MemberPaul Kassel

Paul Kassel is the Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a full professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University. Dean Kassel manages the operation of the Schools of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance.  He also oversees the operations of the NIU Museum and the Community School of the Arts (CSA).  In addition to responsibility for the financial management, Dean Kassel guides the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the college.  Working closely with the School Directors, the Directors of the Museum and CSA, and the Directors of Development and Marketing, Dean Kassel has grown the College’s presence on campus and in the region.  He has newly established the Advisory Council, which membership spans the arts disciplines, business partners, and major cultural institutions including the Goodman Theatre and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

MemberChristof Schöch

…008 with a study of La Description double dans le roman des Lumières 1760-1800 (binational programme Kassel / Paris IV-Sorbonne). The thesis has been awarded the Prix Germaine de Stael 2010 and published with Classiques Garnier. From 2004 to 2011, he has been a research assistant at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Kassel University. From 2011 to 2017, he has been a research associate at the Department for Literary Computing at University of Würzburg, first as a researcher in the DARIAH-DE (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) inititative, then as leader of the Computational Literary Genre Stylistics group. In 2017, he recei…

Professor of Digital Humanities and member of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities at University of Trier, Germany. Also, mentor of the early-career research group Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (CLiGS) at University of Würzburg and Chair of the COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History. Christof’s interests in research and teaching are located at the confluence of French literary studies and the digital humanities, especially digital editing and quantitative text analysis. He is also interested in new forms of scholarly publishing and collaboration and pleads for Open Access to publications and research data. He is an active member of the Romance Studies and Digital Humanities communities.

MemberJean Marie Carey

I research and write about Franz Marc from the German aesthetic, philosophical, and psychological frameworks of Einfühlung, Nachträglichkeit, and Trauerarbeit. Marc is also a natural subject for a critical examination through Animal Studies. In the course of my research I developed several side projects about recovered biography and Raubkunst, among other topics. I write about modern and contemporary art for books and journals, do book and exhibition reviews, and am the editor of the Italian Art Society blog and the technology manager for the for IAS website, which will launch its redesign in July 2019. My website, German Modernism is about that subject, particularly Franz Marc, but also about the historical avant-garde, institutional critique, contemporary art, and animals.

MemberKaren Desmond

Karen Desmond is Associate Professor of Music at Brandeis University. Desmond was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard in the Spring of 2018, and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall and Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge in the Spring of 2019. She has also taught and/or held research fellowships at University College Cork, the University of Cologne, and McGill University. Her monograph Music and the moderni, 1300-1350: The ars nova in Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2018) challenges prevailing accounts of the ars nova. External awards include an NEH Research Fellowship (2014), an SSHRC Banting Fellowship (2014-16), and an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (2019-20). She has begun writing her second monograph, tentatively titled Torso: Understanding the Polyphony of Late Medieval England from its Fragmentary Remains. Other book projects include her translation of Lambert’s Ars musica, edited by Christian Meyer (Ashgate, 2015) and The Montpellier Codex: The final fascicle, a collection of essays co-edited with Catherine Bradley (The Boydell Press, 2018). Desmond has published articles in the premier journals of her field including Early Music, Early Music History, Musica disciplina, and Plainsong and Medieval Music, and was co-editor for two journal special issues: one on the fourteenth-century composer, Philippe de Vitry (in Early Music), and one on the fourteenth-century astronomer and music theorist, Jean des Murs (in Erudition and the Republic of Letters). Online work includes a website of late medieval motets digitally encoded in mensural notation ( and a digital edition of an ars nova treatise ( . She has recently been appointed chair of the American Musicological Society’s Board Committee on Technology for a three-year term, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Musicology.