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Angela R. Bennett Segler

University of Nevada Reno

English Department 0098

Reno, NV 89557


2015 PhD New York University Department of English Language and Literatures

        Mediation, Meditation and the Manuscripts of Piers Plowman


2009 MA New York University Department of English Language and Literatures


2006 BA University of Nevada Las Vegas, English cum laude


   2014 Maps Models and Databases at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World with Sebastian Heath

   2013 School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University: A Political Ecology of Things with Jane Bennett

   2011 The Frick Collection, Frick Connection Course: Image, Text, Interpretation with Lee Patterson

Awards, Fellowships and Grants



2014-15 Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, New York University

2013-14 Penfield Award for Literatures and Languages, Department of English, New York University
2013 GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University
2013 School of Criticism and Theory Tuition Grant
2013 English Department Travel Grant, New York University
2012 Provost’s Global Research Initiative, London Research Institute Grant, in conjunction with the Remarque Institute         at New York University
2010 Dean’s Travel Grant, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University
2009-14 MacCracken Fellowship, New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2017 Author and Editor "Quantum Medievalisms" Introduction and Special Essay Cluster in postmedieval: a

        journal of medieval literature and culture


2015 “Understanding the Textual Body: A Comprehensive Exhibition of the Manuscript Corpus of  Piers Plowman,”         Out for Publication

2014 "Picturing Queer Desire in the Vernon Manuscript." Queer Images. Spec. Issue

        of View. A Journal of Visual Culture.

2013 “Touched for the Very First Time: losing my manuscript virginity,” Transparent Things: A

        Cabinet. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2013.


2013 “Review of Manuscripts Online: Online Database of over twenty digital manuscript

        collections and catalogues.” Digital Philology, forthcoming.

Publications and Select Presentations

2014 “Coactus Tangere, OR Touching, Grasping, Backscattering: analyzing the inter-active touch of parchment,”

         Chaucerian Parchment, a panel organized by Bruce Holsinger in the thread “How to Do Things with Books” by

         Alexandra Gillespie at the New Chaucer Society Congress, Reykjavík, Iceland 

2014 “A Life of Its Own: A Vital Materialist’s Look at the Medieval Manuscript as Agentic Assemblage,” Old                      Materials New Materialisms sponsored session, 129th Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL

2014 “Manuscript Topographies Using Data Visualization Networks,” a roundtable contribution for New Media in                  Medieval Studies, at 129th Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago IL

2013 “Dissecting the Body of Piers Plowman: Studies in the Manuscript Corpus,” International Piers Plowman                    Society sponsored session, 48th International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI

2012 “Cross(dress)ing the lines: Transgressive Signification in The Book of Margery Kempe,” Gender and                          Transgression in the Middle Ages, St. Andrews University, Scotland

2010 “Revelation, Imagination and Fiction: An examination of the nature and status of credentia in The Book of                  Margery Kempe and contemporary criticism,” International Society of Religion, Literature and Culture, Oxford            University, UK

2009 “The Pleasure of the Medieval and the Medievalist: A discussion of the jouissance inherent in the study of the          medieval, using Malory’s Morte D’Arthur for illustrative purposes,” EXEMPLARIA sponsored session, 44th               International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI

2009 “Glossing the Female Body Holy: Networks of Meaning Production in the Ancrene Wisse,” at Glossing is a                Glorious Thing: The Past, Present and Future of Commentary, City University of New York

Ongoing Projects and Collaborations

Embodiment and Materiality, a Google+ hangout, broadcast, and discussion forum for reading and discussing works oriented around the title theme, which we will specifically focus o Neo-classicist philosophy (Descartes, Wittgenstein, Spinoza), Feminist and LGBTQ theory on embodiment, and New Materialism, 2013-14 Academic Year

livestreamed and video archived at!ongoingarchive/c1m3w


“Measuring Surface Roughness of Parchment using 532nm backscattering techniques,” a collaboration with Dr. Jason P. McClure, chief scientist at Princeton Instruments, facilitated by the Digital Humanities at NYU and the Fales Rare Book Library


“Ink-Space: an algorithmic approach to quantifying and comparing the surface area of a folio occupied by ink inscription,” a collaboration with Dr. Jason P. McClure, chief scientist at Princeton Instruments, via the Digital Scriptorium


Quantum Medievalists and Sundry Associates, a google+ hangout, broadcast, and discussion forum for communal reading and understanding of Karen Barad’s Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning livestreamed and video archived at!baradhangouts/c1uyb



Middle English

Anglo-Saxon/Old English





Adobe Dreamweaver


Adobe Connect

R statistical analysis

igraph package



Database management


3D modeling

Augment 3D

KML and Google Earth Markup


Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association

Cultural Studies Association

BABEL Working Group

Society for Medieval Feminist                    Scholarship

New Chaucer Society

International Piers Plowman Society

Medieval Academy of America

New York Medieval Club

The Material Collective

2010 - present

2010 - present

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