Department News

September 13, 2021
In the face of Poland’s escalating anti-LGBTQ legislation, Prof. Marta Figlerowicz–the country’s first openly non-binary public intellectual–recently published an extended interview in Polityka, the largest-circulation Polish political weekly. The interview follows upon her many previous essays as well as radio, TV, and digital media commentaries on Eastern European gender politics and norms.
August 24, 2021
Professor Martin Hägglund was interviewed by The Philosopher, the longest-running public philosophy journal in the UK, for the special issue devoted to his book This Life: See article here.
June 4, 2021
The 2020/21 Academic Year was challenging. We did not have Spring Break, we missed being close to each other, and had to meet in little boxes on Zoom. But in spite of it all, our students continued to show up for classes even while dispersed in time zones across the world, still read and engaged and thought and wrote. Their passion for literary study energized faculty who chafed behind computer screens. It is therefore with especial delight that we want to celebrate our graduating seniors and...
May 13, 2021
Congratulations to Professor Martin Hägglund on being appointed Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities, see the story here.
April 14, 2021
The Soros Foundation announced the new Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows for 2021-2022.  Congratulations to our very own Nikolas Oktaba for being honored with this distinction! See his bio here.
April 9, 2021
On April 8, 2021 the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding for Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists. (See the full list here.) These exceptional candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants. Created in 1925 by Senator Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has offered fellowships to exceptional...
March 15, 2021
Martin Hägglund responds to the debates about his book This Life in Los Angeles Review of Books. Read the essay here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/marx-hegel-and-the-critique-of-religion-a-response/