Scholarly activity

Professor of English Emerita, Saginaw Valley State University
Professor of English, 1997-2010
Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, 1991-1997

B.A. University of Rochester
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Editor. Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Scholarly Anthology. Second Edition. Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997. I also wrote one of the articles. Originally published in 1991. Available from University of Wisconsin Press

Plenary Speaker:

  • Plenary speaker, Florida State University’s 33rd Annual Film and Literature Conference, Cyborg Science and Virtual Materialities in Literature and Film, January 31-February 3, 2008. The title of my talk was “Standing on the Edge: The Problem of Sentience.”

Academic Papers published since 1991:

  • “Masks as Liminal Objects: Fantastic Aspects of Personality.” The New York Review of Science Fiction #223, March 2007.
  • “Post-Millennium Blade Runner.The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic. Ed. Will Brooker. London , Wallflower, 2005.
  • “Drawing Lines in the Sand: The Fantastic Considered as an Instance of Liminality.” Flashes of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from The War of the Worlds Centennial, Nineteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Ed. David Ketterer. Westport , CT. , Praeger, 2004.
  •  “The Kitchen Table writing exercise,” published in Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Papers, AWP Conference, April 1999.
  • “A T’shuvah on Sacred Clowning from Reb Kugel.”       The Monstrous and the Unspeakable: The Bible as Fantastic Literature. Eds. George Aichele and Tina Pippin.   Sheffield, England: Sheffield Press, 1997.
  • “A T’shuvah on Sacred Clowning from Reb Kugel.” New Menorah: The Journal of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal #43, Spring 5756/1996 and #44 Summer 5756/1996 (2 parts)
  • “Technology as a Shaper of Culture.” Michigan Professional Engineer 46: 3 (March 1994).
  • “Uses of the Fantastic in Literature of the Holocaust,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 5.2, 1993.
  • “The Clown as Social Healer: A Study of the Clown Ministry Movement.”   Journal of American Culture 15.3 (Fall 1992). [First presented at the Popular Culture Association annual conference, Montreal , Quebec , Canada , 1987.]
  • “Virtual Space and its Boundaries in Science Fiction Film and Television: Tron, ‘Max Headroom’ and WarGames.”   In   The Celebration of the Fantastic: Selected Papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Eds. Donald E. Morse, Marshall B. Tymn and Csilla Birtha.   Westport , CT : Greenwood Press, 1992. 191-203.

Awards:

  • Saginaw Valley State University Faculty Association Recognition Award for Scholarship, October 2001

Conference Papers since 1991:

  • “Strings and Things: Puppet Theory and Being John Malkovich” at 27th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2006. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Carnaval in the Dominican Republic ,” original video with discussion. 26 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 2005. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Some linguistic issues in the translation of Hispano-caribbean women’s poetry,” at V Encuentro Internacional Dulce María Loynaz/Nicolás Guillén, Havana, Cuba, May 2002.
  • Stalking the Fantastic in the Dominican Republic” at 23 rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2002. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Book/Mask/Book” at 22 nd   International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2001. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Piloting a Distance Learning Course on Campus” at Computers & Writing 2001: A Cyber Odyssey, Muncie, IN, May 2001.
  • “Rethinking Blade Runner: Millennium and Apocalypse: at Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters annual conference at Saginaw Valley State University, March, 2000 (based on presentation given at University of Kentucky graduate course).
  • “Masks as Liminal Objects: Fantastic Approaches to Personality” at 21 st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 2000. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • Pedagogy Roundtable session leader, Associated Writing Programs annual conference, Albany, NY, April 1999.
  • “The ‘There’ There: Hypertext Design Metaphor and the Fantastic” at 20 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 1999. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Drawing Lines in the Sand: The Fantastic as an Instance of the Liminal” at 19 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 1998. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Time, Terrain and the Mythic Body in the Poems of Dulce María Loynaz” presented at 18 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.   Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 1997. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Tiempo, Paisaje y Cuerpo Mítico en los Poemas de Dulce María Loynaz (Time, Landscape and the Mythic Body in the Poems of Dulce María Loynaz” at the Colloquium in homage to Dulce María Loynaz for her 94th birthday, entitled “Una Mujer en el Jardin (A Woman in the Garden).” Havana Cuba, 11 December 1996. I also read several of my translations and the original poems at an invitational gathering at Sra. Loynaz’s home on 14 December 1996.
  • “Post-Tenure Faculty Evaluation in Unionized Universities.”   AAHE Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards, Atlanta, Georgia. 21 January 1996.
  • “A Jewish Perspective on Sacred Clowning.” 16 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 1995. I also organized and chaired the poetry reading sessions and read my poems.
  • “Literary Hypertext from a Writer’s Point of View.” 6 th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Montreal, Quebec, September 1995.
  • “TheDean: Persona and Constituency” as part of Workshop for New Deans, Council of College of Arts and Sciences annual conference, Portland, OR, November 1994.
  • “Space and Voice in Hypertext.”   15 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Ft. Lauderdale , Florida , March 1994.
  • “Jorge Luis Borges’ Relationship to Nazism.”   14 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale , Florida , March 1993.
  • “The Implications of Becoming a Public Person.”   Council of College of Arts and Sciences annual conference, Cincinnati , Ohio , November 1993.
  • “Fragmentation and Unity in the Aesthetics of Hypertext.”   Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Language and Literature Section.   East Lansing , Michigan , March 1994.
  • Poster Session: “Beyond the Book: Computer Poetry and COLLOQUY: the Interactive Poem Authoring System.”   4 th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Minneapolis , Minnesota , November 1993.
  • “Anthropological Materials and Issues in Le Guin.” 13 th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale , Florida , March 1992.
  • “Computer Poetry and COLLOQUY: the Interactive Poem Authoring System.”   Third National Conference on Creativity in American Colleges and Universities, Northwood Institute, Midland, Michigan, July 1992.

2 thoughts on “Scholarly activity”

  1. Dear Dr. Kerman — Greetings. I am sorry to trouble you, but I am hoping that you can assist me in my quest. In 2014 I published a book on Blade Runner, and naturally I benefitted greatly in my research by reading your edited collection cover to cover. During that time, and ever since, I have been trying to obtain a copy of the December 22, 1980 Blade Runner screenplay, to no avail. William M. Kolb’s essays suggest that he had access to a copy, but my attempts to track him down have failed. So, I am wondering whether you might have contact information for him (I realize that many years have passed!), or even if you might know where I can obtain a copy of the Dec. 22, 1980 screenplay. Many thanks for your kind assistance! Best wishes, Timothy Shanahan, Loyola Marymount University

    • Sorry I can’t help, but I’ve been out of touch with him for years, maybe decades. Have you looked for him on a Facebook? I’ve never had access to the screenplay either. Good luck.

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