Martin Odei Ajei
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Ghana
Martin Odei Ajei is Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Ghana. He works in African philosophy and political philosophy, and his recent work focuses primarily on African philosophies of liberation and global justice discourses. He trained in philosophy in the University of Stockholm, University of Ghana and University of South Africa, where he obtained a doctorate degree in 2006. As part of his Neubauer Collegium fellowship Ajei is finalizing Disentangling Consciencism: Essays on Kwame Nkrumah’s Philosophy, of which he is editor, for publication (by Lexington Books); completing an entry in African philosophy for the Oxford Handbook for Comparative Political Theory; and writing an article, “The Unification Thesis: A Case Against Cosmopolitanism.”
Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University; 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair (2012-14, 2015-16) of the Department of History at Harvard University. Among his fifteen books are The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2000), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (Harvard University Press, 2007), Foundations of Modern International Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and, with Jo Guldi, The History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His latest book, Civil War: A History in Ideas, will appear in 2016 from Alfred A. Knopf. He is now completing an edition of John Locke's colonial writings and co-editing, with Jennifer Pitts, a collection of essays on the law of nations in global history, both for Oxford University Press.
Emeritus Professor of Statistical Archaeology, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Mike Baxter is Emeritus Professor of Statistical Archaeology and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA). His interest in statistics in archaeology arose from a marriage between what began as a leisure interest in archaeology, and the subject of his university studies, statistics. This culminated in two years working full-time in archaeology after completing his PhD before returning to the statistical fold. About 80 of his more than 100 publications are in the field of statistical archaeology, including two books. His recent interest in cinemetrics stems from two periods of enforced convalescence. The first involved watching a lot of silent films, reawakening an earlier interest in the subject; the second involved reading a lot of books about silent film. In the course of the latter he was fascinated to discover that you could apply statistics to quantified data derived from film, and that it had a name, Cinemetrics. He has subsequently written several papers on the subject, contributing to discussions on the Cinemetrics website about such applications. He collaborated with UChicago faculty member Yuri Tsivian and Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Daria Khitrova on the project Cinemetrics Across Boundaries: A Collaborative Study of Montage.
Research Fellow, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Center for Linguistic Research on East Asian languages (CRLAO) in Paris; 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Françoise Bottéro is a research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Center for Linguistic Research on East Asian languages (CRLAO) in Paris. As a specialist of the history and analysis of the Chinese writing system from antiquity to modernity, she has been exploring the particularities of the Chinese script related to its semantico-phonetic nature such as graphic variants or tabooed characters. Her book, Sémantisme et classification, addresses the history and development of the original classification system of the characters into “radicals”. Additionally, she has completed different studies concerning the earliest Chinese theories on the script, the legends concerning the invention of writing in China, as well as some terminological problems. Françoise Bottéro was one of several Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows collaborating with University of Chicago Professors Edward Shaughnessy and Christopher Woods on their three-year Neubauer Collegium project, Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems.
Chair, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh; 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Francesca Bray is an anthropologist and historian of technology and gender, of agricultural systems, and of technical skills. She holds the Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Most of Francesca's research has been on imperial China, but she uses comparative insights from China to illuminate the politics of technology in the contemporary world, especially in Southern California where she lived and taught for 20 years. Her publications include: Agriculture (Volume VI.2 of Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China, 1984); The Rice Economies: Technology and Development in Asian Societies (1986); Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (1997); Graphics and Text in the Production of Technical Knowledge in China: the Warp and the Weft (2007); Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (2013) and Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (2015).
J. Peter Burgess
Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); Senior Researcher, Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
J. Peter Burgess is a philosopher, political scientist and cultural historian. He is currently Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Senior Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is Editor of Security Dialogue, an international scholarly journal dedicated to innovation in security research and Series Editor of the Routledge/PRIO New Security Studies collection. His research and writing concern the meeting place between culture and politics in particular in Europe, focusing on the theory and ethics of security and insecurity. He has contributed to research and foreign policy in Norway, France and other European countries. In addition he has developed and directed a number of comprehensive collaborative research projects with Norwegian and European partners. He has published 11 books and over 60 articles in the fields of philosophy, political science, gender studies, cultural history, security studies and cultural theory. He is married to Karen Lieve Ria Hostens and father to three children. He currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Burgess is a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow.
