Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.

Spring 2015


MarketWise Forum: “The On-campus Interview and the Personal Politics of the Job Market”
3:00pm, Tuesday, 13 January, 210 Pugh Hall

Angelique Nixon (PhD UF, 2008), Fulbright Scholar, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Michael Mayne (PhD UF, 2011), Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Denison University
Regina Martin (PhD UF, 2010), Assistant Professor, Department of English, Denison University


Digital Assembly Spring 2015 Workshop: “Changing the Game”
4:00–7:00pm, Thursday, February 19th, Dauer 215
11:00am–1:00pm, Friday, February 20th, Dauer 215

The Digital Assembly’s Spring 2015 workshop will introduce attendees to contemporary approaches for studying digital games and demo how to design and modify game hardware and software. The workshop will feature presentations by Professor Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida), Professor Stephanie Boluk (Pratt Institute), and Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) that introduce alternative ways of repurposing digital games. This workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


James Joyce, Science Fiction, Cultural Studies, and other Modernist Wonders: A Symposium in Honor of R. Brandon Kershner.”

A two-day symposium that will bring together former UF students, major modernist scholars, and other special guests to celebrate the long career and continuing legacy of our colleague, Brandy Kershner. A link to a schedule of events, a list of presenters, and other information will be posted here soon.


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


“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.