Student Groups

Television Reading Group

The Television Reading Group recognizes that television has become the dominant artistic medium in this contemporary moment, and as such, we seek to interrogate its formal, thematic and industrial contributions, along with discourse from popular culture content producers such as Vulture, AV Club, Slate and others which discuss television. We meet a few times a semester and peruse both academic and popular cultural readings of television shows, and the industry surrounding them, which we supplement with episodes whenever possible.

For more information contact Milt Moise or Thomas Johnson

Children’s Literature Reading Group

The Children’s Literature Reading Group meets a 2-3 times per semester to explore critical and creative readings, student research and projects, and other relevant topics. We aim to discuss major conversations in the field in a way that is accessible to both students new to studying children’s literature and students who are already familiar with the field. We are partnered with the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, which hosts invited speakers and organizes children’s literature events.

For more information contact Jill Coste or Corinne Matthews

Film Studies Group

Graduate Comics Organization

The Graduate Comics Organization works closely to support comics studies at the University of Florida.

For more information contact Madeline Ganges or Megan Fowler.

Digital Assembly

The Digital Assembly (DA) is a graduate student organization interested in the study of digital technologies and their interactions with other media forms and cultural practices. Our members’ work in a wide variety of fields including electronic literature and poetry, game studies, glitch studies, digital and visual rhetoric, digital art, electronic waste, and media theory. In addition to group readings, social events, and professional development, the DA sponsors a biennial interdisciplinary symposium open to the public and featuring faculty from academic institutions worldwide.

For more information follow the instructions on their website to join their Listserv.

TRACE

The Trace innovation initiative is a research endeavor developed and maintained by the University of Florida’s Department of English. Trace works at the intersection of writing studies, digital media studies, and ecocriticism. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, we focus on the ethical and material impact of media. Trace acts as a hub for several distinct projects including an online journal, Sequentials, ARCs, and MassMine for which we are always seeking submissions. We welcome submissions that contribute to the theorization and invention of nature, technology, and culture.

ImageTexT

The objective of ImageTexT is to advance the academic study of an emerging and diverse canon of imagetexts. Chief among these are comic books, comic strips, and animations, but also represented are illustrated fiction, children’s picture books, digital-concrete poetic forms, visual rhetoric, etc. Any work or works, tradition, school of thought, or critical method that foregrounds the intersections, interrelations, and disjunctions between text and image is an appropriate subject for inquiry and debate in these pages. Under the guidance of an editorial board of scholars from a variety of disciplines, ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. ImageTexT welcomes essays emphasizing (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution and dissemination of imagetexts, along with translations of previously existing research in the field of visual culture.

Exploring all periods and all countries and languages, and deploying a wide range of disciplinary approaches, ImageTexT is designed to foster innovative discussions of the political and social implications of imagetexts, to generate original formal aesthetic analyses of these works, and to broaden theoretical discussions of genre, period, narrative, and complex image/text relationships in visual media. ImageTexT will include reviews of current scholarship in the field, announcements regarding relevant conferences and upcoming publications, and links to other theoretical projects of interest to readers. ImageTexT will also provide currently unavailable English-language translations of seminal essays of comics theory. ImageTexT is listed in the MLA Bibliography, beginning summer 2005.

Sequentials

The Trace Innovation Initiative, a research endeavor maintained through the University of Florida’s Department of English, is proud to introduce Sequentials, a new hub for scholarship drawn in comics form. Following Scott McCloud’s 1993 publication Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, as well as other visual comics scholarship from authors such as Nick Sousanis and Neil Cohn, Sequentials solicits and publishes interpretations of various academic subjects or themes drawn and explained through the comics medium. As a Trace Initiative project, Sequentialscontributes to the flourishing field of comics scholarship and seeks to expand the production and circulation of knowledge.

This long-term project asks contributors to (re)imagine the meanings of both the subject at hand and the form their interpretation takes. By encouraging contributors to conceptualize their work in a distinctly visual way, this project highlights the unique creative capabilities of the comics medium and reflects Trace’s overall focus on innovative research, writing, and knowledge production.

As an online, peer reviewed, open-access publication, Sequentials proudly stands in collaboration with the academic journal ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies and the University of Florida’s Department of English, which supports the largest program focusing on the academic study of comics and graphic narratives in the United States.

Contact Ashely Manchester or Madeline B. Ganges for more information.

Marxist Reading Group

The Marxist Reading Group was formed in 1994 to encourage the study of Marxist theories at the University of Florida. We host monthly reading sessions and an annual, international conference dedicated to maintaining a Marxist critique within the academic community. You can contact us at theufmrg@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page.

Science Fiction Working Group

Science fiction is the distinctive fictional form of late modernity. Bridging popular and elite cultures, engaging critics and enthusiasts, scientists and humanists, it is ideally suited to lively and productive debates on questions of fundamental concern to the humanities and the social, behavioral, and physical sciences. Since its emergence as a dominant form of cultural production in the 19th century, science fiction has served as a primary medium for forecasting effects of technology and science in the human world. In an era of increased academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, sf studies is an invaluable site of intervention by and collaboration with humanist methods of inquiry.

The Science Fiction Working Group (SFWG) is an interdisciplinary scholarly alliance of University of Florida faculty, researchers, and graduate studentsworking in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and utopian studies. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to these disciplines. Our graduate student members are working on theses and dissertations that represent the next generation of sf scholarship. Through collaboration in research, teaching, and the organization of symposia, conferences, lectures, and film screenings, we promote sf studies at the University of Florida and work to raise the University’s profile in this important field.

We welcome membership by any UF faculty or graduate student, in any discipline, with an interest in the field. If you would like to join the SFWG or be notified of upcoming SFWG-sponsored events, please contact Terry Harpold or M. Elizabeth Ginway.

Imagining Climate Change Initiative 

The “Imagining Climate Change” initiative at the University of Florida engages scientists, humanists, writers, artists, educators, students, and the public in the vital work of imagining our collective climate futures. A winner of UF’s “Champions for Change” Award for its “contributions to campus life in the areas of sustainability, health, and well-being,” the initiative’s first year is profiled in this recent story in UF’s Explore magazine.

Since 2015, ICC has sponsored colloquia, lectures, literary readings, and film screenings featuring internationally-renowned researchers, scholars, and creators representing the range of inventive responses to one of the most pressing planetary crises of our time. For more information on past ICC-sponsored events, see here, here, and here. For streaming video and original short documentaries of selected ICC events, see here.

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