Panelists

 

 

Anna Accettola is a second year PhD student at UCLA in Ancient History. She received her BA in History and Classics from the University of the Pacific and her MA in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis University. Her research interests include trade in the ancient world and the interconnections between the ancient Near East and Greece, particularly during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. Her current research is on the Nabataean Kingdom and the influences upon its culture, but also its influence on the areas around it, especially its trading partners. She is trying to trace cultural influence through archaeological and literary evidence. She is currently a TA for a Classical Mythology class and is in the early stages of a piece for publication. She is also an editor for the UCLA Historical Journal, a publication which highlights graduate work, book reviews, and interviews about subjects from all periods of history.

Kiernan Acquisto-Axeloons is a graduate student in the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware specializing in Greek and Roman Art. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art History and Classical Studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, where she was a collections intern at the Fred L. Emerson Gallery and teaching assistant in Ancient Greek. She continues to teach at the University of Delaware, assisting in the introduction to Art History lecture. She is particularly interested in gender archaeology, jewelry production in antiquity, issues of identity in the ancient world, intersections of myth and art, museum studies and art historical pedagogy. Her most recent work centers on the iconography of the amuletic jewelry found at Pompeii and its relationship to the Egyptian goddess Isis.

Sareh Afshar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. She holds a master’s degree from the same department, and another in communication and creative arts from Purdue. Her areas of research include public affect and the aesthetics of everyday life, memory and trauma theory, death and desire, and precarity and body-/bio-politics; still in progress, her dissertation is tentatively titled “Dying to be Somebody: Performances of Death, Personhood and Power in Postrevolutionary Iran.” Author of “Are We Neda? Iranian Women, the Election, and International Media,” she has served as assistant and managing editor to e-misférica and TDR: The Drama Review. She is currently an adjunct instructor and writing consultant for Intro to Engineering & Design at NYU Poly.

Gianna Albaum is a doctoral student in the Italian Studies department at NYU. Her research is currently focused on la letteratura migrante (immigrant literature) in Italy, particularly the fiction and memoirs penned by second-generation authors. Past research interests have included Italian colonial narratives in Africa and the uncomfortable nexus of utopian ideology and colonial rhetoric. Grounding all of her work is her unwavering interest in the Third Paradise, articulated in various guises by philosophers from Immanuel Kant to Michelangelo Pistoletto, a conceptual framework that aims at the marriage of science and metaphysics.

Sarah Atkinson is working towards her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her undergraduate studies in Economics and Italian Literature at Washington University in St. Louis led her to work as an accountant and translator for small businesses in New York City. Her professional experience also includes teaching a variety of subjects, including English Language Arts and Critical Pedagogy. Her M.A. thesis, “Il gramscianesimo pasoliniano della Divina mimesis” examined traces of Gramsci’s references to praxis in one of Pasolini’s later works, his modern and very personal reimagining of Dante’s Inferno. Her current research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature and cinema, immigration, and contemporary Catalan literature.

Katherine Ayers studies French Literature at Purdue University. Her interests include 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, cognitive approaches, literature of the German Occupation of France during WWII, diaries and other life writings, autofiction, individual and collective memory. In 2011-2012, she studied at Middlebury College in Vermont and in Paris, where she completed her M.A. in French Civilization, Society, and Culture. Her thesis, titled “Occupier-Occupied Relations in German Paris,” analyzed daily relationships between Germans and Parisians from 1940-1944 in the City of Light. Her dissertation will explore memory and identity in diaries of the Occupation through cognitive approaches.

Miruna Barnoschi is originally from Bucharest, Romania and grew up in Central New Jersey. Miruna attended the University of Southern California on a Trustee Scholarship, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Classics and Philosophy and a B.A. in International Relations. Her undergraduate career was marked by her interdisciplinary interests, learning both ancient and modern languages and conducting several research projects spanning her areas of study. She was a research assistant to Dr. Steven Lamy on the project “Religion Identity and Global Governance” and to Dr. Patrick James on the Near Crisis Project. She completed a Philosophy Honors thesis titled, “Muhammad al-Shaybani’s Islamic Law of Nations: An Analysis in Applied Ethics of the Islamic Legal Theory of War and Peace”, and an International Relations Honors thesis titled, “A Hobbesean International Relations Theory: A Moral-Political Interpretation of Thomas Hobbes’s Worldview”, which is now published in the The John S. Odell Series of Honors Theses in International Theory and Policy (2013). At the end of her four years there, she was named a Renaissance Scholar and a Discovery Scholar for her academic work and was inducted into the Academy for Polymathic Study. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked at the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College where she translated from French to English Mohamed Arezki Berkani’s book, Three Years of the Concentration Camp, detailing the history of Djenien-Bou-Rezg, a concentration camp in Algeria during the time of the Vichy Government that had both Jewish and Muslim prisoners. Miruna is currently in the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at the University of Virginia. Her areas of interest are political philosophy, and ancient philosophy and early modern philosophy, both with a focus on the history of political thought. Having studied music from a young age, Miruna continues to play piano in her free time.

