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Arts & Aesthetics Faculty Fellows

Suzy Kim

2d Faculty Fellows Suzy Kim croppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Korean History in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University. Her publications include a guest-edited volume of Cross-Currents: East Asian History & Culture Review on “(De)Memorializing the Korean War” (March 2015) and Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (2013), which received the 2015 James Palais Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. She is currently preparing a monograph on the cultural history of gender formations in North Korea during the Cold War.

Areas of Interest: Modern Korean history, gender studies, cultural studies, and critical theory.

Manu Chander

ChanderCroppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, and a PhD from Brown University. He has published essays on Immanuel Kant, Pierre Bourdieu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Percy Shelley and has recently completed a monograph titled Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century, which traces the influence of British Romanticism on South Asian, Australian, and Guyanese poets. He is currently developing a second book project on literary controversies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Areas of Interest: British Romanticism, world literature, postcolonialism, poetry, and aesthetic theory.

Lynn Festa

2d Faculty Fellows Lynn FestaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (2006) and the co-editor of The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory (2009). Her current project explores the way Enlightenment authors elaborated the distinction between human and animal around the relation each takes to things such as tools or works of art. She argues that eighteenth-century writers saw humanity not as a known quantity to be mimetically represented, but as something that had to be defined and produced through the manual and the liberal arts— through work understood as labor, as crafted artifact, and as aesthetic object.

Areas of Interest: Eighteenth-century British and French literature; material culture; art history (still life and trompe l'oeil); work and labor; definitions of humanity; distinctions between humans and animals.

Jeffrey Friedman

FriedmanCroppedThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts. He holds a professional B.Arch (Cornell/Oregon, 1979), was a working dance artist in San Francisco from 1979-1997, and received the PhD in Dance History and Theory from University of California-Riverside (2003). He has created over forty performance works, including his solo work Muscle Memory based on Legacy, his oral history archive held at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design. His publications include book chapters for Oxford, Routledge, Palgrave, and Epodium (Germany), and refereed articles in the UK, New Zealand, Korea, Germany, Spain and U.S.

Areas of Interest: Dance philosophy and aesthetics; oral and kinesthetic modes of cultural transmission; phenomenological time and temporal modes of art-making and performance; interdisciplinary performance practices, including dance and architecture (specially site-sensitive and site-specificity).

Jane Sharp

pic template femaleJane Sharp is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, where she also acts as Research Curator of the Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Her research focuses on Russian avant-garde and Soviet unofficial art. Her book Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal’ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-14 (2006) won the 2007 Robert Motherwell Prize from the Dedalus Art Foundation. She is currently completing a book manuscript on abstract painting in Moscow during the Thaw, as well as a catalogue for her exhibition “Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptualism in the Dodge Collection,” which will go on display at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University from September 6-December 31, 2016).

Elisabeth Camp

2d Faculty Fellows Elisabeth CampThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. She obtained her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Rutgers in 2013. Her research focuses on thoughts and utterances that don’t fit within the standard philosophical model of the human mind as a propositional operator. In the realm of communication, this includes phenomena like metaphor, sarcasm, and slurs. In the realm of minds, it extends to maps, non-human animal cognition, imagination, and emotion. Recent publications include “Why Metaphors Make Good Insults: Perspectives, Presupposition, and Pragmatics” (Philosophical Studies, 2015) and “Wordsworth’s Prelude, Poetic Autobiography, and Narrative Constructions of the Self” (Nonsite.org, 2011).

Area of Interest: Cognitive perspectives and imagination, metaphor, sarcasm, slurs, maps, concepts, and animal cognition.

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