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Philosophy Professor Teaches Core Classics at Women’s Prison

For 20 weeks over the spring and summer, philosophy professor Christia Mercer commuted 40 miles north of Morningside Heights to teach Literature Humanities at Taconic Correctional Facility.



Rachel Adams wrote a piece for xoJane

Center for the Study of Social Difference director Rachel Adams (English) wrote a piece about her recent experience with her psychiatrist for xoJane.

Branka Arsić published a new article in Arizona Quarterly

Branka Arsić wrote an article, "Against Pessimism: On Emerson's 'Experience'" in Arizona Quarterly 72.3 (2016): 25-45.

Susan Boynton won FACE Grant for Digital Humanities and Musical Iconography

Susan Boynton (Music) was awarded a three-year grant from the Partner University Fund (FACE Foundation) for her project FAB-Musiconis (French-American Bridge for Medieval Musical Iconography).

Columbia News interviewed Zosha Di Castri about Composer Portrait

Zosha Di Castri (Music) was interviewed by Columbia News about her Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre.

Michael Cole published a new article in Renaissance Quarterly

Michael Cole (Art History) wrote an article, "Vincenzo Danti ’s Deceits" in Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016): 1296–342.

Hamid Dabashi wrote articles for Al Jazeera

Hamid Dabashi (MESAAS) wrote about Trump and the prospect of the U.S. as a 'banana republic' and about Chomsky and Zizek's election reflections for Al Jazeera.

Humanities faculty awarded IRCPL Joint Project Grant

Bachir Diagne (French), Pierre Force (French), Christia Mercer (Philosophy), and Alan Stewart (English) were awarded an IRCPL Joint Project Grant for "Medieval and Early Modern Struggles toward Humility, Virtue, and Truth."

Carol Gluck discussed Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

Carol Gluck (WEAI) discussed the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the memory politics surrounding Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned Pearl Harbor visit in December 2016.

Marianne Hirsch published an essay in exhibition catalogue

The "From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art" exhibit at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum was inspired by Marianne Hirsch's (English and IRWGS) work. She also published an essay in the catalogue and wrote about the art of protest in Public Books.


Katharina Ivanyi awarded IRCPL Joint Project Grant

Katharina Ivanyi (Religion) was awarded an IRCPL Joint Project Grant for a project to be directed with Manan Ahmed (History) on "A History of Difference: Piety and Space in Early Modern West Asia."



Mana Kia co-edited special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Mana Kia (MESAAS) co-edited a special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 36, 3 (2016) called “After the Persianate.” She also wrote an article titled, “Indian Friends, Iranian Selves, Persianate Modern.”

Seth Kimmel awarded IRCPL Joint Project Grant

Seth Kimmel (LAIC) was awarded an IRCPL Joint Project Grant for a project to be directed with Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Anthropology), on "Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus."


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2015-16 Faculty Books

Jo Ann Cavallo co-edited a volume of essays

Jo Ann Cavallo (Italian) co-edited a volume of essays, Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy in Annali d’italianistica 34 (2016). She also wrote an article titled, “Contracts, Surveillance, and Censure of State Power in Arienti’s Triunfo da Camarino novella (Le porretane 1.1).”


Alexander Alberro co-edited a new book

Alexander Alberro (Art History) edited a new book, Working Conditions: The Writings of Hans Haacke (MIT Press, 2016).

Karen Van Dyck co-edited a new book

Karen Van Dyck (Classics) published a new book, Ioulia Persaki: Katohi kai peina: Istories tis kathe meras (Julia Persaki: Everyday Stories of Occupation and Hunger) co-edited with Fay Zika (Hestia, 2016). She discussed her book at the Folklore Museum at the 8th Festiki Fest in Aegina, Greece. 


Pierre Force published a new book

Pierre Force (French) published a new book, Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016).


Lydia Liu published a new book

Lydia H. Liu (EALAC) published a new book, Origins of the Global Order: From the Meridian Lines to the Standard of Civilization. This edited volume was among several dozen top-ranked recommended books of the year at the 2016 Shanghai Book Fair. 

Paul Anderer published a new book

Paul Anderer (EALAC) published a new book titled Kurosawa's Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films (Pegasus Books, 2016).


Souleymane Bachir Diagne published a new book

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French) and Philippe Capelle-Dumont with Damien Le Guay published a new book titled Philosopher en islam et en christianisme (Les éditions du cerf, 2016).

New publication from Muhsin al-Musawi

Muhsin al-Musawi (MESAAS) published his fifth novel titled Sulaf Baghdad (Centre Culturel Arabe, Beirut, 2016).

New publication from Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi (MESAAS) published a new book titled Iran Without Borders: Towards a Critique of the Postcolonial Nation (Verso Books, 2016).

New publication from Branden Joseph

Branden Joseph (Art History) published a new book title, Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

New publication from Liza Knapp

Liza Knapp (Slavic Languages) published a new book title, Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Plots (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016).

New publication from Irina Reyfman

Irina Reyfman (Slavic Languages) published a new book title, How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranks (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016).

New publication from Josef Sorett

Josef Sorett (Religion) published a new book titled, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (Oxford UP, 2016).


Deadline: Rolling

The History Department invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoc as part of the Making and Knowing Project, which is working toward the publication of an open access digital critical edition and translation of a late 16th c. French manuscript.

Deadline: November 28, 2016

The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist position to begin July 1, 2017.




Deadline: November 30, 2016

The Tang Center offers grants in the amount of $10,000. Each workshop or conference should have an identified central problem or theme on which the papers will focus. Alternatively, the workshop/conference can be centered on a newly discovered corpus of materials or manuscripts, or on an important archaeological site, or a region.




Deadline: November 30, 2016

The fall cycle of the Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant program is currently accepting applications. Awards will be made ranging from $1,000 - $15,000. Associate and assistant professors on the tenure-track, who have not yet received tenure, and who are not being reviewed for tenure in the current academic year, are eligible to apply.




Deadline: December 15, 2016

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) seeks applications of innovative, research-based approaches which enrich understanding of the value to individuals and society generated by the arts and culture.



Deadline: March 1, 2017

The American Philosophical Society (APS) Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for its inaugural Digital Humanities Fellowship. This fellowship, for up to two (2) months, is open to scholars who are comfortable creating tools and visualizations. For more information about the fellowship, please click here. APS also awards small grants to scholars (up to $6k) in order to support the cost of research leading to publication. For information about the Franklin Research Grants, please click here.