Allison M Schifani

Asst. Professor_MLL Digital Humanities
Director of Graduate Studies

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2013Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
2008 Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
2003B.A. English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College

Honors & Acknowledgements

Humanities Center Research Fellowship, University of Miami, 2018/2019

ULink Interdisciplinary Grant, “What Drives Virality: Context, Network Structure or Context?” (Partial Support offered for 2019)

Provost Research Award, University of Miami, 2017/18

Camp Kesem Miami Magic Teacher Award, Miami 2017

Conferences & Events

Documentation, Information, and Alternative Infrastructures: The Buenos Aires Libre Autonomous Network | Visible Evidence XXII, Toronto
Uncommon Architectures in the Rust Belt: Steel, Space and Contemporary Capital | Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Riverside CA
Speculative Urbanism: Uncertain Architectures in the Rust Belt | Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland
Digital Humanities: Theories, Practices, Publics | Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU, Cleveland
Speculative Urbanism: Imagining Rustbelt Futures | Unruly Engagements: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland
Scaling Social Movements | Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Concordia University, Montreal
Urban Speculation/Speculative Urbanism | Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics International Conference, Concordia University, Montreal
Urban Laboratory Life: Machine Project and the Anti-Capsular Urban Science | American Anthropological Association, Chicago
Emerging Methodologies: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities | Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU, Cleveland

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Cultural Studies | Digital Humanities | Environmental Humanities | Immigration/Globalization/Transnationalism/Diasporas | Literary/Critical Theory | Media, Film and Visual Studies | Science and Technology Studies | Social Movements and Networks and 20th-21st Century

Research Projects

Additional Projects
Professor Schifani is also a founding member of the research and design collaborative SPEC, whose focus is the future of the city, with particular attention to digitality, economy and urban speculation.


Co-authored with Professor Katherine Kelp-Stebbins "The Medium is the Masses: Embodied Amplification, Urban Occupation" 10 (Media Fields. August, 2015).

Allison Schifani "Alternative Sprawls, Junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and Horizontal Urban Epistemologies" 1.3 ( Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. September, 2014).

Co- translation with Zeke Sikelianos (New York, New York, United States. Fordham University Press. 2012).

Allison Schifani Co-authored with Jeffrey Kruth Plat Buenos Aires Libre: Risk, Resistance, and Tactical Sharing184-1907 (September, 2018).

Allison Schifani The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature o Flat Logics, Deep Critique: Temporalities, Aesthetics and Ecologies in Electronic Literature on the Web255-270 (New York, Bloomsbury Press. 2017).