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Mark Anderson (Columbia University)
Professor and Department Chair, Germanic Languages

Mark Anderson is the author of several books on Kafka (Kafka's Clothes, Reading Kafka), and the editor and translator of contemporary Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard.  Prof. Anderson specializes in German modernism, contemporary Austrian literature and the theory and practice of translation. In addition, he regularly offers courses on modern German-Jewish culture from 1750 to the present, on opera and the idea of music in German culture, and on German exile during the Nazi period. In comparative literature he has taught courses on "Problems of the Gothic," " The Materiality of the Book in Western Culture," and "Jewish Identity in Modern European Culture."
The founder and first director of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, Prof. Anderson also advises students who wish to study in Germany with the Columbia program.


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J.D. Connor (Yale)
Assistant Professor History of Art and Film Studies Program

Connor received his PhD in intellectual history from Johns Hopkins for a dissertation on the interplay between existentialism and social science in postwar American literature. His current projects include "A Single Nest: Hollywood Studios in the Neoclassical Era (1970–2005)," which tells the corporate histories of contemporary Hollywood through close readings of landmark films; "The Interpretation of Dreamworks;" and "These Things Actually Happened: Reality in the Sixties." His writings on Flight Plan, Braveheart, the Vivendi-Universal merger, and Jean-Paul Sartre have appeared in the Boston Globe, Representations, the Baffler, and MLN. Other recent work and teaching considers the use of systems theory by artists, the history of sound cinema, and E. L. Doctorow. As an undergraduate at Harvard ('92) Connor was a social studies concentrator.

Peter Fenves (Northwestern)
Professor
of German and Jewish Studies

Peter Fenves, Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature, Professor of German and Jewish Studies, Co-director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, is the author of A Peculiar Fate:   Metaphysics and World-History in Kant (Cornell University Press, 1991), " Chatter:"  Language and History in Kierkegaard (Stanford University Press, 1993), Arresting Language: From Leibniz to Benjamin (Stanford University Press, 2001), and most recently Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth (Routledge, 2003).   He is also the editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Kant, Transformative Critique by Derrida (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), the co-editor of "The Spirit of Poesy:"  Essays on Jewish and German Literature and Philosophy in Honor of Géza von Molnár (Northwestern University Press, 2000), and the translator of Werner Hamacher's Premises: Literature and Philosophy from Kant to Celan (Harvard University Press, 1996).   Recently he has written a new introduction to Max Brod's novel, Tycho Brahe's Path to God (Northwestern University Press, 2006).
Professor Fenves has also written numerous articles on German literature and philosophy as well as contemporary French thought,
Professor Fenves received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University (1989) and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Harvard University in addition to Northwestern.

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Stefanos Geroulanos (New York University)
Assistant Professor of Modern European Intellectual History

Stefanos Geroulanos's research interests lie in the conceptual and intellectual history of modern Europe. He is the author of an account of antihumanism's rise in France during the second quarter of the twentieth century, titled An Atheism that is not Humanist Emerges in French Thought (Stanford UP, 2010). Geroulanos is also the co-translator of two books by Georges Canguilhem, Knowledge of Life (Fordham UP, 2008) and Writings on Medicine (Fordham UP, forthcoming Spring 2011), and the co-editor of an anthology of Henri Atlan's essays (Fordham UP, forthcoming Fall 2010). He is currently writing a book on transparency as a concept and figure in postwar French thought and culture. Besides twentieth-century French and German philosophy, the main axes of his thought are: conceptions of the human; the relationship between physiology and psychology; and historical links between philosophy, theology, and philosophy of science. He also writes on cinema.

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Patrick Greaney (U of Colorado: German)

Patrick Greaney's research and teaching focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in French and German.
His recent courses include “German Women Writers,” “Origins of the German Crime Novel,” “Foucault and Literature,” “The Modern German Novel (Musil, Kafka, Mann),” “Metropolis and Modernity,” and “The Theory of the Spectacle.”
He studied Comparative Literature at Yale and Johns Hopkins, and he has published articles on Hoelderlin, Nietzsche, Ungaretti, Fassbinder, Ilse Aichinger, and Urs Allemann. His book  Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin.  (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming in 2007) examines modern literary and philosophical texts about poverty in light of recent theories of power. His current research focuses on the use of montage and citation by French, Austrian, and Belgian writers and artists from the 1950s to the 1980s, especially the Vienna Group, Guy Debord, Marcel Broodthaers, and Heimrad Baecker.

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Maureen Harkin (Reed College)

18th-century British literature and viual culture, the novel and its social and cultural contexts 1680-1850, aesthetic theory. Maureen Harkin received her Ph.D. from the Humanities Center in 1994.

