“Fleeing From Absence: Fear of Disappearance as a Driving Force”
Olga Ast is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist, curator and researcher whose work investigates the connection among time, space, and information. She has exhibited and lectured internationally and published several books, including Fleeing from Absence: four cross-disciplinary essays on time, its nature and its interpretations; and Infinite Instances: Studies & Images of Time, a collection of papers and artworks by contributors to the ArcheTime project, dedicated to exploring artistic, academic, and scientific concepts of time, which Ast has been curating since 2009.
“When Concepts Disappear: Marx and Foucault on Economic Ideas”
Christopher S. Barkan is a doctoral candidate in History of Consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is currently writing his dissertation on Foucault’s reconstruction of classical political economy and Marx and Foucault’s respective epistemic conditions of possibility of an intellectual history. He is also interested in heterodox theories of money and reads finance blogs in his “spare” time.
“Romantic Disappearance: W.B. Yeats and Julia de Burgos, Colonized Island Poets”
Jacob Bender is a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa. He has an MA from the University of Utah and is originally from Washington state. He has also lived in Mexico, China, and Puerto Rico. He has previously published in Dialogue, Sunstone, and Writing Lab Newsletter.
“It’s Alive!: Reappearance of the Skeleton Within Conceptions of Embodiment and Identity”
Cassandre is currently completing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Combining the disciplines of Creative Writing and Anthropology, her work explores the skeleton as a surface upon which identity inscribes itself through outside interaction with the environment and other individuals. She also explores the connections of scientific thought with the lived experiences of the musculoskeletal system through the use of Osteology and Astronomy.
“Sebald’s Work of Melancholy and the Photographic Gaze: Rings of Saturn Reconsidered”
Hillel is a fourth-year doctoral student of English at the The Graduate Center, CUNY specializing in the intersection of cognitive studies and modernist aesthetics. He’s particularly interested in questions of representation of memory and Theory of Mind in narrative fiction.
“I Lost An Arm On My Last Trip Home:” Violent Vanishing in Octavia Butler’s Kindred
Claire Brown is a doctoral student in the English Department at SUNY Buffalo. Her interests circulate around queer theory, race and the diaspora, and psychoanalytic theories of sexual difference. She is especially interested in the construction/erasure of networks of intimacy among queer bodies, and most recently presented the paper “Incomplete Community: Textual Inscrutability and Unstable Intimacies in Nella Larsen’s Passing” at IU Bloomington’s conference, “Consent: Terms of Agreement” in March 2013.
“Everlasting Misery: Temporal Layering and the Disappearance of the Past in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz”
Nora Carr is a third-year doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she focuses on French- and Spanish-language literatures. Her research interests center primarily around temporality, narrativity, and the representation of the past. Originally from Massachusetts, she holds a BA in History and French from NYU. Currently she is working on finishing up her coursework at The Grad Center and teaching sections of French and German literature at Queens College.
“The Case of Sherlock Holmes’ Disappearance”
Marise Chartrand is currently doing a PhD in Lettres françaises (French Literature) at the University of Ottawa (Canada). Her research focuses on the French influences surrounding the British character Sherlock Holmes. Marise also teaches French and enjoys writing poetry in her free time.
” ‘Poetic form will conceivably survive the coming apocalypse’: Walter Benjamin and Lyric”
Eliot D’Silva is an MA candidate at McGill University in the English Department, and studied for his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University. His research interests include American poetry, prosody, and the history of literary criticism. He also writes and reviews poetry.
“Aphanisis in Nazi Fiction’s Colonial Nostalgia”
Timm Ebner is a literary scholar living in Berlin and affiliated with the interdisciplinary Graduate Research Programme Media of History – History of Media (Erfurt/Weimar/Jena). He is currently working on his doctorate on “‘Cannibals’ and ‘Bloodsuckers’: Anti-Semitism and Colonial Racism in Nazi Colonial Fiction.” He is freelancing for several German magazines and newspapers, e.g. the taz.
“Death, Disappearance, and the Philosophy of Time”
Kathy Fazekas is a senior graduate student in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Time. Her dissertation is on the metaphysics and experience of the passage of time.
