National/Transnational/Global Cultures Research Group Archive


Fall 2012 Events

Wednesday 3rd October, 1.00-2.30pm, Main Hall 132

William Nessly (West Chester University), “Plotting Colonial Independence: Japanese Colonialism and Fantasies of Resistance in the Novels of Richard Kim.”

Work in progress discussion: please email if you would like to take part.

Thursday 8th November, 5.45-7.00pm, Anderson Hall 117

Edward Larkin (University of Delaware), “Visualizing American Empire: Samuel F.B. Morse's History Paintings”.

Paper presentation -- all faculty and graduate students welcome.

Fall 2011 Events

Monday 17th October, 7.00-8.45pm, Philips Autograph Library

Graham MacPhee (English, WCU), “Imperial Parallax: Reflections on Empire, Nation, & Globalization from within the New Hegemon”.

Research lecture to mark the publication of Graham MacPhee's new book Postwar British Literature & Postcolonial Studies (Edinburgh UP, 2011).


Spring 2011 Events

Monday 21st March, 3.00-4.30pm, Sykes 210

Visiting speaker: Rajeswari Mohan (English, Haverford College), 'Plotting Women's Militancy in the Sri Lankan Civil War'

The talk will discuss Santosh Sivan's film The Terrorist (1999) and Mani Ratnam's A Peck on the Cheek (2002), both of which are available from Netflix and are well worth viewing!

Monday 11th April, 7.15-8.30pm, Recitation 307

Current Faculty/Graduate Student Research Projects:

Erin Hurt (English, WCU), 'The Genre of Chica Lit: Constructing a New Kind of Latina/o Cultural Citizenship'

Valerian DeSousa (Sociology, WCU), 'The Indian Diaspora in the Lusophone World'

Chris Murphy (MA English Program), 'Roger Casement's Shifting Identity'



Spring 2010 Events

Tuesday 3/23/10, 12.00-1.30, Main Hall, Rm 132

Faculty reading/discussion: Globalization and the Fate of the Nation.

Introduced by Graham MacPhee

Readings (both available via E-reserve)

1. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (1983), pp11-16, 104-107, 126-28.

2. Partha Chatterji, 'Beyond the nation? Or Within?' Social Text 56 (Autumn 1998), 57-69.

Thursday 4/22/10, 4.15-5.30pm, 210 E.Rosedale, Rm 109

Current Faculty Research Projects on Transnational Approaches to Culture

Chair: Graham MacPhee


Kostas Myrsiades: “Field Research on Greek Oral Poetry and the Greek Resistance”
Eleanor Shevlin:  “Going Transnational—By the Book”
Hyoejin Yoon:  “‘The Points of Beauty’: 19th Century Newspaper Representations of the First Chinese Woman in the U.S.”


Fall 2009 Events

Wednesday, September 9, 2:00-3:00pm. Main 132.

Planning meeting.

Friday, November 13, 2:00-3:00pm, Swope Music Building 303
Mark Rimple (West Chester University), "Confronting Historical and Social Diversity in a New Approach to Music Theory: Strategies and Problems."


Spring 2009 Events

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 148, 25 University Ave.

Carolyn Sorisio & Graham MacPhee (West Chester University), "Contemporary Currents in Postcolonial and Globalization Theory."

Tuesday, March 31, 4:15-5:45pm, Room 162, 25 University Ave.

Ania Loomba (University of Pennsylvania), "Race and the Possibilities of Comparative Critique."
Preceded by a reception for faculty and graduate students at 3:15 in Phillips Lower Level Conference Room. Refreshments will be served. Come and mingle and discuss!

Wednesday, April 15, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 191, Schmucker Science Center North

Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University), "Making World Literature: J.M. Coetzee and the Transnational Novel."


Fall 2008 Events

Wednesday September 3rd, 2.00-3.30pm: SMB 118.

Faculty reading/discussion:      

1. Ali Behdad, ‘On Globalization, Again!’ (2005).

2. Amy Kaplan, ‘The Birth of an Empire’ (1999).

Thursday 23rd October, 11.00-12.30pm, SMB 118

Faculty reading/discussion:Rethinking the Nation State

Introduced by Graham MacPhee


1. M. Mamdani, "Defining the Crisis of Postcolonial Citizenship" (2001).                                                       2. 2. Franz Fanon,"‘Reciprocal Bases of National Culture" (orig. 1959).

Tuesday 18th November, 7.15-8.45pm, Room 105, 25 University Ave.

Panel on WCU Transnational Research In Progress

Chair:    Kuhio Walters


Carolyn Sorisio, "US Colonialism, Translation & Resistance: The Case of Sarah Winnemucca."

Hyeojin Yoon, "Chinese Femininity and Material Culture in Nineteenth Century America."

Graham MacPhee, "Imperialism and Storytelling in Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin."