Tony Bennett (Centre for Cultural Research – University of Western Sydney)
Professor Bennett’s interests span a number of areas across the social sciences and humanities, with significant contributions to the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, cultural sociology, and museum studies. His work in literary studies includes influential assessments of the relations between formalist and Marxist criticism, and critical appraisals of Marxist aesthetic theory. In cultural studies his work has had a formative influence on the study of popular culture and he has played a leading role in the development of cultural policy studies. His work in cultural sociology includes major surveys of the social patterns of cultural practice and consumption in both Australia and Britain, and critical engagements with the sociology of literature and audience and reception theory. His work in museum studies has contributed to the development of the ‘new museology’ particularly in the light it has thrown on the role of museums as instruments of social governance.
The common thread running through his interests across these areas concerns the ways in which culture is tangled up in the exercise of power. This continues to inform his current research focused on the ways in which the knowledge practices of aesthetics and anthropology have informed modern processes of cultural governance from the 19th century through to the present. This work includes a significant focus on the part played by the early fieldwork phase in Australian, British, French and American anthropology in the development of new practices of colonial governance. It also includes a concern with the varying social uses of aesthetic discourses, and the role of aesthetics in the history of social theory. He is also engaged in an inquiry into the role of habit as a key concept in social, political and cultural theory, and with the role it has played in the practices of both liberal and colonial governance. Professor Bennett is currently working on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance.
Professor Bennett has worked in a consulting or advisory capacity for a range of governmental organisations, including UNESCO and the Council of Europe, and has conducted research collaborations with a wide range of cultural sector and government organisations in Australia and Britain. Amongst his main publications are Critical Trajectories: Culture, Society, Intellectuals (2007), Culture and Society: Collected Essays (2007), Pasts Beyond Memories: Evolution, Museums, Colonialism (2004), Culture: A Reformer’s Science (1998), and The Birth of the Museum: History, Theory, Politics (1995).
He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy and of the Culture, Economy and the Social book series published by Routledge.
Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University)
Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society (1998-2003). He chaired the Department of Germanic Languages from 1986-1992 and again from 2005-2008. He is one of the founding editors of New German Critique (1974-), and he serves on the editorial boards of October, Constellations, Germanic Review, Transit, Key Words (UK), Critical Space (Tokyo), Memory Studies (UK), Lumina (Brazil), Comunicação & Cultura(Portugal). In 2005, he won Columbia’s coveted Mark van Doren teaching award. His research and teaching focus on 18th-20th-century German literature and culture, international modernism, Frankfurt School critical theory, postmodernism, cultural memory of historical trauma in transnational contexts, and, most recently, urban culture and globalization.
Huyssen has published widely in German and English and his work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Danish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Japanese, and Chinese. His books include Die frühromantische Konzeption von Übersetzung und Aneignung. Studien zur frühromantischen Utopie einer deutschen Weltliteratur (1969), Friedrich Schlegel. “Athenäums”-Fragmente und andere Schriften (1978, latest reprint 2005), Drama des Sturm und Drang (1980), The Technological Imagination: Theories and Fictions (ed. with Teresa de Lauretis and Kathleen Woodward, 1980), After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (1986), Postmoderne: Zeichen eines kulturellen Wandels (ed. with Klaus Scherpe, 1986), Modernity and the Text: Revisions of German Modernism (ed. with David Bathrick, 1989), Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia (1995), Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003), and the edited volume on the culture of non-Western cities entitled Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing World(2008). His most recent collection of essays, so far only published in Spanish, is Modernismo después de la posmodernidad(2010).
He currently continues work on two projects: a study of modernist miniatures, an experimental form of modernist writing, widespread in French and German modernism from Baudelaire to Rilke, Benn, Kafka, Kracauer, Jünger, Musil, Benjamin, and Adorno. And a consideration of the overlaps and tensions between the contemporary discourses of memory and human rights.
George Yúdice (University of Miami)
George Yúdice received his B.A. (Chemistry) from Hunter College, CUNY; his M.A. (Spanish) from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; and his Ph.D. (Romance Languages) from Princeton University (1977). His teaching includes critical theory, literary and cultural studies; his courses range from contemporary aesthetics and politics to urban imaginaries, to film recreations of literary works, Mapping Miami, and cultural policy in Latin America. He also teaches in the Program in Latin American Studies and he is director of the Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries (www.miamiobservatory.org), which tracks work in music, theater, audiovisual, culture-based urban revitalization, cultural networks throughout the Americas, and community-based projects in South Florida.
