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Welcome to new Graduate Students

Sixteen (16) students entered the Ph.D. program this year, and there are five new MA students. Please join us in welcoming these students to the Department of Literature.


UCSD alumni enrolled in the Ph.D. program include:

Ben Chapin, BA Political Science, UC San Diego

Josen Diaz, BA Literatures in English & Political Science, UC San Diego

Katrina White, BA Spanish Literature & International Studies, UC San Diego



Fredric Jameson

wins the 2008 Holberg Prize


Fredric Jameson, who has a longstanding connection with the UCSD Literature Department, has been awarded the fifth annual Holberg International Memorial Prize. Professor Jameson is the William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University.   More

 Holberg Prize/Andrea Friestad Nyland

  2008-2009 Appointments

New publications by Sarah Bynum, Michael Davidson, Marcel Henaff, Lisa Lowe, Babak Rahimi, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Jerome Rothenberg, Lisa Yoneyama, Yingjin Zhang,


New appointments for 2008-2009  include Executive Committee (Jody Blanco, Dayna Kalleres, Oumelbanine Zhiri) , Affirmative Action Outreach (Robert Cancel and Dennis Childs) as well as Section Heads and Advisors.   More

Please welcome our new Faculty Members: Cristina Rivera-Garza and Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond. We are also joined by new Lecturers/Associates/Visiting Professors. Finally, we are joined by new Staff Members Phoebe Bekker, Danica Chan, Nicholas Hay. More

The next deadline for Research Grant Proposals and Travel to Scholarly Meetings is October 15, 2008 and The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the 2009 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.

We are now accepting submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, awarded for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student. Students may submit up to three poems to the Department of Literature Undergraduate Department, due no later than Friday, October 31, 2008. Awards are made during the spring quarter 2009.

Dan David Prize

Three prizes of US$1,000,000 each are awarded annually in the fields chosen within the three time dimensions - Past, Present and Future. Twenty scholarships of US$ 15,000 each are awarded to outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral students from universities around the world doing research in the chosen fields.


Ph.D. Defense
Rocio Giraldez Betron September 11, 2008. Migration, Subjectivity and Global Mobility in Contemporary U.S., Spanish and Moroccan Literature, Film and Dance.

An international, interdisciplinary project headed by Luis Martin-Cabrera, Assistant Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, is changing that with a digital audiovisual archive of testimonies.     

Wai-lim Yip and his son, Jonas Yip, collaborated in a joint photo-poetry exhibition, Paris: Dialogue, featuring Wai-lim Yip's poems in dialogue with Jonas's fine art photos in Taipei, in the prestigious Eslite Bookstore FORUM, Taiwan, September 12-21, 2008.       



Inhye Han presented a paper at the 2nd Global Conference: Fear, Horror, & Terror at the Interface, Oxford University (Mansfield College), September 3-6, 2008, entitled Colonial Fear and Temporality: Nembutsu Practice in Japan and Korea, 1910-35.

Melissa Hidalgo will present a paper entitled A Queer Chicana in Queen Victoria's Court: An Academic Coming-Out Story at the 2nd Annual NACCS Joto Caucus Conference: Sacred Space Making: Mapping Queer Scholarship, Activism, and Performance, October 9-11, 2008, at  California State University, Los Angeles.  

Elle Weatherup presented a paper entitled Transforming the Act of Self: Beau Brummell and Performative Impressionism at the Performance Studies International conference, held August 20-24th at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


The following prize-winners were announced at the 2007-2008 Annual Honors Awards Ceremony and Reception held on Wednesday, June 4, 2008:
Sherley Anne Williams Prize Christina Wood
Sigurd Burckhardt Award
Allyson Humburg


UCSD Chinese Studies 2008-09 Lecture Series: Xudong Zhang

Thursday, October 2, 2008

4:00 p.m.

Literature Building, Room 155 (deCerteau)




Helena Maria Viramontes
Thursday, October 3, 2008
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center
(NEW Price Center East 2nd Floor)


Philippe Descola: The Making of Images : An Anthropological Approach  a prominent European anthropologist, will be coming to UCSD

Thursday, October 30, 2008

4:00 p.m.

Department of Visual Arts


Philippe Descola: Differentiating Ontologies, Differentiating Subjects - Perspectives on the
Anthropology of Nature

Friday, October 31, 2008

1:00 p.m.

Department of Anthropology


Chinese Lecture Series: Sheldon Hsiao-peng lu (University of California, Davis: Chinese-Language Cultural Production or Sinophone Studies: Genealogy and Critical Implications of Two Terms

Friday, October 31, 2008

4:00 p.m.

Literature Building, Room 155 (deCerteau)



Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility Performing Space, UCSD

Sesshu Foster
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility Performing Space, UCSD