Geneviève Barrons is a fellow in the English department at Philips Andover Academy. She has degrees from the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University, where she held a Gates scholarship. She is interested in the literature of the Holocaust, representations of place and 20th century poetry.

Nicole Berland is a doctoral student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the UNC-Chapel Hill. She currently works in contemporary multiethnic literature, focusing on the ways in which genocidal events echo throughout other representations of collective trauma. In addition to having earned her M.A. at the University of Chicago and her B.A. at the University of Texas, she spent some time studying at Charles University in Prague, where she grew to love the city.

Miguel Caballero holds a licenciatura in Philology (UNED, Spain) and an MA in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Literature (Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands). He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures in Princeton University. He has taught Spanish language in Amsterdam and Crotone (Italy) and has completed research stays in Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Santiago (Chile). Caballero explores the relationships between architecture and literature; theory and literary representations of space; memory and politics of symbolic reparation; museums, monuments and memorials; micropolitics and everyday life. He has presented papers at various universities in Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, United States, Mexico, Argentina and Chile on varied topics such as space and videogames, architectural avant-gardes during the Spanish Civil War, the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington DC, Clarice Lispector and somnambulism, underground Brasilia, urban memory and contemporary visual arts. He is co-editor of the book Imágenes y realismos en América Latina (Antwerp, Belgium: Almenara, forthcoming 2014). His article “Negated Monuments” is also forthcoming in Cabinet Magazine (issue 55, fall 2014). This academic year, he is preparing a dissertation proposal on psychoanalytical readings of Latin American modernist architecture. Also, he is the founder of the Princeton Psychoanalysis Reading Group.

Marvin Campbell is a doctoral student in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. He currently works on 20th century American poetry, African-American poetry and prose, and global modernism, in a dissertation that reframes modernist and contemporary American poetics through the lens of a Key West where shared investments in difference on the part of poets such as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, and Audre Lorde inform the spatial imaginary of a Global South Atlantic. He has presented his work at numerous comparative literature conferences at Yale, Princeton, UT-Austin, and the ACLA, as well as regional MLA conferences, on the key figures of this literary formation; has taught seminars on jazz and American literature, particularly in relation to the Harlem Renaissance; and has a forthcoming review in MELUS on Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature, a work of African-American studies that explores the intersections of black female blues and jazz singers and black writers in the 20th century.

Vedran Catovic is a second year graduate student in comparative literature at the University of Michigan. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Sarajevo. His main interests include urban studies, dynamics of optimism and pessimism in culture, and humor in literature. He is currently teaching academic writing at the University of Michigan. My publications include.

Diviani Chaudhuri is a doctoral candidate in the department of Comparative Literature at SUNY Binghamton, currently completing her dissertation, “Home and City in Indo-Muslim women’s early Anglophone novels: bourgeois self-fashioning in the zenana and beyond,” and teaching “Tales of the Future,” an upper-level humanities course. She envisions her dissertation as part of a wider research project undertaking the comparative study of the memorialisation of traditional dwelling types, domestic interiors, material culture, and urban life in twentieth century women’s life-writing and novels across MENASA. Diviani has been a doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at SUNY Binghamton, and recipient of the University Gold Medal for graduating at the top of her BA (honours) class at Jadavpur University, India, where she read Comparative Literature.

Robert Corban is a doctoral student in the Department of History and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, he received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Sociology from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi in May 2013. There he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and awarded distinction for his honors thesis “Liberal Policy and the Peasant Condition in Garibaldi’s Sicily, 1860.” Based on a collection of memoirs, consular reports and parliamentary inquiries, this study sought to at once reconstruct the lifeworld of a particular group of Sicilian peasants and reassess their contributions to the effort for Italian unification. Robert’s focus has since shifted to Mussolini’s Italy, which he trusts will provide the backdrop for a more thorough examination of the intersections of ideology and society in the everyday lives of ‘ordinary Italians.’ His current project offers a topography of ‘sacred space’ in fascist Parma, the northern Italian province where he has temporarily centered his study. Robert hopes to develop a dissertation along these lines as he moves forward, with a specific look to how ordinary people interacted with and appropriated these ‘disciplinary spaces’ on a daily basis.