Yúdice has several individual and collaborative research projects under way:
•Aesthetics Out of Bounds examines a range of projects that claim to have aesthetic value even as they work in other than artistic and literary spheres: the media, urban revitalization, social movements, etc.
•Cultural Networking in Central America follows the organizational efforts of myriad cultural actors (from artists, musicians and writers to indigenous craftspersons and cultural tourism initiatives) to create a regional market and distributional system as a means to surpass the obstacles of the small and poor economies of the region.
•Mapping Miami tracks cultural initiatives in South Florida and in particular in neighborhoods (Hialeah, Overtown, Doral, Kendall, etc.) not usually identified with art and culture (as is the case in South Beach, Wynwood and the Design District)
His research and publications are mainly in the area of Latin American Cultural Studies, and in particular Cultural Policy Studies.
Naomi Segal (Birkbeck, University of London)
Naomi Segal is Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. From 2004 to 2011 she was founding Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, a research institute in the interdisciplinary field covered by the five languages French, German, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese; before that, at the University of Reading, she created and directed an MA on the Body & Representation. She has served on or chaired numerous national and international committees including the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the ESF, HERA, the British Academy Panel for Europe, the Institut Universitaire de France, and (earlier) the AHRB/C Modern Languages & Linguistics Panel (1999-2006) and the Executive Committee of the AUPHF (1996-2004). She is the author of 73 articles and 12 books, most recently ‘When familiar meanings dissolve…’: Essays in French studies in memory of Malcolm Bowie (1943-2007) (2011), Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, gender and the sense of touch (2009), Indeterminate Bodies (2003), Le Désir à l’Œuvre (2000) and André Gide: Pederasty & Pedagogy (1998). She is currently coediting three collections and researching for two further monographs: Six Strays: Fictional dogs from 1845 to 1992 and Eurydice’s revenge; or, the haunting of the replacement child.
Amit Pinchevski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Amit Pinchevskyi joined the Hebrew University in 2004, after completing his doctoral research at McGill University. His research interests include philosophy of communication, media theory, and modern social thought. More specifically, the ethical aspects of the limits of communication, in media as means of witnessing and memory, and in various “pathologies” of communication and their construction. His current work is concerned with the mediation of trauma, the Eichmann trial being the principle case study. He teaches courses on the history of communication technologies, theories of communication and media, witnessing, media and memory, and urban culture. His most recent publications include By Way of Interruption: Levinas and the Ethics of Communication (2005) and Media Witnessing: Testimony in the Age of Mass Communication (2009, with P. Frosch).
Frederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen)
Frederik Tygstrup is the Director of the Copenhagen School in Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Copenhagen. His primary specialization is in the history and theory of the European novel, and his work on the subject includes: Fictions of Experience: The European Novel 1615-1857 (1992), and In Search of the Real: Essays on the 20th Century Novel(2000).
His present research interests focus on the intersections of artistic practices and other social practices, including urban aesthetics, the history of representations and experiences of space, literature and medicine, literature and geography, literature and politics. His recent articles include: «Witness. Memory, Representation, and the Media in Question» (2008), «Changing Spaces: Salman Rushdie’s Mapping of Post-Colonial Territories» (2008), «The Politics of Symbolic Forms» (2009), «The Blue Chair. A Literary Report on Dementia in America» (2009), «Life and Forms in the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze» (2010) and «Affective Spaces» (2012).
Joseph Heathcott is a writer, photographer, curator, and educator based in NYC. He is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives at The New School, where he teaches in Parsons School of Design and the School for Public Engagement. During the 2010-2011 academic year he was the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom at the University of the Arts and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. His work has appeared in a wide range of books, journals, exhibitions, magazines, newspapers, trade publications, blogs, and DIY ‘zines’. His most recent photography exhibit Post-Acropolis Metropolis was installed at the City Hall Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany. Prof. Heathcott has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Erasmus Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Brown Center for the Humanities. He is President-Elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and a past board member of the Urban History Association and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Elena Esposito (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)