Maître Assistant, Medieval History at the University of Geneva; 2013-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Mathieu Caesar is maître assistant in medieval history at the University of Geneva and member of the Editorial board of the Glossary on the medieval taxation. During the last years, his research interests were centered on communes and their administration in the late medieval period, focusing on the city of Geneva and the small towns of the duchy of Savoy. He has treated these topics in his recent articles and PhD dissertation (published by Brepols under the title Le pouvoir en ville). As a 2013-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Mathieu Caesar will begin his new research on European urban factions and their political languages during the 15th and 16th centuries. This study aims to examine the ideological motives of partisanship and the urban political society through the in-depth analysis of Geneva’s factional struggles on the eve of the Reformation (1513-1536). Dealing with a large variety of archival sources, the research will focus on about fifty criminal trials involving some 150 people. This well documented case study will enlighten the crucial period when Geneva became independent and Reformed. It will also provide a new point of view for discussing European urban political society around 1500.
James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University; 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Joyce E. Chaplin (PhD and MA Johns Hopkins, BA Northwestern) is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History. A former Fulbright Scholar, she has taught at five different universities on two continents and an island, and in a maritime studies program on the Atlantic Ocean. She is most interested in topics where humans and nature meet, including subjects in early American history, intellectual history, the history of science, and environmental history. While at the Neubauer Collegium, she worked on a co-authored book, "The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus," to be published by Princeton University Press. After that, she will begin another book on the place of nature in western historical writing.
Professor of Economics, University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Loïc Charles (Ph.D. University of la Sorbonne) is Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis where he teaches economic history and history of economics. Over the past several years, his research has centered on topics such as the history of eighteenth-century French government and trade, the history of enlightenment social sciences and the history of visualization in economics. He has published in journals such as Past & Present, History of Political Economy and Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine and co-directed two books. He is presently completing a co-authored book, The Physiocratic Movement and the French Enlightenment: Science, Culture and Society (under contract at Cambridge University Press) and co-directing a French National Research Agency project that aims to build a comprhensive database of French eighteenth-century external trade.
Loïc Charles joins us for a year of scholarship on three projects. The first is a study of the interactions between the nascent science of political economy and the practice of the French economic administration in late eighteenth century in order to assess the impact of the former on the latter. Secondly, he will look at the classification practices of the administrative actors in the context of the measurement of the French balance of trade, and more generally economic exchanges throughout the ‘long’ eighteenth-century (1715-1815). The third study will investigate the status of visuals and visualization in the social sciences during the first part of the twentieth-century.
Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University; Editor, South Asian Studies Quarterly; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Xiaoping Chen is a research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University. Also she is an editor of South Asian Studies Quarterly, a leading Chinese academic journal focusing on South Asia exclusively. Since postgraduation she has embarked on South Asian area studies in general and Indian politics and foreign policy in particular. Her PhD thesis has examined the development of India’s postcolonial politics, especially Hindu Nationalism and its implications for India’s domestic politics and external policies. Meanwhile she has showed great interests in Sino-Indian relations and participated key project of Ministry of Education, Sino-Indian relations from the perspective of culture. Her main published articles include “Policy trends of Modi’s government seen from BJP’s electoral strategy”, “Hindu identity and Indian diasporas politics in America”, “India and Pakistan in rebuilding Afghanistan: conflict or cooperation”, “Sino-pak trade and energy passage: conception and prospect”.
Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, The University of Chicago; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Chengxin Chen is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on democratic politics, governance evaluation and political culture. She was a visiting scholar in South Centre, Geneva, and was in charge of the project study "UNEP Institutional Reform And Its Imapact On Developing Countries”. She joined the advanced training and dialog-programme "Managing Global Governance" (Germany, 2007), and was invited to be a lecturer in “ZUKUNFTSBRÜCKE-Chinese-German Campus”(Stiftung Mercator, 2013). Her books include Discourse Construction of Political Consciousness (awarded the Outstanding Academic Newcomer by Ministry of Education, PRC), Crossing the Urbanization Governance Barriers ( funded by CASS Major Nation Research Project), and co-author of Power Shifts and Global Governance Challenges: Perspectives from North and South. As a think tank researcher, she has also written dozens of academic articles and policy papers.
