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2008-09 Visiting Professors in the Humanities

Academic year 2008-09 saw the inauguration of an exciting new program of Visiting Professors in the Humanities. The Cogut Center selected four faculty members from other colleges or universities to come to Brown. Each Visiting Professor in the Humanities offered a Humanities (HMAN) course during their semester in residence, offering advanced undergraduates and graduate students new perspectives and opportunities for scholarly exploration.

Fall Semester

Megan Glick
Prof. Glick’s research encompasses popular culture and visual culture studies; critical race and gender theory; the history of science and medicine; animal studies; and bioethics. In particular, her work focuses on the cultural, intellectual, and scientific history of the “human” in the twentieth century U.S., and argues that the terms of “humanness” and “species difference” have been critical in the determination of other bio-cultural forms of identity and alterity. By considering various sites of liminal corporeality, her research addresses literal and symbolic forms of dehumanization, from the dissolution of the animal / human boundary to modes of socio-political disenfranchisement.

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Nergis Ertürk
What are the real methodological consequences of the integration of non-European languages into the field of a "new" comparative literature, in a period of intensified self-reflection? Prof. Ertürk's current work argues that any account of the emergence of modern literature in Turkey must include some account of the transformation of writing practices that accompanied its emergence and which mediate it. Prof. Ertürk suggests that the linguistic crisis embodied in modern Turkish alphabet and language reforms provides us with one figure for a comparative literary modernity necessarily shaping comparative critical practice, as much as the production of its literary objects.

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Spring Semester

David Kyuman Kim
Prof. Kim's research examines the challenges to the secular culture of modernity and postmodernity posed by emerging forms of religious, social and political solidarity and identity. Through interrogations of social phenomena such as nationalism, the formation and maintenance of racial and ethnic identities, critical engagements with traditions of radical democracy and the role of dance to explore religious motivation and existential crises confronting those who pursue newly-held yet world-altering beliefs, Prof. Kim's work will re-evaluate theories of secularization and modernity and their attendant prescriptions for freedom and action.

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