Visiting Speakers

Che Gossett

PhD Candidate in Trans/Gender Studies
Rutgers University

Che Gossett is a trans femme writer, an archivist at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and a PhD candidate in [Xru-Rx-I]  trans/gender studies at Rutgers.  They are the recipient of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York, and the 2014 Martin Duberman Research Scholar Award from the New York Public Library. Most recently, they received a Palestinian American Research Committee grant and are currently serving as a 2017-2018 Queer Arts Mentor. They are working on a book project titled Blackness, the Beast and the Non Sovereign.

Roger Matthew Grant

Assistant Professor of Music
Wesleyan University

Roger Grant is an expert in eighteenth-century music, the history of music theory, Enlightenment aesthetics, early modern science, and theories of the affects and the passions. His journal articles have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Music Theory Spectrum, Eighteenth-Century Music, and the Journal of Music Theory. His first book, Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era, was published in the Oxford Studies in Music Theory series at Oxford University Press (2014) and won the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory. He is a former junior fellow of the University of Michigan Society of Fellows, and earned his PhD in music from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Inderpal Grewal

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of American Studies
Yale University

Inderpal Grewal Professor and Chair in the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is also Professor in the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, the South Asian Studies Council, and affiliate faculty in the American Studies Program. She is the author of Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Cultures of Travel (Duke University Press, 1996), Transnational America: Feminisms, Diasporas, Neoliberalisms (Duke University Press, 2005), and Saving the Security State: Exceptional Citizens in Twenty-First century America (Duke University Press, 2017). With Caren Kaplan, she has written and edited Gender in a Transnational World: Introduction to Women’s Studies (Mc-Graw Hill 2001, 2005) and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational: Feminist Practices (University of Minnesota Press, 1994). With Victoria Bernal, she has edited Theorizing NGO’s: States, Feminism and Neoliberalism (Duke University Press, 2014). Her ongoing projects include essays on gender, violence and counterinsurgency in India, and a book project on masculinity and bureaucracy in postcolonial India.  

Frédéric Gros

Professor of Philosophy
University of Paris-XII

Frédéric Gros is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-XII and the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) of Paris. He is editor of the last lectures Foucault gave at the Collège de France, and has worked extensively on the history of psychiatry (Création et folie, PUF, 1998), the philosophy of punishment (Et ce sera justice, Odile Jacob, 2001), western thinking on war (États de violence. Essai sur la fin de la guerre, Gallimard, 2006) and the history of the notion of security (Le principe sécurité, Gallimard, 2012). His book A Philosophy of Walking has recently been translated into Spanish (Andar. Una filosofia, Taurus, 2014).

Radha Hegde

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University

Radha S. Hegde’s research and teaching focus on gender, globalization, migration and global media flows. Her edited book, Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures, was published by NYU Press in July 2011. Radha is currently working on a book Mediating Migration where she examines a series of sites (including music and food) where technology mediates the meanings and value of tradition in the diasporic context. Another ongoing ethnographic project focuses on the growth of English language and communication training in India and the shaping of aspirations about digital futures. Her earlier work focused on gender identities and reproductive politics in south India. She serves on the editorial board of several major journals in the field of media and cultural studies, and was recently appointed as co-editor for the journal Feminist Media Studies. She was a journalist with the Indian Express in Chennai, India before her academic career. She is also one of the founder members of Manavi, the first feminist South Asian group in the United States.

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Author; Director of Music Cognition Lab
University of Arkansas

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, directs the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. Her research uses theoretical, behavioral, and neuroimaging methodologies to investigate the dynamic, moment-to-moment experience of listeners without special musical training. She was also trained as a concert pianist.

Daniel Hershenzon

Assistant Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
University of Connecticut

My research focuses on the history of early modern Spain and the Mediterranean, the relations between the Spanish Monarchy and North Africa, slavery and captivity, cultural intermediaries, conversion, and writing and its uses. More particularly, I examine three inter-related themes: (1) maritime networks formed by corsairs, captive-redeemers, spies, renegades and merchants and the links they formed between Spain and the Maghrib, (2) the political attempts of the rulers of Spain, Algiers and Morocco to shape Mediterranean structures of mobility, and (3) the commerce and circulation of books and libraries, relics and religious images, animals and “exotic” objects across the Mediterranean.

Charles Hirschkind

Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

Professor Hirschkind's research interests concern religious practice, media technologies, and emergent forms of political community in the Middle East, North America, and Europe. He gives particular attention to diverse configurations of the human sensorium, and the histories, ethics, and politics they make possible. Taking contemporary developments within the traditions of Islam as my primary focus, he has explored how various religious practices and institutions have been revised and renewed both by modern norms of social and political life, and by the styles of consumption and culture linked to global mass media practices. His first book, The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics (Columbia 2006), explores how a popular Islamic media form-the cassette sermon-has profoundly transformed the political geography of the Middle East over the last three decades. His more recent project is a study of the different ways in which Europe's Islamic past inhabits its present, unsettling contemporary efforts to secure Europe's Christian civilizational identity. Taking southern Spain as his focus, he explore the forms of history and memory that mediate and sustain an active relation to Europe's Islamic heritage, and the impact these forms have on the ethical and political possibilities of finding a place for Islam in Europe today.