Deena Dinat is a second-year MA student in the department of English Literature at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His undergraduate degree was in International Relations and English Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interests revolve around the intersections of postcolonialism, critical race theory, and ways of reimagining the city. Deena is a First Rand and Oppenheimer scholar (South Africa) and an R. Howard Webster Fellow for 2013/14 (Canada).

Anouar El Younssi is a PhD Candidate in the Comparative Literature department at Penn State. He holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from Abdelmalek Essadi University in Tetouan, Morocco and an MA in English from St. Bonaventure University, NY. He is a former Fulbright exchange visitor, and he participated in the Fulbright FLTA program for the academic year 2007-2008. His primary research focus is on Moroccan Literature after 1956 –the year Morocco gained independence from France and Spain. His academic interests extend to Maghrebian Literature, Francophone Literature, Arabic Literature, and Postcoloniality. His dissertation focuses on the strand of al-tajrīb (experimentation) in the Moroccan novel post-independence. He explores the complexity of the literary and critical field as designated by the Arabic term al-tajrīb –primarily within the Moroccan literary scene. With regard to teaching experience, he has taught courses in Arabic, French, and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University as well as at St. Bonaventure University, NY and at the University of New England’s new campus in Tangier, Morocco.

Iván Andrés Espinosa Orozco is a second-year graduate student of the MA program in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned a master’s degree in Education, with a concentration on Language and Arts, at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Currently, he works as a Teaching Assistant at the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UW-Milwaukee. His current research is related to the process of decoloniality portrayed in the literary works of José María Arguedas. His areas of interest include Contemporary Latin American Novel, the description of the modern Latin American city, Film Studies, and postcolonial studies, with am emphasis on the theory of decoloniality.

Colin Foss is interested in 19th century French cultural history, most specifically the ways in which literature shapes and is shaped by historiography, politics, and revolution. He has written and spoken about the siege of Paris (1870-1871), Zola and the history of science, and the intersections of popular and “serious” literature. His dissertation is entitled “Literature Under Siege: Reading and Writing During the Siege of Paris, 1870-1871.” He holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MA and an MPhil from Yale University.

Matthew Gannon is a writer and critic from Rhode Island. His research interests are in modernist and postmodern literature and media, the Frankfurt School, Marxist and psychoanalytic literary criticism, and the visual and material culture of late capitalism. Matthew is the co-creator of The Vonnegut Review, a project dedicated to re-invigorating critical readings of Vonnegut and underscoring the literary, cultural, and political richness of his writing. Matthew presented the paper “The Gospel from Outer Space: The Messianic Political Theology of Kurt Vonnegut” at the 2014 American Literature Association. He is also the author of the article “The Kafkaesque in the Trial of George Bluth” in the forthcoming book A State of Arrested Development: Critical Essays on the Innovative Television Comedy. He has written criticism for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and Jacobin. He received his BA from Bowdoin College and MA from the University of Chicago.

Matthew Gasda is a University Fellow at Lehigh University, studying English. In addition to his academic work, Matthew is the author of one novel, Moon on Water (2013), and is an active filmmaker and playwright.

Samarjit Ghosh is a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His work is on cities and the imaginaries that make/unmake them.

Nicholas Grosso (The Graduate Center, CUNY) writes for Bookslut.com and for himself.

Allison Hadley is a 3rd year PhD student in Italian at Yale.  Her interests include Machiavelli, the intersection of theater and politics in the Renaissance, and Gramsci.

Jedd Hakimi is a Film Studies PhD candidate in the University of Pittsburgh’s English department. His dissertation focuses on the games and play as methods for understanding the aesthetic experiences enabled by both film and video games. Other research interests include urbanism, critical theory, and new visual media.

Ole Hinz is a 2nd year Graduate Student in the German department at Yale University. He received an M.A. in German literature from University Hamburg in 2012. His final thesis examined the problem of origin and beginning in modern literature and philosophy. He also taught a seminar on this topic in Hamburg. His current research interests include the works of Kleist, Kafka and Benjamin, the notion of contemporaneity as well as contemporary literature.