“Audio/Visual Shadows: Alain Brigand’s 11’09’01—September 11 and the Virtual Trauma of 9/11″
Anke Geertsma is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and lecturer at City College (CCNY). She holds a BA and MA in American Studies from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
“The Jesuit Reductions of Paraguay: A fascinating adventure which endures in time”
During her BA in Classics at the University of Bologna (Italy), Maria spent a year studying at University College London (Erasmus exchange) where she also gained her MA degree in Ancient History in September 2010. She spent the academic year 2010/2011 back in Bologna for completion of her second MA Degree in Classics (Laurea Magistrale in Filologia, Letteratura e Tradizione Classica). In August 2011, she started the PhD program in Literature at the University of Notre Dame, and she is currently in her third year of studies.
“Disappearance as Fiction Generator in Real Life, Myth and Literature”
Gaston Gilabert is a PhD Candidate of Spanish Literature at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature. After working as a lawyer, he became a stage director and a researcher and editor of Early Modern Spanish Drama, a field in which he has published several articles. A member of Asociación de Cervantistas and Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, his focus is on interactions between Law, Politics and Literature.
“The Disappearance of Order: Tumblr, Censorship, and Systems of Meaning”
Andrew Gilbert is a PhD candidate in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Kansas. His research interests include digital communities and online film/media sub cultures. He has recently written for the online film journals cléo and Screen Machine.
“Tumblr, Torrents, and Tron: Jodorowsky’s Dune as a Case Study in Missing Copyrights”
Carolina Gonzalez is a doctoral candidate of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds a B.A. in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on 20th century literature and film of the Americas, particularly works that extensively adapt, appropriate, or re-imagine classical and early modern drama and sacred texts.
“Lost Proofs and Uncertain Impressions: Researching Prints by Henry Ossawa Tanner“
Katrina E. Greene is a PhD student in the Curatorial Track program in Art History at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include nineteenth-century American art, technical art history, prints, and drawings. She received a B.A. in Art History from Smith College in 2008 and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2013. Her curatorial experience includes serving as an exhibition research assistant at the Walters Art Museum, and developing an exhibition of graphic work by Ernest Haskell as Andrew W. Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. She is currently a curatorial intern in American art at the Delaware Art Museum, where she is conducting provenance research on the museum’s collection of prints
“’Bios Theoretikos’: Dissipation, Self-reclamation, and Heideggerian “authenticity” in Virgina Woolf’s To the Lighthouse“
Richard Hajarizadeh is a first-year Master’s in English student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The principle areas of his literary research consist of the High Modernist and avant-garde aesthetics, and the social theories of German philosophers Martin Heidegger and Theodor Adorno. His others areas of literary interest include post-Chaucerian medieval poetry and mystical poetry.
“ ‘Out of my sight!’—Disappearance and Authority in Christoph Ransmayr’s The Last World“
Marcus Heim earned his M.A. at the University of Münster 2010 in Germany and is currently a PhD-student at the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently interested in Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the political sphere and Hans Blumenberg’s definition of myth. His PhD thesis aims to describe modes of spatial experience in Peter Weiss’ Aesthetics of Resistance.
“Entropy, Yeats, Art, History”
Daniel Hengel is a first year PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center and currently teaching the composition of the academic essay at Baruch College. His areas of study include Anglophone Modernism and languages of protest. He holds a Master’s degree from Hunter College where he wrote a rather aggressively titled thesis called “D.H. Lawrence: Protest in the Face of Ideology, a Study of Women in Love and Aaron’s Rod.” He has presented conference papers on Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting: A London Adventure” (“Street Haunting: Phantasmagorical Selves”) and D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Lady Chatterley’s Lover: A Reconstitution of Christianity”).
“Untouchable Being in the Present: through Ogawa Yoko’s Hisoyakana Kessho“
Fusako Innami is a DPhil candidate in Oriental Studies, at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, carrying out research into touch and sensation in modern Japanese literature and its relationship to 20th century European thought. Her research interests lie in a comparative study of the senses, literature and cross-cultural performance, and media arts. Publications include a paper on contemporary Japanese writer Matsuura Rieko, “The Departing Body: Creation of the Neutral in-between Sensual Bodies” for the Journal of Asian and African Studies. Fusako holds a BA in Libreral Arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.
On Monuments and Ghosts: Disappearance and the Global Politics of Queer Memory
Alla Ivanchikova received her doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is currently an Assistant Professor of World Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her research focuses on queer theory, globalization, and transnational approaches to literature.
