Fellows Detailübersicht

Cristina Baldacci (Italy) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Art History, Visual Studies, Aesthetics

Cristina Baldacci received her PhD in Art History and Theory from the Università Iuav di Venezia (in conjunction with the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), where she spent two additional years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She has previously taught at the Università degli Studi di Milano, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and the Politecnico di Milano, and has conducted research as a Visiting Scholar at both Columbia University and the City University of New York. She recently co-curated the exhibition New Arrivals: Highlights from the Bianca and Mario Bertolini’s Donation (Museo del Novecento, Milan, 2015) and was part of the curatorial team of Ennesima: An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art (La Triennale di Milano, 2015–16). As a writer she has contributed to various journals, magazines, and essay collections, and has co-edited several books. Among her forthcoming publications are a study on the archive as an art form and a monograph on Gerhard Richter’s Atlas, both of which derive from her academic dissertations. Her research interests include the archive and atlas as visual forms of knowledge; montage strategies; contemporary sculpture; the relationship between art, new media, and society.

ICI Project (2016-18)
Visual Errancy: The Wandering Image and Its Multiple Temporalities

Through an interdisciplinary approach, this project aims to reexamine the different temporalities and topographies – together with the new values, roles, and meanings – of the image in the contemporary iconosphere by critically following an historical and epistemological path that, from Benjaminian and Warburghian traditions, leads to the most compelling up-to-date visual and media theories. Along this itinerary, I would like to focus on the following topics: the relevance of visual anachronism and its different forms – as a drift, survival, and alteration in time; anarchivism as a way to constantly reconsider and reorganize historiography and critical investigation, since digital technology has accustomed us to an errant temporality, where information and images are in a state of flux, instead of being permanently stored; the aesthetic, technical, political effects and possibilities that all this gives to artistic practice in the present postmedia and digital condition, especially with regard to some anarchic positions based on image errancy and postproduction (Hito Steyerl, Philippe Parreno, Ryan Trecartin, and others).

Julie Gaillard (France) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature, Art

Julie Gaillard holds a PhD in French from Emory University (2016). She has taught French language and literature at Emory University and Morehouse College and was an associated fellow at the International Research Training Group InterArt Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, 2013-15). Her dissertation, titled ‘Réalités pseudonymes: Lyotard, Beckett, Levé, Cojo, Invader’, focused on proper names in order to analyze how a variety of media (‘new’, ‘old’, and ‘mixed’) articulate our experience of ‘reality’. She co-edited the volume Traversals of Affect: On Jean-François Lyotard (with Claire Nouvet and Mark Stoholski, Bloomsbury, 2016). Her current research continues her investigation of Lyotard’s work and its import at the crossroads of philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, arts, and politics.

ICI Project (2016-18)
Errant Affect, Inhuman Time(s)

Rooted in Jean-François Lyotard’s framing of the unconscious affect after Freud’s belatedness (Nachträglichkeit), this project asks how the errant, ‘inhuman’ (not-yet-human) temporality of affect has the power to disrupt systemic temporal organizations. It mobilizes diverse fields (philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, art) to sound the potential of this aberrant temporality as a mode of resistance against ‘inhuman’ (post-human) imperatives to ‘gain time’. The project engages with Lyotard’s reading of Freud and its implications when confronted with (1) individual experiences of time as continuous; (2) social organizations of history founded on metanarratives (myth) and oriented towards goals (values); (3) the global organization of exchange that indexes the present on the future. Theory is confronted with case studies taken from literature (Proust on anamnesis and involuntary memory), art (Anselm Kiefer on foundational myths), and politics (events of terror and responses of mythical national unity).

