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Keynote Speakers

Wendy Brown

University of California, Berkeley

Professor Brown's fields of interest include the history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory and theories of contemporary capitalism. She is best known for intertwining the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to critically interrogate formations of power, political identity, citizenship, and political subjectivity in contemporary liberal democracies. In recent years, her scholarship has focused on neoliberalism and the political formations to which it gives rise. Full bio on Berkeley Political Science

Prof. Michelle Burnham

Michelle Burnham

Santa Clara University

Michelle Burnham specializes in early American literature, transoceanic early modern literature, Native American literature, and the novel. She is the author of Folded Selves: Colonial American Writing in the World System (2007) and Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682-1865 (1997). She is the editor of The Female American (2nd ed, 2014) and of A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (2008). She is currently completing a book, The Revolutionary Pacific: Transoceanic American Writing and the Calculus of Risk. Full bio on Santa Clara University

Prof. Tomasz Basiuk

Tomasz Basiuk

University of Warsaw

Tomasz Basiuk received his doctoral degree from the University of Warsaw in 1997 and his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) from the University of Gdańsk in 2014. His research interests include contemporary American fiction and life writing, critical theory, and queer studies. He published a monograph on William Gaddis (Wielki Gaddis 2003) and another on American gay men’s life writing since Stonewall (Exposures 2013). He edited and co-edited four volumes in American studies and queer studies, and a special issue of Dialogue and Universalism on gender studies. He is a founding co-editor of InterAlia, a queer studies e-journal (www.interalia.org.pl), established in 2006. Dr. Basiuk was recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Grant in 2004-2005, as well as of other fellowships. He is now Principal Investigator in a HERA Uses of the Past grant “Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures.” From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Basiuk served as head of the University of Warsaw American Studies Center. As of 2016, he directs the UW Institute of the Americas and Europe. He is currently President of the Polish Association for American Studies. Full bio on Uniwersity of Warsaw