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E-Poetry Master Class with Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media & Director of The Trope Tank, MIT
4:30–6:30 PM, Marston Library Conference & Visualization Room L-136

Celebrated electronic poet, interactive fiction author and theorist, and computing platform historian Nick Montfort will lead a virtual e-poetry master class for Terry Harpold and Alin Dobra’s jointly-taught “Data Mining & Digital Poetics” graduate seminar. Speaking remotely from the Interrupt 3 digital arts symposium at Brown University, Professor Montfort will discuss the technical and creative arc of his electronic and print poetry and critical writings, and the emergence of new poetic forms by way of small- and large-scale computational practices.

The master class, held in the new Marston Library Visualization Room, is open to all UF students and faculty. Seating will be limited; please arrive early. For more information on the master class, including a list of recommended advance readings, contact Terry Harpold. This event is jointly sponsored by the Departments of English and Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. 


“After the Curtain: Post-1989 Fantastic in Poland”
Paweł Frelik (Marie Curie Skłodowska University, Poland)
7:30–9 PM, Pugh Hall 120

A scholar of print and film science fiction, videogames, and postmodern and experimental fiction, Professor Frelik is the co-editor of American Portraits and Self-Portraits (2002), Playing the Universe: Games and Gaming in Science Fiction (2007), and (Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fiction and Illusions (2011). He has published widely on postmodern fiction, science fiction, retrofuturism, cyberpunk, and digital cinema and new media.

On March 17, Professor Frelik will also lead a lunchtime seminar on “What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Science Fiction: Genre Systems and Definitions in Central and Eastern Europe.” The seminar will take place in the Marston Science Library Visualization Room (L-136), from noon to 1:30 PM. A light lunch (sandwiches, soda and coffee) will be served. Vegetarian options will be available.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information see the Science Fiction Working Group WWW site. For access to recommended advance readings and film clips, contact Terry Harpold.

Professor Frelik’s visit to UF is co-sponsored by the UF Center for European Studies, the Department of English, and the Science Fiction Working Group.


17th annual conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Enthusiasm for Revolution. Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28th. Keynote Speakers are Jodi Dean and Eric Cazdyn. Additional information available soon at this page


MarketWise Forum: Careers for Humanities PhDs in University Libraries and University Presses
3:00 pm, Thursday, 2 April, 2015 in room 212 Library West (the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio)


Brian Keith, Associate Dean for Administration & Faculty Affairs, George A. Smathers Libraries

Dennis Lloyd, Deputy Director for Sales, Marketing, and Acquisitions, University Press of Florida and Director Designate of the University of Wisconsin Press

Open to the public

Sponsored by the English Department, the School of Music, George A. Smathers Libraries, and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere


“Queer cinema and the Spaces of Europe”
Karl Schoonover (University of Warwick) and Rosalind Galt (King’s College London)
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:00–7:00pm, Smathers Library East 100

Queer cinema creates worlds. It intervenes in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will explore how contemporary queer films are imagining Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. It will analyze border-crossing films (e.g. Dvojina, Unveiled, Edge of Heaven), considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. In interrogating queer European cinema, it will consider both art films (She Male Snails, Wedding Song) and popular genres, such as the lesbian romcom (Stud Life, I Can't Think Straight) and the gay road movie (Parade, Adventures of Felix). By examining a range of cinematic styles and genres, the talk will draw out queer cinema’s richly varied responses to debates on homonationalism, multiculturalism, and queer belonging in today’s Europe.

Karl Schoonoveris an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). He has published essays in numerous anthologies and in journals such as Art Journal, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Screen. His research interests include theories of cinematic time, the politics of film style, and the emergence of ‘world cinema’ as an institutional category.

Rosalind Galt is Reader in Film Studies at the King’s College London. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (Columbia UP, 2006) and Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal, and Discourse. Her research interests include the intersections of film theory and aesthetics, postwar world cinemas, and European avant-garde movements.

Funding and contact info:
The lecture is co-sponsered by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union-funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida, the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at or Amie Kreppel at


The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida will be hosting the 12th annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media,” from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 12th, 2015. Panels will be held in Pugh 210, and evening keynotes will be held in the Ustler auditorium. Confirmed guest speakers Sheena C. Howard and Jose Alaniz will be speaking at the event. For more details, please see the conference page.

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