Visiting Speakers

Claudia Minchilli

PhD Candidate
Utrecht University

Claudia Minchilli is a PhD candidate for the ERC Consolidator project “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging” supervised and coordinated by prof. Sandra Ponzanesi. She currently researches on the use that Romanian, Somali and Turkish  migrant women who live in Rome make of digital technologies, adopting a postcolonial and post socialist conceptual framework in her analysis of transnational digital practices. Her academic interests encompass Migration and Diaspora Studies, Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Studies and Transnational Feminist studies.

Chris Morash

Vice-Provost, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing
Trinity College Dublin

Chris Morash is the Vice-Provost of Trinity College Dublin, where he also holds the Seamus Heaney Chair in Irish Writing.  He is the author of Writing the Irish Famine (1995), A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000 (2002), A History of the Media in Ireland (2009) and Mapping Irish Theatre [with Shaun Richards] (2013). He has most recently co-edited with Nicholas Grene The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (since 2007), and former member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Fred Moten

Professor of English
University of California

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and literary theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), which was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and a three volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). 

Deborah Nelson

Professor and Chair in the Department of English;
University of Chicago

Deborah Nelson is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Professor at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the Univeristy of Chicago. Her field is late twentieth-century U.S. culture and politics, what is known in shorthand as Post45 or Post War (to the confusion of many: which war?). She is also a founding member of the Post45 collective, which publishes an online journal Post45 and a book series at Stanford University Press.

Oumelbanine Nina Zhiri

Professor of French Literature
University of California, San Diego

Oumelbanine Nina Zhiri is Professor of French Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. from Université Paris X - Nanterre and has been published in numerous publications, including L'Esprit créateur (Johns Hopkins University) and Rabelais et la question du sens (Etudes Rabelaisiennes  XLIX). Her research and teaching interests include French literature; Arabic literature; Early Modern culture; European and Arabic travel literature and geography; Comparative studies in European and Arab cultures; Orientalism.

Marilyn Nonken

Director Piano Studies, Associate Professor Music and the PerformingArts Professions
New York University

Marilyn Nonken is one of the most celebrated champions of the modern repertoire of her generation, known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression. Upon her New York debut, she was heralded as "a determined protector of important music" (New York Times). She is recognized as"one of the greatest interpreters of new music" (American Record Guide). "Her voicings are exquisite, her pedaling throughout is a model to be studied, and, when necessary, her virtuosity is equaled only by the insight and passion with which every piece is imbued." (Fanfare)

Jelena Novak

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CESEM
New University of Lisbon

Jelena Novak works in the area of musicology, opera studies, performance studies, dramaturgy and criticism. She is postdoctoral research fellow at CESEM, New University of Lisbon with the project "Opera beyond Drama". She has been a founding Committee member of the Society for Minimalist Music and founding member of editorial collective TkH [Walking Theory]. In 2013 she won the Thurnau Award for Music-Theatre Studies from University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her latest book is Postopera: Reinventing the Voice-Body (Ashgate, Routledge, 2015). Currently with John Richardson she prepares edited volume Einstein on the Beach: Opera beyond Drama (Routledge, 2018).

Juan Obarrio

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Johns Hopkins University

Juan Obarrio is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University; he holds a PhD from Columbia University (2007).