February 16, 2016

2016 James P. Danky Fellowship
Applications are due May 1.

In honor of James P. Danky's long service to print culture scholarship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is again offering its annual short-term research fellowship (

The Danky Fellowship provides $1000 in funds for one individual planning a trip to carry out research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society (please see details of the collections at Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture (

Preference will be given to:
-proposals undertaking research in print culture history
-research likely to lead to publication
-researchers early in their career
-researchers from outside Madison

Prior to applying it is strongly suggested that applicants contact Lee Grady at the Wisconsin Historical Society ( or 608-264-6459) to discuss the relevancy of WHS collections to their projects. Wisconsin Historical Society staff may be able to identify potential collections of which you may not otherwise be aware.

There is no application form. Applicants must submit the following:

1) A cover sheet with name, telephone, permanent address and e-mail, current employer/affiliation, title of project, and proposed dates of residency.

2) A letter of two single-spaced pages maximum describing the project and its relation to specifically cited collections at the society and to previous work on the same theme, and describing the projected outcome of the work, including publication plans. If residents of the Madison area are applying, they must explain their financial need for the stipend.

3) Curriculum vitae.

4) Two confidential letters of reference. Graduate students must include their thesis adviser.

Applications are due by May 1. The recipient will be notified by June 1.

Please use your last name as the first word of all file names (for example: Name CV.doc) and email materials to:

Anna Palmer
Coordinator, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture

October 30, 2015

J. Daniel Elam, the seminar's postdoctoral fellow, will be teaching an undergraduate course "Introduction to World Literature" (German 276/Lit Trans 276) in the spring semester. Check out the poster and circulate the course description to undergraduates who may be interested.

September 3, 2015

Madison Public Library's Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 22-25, 2015. Among the many speakers hosted by this local event will be the seminar's own co-organizers Professor Caroline Levine and Professor B. Venkat Mani.

Caroline Levine will be presenting on October 22, 2015 at 5:30pm in Central Library, Community Rooms 301 and 302. Read more about the event here.

B. Venkat Mani will participate in the festival's Nerd Nite 2015 on October 24, 2015 at 8:00pm at the DeLuca Forum.

September 3, 2015

We are pleased to welcome the seminar's 2015-2016 Postdoctoral fellow, J. Daniel Elam, and Project Assistant, Anna Muenchrath.

J. Daniel Elam

Daniel Elam's project connects the aesthetic experiments of anti-imperial writers to their vision for an egalitarian postcolonial society. Central to the anticolonial literary project was an effort to undermine the hierarchical logic of colonialism by reimagining the social relationship between the author and the reader. To upend this hierarchical and colonial configuration, Indian anticolonial writers disavowed their own authorial position and, in its place, advocated practices of communal reading and textual interpretation. By altering the literary and political relationship between "the author" and "the reader," anticolonial thought also offered new forms of political subjectivity well beyond the boundaries of liberalism. The project opens out from close readings of Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Lala Har Dayal, B.R. Ambedkar, and Bhagat Singh to account for a "world republic of anticolonial letters" as a debate about reading, postcolonial theory, diaspora, and world literature.

Daniel Elam is the Postdoctoral Fellow for the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in "Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere," co-organized by B. Venkat Mani and Caroline Levine. He earned his Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary program in Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University in 2015. His research and teaching focus on anticolonial thought, postcolonial theory, transnational and diaspora studies, and current debates in world literature. He has published essays in Interventions, American Quarterly, Postcolonial Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and contributes to the Los Angeles Review of Books and the South Asian American Digital Archive. He is at work on a project entitled "The Republic of Anticolonial Letters."

Anna Muenchrath

Anna Muenchrath is the project assistant for the Mellon Sawyer Seminar in "Bibliomigrancy: World Literature in the Public Sphere," co-organized by B. Venkat Mani and Caroline Levine. She is a PhD student in the English Department at UW-Madison, and completed her undergraduate degree in English, Economics, and German at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her research interests include 20th Century Anglophone and German literature, World Literature, literature in the marketplace, the concept of literary currency, and translation studies. She has taught composition courses in the English Department at UW-Madison, and is currently the co-chair of the English Department Graduate Student Association.

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