Daniel Heller-Roazen (Princeton University)
Professor of Comparative Literature

Daniel Heller-Roazen is the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations (2009); The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation (2007), which was awarded the Modern Language Association's 2008 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies; Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language (2005); and Fortune's Faces: The Roman de la Rose and the Poetics of Contingency (2003). These books have been translated or are forthcoming in translation in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. He has also edited the Norton Critical Edition of The Arabian Nights (2010) and has edited, translated and introduced Giorgio Agamben's Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy (1999). Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2000, he studied philosophy and literature in Toronto, Baltimore, Venice and Paris (BA in Philosophy, University of Toronto; MA in German and PhD in Comparative Literature, Johns Hopkins University). He has received fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. At Princeton, he teaches courses on poetics, aesthetics and the philosophy of art. He is currently working on a book to be titled The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World.

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Dana Hollander (McMaster University)
Assistant Professor / Canada Research Chair in Modern Jewish Thought, Department of Religious Studies

My areas of teaching and research are 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Modern Jewish Thought, and German-Jewish Studies.  My book, Exemplarity and Chosenness: Rosenzweig and Derrida on the Nation of Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 2008), is a combined study of Jacques Derrida and Franz Rosenzweig.   My current research is on the theme of “the neighbor” in the works of the German-Jewish philosopher Hermann Cohen.

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Joanna Klink  (University of Montana)
Associate Professor

M.F.A. Poetry, University of Iowa (1998), Ph.D. Humanities, Johns Hopkins University (2002). Creative Writing: Poetry. Author of They Are Sleeping (Georgia) , Circadian (Penguin), and Raptus (Penguin).  Recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award.  Joanna Klink has taught in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Montana since the fall of 2001.

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Alexandre Lefebvre (University of Sydney)
Lecturer, cross-appointed in Government and International Relations, and Philosophy

I received my PhD in 2007 from the Humanities Center. Before joining the University of Sydney, I was lecturer at the University of New South Wales in the Department of Philosophy (2010) and a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (2008-2009). I am associate editor of Contemporary Political Theory. My teaching focuses on modern and contemporary political and legal thought, with special interest in problems of judgment and human rights. I am author of The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza (Stanford University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Bergson, Politics, and Religion (Duke University Press, 2012). My current research develops a theory of human rights from the philosophy of Henri Bergson, in dialogue with Pierre Hadot, the later Foucault, Stanley Cavell, Vladimir Jankélévitch, and Gilles Deleuze. It is prospectively titled Human Rights as a Way of Life.

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Akira Mizuta Lippit  (University of Southern California)
Professor, Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Professor, Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts

Akira Mizuta Lippit is Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California , where he is also Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the College of Letters , Arts and Sciences.  Prior to his appointment at USC in 2005, Lippit held appointments in film studies at the University of California, Irvine, San Francisco State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Since 1995, he has been a Visiting Professor of Humanities at Josai International University in Japan.
Lippit’s teaching and research focus on four primary areas: the history and theory of cinema, world literature and critical theory, Japanese film and culture, and visual cultural studies.  Lippit’s published work reflects these areas and includes two books, Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) (2005) and Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (2000).  In addition to his two completed books, Lippit is presently finishing a book-length study of experimental film and video, and has begun research for a book on contemporary Japanese cinema, which looks at the relationship of late-twentieth and early twenty-first century Japanese cinema to the concept of the world.  Lippit’s published articles have appeared in scholarly journals of film, literature, and culture, including 1895, Afterimage, Assemblage, Criticism, Discourse, Film Quarterly, InterCommunication Quarterly, Modern Language Notes, Paragraph, Public, Qui Parle, among others.  They have also appeared in national and international exhibition and museum catalogues and in scholarly anthologies.  He has published widely in international venues, and his work has been translated in French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean.
Lippit is also active in film curating and programming and served during 2001-2004 as Director of the Film and Video Center at the University of California, Irvine.  He also serves regularly on juries at film festivals and for media organizations, and has been active in the film community as an interviewer of independent filmmakers and video artists.  Lippit is a member of the editorial board of Film Quarterly and is General Editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, which is now based at USC.  Raised in Japan and the United States, Lippit remains deeply involved in the intellectual community of Japan , where he regularly teaches, lectures, and publishes.

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Liang Mao (Beijing University)

Liang Mao graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai (PRC) in 1992 with a BA in English. He got his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May, 1999, after which he was enrolled in the Humanities Center's Ph.D Program in Comparative Literature. He graduated from the Center in May, 2006 and his doctoral dissertation--Henry James and the Claim of Sociality--studies the relationship between individual consciousness and social forms in the novels and travel writings of Henry James.  He is now Lecturer of English and American Literature at Peking University, Beijing (PRC).  He teaches courses in 19th Century American Literature, Victorian Literature and his research interests also include literary theory, ethics, relationships between literature and moral philosophy.  He is now living in Beijing, China.