Ryan James Hughes received his bachelor’s degree in French and journalism at New York University. He is now pursuing his PhD in the department of French & Francophone studies at University of California–Los Angeles, where he is working on creolization theory and queer studies. Much of his research centers on identity politics of queer persons in creole contexts.

Seo Hee Im is a PhD student in English at Yale University. She studies 20th century Anglophone novels.

ChrisM Jones achieved an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Secondary Education from The City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Mr. Jones went on to an innovative career in public education, designing + delivering social studies content at the secondary level. His teaching career is highlighted by a partnership with Columbia University to open the first STEM secondary school in the country to boast philosophy and engineering in the middle school. The recipient of an appointment to the community board by former Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mr. Jones provides oversight in the planning and delivery of municipal services to over 400,000 district residents. Mr. Jones looks forward to leveraging a doctoral degree in political science to teach/research on the deployment of symbols in nation-building and claims of statehood.

Cody Jones is a first-year Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received his BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and an MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago. He is interested, broadly, in issues of ecology and critical theory, the nineteenth century French and English novel, as well as the ethical dimension of reading, the philosophy of everyday life, and Hegel’s political writings.

Inna Kapilevich is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University, where she also received her MA with a thesis titled “Chernyshevsky in America: Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert and His Unlikely Precursor.” Her research interests include 19th and 20th century Russian prose, Nabokov, marginal characters, intersections between literature and economics, and the influence of the 19th century British novel on the Russian tradition.

Charlotte Kent recently completed her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her dissertation was on contemporary experiments in art writing. She teaches at NYU, CUNY Baruch, and SVA. She lives in Brooklyn with her artist husband, their cat and dog, and is happiest reading, writing, and editing. The rest of the time, it seems like she is on email, but when the lights go out, she loves to dance.

Pelin Kivrak was born and raised in Turkey. She received her B.A. degree with Honors from Harvard University where she studied Literature. After graduating from college in 2011, she worked as an assistant to Orhan Pamuk at the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul. She started a PhD program in Comparative Literature at Yale University two years ago. Her research interests include the theory and history of the novel, memory and cognitive science, representation of city and architecture in prose fiction, 19th century French novel, literatures and cultures of immigrant communities, 20th century Latin American literature, modern Turkish novel and Turkish poetry.

Elias Efraim Kleinbock is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Comparative Literature. His research interests include comparative modernisms, literary urbanism, and the politics and poetics of silence. His senior thesis examined figures of paradise in Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela alongside the work of Ernst Bloch, Fredric Jameson, and Wallace Stevens. He is currently an English Teacher at the Pierrepont School in Westport, Connecticut.

Davy Knittle is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems and criticism have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Rain Taxi, Denver Quarterly and Caketrain. He lives in Iowa City, where he co-curates the Human Body Series with Sophia Dahlin.

Andrey Korovin is an Associate Professor in the Department of World Literature at the Moscow Pedagogical State University. He has about 100 publications including two books, European and American Romanticism (in cooperation with Galina Khrapovitskaya, 2006) and Danish and Icelandic Short Prose (2011). He teaches Medieval Literature, European and American Romanticism, and Scandinavian Literature. His research interests include Scandinavian Literature, Theory and History of Romanticism, Genre Theory, and Short Prose Genres.

Adelaide Kuehn is a fourth year PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Adelaide primarily studies contemporary Cameroonian literature and the work of grassroots arts organizations in Cameroonian urban peripheries. Her research interests include transnationalism, intertextuality and diaspora studies. Adelaide teaches French language courses at UCLA.

Francisco Laucirica (Ba (Hons); Ma) is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies at McGill University. His Master’s research was focused on fictional representations of Argentine political history. Current research interests include Latin American colonial and post-colonial history, with a focus on the use of literature in political discourse.

Yukai Li studies classics and comparative literature at Yale, after stints at Princeton, Penn, and Oxford. He has interests in Greek poetry, psychoanalysis, and other varieties of theory. At the moment, he is trying to convince the prospectus committee to accept a topic on being late and being mistaken in the Homeric tradition.

Joan Listernick is a PhD candidate at Boston College. She received her undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University. She has taught French language and culture at Boston College. Her research interests include Islamic feminism, the image of the woman in North African literature, and the role of the unconscious in Maghrebian literature.

