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Visiting Fellows

Neubauer Collegium Projects are often rooted in collaboration between University of Chicago faculty and experts from other institutions. These collaborations regularly involve co-taught courses, formal meetings, working group discussions, or targeted training opportunities, all in a setting that facilitates rigorous investigation. The Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows Program brings collaborators from around the world to the University of Chicago for short- and long-term visits.

Visit the Faculty Research Projects page to learn more about the projects in which Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows are involved.

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Ted C. Fishman

Journalist and Author; 2017–2019 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Ted C. Fishman is an award-winning journalist. In his international bestseller China, Inc. (2005), he describes the global effects of China's emergence as a world power. Fishman’s 2010 book Shock of Gray explores how the aging of the world’s population drives globalization and changes our most important relationships. Fishman’s books have been published in 27 languages and 47 foreign editions. His writing appears in many of the world’s most prominent publications, including The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic. As a speaker, Fishman has addressed hundreds of government and corporate groups around the globe.

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Professor at the University of Sydney and Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Sheila Fitzpatrick is a historian of modern Russia/the Soviet Union who is Professor at the University of Sydney and Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago. Her recent books include Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in Twentieth-Century Russia (2005), A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold-War Russia (2014) and On Stalin’s Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics (2015). Her memoir/history of her husband, Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s, was published this year, as was a 4th edition of The Russian Revolution. Her project as a Visiting Fellow at the Neubauer Collegium focusses on Russian and Western responses to the centenary of the Russian Revolution. 

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia

Professor of Computer Science at Sorbonne University; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia is Professor of Computer Science at Sorbonne University; senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France; chair of the CNRS Ethical Committee; member of the Laboratory of Computer Science of the UPMC, where he heads the ACASA team; and deputy director of the OBVIL Laboratory of Excellence (Labex), whose activities are focused on the literary side of digital humanities. While in residence as a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, he is working with the Textual Optics research team on the automatic detection and visualization of reuses, borrowings, citations, and appropriations of textual fragments on big corpuses of literary texts. The aim is to equip literary scholars with computer-based tools that allow the empirical investigation of writers' intertextual practices.

Susan James

Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Susan James is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London and an Associate of the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked at the University of Connecticut and the University of Cambridge, and has held visiting positions at the Hebrew University, the Australian National University, the Wissenchaftskolleg zu Berlin, Boston University, and Princeton University. Her research focuses on some of the intersections between early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy, and political philosophy. It aims both to contribute to the history of philosophy and to bring historical insights to bear on contemporary preoccupations. Her work is broadly concerned with the role of the passions in shaping our interpretations of the world and our efforts to live together. Among her books are Passion and Action: The Emotions in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1997); Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion and Politics: The Theologico-Political Treatise (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is currently working on a collection of essays, Spinoza on Learning to Live Together.

Uchenna Okeja

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes University; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Uchenna Okeja is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rhodes University and Iso Lomso Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. He works mainly in the areas of political philosophy, ethics, comparative philosophy, and postcolonial African philosophy. He attempts in his current research to address three problems: 1) how our understanding of justice is shaped by global human experience of domination and injustice, 2) why preference defines the moral problem of immigration, and 3) what non-Western traditions of the public sphere can contribute to our understanding of deliberative democracy. His most recent works are: Religion, Politics and Postsecularism, ed., (forthcoming with Routledge), War by Agreement: On the Nature and Justification of Just War (forthcoming, Journal of Military Ethics); and "Palaver and Consensus as Metaphors for the Public Sphere in African Philosophy," in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). He is currently working on a book on the ethics of immigration and a collection of essays on the public sphere in African political thought. With Krushil Watene, he is editing a special issue of Ethical Perspectives on Ubuntu and Justice.

Marine Riguet

Postdoctoral Researcher in French Literature and Digital Humanities, Paris-Sorbonne University; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Marine Riguet recently completed her PhD in French Literature and Digital Humanities at Paris-Sorbonne University. Her doctoral research was focused on the study of science and literary criticism during the second half of the nineteenth century in order to establish the emergence of a new perception of literature seen through the logic of life. She also taught digital humanities at Paris-Sorbonne (2014-2017). Her paper "At the Crossroads between the Literary and the Scientific Discourse: Comparison as a figure of Dialogism," co-written with Suzanne Mpouli, received the Paul Fortier Prize. She is currently working on the development of digital methods for the Literary Studies with the Textual Optics project at the Neubauer Collegium.

Quentin Skinner

Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London.  He mainly works on early-modern intellectual history, but has also written on several issues in contemporary political theory, including the concept of political liberty and the character of the state.  His publications include The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (2 vols., 1978),  Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (1996), Liberty Before Liberalism (1998), Machiavelli (2000), Hobbes and Republican Liberty (2008), Forensic Shakespeare (2014), and a three-volume collection of essays, Visions of Politics (2002).  His latest book, From Humanism to Hobbes, will be published in March 2018.  While at the Collegium he will be working on a new monograph on personal liberty and the powers of the state.

