Amelia Burke is a graduate student in Anthropology and History. Her interests include North Africa , Mediterranean , Morocco , Maghreb : 20th century to present ; environmental practices and conceptions of environmental sustainability; nationalism and environmental movements; understandings of charity, responsibility, and self-interest in relation to the environment; land reform movements and the ideological underpinnings of land-tenure systems ; environmental livelihoods and labor ; social structures built around industrial agriculture ; gender and environmental labor
Michèle Hannoosh is professor of French and the lead faculty on the University of Michigan’s Mediterranean studies initiative. Her research focus is nineteenth-century French literature, art, and society; art criticism, relations between the arts; the city, Walter Benjamin, the history of modernity; the representation of history; parody; comparative literature; the Mediterranean. She has recently published several articles on early photography in the Mediterranean as representative of issues of mobility, circulation, and cross-cultural encounter.
Harry Kashdan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. His research interests are in Mediterranean food culture, cookbooks, twentieth-century Italian and Arabic literature, cosmopolitanism, exile and nostalgia, and Mediterranean Jewish communities.
Irène Lucía Delaney’s primary work examines 19th- and 20th-century French colonial urbanism, architecture, and land legislation as tools of biopolitical control in Algeria, Morocco, and Syria; she also studies urban control and urban resistance in contemporary Palestinian and Syrian art and cinema. Drawing on fields from Islamic studies and art history to human geography and postcolonial studies, she hopes to use her research and her position at the University to uplift the work of those who are fighting and have fought for justice and accountability worldwide. In addition to her work in architectural history, Irène is a French teacher and a translator, having co-authored a chapter on incorporating civic engagement in French language classrooms (2018), coordinated a virtual fieldwork course connecting novice translation students to women bloggers in the DRC, and translated a guidebook to 20th-century Casablancan architecture. She maintains a secondary interest in plurilingualism, transliteration, and codeswitching in the contexts of Moroccan colloquial Arabic, Tamaziɣt, and French.
Karla Mallette is professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies. She s studies communications between literary traditions in the medieval Mediterranean – especially Arabic and the Romance vernaculars – and the way that we remember that history today. Her first book, The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), traced the transition between Arabic and Italian literary traditions in medieval Sicily; her second, European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), focused on a southern European tradition of scholarship that identifies the origins of modernity in the contact between Islamic and Christian civilizations in the medieval Mediterranean. Her current project, tentatively titled “Lingua franca in the Mediterranean,” examines linguistic strategies used to communicate across the boundaries that language creates. She has published essays on medieval translations of Aristotelian philosophy, framed narratives, European Orientalism, and Mediterranean Studies, in addition to Italian literature.
Jeff Polidor is a second year PhD student in Romance Language and Literatures. His interests are transatlantic in nature, focusing on late 19th and early 20th-century short fiction, historical novels and philosophical literature in Spain, and how those writings influenced the early schools of thought regarding nation building in the 19th century Philippines. He is especially concerned with the year 1898 and its impact not only on Spain but on the Spanish empire as a whole, including the Philippines.
Sabrina Righi is a PhD candidate in Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Her main research interests are Twentieth Century Italian literature and cultural history, with particular regard to Italian Resistance from the interdisciplinary perspectives of literature, history, and film. Her other areas of interests include: Italian-American Migration Literature, Mediterranean Migration Studies, History of the Italian Language, and Second Language Acquisition.
Peter Vorissis is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature and is a coordinator of Meditopos. He works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French, Modern Greek, and English literature, and is interested in ekphrasis and visual arts, mythology, classical reception, and translation.