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IDSVA Summer Faculty 2024

Top from L to R: Shara Wasserman, George Smith, Jordana Moore Saggese, Dejan Lukić. Middle: Silvia Mazzini, Simonetta Moro. Bottom: Howard Caygill, Nina Papazoglou, Jason Hoelscher, Franca Marini
Howard Caygill (Core Faculty) Athens

HOWARD CAYGILL is a philosopher and cultural historian educated at the UK’s Bristol, Sussex, and Oxford Universities. Most recently serving on the faculties of Goldsmiths, Kingston, and Paris VIII, Howard Caygill is the author of several acclaimed books, including A Kant Dictionary; Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience; On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance; Kafka: In Light of the Accident and most recently, Force and Understanding. Writings on Philosophy and Resistance. He is currently working on the philosophy and aesthetics of the Anthropocene and the role of philosophy in curating and interpreting the art produced by inmates of mental hospitals during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He lives between Athens and Barton-on-Sea on the coast of England.

Jason Hoelscher (Post-Doc Fellow) Spannocchia

JASON HOELSCHER is Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at Georgia Southern University. Hoelscher received an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory from IDSVA, where he completed his dissertation under the supervision of Brian Massumi. His book Art as Information Ecology was published by Duke University Press in 2021 and nominated for the American Society of Aesthetics “Outstanding Monograph” award in 2022. Hoelscher has exhibited his paintings worldwide and has written for such publications as Burnaway, ARTnews, ArtPulse, and ArtCore Journal.

Dejan Lukić (Core Faculty) Athens, Venice

DEJAN LUKIĆ is trained as an anthropologist (PhD, Columbia University, 2007). His research encompasses continental philosophy, science and religion, art, and ecology. He is engaged in developing what could be called avant-garde philosophy and multi-ontology. Consequently, he is interested in ways in which art crosses into life. He has published two books and numerous catalogue essays. He is currently writing a multi-volume manuscript titled “Deranged Vivarium: Variations on Coexistence.” He lives and works between the high desert of New Mexico and an Adriatic island in Croatia.

Franca Marini (Visiting Faculty) Siena

FRANCA MARINI is an Italian international artist based in Siena. After many years of experience in the visual arts, she is currently engaged in the creation of site-specific installations and video art. Her work has been shown in Europe, The United States, Central America, and Palestine.

Silvia Mazzini (Core Faculty) Venice

SILVIA MAZZINI, a philosopher and theatre author, works on the intersection of Aesthetics and Political Philosophy. She published on Arts and Politics in Pasolini, Bloch, and Vattimo, on tragic and comic thought and community theatre; currently, she is writing on the Philosophy of Poverty. Before joining IDSVA, she was a research fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and worked as Assistant Professor at the Humboldt University (where she also obtained her PhD) and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She taught History of late-modern Continental Philosophy at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

Jordana Moore Saggese (Visiting Faculty) Spannocchia    

JORDANA MOORE SAGGESE is a Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology and Director of The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Trained as an art historian, her scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary art of the United States, with a special emphasis on the critical expressions of Blackness. Author of two books on the contemporary American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), her third book, Heavyweight: Black Boxers and the Fight for Representation, will be published by Duke University Press in August 2024.

Simonetta Moro (Core Faculty) Rome, Spannocchia, Florence, Siena, Venice

SIMONETTA MORO is a visual artist and scholar with a focus on painting, drawing and mapping practices. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally; publications include Mapping Paradigms in Modern and Contemporary Art: Poetic Cartography (Routledge, 2021) and The Vattimo Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2023). Moro holds a PhD in Fine Arts, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK; an MA in European Fine Arts, Winchester School of Art, UK; and a BFA in Painting Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy. Born in Italy, she currently lives between New York City and northern Italy.

Nina Papazoglou (Visiting Faculty) Athens

NINA PAPAZOGLOU was born in Thessaloniki and studied International Relations in Greece (BA) and Belgium (MA). In 2004, she studied interdisciplinary research in the Humanities at Birkbeck’s London Consortium. In 2009 she moved to Berlin as a visiting postgraduate student at Humboldt University and, in 2013, obtained her PhD in Cultural History, supervised by Howard Caygill, from Goldsmiths’ College (UOL). Her research is centered on the non-autonomous character of contemporary artistic values and the way these inform economic and cultural capital and the context of art history. She has been collaborating since 2012 with IDSVA in Berlin and Athens and is currently based on the island of Crete.

George Smith (Core Faculty) Spannocchia, Athens

GEORGE SMITH founded the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2006. IDSVA is the first school in the world to offer a PhD in philosophy especially designed for visual artists, curators, and creative scholars. Professor Smith writes on literature, the visual arts, visual culture, psychoanalytic theory, and philosophy of education. He is the author of The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy (Routledge 2018) and The Artist-Philosopher and Poetic Hermeneutics (Routledge 2021).

Shara Wasserman (Visiting Faculty) Rome

SHARA WASSERMAN is an American art historian and curator of contemporary art, and the director of the Temple Rome Gallery of Art at Temple University in Rome, where she is also a faculty member in the Art History program. Wasserman has curated numerous international exhibitions in public and institutional spaces.

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