Vanessa Loh is a graduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia where she is studying modernism and critical theory. She is currently pursuing an interest in W.B. Yeats.

Alexander Manevitz is a doctoral candidate and Berger-MacCracken Fellow in the Department of History at New York University. His dissertation, titled “The Rise and Fall of Seneca Village: The Politics of Free Space in Antebellum New York City,” uncovers the forgotten history of Seneca Village, an independent and multiracial community razed by the City of New York to build Central Park. His research interests include African-American history, as well as the histories of community building and urban development in the nineteenth century United States. 

Erin McElroy founded and directs the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a San Francisco Bay Area digital mapping and storytelling collective working to make visible obscured contours of dispossession in the wake of Tech Boom 2.0. McElroy also organizes with Eviction Free San Francisco – a direct action mutual aid group that fight evictions with tenants facing displacement. Previously, McElroy’s work has engaged participatory action research to study formations of abandonment enacted upon Roma communities in Romania and Northern Ireland. McElroy is a doctoral student in Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She earned a MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011, and a BA in Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies from Hampshire College in 2004.

Kirsten Noelle Mendoza received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with English Honors distinction. She later received her Masters from Loyola University in Chicago and is presently a second year Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University. Her ongoing research in sixteenth and early-seventeenth century drama and literature focuses on the destabilization that occurs through volitional acts of subjection by marginalized individuals. In particular, she interrogates the construction of consent along the co-constitutive lines of gender, race, and desire. Her presentation, “From Libertine to Femme Fatale: The Fallen Woman in Thomas Southerne’s Sir Anthony Love” is published in the 2013 Newberry Library Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Proceedings. She has been awarded the 2013 Rocky Mountain MLA Women’s Caucus Award for Best Feminist Convention Presentation and the 2014 Vanderbilt Susan Ford Wiltshire Essay Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay. Kirsten is extremely appreciative of this opportunity to discuss her work and to learn from all of you at this conference!

Kristin Miller is a Sociology PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, and has a background in journalism and web and digital media. She earned her MA through Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU with a thesis on green branding and its socio-political effects. Kristin studies cities, ecology/ environmentalism, and social interactions with and through technology, and is incorporating documentary film in her research toolkit. She is currently working on a multi-media project on the role of the Silicon Valley in reshaping the Bay Area. She is the winner of the 2014 Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology.

Dana Francisco Miranda is a first-year doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. His research interest include 20th century continental philosophy, postcolonial studies, political theory, the history of philosophy, and such thinkers as Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Amilcar Cabral, Johan Degenaar, and Edward Said. He is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Multicultural Scholars Fellowship and his most recent publication includes ‘On Violence & Fatherhood: The Disfigurement of Personhood’ included in The Hemlock Papers: University of Idaho Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, Volume 15, 2014.

Elizabeth Moe is a PhD student of Spanish Literature & Culture at Rutgers University, specializing in 20th-21st century peninsular poetry, theater/performance and film. Her dissertation examines how artists in these genres have risked provocative bodywork to recuperate Federico García Lorca’s cuerpo/corpus, invoking historical memory discourse, re-mapping public space and re-imagining the Archive. Further research interests include the Spanish Second Republic in exile, the poetry of Julio Cortázar, and the New York School of poets. Elizabeth is also a Spanish Instructor at Rutgers University, where she has taught 100 and 300-level courses and served as Assistant Director for the Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.

Huma Mohibullah is a PhD Candidate in anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research examines how the ongoing legacy of 9/11 affects the subjectivity, identity positioning and spatial perceptions of American Muslims living in New York City. Central to her project is an exploration of how different groups of American Muslims living in New York City navigate the dichotomy of “moderate” versus “fundamentalist” in their daily lives and practices. Huma received her BA in Social Sciences from the University of Washington and her MA from the George Washington University’s Department of Anthropology. Her previous research topics have ranged in subject matter from Newsweek Magazine’s coverage of post-9/11 Pakistan to the popularization of exotic dance themes in mainstream American culture, to the shifting gender ideologies of Indo-Canadian women.

Calin Murgu is a SSHRC funded Master’s candidate in History at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He received his Honours B.A from the University of Windsor in History and English Literature. His research focuses on the effect of nineteenth century Victorian periodical publishing, print culture and editorial ideology on readership(s). Calin is also the Editor and Design Editor of the Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History, a publication which fosters undergraduate research in the Great Lakes region.

