MemberBruce Gospin

Teaching of writing, Writing in the Digital Age, vernacular aesthetics, African-American Literature, Beat Literature, and Walter Benjamin.I have been teaching writing and literature for over 25 years in a variety of environments, including a one year assignment in a South Korean University. As a young man I lived in Paris, worked at Shakespeare & Co. and dreamed of becoming a famous writer myself. As of today, I’m still working on that dream, only not as intensely.

MemberLuisa Banki

I am a doctoral researcher in the Research Training Group “The Real in the Culture of Modernity” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Konstanz, Germany. I studied Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies in Munich, Oxford and Berlin and am currently working on my dissertation developing a “Post-Catastrophic Poetics” in Walter Benjamin and W. G. Sebald. My interests include: modern European literature; (auto)biography; psychoanalysis; second and third generation post-Shoah literature; the relationship between image and writing; literature as a place of knowledge production

MemberSusan Zieger

I research and teach nineteenth-century British literature at the University of California, Riverside. My critical interests include popular media forms and the history of medicine. My first book, Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008), was well-reviewed in Victorian Studies and other journals. I am currently revising my second book, Media Dreams: Ephemerality and Mass Culture in the Nineteenth Century. My articles and reviews have appeared in PMLA, Victorian Studies, American Literature, Literature Interpretation Theory, Genre, Cabinet, and other journals. I teach graduate seminars on affect in the nineteenth century novel, nineteenth-century media and literature, and the writings of Walter Benjamin.

MemberFrancisco Barrón

Doctorante en Filosofía por la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM. Ha participado en varios proyectos de investigación como: “Memoria y Escritura”, “Políticas de la memoria”, “La cuestión del sujeto en el relato”, “Diccionario para el debate: Alteridades y exclusiones”, “Estrategias contemporáneas de lectura de la Antigüedad grecorromana” y “Herramientas digitales para la investigación en humanidades”. Se ha dedicado al estudio del pensamiento griego antiguo, francés contemporáneo y de los filósofos alemanes Friedrich Nietzsche y Walter Benjamin. Sus intereses son las relaciones entre la estética y la política, y los problemas especulativos sobre la relación entre la técnica, el arte, el lenguaje y el cuerpo. Miembro del comité ejecutivo de la Red de humanistas digitales.

MemberCamilla Hoel

I have a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and have  worked as an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. I am currently working at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy as an associate professor of English. The main body of my research (including my PhD) has been on the reception of unfinished serial narrative and its implications for the figure of the author. I am exploring the function of endings in the reading of narrative texts, and more specifically who has the authority to posit an ending and how the attitude to the perceived authority of the author determines how we react to the unfinished text. The main focus for this research is Charles Dickens’ unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but it draws on other Victorian and Edwardian literature as well as the theories of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin and others. As an extension of this, I have recently been working on the early fan reception of the Sherlock Holmes stories, seeing ideas of authorship in light of the development of the Holmesian Great Game. In addition, I have recently done some research on contemporary (post-)apocalyptic fiction and ethical choice, and more widely on science fiction literature, ethics and power. Alongside my academic work I am a general bibliophile, a geek, a knitter (& spinner) and a feminist.

MemberKaila Rose

I am a thoughtful, detail-oriented, and charismatic person dedicated to quality work founded on intellectual integrity and creative rigor. I value independent work as well as collaborative engagement, and my years as a graduate student and a university writing instructor taught me how to seek balance between the two. I am a Byronist, first and foremost, and am most influenced by the theoretical works of Georges Bataille, Paul de Man, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Maurice Blanchot, and Julia Kristeva. My scholarship focuses mainly on British Romantic poetry and Post-Structuralist Literary Theory and Criticism. As a Romanticist, I remain invested in aesthetics––both in visual and linguistic production––and my skills in close rhetorical analysis allow me to apply critical strategies to improve both my work as well as the work of my colleagues and students. I strive to rethink common assumptions about literature and language through analysis that interrogates the presentation of narrative and authorial identities and the stability of rhetorical expression. I trace Romantic aesthetics and affects from past to present iterations in popular culture, finding moments that resist and rupture hegemonic paradigms. I am also a painter . . . and I sell wine.

MemberDavid Adler

…ht zum Empirischen Workshop: „Ethnographie der Arbeit“, 26.–27. Mai 2016, Oldenburg, in: Arbeits und Industriesoziologische Studien, 9, 2, S. 131–134 (mit Alexandra Bernhardt und Hannes Krämer).
Notbremse und Eingedenken. Geschichtspolitische Impulse der Geschichtsphilosophischen Thesen Walter Benjamins, Bericht zur Tagung: „Vom Ende der Geschichte her. Geschichtspolitische Überlegungen anlässlich des 75. Todestages von Walter Benjamin“, 23.–24. Oktober 2015, Mainz, für die Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz, 20.1.2016. Wiederveröffentlich in: SoPos. Beiträge zu Pol…

In my current research project, I will inquire the governing of office work in and through its architectural conditions in late capitalism. Within the framework of an ethnographically extended dispositive analysis, I am especially interested in two aspects. On the one hand, I will investigate spatial control programs, generated by managerial and architectural discourses. An analysis of enacted and embodied practices, which take place with and within such ‘formatted’ spaces, on the other hand, will shift the focus towards the inner restrictions of these programs and local moments of subversion and resistance. Before that I have been working on an interactionist reframing of hegemony anaysis. Starting with the anouncement of Bin Laden’s death by Barack Obama I have traced the emergence of hegemony and conter-hegemony in the international and intranational reactions to the killing of Bin Laden.

MemberJavier Padilla

…l Intecna,” in Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos. no. 740 (Feb. 2012) pp. 51-54. Print.

“The Rhythmic Course,” in The Capilano Review 3.25 (Winter 2015). Print.

Book Chapters

“The Gothic Third World: Photography and the Poetics of Exclusion,” in Thinking in Constellations: Walter Benjamin in the Humanities. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017. Print….

Javier Padilla is Assistant Professor of English at Colgate University. His current research project, The Decolonial Instant, examines  the work of several 20th century poets, philosophers, artists and thinkers around the discourse of temporality—from Bachelard’s poetics of the instant, the post-romantic exploration of temporality in the poetry of Wallace Stevens, the poetics of subjectivity in Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, W.B. Yeats’s and Derek Walcott’s postcolonial explorations of modernity and coloniality, to the philosopher Aníbal Quijano’s critique of Anglo-European historicism. This project’s operative hypothesis is that as a literary mode the poetics of the instant affords novel ways of conceptualizing poetic mediation, individuation, and literary representation beyond the strictures of standardized national, chronological, and critical protocols. His articles and translations have appeared in The Capilano Review, Literary Imagination, Revista Iberoamericana, The Journal of Modern Literature, and Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.