Projects and Collaborations
Faculty and graduate students in the Literature Program cultivate interdisciplinary and interdepartmental relationships, as well as relationships across universities. These are some of the collaborative projects that contribute to our research and offer networking opportunities.
Glowing Games and the Vibrant Media Lab
New collaborators are welcome at the Vibrant Media Lab on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning. The Glowing Games initiative recreates the earliest known video and computer games, from the 1950s and 1960s. Long before video games were produced for commercial purposes, they were developed within advanced research labs and academic institutions during the Cold War as experiments in human-machine interaction, demonstrations of cutting edge computer research, and public relations gambits. Created before the advent of standardized hardware or software platforms, these gaming devices had to reinvent the wheel each time, cobbling together experimental vector displays often repurposed from military hardware. Produced on massive hardware, these games were animated by glowing vacuum tubes. Glowing Games is bringing these long-lost games back to life using vintage, rebuilt hardware and original schematics and notes from various archival sources. Glowing Games is directed by Dr. Zachary Horton and housed in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab, sponsored by the Department of English. It is open to any interested faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. Please contact Zachary Horton at email@example.com for more information.
boundary 2 is an international journal of literature and culture that approaches problems in these areas from a number of politically, historically, and theoretically informed perspectives. Extending beyond the postmodern, boundary 2 remains committed to understanding the present and approaching the study of national and international culture and politics through literature and the human sciences. Contact Paul Bové at firstname.lastname@example.org or managing editor Meg Havran at email@example.com for more information.
Critical Quarterly is an internationally renowned journal focusing on a unique blend of literary criticism, cultural studies, poetry, and fiction. The journal addresses the whole range of cultural forms, so, for example, discussions of cinema and television appear alongside analyses of the accepted literary canon. Contact Colin MacCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Fantasy Studies Fellowship
The Fantasy Studies Fellowship is a reading and discussion group for University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who are dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Fantastic in literature and film. Started in 2005, the group meets about once per month to discuss readings chosen by its members, including works in all subgenres as well as criticism of literary fantasy. Contact Lori Campbell at email@example.com for more information, or search “Fantasy Studies Fellowship” on Facebook, or visit www.facebook.com/groups/FSFPittU/
The Humanities Center
The Humanities Center fosters advanced research in the humanities, both by University of Pittsburgh faculty and by leading scholars from around the world, who visit as long- and short-term fellows. It cultivates interdisciplinary and collaborative study, programming, and teaching. The center presents many events, both small and large, including conferences, colloquia, and lectures. More information is available by clicking here: http://www.humcenter.pitt.edu/index.php or emailing the Humanities Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caribbean Reading Group
The Caribbean Reading Group is a multi-disciplinary faculty and graduate reading group co-founded in 2007 by faculty in English and History. The group meets semesterly to discuss classic or significant new texts in Caribbean Studies, sometimes with the authors or guest-scholars present. Contact Shalini Puri at email@example.com for more information.
Childhood Studies Reading Group
The Childhood Studies Reading Group is a collection of faculty and graduate students interested in children's literature, young adult literature, the history of childhood and youth, and other related issues. It generally meets once a month over the summer and periodically during the academic year to discuss either a children’s book or a work of criticism or theory. Its members also make a point of attending the Children’s Literature Program's speaker series, which brings distinguished speakers to campus to talk about various topics related to Childhood Studies. Contact Courtney Weikle-Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Digital Media Reading Group
The Digital Media Reading Group was created to bring together faculty and students from literature, composition studies, and film studies who share research interests in digital media and technology. We read contemporary scholarship in digital media studies as well as foundational workson theories of computing, mediation, communication, and technology. The reading group meets at least once per semester. Contact Annette Vee at email@example.com for more information.
Feminist Theory Reading Group
The Feminist Theory Reading Group is an ongoing discussion group that meets regularly twice a month during the academic year to talk about significant works of feminist theory, including both old and new, “classic” and “emerging” texts and authors. It is open to anyone with an interest in feminist theory and its related contemporary discourse(s): students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, visitors from other institutions, activists, and anyone else who imagines a world free of patriarchy. We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in the Cathedral of Learning, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. For those interested in participating in the group, please contact William Scott, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medieval Latin Reading Group
The Medieval Latin Reading Group is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and the Humanities Center. It is open to graduate students and faculty (and advanced undergraduates) in the Pittsburgh community. A recent project focused on Fasciculus Morum, a fourteenth-century preaching manual. We meet every other Tuesday from 3–5 p.m. One hour is devoted to prepared reading, the other to sight reading. Contact Ryan McDermott at email@example.com for more information.