‪‪Ian Murray studies nineteenth-century American literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current intellectual interests include democratic aesthetics, pragmatist philosophy and practices of deduction.

‪‪Lee Norton is a PhD student and Mellon Graduate Fellow in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests include critical theory, the European fin de siècle and the postwar American novel. His dissertation project ‬examines the ramifications of midcentury advances in molecular genetics on problems of agency, individuality, and form in the postwar American novel; ‪He is Poetry Editor at the Carolina Quarterly.

Daniel Nutters is a PhD candidate in English at Temple University where he is currently working on a dissertation entitled The Man of Imagination: Transformations of Romanticism in Late Henry James. His area of focus is critical theory and literature from the long nineteenth-century and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Henry James Review, the Journal of Modern Literature, the Arizona Quarterly as well as the soon to be published volumes The Geocritical Legacies of Edward Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature (Palgrave, 2015) and A Power to Translate the World: Ralph Waldo Emerson and International Culture (Dartmouth UP, 2015).

Sean Theodora O’Hanlan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, where she studies modern art under Professor Nancy Troy. Her research focuses on the intellectual heritage and legacies of surrealism, the history of collecting, and the artist’s construction of self during the interwar period. Other research interests include the representation and experience of “limit” (cartographic, psychological, or otherwise); the visuality of travel; and the politics of display. She received her B.A. in art history and English literature from Colgate University, and has held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Miller Wolf Oberman is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Connecticut, studying poetry and poetics from Old English to the contemporary avant-garde, as well as queer and translation theory. Miller’s translation of the “Old English Rune Poem” won Poetry Magazine’s John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize For Translation in 2013 and Miller’s poetry collection Useful was a finalist for the 2012 National Poetry Series. Miller’s poem “On Trans,” a consideration of the multiplicity of trans-ness, is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine.

Jason Rhys Parry is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University. Taking full advantage of the disciplinary flexibility that Comparative Literature affords, Jason has staked out a novel constellation of research interests involving architectural theory, the study of nonlinear dynamic systems, and the persistence of antiquity in modernist literature. He is currently at work on a dissertation studying the link between entropy and meaning in literature and architecture. Generous grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and ZEIT-Stiftung have permitted Jason to conduct research in Germany and Italy and collaborate with an international group of scholars focused on the future of the humanities and the study of urban dynamics. At Binghamton University, Jason has taught a variety of courses, including world literature surveys, literature and psychology, literature and society, and cinema and violence. 

Raj Patel is a first year PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently completed an MPhil in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His interests are primarily in the philosophy of science and technology, and its relationship to political philosophy.

Katherine Payne is a first year Ph.D. comparative literature student at The Graduate Center specializing in translation from French and German into English. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and literary translation from Columbia University. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Apogee, BOMB, and Words Without Borders. Her writing and translation were featured in a chapbook published by Ugly Duckling Presse in collaboration with Columbia University and Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. She is the founding editor of a small literary magazine, Crescendo City, and she teaches literature, translation, and creative writing.

Ali Rachel Pearl is currently a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Southern California where she works in the fields of contemporary literature, electronic literature, and media arts. Her prose, book reviews, photos, and other work can be seen at Pilot Light, The Fiddleback, LIES/ISLE, The Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. Most of the year she lives and teaches in Los Angeles where she also pursues her obsessions with furniture, ampersands, amateur photography, aquariums, music, modern & contemporary art, the desert, the desert, the desert, and repetition.

Paolo Pellecchia studied at the University of Milan. There he obtained his BA with a work on Clemente Rebora’s poetry and his first MA with a study on Cesare Pavese’s conception of realism. In the summer of 2011, he moved to the University of Notre Dame where the graduated with his second MA with a thesis on Calvino and the interrelation between science and literature in the Italian author’s cosmic short stories. In 2013 he moved to New York where he taught Italian language in several colleges at CUNY and SUNY. He is now a first year PhD student at the Graduate Center at CUNY in the Comparative Literature Department. His interests primarily consist in the formation and development of European Romanticism and a theoretical approach to World Literature by means of a theory of fragments and remnants.

Natalie Pellolio is a Ph.D. student in the department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, working with Alexander Nemerov. Her current research focuses on American photography and image culture at the turn of the twentieth century, particularly the relationship between popular culture and emerging fine art photographic aesthetics in the western United States. She received her B.A. in art history at Reed College in 2009, and has held positions at SFMOMA, the Elsewhere Collaborative, the Portland Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and, most recently, the de Young Museum.

