2018 Presenter Bios

Keynote Speaker:
Nalo Hopkinson

Dr. Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Her teaching specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. She is currently working on “Duppy Jacket,” an alternate history fantasy novel set in set in the Caribbean. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel “Midnight Robber” received Honorable Mention in Cuba’s Casa de las Americas prize for literature written in Creole.


Regina N. Bradley is a writer and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and is the Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

Bradley’s expertise and research interests include 20th and 21st Century African American Literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. Her current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences renderings of the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. As a complement to her scholarly work, Bradley is a critically acclaimed fiction writer. She is a 2017 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee for her short story “Beautiful Ones.” Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was published in April 2017. Her fiction is also featured in BOAAT, Transition, Obsidian, and Oxford American.


Diem-My T. Bui is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests focus on cultural production, cultural memory, and embodiments of difference in racialized and sexualized representations in popular culture.  She is the author of essays on popular culture and media, monster studies, authoethnography, performativity, and war discourse published in journals and edited collections.  Her book, co-edited with Marina Levina, Monster Culture in the 21st Century:  A Reader (2013, Bloomsbury Academic), explores monster narratives as a response to a rapidly changing cultural, social, political, economic, and moral landscape in the 21st century.  She more recently published a chapter titled “Communications in a Zombie Apocalypse:  Usage, Control and Collapse of Mass Media” in the edited volume, …But If a Zombie Apocalypse Did Occur: Essays on Medical, Military, Governmental, Ethical, Economic and Other Implications.


Julian Chambliss is Professor of History at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  He teaches courses in urban history, African-American history, and comic book history in the United States. As a teacher-scholar concerned with community and identity, he has designed numerous public digital history projects that trace community development, document diverse experience, and explore the cultural complexity in Central Florida. He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Cornell Distinguished Service Award  (2014-2015) and Florida Campus Compact Service Learning Faculty Award (2011).


Enrique Garcia is Associate Professor of Hispanic Visual Culture, specializing in the cinema and comic book narratives of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since he was hired at Middlebury, in 2008, professor Garcia has published two books, Cuban Cinema After the Cold War (McFarland, 2015), The Hernández Brothers: Love, Rockets, and Alternative Comics (Pittsburg UP, 2017). He has also published several articles on Mexican comics, Latino superheroines, and on the films of U.S. Latino director Robert Rodriguez. His future research plans include a book-length project on Comic Books and the Caribbean, another on Postmodern Hispanic musicals, and a third on Orientalist comic book adventures in the United States and Mexico and their adaptations to other mediums such as television, film, and videogames.


Magda García is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on affect theory, Tejana/Chicana cultural productions, Chicana/Latina Feminisms, and Chicanx/Latinx literature. She is a UC Regents Special Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

 


John Jennings is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and a Cooperating Faculty Member in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal’s Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. Jennings sits on the editorial advisory boards for The Black Scholar and the new Ohio State Press imprint New Suns: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Speculative. He is currently the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.


Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is a scholar of Black Feminism, Black Digital Media, and Afrofuturism. Morris is also co-founder of the popular feminist blog, The Crunk Feminist Collective. She is the author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature (UVA Press 2014), co-editor, with Brittney C. Cooper and Robin M. Boylorn, of the anthology The Crunk Feminist Collection (Feminist Press 2017), and co-editor, with Kinitra D. Brooks and Linda Addison, of Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove 2017), a short story collection of horror written by Black women. Morris is also series editor, along with Kinitra D. Brooks, of the book series New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative, published at The Ohio State University Press. She is currently at work on her latest book project, which explores depictions of Black women vampires, Afrofuturism, and feminism.


Stacey Robinson, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, was an Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow who completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo. His work discusses ideas of “Black Utopias” as spaces of peace away from colonial influence by considering past and present Black protest movements, and the art movements that document(ed) them.

He is part of the collaborative team Black Kirby with artist John Jennings that creates comic books, gallery exhibitions, and lectures that deconstruct the work of artist Jack Kirby and re-imagine Black resistance spaces inspired by Hip Hop, religion, the arts and sciences. His recent exhibition ‘Binary ConScience’ explores ideas of W.E.B. Du Bois’s “double consciousness” as a Black cultural adaptation and a means of colonial survival. Recent works appear in upcoming books Kid Code: Channel Zero from Rosarium Publishing and The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Afrofuturism, Art+Design (edited by Reynaldo Anderson) from Lexington Books.