Guest lectures

Natalie Melas teaches Comparative Literature at Cornell University where she is alsoMelas resident director of the Institute for Comparative Modernities. Her fields of inquiry include French and English Caribbean literature and philosophy, anticolonial thought and aesthetics, the poetics and politics of comparison, Alexandrianism, Primitivism and philosophies of race and time. She is the author of All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison and co-editor with David Damrosch and Mbongiseni Buthelezi of The Princteon Sourcebook for Comparative Literature. She is currently completing a study of Aimé Césaire and C.P. Cavafy on the question of race and lyric time from which the topic of her seminar is drawn.

Opening Libraries to the World: Efforts to Create Open-Access Collections and How to Find Them

During the first few months of the global pandemic, a number of publishers and databases provided limited term open access to their items. Using this history as a point of departure, this presentation and workshop/discussion will feature governmental-, cooperative-, and library-based open-access efforts that allow for more equitable and anticolonial access to information seekers and researchers from around the world. The presentation will focus on collections of items that are out of copyright, usually created due to laws stating the right to information or in efforts to decolonize libraries and their collections. The presentation will also focus items that are still under copyright but have been put in collections that are open access, because they are under threat of removal or destruction in other places, and so are made available for the world to see. The focus of the presentation will be on collections pertaining to world literature, which includes not just poetry and prose in original and translations, but also texts associated with posters, music, spoken word, and many other sources.

Dr. Todd Michelson-Ambelang is Senior Academic Librarian for ScandinavianTodd Michelson Humanities and South Asian Studies, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Liaison for Public Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves as a research liaison for the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. He has an BA in German from Arizona State University, an MA in Scandinavian Linguistics, an MA in Library and Information Studies, as well as a PhD in Scandinavian Philology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on disability and perceptions of outsiders in Medieval Scandinavia. He also works and conducts research on equitable access to materials in US libraries for patrons with disabilities, as well as patrons from around the world.