Dr. Stacy Alaimo, UTA professor of English, has been named the Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at George Washington University for 2016-2017.
The residency consists of a several-days stay on campus, and includes interaction with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members.
The Wang Endowed Fund in English Literary and Cultural Studies enables GWU’s English department to bring prominent scholars to campus and supports an annual mini-residency of a particularly distinguished guest. In past years, the university hosted Michael Bérubé, J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Simon Gikandi, and José Munoz.
“I am extremely honored to be chosen to be the Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence at GWU,” says Alamo, “especially given the renowned scholars who have held the position in previous years. I am excited to spend time with the extraordinary faculty and graduate students in the English Department who are doing innovative and culturally significant scholarship in such fields as medieval studies, disability studies, critical race studies, and ecocultural theory. It is a dynamic and impressive department—I have no doubt I will be challenged and inspired by the intellectual community there.”
Dr. Alaimo was chosen due to high interest in gender and queer studies, new materialisms, feminisms, and ecocultural theory at George Washington University. As coursework, she plans to use excerpts from her award-winning book Bodily N
atures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana University Press, 2010) and Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss, which she is currently writing about the representation of sea creatures in science, art, literature, and popular culture.
Alaimo’s visit to GWU in October 2016 will include a public lecture, a faculty and graduate student seminar on ecotheory, an undergraduate seminar and 2-3 class visits.