“’And aa That’s Scotch Aboot it is the Name’: A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle and the Disappearance of Scottish Cultural Identity”
Christofer Johnson graduated with a BA in History from the University of South Carolina in May of 2012 and is currently enrolled in The Ohio State University’s English MA/PhD program studying Folklore. His research interests include the political agency of folklore and folksong in the Anglophone world, the cultural dimensions of power in the contemporary period, and the way that cultural artifacts impact and shape the development of national identity. Currently, he is working in the Scottish ballad tradition and investigating how elements of Jacobite discourse have been revived and used to help define modern political movements.
“Repertoire and Accumulation in Japanese Language Online Media Culture”
Daniel Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Joint Program in East Asian Cinema at the University of Chicago. His dissertation explores issues of technological mediation within the representational logic of anonymity in Japanese and English language internet media such as video-sharing websites, online game media, and social networking sites.
“A Speaking Absence: Contraception and Abortion in Midwifery Texts of the 17th Century”
Lisa Karakaya is a fourth-year doctoral student at The Graduate Center, CUNY, working towards a degree in French literature with a certificate in Women’s Studies. She has a B.A. in French and Spanish from Hillsdale College and worked in various fields, including publishing and finance, before starting doctoral work at CUNY. Lisa has taught French at Queens College since 2011. Her work focuses on issues of inequality (gender and class) mainly in twentieth-century literature; she has also researched issues of reproductive justice. Last year she presented on Annie Ernaux’s work at the “In Trans: Reading Between and Beyond” conference at the Graduate Center; examples of past papers include “Le mot qui manque dans le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein: la parole de Dieu et la femme dans la narration de Marguerite Duras,” and “Filer entre les mondes: positions d’espace, silence et absence dans les relations de classe.”
“The Presence of Absence: The Disappearance of the Body in Ana Mendieta’s ‘Siluetas'”
Jordan Karney is a Ray and Margaret Horowitz Foundation Fellow in American Art at Boston University where her research focuses on American Art of the 1970s and after. Before attending Boston University, she was the Assistant Director at Mary Ryan Gallery, New York. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2006.
“Lost and Found: The Case of Sulpicia”
Stefanie Kletke is a 2nd year MA student in the Ancient Societies and Cultures program at the University of Alberta’s Department of History and Classics. She is currently writing her thesis on the post-classical literary and scholarly constructions of Sulpicia, the persona of a few Latin love elegies found in the Corpus Tibullianum ([Tib.] 3.8-18). Stefanie has previously presented at The Graduate Center at CUNY’s 2012 In Trans conference on a possible re-interpretation of the Sulpicia poems, and at the Classical Association of the Canadian West’s 2012 annual conference on the marginalizing trends in Sulpician scholarship. Stefanie’s other research interests include Augustan poetry, manuscript transmission, and the post-classical reception of Latin literature, particularly as seen in late-Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin literature.
“The Promise and Disavowal of Memory in Works by Evelio Rosero, Doris Salcedo, and Oscar Muñoz”
Alex Lee is a senior at San Francisco State University, where he studies English with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. His research interests include twentieth-century Latin American literature, theories of memory, and gender and cultural studies. As an undergraduate, Alex has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Deborah Cohler, completed a summer research fellowship at UC Riverside, and is currently conducting advanced undergraduate research with Dr. Laura García-Moreno. He will be studying at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in Spring 2014 as an exchange student.
Karen Lepri is the author of Incidents of Scattering (Noemi, 2013) and the chapbook Fig. I (Horse Less Press, 2012). Lepri received the 2012 Noemi Poetry Prize. Her poetry, prose, and translation have appeared in 1913, 6×6, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Mandorla, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Queens College.
“From Lead Role to Stage Body: The Disappearance of Tecmessa in Sophocles’s Ajax“
Daniel is a second-year graduate student in Classical Studies at Boston University, after completing a BA in Classics and Theatre at the College of the Holy Cross in 2010 and an MA in the Humanities at NYU in 2012. His main interests include Greek tragedy, namely Sophocles; performance and reception theory; and issues of gender politics. Previous projects include a capstone at Holy Cross wherein he translated, designed, and directed a production of Sophocles’ Ajax; also, he wrote his thesis at NYU on the performance and subversion of gender norms in the Ajax. Most recently, he has presented a paper at the 2013 Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar on Medea in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and at the University of Florida Classics Graduate Conference on rumor and speech in Sophocles’ Ajax.
Corey Pentoney has been working towards his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Binghamton University while subsisting solely on waffles and orange soda. His fiction has appeared in Black River Review and Ellipsis, as well as having won the North Country Writer’s Award for Fiction.
