Visiting Speakers

Macarena Gomez-Barris

Chairperson of Social Science & Cultural Studies
Social Science & Cultural Studies
The Pratt Institute

Macarena Gómez-Barris is the Pratt Institute Chair of Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. She is author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009) and Towards a Sociology of a Trace, co-edited with Herman Gray (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Her forthcoming book is The Extractive Zone: Submerged Perspectives and Decoloniality (Duke University Press), which analyzes five regions within South America. In this book, Macarena attends to how social and ecological life resists the practices of extractive capitalism through social and visual activisms, especially upon indigenous territories. Macarena received a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2014-2015, and was visiting professor at FLACSO-Ecuador in the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies. Most recently, she was an Associate Professor at the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Macarena researches and teaches on culture, memory, violence, race, social theory and decolonization in the Américas. She will bring all of these experiences to Pratt Institute where she will launch a multidisciplinary research initiative based in the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.

Toni Negri


Antonio "Toni" Negri is an Italian Marxist sociologist and political philosopher, best known for his co-authorship of Empire, and secondarily for his work on Spinoza.

Roopika Risam

Assistant Professor of English
Salem State University

Roopika Risam currently serves as Assistant Professor of English, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Digital Humanities Coordinator, and Chair of the Program Area for Content Educators at Salem State University. Her research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. My monograph New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy will be published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. Her current book project examines W.E.B. Du Bois’s influence on knowledge infrastructures in the humanities. She is also also co-editor of Debates in the Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press)

Sarah Pearce

Associate Professor
New York University

S.J. Pearce is an assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where her teaching and research focus on the intellectual history and literature of Jews, Christians and Muslims in medieval Spain. Her recently-published first book, The Andalusi Literary and Intellectual Tradition: The Role of Arabic in Judah ibn Tibbon’s Ethical Will, examines the ways in which Jewish intellectuals in thirteenth century Spain and France understood Arabic to be a language of cultural prestige. She earned her PhD at Cornell University (Near Eastern Studies, 2011). During the 2012-13 academic year, she held the Louis and Hortense Apfelbaum Fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and for the fall semester of 2014 she was awarded a Paulette Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship at NYU. She is also the recipient of the Michael Camille Memorial Essay Prize (2014) and the John K. Walsh article prize awarded by the MLA Forum on Medieval Iberia and La Corónica (2015).

Franck Leibovici

Multimedia Artist, Poet

Franck Leibovici is a contemporary French artist, theorist and poet. His cross-disciplinary work incorporates real-life documents and investigations into his creative practice in an effort to activate its contents in order to create new knowledge, a form of art he refers to as “forensic poetry.” Leibovici’s work will be showcased at the 2017 Venice Biennale’s main exhibition titled “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel.

Bushra al-Fadil is a Sudanese writer living in Saudi Arabia. His most recent collection Above a City's Sky was published in 2012, the same year Bushra won the al-Tayeb Salih Short Story Award. Bushra holds a PhD in Russian language and literature.

Donya Alinejad

Researcher in the Department of Media and Culture Studies
Utrecht University

Dr. Donya Alinejad is a digital media and migration scholar currently working as a Postdoc researcher on a ERC Consolidator project, ‘Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,’ based at the Media and Culture Studies Department of Utrecht University’s Humanities Faculty. She received her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology in 2015 from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study of web usage practices of second-generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles, investigating how digital media play a role in matters of collective memory, racial discrimination, and transnational connections for this new generation. In 2017 it was published by Palgrave MacMillan as a book.

Michael Allan

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and David M. and Nancy L. Petrone Faculty Scholar
University of Oregon

Michael holds his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked under the direction of Judith Butler and Karl Britto. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oregon, he was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University (2008-9).