Francesco Giusti (Italy) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies

Francesco Giusti graduated (BA and MA) in Comparative Literature at the University of L’Aquila (Italy) and, in 2012, obtained a PhD in European Literature and Culture from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) and Sapienza University of Rome. He then held a British Academy Research Scholarship in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York (2013) and two DAAD Postdoctoral Research Grants in the Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen at the Goethe University Frankfurt (2014-2015). He is a member of the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Après coup at the University of L’Aquila. His main areas of research are: history and theory of lyric poetry and the lyric as a discursive practice; psychoanalytic, philosophical, and cognitive aesthetics; medieval literatures and their reception in contemporary literatures and arts. His first monograph Canzonieri in morte. Per un’etica poetica del lutto was published by Textus Edizioni in 2015, and a second book, Il desiderio della lirica. Poesia, creazione, conoscenza, will be published by Carocci Editore in 2016.

ICI Project (2016-18)
From Pre-diction to Post-diction
The Prophetic Constitution of Subjectivity in Dante’s Vita nova

According to the Biblical model, prophecy is the verbal or symbolic anticipation of future events. I want to focus instead on a different kind of prophecy that originates from a procrastination of truth and assumes the form of retrospective interpretation as it appears in Dante’s Vita nova. As psychoanalysis affirms, sense-making happens après-coup or nachträglich: the Vita nova is such an attempt to rearrange memory fragments into a teleological narrative. This retroactive prediction compels Dante to cope with the problem of free will to define his poetic and ethical agency in time: a major issue not only in medieval theology but also in contemporary theory. Even cognitive science and neuroscience are now paying close attention to postdiction. The lyric can offer a model of subjectivity in performance which is relevant well beyond the literary genre: facing practical failures, the speaker gains an always provisional sense of self that is not constructed by a projection into an imaginary future but is recognized by looking back at her individual past.

Yv E. Nay (Switzerland) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Gender and Queer Studies, Transgender Studies, Affect Theory, Postcolonial Theory

Yv E. Nay received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Basel where they were a lecturer and fellow at the Center for Gender Studies. Nay was a visiting fellow at Columbia University and a research fellow at the University of Zurich. They have taught classes on gender and queer theory, affect studies, and transgender studies at universities in Switzerland and Germany. Nay’s research engages with the question of how politics, affect, and regimes of gender and sexuality are related. Their dissertation entitled Feeling Family: Queer Relationalities and Temporalities is an ethnography of the affective politics of queer families that interweaves feminist, queer, affect theory, and queer of color critique. Their current research focuses on the affective structure of activism within transgender communities. Nay has recently published in Sociologus: Journal for Social Anthropology, Femina Politica, and is co-editor of the anthology Affekt und Geschlecht – Eine einführende Anthologie (Zaglossus 2014).

ICI Project (2016-18)
The Errantry of Affective Activism
Temporal and Affective Paradoxes of Trans* Politics

This project examines recent global activism of transgender/trans* people. Although it is remarkable that trans* activists and their allies have achieved large-scale radical change in the past decade, this project scrutinizes the movement’s inherent ideals of success and goal-orientation as an affectively structured paradoxical temporality. It takes on the critique of the term ‘transgender’ commonly used as a progressive transnationalized and globalized concept of the Global North and West and further elaborates the foundational preconditions of the raced, classed, Euro- and Anglo-centric notion 'transgender' for non-conforming gender representations in activism. By focusing on the surrounding atmospheres and felt temporalities of trans* activism, this project scrutinizes how political emotions beyond the hope of improvement are embraced within the larger scope of a political project committed to the idea of progress. At stake is thus the undoing of the dynamist model of political progress through an elaboration of the errantry of affective activism as the condition of knowledge formations that could constitute an activism allowing for an indeterminate future outcome.

Clio Nicastro (Italy) Fellow 16-18, Affiliated 15-16
Discipline(s): Philosophy / Film Theory

Clio Nicastro received her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Theory of Arts from the University of Palermo and has been a visiting student in the Institute of Art and Visual History at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she has worked on Aby Warburg (forthcoming with Aesthetica Preprint). After her Ph.M. in Philosophy at the University of Palermo she gained a Level II Master’s degree in Sociology at the Roma Tre University. In 2015 she moved to Berlin as a DAAD postdoctoral fellow (Research Grant for Young Academics and Scientists). She has presented papers at several international conferences, including at La semaine Rancière at the University of Calabria and the International Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society. She has been part of the editorial board of the film studies journal Fata Morgana. Quadrimestrale di cinema e visioni since 2010 and has contributed articles on Michael Haneke, Agnès Varda, Ingmar Bergman, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She also collaborates with the online journal Filmidee.

