Keynotes Biographies

Literature and the Arts in Theory and Practice

10–13 May 2016

Department of English, Stockholm University




Tim Armstrong is Professor of Modern English and American Literature at Royal Holloway University, London. He has published widely on modernism and on Thomas Hardy. His most recent book was on slavery as cultural metaphor, The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology and Pain in American Literature. His current project is a study of modernist localism after 1926, Micromodernism: Readings in a Modernism of Disconnection. Professor Armstrong is co-editor of the Edinburgh University Press series Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture, and one of the organizers of the long-running London Modernism Seminar.



Jane Bennett is a political theorist and environmental scientist. She is Professor of Political Theory and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, and has written extensively on the constitution of human reality emphasising an “asubjective” vital materialism. She is the author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics and Thoreau’s Nature: Ethics, Politics, and the Wild, and she is also an editor of The Politics of Moralizing and In the Nature of Things: Language, Politics, and the Environment.



Nicholas Brown is an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His major book publication is Utopian Generations: The Political Horizon of Twentieth-Century Literature. His current book project is entitled Autonomy: The Work of Art in the Age of its Real Subsumption under Capital. Chapters of this project have appeared in nonsite, Postmodern Culture, and the Revista do Instituto dos Estudos Brasileiros. President of the Marxist Literary Group, Brown also chairs the editorial board of the journal Mediations and is a founding editor of the electronic/print press MCMʹ.



Peter Kalliney holds the William J. Tuggle chair in English at the University of Kentucky. He has published two major books, Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and The Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics and Cities of Affluence and Anger: A Literary Geography of Modern Englishness, and is currently working on a study dealing with the Cold War and decolonization, with a special emphasis on African, British, and Caribbean literature.



Chris Salter is Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram network, Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research and Creation in Media Art and Technology and Associate Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Art at Concordia University, Montreal. Dr Salter's artistic work focuses on the ecology of experience in technology induced performances, and he has also written extensively on this topic, for instance in Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (2010) and in Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (2015).



Gisèle Sapiro is the Director of research at the Centre national de recherche sociologique (CNRS) and Director of studies at the École des haute études en sciences sociales. Apart from the two influential books about the French literary field, La Guerre des écrivains (1940-1953) (recently translated into English) and La Responsabilité de l'écrivain, Sapiro has published an impressive range of articles, while collaborating with other scholars to produce the magisterial collections Translatio. Le marché de la traduction en France à l'heure de la mondialisation and L'espace intellectuel en Europe.



Lisa Siraganian is associate professor of English at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and Associate director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. She specializes in 20th-century modernism, exploring the relationship between artistic form, politics, and institutions. She is the author of Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life. Her essays on Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Atom Egoyan, and Ang Lee (among others) have appeared in Modernism/ Modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literary History, and Post45.


Jennifer Wicke works in in English, Spanish, German, French across the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Her research interests extend to interdisciplinary studies including film, media and mass culture, political economy and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and global and postcolonial theory, in an Anglo-American and ultimately global framework. She has published widely in comparative literary studies, film and media studies, and global studies, particularly in relation to theories of globalization and questions of empire, and in relation to the genre of the novel.