Salah M. Hassan is the Goldwin Smith Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History and Visual Culture in the Africana Studies and Research Center, and in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies. He is editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and consulting editor for African Arts and Atlantica. He authored, edited and co-edited several books including Diaspora, Memory, Place (2008); Unpacking Europe (2001); Authentic/Ex-Centric (2001); Gendered Visions: The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists (1997) and Art and Islamic Literacy among the Hausa of Northern Nigeria (1992). He has also published Darfur and the Crisis of Governance: A Critical Reader (2009), and guest edited a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly entitled African Modernism (2010). He has contributed essays to journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues of contemporary art. He has curated several international exhibitions such as Authentic/Ex-Centric (49th Venice Biennale, 2001), Unpacking Europe (Rotterdam, 2001-02), and 3x3: Three Artists/Three Project: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z (Dak'Art, 2004).
He is the recipient of several fellowships, including the J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as major grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Andy Warhol and Prince Claus Fund foundations, and has received support from Sharjah Art Foundation for several exhibitions and publications projects, including When Art Becomes Liberty: Egyptian Surrealism (1938–1965); Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945-Present); and Kamal Youssef: Egyptian Surrealism’s Time Capsule, which were co-curated with Hoor Al-Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Iftikhar Dadi is Associate Professor of History of Art. He teaches and researches modern and contemporary art from a global and transnational perspective, with emphasis on questions of methodology and intellectual history. His writings have focused on modernism and contemporary practice, and popular cultures of South Asia, the Middle East and their diasporas. Publications include Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010), the edited monograph Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015), the co-edited catalog Lines of Control (2012), and the co-edited reader Unpacking Europe (2001). His essays have appeared in numerous journals, edited volumes, and online platforms. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and is advisor to Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong). He received his PhD from Cornell University.
As an artist, Iftikhar Dadi has collaborated with Elizabeth Dadi for twenty years. Their practice investigates popular media’s construction of memory, borders, and identity in contemporary globalization, and the productive capacities of urban informalities. Their work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the 24th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil; Third Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia; Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Miami Art Museum; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Dhaka Art Summit; and the Office of Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo.
Fouad Makki is Associate Professor of Development Sociology. His areas of interest include classical and contemporary social theory, the historical sociology of development and modernity, and the contested dynamics of nationalism and colonial empires. His research program seeks to advance knowledge of the historical sociology and political ecology of development processes. His overarching research program is constituted by three interlocking projects: (i) the critical rethinking of the conceptual framework of development through the reconstruction and elaboration of the idea of "uneven and combined development"; (ii) the systematic deployment of this theory to elucidate various aspects of state, economy, and society in northeast Africa so as to better understand their developmental trajectories; (iii) and, thirdly, the extension of this the theory of uneven and combined development to the metabolic relations between society and nature. He recieved his PhD from Binghamton University.
Natalie Melas is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature. Her interests range across Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature and thought, modern Greek, modern French and modern English poetry, comparison, modernism and colonialism, modern reconfigurations of antiquity, Homer, Césaire, Cavafy, philosophies of time, decadence, barbarism, alexandrianism, comparative modernities, world literature in world history, postcolonial or decolonial studies, aesthetics and politics, critical theory. She is the author of All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford UP, 2007) and co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (Princeton UP, 2009). Her current research centers on colonial poetics and the politics of time in Aimé Césaire and C.P. Cavafy. She recieved her PhD from University of California, Berkeley.
Viranjini Munasinghe is an Associate Professor of Anthropology working in the Caribbean (Trinidad) and the Asian Diaspora in the Americas. Her initial research focused on the relation between ethnicity and nationalism and the politics of exclusion in nation building projects. Her research specifically focuses on Indo Caribbeans who were brought as indentured labor to the New World when slavery was abolished in the British Caribbean. The New World context of the Caribbean allowed for intriguing formulations of modernity and nationalism. She is particularly interested in a comparative understanding of how narratives of mixture, like creolization or multiculturalism, operate to exclude citizens from the nation despite their overt promise of inclusion. She is also interested in epistemological issues having to do with the articulation of certain "theoretical concepts" like race, ethnicity and nation, with their lay and political discursive forms, and the implications of such entanglements for disciplines, theory, and politics. Her current research explores how nations are constituted through projects of comparison in different empirical settings that include the Americas and Asia. She recieved her PhD from Johns Hopkins.
Sunn Shelley Wong is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies. She has published articles on twentieth-century American poetry, as well as Asian American and African American prose fiction. She is presently working on two book projects -- one on the subject of race and time in relation to Asian American and African American literature entitled The Waiting Room; and the second, a collaborative project with Cornell colleagues Natalie Melas and Viranjini Munasinghe on the subject of race and comparison in an interdisciplinary frame. She recieved her PhD from University of California, Berkeley.