Étienne Balibar is France’s leading Marxist philosopher and author of major texts, including We, the People of Europe? and Politics and the Other Scene. With American philosopher John Rajchman, he is co-author of French Philosophy Since 1945.

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

Lynette Hunter is Professor of Performance and Performance History at UC Davis and Director of Graduate Studies in Performance Studies at UC Davis. In 2007 & 2008 she conducted the First Year Intensive Orientation in Key Terms in Philosophy and Theory, at Spannocchia, Italy. Professor Hunter is a leading expert in the emerging study of PhD programs for visual artists and (with Shannon Rose Riley) editor of Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies.

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.

Peggy Phelan is the The Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts at Stanford University, where she teaches Drama and English. Selected publications include: Unmarked: the Politics of Performance, Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories, and the “Survey” essay for Art and Feminism.

Tom Huhn Chair, Visual and Critical Studies, School of Visual Arts. Books include Imitation and Society: The Persistence of Mimesis in the Aesthetics of Burke, Hogarth, and Kant; The Cambridge Companion to Adorno; and The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste.

Charles Altieri is former Director of the Campus Arts Collaborative, UC Berkeley, is Professor of Literature, UC Berkeley. Professor Altieri has served as IDSVA’s chief curricular advisor since 2006.

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include The Phenomenology of Henry James (U of North Carolina Press, 1983), The Challenge of Bewilderment: Understanding and Representation in James, Conrad, and Ford (Cornell UP, 1987), Conflicting Readings: Variety and Validity in Interpretation (U of North Carolina Press, 1990), and Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005). Paul Armstrong received the IDSVA Prize in 2010.

Howard Caygill is Professor of Cultural History, Paris 8. Professor Caygill is an internationally recognized scholar with a special interest in visual culture. His books include Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, A Kant Dictionary, and Levinas and the Political.

Sharon Hecker is an independent art historian and curator. Based in Milan, Professor Hecker is currently writing a book on the philosophy and psychology of materiality in art, which will include issues around the restoration of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

David Driskell was elected to the National Academy in 2000 and honored at the University of Maryland by the establishment of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora in 2001. David Driskell received the IDSVA Prize in  2009.

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

James Elkins is E. C. Chadborne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent art historians, Professor Elkins has conducted extensive research on the question of PhDs for visual artists and recently edited a collection of essays entitled Artists with PhDs.

Bill Brown, Co-editor, Critical Inquiry and Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago. Books include A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature (Chicago, 2003) and The Material Unconscious: American Amusement, Stephan Crane, and the Economics of Play.

SYMPOSIA & SPECIAL LECTURES are offered by internationally recognized scholars, curators, and artists on topics that are not necessarily tied to a particular course curricula and serve to broaden the scope of academic discussion.

Hal Foster Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. Books include Compulsive Beauty; Prosthetic Gods; and The Art-Architecture Complex.

Susan Stewart is Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and  director of the Society of Fellows, Princeton University. A leading American poet and philosopher, her recent books include The Poet’s Freedom and The Open Studio.

Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2003. He is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain.  

Mildred Glimcher has long been associated with Pace Galleries, New York. An art historian, her most recent publication is Happenings: New York, 1958-1963.

Koji Inoue is Vice President for Post World War II and Contemporary Art, Christies.

Stephen Greenblatt Probably best known for his contribution to the development of New Historicism, Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. A world leading Renaissance scholar, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his recently published, The Swerve: How the World Become Modern.

Liam Gillick represented Germany in the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Nancy Spector is Director of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum, She curated the Felix Gonzalez-Torres exhibition at the American Pavilion, 2007 Venice Biennale.

Fred Wilson, MacArthur Fellow, US representative to the Venice Biennale, 2003.

James Carpenter, New York artist and architect whose projects include the glass exterior of the recently completed Tower Number Seven, World Trade Center.

Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University, and author of the forthcoming Kin and Kind: Genres and Media as a World Wide Web.

Robert E. Steele is Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park.

Simon Critchley is a British philosopher now teaching at the New School in New York. Some of his recent publications include: How to Stop Living and Start Worrying, The Faith of the Faithless, and Nicely Impossible Objects.

Julie Mehretu is one of the world’s preeminent contemporary artists. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

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