Kristine Kotecki is Assistant Professor at Ball State University. She received her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013. In her research and teaching, she focuses on how contemporary literature and film shape cultural memory and visions for the future. Her book project, From the Ashes of the Archive: Cultural Memory in Ex-Yugoslav Collections, 1993-2013, connects the dissolution of Yugoslavia with the rise of experimental genres for representing transnational regional belonging.
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Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University, Aug 2014-present
Ph.D. English, University of Texas at Austin, Dec 2013
- Field: Ethnic and Third World Literatures
- Dissertation: After the Archive: Framing Cultural Memory in Ex-Yugoslav Collections
- Committee: Ann Cvetkovich (co-director), Mia Carter (co-director), Neville Hoad, Tatiana Kuzmić, Snehal Shingavi
M.A. English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, May 2008
- Concentration: Cultural Studies in Asia-Pacific
- M.A. Project: “Re-formed Illusions: Africa on Film,” S. Shankar (chair)
B.A. English and Global Studies of Culture and Politics, Seattle Pacific U, June 2002
- “The Future of Europe: Susan Sontag’s Sarajevo Publication, Papers, and Production of Waiting for Godot.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Forthcoming.
- “Europeanizing the Balkans at the Sarajevo Film Festival.” Journal of Narrative Theory 44.3 (2014): 344-66.
- “Articulations of Presence: The Explosions and Rubble of Philippe Aractingi’s Sous les Bombes.” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8.2 (2010): 87-101.
- “Approximating the Hypertextual, Replicating the Metafictional: Textual and Socio-Political Authority in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.” Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy Tale Studies 24.2 (2010): 235-54.
- “Review: Dubravka Ugrešic’s Nobody’s Home: Essays.” The E3W Review (Spring 2011): 17-9.
- “Review: Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009.” Film International 8.5 (2010): 93-4.
- “Section Introduction: Anticolonial Historiography.” Co-author Christopher Michlethwait. The E3W Review (Spring 2010): 27.
- “Review: Jennifer Wenzel’s Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond.” The E3W Review (Spring 2010): 27-9.
- “Review: David Harvey’s A History of Neoliberalism.” The E3W Review (Spring 2009): 37-8.
Manuscripts in Preparation
- Book Manuscript: From the Ashes of the Archive: Cultural Memory in Ex-Yugoslav Collections
AWARDS and FELLOWSHIPS
- Fulbright-Hays for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, 2013
- Fulbright Grant (ETA), IIE (declined), 2012
- American Council for Learned Societies Language Grant, 2010
- Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, 2009
- The Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant, 2008
- ASPIRE Junior Faculty Research Award, 2015
- Graduate School Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas, 2011
- Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Texas, 2009
- Graduate Dean’s Fellowship Supplement, University of Texas, 2009
- University of Hawai‘i Arts and Sciences Advisory Council Award, 2008
- Graduate Student Organization Travel Award, University of Hawai‘i, 2008
- Excellence Fellowship for Scholarship, University of Texas, 2012
- Professional Development Award, University of Texas, 2011
- “Ethnic and Third World Literature: From the University of Texas, Austin, to the Profession at Large.” Roundtable. Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, January 2016 (forthcoming).
- “South Asia and the Non-Aligned Movement in Two Post-Yugoslav Texts.” Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia. The Ohio State University, Oct 9-11, 2014.
- “Waiting for Clinton, I mean, Godot in Besieged Sarajevo: Europe’s Future in the Susan Sontag Papers.” The English Department Colloquium Series. February 2014, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
- “From Resistance Literature to World Literature: Reframing the Poets of the Sarajevo Siege.” A World Literature Roundtable with David Damrosch, Theo D’haen, Jeanne Glesener, Sowon Park, Galin Tihanov, Kristine Kotecki and Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek. 2013 MLA Convention.
- “On the Margins of All Three Worlds: Yugoslavia and the Nonaligned Movement.” Three Worlds as Theory, Reality, and Historical Legacy. 2013 MLA Convention.
- “The Global South at the Eastern Crossroads: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in Bosnia,” 2011 American Comparative Literature Association Conference.
- “Socialist Nostalgia and Transatlantic Film Circulation.” 2011 MLA Convention.
- “Referentiality at a Standstill in Philippe Aractingi’s Under the Bombs.” 2009 Rice Symposium.
- “Interrupted by Cadavers: Witnessing Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako.” 2009 Sequels Symposium in Ethnic/Third World Literature, University of Texas at Austin.
- “Moving into Silence: Translation and Subjectivity in Eva Hoffman’s Narration of Canada.” 2008 International Auto/Biography Association Conference, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
- “Genre and Geopolitics,” American Comparative Literature Association, American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2015.
Instructor of Record
Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2014-
- ENG 702 Directed Study: Postcolonial Theory (F15) – This graduate tutorial focused on key works in postcolonial theory and criticism.
- ENG 654 Aesthetic and Ideological Movements in World Cinema (Sp16) – This graduate course will teach theoretical and critical approaches to films categorized as Accented Cinema, Regional Cinema, Transnational Cinema, Third Cinema. Students read in critical cultural studies, narrative theory, gender theory, and postcolonial theory.
- ENG 425 Film Studies (Sp15, F15) – This course teaches critical film analysis and writing skills to English majors, screenwriters, and video production majors. It begins by developing a technical vocabulary and builds on this competency by incorporating theoretical readings to address historical, economic, critical and formal approaches to film analysis.
