John Hamilton is Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University. He studied Comparative Literature, German, and Classics in New York, Paris, and Heidelberg, and has held previous teaching positions in Comparative Literature and German at New York University, with visiting professorships in Classics at the University of California-Santa Cruz and at Bristol University’s Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition. Since 1995, he has been actively involved with the Leibniz-Kreis, a working group originally based in Heidelberg devoted to the “Nachleben der Antike.” In 2005-2006 he was resident fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and in 2011 visiting scholar at Berlin’s Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung. He is actively involved with the American Academy in Berlin and the Center for Advanced Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Together with Eckart Goebel (NYU) and Paul Fleming (Cornell), he serves as an editor of the “Manhattan Manuscripts” series, published by the Wallstein Verlag in Göttingen. With Almut-Barbara Renger (Berlin) and Jon Solomon (Urbana-Champaign), he edits a series with Brill in Leiden: “Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity.” He also serves on the editorial board of German Quarterly.

Teaching and Research topics include 18th- and 19th-century Literature, Classical Philology and Reception History, Music and Literature, Literary Theory and Political Metaphorology. He is the author of Soliciting Darkness: Pindar, Obscurity and the Classical Tradition (2004), Music, Madness, and the Unworking of Language (2008), and Security: Politics, Humanity, and the Philology of Care (2013), in addition to numerous articles: on Lessing, Hölderlin, Hoffmann, Eichendorff, Heine, Kafka, Thomas Mann, and Böll; Pindar, Cicero, and Horace; Balzac, Valéry, Roger Caillois, and Pascal Quignard.

Walt Hunter is Assistant Professor of English at Clemson University. He is the organizer of the upcoming ACLA seminar “Poetry and Precarity in the 21st Century” (March 21-23, 8:30-10:20am).


Tidyan Bah is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the Freie Universität in Berlin, where he recently taught the seminar “Jean-Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness.” He has also been a visiting graduate student at Johns Hopkins, for which he was awarded a Fulbright, and at Yale.

Laura Goldblatt is a graduate student in the English Department at the University of Virgina. She was one of the organizers for the 2014 MLA Subconference “Resisting Vulnerable Times”.

Michaela Hartl is a PhD student in the DFG Graduate Program “Dynamics of Space and Gender” at the Universität Kassel. She has previously studied at the Julius-Maximillians-Universität Würzburg and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Philipp Hubmann is the coordinator of the Graduate Program “Arts & Politics – Visual Rhetoric and the Speech of the Political in a Historical Perspective” at the Universität Innsbruck. He has also studied at Cambridge, Münster, the Sorbonne, Vienna, and Tübingen. He has co-edited, with Till Julian Huss, the volume Simultaneität. Modelle der
Gleichzeitigkeit in den Wissenschaften und Künsten (transcript, 2013).

Jonathan Kassner is a PhD Candidate in the Department of German at NYU. He has studied Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Modern History at Free University Berlin and the Sorbonne, Paris IV. After the completion of his Magister, he entered the doctoral program at NYU’s German Department where he prepares a dissertation under the working title: The Canine Condition. Dogs in Literature. He has published articles in German and English on the ontology of Walter Benjamin (2009), Erika Mann’s works in exile (2012), Thomas Mann’s early novella Tobias Mindernickel (2012), sovereignty and the creaturely in Heinrich von Kleist’s Das Bettelweib von Locarno (2014), and the aporias of idleness in Robert Musil and Marcel Proust (forthcoming). He has taught at NYU and the University of Zurich and is the recipient of NYU’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2013).

Anne Mulhall is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at King’s College, London.

Mathelinda Nabugodi is a PhD Candidate at University College London. Her thesis investigates some images that appear in their writings of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Walter Benjamin. Previously she has studied at the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Copenhagen.

Jensen Suther is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature at Yale University. After earning his B.A. in English Literature from Elon University, he was a recipient of a Fulbright grant, which enabled him to pursue research for a year in Frankfurt am Main. For his Fulbright project, he attempted to trace the development of Marxist theorist Theodor Adorno’s aesthetics by identifying as two of its crucial, yet often unremarked, sources: Immanuel Kant’s teleology of nature, and Søren Kierkegaard’s imagistic mode of philosophizing. His current research interests include German Idealism and Romanticism, the history of Marxism, Modernism across aesthetic media, and the relationship between literature and philosophy. A member of the Platypus Affiliated Society, an international Marxist political project, Jensen has recently published an interview with German thinker Axel Honneth in the Platypus Review, taking up the question of reification and its relationship to the history of the Left; and is currently at work on a translation of Adorno’s late essay “Kierkegaard noch einmal.”

Nathan Taylor is a doctoral candidate in the German Studies Department at Cornell University. His research interests include intersections of political economy and literature since the 19th century, theories of realism and knowledge, and critical theory. He has recently presented and organized conferences on narration, figurations of the now, as well as on presence and deictic modes of narration. He has received grants from Cornell’s Institute for European Studies, Cornell’s Institute for Comparative Modernities for the study of Eastern Marxism, a Mellon Interdisciplinary Writing Group Grant on “Logics of Occupation,” as well as a grant from the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His article entitled “Am Nullpunkt des Realismus: Terézia Mora’s Poetik des hic et nunc” was recently published in a volume on Poetologien des deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsromans with De Gruyter.

Jakob Vetter is a doctoral candidate and graduate assistant at the Institute of German Studies at the TU Dresden. He has spoken at the 1. Dresdner Nachwuchscolloquium zur Geschlechterforschung and was part of the organizing team of the interdisciplinary conference “Armut. Genderperspektiven ihrer Bewältigung in Geschichte und Gegenwart”. His research, which focuses on poverty, risk, and gender in German-language literature of the 19th century, is part of a broad research project that analyses the gendered characterisations of risk in the German literature.

Julia Vomhof is a PhD student in the post-graduate program “Materiality and Production” at the Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). She studies German Literature and Philosophy with a special emphasis on modern German literature. Her research interests include literary criticism, modern German poetry and postmodern French philosophy. Her dissertation project focuses on the phenomenon of seduction in modern German poetry.

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