CITY is pleased to welcome a new visiting scholar to the Institute. Melanie Pooch is a PhD Student in the Graduate Program ‘Formations of the Global’ at the University of Mannheim in Germany. She is currently a doctoral student and scholarship recipient of the graduate program ‘Formations of the Global', investigating processes of cultural globalization from literary perspectives. In the doctoral program, she is concentrating on the global cities of Los Angeles, New York as well as Toronto and their function as (trans)cultural nodal points. Her primary focus is the description of the transcultural urban novel in a globalizing world. She will be at the City Institute from March to May 2011. Please join us in welcoming Melanie to CITY.