Associate Professor, Department of ASL-English Interpretation, Columbia College Chicago; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Peter S. Cook is Associate Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation at Columbia College Chicago and an internationally known Deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement. Cook worked at Columbia from 1993-1998 and began working again in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation full time in 2006. Since 1986, Cook has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally with Kenny Lerner to promote the Flying Words Project and ASL literature. He has appeared in Live from Off Center’s “Words on Mouth” and “United States of Poetry” (PBS), both of which were produced by Emmy-award winner Bob Holman. Cook has been featured nationally in numerous festivals and was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival. Internationally, Cook has worked with Deaf storytellers/poets in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Japan. As a 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Cook collaborated with Susan Goldin-Meadow, Diane Brentari, Anastasia Giannakidou, and Sian Beilock on their project, The Body’s Role in Thinking, Performing, and Referencing.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, School of Public Administration, Sichuan University; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Yang Dai is an assistant professor of political science in the School of Public Administration, Sichuan University, China. Her research interests include institutional analysis, the transformation of authoritarian regimes, representative politics in China, and NGOs and political reform in China. Some of her works have been published in journals such as Narrative and Analysis: New Institutionalism in Chinese Politics and Twenty-First Century (Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009). As a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, her work in progress will concentrate on political bargaining over institutional choice and the causal mechanisms of initial conditions and institutional divergence (working title: Population, Initial Conditions, Institutional Divergence: A Comparative Investigation of China and Russia).
Professor, Chinese and Philosophy, and Vice Dean, Academy of Traditional Chinese Learning, Tsinghua University, Beijing; 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Liu Dong is founding editor of Zhongguo xueshu (China Scholarship), the first blind-peer-reviewed academic journal in China for humanities and social sciences; he is also Professor of Chinese and Philosophy, and Vice Dean of the Guoxue yuan (Academy of Traditional Chinese Learning) at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many books include studies of anti-aesthetics, Max Weber, Lu Xun, Karl Jaspers, and an introductory textbook on Chinese culture for Chinese undergraduates, as well as translations of Wittgenstein and Jacques Gernet. Prof. Liu adopts a reflective, multidisciplinary approach to the problem of defining, rather than assuming, an entity known as “China.” As a 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Liu Dong is one of four collaborators involved in Judith Farquhar and Haun Saussy’s Neubauer Collegium project, History, Philology, and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities.
Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic, Divinity School, University of Chicago; 2013-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Issam Eido was a Visiting Instructor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Divinity School during the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Eido’s research focuses on the Qur'an in late antiquity, Hadith Studies, and Sufi and Arabic literary and poetic studies. A 2010 PhD graduate of Damascus University, he also served that institution from 2010-2012 as Lecturer in the Department of Quranic Studies and History of Islamic Sciences. In 2012 he was a Fellow of the “Europe in the Middle East/Middle East in Europe” Research program at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. A skilled teacher of Arabic, Dr. Eido teaches courses in Qur’anic Arabic while at the University of Chicago.
Associate Research Scientist at University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Amalia Gnanadesikan is a linguist and associate research scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (UMD CASL). Her research focuses on two areas: South Asian languages and writing systems. She is a specialist in Dhivehi—the language of the Maldives—with a reference grammar currently in press at de Gruyter-Mouton and a Dhivehi-English dictionary largely completed. She is also co-editor of the Mouton-CASL grammar series, which publishes reference grammars of under-described languages of global importance. Recently she served as principal investigator of the Human Language Technologies for Language Analysts project at UMD CASL, which created grammars, dictionaries, and improved dictionary look-up tools for under-described languages. Although most modern linguists dismiss writing as subordinate to spoken language and thus irrelevant to the human language faculty, she studies the interaction between spoken and written language, applying methods of linguistic analysis to the study of writing systems in order to better understand how they function and how they represent the languages for which they are used. Her book, The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet, is an accessible introduction to the history of writing and the structure of writing systems. As a visiting fellow at the Neubauer Collegium’s Signs of Writing project, she pursued research on two projects, one on the typology of phonemic scripts (broadly known as alphabets) and the other on the representation of linguistic tone (or lack thereof) in the world’s writing systems. In addition to her theoretical interest in writing she has also taught writing and contributed a regular column on language to The Vocabula Review.
