Ferda Asya, associate professor of English
Ferdâ Asya, Ph.D., presented a refereed paper, “Unfolding Anarchism in Istanbul: James Baldwin’s Another Country”; organized a panel, “American Writers in Europe”; and chaired a session, “The Places of Contemporary Literature,” at the Annual Conference of American Literature Association (ALA) on May 26-29, 2011 in Boston, MA.
February — Asya, Ph.D., presented, “The Fulfillment of the Anarchist Wish: A Freudian Reading of Utopia in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time," and chaired a panel at The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, international conference held at the University of Louisville on Feb. 18 to 20.
May — Asya, Ph.D., presented a paper, "An Expatriate Coup d'Oeil at World Events in Edith Wharton's In Morocco and Diane Johnson's Lulu in Marrakech," and chaired two conference panels, "Women and Ghosts" and "Gender Issues and Contemporary Fiction," at the 20th Annual Conference of American Literature Association in Boston, Mass., held in May.
March — Asya, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2008/2009 Edith Wharton Collection Research Award granted by the Edith Wharton Society to conduct research on the Edith Wharton materials at the Beinecke Library of Yale University. The Edith Wharton Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library contains 50,000 items, consisting of manuscripts, letters, photographs, miscellaneous personal papers that belonged to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) and were a part of her estate at her death. The Edith Wharton Collection Research Award is a competitive grant. It is offered each year by the Edith Wharton Society to one scholar for bringing a thorough preparation to the research project, which will contribute significantly to Wharton Scholarship.
June — Asya, Ph.D., presented a paper titled, "The Darwin Connection: A Kropotkinian Reading of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence," at the Edith Wharton and History Conference of the Edith Wharton Society on June 26, 2008 in Pittsfield, Mass.
Her essay, "Anarchism in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales," appeared in the volume, Writing Off the Hyphen: New Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora (American Ethnic and Cultural Studies), published by University of Washington Press in May 2008. In the essay, she employs a threefold theoretical approach to discern the individualist, collectivist, and ecological ideology of anarchism as an important element in the artistic creativity of Aurora Levins Morales.
October — Ferda Asya, Ph.D., presented a paper, "Anarcho-Feminism in the Work of Aurora Levins Morales," at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 3. Her essay, "Unveiling the Origin of the Romani Holocaust: The Anarchist Tradition in Winter Time by Walter Winter," appeared as a chapter in "Gypsies" in European Literature and Culture: Studies in European Culture and History, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. This volume, which contains essays by internationally distinguished scholars of Romani Studies, is edited by Valentina Glajar and Domnica Radulescu, renowned scholars in this field.
December — Asya, Ph.D., presented a paper, "Love and Death in the Work of Anna de Noailles," at the Annual Convention of Modern Language Association (MLA) in Chicago, IL, on 30 December 2007.