Lauren Elise Pendas is a master’s student at Louisiana State University, from which she will graduate this December. As a graduate assistant in the department of French Studies, she administered a charitable organization affiliated with the department and taught introductory French for five semesters. In 2012, she also organized the department’s international graduate student conference as president of the Department of French Studies Graduate Student Association. She hopes to attend a PhD program where she could expand her thesis into a dissertation, as she would like to explore more fully how Balzac and Lacan’s works similarly identify and address an unresolved crisis in morality characterizing post-Revolutionary French and American cultures.

Kate Perillo is a third-year MA/PhD candidate in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before which she earned her BA in visual arts and her master’s degree in urban education, both from Clark University. Her current research interests include twentieth-century British and Anglophone literature with particular focus on the ways in which modernist texts negotiate urban geography and global contexts. Additionally, she is active in the UMass English Graduate organization, having served as co-chair for EGO’s 2014 interdisciplinary graduate conference and currently serving as co-organizer of EGO’s 2014-2015 graduate colloquium series. She teaches first-year composition courses with the UMass Writing Program as well as summer creative writing workshops for high school students.

Elizabeth Porter is a Fordham University English Ph.D Candidate studying the Long Eighteenth Century in Britain. Her areas of focus include novel studies, urban studies, gender, and epistemology. She is in the beginning stages of her dissertation, currently titled “The Urban Plunge: Novel Heroines in Eighteenth-Century London.” This conference paper on Defoe’s 1724 novel Roxana will fit into the first chapter of her dissertation. She is scheduled to present an adapted version of this conference paper at the ASECS national conference in March, and hopes to do dissertation research in London this summer. As a Teaching Fellow at Fordham, Elizabeth teaches Comp I and Comp II courses at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.

Dan Poston is a Theatre PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. His primary current research interest is theatre and the formation of the modern north Atlantic state in the 18th century. He has taught at universities in Buenos Aires and Berlin and currently teaches at Baruch College. He confesses to writing plays.

Jon Rachmani is an English Literature Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and a writing fellow and adjunct lecturer at Hunter College. He holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. His research interests are in the Victorian period, Romanticism, Marxist theory, theories of space, and the intersection of literature and architecture.

James Robertson: Originally from rural Australia, James Robertson studied Modern European History at NYU, where he defended his dissertation, ‘Balkan worlds: community, space and revolutionary internationalism on the Yugoslav literary left, 1870-1938.’ This work offers an intellectual history of the interaction of politics and aesthetics in interwar Yugoslav literature, focusing particularly on the ways in which writers used literature to reimagine the space of South East Europe in line with the language of revolutionary internationalism. More broadly, his research concerns the intellectual and cultural history of Eastern Europe, the global history of communist movements and theories of ideology and political subjectivity.

Garrett Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the University of Michigan’s Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History. His dissertation – Placing Power: Greek Cities and Roman Governors in Western Asia Minor, 98-235 CE – explores how Roman authority was articulated in, and shaped by, the fabric of provincial cities. His other projects, likewise inspired by an interest in the intersection of urbanism and power in the premodern world, include a comparative study of cities in the Roman and Han Chinese Empires. 

Meg Alvarado Saggese (UC Berkeley)

Luisana Sardu is a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department, with a concentration in Italian Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is interested in Early Modern Studies and her dissertation proposal is on the representation of anger in Italian and Spanish women writers of the Renaissance and Baroque Age. More specifically her research examines the cultural connections between Italian and Spanish Literature. Her work also focuses on Women Studies and explores self-representation in modern texts.

Elvan Julia Sayarer is a second-year Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal, where she is working under the co-supervision of Prof. Amaryll Chanady and Prof. Dr. Nüket Esen. After receiving a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University, she completed her MA in French Literature, focusing on women’s testimonies of the concentration camps in the aftermath of the Second World War. Her doctoral research, which draws on cultural studies and mobilities, pertains to Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s representation of memory (and history) within the Istanbul cityscape. Elvan Julia Sayarer has been teaching French Language and Literature alongside her studies since 2009.

Jordan Schroeder is a PhD student and Merritt Graduate Fellow in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include film and the essay form, modernist literature, critical theory, and the aesthetic possibilities of the fragment.‬‬

Ana Schwartz, doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, is writing a long dissertation footnote on twenty-first century gentrification novels, which update early colonial American Jeremiads into a contemporary idiom. Commute by train to teach high school English in the suburbs takes fifty to sixty minutes each way. 

