Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The New Humanities Faculty Salons

Please join Division of Humanities Dean Sarah Cole in welcoming our newest colleagues from across the division.  

Hosted by the Division of Humanities in the Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, the New Humanities Faculty Salons are an opportunity to meet the six new faculty members joining Columbia during the 2019-20 school year.  Learn more about our new faculty members and their research in a casual setting, over drinks and snacks.  By bringing together scholars from across the Division, we hope to open conversations across the wider Humanities community.  

All Salons will begin at 5:00pm, and will be held at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, in the 2nd floor conference room.

All interested faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.





Tuesday, October 29, 2019  | 5:00pm

Heyman Center for the Humanities, 2nd Floor Common Room

Annie Pfeifer, Germanic Languages

Annie Pfeifer’s research and teaching interests focus on 19th and 20th century German literature and culture, literary and political theory, the Frankfurt School, aesthetics, visual and material culture, and most recently, the intersection of modernism and fascism. She is currently completing her first monograph on modernist practices of collecting. She has published articles in The New German Critique, German Life and Letters, and the peer-reviewed volumes Que(e)rying Consent and Iran and the West.  She is the editor of a new series on Walser at the Wilhelm Fink Press. 

Yannik Thiem, Religion

Yannik Thiem's research interests include critical theory, social and political philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, feminist theory,  and digital humanities.  Recent work includes the book Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility; Ripples of Redemptive Time: The Ethics and Politics of Temporality in Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin, and the book project in progress, Politics of Affect: Race, Religion, Sex, and Other Monsters.

Hannah Weaver, English and Comparative Literature

Hannah Weaver teaches and writes about the literature of medieval Europe, particularly the regions now known as England and France. Her main areas of inquiry concern genre, language, and manuscripts. Her articles have appeared in Viator, Manuscript Studies, Arthuriana, and the Harvard Library Bulletin, and she is co-editing a special issue (forthcoming) of The Medieval Globe on Recycling, Revision, and Relocation in/of the Middle Ages (with Joseph Shack)She is working on a monograph on manuscript revisions of the history of Britain.



The second New Humanities Faculty Salon of the 2019-20 year has unfortunately been canceled. We will reschedule this event for early Fall 2020, and we look forward to seeing you then.

Amy Hungerford, English and Comparative Literature

Amy Hungerford joins Columbia as the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences.  Her new monograph, Making Literature Now, is about the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature in both traditional and virtual media. A hybrid work of ethnography, polemic, and traditional literary criticism, the book examines how those networks shape writers’ creative choices and the choices we make about reading. Hungerford is also the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960.  

Mark Lipovetsky, Slavic Languages

Mark Lipovetsky's research interests include such subjects as post-Soviet culture, Russian postmodernism, post-Soviet drama, late Soviet nonconformist culture, and tricksters in Soviet culture. He has edited 5 volumes of Dmitry Prigov’s collected works and currently is working on his critical biography. Lipovetsky’s works were nominated for the Russian Little Booker Prize (1997) and short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize (2008).  In 2014, Lipovetsky received an award of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for the outstanding contribution to scholarship. 

Alan Ross, Classics

Alan Ross's research lies at the intersection of literary and historical studies in Late Antiquity. His first book, Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae, offered a narratological and intertextual study of the last great work of Latin historiography, and he has also published a number of articles on satire, hagiography, the novel, and epideictic oratory in the fourth century. His current book project focuses on Greek political rhetoric under the sons of Constantine.