Visiting Speakers

Giuliano D’Amico

Associate Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Giuliano D’Amico is an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His specialities are Scandinavian Retrogardism, Henrik Ibsen, Literature and copyright, Translation studies, History of the book, and Scandinavian literature and Western esotericism.

Jesse Eisinger


Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter at ProPublica. He writes a regular column for The New York Times’s Dealbook section.

Geoff Eley

Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History
University of Michigan

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Michigan. Eley's early work focused on the radical nationalism in Imperial Germany and fascism, but has since grown to include theoretical and methodological reflections on historiography and the history of the political left in Europe. Eley is particularly well known for his early study, The Peculiarities of German History , co-authored with David Blackbourn (a fellow Briton, who now teaches at Vanderbilt University), which challenged the orthodoxy in German social history known as the Sonderweg thesis. His most successful book is Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000, which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Korean, Turkish and Greek. Recently, he published a collection of essays on fascism called Nazism as Fascism: Violence, Ideology, and the Ground of Consent in Germany, 1930-1945 with Routledge Press.

Christine Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in English
University of Glasgow

Christine Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature. She received her PhD from Tulane University in 2002 and then held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia until 2004. Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in 2007, she taught in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

Crystal Fleming

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
Stony Brook University

Crystal Fleming is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research uses qualitative data to explore how people interpret and respond to oppression. I am also broadly interested in mindfulness, contemplative practices and diversity.

Annika Forkert

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music
University of Bristol

Annika's research interests span twentieth-century music, British music, and women in music, using the methodologies of music analysis, history, and historiography.

Terri Francis

Associate Professor of Communication and Culture
Indiana University, Bloomington

Terri Francis (U Chicago 2004, English) researches independent, experimental, and nontheatrical forms of African American and Caribbean cinema. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania (Cinema Studies) and was an Associate Professor at  Yale University in the Film Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies. Her book project Josephine Baker’s Animated Burlesque: Deconstructing Dialectics introduces Professor Francis’s burlesque theory, a new way of thinking through the anxiety-ridden absurdities and the cultural crises that erupt where race-and-gender inequalities, humor, and the erotic intersect in popular entertainment.

Racquel Gates

Assistant Professor of Media Culture
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Racquel Gates specializes in African American media, particularly representations of race in popular film and television. Her dissertation, Acting White: African Americans, Whiteface, and Post-Civil Rights Popular Culture, examined how African-American performances of whiteface in the post-Civil Rights era operate as a means of strategically navigating shifting tropes of blackness across time. In addition to film and media theory, Dr. Gates' research also incorporates gender, queer, and critical race theories.