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Visiting Scholars

Each year, the Department of English brings visiting speakers to campus.  In addition, the department will occasionally bring in a visiting fellow for an academic year to teach classes.

Future Fellows

Future L.L. Smith Speakers

Katie Conrad

On campus - March 18-22, 2017


Conrad Biography

I am currently Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English at the University of Kansas.

Research interests: My first book, Locked in the Family Cell: Gender, Sexuality, and Political Agency in Irish National Discourse(2004), addresses the centrality of gender and sexuality to national identity and nationalist discourses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. My recent research has dealt with surveillance, space, technology, and visual culture. My current book project examines science and technology in late-19th- and early-20th- century British and Irish literature.

Selected recent publications:

"Framing 'Araby'," with Mark Osteen, Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue, ed Vicki Mahaffey, Syracuse University Press, 2012.


"Surveillance, Gender, and the Virtual Body in the Information Age," Surveillance and Society 6.4 (2009): 380-7.


"'Nothing to Hide...Nothing to Fear': Discriminatory Surveillance and Queer Visibility in Great Britain and Northern Ireland," The Ashgate Companion to Queer Theory, ed. Noreen Giffney and Michael O'Rourke, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2009. Full text available at KU ScholarWorks.


"The Politics of Camp: Queering Parades, Performance, and the Public in Belfast," Deviant Acts: Essays on Queer Performance, ed. David Cregan, Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2009. Full text available at KU ScholarWorks.


"Keening the Nation: The Bean Chaointe, the Sean Bhean Bhocht, and Women's Lament in Irish Nationalist Narrative," Irish Literature, Feminist Perspectives, ed Patricia Coughlan and Tina O'Toole. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2008. Full text available at KU ScholarWorks.


"Widening the Frame: The Politics of Mural Photography in Northern Ireland," Irish Postmodernisms and Popular Culture, ed. Wanda Balzano, Moynagh Sullivan, and Anne Mulhall, London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Full text available at KU ScholarWorks.

Teaching interests: 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature; Irish and Northern Irish literature and culture; technology and literature.


Past L.L. Smith Speakers

Elizabeth Weiser

Amy Kaufman

Stuart Selber

Laurie Finke

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Jim Porter

Alan Nadel

Rushdie with students

Salman Rushdie was one of the first LL Smith visiting scholars for the Department of English.


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