Visiting Speakers

Sandra Ponzanesi

Visiting Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Sandra Ponzanesi is a visiting professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and is a full professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands where she is also director of the PCI (Postcolonial Studies Initiative). She has published widely in the field of postcolonial studies, Europe, cinema and digital migration. Among her publications are: The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (Palgrave, 2014), Gender, Globalisation and Violence (Routledge, 2014) and Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (Suny, 2004). She has co-edited several volumes such as Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming 2018) with Adriano Habed, Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016) with Gianmaria Colpani, Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge, 2012) with Marguerite Waller, Deconstructing Europe (Routledge, 2012) with Bolette B. Blaagaard and Migrant Cartographies (Lexington, 2005) with Daniela Merolla. She has also guest edited several special issues on postcolonial Europe and digital migration for journals such as Social Identities, Crossings, Interventions and Transnational Cinemas. The most recent is ‘Connected migrants: Encapsulation and Cosmopolitanism’ for Popular Communication 16(1), 2018 with Koen Leurs. She is currently leading a ERC consolidator project 'Digital Crossings in Europe. Gender, Diaspora and Belonging.' The project aims to investigate the relation between gender, migration and digital technologies, in particular the way in which the ‘connected migrant’ contributes to new forms of European integration and cosmopolitan citizenship CONNECTINGEUROPE.  

Manfred Posani Löwenstein

Visiting Fellow
The Italian Academy, Columbia University

Manfred Posani Löwenstein received his Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in 2015 with a thesis on the concept of the unconscious in the historiography of Jacob Burckhardt. He is currently working on both the French and Italian critical editions of Nietzsche’s philological writings (Les Belles Lettres, Adelphi). At the Italian Academy he will investigate the reactions raised by the false report of the burning of the Louvre during the Paris Commune (1871).

Mary Louise Pratt

Professor/Retired Faculty
New York University

Richard Prum

William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Richard Prum's recent research has focused on theoretical and molecular studies of the development and evolution of feathers, developing and applying new tools for the study of the physics and evolution of structural coloration, and continued efforts in phylogenetic ethology of polygynous birds (Link to Research page). He has conducted field work throughout the Neotropics and in Madagascar, and has studied fossil theropods in China. He is Curator of Ornithology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology.

Ato Quayson

Professor of English
New York University

Ato Quayson is Professor of English at New York University. He holds a BA in English from the University of Ghana and a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. His area of research is African and Postcolonial Literature; recent publications include Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (Columbia University Press, 2007) and Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2012).   

Joost Raessens

Chair of Media Theory
Utrecht University

Prof. dr. Joost Raessens holds the chair of Media Theory at Utrecht University. His research concerns the ‘ludification of culture,’ focusing in particular on persuasive, serious, or applied gaming (in relation to global issues such as climate change, refugees), on the playful construction of identities, and on the notion of play as a conceptual framework for the analysis of media use.

Ahmed Ragab

Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion
Harvard Divinity School

Ahmed Ragab is the Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, affiliate associate professor at the department of the history of science, and director of the Science, Religion and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School. Ragab is a physician, a historian of science and medicine, and a scholar of science and religion. He received his MD from Cairo University School of Medicine in 2005. In 2010 he received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from L'École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He was a postdoctoral fellow, then a lecturer of the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. He joined Harvard Divinity School in July 2011 as the first Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School. In 2012, Ragab inaugurated the Science, Religion and Culture program at Harvard Divinity School, which he continues to direct.

Alisha Rankin

Associate Professor of History
Co-Director of Graduate Studies
Tufts University

Alisha Rankin, Associate Professor of History and the Co-Director of Graduate Studies, joined the Tufts history department in January 2008, after spending three years as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2005 and B.A. from Wellesley College in History and German Studies in 1996.