“Valorizing the Subject: Written Language in Assia Djebar’s Fantasia“
Gabriella Marino studied at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she obtained her Bachelor degrees in English and French. She is now a second-year Master’s candidate in the French department at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include 20th century French and Francophone literature, postcolonial literature, and psychoanalytical literary theory.
“Disappearance in late-Beethoven: the Sonata in C Minor Op. 111 and the Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli Opus 120“
Professor James Martin is the Richard and Norma Small Professor and Professor of Music at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon IA. He was an actively performing pianist until 1997. His research is focused primarily upon Wagner, Opera, and Beethoven, with an special interest in John Cage and the Avant Garde. He has been an NEH Faculty Fellow at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Stanford University, and is a current grant award winner from the NEH “Enduring Questions” Program.
“Orchestral Variability in Decline: Tempo, Duration, and Variability in a Symphony by Mahler”
Ben Negley is a musicologist who focuses on the reception history and performance practices of 19th century orchestral music in the United States. He has written on Mendelssohn and Mahler, and currently researches the Ford Foundation and American symphony orchestra culture in the 1960s. A native of Arizona, he has presented research in California and New York, and currently lives and studies in Santa Cruz, California.
Pelcher, J Brandon
“Heidegger’s Disappearing in Space and Time”
J. Brandon Pelcher is a doctoral student in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University (M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Comparative Literature; B.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Mathematics). His research and teaching interests have included theories of forgetting, phenomenology, political aesthetics, film, and feminism, focusing on the Frankfurt School, Proust, Heidegger, the historical avant-garde, Debord, and Irigaray. His current project is an investigation into the use of strategic essentialism and mimesis in the historical avant-garde, concentrated around the international chapters of Dada in reaction to perceived systematicity in language, war, and consumerist capitalism.
Phillis, Jen Hedler
“Poetics of Disappearance: Susan Howe and History”
Jen Hedler Phillis is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation, Lyric Histories, traces the appearance and disappearance of history in twentieth-century American poetry, arguing that the development of the historical in modernist and contemporary poetry mirrors economic developments both in the United States and Europe. She has presented work from her dissertation at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference, the Marxist Literary Group Summer Institute and the New School for Social Research.
“Unearthing the Maternal: Reading Kristeva in Greta Knutson’s Prose”
Cristina Politano is a PhD student in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a Masters from Université Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her research centers on questions of translation, gender, and theories of the avant-garde.
“Forgotten Figures: The Rhetorical Function of Tecmessa, Chrysothemis, and Ismene”
Tiffany Pounds-Williams is a doctoral candidate in Drama at Tufts University and received her Master’s at Emerson College. Her dissertation entitled ““Forgotten Figures: The Rhetorical Function of Tecmessa, Chrysothemis, and Ismene” is currently in progress.
“The Business of Caring: Philanthropic Documentaries, the AIDS Pandemic and the Bodies that Cease to Matter”
Mina Rajabi is a second year master’s student at the department of Critical Studies at UBC. She has received her BA in sociology from University of Tehran and is currently working on a research project focusing on the local discourses of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the dynamics of care and representation in AIDS documentaries.
“Withstanding the Shock of Disappearance: Aurora Floyd”
Michele Robinson is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina. She has a Master’s from the University of Chicago where she focused on the role of space and place in Jane Eyre. Her current work centers on architectural spaces in Victorian literature.
Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator currently pursuing his MFA in creative writing at Brooklyn College. He co-curates the Triptych Reading Series, is editor-in-chief for DIEZ and is the author of a chapbook, Amílkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press 2011). His writing has appeared in various journals, including SET, Sun’s Skeleton, PANK and Mandorla.
“Disappearing Worlds and Lives: the Problem of Ecological Imperialism”
Arnab Roy is a PhD candidate at the Literatures, languages and Cultures department at the University of Connecticut. His specializations are Postcolonial Indian Studies, Human Rights and Universalism, Eco-criticism, and approaches of Cognitive Linguistics in Comparative Literature. He has a double masters in British Literature and English Studies from Illinois State University and the University of Allahabad, India .
Ruiz, Ivan Ferrero
“Translating Vicente Huidobro’s Literary Mills: Different Languages, Same Blades”
Iván Ferrero is a graduate student and teaching assistant for the Spanish section at the Literatures, Cultures and Languages department at Uconn. He received his BA with honors in English Language and Literature from the Universidad de León (Spain) and later on moved to the United States to work as Foreign Language Assistant at the College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts), before entering Uconn’s graduate program. His main interests are Linguistics, Translation and Cultural studies.
