Current Projects

My research projects focus primarily on the social role of literature and literature as a form of knowledge. Below are brief descriptions of some of the larger projects I am currently working on.

“Imagining Communities, Multilingually”

Together with Prof. Nicoletta Pireddu (Georgetown University), I am editing a special issue on Benedict Anderson’s notion of “imagined communities” and questions of language and multilingualism. Can we decouple the idea of an imagined community from the monolingual nation-state? Can the imagination be multilingual? Can multilingual communities be imagined?

The special issue is due to appear with the journal parallax in Summer 2022.

“The European Cultural Public Sphere”

Together with Prof. Margriet van der Waal (University of Groningen), I am in the early stages of a special issue proposal that inquiries into the specific contribution of literature, culture, and the arts to discussions of matters of common concern in Europe. How do novels, films, festivals, and so on contribute to the construction of a European public sphere? How can we measure and conceptualize “Europeanness” here: is “Europe” more than the sum of its various national constituent parts?

We are currently in talks with a journal to gauge interest and hope to put out a CfP soon.

“To Be–Named: Across Borders”

Together with Dr Gwyneira Isaac, Dr Genner Llanes Ortiz, and Prof. Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, all from the CoLing project, I am working on a special issue on personal narratives and names. Specifically, we are interested in how such narratives cross borders, be they linguistic, cultural, temporal, spatial, religious, gendered, sexed, and so on, and how the personal dimension speaks to a larger political dimension.

We are currently preparing the proposal, to be submitted with a journal in Spring 2022.

“Perspectives on Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

Together with Dr Agnes Andeweg (Utrecht University), I am in the early stages of an edited volume dedicated to British writer Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet (2016-20). We think this experimental set of novels necessitates close critical attention from a range of perspectives.

We are currently in the early stages of conceptualizing this volume.