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Fall 2009 Faculty Fellows

Fall Seminar: Intellectual Life at Moments of Crisis

Kamran Ali (Anthropology) studies issues of gender, health, labor, urban space and political economy in South Asia and the Middle East, with specialization in the social and cultural histories of modern Egypt and Pakistan. The author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (2002), co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa (2008) and also of a forthcoming volume Comparing Cities:The Middle East and South Asia (July, 2009) he brings to the seminar a new research project on ideological contestation among Pakistani intellectuals who sought to shape and control Pakistan's emerging national narrative in the early post-independence years.

Phillip Barrish (English) is a specialist in American literary realism, literary pedagogy, and U. S. intellectual culture. The author of American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige 1880-1995 (2001) and White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism (2005), he brings to the seminar continuing research interests in disciplinarity, constructions of U.S. masculinities and whiteness(es), and the roles, effects and cultural representations of intellectuals in social and political life.

Jason Brownlee (Government) studies surveillance, repression, and dissent in the developing world, with a focus on Egypt and the Middle East. The author ofAuthoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (2007), his project in the seminar explores the writings of four Egyptian intellectuals as they reflected on their country's latest protesters and reform movements.

Ruramisai Charumbira (History) studies gender, historical memory, empire and nationalism in Southern Africa. She brings to the seminar an interest in the lives and work of exiled African intellectuals and a book in progress prospectively entitled Forgetting a Life, Remembering a Symbol: Nehanda in the History of Zimbabwe. The book project examines the political and cultural deployment of the symbol of Nehanda, a late 19th century woman who resisted British colonialism and its impact on political thought in Zimbabwe today.

Andrea Giunta (Art History) is a scholar of the art, cultures, and representational politics of modern and contemporary Latin American. The author of Avant-Garde, Internationalism and Politics: Argentinean Art in the sixties (2007) and the forthcomingPost crisis: Argentinean Art Since 2001 (2009), she is interested in exploring in the seminar the intersection of symbolic economy and social dynamics and particularly the question of the relationship between structural crisis (economic, political, social) and cultural transformation.

Linda Golden (Marketing) has published extensively in the areas of consumer behavior, risk management, comparative advertising, and social marketing. The holder of a degree in law as well as in business administration, she brings to the seminar particular interest and expertise in the cognitive and affective dimensions of the current global economic crisis.

Coleman Hutchison (English) specializes in U.S. literature and culture to 1900, with particular research interests in print culture, histories of sexuality, regionalism and nationalism, popular and folk music, and the American South. He brings to the seminar a book in progress, prospectively entitled Dixie Unlimited, that traces the emergence of Southern intellectual activism and of a Confederate literary culture at a moment of profound regional and national crisis.

Joan Neuberger (History) studies modern Russian culture in social and political context. The author of Hooliganism: Crime, Culture and Power in St. Petersburg, 1900-1914(1993) and the co-author of Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (2005), she will bring to the seminar a project on the politics of filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein's final film, Ivan the Terrible, and on that work's expression of Eisenstein's evolving theories of history and the human psyche in the context of twentieth-century political violence.

Karen Pagani (French and Italian) specializes in French literature, moral theory, and aesthetics in the 18th and 19th centuries. She brings to the seminar a book project on the literary, philosophical, theological, and political discourses of forgiveness in the long period of the European Enlightenment, and on the ways in which the intellectual crisis and transformation of this period is illuminated by the tensions among these discourses and the elusiveness of a consensus understanding of the concept of forgiveness.

Nassos Papalexandrou (Art History) studies early Greek visual culture, ancient Greece and the Near East, and art as a means of communication in preliterate societies. The author of The Visual Poetics of Power: Warriors, Youths, and Tripods in Early Greece(2005) and the forthcoming Monsters, Fear, and the Uncanny in Early Greek Visual Culture, he brings to the seminar an interest in exploring the ways in which new technologies of communication emerge in response to social crisis—especially the case of the Greek adoption of alphabetic script and reintroduction of figurative images in the 8th c. BCE.

Hannah Wojciehowski (English) is a scholar of Renaissance literature, with particular research interests in the global sixteenth century, early modern colonialisms, early modern technology and culture, and feminist, psychoanalytic, and neurocritical approaches to literary studies. The author of Old Masters, New Subjects: Early Modern and Poststructuralist Theories of Will (1995), she brings to the seminar a recently completed manuscript, "The Collective Unbound," analyzing the phenomenon of 'group subjectivity' and the transformation of collective identities during the Renaissance. She also brings her continuing work on intellectuals and group identity formation at later watershed moments of modern history.