Niloofar Sarlati is a PhD student in the department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota. Her project looks at silence as utterance from Bakhtinian point of view, and focuses on political significance of uttered silence in the age of communicative capitalism. A freelance translator of philosophical texts, from English to Persian, she has presented papers on “Poetics Of Silence,” “Voice Of the Artist: Category Of Artist Statement,” and “Marx And Foucault.”
“L’apparition du blanc: A Way of Seeing Absence in Georges Perec’s La disparition“
Noam Scheindlin received his doctorate in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2010. His research interests and publications focus on Marcel Proust and Georges Perec. His most recent article on Proust will appear in Modern Language Notes in 2014.
“’We are standing before something monstrously new’: Diaries of Germany’s ‘Zero Hour’ 1943-1951″
Kathryn Sederberg is a PhD candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Kathryn’s research interests include 20th-century German literature and culture, autobiography and life writing, German modernism, and history of emotions. Her dissertation is a re-examination of Germany’s “Zero Hour,” exploring early attempts to address the radical openness brought about with the defeat of National Socialist Germany.
“’The Funeral’ and ‘The Relic’: Donne, Desire, and Disappearance”
Joseph Simmons is a graduate student in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His interests include poetry, modernism, impersonality, and immortality. He also dabbles in medieval metaphysics and 20th century post-analytic philosophy of language. He wants to look at poetry as an attempt to work through and articulate a response to an experience of finitude.
Smith, Jeffrey P.
“Conceptualism and the Disappearance of the Art Object”
Jeffrey Smith is currently in the Comparative Literature PhD program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History.
“The Big Reveal: Dis/Re Appearance in the Makeover Show”
Elizabeth is a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Kansas. Her research examines the reconstitution of failure as a potential cite for corporeal agency. Additionally, Elizabeth is currently exploring the connections between food and bodies as mediated by reality television.
Sarah Jane Stoner
Sara Jane Stoner is a PhD student in CUNY Graduate Center’s English Program and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. At Brooklyn College, where she currently serves as a Writing Fellow, she has taught courses in composition, contemporary literature, creative writing, writing pedagogy, and advanced essay writing. At The Cooper Union she teaches queer theory and has worked in the school’s Writing Center for the past seven years. Her scholarly work focuses on performative writing pedagogy and the intersections of feminist and queer thinking, particularly in the context of contemporary experimental writing. Her first book is forthcoming this Spring from Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs.
“Spectral Rhetoric and Memory Work in the Thousand Islands”
Noel Thistle Tague is currently a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches undergraduate composition. Her research inquiries center on spatial rhetorics, memory work, and multimodal methods of composing and dwelling in rural places. She is a graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program in Poetry and often finds herself working (and writing) at the intersection of rhetoric and lyric.
“Disappearance, Transformation and Character in the Actor’s Art”
Craig Turner is a Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as Head of Graduate Studies for the department, Head of Movement Training for the graduate Professional Actor Training Program and as Company movement coach for Playmakers Theatre (LORT-D). He has taught in training programs at a variety of performance schools in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Turner has coached/choreographed movement sequences in over one hundred professional productions. He is co-author of Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay (SIU Press) and has written articles on juggling, mime, masking, movement theory, creative process, trance modeling and martial arts in actor training. His latest article, “The Association Process in Stanislavski’s ‘Threshold of the Subconscious’” was published in Performing Consciousness (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
“From Last to First: The Anxiety of Disappearance in Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things“
Dylan Winchock received an MA from Arizona State University and a PhD in Literature from Binghamton University. His research focuses largely on the subversive production of borderland spaces in urban landscapes, which force to the surface of social consciousness the silenced narratives in the city. He is currently an instructor at Montclair State University.
“Formalism’s ‘Narrative Erasure’ and the Phenomenalization of the Narrator: Nix v. Williams and Die Marquise von O…“
Eaming Wu is a current PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at Princeton University. Among her many interests, she focuses on the history of the novel, narrative theory, and modernism. Her dissertation, titled “‘Life’ as the Shattering of Form: Interpersonal Relations in the Anglo-European Modern Novel (1904-1942)” attempts to bridge the gap between narratology and ethical theories of literature. Additionally, she is teaching an undergraduate course on the Law and Literature, in which legal cases are read alongside narratives.