Harun Farocki: The Invisible World of Work

Harun Farocki: The Invisible World of Work is a theoretical investigation of “labour” as a subject in Farocki’s texts and filmography. This project consists of a detailed analysis of "Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit / Labour in a single shot" (one of his and Antje Ehmann's last projects), but will also include Italian translations of selected texts by Farocki addressing this subject. This research will be compiled and published with a critical introduction presenting the main aspects of Farocki's interest in the function of labour in today’s society.

In addition, Clio Nicastro intends to research the notion of 'distance' understood as a methodological approach, which has been a recurrent subject in all of her research, but once applied to a selection of Farocki's works, will reveal his use of the 'long shot' and what he termed soft montage to be of both technical and symbolic significance.

ICI Project (2016-18)

Sensing the Other: Empathic Temporalities in Aby Warburg and Donna Haraway

Over the last decades, the word “Empathy” has become more and more controversial and compelling since a range of different transdisciplinary approaches are available and there is no consensus regarding its meaning. Being empathic is today almost a social duty, amplified by the possibilities enabled by new media in terms of getting directly in contact with stories and experiences of distant people simultaneously and around the clock. The general trend is arguably that of focusing on the fusional relation between subject and object, without taking into account the distance and conflict implicit in sensing the other.
Through the comparison of two models of nonlinear temporal interaction, Donna Harawayʼs diffraction and Aby Warburgʼs dynamogram, this project aims to explore alternative forms of empathy accounting for the interaction with both the organic and the inorganic world. This means overcoming the presumption that one is able to sense the other through a projection mechanism, supposedly cancelling out the complexity and diversity of lived experiences, which reduces people, animals and objects to mean to fulfill a temporary desire here and now.
Filmmakers such as Harun Farocki and Philipp Scheffner offer challenging and emblematic cinematic devices to explore other kinds of empathic relation with the spectator, focusing on an erratic temporality that avoids frantic actions and takes position against the idea of one, unique, right image to represent reality. Analyzing these cinematic approaches, which question the polarity emotions/distance, is a way to point out the risky yet vital practice of dismantling and redefining the borders between subject and object.

Hannah Proctor (UK) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Social History, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Medical Humanities

Hannah Proctor studied History at UCL and later completed an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London while working full time in theatre production. She completed a PhD at Birkbeck in 2015, where she then took up a short-term post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Humanities funded by the Wellcome Trust. She was subsequently ISSF Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her PhD focused on the Soviet psychologist and neurologist Alexander Luria. In addition to her interest in histories, theories and practices of 'radical psychiatry' (broadly conceived) she has also published on queer theory, wrinkles, rayon stockings, gender and the death drive, revolutionary motherhood, brain imaging software and communist pedagogy. In future she is interested in pursuing research into the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System. She is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy.

ICI Project (2016-18)
Healing through Explosion: On the Temporal Paradoxes of Radical Psychiatry

Focused on the figure of the radical psychiatrist, this project aims to conceptualize an apparently contradictory understanding of time: a time of both rupture and healing. Hopeful without being naively utopian, radical psychiatric approaches combine a commitment to care with a commitment to transforming the extant social order, an acknowledgement of individual suffering with an affirmation of collectivity. The radical psychiatrist acknowledges the damaging impact of past experience while refusing to forsake the future. Through a series of case studies exploring key moments in the history of radical psychiatry in the 20th century, this project will explore the corrosive yet potentially generative aspects of temporal errancy.

Daniel Reeve (UK) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Literature, Cultural History, History of Science, Music

Daniel Reeve received his DPhil in medieval English literature from the University of Oxford (awarded 2015), where he also held a number of teaching positions. In 2013, he was an AHRC International Placement Scheme fellow at the Huntington Library, California. His research interests span a wide range of medieval textual cultures, with particular foci including verse romance, vernacular religious writing, heresy, music, insular French literature, and medieval and modern literary theory. He is currently revising his doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph, provisionally entitled Believing in Romance: English Narrative in the Long Thirteenth Century. He is also editing (with Philip Knox and Jonathan Morton) and contributing to a collection of essays on the intersection of literature and philosophy in the Middle Ages, entitled Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry and Hypothesis in Europe, 1100–1500.

