Visiting Faculty

The IDSVA Visiting Faculty brings together major philosophers, artists, and scholars from around the world. These internationally renowned educators join students at residency sites and lead seminar discussions about the site's historical, aesthetic, and ideological significance.

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Giovanbattista Tusa

Philosopher,documentary filmmaker, and video artist Giovanbattista Tusa is currently a Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and Critical Theory in many institutions in Europe and the US, he is the co-author of De la Fin (Mimésis Visages, 2017), with Alain Badiou.

Daphné Le Sergent

Born in 1975 in Seoul (South Korea), Le Sergent lives in Paris and carries out artistic and theoretical research into the notions of separation or “schize,”with reference both to geopolitical boundaries and potential internal disjunction. She holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetic, Sciences and Technology of Arts.She is an associate professor at Paris 8 University, Photography Department andmember of AIAC research laboratory (Art of Images and Contemporary Art). In 2009, she published The Pivotal-Image or an Eye’s account.

Daphné Le Sergent

Born in 1975 in Seoul (South Korea), Le Sergent lives in Paris and carries out artistic and theoretical research into the notions of separation or “schize,”with reference both to geopolitical boundaries and potential internal disjunction. She holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetic, Sciences and Technology of Arts.She is an associate professor at Paris 8 University, Photography Department andmember of AIAC research laboratory (Art of Images and Contemporary Art). In 2009, she published The Pivotal-Image or an Eye’s account.

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez is a Mexican writer (PhD in Paris University), author of 30 books of poetry, novels and essays translated in 12 languages and awarded in France, Saint Petersburg, Spain and Mexico. He is co-editor, with Margarita De Orellana, of the magazine and publishing houseArtes de México.

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez

Alberto Ruy-Sánchez is a Mexican writer (PhD in Paris University), author of 30 books of poetry, novels and essays translated in 12 languages and awarded in France, Saint Petersburg, Spain and Mexico. He is co-editor, with Margarita De Orellana, of the magazine and publishing houseArtes de México.

James D. Fernández

James D. Fernández is Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at New York University, and currently the Director of NYU Madrid.His research focuses on the conversion of experience into narrative, whether in the genre of autobiography, or in family lore o fimmigrants that gets transmitted and transformed from generation to generation.He developed extensive research around the Abraham LincolnBrigade Archives, the most important collection of documents, images and artifacts that chronicles the lives of the women and men who volunteered to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

James D. Fernández

James D. Fernández is Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at New York University, and currently the Director of NYU Madrid.His research focuses on the conversion of experience into narrative, whether in the genre of autobiography, or in family lore o fimmigrants that gets transmitted and transformed from generation to generation.He developed extensive research around the Abraham LincolnBrigade Archives, the most important collection of documents, images and artifacts that chronicles the lives of the women and men who volunteered to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Adrienne Childs

W.E.B. DuBois Institute for the Study of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Current projects include Ornamental Blackness: The Black Body in European Decorative Arts, a study of blacks in European decorative arts.

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Natalie Loveless

Natalie Loveless is an artist, theorist, curator. She is Associate Professor of contemporary art and theory in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty Six territory (Canada). Her recent books are, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke University Press, 2019) and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press, 2019).

Andreas Weber

Andreas Weber is a biologist, philosopher and non-fiction writer. His work deals with a re-evaluation of reality as alife, subjective, and deeply shared. He teaches ecophilosophy at the Berlin University of the Arts and is adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. His latest books are Enlivenment. Toward a Poetics of the Anthropocene (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019) and Sharing Life. An Ecopolitics of Reciprocity (New Delhi & Berlin, 2020).

Andreas Weber

Andreas Weber is a biologist, philosopher and non-fiction writer. His work deals with a re-evaluation of reality as alife, subjective, and deeply shared. He teaches ecophilosophy at the Berlin University of the Arts and is adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. His latest books are Enlivenment. Toward a Poetics of the Anthropocene (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019) and Sharing Life. An Ecopolitics of Reciprocity (New Delhi & Berlin, 2020).