Research Fellow, University of Freiburg, Germany; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Tobias Keiling is a philosopher specializing in Post-Kantian philosophy. His research focuses on questions in theoretical and practical philosophy as well as aesthetics arising from the traditions of phenomenology and hermeneutics. Keiling is currently post-doctoral fellow at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany, and member of an interdisciplinary group studying the nature and relevance of leisure in different cultural formations. In this context, Keiling is currently finishing a book on leisure as a form of life, drawing from the philosophies of Aristotle, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein among others. During his stay at the Neubauer Collegium, Keiling will begin a new project tentatively entitled Affirmations of the Human. The aim of this research is to bring into focus an overlapping interest in post-war Continental and American philosophy to rethink ‘being human’ as essential descriptive and normative category: In Hans-Georg Gadamer’s rehabilitation of humanism as well as Hans Blumenberg’s philosophical anthropology and Stanley Cavell’s fusion of aesthetics and perfectionist ethics, humanity becomes the touchstone of their respective philosophical projects. While these authors share with Kant an orientation of philosophy towards the question what means to be the human, their treatment of problems in the philosophy of history and the philosophy of language lead to an account of finite rationality contrasting that of speculative philosophy. This account underscores the importance of rationality for human self-understanding yet draws attention to the failures and limitations of reason qua human reason. Along with a number of articles in English, German and French, Keiling has published The History of Being and Phenomenological Realism. An Interpretation and Critique of Heidegger’s Later Philosophy (2015, in German).
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at DePaul University; Co-director, Galilee Prehistory Project and Follow the Pots Project; 2015-2017 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Morag M. Kersel is assistant professor of Anthropology at DePaul University and affiliated faculty with the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law in the College of Law at DePaul. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes from looting. In investigating how Middle Eastern objects go from the ground to the consumer (see http://followthepotsproject.org), Morag Kersel has spent 10+ years interviewing the various stakeholders (archaeologists, collectors, dealers, government employees, looters, museum professionals) associated with the trade (legal and illegal). As a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow she collaborates with Fiona Rose-Greenland, Lawrence Rothfield, and Gil Stein on The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting project. Bringing together a suite of data from Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, her Neubauer Collegium manuscript project will examine artifact pathways and the demand for archaeological material, introducing new empirical evidence on the illegal and legal movement of Middle Eastern artifacts and efforts to protect archaeological sites.
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Daria Khitrova is a specialist in poetry and dance with more recent stakes in film studies. During the 2012-2013 AY, Daria collaborated with UChicago faculty member Yuri Tsivian and Michael John Baxter from Nottingham Trent University (UK) on the project, Cinemetrics Across Boundaries: A Collaborative Study of Montage. Specifically, Daria contributed knowledge from meter-driven arts such as music, poetry, and dance.
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto; 2015–2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York. He is the author or co-author of seventeen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). His articles on politics, architecture and art have appeared in many academic journals, including the Journal of Philosophy and the Harvard Design Magazine, and in more than 40 mainstream publications. Kingwell’s work has been translated into ten languages. He has held visiting posts at Cambridge University, the University of California, Berkeley, and at the City University of New York, where he was the Weissman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities in 2002. His most recent books are the essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015). His current research concerns the political importance of art, boredom, and the idea of the interface in everyday technological experience.
Professor and the chair of comparative literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3; 2016-2017 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Françoise Lavocat is a professor and the chair of comparative literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. She was former fellow at the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin (2014-2015), and currently member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2015-2020). She specializes in theories of fiction (fact and fiction, possible worlds, characters), early modern literature, narrative of catastrophes. She wrote: Arcadies malheureuses, aux origines du roman moderne (Champion, 1997), La Syrinx au bûcher, Pan et les satyres à la renaissance et à l’âge baroque (Droz, 2005), Usages et théories de la fiction, la théorie contemporaine à l’épreuve des textes anciens (ed. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2004), La théorie littéraire des mondes possibles (éd. CNRS, 2010), Most recently, she published Fait et fiction: pour une frontière (Seuil, 2016). During her tenure as a Visiting Fellow, she is working with the Fact and Fiction Neubauer Collegium Research Project.
