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2024 Society for Textual Scholarship Conference

The Society for Textual Scholarship is an international organization of scholars working in textual studies, editing and editorial theory, electronic textualities, and issues of textual culture within and across a wide range of disciplines.

The annual conference and biannual journal, Textual Cultures, bring together scholars from disciplines such as literature (in all languages), history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, ethnic studies, women’s/gender/LGBTQ+ studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, book history, bibliography, media studies, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, theater, linguistics, and textual and literary theory.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, perhaps more than any other American city, invites us to consider the deep roots and long legacies of cultural conflict. Set in the middle of “Indian Territory” carved out for indigenous tribes forcibly displaced from the southeast, it became a supply depot for new railroads, a ranching capital, an oil boomtown, a Western Art Deco mecca, and the home of “Black Wall Street,” the vibrant African American community leveled by a brutal massacre in 1921. In the city’s current incarnation, the stresses of history are sometimes visible and sometimes glimpsed in transformation: Tulsa flaunts its vintage neon signage and riverfront parks, celebrates counter-culture heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and hosts several museums within the former paper plant that supplied newsprint to area newspapers.
In this setting, steeped in many varieties of cultural encounter and collision, marked by repression, assertion, protest, and celebration, it is fitting that we explore the textuality of pressure. Pressure flattens, coerces, contains, and restrains–forces that can precipitate paradoxical responses: collapse, transformation, resistance, liberation. Texts manifest many varieties of creative, social, and political pressure in their expressive content and form. But text is also often a matter of technological pressure: printing techniques rely on the pressure of a platen, roller, or squeegee; other recording and playback processes require the pressure of a stylus, a chisel, a nib, or the gentle pulse of a wifi wave. Such pressurized circumstances, symbolic and material, reveal core issues of textual production, circulation, reception, and contestation.

Deptartment of Psychology Town Hall

The Department of Psychology will be holding Town Hall meeting for faculty and current students to talk about Grad programs within the Department of Psychology.


TU students join LANBrew Gaming to play games and eat food. Attendees bring computers and consoles. Attendance is free for TU students.

TU Spring Film Festival

The TU Film Studies Department presents the 16th Annual TU Spring Film Festival, the university’s only juried film festival. Exclusively featuring student work, the festival awards Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Best Score, and an award for audience favorite. The members of the Film Department also present the Joseph A. Kestner Award and the award for Outstanding Senior.


TU students are invited to join LANBrew Gaming for a casual night of gaming. Attendees bring computers and consoles. Play games and eat food. Attendance is free for TU students.

Sleep Matters: Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Sleep is a critical component of overall health and well-being for people of all ages. This presentation will summarize the evidence for a range of sleep-related public health issues and explore potential solutions. Topics include melatonin use in children, school start times for high schoolers, and daylight savings time transitions.

The evidence for behavioral treatments for insomnia and nightmares will be presented along with recent efforts to combat the shortage of treatment providers. Additionally, strategies for treating polymorbid sleep disorders are discussed. By raising awareness and implementing interventions, we can promote healthier sleep habits and improve overall health across all ages.

Join the Department of Psychology in Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice to hear from Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D. and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in behavioral sleep medicine.

Pruiksma completed her doctoral training at The University of Tulsa in 2011 under the mentorship of Professor Joanne Davis and other faculty in the Psychology Department. Pruiksma’s work focuses on investigating and disseminating evidence-based treatment for sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a focus on active duty military personnel.

She previously served as a research therapist for some of the largest clinical trials of behavioral treatment for PTSD conducted by the STRONG STAR Research Consortium at Fort Cavazos, formerly designated Fort Hood. She has published more than 50 empirically reviewed articles and is currently the principle investigator or co-investigator of multiple project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Sovereign Futures

The University of Tulsa’s Department of Film Studies presents Sovereign Futures, a three-day convening of leading artists, academics, curators, and minds that will unfold over time and in multiple locations. Organized by New York-based Visiting Curator Allison Glenn, Sovereign Futures presents a constellation of artists’ projects, performances, meals, and panel discussions that provoke dialogues on sovereignty through the lens of contemporary practices.

Convening sites include the Osage Nation’s Harvest Land Farm; the historically Black pioneer town of Boley, Oklahoma, home to the first Black-owned electric company and the first Black-owned bank in the United States; Guthrie Green, Tulsa’s urban park and performance space, and interdisciplinary artist Kalup Linzy’s Queen Rose Art House, a social and critical art space that hosts performances, exhibitions, and short-term artist residencies.

Curatorial advisers to the project include Kalyn Fay Barnoski (Cherokee Nation enrollee, Muscogee Creek descent), assistant curator, Native American Art, Philbrook Museum of Art; visual artist Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Osage); Caleb Gayle, professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism, and contributing writer, New York Times Magazine; and interdisciplinary artist Rick Lowe, co-curator, Greenwood Arts Project. Insight providedby Jeff Van Hanken, department chair and Wellspring Associate Professor of Film Studies in TU’s Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and GAP Project coordinator.

The curatorial framework for the Sovereign Futures convening is developed by Glenn, in conversation with Barnoski, Fields, Gayle, and Lowe. During the four-day gathering, artist-led projects will explore themes of sovereignty through the lens of food, land, speculative futures, and histories of the place that is now called Oklahoma.

Learn more here.