UM scholars explore literary connections with George Washington University
澳大與喬治華盛頓大學合作加強英葡教研

12 Oct 2016


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The University of Macau’s (UM) Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) has signed an agreement on teaching mobility with George Washington University (GWU) in the United States. One of the outcomes of this agreement is the teaching staff exchanges in Portuguese and English, with incoming staff initially specialising in English literature.

In September 2016, the Department of English welcomed Prof David McAleavey to teach Creative Writing and American Poetry for the semester; he will be followed from January 2017 to May 2017 by Prof Patty Chu, one of the key figures in Asian-American literary scholarship.

To mark the beginning of this series of exchanges, the Department of English hosted a round-table symposium on ‘Synergies in English Literature Teaching and Research’. Prof McAleavey and Prof Chu were joined by two more junior members of the GWU faculty, Assistant Professor Jennifer Chang, a rising Asian-American poet; and Daniel DeWispelare, a specialist in the interaction between literary texts and varieties of national and world English. The purpose of this symposium was to add value to the teaching exchanges by exploring shared teaching and research interests. During the symposium, UM and GWU faculty discussed their educational and research interests, and identified potential areas of collaboration, such as Asian-American literary research, Creative Writing pedagogy, Language and Poetics, and World English. The aim was to begin a series of conversations which will develop over time and which may result in the sharing of best practices in teaching and, potentially, joint research projects.

The GWU faculty also took the opportunity to meet with postgraduate students in the Department of English. Jennifer Chang was interviewed by MA students for an online video database project run by Prof Glenn Timmermans, which aims to develop a resource that will be launched later this year. The visiting scholars also took the opportunity to look around the sights of Macao and to sample a wide range of cuisine found in the city.

The symposium and the advent of the teaching mobility exchange together mark a key moment in the development of literary teaching and scholarship in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Scholars from UM and GWU look forward to deepening their relationships in the future.


澳門大學人文學院與美國喬治華盛頓大學簽訂合作協議,加強兩校在英語及葡語文學教學合作,深化彼此在學術研究上的交流;當中包括兩校葡文系和英文系學者彼此到訪,擔任教研職務。首批到訪澳大的學者為喬治華盛頓大學英語文學專家。

澳大英文系於2016年9月首次有喬治華盛頓大學訪問學者David McAleavey教授到訪,並教授“創意寫作和美國詩歌"課程,為期半學年。繼McAleavey教授之後,亞美文學界的知名學者Patty Chu教授將於2017年1月至5月期間進駐澳大。

為紀念兩校的交流互訪,澳大英文系舉辦了“英語文學教學與研究"圓桌會議。兩校學者就不同教學方式和研究領域進行了深入探討,從而確定了今後合作的學術領域,包括亞美文學研究、創意寫作教學法、語言和詩意學、世界英文。

該圓桌會議不僅分享優秀的教學心得,且促進了兩校合作,開展新的學術研究。會議的召開、兩校學者的交流互訪,是澳大文學教學和研究發展過程中一大里程碑。雙方學者期望未來能進一步深化合作關係。

 

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