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Visiting Scholars

Yanli He

Home Institution: University of Sichuan, China
Project Title: Socialist Realism as World Literature and The New Face of Soviet Art: Boris Groys and the Total Art of Stalinism
Dates in Residence: September 2019 to September 2020

Yanli He is an Assistant Professor in the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University in China, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University (2018-2019). She has published thirty journal articles and a book. Her research interests include Soviet Socialist Realism, Stalinism and Sots-Art. She is the author of “Boris Groys and the Total Art of Stalinism” (Thesis Eleven, Fall, 2019), “Rethinking Minor/Small Literature as Secondary Zone Literature” (Territories: A Trans-Cultural Journal of Regional Studies, forthcoming), “Erasing the Pink on World Atlas: Mapping African American Literature” (Space and Culture, forthcoming). Together with Robert T.Tally, she is editing a special issue “Periphery and Center: Mapping Minor/Small and World Literatures” for Space and Culture. Meanwhile, she is currently co-editing a special issue “(Ultra) Minor/Small Literatures on the Brink: Historiographies of the 20th Century Revisited” with Iker Arranz Otaegui from University of California, Santa Barbra, and another special issue “Socialism, Socialist Realism and World Literature” with Daniel Webster Pratt from McGill University. 

Mahire Yakup

Home Institution: Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Project Title: Cross-linguistic influences of the acquisition of English lexical stress by Kazakh-Russian bilinguals
Dates in Residence: January 2019 to January 2021


Dr. Mahire Yakup (Chinese translation: Yakefu Mayila) is Assistant Professor of World Languages, Literature, and Culture at the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, and  her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Psychology from Peking (Beijing) University.

Her broad research interests include language processing and comprehension among bilinguals, language contact in Central Asia and Uyghur regions, and phonology and morphology of related Turkic languages. Dr. Yakup has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including: “Acoustic correlates of lexical stress in Uyghur” (co-authored with Joan Sereno),Extending models of visual-word recognition to semi-cursive scripts: Evidence from masked priming in Uyghur” and “How is letter position coding attained in scripts with position-dependent allography?” (both with Manuel Perea and Joan Sereno). She also collaborated with Dr. Arienne Dwyer from the University of Kansas on the Uyghur textbook: Teklimakandin Salam: hazirqi zaman Uyghur tili qollanmisi / Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur, Vol. I, published by University of Kansas Scholar Works.