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MemberJordan Rosenblum

My research focuses on the literature, law, and social history of the rabbinic movement. In particular, I am interested in how rabbinic food regulations enact and maintain distinct identities. I recently published a new book entitled Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature (University of California Press, 2020) and three new co-edited volumes: Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University Press, 2019); With the Loyal You Show Yourself Loyal: Essays on Relationships in the Hebrew Bible in Honor of Saul M. Olyan (SBL Press, 2021); and Animals and the Law in Antiquity (Brown Judaic Studies, 2021).

MemberAntonio Cordoba

My main academic interests are Spanish-speaking science fiction in all media (literature, film, TV, and comic books), and the intersection of modernity and the sacred. I am currently working on two book projects. One explores how contemporary Spanish science fiction maps out the exhaustion of the political imagination in contemporary Spain and tries to envision possible ways to break out of this impasse. The other monograph looks into the ways in which modern and contemporary Argentine, Cuban, and Mexican science fiction reimagines the concept of sovereignty. I am also coediting a volume on materiality and the cultures of death in contemporary Spain.

MemberKaren Cook

I am associate professor of music history at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. My main areas of focus are on late medieval notation, theory, and performance; medievalism; and contemporary pop music, jazz, and music in media such as film, television, and video games. Additionally, I am an active singer, performer, and conductor of both early and contemporary music.

MemberSben Korsh

I am an educator, historian and curator focused on buildings, landscapes, and political economy. I am a PhD student in architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I hold a BA from the City University of New York, an MS from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong, all in the history and theory of architecture. Over the past five years, I have researched spaces of financial work — like individual office buildings or entire financial districts — in global cities such as New York, London, Hong Kong and San Francisco. From 2014-16, I lived in the Bay Area, and wrote a masters thesis on the architectural history of the Transamerica Pyramid. I am now organizing this work into a future exhibition and catalog that will examine the building’s corporate history, controversial design and backlash, and how it today has become quintessential to the San Francisco skyline. Between 2017-19 I lived in Hong Kong, where I examined the history of finance and its relationship to Hong Kong’s political economy. I am now finishing this work through my current book project, The Architecture of Stock Exchanges in Hong Kong: Design of a Free Market. As the 2018-19 Emerging Curator at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal, I organized the multimedia research project, Market Landscape: Between Financial Districts and the Planet. This work was done collaboratively with the architect and landscape historian Maxime Decaudin, a PhD Candidate in Art History at Sorbonne Université in Paris. In addition, I have assisted on architectural exhibitions at the City Gallery of Hong Kong, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Institute for Public Architecture in New York, and UC Berkeley’s Wurster Gallery; I co-edited collections for The Architecture Lobby and the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative; and I organize with other workers as part of the Architecture Lobby at the local and international level.

MemberWojciech Tworek

I am Assistant Professor in the Taube Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław. Previously, I was Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wrocław. My book Eternity Now (SUNY 2019) explores the teachings of Shneur Zalman of Liady, the founding rebbe of Chabad. My current research project, funded by the National Science Centre in Poland, concerns Hasidism in interwar Poland.  From 2013 to 2018, I served as the workflow coordinator and Yiddish translator for the Ringelblum Archive Translation Project carried out under the auspices of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Since 2019, I have been involved in the collaborative project entitled A Canon of Memoir Literature by Polish Jews (University of Wrocław).

MemberEmily Friedman

I’m a scholar and critic who wants to understand media experiences from audiences of the past, present, and future. This fascination has taken me to study the language of smell, the work of recovered women writers, never-published manuscript fiction, fanwork, and livestreamed tabletop roleplaying games. I believe that technological shifts of the past can illuminate our present, that book history and digital scholarship work beautifully together, that librarians and archivists are invaluable collaborators, and that hands-on experience of research is an important component of student learning. My most important work is as academic hype-woman for literary and academic work. My project to make manuscript fiction more discoverable through better metadata led me to become the director of 18thConnect.org, an aggregator of eighteenth-century primary and secondary resources. I spend a good chunk of my time helping newbie digital scholars think about how to organize and plan their projects.

MemberGrégoire Espesset

Current research themes: . History and epistemology of academic Sinology (19th–21st cent.) / Histoire et épistémologie de la sinologie académique (du dix-neuvième siècle à nos jours) . History, philology and textual criticism of “Weft” (wei 緯) literature / Histoire, philologie et ecdotique des écrits de “trame” (wei 緯) . Religion in Mediaeval China: history, historiography, documents, and Western representations / Les religions en Chine médiévale : histoire, historiographie, documents ; représentations occidentales

MemberCsaba Szabó

Historian, archaeologist. My research is focusing on:

  • – Roman religion in the Danubian provinces, especially the case study of Dacia
  • cult of Mithras in Dacia and the Danubian provinces
  • history of archaeological thought in Romania and Central-East Europe
  • heritage of Béla Cserni and András Bodor
  • public archaeology in Romania