Visiting Speakers

Lisa Dwan

Actress, producer and director

Lisa Dwan, acclaimed Irish actress, producer and director, has just opened a new one-woman Samuel Beckett show at the Old Vic in London, No’s Knife. In regard to Dwan’s performance critics are writing that it is technically flawless; that Dwan illuminates Beckett’s triptych in a dazzling display of theatrical brilliance. This is Beckett, performed the way that Beckett would have wanted.

Nina Eidsheim

Associate Dean for Career Mentoring and Opportunity, School of Music
University of California, Los Angeles

Nina Sun Eidsheim studied vocal performance, composition, and philosophy at the University of Agder (Norway) and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Denmark) before pursing MFA in Music at the California Institute of the Arts. She completed her Ph.D. in critical studies/experimental practices program at the University of California, San Diego. Her monograph, Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke University Press), is scheduled for release fall 2015, and she is currently completing Measuring Race: The Micropolitics of Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music.

Leila El Houssi

Professor in the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Universita di Padova

Leila El Houssi is Professor in the Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient world at the Universita di Padova, Italy. 

Morwaread Mary Farbood

Associate Professor, Music Technology
New York University

Morwaread Farbood's research encompasses topics in music preception cognition, computational modeling of music, and computer-assisted/algorithmic composition systems. She employs methodologies drawn from various disciplines including music theory, cognitive psychology, and computer science. Her work focuses primarily on the real-time aspects of music listening, in particular how emergent phenomena such as tonality and musical tension are perceived. In addition to her academic work, she performs professionally as a harpsichordist and is the recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award and First Prize at the Prague International Harpsichord Competition.

Leticia Fern√°ndez-Fontecha

Visiting Scholar
Columbia University

Leticia Fernández-Fontecha is a historian with special interests in the history of science and pain and its relationship to the conceptualization of art, reason and human nature. During her stay as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University she is completing a book that reveals the forms of objectification of painful experience and the rhetorical modalities that have allowed the cultural understanding of childhood pain across the ages, with a focus on British medical discourse from the advent of Darwinism until the dawn of the welfare state. She is the author of the poetry collection La Piel o el Cuerpo (Pre-textos), which won the National Spanish Poetry Prize Unicaja, and Hysteria from the Archives. 

Giovanna Fiume

Professor of Political Science and International Relations
Universita Degli Studi di Palermo

Giovanna Fiume is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Universita Degli Studi di Palermo in Palermo, Italy. 

Daniela Flesler

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Stonybrook University

Daniela Flesler (Ph.D. Tulane University, 2001) is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature. She specializes in Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, with a focus on contemporary Spain’s negotiations of cultural identity in relation to its Jewish and Arab heritages and the ways these negotiations affect the lives of Jewish and Muslim minority populations in Spain today. Her book The Return of the Moor: Spanish Responses to Contemporary Moroccan Immigration (Purdue UP, 2008) examined the anxiety over symbolic and literal boundaries permeating Spain’s reception of Moroccan immigrants. It argued that Moroccans constitute a “problem” to Spaniards not because of their cultural differences, as many claim, but because they are not different enough. Perceived as “Moors,” they conjure up historical ghosts that continue to haunt the Spanish imaginary, revealing the acute tensions inherent to Spain’s liminal position between Europe and Africa.

Radhika Gajjala

Professor in the Department of Media and Communications
Bowling Green State University

Radhika Gajjala (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is Professor of Media and Communication (joint appointed faculty in American Culture Studies) at Bowling Green State University. She has published books on Cyberculture and the Subaltern (Lexington Press, 2012) and Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women was published (Altamire, 2004). She has co-edited collections on Cyberfeminism 2.0 (2012), Global Media Culture and Identity (2011),South Asian Technospaces (2008) and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice (2008). She is currently continuing work on two interrelated projects‹one on microfinance online, digital financialization to P2P lending and borrowing based in social media practices, marketing, philanthropy and neoliberal entreprenuership with a focus on “women’s work”, value and tacit practices/contributions in transitioning economic times through an (auto)ethnographic focus on craft communities (book in-progress as of 2013 Summer). This project continues to link with examinations of the ITization and NGOization of Global socio-economic work and play environments started in Cyberculture and the Subaltern and examines the connections between money and presentations of self/identity and value in global work-space, virtual worlds and on coding and placement of affect and labor in DIY and craft networks. She is also a member of the Fembot Collective and FemTechnet (participating in the DOCC 2013 nodal teaching project) and is co-editor (with Carol Stabile) of “ADA: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology.”