Brett Ashley Crawford is Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at American University. She received a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.F.A. in arts administration from Texas Tech University. Her current projects include research on and conceptualization of the future of audiences in America and the practice of audience development in arts organizations; gender, race, and management in the creative and administrative arenas of the arts; women and leadership; and the use of technology in arts and education. Her research on audience development investigates the complex intersections between race, gender, ethnicity and class in an increasingly competitive, niche-driven cultural marketplace.
Leigh Gilmore continues in residence for a second year at the Center for Cultural Studies. Professor of English at Ohio State University and the author of (among other works) The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (Cornell, 2001), she is working on a book provisionally entitled Zones of Privacy. The book explores the crafting of a legal subject in the United States endowed with privacy but not liberty, and elaborates a “jurisprudential unconscious around what has come to be called privacy in the 20th century.” Her research this year, she writes, will “work through a history of privacy that draws on notions of jurisdiction, zoning, and the family in law, and romance and memoirs in literary and cultural studies.”
Audrey Jaffe is the author of a book on Dickens, Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience (University of California, 1991), and more recently of Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction (Cornell, 2000). She has taught at NYU, the University of Toronto, and Ohio State University, where she was until recently an Associate Professor of English. When not visiting UC Santa Cruz she can be found in Berkeley, where, at the moment, she teaches a nineteenth-century-novel course for UC Extension and thinks about the graph. Her talk, part of a project about the genealogy of and meanings attached to the image of the graph in modern culture, will address representations of identity in statistical history, focusing especially on the work of nineteenth-century theorists such as Quetelet, Galton, and Jevons.
Flora Veit-Wild has been Professor of African Literatures and Cultures at the Department of African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, since 1994. From 1983-93, she lived in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she researched and published widely on the history and developments of Zimbabwean literature. Her works include Teachers, Preachers, Non-Believers: A Social History of Zimbabwean Literature and, co-authored with Anthony Chennels, Dambudzo Marechera: A Source Book on his Life and Work (both 1992). Veit-Wild’s colloquium talk is drawn from her current project on “Borderlines of the Body in African Literature.” Her earlier work in this field includes studies of pain, authorship, the female body, and madness in African literature.