Jürgen Barkhoff

Professor of German
Trinity College Dublin

Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German (1776) at the Department of Germanic Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. His main research areas are literature and medicine, science and psychology around 1800, questions of identity in the German speaking world and Europe, and contemporary Swiss literature. He has published widely on these topics. Recent books include Jürgen Barkhoff, Valerie Heffernan (eds.): Schweiz schreiben. Zu Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion des ‘Mythos Schweiz’ in der Gegenwartsliteratur (De Gruyter 2010).

Therese Cox

PhD student in English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Therese Cox is a PhD student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She writes about contemporary British and Irish literature, architecture, and urban planning. As a 2018-19 Public Humanities Fellow, she will curate a project called You Are Here: Girls Map New York City. Together with local teaching artists and community partners, young women from New York City’s public schools will explore histories of the city, the politics of map-making and zoning, and issues of public space, race, and gender. The project will explore art, storytelling, poetry, and creative cartography as empowering practices, culminating in an exhibition and reading.

Islam Dayeh

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Executive Editor of the journal Philological Encounters (Brill). His research and teaching focus on Arabic-Islamic textual practices and intellectual history in the early modern period. He is founder and academic director of the research programme “Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (Berlin). He studied at the University of Jordan (BA in Islamic studies), University of Leiden (MA in Religious Studies) and University of Oxford (MSt in Jewish studies). He received his PhD in Arabic studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. He is currently completing two monographs. The first is a study of the intellectual landscape of Mamluk Cairo through the work of the polymath Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqā‘ī (1406-1480). The second is a study of the impact of the messianic movement of Shabbatai Zwi on the Jews of Yemen.

Katryn Evinson

Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Katryn Evinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American & Iberian Cultures concentrating on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Spain as its issues prove relevant to more global matters beyond Spanish borders. In her research, she is drawn to questions intersecting aesthetics and politics; more specifically, debates centered on political will, community and technology in industrial and post-industrial Spain as they unfold through literature, politics, culture, theory and art.

T. Austin Graham

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

T. Austin Graham is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and the author of The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013). His work is largely on American literature's relationship to other arts and disciplines, and he has published essays in ELH, American Literary History, American Literature, and New Literary History. He is presently at work on a book about U.S. historical fiction.

Julia Caterina Hartley

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Julia Caterina Hartley is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick and a member of the Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Her PhD dissertation was on Dante and Proust (Oxford, 2016). She is currently working on a second book project entitled ‘West-Eastern Encounters: Iran in French Literature (1829-1908)’, which looks at the reception of Persian literature and the perception of Iran in French-language literature in the long nineteenth century, including fiction, poetry, essays, travel writing, and drama.

Theodore Hughes

Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities
Columbia University

Theodore Hughes received his Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. He is the co-editor of Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, and Art (special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies, 2015) and Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Other publications include  “Korean Literature Across Colonial Modernity and Cold War” (PMLA, 2011); “Planet Hallyuwood: Imaging the Korean War” (Acta Koreana, 2011); “Return to the Colonial Present: Ch’oe In-hun’s Cold War Pan-Asianism” (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2011); “‘North Koreans’ and other Virtual Subjects: Kim Yong-ha, Hwang Suk-young, and National Division in the Age of Posthumanism” (The Review of Korean Studies, 2008); “Korean Memories of the Vietnam and Korean Wars: A Counter-History” (Japan Focus, 2007); “Korean Visual Modernity and the Developmental Imagination” (SAI, 2006); “Development as Devolution: Nam Chong-hyon and the ‘Land of Excrement’ Incident” (Journal of Korean Studies, 2005); “Producing Sovereign Spaces in the Emerging Cold War World Order: Immediate Postliberation ‘North’ and ‘South’ Korean Literature” (Han’guk Munhak Yon’gu, 2005); Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005). His second book, The Continuous War: Cultures of Division in Korea (forthcoming from Columbia University Press) offers a cultural history of the Korean War spanning from the early 1950s through the early 2000s. Professor Hughes is Director of The Center for Korean Research.

Eliza Zingesser

Assistant Professor
Columbia University

Eliza Zingesser is a specialist of medieval French and Occitan literature. She was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2012-2013) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa (2013-2014). She is particularly interested in issues of cultural and linguistic contact, gender and sexuality, and animal studies. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Stolen Song: How the Troubadours Became French. Stolen Song documents for the first time the act of cultural appropriation that created a founding moment for French literary history: the rescripting and domestication of troubadour song, a prestige corpus in the European sphere, as French, and the simultaneous creation of an alternative point of origin for French literary history—a body of faux-archaic Occitanizing song. Her Heyman Center project, Borderlands: Intercultural Encounters in the Medieval Pastourelle, shows how pastoral literature became a privileged site for medieval French explorations of cultural and linguistic difference. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Modern Philology, MLN, and New Medieval Literatures. She recently won the Society for French Studies’ Malcolm Bowie Prize for the best article by an early career researcher for her article, “Pidgin Poetics: Bird Talk in Medieval France and Occitania.”