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The External Advisory Board meets annually to review Faculty Fellowship proposals and to select the Faculty Fellows for the next academic year.

Tom Conley
Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Visual and Environmental Studies, and Co-Master of Kirkland House, Harvard University

With interests in early modern French literature, film and media studies, and the intersections of literature and graphic imagination, Tom Conley is the author of:  Cartographic Cinema (2006), The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France (1997), The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern French Writing (1992), Film Hieroglyphs: Ruptures in Classical Cinema (1991) and co-editor of Identity Papers: Contested Nationhood in Twentieth-Century France (1996). His major translations include Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map, Michel de Certeau, The Writing of History, Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, Marc Augé, In the Metro, and Christian Jacob, The Sovereign Map.

Brent Edwards
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Brent Edwards is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard UP, 2003), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, the Gilbert Chinard prize of the Society for French Historical Studies, and runner-up for the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. With Robert G. O'Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia UP, 2004). He has published essays and articles on topics including African American literature, Francophone literature, theories of the African diaspora, black radical intellectuals, cultural politics in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, surrealism, 20th-century poetics, and jazz. His translations include essays, poems, and fiction by authors including Edouard Glissant, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, Sony Labou Tansi, and Monchoachi. He is co-editor of the journal Social Text, and serves on the editorial boards of Transition and Callaloo. He is currently working on two book projects: a study of the interplay between jazz and literature in African American culture; and a cultural history of the jazz scene in New York in the 1970s.

Stefanos Geroulanos
Associate Professor of History and History Department's Director of Graduate Studies, New York University

Stefanos Geroulanos is Associate Professor of European Intellectual History at New York University and Director of the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique/NYU). He usually writes about the history of the concepts that weave together modern understandings of the human, time, and the body. He is now working on a project on the figure of the New Man in modern thought, science, and aesthetics, a co-edited project on time and power, and a smaller project on the modern inventions of human "prehistory." As of May 2017, he is Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas. In the academic year 2017-18, he is continuing as Director of Graduate Studies in History, and is teaching courses on: Time (graduate, fall 2017); The 1960s (freshman seminar, fall 2017); Freud (undergraduate and graduate, spring 2018), and The Birth of the Human (core curriculum, spring 2018).

Catriona MacLeod
Edmund J. and Louis W. Kahn Term Professor and Department Chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

Catriona MacLeod studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (M.A.) and at Harvard (Ph.D.). The author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller (Wayne State UP), her most recent book project, Fugitive Objects: Literature and Sculpture in the German Nineteenth Century, appeared in 2014 with Northwestern UP and was awarded the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for best book in Romanticism Studies.  In Fugitive Objects, she examines the question of why sculpture is both intensively discussed and yet rendered immaterial in German literature. She focuses on three forms of disappearance: sculpture’s vanishing as a legitimate art form at the beginning of the nineteenth century in German aesthetics, statues’ migration from the domain of high art into mass reproduction and popular culture, and sculpture’s dislodging and relocation into literary discourse.  With her colleagues Bethany Wiggin, Dan DiMassa, and Nick Theis, she edited the volume Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures, which appeared in 2016.  That project resulted in two articles on displaced philologies connecting Kafka with his first translators into English, Edwin and Willa Muir, with reference to their role in Scottish modernist language debates over vernaculars.  She is now working on a new book project, Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots, which explores how Romantic authors and visual artists cut, glue, stain, and recycle paper; generating paper cuts, collages, and ink blot poems in profusion, and even combining them in what are for their time striking new hybrid forms such as the picture books of fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) and medical doctor and poet Justinus Kerner (1786-1862).  Much of her recent work has been devoted to word and image studies and material culture in the context of German Classicism and Romanticism.