Davide Stimilli

Associate Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Davide Stimilli is Associate Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Fisionomia di Kafka (2001) and The Face of Immortality: Physiognomy and Criticism (2005) and the editor of Aby Warburg’s clinical history, Die unendliche Heilung: Aby Warburgs Krankengeschichte (2007), as well as of a selection of his unpublished writings, “Per Monstra ad Sphaeram”: Sternglaube und Bilddeutung: Vortrag in Gedenken an Franz Boll und andere Schriften 1923 bis 1925 (2009). His interests include literary criticism and theory, intellectual history, art theory, and film studies. As a Visiting Fellow at the Neubauer Collegium, he collaborated with Robert Bird on the Revolutionology project while working on his book manuscript, The Manic Moment, which approaches from a psychoanalytic point of view the question: Is revolution the manic moment par excellence?  

Günter Thomas

Professor of Systematic Theology, Ethics and Fundamental Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; 2017–2018 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Günter Thomas is Professor for Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany. He received a Doctorate in Theology from Heidelberg University and a Doctorate in Sociology from Tübingen University. His research interests are “Religion, Media and Culture,” “Medical Anthropology,” and “Constructive Theology of the 20th century,” in which he has published and edited more than 15 books and numerous essays. He was a Principal Investigator on a multi-year research initiative, “Interpretation of Illness in a Post-Secular Society,” and managed several interdisciplinary projects funded by private and public research grants. Over the last three years he has been Co-Principal Investigator of The Enhancing Life Project, for which he is preparing a manuscript on counter-worlds. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be collaborating with William Schweiker, the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School, on the Living Aspirations project, focusing on how counter-worlds are seedbeds of aspirations as well as sediments where they are symbolized.

Alaka Wali

Curator and Applied Cultural Research Director, The Field Museum; 2015–2019 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Alaka Wali is curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of The Field Museum and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University. She was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995- 2010. She currently curates the sizeable North American collection which includes a contemporary urban collection. Her research sites include urban Chicago and the forests of the Peruvian Amazon. Her current work concerns the relationship between art-making and the capacity for social resilience. She has curated over 10 exhibits for The Field Museum. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, she is collaborating with Justin Richland and Jessica Stockholder on the project Open Fields: Ethics, Aesthetics and the Very Idea of a Natural History.

Zhao Wei

Research Fellow, Capital Normal University, Beijing, 2017–2019 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Zhao Wei is a postdoctoral fellow at Capital Normal University, Beijing, specializing in modern Chinese literature and digital humanities. The first scholar who used the digital humanities method to explore the narration patterns in large-scale modern Chinese novels, she developed the technique of extracting “relationship data” from multivolume modern Chinese texts to analyze hundreds of characters and networks. This research was the subject of her dissertation, Novel, Information and Revolution: Social Network and Historical Narration in Trilogy of Great Wave (2016). She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature at Tsinghua University and served as a visiting fellow at Cornell University in 2012-2013. Currently she is working on several modern and contemporary Chinese literature projects. One of these projects, Moyan’s Full Texts Corpus and Modern Chinese Literature Text Mining, aims to design and construct the first all-in-one modern Chinese writers corpus and analytic interface, which will help researchers to reorient their understanding of the modern Chinese novel from the quantitative and computational perspective. During her stay at the Neubauer Collegium, she is collaborating with the Textual Optics research team and serving as a principal researcher for a major Chinese-language project at the Textual Optics Lab.

Susanne Wengle

Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame and concurrent faculty at Notre Dame's Keough School for Global Affairs; 2017–2019 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Susanne Wengle is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame and concurrent faculty at Notre Dame's Keough School for Global Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California Berkeley, and was a post-Doc at the University of Chicago between 2011 and 2014. Her past research examines how the political economy of market institutions in post-Soviet Russia, hence what “politics” make them possible, but also how their effects change the political conditions in which they were formulated. The empirical focus of her current project is agriculture and food production in Russia and the US. She works on a project on agricultural sustainability that examines sustainability is a relational learning process that evolves differently across polities and regulatory contexts. As a Visiting Fellow she will be conducting research for the Sustainable Agriculture as Relational Learning Process project at the Neubauer Collegium.

Samson Young

Composer and Media Artist; 2018–2019 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

Samson Young is a highly regarded composer and media artist based in Hong Kong. Holding a PhD in Music Composition from Princeton University, Young was selected to represent Hong Kong at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 and was recently commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. He has held multiple solo exhibitions worldwide, including M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong; Manchester International Festival; Goethe-Institute, Hong Kong and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. He has participated in multiple group exhibitions and festivals and has been the recipient of several prizes, including the 2015 BMW Art Journey Award, Artist of the Year (Hong Kong Development Council), Prix Ars Electronica, and the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award.