ICI Project (2016-18)
The Poetics of Circularity in Medieval Europe

The figurative language of circular motion offers an important perspective on medieval culture. Medieval texts use circles as symbols of divine perfection and simplicity, but they are also frequently used to indicate sin and futility. This project will study the interactions between these two kinds of circularity in various kinds of medieval writing, attending particularly to texts in which transcendent and futile circularity are not always easily distinguishable.This area of investigation offers important insights into the rich complexities of a range of medieval temporalities: historical, narrative, musical, liturgical, and meditative. These insights will lead in turn to new readings of literary and musical texts whose form is self-referentially circular.

Benjamin Lewis Robinson (Zimbabwe) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Social & Political Theory, Philosophy

Ben Robinson has a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. His dissertation, ‘Bureaucratic Fanatics in the Work of Kleist, Melville, Conrad, and Kafka’, is a study of the literary presentation of the extremes of the bureaucratic transformation of political life in the long 19th century. He is broadly concerned with literary treatments and transformations of issues in political theory. Beyond the current project on poverty and need, his interests include literatures of revolution, colonial landscapes, aging, and the fin-de-siècle literary and philosophical preoccupation with vermin.Originally from Zimbabwe, Ben received his BA in Social Studies and German from Harvard and completed an MPhil in Modern Languages at Oxford with a thesis on the significance of Wittgenstein and Benjamin in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz. Ben spent 2012-13 on the Northwestern Program in Critical Theory in Paris; 2013-14 as a visiting doctoral student at the University of Vienna; and 2014-15 at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL, Berlin). His articles have appeared in The Germanic Review, Conradiana, and the Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung.

ICI Project (2016-18)
States of Need – States of Emergency
The Politics of Poverty in European Literature and Thought, 1789-1933

Engaging the work of Arendt, Foucault, and Agamben, I argue that the biopolitical turn in the history of European politics emerged out of the urgency of need. As opposed to the state of exception (Ausnahmezustand) Agamben discusses, in which ‘bare life’, embodied in the figure of homo sacer, is produced by sovereign decision, the ‘state of exception in which we live’ (Benjamin) is related to the historical proliferation of a Notstand – state of need or emergency – the exponent of which is neither the sovereign nor homo sacer but the altogether errant figure of the poor. It was not the legal category ‘bare life’ but the complex socio-economic conditions concentrated in ‘the poor’ that occupied the constitutive inclusive exclusion of European politics. If we are to better understand the crisis converging in Europe today, it is the history of the errant politics of poverty, rather than of sovereignty and sacred life, that needs to be addressed.

Arianna Sforzini (Italy) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Philosophy, Media Archeology, Cultural History

Arianna Sforzini studied Political Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Catholic University of Milan, at the University of Padua, and at the University of Paris-Est Créteil, where she received a PhD in Philosophy. She wrote her dissertation on the role of theatre in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (Scènes de la vérité. Michel Foucault et le théâtre), and she is engaged in several editorial projects collecting previously unpublished writings of Foucault on anthropology and painting. She has been an associated researcher at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Her research interests include contemporary critical thought; interconnections between the arts, history, and philosophy; as well as political and ethical questions about bodies and genre. She is the author of Michel Foucault. Une pensée du corps (Presses Universitaires de France, 2014), and the coeditor of Un demi-siècle d’Histoire de la folie (Kimé, 2013) and Michel Foucault: éthique et vérité (1980-1984) (Vrin, 2013).