- ENG 402 Cultural Studies (F14) – This course teaches students to evaluate cultural texts and discourse in theoretically significant and culturally relevant ways. It covers key theoretical texts at the intersections of Structuralist semiotics, Marxist political theory, postcolonialism, and media studies and adapts them into methodological approaches.
- ENG 230 Reading and Writing about Literature: Literary Afterlives (F14, Sp15) – This core English major course prepares students to analyze and write about literature using methods foundational to the field. I sequence the assignments to incrementally build from formal skills to critical approaches to research in the humanities.
- ENG 206 Reading Literature: Revelations in Post-apocalyptic Fiction (Sp16) – This introduction to literature for non-majors teaches critical reading and writing approaches. I will teach the course in a smart classroom and will emphasize collaborative approaches to analysis and writing.
- ENG 205 World Literature: Technologies of Remembrance (Sp15, F15) – This course introduces methodological approaches and ethical questions to bring to the study of literature from contexts and translated from languages unfamiliar to many North American students. As a thematic glue to hold together an otherwise very expansive category, the class explores how personal and collective memories are imaginatively mediated in response to specific cultural contexts.
Lecturer in English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (Honolulu, HI), 2013-14
- ENG 272 Culture and Literature: Banned Books and Censored Cinema – This writing intensive course introduces students to literary analysis by focusing on the cultural contexts around controversial world literature and film texts.
- ENG 100 Composition I: The Politics of Popular Culture, 2 sections – This common core introductory writing course focuses on controversies around film, television, and new media to teach rhetorical analysis and college-level writing skills.
- ENG 100 Composition I: Global English and the Multilingual U.S., 3 sections – This common core introductory writing course focuses on controversies around the dominance of English worldwide and the role of bilingualism in the US to teach rhetorical analysis and college-level writing skills.
Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), 2008-11
- ENG 314L Banned Books and Novel Ideas: Practices of Cultural Regulation, 2 sections – Students in this gateway English class learned skills essential to literary, such as research methods, critical approaches to literary analysis, and writing. I emphasized online platforms in one section, which took place in a computer classroom.
- RHE 306 Rhetoric and Writing, 2 sections – Students in this common core class learned argumentation and research skills in preparation for university level writing.
Assistant to Instructor of Record
Graduate Assistant, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (Honolulu, HI), 2006-08
- ENG 383 Children’s Literature – Assisted in this large enrolment upper-division course. Taught section entitled “Fairy Tales, Modernity, and Class,” created discussion question handouts and study guides, and led class discussions.
- ENG 100 Composition I – Helped with classroom activities and discussions and held one-on-one sessions with students.
- Committee Member: Arshad Khan dissertation, 2015-
- DP2 and DP3 Portfolio Committee, Ball State University, 2014-
- Review the portfolios of education majors in English
- Curriculum Vitae Workshop Panelist, Ball State University, 2015
- Reader, Undergraduate scholarship applications, 2015
- Field Exam and Prospectus Workshop Panelist, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
- Peer Mentor, Feminist Solidarity Group, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
- Served as incoming graduate student’s resource for navigating the university, department, and coursework. Met regularly to share experiences and advice.
- Section Editor, The Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, 2009-10
- Wrote review of one of issue’s two central text, solicited and selected other reviews for the special section dedicated to that text, edited the reviews, and wrote section introduction. Introduced text’s author at the Sequels graduate conference. Updated E3W website using Drupal and HTML, digitized previous year’s journal, and updated staff entries.
- Review Editor, The Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books, 2009-12
- Planning Committee, Ethnic and Third World SEQUELS Conference, 2008-9
- Panel Moderator, International Auto/Biography Association Conference, 2008
- Publicist, Roundtable with Ngugi wa Thiong`o, University of Hawai‘i, 2008
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
- Engaged Networks Project Member, UT Digital Writing and Research Lab, 2010-11
- Researched the relationship between information technologies and writing, and tested the use of new media technologies as pedagogical tools. Coordinated the “Marlin Voices” project on the intersections of community action, documentary filmmaking, and online mapping.
- Researcher and Copywriter, Southeast European Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2010
- Researched and reviewed video exhibit. Circulated review on social networking sites and cinema newsletters. Wrote study guide for youth program.
- Writing Consultant, Graduate Student Writing Services, U. of Texas, 2010
- Assisted graduate students from a range of department with strategizing, organizing and polishing writing projects, such as fellowship applications, business plans and dissertations. Mentored several regular students throughout the year.
- Undergraduate Writing Assessor, U. of Texas, 2010
- Assessed undergraduate student writing samples for ideas and organization, evidence and support, voice and audience awareness, and mechanics. Provided data to support the University of Texas’ reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Offered feedback to shape writing rubrics used in future writing assessments.
- Writing Consultant, Undergraduate Writing Center, University of Texas, 2008-09
- English Language and Copy Editor, Honolulu, 2006-08
- English Language Assistant, Lycée La Prat’s, Cluny, France, 004-05
- Adult Education and Homeless Service Specialist, St Joseph’s Center, L.A., 2002-03
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH
- French (Advanced mastery)
- Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (highly proficient reading skills, proficient writing and conversational skills)
- Society of Cinema and Media Studies
- Modern Language Association
- American Comparative Literature Association