for the UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center. Over the past two years, the SRC’s team of seven counselors has successfully helped thousands of UCLA students to reduce student debt––with over $500,000 worth of…

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Collège de France Visiting Appointment for Professor Zrinka Stahuljak

Published: May 1, 2018

Comparative Literature’s Professor Zrinka Stahuljak has just been offered a Visiting Appointment at the Collège de France. Under the heading of “Les fixeurs au Moyen Âge,” the public events have been showcased as follows. More details will follow in the very near future. Zrinka Stahuljak Professeure de littérature médiévale en littérature comparée et française, Université de Californie…

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From Dante to the New Space Race

Published: April 20, 2018

Catherine Illingworth, a doctoral student in UCLA’s Comparative Literature Department, recently gave a bold presentation to the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Herself a scholar of Dante, Ms. Illingworth drew striking connections between “the sublime, the intellectual history of mapping the heavens, and today’s industrial space race.” Put differently, a direct line was drawn between…

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