Visiting Speakers

David Alworth

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities

David J. Alworth is Assistant Professor of English and of History and Literature at Harvard University. His scholarship and teaching focus on modern and contemporary American literature, the history and theory of the novel, visual media, and methods of interpretation. Recent essays appear in New Literary HistoryPost45, American Literary History, Contemporary Literature, The Henry James Review, Public Books, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  His first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form (Princeton UP 2016), examines six sites––supermarkets, dumps, roads, ruins, asylums, and bomb shelters––that were crucial to post-WWII American literature and visual art. Site Reading received the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association. 

Annelies Andries

PhD Candidate in Music History
Yale University

Annelies Andries (2011) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music History. Her dissertation, “Modernizing Spectacle: the Opéra in Napoleon’s Paris” studies the role of this theater in the transition of Paris from being the capital of the Revolution to its “modern” urban identity. In particular, it examines the institution’s operas as multimedia events in which artists experimented with different ways to unite the operatic arts (text, music, ballet, and visuals) and explores how the artistic production and reception articulate changing conceptions of history, the religious sublime, and art as a didactic and political tool.

Jeffrey Andrew Barash

Professor of Philosophy
University of Amiens

JEFFREY ANDREW BARASH is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amiens,  France. His publications have focused on the themes of political philosophy, historicism and modern German thought. He has served as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Bielefeld, Ernst Cassirer Gastprofessor at the University of Hamburg, Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hans-Georg Gadamer Professor at Boston College and Max Planck Fellow at the University of Konstanz. He is currently completing a book entitled “Collective Memory and the Historical Past” and is also preparing a work on the theme “What is a Political Myth?”

Josh Bell

Briggs Copeland Lecturer
Harvard University

Josh Bell is the author of No Planets Strike and Alamo Theory. A recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and elsewhere, and is currently Briggs Copeland Lecturer on English at Harvard University.

David Bell

Princeton University

David A. Bell is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions in the department of History at Princeton. He is a historian of early modern France, whose particular interest is the political culture of the Old Regime and the French Revolution.

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Columbia University

Naor Ben-Yehoyada's work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His forthcoming monograph, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II, offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean. He is specifically interested in the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. He proposes to view such spaces as ever-changing constellations, and proposes to study them from the moving vessels that weave these constellations together and stage their social relations and dynamics in full view.

Lauren Berlant

George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor

Lauren Berlant's work has focused on the affective components of belonging in the U.S. nineteenth and twentieth centuries—now the twenty-first: in particular, in relation to juridical citizenship, to informal and normative modes of social belonging, and to practices of intimacy as they absorb legal, normative, and fantasmatic forces. These scenes of relation articulate state, juridical, and institutional practices of zoning and more abstract boundary-drawing—between public and private, white and non-white, and/or citizen and foreigner—with other kinds of social bonds through which people imagine and practice world-making.  

Giorgio Biancorosso

Associate Professor of Music
University of Hong Kong

Giorgio Biancorosso is the author, most recently, of Situated Listening: The Sound of Absorption in Classical Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2016). His work on the history and theory of listening practices reflects a long-standing interest in musical aesthetics, film music, and the history of global cinema. Biancorosso studied music history and film studies at the University of Rome and King's College, London, before moving to Princeton University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in musicology in 2001. Having taught at Northwestern University in 2000-01, in 2001-2003 he was a Mellon Fellow in Music at the Society of Fellows at Columbia University and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Department at Columbia in 2003-04. Aside from film music, film criticism, and musical aesthetics, his interests include musical dramaturgy and the psychology of music. Biancorosso is also active in Hong Kong as a programmer and curator. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and a member of the Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In recognition of his work, HKU awarded him the Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2009.