Grant Farred

Dr. Farred is the author of The Terror of Trump: An Essay for Ezra (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). His other works include, Entre Nous: Between the World Cup and Me (Duke UP, 2019), The Burden of Over-representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy (Temple UP, 2018) and Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Grant Farred

Dr. Farred is the author of The Terror of Trump: An Essay for Ezra (forthcoming, University of Minnesota Press). His other works include, Entre Nous: Between the World Cup and Me (Duke UP, 2019), The Burden of Over-representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy (Temple UP, 2018) and Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Carmen Boullosa

Carmen Boullosa (born September 4, 1954 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican poet, novelist and playwright. Her work focuses on the issues of feminism and gender roles within a Latin American context. Boullosa has published eighteen novels and several poems.

Carmen Boullosa

Carmen Boullosa (born September 4, 1954 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican poet, novelist and playwright. Her work focuses on the issues of feminism and gender roles within a Latin American context. Boullosa has published eighteen novels and several poems.

Shara Wasserman

American art historian and curator of contemporary art, and 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.

Shara Wasserman

American art historian and curator of contemporary art, and 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.

Jean Luc Nancy †

World-renowned French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy has written more than twenty books and hundreds of texts or contributions to volumes, catalogues and journals, including The Inoperative Community (1991), The Sense of the World (1997), Being Singular Plural (2000) and numerous studies on art, community and contemporary society. Nancy deals with the question of how we can still speak of a 'we' or of a plurality, without transforming this 'we' into a substantial and exclusive identity. What are the conditions to speak of a 'we' today?

Jean Luc Nancy †

World-renowned French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy has written more than twenty books and hundreds of texts or contributions to volumes, catalogues and journals, including The Inoperative Community (1991), The Sense of the World (1997), Being Singular Plural (2000) and numerous studies on art, community and contemporary society. Nancy deals with the question of how we can still speak of a 'we' or of a plurality, without transforming this 'we' into a substantial and exclusive identity. What are the conditions to speak of a 'we' today?

Franca Marini

Italian international artist, 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, United States, Central America and Palestine.

Franca Marini

Italian international artist, 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, United States, Central America and Palestine.

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Santiago Zabala

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Al-Jazeera. His latest book is Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). You can also find him on Instagram at @beingatlarge.

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Elina Staikou

Associate Lecturer in Modern Liberal Arts at Winchester University, Elina Staikou is the author of Deconstruction at Home: Metaphors of Travel and Writing and of articles on contemporary philosophy, literature and biomedicine. She participated in the IDSVA Athens symposium with a talk on migration and hospitality.

Ewa Ziarek

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Ewa Ziarek

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Paul B. Armstrong

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

Paul B. Armstrong

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

John Rajchman

John Rajchman is Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, and author of The Deleuze Connections. He is co-author of French Philosophy Since 1945.

John Rajchman

John Rajchman is Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, and author of The Deleuze Connections. He is co-author of French Philosophy Since 1945.

Previous Visiting Faculty

Franco (Bifo) Berardi

Leading contemporary Italian philosopher and author of over two dozen books including And: Phenomenology of the End, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, and After the Future.

Franco (Bifo) Berardi

Sylvère Lotringer

Sylvère Lotringer is Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University and Professor of Foreign Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.  Known for his work as general editor of Semiotext(e) and Foreign Agents, Professor Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist.

Sylvère Lotringer

Azra Aksamija

Aksamija is an  Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, Program in Art,  Culture and Technology, where she directs the Future Heritage Lab.

Azra Aksamija

Tom Huhn

Tom Huhn is the Department Chair for the School of Visual Arts BFA Visual & Critical Studies and Art History Departments.

Tom Huhn

Sharon Hecker

Hecker is an art historian and curator who specializes in modern and contemporary Italian art.

Sharon Hecker

James Elkins

Elkins teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His publications include What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?,The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them, How to Use Your Eyes, Artists with PhDs, second edition; and Art Critiques: A Guide, third edition.

James Elkins

Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose is a Professor of Humanities at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Jacqueline Rose

Lynette Hunter

Hunter is a professor of History of Rhetoric and Performance at UC Davis.

Lynette Hunter

Étienne Balibar

Balibar is a French philosopher. He has taught at the University of Paris X-Nanterre, at the University of California Irvine and is currently an Anniversary Chair Professor at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University and a Visiting Professor at the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University.

Étienne Balibar

Charles Altieri

Charles Altieri is the Rachel Stageberg Anderson Professor and Chair in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.


Charles Altieri

Peggy Phelan

Phelan is the former chair of the Stanford Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Peggy Phelan

Bill Brown

Bill Brown is the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture at the University of Chicago.

Bill Brown