Sharon Marcus (Columbia University)
Associate Professor, English

After teaching at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant and associate professor from 1994 to 2003, Sharon Marcus moved to Columbia University, where she is currently the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, as well as affiliated faculty at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Marcus specializes in nineteenth-century British and French literature and culture, and has taught courses on the novel, Victorian genres, narrative theory, Oscar Wilde, theories of gender and sexuality, the city in nineteenth-century literature, the year 1857 in England and France, and the theater of the novel. Her first book, Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), won honorable mention for the MLA Scaglione Prize for best book in comparative literature and several chapters have been reprinted in journals, readers, and anthologies.  Her second book, Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton: 2007), won the Perkins Prize for best study of narrative, the Albion prize for best book on Britain after 1800, the Alan Bray Memorial award for best book in queer studies, a Lambda Literary award for best book in LGBT studies, and has been translated into Spanish.  
With Stephen Best, she recently edited a special issue of Representations on "The Way We Read Now," and she has published articles on Anthony Trollope, Charlotte Brontë, comparative sapphism, same-sex domesticity in Victorian England, Victorian fashion plates, Rosemary's Baby, sentimentality and cosmopolitanism in the writings of Anne Frank and Hannah Arendt, and the theory and practice of rape prevention, as well as methodological essays on comparative literature, queer studies, feminist criticism, and Victorian studies.  
The recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and ACLS fellowships, and, at Columbia, a Gerry Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, she is currently writing a book about theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.

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Susan Maslan (University of California at Berkeley)
Associate Professor of French

Professor Maslan, who received her Ph.D. from the Humanities Center in 1998, works on early modern French literary and political history. She is currently at work on a book-length project called “The Literary Invention of Human Rights in France, 1640-1795”

Publications:
“The Dream of the Feeling Citizen: Law and Emotion in Corneille and Montesquieu,” SubStance 109 (2006)
Revolutionary Acts: Theater, Democracy, and the French Revolution (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005)
“The Antihuman: Man and Citizen before the Declaration of the Rights of Man,” (SAQ:South Atlantic Quarterly)(2004)
“Susannah at her Bath: Surveillance and Revolutionary Drama” Eighteenth-Century Studies (2001)
“La fémininité juive et le problème de la représentation dramatique” Papers on 17th Century French Literature (1999)
“Resisting Representation: Theater and Democracy in Revolutionary France” Representations (1995)

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Jo-Ann Pilardi (Towson University)
Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women's Studies

Jo-Ann Pilardi is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Towson University. She began developing women’s studies courses in philosophy as an outgrowth of her activism in the Baltimore Women’s Liberation Movement, and was an original member of the Women’s Studies Committee, the advisory body that set policy for Towson’s Women’s Studies Program before it became a department. She served as Chair of Women’s Studies for nine years (Jan. 1995-Dec. 2003). During which time she oversaw the development of the graduate program in women’s studies and the hiring of the first full-time members of the department. She has also been a curriculum transformation and women’s studies consultant to many campuses.
Professor Pilardi’s research interests include feminist philosophy and theory (including French Feminism), theories of the self, philosophy of race/class/gender, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, autobiography and Immigration theory. In recent years, her courses for Philosophy include Postmodernism, Derrida, Foucault, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, postmodernism, Michel Foucault, and Race/Class/Gender; for Women’s Studies they include graduate and undergraduate courses in feminist theory and popular culture. Her publications include a book, Simone de Beauvoir Writing the Self: Philosophy Becomes Autobiography, and articles on Beauvoir, abortion rights, sex and love, Hegel, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy. Her most recent publication is "Domestic Hospitality: Self, Other, and Community," Feminism and Hospitality: Gender in the Host/Guest Relationship, ed. Maurice Hamington (Lexington Books, 2010).

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Patrick Provost-Smith

Patrick Provost-Smith completed his Ph.D. in intellectual history in 2002, and joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 2003 as Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity.  His primary interests have been in the intellectual history of Christianity, especially in the encounter of Christians with non-Christian cultures, religions, and political regimes, and most prominently during the early modern period.  He has written articles concerning Christian encounters with others, the confluence of intellectual history, theology, and religious ethics in early modern Christianity, and taught numerous graduate courses in those areas as well as in approaches to contemporary critical theory and continental philosophy.   He taught at Harvard for five years before leaving to pursue other interests.  He has also taught as visiting professor at the Perkins School of Theology at the Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), and the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago).  He currently resides in the Dallas area.

Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul University)

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Marilyn Sides (Wellesley College)

My teaching ranges from creative writing (fiction and travel writing) to the study of and critical writing about literature, both poetry and fiction. My first published story, "The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife," appeared in the 1990 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. A collection of stories, The Island of the Mapmaker's Wife and Other Tales, appeared in 1996 (Harmony) and my first novel, The Genius of Affection (Harmony) was published in August 1999.

