Short-Term Residencies

The FHI Short-term Residencies program brings scholars and artists to Duke for 1 to 2-week visits, featuring public lectures, intensive mini-seminars, and other events.
April 2016
Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall
April 13 - 17
Timothy Brennan and Keya Ganguly

Timothy Brennan is Professor of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature and of English at the University of Minnesota.  He teaches and writes on issues of intellectual history, cultural theory, the Marxist and phenomenological traditions, the avant-gardes, theories of colonialism and imperialism, problems of translation, and popular music. His books include Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (2008) and Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (2006). He also edited, introduced, and co-translated the first English edition of Alejo Carpentier’s classic study, Music in Cuba (2001).

Keya Ganguly is Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.  She is the author of States of Exception:  Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity (2001) and Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray (2010).  She teaches film, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, postcolonial studies, and the sociology of culture.

During their joint visit, Profs. Brennan and Ganguly will co-lead a mini-seminar on materialism and left Hegelian thought (Tues 4/14 and Thurs 4/16, 12-2pm both days). Prof. Ganguly will offer a lecture on the Indian poet and mystic Aurobindo Ghosh, entitled "Disaffection, Sedition, and Utopia: Aurobindo Ghosh and Revolutionary Violence" (Wed 4/15, 4pm). Prof. Brennan will participate in a conference on Giambattista Vico and lecture on "Vico and Modern Scientism" (Fri 4/17).  Please visit our event page for details.


January 19 - 30
Sandro Mezzadra

Sandro Mezzadra works as an Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna, where he teaches postcolonial studies and contemporary political theory. He has published widely on the areas of migration, postcolonial theory, contemporary capitalism, Italianoperaismo and autonomist Marxism. He recently completed a book with Brett Neilson, Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (2013, Duke University Press). His writings have been translated into ten languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Greek, Slovenian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. He is currently working on the FP7 European project MIG@NET (Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender).

During his visit, Prof. Mezzadra and Prof. Michael Hardt (Literature, Duke) will offer a joint faculty/grad seminar on "Capitalist Operations." For more information, please see event listing here.
ato_web_0.jpgMarch 25 - 27, 2014
Ato Quayson
Ato Quayson is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, where he has been since August 2005. He did his BA at the University of Ghana and took his PhD from Cambridge University in 1995. He then went on to the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow, returning to Cambridge in Sept 1995 to become a Fellow at Pembroke College and a member of the Faculty of English where he eventually became a Reader in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.
Prof Quayson has published widely on African literature, postcolonial studies and in literary theory. See here for a list of his publications.
Events (registration required for mini-seminars):


November 18 - 20, 2013
Warwick Anderson
feature-anderson.jpgWarwick Anderson is the ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney in Australia.  His specializations include history of science, medicine, and public health, history of racial thought, and postcolonial science studies.  His books include Colonial pathologies: American tropical medicine, race, and hygiene in the Philippines (2006), The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen (2008), and Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties (co-editor, 2011). For more information, please visit:
Events (registration required for mini-seminars):