Celia López Alcalde
Assistant professor in Latin Philology, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Celia López Alcalde is an assistant professor in Latin Philology at the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, as well as member of the Institute of Medieval Studies (IEM) at this University. Her PhD activities, finished in 2012, were focused on the study of both philosophical and religious polemical texts produced in Spain in the thirteen and fourteen century, writings mostly produced in the Crown of Aragon. While doing research at the Neubauer Collegium as a visiting fellow (via the CASB Fellows Program) Celia delved into religious polemics between Jews and Christians in the end of the thirteen century, through the edition and analysis of the complete anti-Jews work by Ramon Llull (1232-1316), a key figure to the topic. She also aimed to establish definitive conclusions, based on textual proofs, on the real relationships between Llull and Judaism as well as with Jewish Philosophy.
2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Annapurna Mamidipudi has just completed her doctoral research in STS (Science, Technology, Society studies) at Maastricht University. Her thesis, titled ‘Towards a theory of innovation for handloom weaving in India,’ conceptualizes handloom weaving as a sustainable socio-technology, as an equitable economic activity, and as embedded knowledge for sustainable societies. Her research is grounded in her fifteen year long experience in Dastkar Andhra, an NGO that supports livelihoods of vulnerable handloom weavers in rural India, which she helped set up.
Professor of Non-Western and European Art, Jacobs University Bremen; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Birgit Mersmann is Professor of Non-Western and European Art at the international Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. She is the co-founder of a recently established research network on “Art Practice and Art Theory in the Age of Global Migration”. In 2013 she was Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University (ANU), where she analysed the emergence of new urban museumscapes in Asian global cities. As senior researcher of the National Competence Centre of Research “Iconic Criticism. The Power and Meaning of Images” at the University of Basel, Switzerland (2005-2008), she investigated “iconoscriptures” as hybrid symbolic forms and inter-media expressions between image and writing. From 1998 to 2002 she taught as DAAD Visiting Professor at the Seoul National University in South Korea. Research foci include image and media theory, visuality and representation, contemporary East Asian and Western art, global art history, the history of Asian biennials, visual translation, and interrelations between script and image. During her sabbatical stay at the Neubauer Collegium, she prepared a new publication entitled Framing Global Art History: A Transdisciplinary Approach. The main goal of this theoretical and methodological essay is to conceptualize a new global art history from a transcultural and transdisciplinary perspective.
Professor of International Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University; 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Wang Min’an is Professor of International Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he teaches literary and social theory. He has published interpretive books in Chinese on the work of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Nietzsche, and is the author of many essays of commentary on literature, the visual arts, and Chinese urban popular culture. Between 1997 and 2006 he was an editor at the Chinese Social Sciences Press, where he shepherded into publication a number of innovative projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of his recent books are: Technologies of the Senses (Gan’guan jishu); The Factory of Images (Xingxiang gongchang); and Modernity _(_Xiandaixing). As a 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Wang Min’an is one of four collaborators involved in Judith Farquhar and Haun Saussy’s Neubauer Collegium project, History, Philology, and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities.
Assistant Professor of History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Lisa Onaga is an Assistant Professor of History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is completing her first monograph (working title: Anatomy of a Hybrid: Cultivation of Silk and Genetics in Modern Japan), which examines the intertwined histories of biology, technology, and textile production by chronicling the Japanese pursuit of an ideal silk cocoon type. Her research interests consider the interplay of craft, technical, and scientific practices, knowledge production, and interspecies relations in the histories of bioscience, modern Japan, and the environment. Her recent works have appeared in New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture (Springer, 2015) and in journals such as Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C, Scholar & Feminist, and Journal of the History of Biology. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Society and Genetics at University of California in Los Angeles and holds a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Professor of Atlantic and French history at the Université Paris-Diderot
Allan Potofsky is Professor of Atlantic and French history at the Université Paris-Diderot, specializing in early modern French America and Parisian urban history during the eighteenth century and the French Revolution. He is the author of Constructing Paris in the Age of Revolutions (Basingstoke and NY: Palgrave, 2009) and has edited two collections of articles (for French History, 2011, and The History of European Ideas, 2009). Recent published work concerns the environmental history of early modern Paris, the historical legacy of the Paris of Louis XIV, and the investment of slave wealth in urban property during the French Revolution. He is currently writing a book, Paris-on-the-Atlantic (Editions Vendémiaire), focusing on the French capital as a social and economic hinterland of early globalization of the eighteenth century. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, his principal focus will be to collaborate with Paul Cheney on The French Republic and the Plantation Economy: Saint-Domingue, 1794–1803. He is furthering research to compare different “unfree” forms of labor that displaced slavery in the French Empire.
