Professor Pavitra Sundar, top row, second from left) and several Hamilton students were among the presenters at a recent virtual conference.

Assistant Professor of Literature Pavitra Sundar and students in her “English and its Discontents” senior seminar recently presented their research at a virtual conference titled “Thinking with an Accent: Through Voice, Across Media.”

Sundar co-organized the event with colleagues in the Accent Research Collaborative. Funded by an Amherst College grant, the conference was originally planned to take place on the Amherst campus.

Literature and creative writing seniors Michelle Chung, Kahini Mutsuddi, and Renee Varga presented their senior projects, as did students from Amherst College. Hamilton was also represented by Madeleine Cavallino ’21 and Bonnie Urciuoli, the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Anthropology Emerita.

Sundar said that moving the conference online broadened its reach, “drawing presenters and auditors from as far afield as the UK, India, and Australia.

“Close to two hundred people logged in for talks by leading and emerging scholars of literature, linguistics, music, and philosophy such as Rey Chow, John Baugh, Nina Sun Eidsheim, and Naomi Waltham Smith,” she noted.

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