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Faculty Fellows

2021-22 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellows

Henry Berlin, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Henry Berlin studies medieval literature in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan, with a focus on the history and theory of emotion, lyric theory, and, in his most recent work, repetition and improvisation as they relate to gender and the discourse of empire. He is the author of Alone Together: Poetics of the Passions in Late Medieval Iberia (Toronto, 2021) and is currently working on an edition and translation of King Duarte of Portugal’s Leal Conselheiro (Loyal Counselor). His articles have appeared in venues such as La corónica, the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, and Hispanic Review, and he is Associate Editor of Catalan Review.

Laura Chiesa, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Laura is author of Space as Storyteller: Spatial Jumps in Architecture, Critical Theory, and Literature (2016) as well as articles and chapters on the French and Italian avant-gardes and neo-avant-gardes and on critical theory and the interarts. Her current book project is devoted to literature, cinema, and visual arts from the 1960s to today. The project takes its cue from Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point and arrives in the end at artist Grazia Toderi’s stereoscopic video art. The project weaves together fictions and subjective visions entangled with broader concerns, from climate change to political and societal urgencies.

Erin Hatton, Associate Professor, Sociology

Bio forthcoming.

Matthew Kenyon, Associate Professor, Art

Bio forthcoming.

Stephanie Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Stephanie’s research centers on colonial Latin America and the early modern period, with an emphasis on Nahua studies, the early evangelization of New Spain, and questions of empire. Her recent publications consider doctrinal literature in Nahuatl from the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, early modern Spanish theater, and Nahuatl song-dance. Stephanie is currently completing a book entitled Ancestors and Empire: Foundational Narratives in Anahuac. This book examines a range of writings in Nahuatl and Spanish that critically reflect upon crises of conquest warfare, struggles of religion, and the Spanish colonial occupation of Central Mexico.

Tanya Shilina-Conte, Assistant Professor, English

Tanya’s academic interests include global cinema, transnational, diasporic, and exilic film cultures, film-philosophy, Deleuze Studies, remix studies, and theories of affect and non-representation. Her current research focuses on the philosophical, socio-political, and historical significance of cinematic absence, both as an introduction to the overlooked or suppressed phenomena during different periods of film history and as exposure to alternative means of representation in film and media arts. Her research has been published in Screen, Film-Philosophy, Frames Cinema Journal, Word & Image, Studia Phænomenologica, Iran Namag, Leitura: Teoria & Pratica, Studia Linguistica, Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film, and elsewhere. She is now completing her book manuscript, Black Screens, White Frames: Gilles Deleuze and the Interstices of Cinema, which explores the phenomenon of visual absence from early to post-cinema through the lens of film-philosophy (under contract with Oxford University Press). She has also begun work on a new book project, tentatively entitled Anonymous Cinema in the Global Age.

Camilo Trumper, Associate Professor, History

Bio forthcoming.

Christine Varnado, Assistant Professor, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

Bio forthcoming.