Gry Ardal Printzlau
Postdoc researcher, University of Copenhagen, 2015 - 2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Gry Ardal Printzlau is a postdoc researcher at the University of Copenhagen, working on the research project Self-Understanding and Self-Alienation: Existential Hermeneutics and Psychopathology. Her current work is about the intertwinement of self-alienation and self-understanding in psychopathological and traumatic conditions. It explores how a person’s experiential relationship to the world and intersubjective relatedness is involved in and affected by profound feelings of self-alienation caused by existentially trying situations. Printzlau’s research interests center on the nature of ethical selfhood and the significance of intersubjectivity for the sense of self, drawing on phenomenology and existential hermeneutics (Lévinas, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Jaspers). She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology and an M.Sc. in social science, philosophy, and philosophy of science from Roskilde University and a PhD for the dissertation Trust and Ethical Selfhood from the University of Copenhagen.
Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; 2015–2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Dagmar Schäfer is Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin where she is also Director of Department 3, Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge. She received her doctorate from the University of Würzburg before she did a Habilitation in the History of China and Science. She worked and studied at the University of Zhejiang PR China, Beijing University PR China, Hsinchu University PR China, the University of Pennsylvania and The University of Manchester U.K. among others. Her main interest is the history and sociology of technology of China, focusing on the paradigms configuring the discourse on technological development, past and present.
Senior Conservator and President, Contemporary Conservation Ltd., New York; 2013-2014 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow; "Concrete Traffic" Principal Investigator
A leading conservator of contemporary art, New York based Christian Scheidemann is the only one in the world who has built his expertise on art made from non-traditional materials. A scholar who, in his publications, draws on his art historical training, intellectual breadth, and conservation experiences, Scheidemann is also a practitioner in the sense that he restores art, halts or slows its aging process, or advises not to intervene, but also in the sense that he consults and collaborates with artists who work with unusual materials. As part of the two-year Neubauer Collegium project, Material Matters, Scheidemann visited the University of Chicago for a series of engagements with a growing number of local scholars interested in the materials of modern and contemporary art.
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Calgary; 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Xie Shaobo is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. Focusing particularly on twentieth-century literary theory, he has research and teaching interests in postcolonial theory and literature, neo-Marxism, cultural studies, globalization, Chinese Canadian literature, and Chinese modernity. His recent publications include "Cultural Politics of Resistance and Globalization and Indigenous Cultures", a special issue of ARIEL. Recent publications on theories of translation (“Translating Modernity Towards Translating China”) and on the “Chinese Enlightenment”engage questions of China’s particular contemporaneity. Prof. Xie is an Associate Editor of ARIEL and serves on the editorial boards of The Intellectual Library (Beijing) and Translation and Interdisciplinary Studies (Tsinghua University, Beijing). As a 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Xie Shaobo is one of four collaborators involved in Judith Farquhar and Haun Saussy’s Neubauer Collegium project, History, Philology, and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities.
Professor, Department of History at Harvard University; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Daniel Lord Smail is professor of History at Harvard University, where he works on the history and anthropology of Mediterranean societies between 1100 and 1600 and on deep human history. Smail's work in deep history and neurohistory has addressed some of the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of these approaches to the human past. His most recent article in this vein asks whether there is a history of the practice of compulsive hoarding. His books include The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 (2003); On Deep History and the Brain (2008), and, with Andrew Shryock and others, Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present (2011). As a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Smail collaborated with Emily Osborn and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson on the project Deep History.
Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town
Professor Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the British, American and South African Psychoanalytical Associations. He has many awards and honours, including the Sigourney Prize and Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has published over 300 articles and six books, one of which (The Brain and the Inner World) was translated into 13 languages. His selected works were published last year under the title The Feeling Brain. He is editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols). While at the University of Chicago, he is teaching a course on ‘Freud: Found in Translation’ and completing the proof-reading and indexing of the Revised Standard Edition.
