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Sep. 21, 2015

This October, GSLIS will welcome to campus Cuban librarian and educator Marta Terry González, a George A. Miller Visiting Professor. Her visit was organized by GSLIS Associate Professor Kate Williams, who coauthored Terry’s biography with GSLIS Professor Emeritus Abdul Alkalimat.

“Cuba and the United States are working out a new state-to-state relationship, and all kinds of new collaborations are possible. GSLIS is leading the way in this arena by bringing a Cuban librarian to campus to talk with students, scholars, professionals, and the public,” said Williams.

Marta Terry has been called a legendary librarian. In the 1950s, she was instrumental in the development of Cuba’s school libraries. Much later, she brought the World Library and...

Aug. 6, 2015

Professor Michael Twidale has joined a research collaboration based at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) that seeks to discover correlations between the treatment of convicts sentenced to transportation from Europe to Tasmania in the first half of the nineteenth century and health trends among their descendants.  

UTAS Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is leading the research group in the project titled, “Treating Criminals from Shore to Ship: Public Health, Humanitarianism and Convict Transportation.” Throughout his research into intergenerational health issues, Maxwell-Stewart has found direct links between experiences of prisoners and health trends among their descendants, now the modern population of the island.

“We have found for example, that children of convicts were taller than other colonially born children, such as those born to free laborers who migrated [to Tasmania] from England. Our research suggests that this is due to smaller family size, which meant...

Jul. 13, 2015

How do heritages travel? How is trans-Atlantic tourism shaped by heritage? To what extent have traditions crossed and recrossed the Atlantic?

Professor Alistair Black and fellow scholars from both sides of the Atlantic will gather in Liverpool, UK, July 13-16 to discuss these questions. Trans-Atlantic Dialogues on Cultural Hertiage: Heritage, Tourism, and Traditions is hosted jointly by the University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage and the University of Illinois’s Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy.

Black will deliver a talk titled, “The Mid-Twentieth Century Librarian as Observer, Ambassador, and Tourist: Towards a History of Excursions by British Librarians to the United States.”

From the abstract: Visits by librarians to the United States are an...

Jul. 6, 2015

Associate Professor Bonnie Mak has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), a global network of book historians. Mak’s eight-year appointment (2015-2023) will be confirmed at the society’s annual meeting and conference held July 7-10 in Longueuil and Montreal, Canada.

Established in the early 1990s, the SHARP membership includes more than one thousand scholars representing more than twenty countries who conduct research related to the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication throughout history and today.

Mak has been a member of the GSLIS faculty since 2008 and is jointly appointed in the Program in Medieval Studies at Illinois. Her research interests include manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the cultural production and circulation of knowledge; palaeography and diplomatics;...

Jun. 30, 2015

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will join thousands of her fellow comic book fans in San Diego July 9-12 for Comic-Con International, one of the largest comics and entertainment events in the world. Tilley will share her expertise in comics and comics history through her participation in the following panel discussions:

"Lost (and Found) Comics Studies of the Past," with authors Brad Ricca and Sean Howe.

Over the past year, a number of surprising (and stunning) lost pieces of comics scholarship have come to light. In particular, we will discuss the 1942 comics thesis of "Superman" artist Paul Cassidy, newly discovered by Sean Howe. Cassidy’s thesis has been a revelation, but scholar Carol Tilley has begun unearthing additional comics theses from the 1930s and 1940s that expand our understanding of comics production practices, readership trends, and practical applications. What was the first comics...

Jun. 25, 2015

Three members of the GSLIS community will participate in Digital Humanities 2015 (DH2015), the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. The event will be held June 29 - July 3 at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will participate in a panel discussion titled, "Digital Dunhuang: Enhancing Virtual Explorations of the Real Dunhuang." Downie and GSLIS doctoral candidate Peter Organisciak will present the short paper, "Remembering Books: A Within-book Topic Mapping Technique.” Postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya will present with Downie the short paper, "Approaching Textuality with the Metaphor of the Digitized Workset.”

Organisciak also spoke at the joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the...

Jun. 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem and doctoral student Melissa Hayes will participate in the annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association coming up June 18-20 in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of the year’s conference is “‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’: The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature.”

Hoiem will chair a session titled, “Liberty and Death for the Nineteenth-Century Child,” during which she will present her paper, “‘Naughty full-grown babes’: Children's Literature and the Radical Press, 1816-1836.”

From the abstract: My paper investigates intersections between British working-class radical literature and children’s literature in the early-nineteenth century, during the fight for freedom of the press. Arguing that these are mutually constitutive genres, I show that both workers and children were constructed as vulnerable audiences who require mental...