Visiting Speakers

Kate Bornstein

Author/Performance Artist/Gender Theorist

Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist. She has written multiple books, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us and A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology, and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. 

Liz Bowen

Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature
Columbia University

Liz Bowen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she is working on a dissertation project that traces disability and animality as intertwined sites of formal experimentation in 20th and 21st century American literature. She is the author of the poetry collections Sugarblood (Metatron Press, 2017) and Compassion Fountain (Hyacinth Girl Press, forthcoming 2018), and reviews poetry for Boston Review. 

Julian Brave NoiseCat is a writer, wonk and activist.  

Kathryn Cai

Graduate Student
University of California, Los Angeles

Kathryn Cai is a graduate student in the Department of English at UCLA. Her research explores connections between individual narratives of illness and health and broader sociopolitical and environmental conditions. Her dissertation draws on considerations of affect and embodiment to analyze Asian American and Chinese literary and ethnographic narratives and consider how constructions of illness and health suggest broadened conceptions of agency under uncertain conditions.

Eric Calderwood

Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literatures
University of Illinois

Eric Calderwood is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Arabic at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Medieval Studies, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011.  His research explores modern Mediterranean culture, with a particular emphasis on Spanish and North African literature and film.  His first book, Colonial al-Andalus, will be published by Harvard University Press in April of 2018.  He has also published articles in such journals as PMLA, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and International Journal of Middle East Studies.  In addition to his academic publications, he has contributed essays and commentary to such venues as NPR, the BBC, Foreign Policy, and McSweeney’s Quarterly.

Joy Calico

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology
Vanderbilt University

Joy H. Calico does interdisciplinary work on Cold War cultural politics and on opera. She is the author of two monographs, Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe (California, 2014) and Brecht at the Opera (California, 2008), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Recent publications include “Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin: Modernist Opera in the Twenty-First Century” in Modernism and Opera (JHUP, 2016) and "Epic Gesamtkunstwerk" in the collection The Total Work of Art (Berghahn, 2016).

Laura Candidatu

PhD Candidate
Utrecht University

As a part of the ERC project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging,” Laura Candidatu has recently started her PhD research that explores the relation between women’s migration and digital technologies. Using a comparative approach and various digital methods, the research will focus on Somali, Romanian and Turkish women migrants who have settled in Amsterdam. Previously, Laura has earned a BA degree in Political Sciences and a MA in Gender Studies at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She also followed the Intensive Postgraduate Intensive Programme at the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on the East-West dynamics within the construction of the European Union, the relations between postcolonialism and post-socialist studies, the postcolonial turn in digital humanities, European migration and intersectionality. 

Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Professor in the School of Humanities
University of California, Irvine

Nahum Dimitri Chandler serves on the faculty of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. At UC Irvine, he holds the rank of full professor appointed as a core faculty member in the Department of African American Studies and in the Department of English, and as a participating faculty member in the Department of Comparative Literature and in the Department of European Languages and Studies.