Morten Sørensen Thaning
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School and Program Director of the BA and MA programs in Philosophy and Business Administration
Morten Sørensen Thaning is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School and Program Director of the BA and MA programs in Philosophy and Business Administration. His research focuses on four areas: philosophical hermeneutics (Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer); contemporary American Neo-Kantianism, in particular the philosophy of John McDowell; ancient philosophy, especially Plato; and Michel Foucault’s philosophical diagnoses of the present. He is the author of The Problem of Objectivity in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics in Light of McDowell’s Empiricism (2015) and the co-author of Foucault: A Research Companion (2016), and has recently published work on Heidegger’s concept of freedom and Plato’s conception of dialogue. As a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, he will be doing work on the concepts of self-understanding and self-alienation in collaboration with James Conant, Robert Pippin, and David Wellbery’s Neubauer Collegium project, The Idealism Project: Self-Determining Form and the Autonomy of the Humanities.
Chair of French and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany; Lurcy Professor at the University of Chicago; 2014-2015; 2016-2017 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Barbara Vinken holds the chair for French and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany. Currently the Lurcy Professor at the University of Chicago, she has also lately held Visiting Fellowships at the École des Hautes Études and the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. As a literary critique, a fashion specialist, and a feminist, she regularly contributes to the Neue Züricher Zeitung, DIE ZEIT, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, and Nordwest- and Deutschlandradio. Among her latest publications are Flaubert Postsecular (Stanford 2015), Angezogen (Klett-Cotta 2014) and Die Blumen der Mode (Klett-Cotta 2016). She is currently working with Michèle Lowrie in the Classics department here at Chicago on the permanence of the Latin tradition in French Literature since the Revolution. As a 2014-2015 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Vinken collaborated with Michele Lowrie on the Neubauer Collegium project “Thinking through Tropes: Figures of Thought and the Political Imaginary.”
Professor of ancient World History and director of the Institute of Afrasian History and Philology, School of History & Culture, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Wang Xianhua is professor of ancient world history and director of the Institute of Afrasian History and Philology at the School of History & Culture, Sichuan University, China. He holds an MA in Hebrew Bible from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a PhD in Assyriology from the University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD thesis is published as The Metamorphosis of Enlil in Early Mesopotamia by Ugarit-Verlag in Münster in the series Alter Orient und Altes Testament. Besides articles focused on the political and religious history of early Mesopotamia (ca. 3500-2000 BCE), he has published studies on the Hebrew Bible, Chinese classics, and social scientific approaches to world history. He is currently the chief investigator of the research projects The Sargonic Transformation of Sumerian Polytheism funded by the Chinese National Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation, and The Central Administration of the Sargonic Empire funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. He has been a DAAD visiting student to Jena University in Germany in 2005, a Visiting Professor to Sun Yat-sen University in 2012, and a visiting scholar to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2014. As a 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, he is working with the project Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the Worlds First Writing Systems headed by Professors Edward Louis Shaughnessy and Christopher Woods.
Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago; 2015-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Fan Zhang is a visiting research scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Most of Fan’s research has been focusing on the administrative reform in China. Her work, The Origin and Evolution of the Word “Administration” in China was published in 2007 by the Commercial Press in Beijing. As a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2014) in the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University, she participated in a few research programs including China’s regulatory reform, China’s civil service reform and China’s governmental risk management. Recently much of her attention focuses on the “Comparative Analysis on Environmental Governance System and Capacity between China and the US”. This study aims to deepen the reform of China’s environmental governance system with some new ideas including redefining the relations between state and society, government and market by comparatives studies along with the US experience. It also includes rebuilding the relations between levels of government, adjusting the relations between environmental agencies, departments of the executive branch and judicial organs, and modernizing public management.
Director, National Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Fudan University, Shanghai; 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Ge Zhaoguang is the director of the National Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Fudan University, Shanghai. His work includes many studies of Daoism and Buddhism in the mid-imperial period, and a two-volume synthesis entitled History of Chinese Thought: Knowledge, Thought and Belief (Volume I, origins to seventh century; Volume II, seventh to nineteenth centuries). He has been a Global Scholar at Princeton, among other appointments and honors. His scholarship raises questions of the nation and the meaning of “China.” As a 2013-2016 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow, Ge Zhaoguang is one of four collaborators involved in Judith Farquhar and Haun Saussy’s Neubauer Collegium project, History, Philology, and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities.