Director of School & Vice President for Academic Affairs
IDSVA is rightly known for the caliber of its faculty, and in particular, for the many distinguished philosophers, artists, and theorists who give seminars and lectures during our residencies at Spannocchia, Berlin, Athens, Venice, New York, Paris, and other cities around the world. This year we are particularly pleased to welcome European philosopher Howard Caygill as a member of our Core Faculty. Professor Caygill is not new to IDSVA, having already taught a number of courses as visiting faculty at Spannocchia and Berlin over the years. In his new capacity, though, he is teaching long-distance courses that are part of the core curriculum to first and third year students, in both fall and spring semesters.
Howard Caygill is also serving on the faculties at Paris VIII and Kingston University. He writes on literature, art, and visual culture. His books include Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience; A Kant Dictionary; Levinas and the Political; On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, and his forthcoming Kafka: In the Light of the Accident (Bloomsbury).
We are also very pleased to announce that one of Italy’s leading philosophers, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi will be co-teaching the spring seminar course ‘Toward an Ethico-Aesthetics’ with Professor George Smith, and will be teaching a seminar at Spannocchia in the summer residency in 2017. Bifo has published numerous titles under the Semiotext(e) imprint, many of them edited by Sylvère Lotringer, also a member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty. Recent publications include: The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy; After the Future; The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance; and most recently, And: Phenomenology of the End, published by MIT Press.