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Summer Seminar, 2016

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Robert B. Pippin

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor

Committee on Social Thought

Department of Philosophy

University of Chicago

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago, and has been the Chair of the Committee on Social Thought for the past twenty-one years. His books include Kant’s Theory of Form (Yale, 1982); Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness (Cambridge, 1989); Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture (Blackwell, 1991; 2nd ed. 1999); Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge, 1997); Henry James and Modern Moral Life (Cambridge, 2000); The Persistence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath (Cambridge, 2005); Hegel’s Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life (Cambridge, 2008); Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy (Yale, 2010); Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy (Chicago, 2010); Hegel on Self-Consciousness: Desire and Death in The Phenomenology of Spirit (Princeton, 2011); Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy (Virginia, 2012); After the Beautiful. Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictorial Modernism (Chicago, 2013). His most recent book is Interanimations: Receiving Modern German Philosophy (Chicago, 2015). He is a former fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, lecturer at the Collège de France, winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Philosophical Society.

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Mark Canuel


Department of English

University of Illinois at Chicago

Mark Canuel’s research and teaching interests focus primarily on the areas of British Romanticism and Critical Theory. His research has focused on the literature, political philosophy, and aesthetics of the Romantic period. He is author or editor of numerous books and articles on the politics and aesthetics of the Romantic age, including Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime (Johns Hopkins, 2012) and, most recently, British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates (Routledge, 2015).

Michał Paweł Markowski

Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature

Professor and Head

Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures

University of Illinois at Chicago

Michał Paweł Markowski is the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature and Head of Slavic Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a tenured visiting professor at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, which he founded in 2007, at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He taught at Harvard (2002), Northwestern (2003), and Brown (2009), and in 2008 he was a senior researcher at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna. Since 1997 he has published more than 30 volumes of individual books, editions, and translations on literature and philosophy, and over 400 essays, articles, and columns in professional journals, cultural monthlies, weeklies, and newspapers. Markowski has authored monographs on Derrida, Nietzsche, Gombrowicz, Schulz, and Polish Modern literature. He also co-authored Literary Theories in the 20th Century, a classic textbook on the history of literary methodologies. He is co-editor of two influential Polish series in the humanities: Hermeneia and Horizons of Modernity, and sits on the editorial boards of Teksty Drugie and Slavic Review, the main journals in Polish or Slavic Studies in Poland and the U.S. He was awarded with the prize in comparative criticism by Literatura na Świecie [Literature in the World Journal] for his books on Derrida and Nietzsche (1997), the Kościelscy Prize for essay writing for Anatomy of Curiosity (2000), and the Kazimierz Wyka Prize for lifetime achievement in Literary Criticism (2011). He also received the prestigious academic subvention “the Master Grant” from the Polish Science Foundation (2006-2010) for his project “The Humanities after Deconstruction,” the result of which was the book The Politics of Sensibility: An Introduction to the Humanities (2013).

As a translator, he has brought into Polish works by Proust, Barthes, Blanchot, Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, Deleuze, Kristeva, Rorty, and Perec. He has edited and prefaced writings by Friedrich Schlegel, Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, and Julia Kristeva, and penned 5 collections of essays: Anatomy of Curiosity (1999), Excess: Essays on Writing and Reading (2002), Desire and Idolatry (2004), Life Measured by Literature (2007), and Sun, Possibility, and Joy (2010). His most recent books include Day on Earth: Traveling Prose (2014), which combines fiction, travel essays, and photography (listed for “Angelus,” the Central-European Award in Literature in 2015) and The Dribble (2015), a collection of essays on world literature, translation, soccer, and modern life. Markowski’s books and essays have been translated into English, French, German, Ukrainian, Romanian, Swedish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, among others.

Since 2008 he has been the Artistic Director of the Joseph Conrad International Festival of Literature in Kraków, Poland, widely regarded amongst as one of the most important European literary festivals. In January 2015 he had an individual exhibition of photographs called Line and Land at the Dreambox Gallery in Chicago.  His latest project, Modernizations: Building Polish Civilization 1900-1950, has been accepted by the National Museum in Warsaw, where he will curate the main exhibition for the Museum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence in 2018.

Dianna Niebylski


Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dianna C. Niebylski teaches 20th and 21st century Latin American literature in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UIC. Her research interests include humor and irony in Latin American literature, body theory and women’s bodies in contemporary women authors and, more recently, the aesthetics of poverty in contemporary Latin American literature and film. She is the author Humoring Resistance: Laughter and the Excessive Body in Latin American Women’s Fiction (2005), Rosario Ferré. Maldito amor y otros cuentos (2006), and The Poem on the Edge of the Word (1993). She has edited a volume of essays, Sergio Chejfec: Trayectorias de una escritura (2012) and co-edited Latin American Icons: Fame Across Borders (2014), and Estéticas de la pobreza y la precariedad en el imaginario latinoamericano actual (forthcoming 2016). She has published articles on 20th and 21st century Argentine, Chilean and Mexican authors and, more broadly, on humor and gender.

Blake Stimson


Department of Art History

University of Illinois at Chicago

Blake Stimson joined the Department of Art History in 2012. He is an internationally recognized specialist in contemporary art, critical theory, and the history of photography and his work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Serbian. Before coming to UIC he was Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at University of California, Davis, where he also served as an active member of the graduate programs in Art History, Critical Theory, Performance Studies, and Religious Studies and worked as a dissertation adviser for students from a number of additional programs. Professor Stimson has written for Art Journal,Art Bulletin, Artforum, October, Texte zur Kunst, Oxford Art Journal, Third Text,New Left Review, Tate Papers, Etudes photographiques, Philosophy and Photography, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, among many other publications. He is the author The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation (MIT, 2006) and Citizen Warhol (Reaktion, 2013) and co-editor of five volumes: Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology (with Alexander Alberro, MIT, 1999), Visual Worlds (with John R. Hall and Lisa Tamaris Becker, Routledge, 2006), Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (with Gregory Sholette, Minnesota, 2007), The Meaning of Photography (with Robin Kelsey, Clark Art Institute and Yale, 2008), and Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings (with Alexander Alberro, MIT, 2009). He is currently working on two books: one, provisionally titled Guilt as Form, that traces a counter-genealogy of contemporary art arising from the turmoil of 1968 and another that focuses on the political aesthetics of photographer Paul Strand.