Invited Guests


Bruno Bosteels
Professor, Department of Romance Languages
Cornell University

Bruno Bosteels es profesor en el Departamento de Lenguas Románicas de Cornell University. Es el autor de Badiou and Politics (Duke UP, 2011), The Actuality of Communism (Verso, 2011), y Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis and Religion in Times of Terror (Verso, 2012). En español ha publicado los libros Alain Badiou o el recomienzo del materialismo dialéctico (Palinodia, 2009) y El marxismo en América Latina: Nuevos caminos al comunismo (Vicepresidencia de la República Plurinacional de Bolivia, 2013). En la actualidad está escribiendo dos nuevos libros: Philosophies of Defeat: The Jargon of Finitude y The Mexican Commune. Es también el traductor al inglés de media docena de libros de Alain Badiou, entre ellos Theory of the Subject (Continuum, 2009) y The Adventure of French Philosophy (Verso, 2012).


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
University Professor
Columbia University

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, the highest honor given to a handful of professors across the university, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. B.A. English (First Class Honors), Presidency College, Calcutta, 1959. Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 1967. D. Litt, University of Toronto, 1999; D. Litt, Univeristy of London, 2003; D. Hum, Oberlin College, 2008. D. Honoris Causa, Universitat Roveri I Virgili, 2011, D. Honoris Causa, Rabindra Bharati, 2012, The 2012 Kyoto Prize Laureate in the field of Arts and Philosophy. Fields: feminism, marxism, deconstruction, globalization. Her most recent books include Song for Kali: A Cycle (translation with introduction of Ramproshad Sen, 2000), Chotti Munda and His Arrow (translation with critical introduction of a novel by Mahasweta Devi, 2002), Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2005), An Aesthetic Education in the Age of Globalization (2012), Du Bois and the General Strike (forthcoming). Professor Spivak is an activist in rural education and feminist and ecological social movements since 1986.

Alessandra Russo
Associate Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Alessandra Russo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, at Columbia University. She teaches and studies the Early Modern World, with a special attention to the theory, practice and displaying of the arts in the context of the Iberian expansion. She is the author of The Untranlsatable Image. A Mestizo History of the Arts in New Spain, 1500-1600 (2014), El realismo circular. Tierras, espacios y paisajes de la cartografía novohispana (2005) and co-editor of Images Take Flight. Feather Art in Mexico and Europe, 1300-1700 (forthcoming). She has participated in the curatorship of the international exhibitions El vuelo de las imágenes and Planète métisse, and has been the recipient of several grants, including the Getty Collaborative Research Grant and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin's fellowship. Her new book manuscript is entitled A New Antiquity. Theories of the Arts and Iberian Expansion, 1400-1600.

Gabriel Giorgi
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
New York University

Gabriel Giorgi is  Associate professor at the Dept of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at NYU. His areas of research include literatures from the Southern Cone, biopolitics, queer theory and cinema. He is the author of Sueños de exterminio. Homosexualidad y representación en la literatura argentina (Beatriz Viterbo, 2004) , Formas comunes. Animalidad, cultura, biopolítica (Eterna Cadencia, 2014), and co-author of Excesos de vida. Ensayos sobre biopolítica (Paidós, 2007)


Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco
Professor and Chair, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Columbia University

Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco teaches Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Columbia. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines). Among his publications are books and articles on Medieval and Early Modern knighthood, history of the book and reading, medieval political theory, law and culture, Occitan poetry, etc. He is one of the executive directors of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies and a member of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. He was the recipient of the 2010 John K. Walsh award for his article "La urgente presencia de lasSiete Partidas".