Francesca Silva is a PhD student in comparative literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She studied foreign languages and comparative literature at the University of Bologna, Italy and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her current research interests include 20th-century American, Latin American and Italian literature, modernism and translation studies.

Hale Sirin is a first-year Ph.D student in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her MA in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago. She has a BA in Social and Political Sciences with a minor degree in Art Theory and Criticism from Sabanci University, Istanbul. She is interested in German, French and Turkish politics and literature, aesthetics, and the theory and history of the novel.

Zoë Slutzky is a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature program at the Graduate Center. She teaches at Hunter College and has reviewed literature for publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Bookforum. Her interests include the move from modernism into postmodernism in American, Irish, French, and Italian literature, as well as the visuality of literary text.

Hayley Colange Stefan is a first-year Ph. D. student in English at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include explorations of trauma and morality in twentieth to twenty-first century American literature. She teaches as part of the First-Year Writing Program at the University of Connecticut and has previously taught composition courses at Worcester State University. She earned a Master of Arts in English at Trinity College, Hartford in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish at Worcester State University in 2010.

Kathryn Swanton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include early modern Spanish and English drama, drama theory, and Reformation theology. She teaches, or has taught, courses on Tragedy in Early Modern England and Spain, Don Quijote, the History and Theory of Drama, and World Literature.

Wilson Taylor is a writer, teacher, and independent scholar residing in San Francisco. His primary interests include literatures and conceptions of modernity and their exploration of history, subjectivity, memory, materiality, and interpretation. He is also interested in critical theory and the Frankfurt School, as well as linguistic, psychoanalytic, and post-structural literary criticism. Wilson is the co-creator of The Vonnegut Review, a literary project committed to the critical exploration of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, underscoring the literary, cultural, and political richness of his writing. Wilson has presented a paper on Vonnegut, “The Gospel from Outer Space: The Messianic Political Theology of Kurt Vonnegut,” at the American Literature Association, and has also published pieces at Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacobin Magazine, and Salon. He received his BA from Bowdoin College. Wilson currently teaches English at Menlo School in Atherton, California.

Jasmine Vasandani is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons The New School for Design. Prior to moving to New York, she lived and worked in New Delhi, India for three years.

Keith Walmsley is currently an independent researcher after graduating from the University of St Andrews in June with a thesis entitled ‘Between Two Worlds: The Fairy-Tale Novels of A. F. Vel’tman’. He has one publication to his name, which appeared in the October 2014 edition of the Slavonic and East European Review, and has presented conference papers at the universities of Princeton, Leeds, Cambridge and St Andrews.

Caitlin Woolsey is a third-year PhD student of modern art in the History of Art department at Yale University. Her research interests include experimental poetry and performance; questions of place and the intersections of art installations, architecture, and the urban landscapes; and representations of memory. She organizes the Modernist Forum at Yale and helps run the interdisciplinary Postwar Culture Working Group. In the past she has worked as a curatorial assistant and editor at the National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Moira Weigel is a PhD candidate in the joint program in Comparative Literature and Film and Media at Yale University. Previously, she earned an M. Phil in Screen Media and Cultures from Cambridge University, where she was the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, and a B. A. summa cum laude in German and English from Harvard. Her work focuses on the intersections of film, literature and philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Moira has also worked as a writer and translator, publishing essays on various subjects and translations from German and Chinese into English. She is currently under contract to co-write Labors of Love, a book on the history of dating and neoliberalism, with her Yale colleague Mal Ahern; Farrar Strauss & Giroux will publish it in spring 2016.

Michelle Weitzel is a PhD candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research where she specializes in the politics of the senses and spatiality, power and conflict, military urbanism, and mapping. Her dissertation, entitled “The Politics of Sound: Domination and Resistance in Urban Militarized Zones,” theorizes modes by which sound constitutes a particular facet of political power. Her geographic areas of interest include Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Arabian Peninsula and the Levant, and North Africa. Michelle received a Masters of Liberal Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Jason R. Young (Ba (Hons); Ma) is a Doctoral candidate and SSHRC J.A Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar at McGill University, and affiliated with the McGill Institute for the Public life of Arts & Ideas. His research focuses on the history of science. His current research investigates museums and amateur scientific associations as social and intellectual sites, with an interest in the development, circulation, and reception of scientific ideas in the 19th century.

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