THATCamp SE 2013 Organizers

Brandy Ball Blake

BRANDY BALL BLAKE (PhD University of Georgia) is a third-year Brittain Fellow and the Assistant Director of Georgia Tech’s Communication Center. Her dissertation analyzes the connections between intertextuality and representations of trauma in fantasy literature. Her primary areas of study are Victorian literature, children’s literature, and fantasy, but she is more broadly interested in trauma theory, media theory, illustrations, and video game adaptations, among other subjects. She recently published a first-year composition textbook, Monsters, co-edited with L. Andrew Cooper.  Her current projects include an article on gendered representations of trauma in Dracula and an article examining the use of photography in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  In addition to her duties in the Communication Center, she chairs Writing and Communication’s Special Events and Campus Outreach Committee and sits on the Executive Committee as well as several others.  Key interests : Victorian and children’s literature, fantasy, visual culture, trauma, and media theories.

Doris Bremm

Doris Bremm is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century Studies from the University of Florida. In her research, she specializes in contemporary literature, intersections between literature and the visual arts, and literary theory. Her book manuscript Representation Beyond Representation: Reading Paintings in Contemporary Narratives considers contemporary literature about visual art as a new way to historicize postmodernism and the postmodern novel. The essay “London’s Museum Spaces in the Works of A.S. Byatt and Peter Ackroyd” will be included in a collection entitled London in Contemporary British Fiction: Beyond the City?  forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2013.She has taught interdisciplinary courses on the Bloomsbury Group, modernist poetic movements, and historiographic metafiction. Her multimodal composition courses at Georgia Tech focus on Public Art, Museum Studies, and the Rhetoric of Display (ENGL 1101) as well as Mapping Literature, Literary London, and Contemporary British Literature (ENGL 1102). She also teaches LMC 2500 Intro to Film.


Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka graduated from Bowling Green State University with an interdisciplinary degree in American Culture Studies.  Her interest in digital pedagogy is closely aligned with feminist pedagogy and attempts to decentralize the classroom and create collaborative environments for students. Currently, she is working on two projects: a book manuscript titled “Challenging Tolerance: Cosmopolitan Ethics in Young Adult Holocaust Literature” and an article on representations of Romani characters in YA Holocaust Lit. Despite all the Holocaust studies, she’s really quite a cheerful person.

James R. Gregory

A doctoral graduate of the University of Georgia, I have designed and implemented college-level courses in the classroom and online for eight years. I am interested in e-learning, curriculum development, and instructional design in higher education, in addition to workplace training and performance. Besides work in public and private broadcast radio, I have experience in web design, publishing, e-learning, audio and video production, as well as in freelance writing and editing. I am currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology , where I also teach a client-based Technical Communication course for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students as a Marion L. Brittain Post-doctoral Fellow. My academic research centers on identity in, as well as religious and cultural interaction between, medieval England and Wales, but I am also interested twentieth-century medievalism and the impact of digital media on the study, understanding, and teaching of the humanities.


Diane Jakacki

Diane Jakacki is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech, where she chairs the Media and Technologies committee. Research interests include Digital Humanities approaches to Early Modern drama and popular culture, and Digital Pedagogy. Jakacki has published two articles on the application of visual rhetoric to textual analysis of printed play texts; she is currently editing King Henry VIII or All is True for the Internet Shakespeare Editions. Jakacki is an Assistant Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and will be teaching the DHSI Digital Pedagogy course this summer.



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