ICI Project (2016-18)
Michel Foucault’s Archive and Its Erratic Temporalities

On the basis of a first exploration and inventory of the unpublished Foucault Archives recently purchased by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the general aim of the project is to reflect on the heterogeneous and multiple temporalities of the archive and on the way in which new media have been changing our relationship with textual sources, rendering archives more open, fluid, hybrid: productively ‘errant’. The first part explores the complex layers of Foucault’s archives (with their detours, bifurcations, out-of-sync repetitions), and the ‘spiral’ timing of their contemporary reception. The archive resources left by Foucault allow for a duplication of his own reflection on the archives of thought, discovering layers made of subsequent elaborations, vanishing lines, open possibilities. The second parts, instead, examines the nature of today’s archive, taking this undiscovered Foucauldian laboratory of thought as a starting point for a broader reflection on the post-modern digital archive, its historical emergence, its new crossing temporalities and its epistemological and political scope.

Birkan Taş (Turkey) Fellow 16-18
Discipline(s): Cultural Analysis, Disability Studies, Crip Theory, Queer Theory

Birkan Taş holds a BA in Psychology from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and an MA in Cultural Studies from Istanbul Bilgi University. He completed his PhD thesis, entitled ‘On the Affective, Temporal, and Political Dynamics of Hope’ at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam). In it, he criticizes the instrumentalization of hope as exclusively forward-looking, individualizing, and depoliticizing and attempts to restore hope as a critical resource that has the potential to contribute to theories of time, affect, and knowledge production. His research interests encompass theories of gender and sexuality, as well as the politics of temporality in disability and queer theory.

ICI Project (2016-18)
Cripping Time: Temporal Politics of Disability

This project explores the politics of crip time by analyzing three dominant temporal discourses within which experiences of disability are restricted: diagnosis, prognosis, and curative time. Challenging the temporal direction from getting old and becoming disabled towards ageing with disabilities, this textual analysis will investigate creative, destabilizing, and unpredictable instances of crip time and elucidate the links between bodily (un)timings and imagining alternative futures for disability. Using a number of objects of analysis from disability activism, art, and educational programs of museums for disabled people (Van Abbe Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Taş will focus on the ways in which temporal dissonances, transgressions, and re-appropriations within disabled embodiments contest and re-imagine progressive, interventionist, and functionalist framings of time. This temporal exploration has largely been untouched within disability studies, despite its potential of producing new alliances, subject positions, and desires.

Foteini Vlachou (Portugal) Fellow 17-18
Discipline(s): Art History, Theory and Philosophy

Foteini Vlachou studied archaeology and art history, receiving her master’s and PhD from the University of Crete (2013). She has held fellowships from the Panagiotis and Effi Michelis Foundation (Athens), the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Lisbon) and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She is currently holding a postdoctoral fellowship from the Instituto de História Contemporânea (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), for a project entitled ‘Art and Culture in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America 1870-1914: Making/Unmaking National and Imperial Identities’. She has worked as a researcher (‘Crossing Borders’, 2014) and has taught art history and non-western arts as a visiting assistant professor at the department of art history of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is coordinating the ‘Art in the Periphery’ research network, and has published chapters and articles on Portuguese art, questions of historiography and reception, and the periphery. She is currently writing a book on Portuguese history painting, monarchy, and the empire (Routledge), and co-editing a special issue on Portuguese historiography of art (Journal of Art Historiography, co-edited with Joana Cunha Leal).

ICI Project (2017-18)
What Time for the Periphery?

This project, building on previous research regarding the construction of the periphery as a temporal rather than a spatial concept and the political ramifications of this phenomenon, seeks to expand on notions of temporality associated with the periphery (such as delay), using the work of French philosopher Louis Althusser. It also aims to explore other concepts (such as Jung’s synchronicity), in an attempt both to question the discourse on periphery within and without the confines of art history, and the notion of causality when dealing with aesthetic phenomena. Making the case for the return of the periphery to the center of our scholarly concerns, this project proposes to do so not in response to an increasingly prominent interest in geography and the notion of place/space, but, on the contrary, as criticism of the postmodern obsession with cartography, mapping, and spatiality. It is to time, instead, that we should turn in order to understand the ideological implications of linear, homogeneous narratives where influence, progress, and development provide the seemingly neutral and universal accounts of culture and the production of art.

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