We are very happy to announce that our PhD candidate, Marta Alexandrowicz, has been awarded a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin (https://www.ici-berlin.org/fellowships/)! Marta will be working on her postdoctoral project, “Psychoanalysis and Decoloniality: Toward a Paradoxical, Aesthetic Universality,” which builds on her dissertation's main argument about the creation in post-socialist Eastern European and decolonial Latin American scholarships of the new, paradoxical model of universality. Arising from borders and cracks, this universality creates the basis for transnational solidarity. Marta's postdoctoral project will focus on literary works by Clarice Lispector and 2019 Nobel prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, and examine their creative, feminine articulations of universality that emerge from writing with the constraints of identity and language. Congratulations to Marta!
Josh Dawson, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, has received the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants from the Graduate School. Josh's recognition is a testimate to his committment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students as an instructor for COL 112 Cross-cultural Explorations and COL 233 Literature and Happiness. The department congratulates Josh on this honor and thanks him for his dedication as a teaching assistant.