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Dr. Reisa Klein on Mastectomy Tattooing and Digital Feminist Body Politics

Join us for a talk by Dr. Reisa Klein, “ Ink: Mastectomy Tattooing and Self-Care as Digital Feminist Body Politics.” Dr. Klein is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Dr. Klein’s current project examines the emergent digital cultures of breast cancer survivors who use mastectomy tattoos in response to post-operative surgery and implications for the mobilization of a transnational and intersectional feminist politics and gendered and race-based health activism. In addition, she is co-editing a special issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies on “Reimaging Breasts” slated for publication in Fall 2019.

When: Friday, April 26th, 10-11:30am
Where: Hagey Hall of the Humanities Room 373


Learning with Machines

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Today, at 6pm, the UWaterloo English Critical Media Lab is hosting “Learning with Machines.”

What does the future of work and learning look like for educators and students? For entrepreneurs and startups? Join Diana Moreno Ojeda, a UWaterloo PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo and Mitacs researcher with Deloitte, and UWaterloo PhD alumnus Dr. Robert Clapperton of Ryerson and co-founder of Ametros Learning, a machine learning pedagogical company, for a conversation of the role of AI in classrooms and skills we can learn alongside and from these technologies.

The Critical Media Lab is located in Area 151 of Communitech, 151 Charles St West, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1H6. A Q&A and light refreshments will follow the talk.

Come play with us April 3rd

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Join us for Infrastructure at Play, the annual Critical Media Lab exhibition featuring projects developed independently and in classes. There will be interactive games, food, and more.

Exhibitors include graduate students Emily Acton, AC Atienza, Lillian Black, Sid Heeg,  and Brian Freiter from English 799, taught by Dr. Lai-Tze Fan. They will be exhibiting alongside Fine Arts students taught by Dr. Jessica Thompson (Fine Arts), Dr. Dan Vogel (Computer Science), Dr. Lois Andison (Fine Arts), and Dr. Rob Gorbet (Knowledge Integration).

Also, a live performance led by Matthew Borland of the University of Waterloo Tape Music Club will be held at 6PM!


The Nature of the Experiment: A Workshop

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On Monday, April 8th, the UWaterloo English department is co-sponsoring an all-day conference on the nature of the experiment, examining what it means to experiment across a broad spectrum of fields. English faculty members Dr. Fraser Easton and Dr. John Savarese will be participating, along with cross-appointed faculty member Dr. Alice Kuzniar and English PhD candidate Jason Lajoie. The program is available online.


Mary Shelley’s famous invocation of human experimentation gone wrong is more than 200 years old, but remains as vibrant an analysis of the human implication of scientific insight as it did when it was first published; perhaps more so in an age on the verge of breakthroughs in both AI and bioengineering.  This conference will approach the intersections of intelligence, life, and the human from a unique perspective, through the concept and practice of the “experiment,” both today and in the past.

Since the incorporation of the Royal Society in the 1660s, the experiment has been a central locus of both knowledge creation and design in our cultures and societies.  Poets, engineers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and scientists all conduct experiments, and have done so for centuries.  Today, experiment embraces information and data in new ways to create a host of new devices and vehicles.  In this era of emerging AI, it is timely to ask practitioners in all these fields to reflect on what it means to “experiment.”

Sponsored by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, and Department of English Language and Literature.

This is a free event and open to all, but we do ask that you RSVP.

Image by Katy Horan from Literary Witches.

Awards for Students!!!


awardI love this part of the year, where we celebrate our students. And of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg–there are so many wonderful students not named here. Thank you to everyone who participated, with especial thanks to Dr. John Savarese and Dr. Andrea Jonahs for coordinating, with the support of the staff in English to whom we are all, always, indebted. Read on to see who won what!

Undergraduate Academic Awards

English Society Creative Writing Award for Poetry: Joanna Laurie Dixon Cleary

Rhetoric and Digital Design Award: Neha Ravella

Rhetoric and Professional Writing Award: Sara Akbarzadeh-Zahraia Kohan, Aarjan Giri, and Dylan Yip-Chuck

Andrew James Dugan Prize in Rhetoric and Professional Writing: Eden McFarlane

Award in American Literature and Culture: Emily Pass

Canadian Literature Prize: Dinah Shi

Walter R. Martin English 251 Award: Abigail Hamann

Diaspora and Transnational Studies Prize: Trenton McNulty

Andrew James Dugan Prize in Literature: Judith Blasutti

The Hibbard Prize for Shakespeare Studies: Selin Elyay

Masternak Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship in English: Joanna Laurie Dixon Cleary and Hanna Colbert

English Society Creative Writing Award for Prose: Xin Niu Zhang

Albert Shaw Poetry Prize: Xin Niu Zhang

Graduate Academic Awards

Beltz Essay Prize, MA: Renée Belliveau

Beltz Essay Prize, PhD: Christopher Cameron (Honourable Mention: Lindsay Meaning)

Rhetoric Essay Prize, MA: Robyn Peers

Rhetoric Essay Prize, PhD: Devon Moriarty

Graduate Creative Writing Award: Hannah Watts and Evelyn Deshane

Graduate Professional Communication Award: Devon Moriarty, Lillian Black, and Danielle Griffin

David Nimmo English Graduate Scholarship: Ashley Irwin

Jack Gray Fellowship: Christin Taylor

W.K. Thomas Graduate Scholarship: Ashley Irwin

Co-op Awards

Undergraduate Co-op Work Report Award: Veronika Mikolajewski

Graduate Co-op Work Report Award: Andrew Myles

Teaching and Professionalization Awards

TA Award for Excellence in Teaching: Hannah Watts

Independent Graduate Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching: Meghan Riley

Lea Vogel-Nimmo Graduate Professionalization Scholarship: Ian Gibson and Jin Sol Kim

More on our awards–including additional photos!–have been posted by Dr. Bruce Dadey on the UWaterloo English Department site.

English Awards Ceremony 2019

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Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Awards Ceremony.  This is a special occasion where we recognize and celebrate the talent and achievements of our department’s undergraduate and graduate students.  This year’s event takes place on Friday, March 22nd, from 12:30-2:30pm in AL 211.  The first half an hour allows you to mingle and enjoy some light refreshments, and then the ceremony begins promptly at 1pm.

Talking Trash with Lai-Tze Fan and Sabine Weber

Electronics and textiles are two enormous sources of waste. Like most waste, once they’re out of sight, they’re out of mind. So how can we rethink our relationship to waste? And what methods are being developed to differently handle unwanted materials? Join English’s Dr. Lai-Tze Fan and PhD candidate Sabine Weber for “Salon Talk: Talking Trash” on Wednesday March 27th, 5-7pm, at UWaterloo English’s Critical Media Lab, 151 Charles St West, Kitchener.