Roundtables & Travel Grants


Past Roundtable Presentations

Winter 2019

Caragh Barry (Spanish & Portuguese): “‘You are the door, not the one who walks through it.’: Challenging Gender, Translation, and Agency in Yuri Herrera’s Señales que precederán al fin del mundo

Nicole Dib (English): “Flight and Fight: Apocalyptic World Building in the Speculative Fiction of Louise Erdrich and Rebecca Roanhorse”

Reem Taha (Comparative Literature): “Did Leo Africanus Kill Othello?: On Othello’s Blackness and Self-Construction/Destruction”

Fall 2018

Linshan Jiang (East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies): “Love and War: Aporia in Remembering Hiroshima and Okinawa through French and Japanese Films”

Wendy Sun (Comparative Literature): “Blind Spots: Gendered Narratives and Recollections in Female Holocaust Memoirs”

Xiuhe Zhang (Film & Media Studies): “Documenting Testimony, Contesting to Documentation”

Winter 2018

Q.Z. Lau (History): “Religious Commerce”

Eugenia Siegel Conte (Ethnomusicology): “Sounding Sacred: Reconstituting Secular Sonic Space through Chorality”

Sarah Lerner (Film & Media Studies): “Listening with LIGO: Gravitational Waves, Audification, and Sounds from the Cosmos”

Fall 2017

Wendy Sun (Comparative Literature): “The Secret Codes of Female Same-Sex Intimacy in Chinese Late Imperial Literature”

Teng Xu (East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies): “Emotion as Our Separation from the Way and God: A Comparative Reading of Zhuangzi’s Notion of Qing and Hegel’s Notion of Gefühl

Mohammadreza Mirzaei (History of Art & Architecture): “‘The Infernal Days of Mr. Ayaz’ and Iconoclasm”

Spring 2017

Jeremy Chow (English): “Sea Monkeys”

Kajsa Philippa Niehusen (Film & Media Studies): “Programming for a Refugee Audience: Case Studies on Local German Movie Houses”

Susie Wu (East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies): “Laboring Body and Territorial Art: An Affective Rebellion in Post-socialist China”

Winter 2017

Tegan Raleigh (Comparative Literature): “‘Ce n'est pas moi qui parle, je traduis’: Pseudotranslation and Innovation in Marie-Antoinette de Fagan's Kanor, traduit du savage

Rachel Feldman (Comparative Literature): “Rachid Boudra and ‘Reading’ the Space of le Metro

Lisa Han (Film & Media Studies): “Taking the Deep: Seismic Imaging and Extraction at the Seafloor”

Spring 2016

Bianka Ballina (Film & Media Studies): “Modernity from the Margins: Cinematic Views of Post-Special Period Havana”

Nathan Fredrickson (Religious Studies): “World Making and Border Management in Orson Scott Card: Fictional Religion, American Religious Historiography, and Cognitive Narratology”

Rachel Fabian (Film & Media Studies): “‘What Are We Left With?’: The London Women’s Film Group and the Legacies of 1970s Collective Media Production”

Fall 2015

Nissa Cannon (English): “Paper Identities: Modernist Resistance to the Passport’s Narrative”

Chloe Diamond-Lenow (Feminist Studies): “The Face of the Dog: A Gendered and Racialized Affective Technology of Precarity in War”

Alston D'Silva (Film & Media Studies): “Wooing ISEE-3: Temporality, Materiality and Our Re-engagement with Obsolete Extraterrestrial Machines”

Winter 2015

David Hur (Comparative Literature): “The Case of (Im)Possibility: Asian American Masculinity in Spaces of Whiteness”

Rebecca Stewart (Comparative Literature): “Room to Breathe, Places to Give Voice: The Spectragraphic Violence of Racialized Space in Edwidge Danticat's Brother, I'm Dying

Leah Fry (English): “Reproductive Refusal in the Dirt: Caribbean Women’s Writing in the Underground”

Winter 2014

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez (Film & Media Studies): “What is (in) a diasporic video store?”

Albert Silva (Religious Studies): "Wallace’s Walden (Or, What ‘Water’ Is): David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water as a Spiritually Didactic Text”

Roberta Wolfson (English): “Resistance against the Racialization of Risk: Redefining the Threat of Urban Violence in Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running

Fall 2013

Amber Rose González (Chicana and Chicano Studies): “Dualities for Healing: Violence and Love in the Mujeres de Maiz Literary and Arts ‘Zine”

Earl Perez-Foust (Comparative Literature): “Narratives of Legitimacy: Temporal Play and Dislocations in Rizal Park”

Michael Grafals (Comparative Literature): “Voices in the Wake of Nation: Francophone Literature and the Phantasmatic Structure of Caribbean Regionalism”

Spring 2013

Pedro Escobar-Uribe (Spanish & Portuguese): “No Maps for These Territories: Proliferation of Information in the Digital Era”

Can Aksoy (English): “Sexy Neutrality: Chaotic Metaphysics in Michel Houellebecq's Platform”

Lacey Smith (Comparative Literature): “Danielle Dutton's S P R A W L and the Ideology of Suburbia”


Travel Grants

GCLR awards travel grants to roundtable participants that subsequently present their workshop papers at a conference.

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2018-19: Caragh Barry (Spanish and Portuguese), Nicole Dib (English), Reem Taha (Comparative Literature),  Xiuhe Zhang (Film and Media Studies)

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2017-18: Eugenia Siegel Conte (Ethnomusicology), Q.Z. Lau (History), Sarah Lerner (Film and Media Studies), Mohammadreza Mirzaei (History of Art and Architecture), Wendy Sun (Comparative Literature)

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2016-17: Rachel Feldman (Comparative Literature), David Hur (Comparative Literature), Tegan Raleigh (Comparative Literature)

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2015-16: Nissa Cannon (English), Chloe Diamond-Lenow (Feminist Studies), Alston D'Silva (Film and Media Studies), Rachel Fabian (Film and Media Studies), Nathan Fredrickson (Religious Studies)

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2014-15: Leah Fry (English), Zach Horton (English), Earl Perez-Foust (Comparative Literature), Sharalyn Sanders (Comparative Literature), Rebecca Stewart (Comparative Literature)

Recipients of GCLR travel grants for 2013-14: Amber Rose González (Chicana and Chicano Studies), Michael Grafals (Comparative Literature), Roberta Wolfson (English)


Instructions to Receive Travel Grant

Students presenting a paper at the GCLR Roundtables can apply for a travel grant if their paper is later accepted to a major conference. The GCLR travel grant can be received only once. In order to qualify for a travel grant, students need to email the following documents to Dominique Jullien, the Director of the GCLR (

1) a cover letter addressed to Dominique Jullien indicating the conference venue, title of paper, and dates of travel

2) a copy of the official invitation to the conference

3) student's travel expenses (e.g. an airplane ticket): must provide originals of expenses (not copies) in order to be reimbursed after returning from the conference

4) a copy of the GCLR Roundtable event where the student first presented the paper