Zachary Sng
Associate Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Zachary Sng works on the literature and philosophy of Britain and Germany around the 18th century, covering the intellectual and literary movements of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. His other interests include rhetoric, semiotics, and the history of aesthetics. His book The Rhetoric of Error from Locke to Kleist appeared in 2010 with Stanford University Press. It explores the relationship between language and understanding through the figure of error, and examines how authors claim to generate knowledge out of and about error in the period between the Enlightenment and Romanticism. He is working on a new project involving moderation, mediation, and other figurations of the "middle" in the 18th century.

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William Scott (University of Pittburgh)
Assistant Professor, English

William Scott teaches 20th-century American literature, African American literature and culture, and critical theory. His current research interests are focused on questions involving corporeality, performance, historicity, and representation, as well as the problematic relation between "scenes of subjection" and the possibilities of agency.  He is currently at work on a book entitled Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker in the United States.
William Scott received his MA in German (1997) and his PhD in Comparative Literature (2003) from the Johns Hopkins University, studying in the areas of romanticism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, critical theory, African American literature, and U.S. working-class literature. His doctoral
thesis dealt with radical (communist) American writers during the Great Depression; corporeality; modernism; monopoly capitalism; and the critique
of representation.

Recent Publications:
•    Belonging to History: Margaret Walker’s For My People, MLN, Comparative Literature Issue, vol. 121 n. 5 (December 2006): 1083-1106.
•    Material Resistance and the Agency of the Body in Ann Petry’s The Street, American Literature, vol. 78 n. 1 (March 2006): 89-116.
•    Motivos of Translation: Nicolás Guillén and Langston Hughes, CR: The New Centennial Review, vol. 5 n. 2 (fall 2005): 35-71.
•    “To Make Up the Hedge and Stand in the Gap”: Arna Bontemps’s Black Thunder, Callaloo, vol. 27 n. 2 (spring 2004): 522-41.

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Peter Starr (American University)
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Literature

Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College in 2009.  Prior to that, he had spent 24 years at the University of Southern California, where he served as Interim Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the College’s Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and chair of both the Department of Comparative Literature and Department of French & Italian.  He is the author of Logics of Failed Revolt: French Theory After May '68 (Stanford, 1995) and Commemorating Trauma: The Paris Commune and Its Cultural Aftermath (Fordham, 2006).  He recently completed version 1.0 of We the Paranoid, a web based multimedia ‘book’ on the paranoid style in recent American culture (http://www.american.edu/cas/wtp/).  When his decanal duties allow, he teaches courses on literary theory, realist and naturalist fiction, French intellectual history, and the psychoanalysis of culture.

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Antonia Szabari (University of Southern California)           
Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Antónia Szabari is an Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from the Humanities Center, at The Johns Hopkins University, in 2004. She holds a D.E.A. from the École des Hautes Etudes in Paris and a B.A. from the University of Szeged in Hungary.
She specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature, the literary and religious culture of early modern Europe, literary theory, and contemporary European literature. Her recent work has focused on early modern books as polemical tools: “Rabelais Parrhesiastes” in Modern Language Notes (2005) and “The Scandal of Religion: Luther and Public Speech” in Political Theologies (Fordham University Press, 2006). 
Her first book, Less Rightly Said: Scandals and Readers in Sixteenth-Century France (Stanford University Press, 2008), presents an analysis of the linguistic violence that attends the polemical literature exchanged between French Catholics and French Protestants between 1532 and 1600. She is currently working on an article-length study of the novels of the Hungarian writer Imre Kertész.

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Arnd Wedemeyer (Princeton University)
Assistant Professor, German

Arnd Wedemeyer studied philosophy, mathematics, history, linguistics, and logic at the Universities of Cologne and Munich before earning his Ph.D. at the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation was entitled “Expanses of Thought: Interpretations of Space from Kant to Heidegger.” He is currently writing a book on the cultural history of the year 1977 in the two Germanies, which focuses not just on the terrorism of the RAF and the exodus of GDR intellectuals, but on Berlin theaters on both sides of the wall, the French invasion, suicide, a Heideggerian minister of the interior, and the historiographical reaction to the historical non-experience of 1977 that created the monstrous curiosity of one-year studies.
He is also working on a smaller project about the logic of disintegration in Hegel, Adorno, Canetti, Jelinek, and Botho Strauss. His past work includes essays on orientation in Kant's philosophy and the curse in political theology, and talks ranging in topic from phenomenology to dromology, from Husserl and Heidegger to Saint Kafka and remediated manuscripts.
He has taught a wide variety of courses in and beyond the German Studies curriculum, including classes on German philosophy, Freud, Heidegger, German-Jewish thinkers, pain and anaesthesia, 20th-century constitutions, the reason of state, mass culture and authenticity, auteur cinema, postmodern fiction, and the modern Jewish

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