Changing of the Guard: New GECC Leadership

It is an absolute delight to announce that along with Dylan Lewis, who will be stepping in as GECC Chair, we have three new members of GECC Leadership. Allison Gibeily will be joining as the new Co-Chair, and Sarabeth Grant and Nevena Martinović will serve as Early Career Advisors for the caucus, a newly established role.

Learn more about our new leaders and read a brief “thank you” from our outgoing chair, Ziona Kocher, below.

GECC Chair: Dylan Lewis

Dylan Lewis is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Maryland where he researches book history, bibliography, translation, and Restoration & eighteenth-century literature. He is also an editorial assistant for Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660–1700 and an instructor at UMD English’s makerspace and library, BookLab. He holds an M.A. in German Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Book History & Digital Humanities from Texas Tech University. 
Dylan’s work focuses on topics such as the transnational ‘rise’ of the novel, Anglo-German print culture, bibliography, the international reception of Samuel Richardson’s novels, the epistolary novel, translation theory, and the commercial relationships between authors, printers, publishers, and booksellers throughout the long eighteenth century. He has presented his work at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as at annual conferences held by the the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the German Studies Association, the American Printing History Association, and other national and regional societies. He has also trained as a bibliographer and librarian in courses at California Rare Book School. 

He is currently creating a digital project in Samuel Richardson bibliography, and this summer he is working as a librarian at the Stadt- und Landesbibliothek in Dortmund, Germany. Some of his academic-adjacent hobbies include playing (MMO)RPG video games, letterpress printing, collecting eighteenth-century books, and playing the clarinet. You can find him on Twitter at: @IAmDylanLewis

GECC Co-Chair: Allison Gibeily

Allison (Allie) Gibeily is a PhD student at Northwestern University, where she studies eighteenth-century English and Arabic travel writing. She is a member of Northwestern’s English department and a Mellon cluster fellow in Middle East and North African Studies, and she currently serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Arabic Literature. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also provided logistical and editorial support for Restoration: Studies in Literary Culture, 1660-1700. She has previously worked as a high school English and ESL teacher and as a Graduate Assistant for UMD’s Office of Student Orientation and Transition. 

Allie’s research takes a comparative approach to understand how travelers recorded the embodied knowledge they encountered or experienced in distant lands during the European Enlightenment and the post-classical Ottoman “Period of Decline.” Of special interest to Allie is the exchange of scientific knowledge and indigenous knowhow as mediated by the genre of the travelogue, or rila, in the Arabic tradition. She is currently translating her Lebanese grandmother’s handwritten recipes from Arabic to English – a hobby that has proven to be both intellectually and gastronomically delightful. You can find her on Twitter at @AGibeily. 

GECC Early Career Advisors: Sarabeth Grant and Nevena Martinović

Sarabeth Grant (she/her) received her Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University. She served as an Instructor of English and an Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Hartford. Named a Davis Education Foundation Fellow, she worked to strengthen the first-year writing sequence and student fluency with exploratory writing.  

Now an independent scholar, her research and publications locate historical inquiry as a form of nation building, with the literary imagination offering a more capacious view of eighteenth-century citizenship than often represented by official historical documents—an argument she makes in Exemplary England: Historical Inquiry and Literary Recompense in Pope, Gray, and Richardson, forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press. She received the 2021 Women’s Caucus Émilie Du Châtelet Award, supporting her current work on Eliza Haywood and passionate introspection, the focus of her next book project.

Nevena Martinović (she/her) is a theatre history and performance scholar from Toronto, Ontario. Her research primarily focuses on intersections of acting and aging in eighteenth-century British theatre. Her work has been published in Lumen and Theatre Research in Canada, and is forthcoming in the edited collection English Theatrical Anecdotes, 1660–1800. She is also at work on a book-length project titled Aging Actresses and Transgressive Femininity on the Eighteenth-Century Stage. 

Nevena holds a PhD in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University. She currently serves as the Education Manager at the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, and teaches at the Royal Military College and Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada.

Thank You

In this, my final blog post for GECC, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of this caucus. As we faced a year that brought many big changes, including our first nervous but delightful steps back to meeting in person, being the chair of GECC has been a source of great joy.

While the ASECS community faced difficult discussions about our culture as an academic organization, I have been met with so many brilliant ideas about what our caucus can do to better support the junior scholars who represent the future of our field. By expanding membership to include early career researchers and scholars in addition to graduate students, our hope was to provide a broader and stronger network of support to those who need it most. We have had an amazing year of online events, brilliant panels, and a well-attended mixer, and we hope to carry this momentum forward as the GECC continues to grow.

On a more personal note, working as GECC chair is one of the best things I have done while in grad school, and I am so grateful to have had the chance to serve in this position. Though I am sad to see this time come to an end, I am extremely excited to see where things go next.


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