Digital Humanities Roundtables

We are so excited to announce that we will host 2 Digital Humanities Roundtables at the GRACLS Conference!

On Saturday, September 24th from 4:00-5:30 PM the Roundtable on Pedagogy will feature:

  • Maxwell Lincoln (Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services,)
    “Linking Gazetteer Data with Pedagogy”
  • Dr. Yekaterina Cotey (Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies)
    “All work and no play? Game-based resources in the language classroom”
  • Dr. Thomas J. Garza (Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Texas Language Center, Arabic Flagship Program)
    “Digital Humanities and Foreign Language Instruction: Making the Literary Connection”
  • Dr. Carl. S. Blyth (Department of French and Italian, Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning)
    “Telecolloboration and Social Reading: Digital Environments for Studying Languacultures”

On Sunday, September 25th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM the Roundtable on Research will feature:

  • Dr. Christopher Taylor (Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English)
    “Calculating the Imaginary”
  • Emily R. Emison (Department of English, UT Austin)
    “The Poet-Scholar: Composing Poetry and Inventing Rhetoric in the Digital Humanities”
  • Albert Palacios (Latin American Studies Digital Scholarship Coordinator, LLILAS Benson)
    “Using Gephi to Visualize the Social Networks in 16th-century Mexican Publishing”


Please see the “Schedule” tab for room locations. Cookies and coffee will be served at both roundtables. See you all there!

-2016 Conference Organizers


Submission Deadline Extended!

The deadline to submit an abstract or project proposal for the annual GRACLS Conference has been extended! We will accept submissions until Friday, September 2nd, 2016.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email to the conference organizers at
Nina Sport & Marlena Cravens
Conference Organizers

Abstract Prize- submit by Friday 8/26!

As we draw closer to the submission deadline (Friday 8.26.16), we are happy to announce that The Program in Comparative Literature will recognize the best abstract submitted by a graduate student at the annual GRACLS Symposium. The prize carries an award of $100 and a certificate.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Austin in September!

Nina Sport & Marlena Cravens
2016 Conference Organizers

Here are the requirements for eligibility for the competition:
1. Submit an abstract.
2. Present the paper that pertains to the abstract during the conference, on either the day of the 24th or 25th of September.

We will rely upon a panel of external judges, who are not the organizers, to score the abstracts according to the following criteria. The highest scoring abstract wins the prize.

I.      10 points. Set up topic, focus and establish key/function words
II.     10 points. Show Significance: Identify problem in field, a gap in knowledge, or a misunderstanding
III.    10 points. Identify sources or texts you will examine
IV.    10 points. Identify method (theory/tool/approach) you will use
V.     10 points. Expected conclusions.

Points total: 50

Keynote Speaker– Dr. Avital Ronell!

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote address will take place on Saturday, September 24th (time TBA) and will be delivered by Dr. Avital Ronell, Professor in the Humanities and in the Departments of Germanic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature at New York University. A bold and enterprising thinker, Dr. Ronell has applied Nietzschean thought to questions surrounding technology, the dead, the divine, and the alien. Dr. Ronell was a close friend and colleague of Jacques Derrida.  She is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace and has published extensively on Freud and Kafka especially.   She is a major presence in Jewish feminism and in continental philosophy. For further information and a list of selected publications, please view Dr. Ronell’s faculty page on NYU’s Comparative Literature website.


Nina Sport & Marlena Cravens
2016 Conference Organizers