Visiting Speakers

Stefanie Markovits

Professor of English
Yale University

I research and teach English literature of the long Nineteenth Century: both Romantic and Victorian, both poetry and the novel. Other areas of interest include German classical literature (especially Goethe and Schiller), aesthetic theory, war and literature, and genre theory. My first book demonstrated the scope of my concerns by considering the treatment of literary and political action in writers from Wordsworth to Henry James. While my second, on the Victorian response to an unpopular war (the Crimean War, 1854-56), was narrower, it allowed me to think further about the impact of social and political matters on formal ones: how (for example) does patriotic poetry translate the blunders of the Crimea into verse? My new book offers an in-depth account of the verse-novel as it arose in the mid-Victorian period, focusing on how the split allegiances of its component genres allow for the unleashing of radical energies. I am currently beginning a project on the way numbers interact with literary forms in the nineteenth century.

Zethu Matebeni

Senior Researcher
Institute for Humanities in Africa

Zethu Matebeni is the convenor of the Queer in Africa series and lectures in the Sociology Department. In 2011 Zethu received a PhD at WISER, Wits University and has been furthering research interests and publishing on queer issues, sexuality, gender, race, HIV and AIDS, African film, cinema and photography. Zethu has been a Visiting Assistant Researcher at Yale University and has received numerous research fellowships. Zethu is an activist and a documentary film-maker and has curated exhibitions, including Jo’burg TRACKS: Sexuality in the City, and a book project Reclaiming Afrikan: queer perspectives on sexual and gender identities. Zethu’s first co-production Breaking Out of the Box: Stories of black lesbians, (40mins, 2011) has screened locally and internationally and has written the short film Rise.

Gwyneth McClendon

Assistant Professor of Politics
New York University

Comparative political behavior, religious and ethnic politics, and political participation with regional foci in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

Anne McNevin

Associate Professor of Politics
The New School

Anne McNevin's teaching and research begins with enduring political questions about sovereignty, citizenship and political community. She is interested in the transformation of these things in relation to displacement, mobility, borders, and the global governance of migration. She also has interests in spatiality and temporality in world politics and in critical and post-colonial approaches to International Relations. Her recent work has focused on the governmentality of Migration Management in the Indonesian context and she is working on a new project that examines conceptual starting points for Migration and Mobilities research. Before joining The New School, Anne was based at Monash University as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and prior to that was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Uday Singh Mehta

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
The City University of New York

Uday Singh Mehta, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at CUNY, is a renowned political theorist whose work encompasses a wide spectrum of philosophical traditions.

Melis Mevsimler

PhD Candidate
Utrecht University

Melis is currently a PhD candidate as a part of the ERC project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging” at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. By adopting a postcolonial perspective and comparative framework, she researches on digital practices of Somali, Turkish and Romanian migrant women who live in London. She has a background in Politics and International Relations (University of Bath, the UK) and Media Communication and Development (LSE, the UK).

Sandro Mezzadra

Associate Professor of Political Theory
Visiting Professor at The New School

Sandro Mezzadra works as an Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna, where he teaches postcolonial studies and contemporary political theory. He has published widely on the areas of migration, postcolonial theory, contemporary capitalism, Italian operaismo  and autonomist Marxism. He recently completed a book with Brett Neilson,  Border as method, or, the multiplication of labor  (2013, Duke University Press). His writings have been translated into ten languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Greek, Slovenian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. He is currently working on the FP7 European project [email protected] ( Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender  [Opens in a new window] ) and is a partner researcher on the ARC Discovery project, Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century.

Andrew H.  Miller

Professor of English
Indiana University, Bloomington

Andrew H. Miller's writing and teaching respond to the ways that literary form makes interesting trouble for a range of other fields of thought, including moral philosophy, psychology, and history.