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Current International Visitors

Markus Gabriel


Chair, Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

University of Bonn

Humanities Center International Visitor

Mar 2022

Dr. Markus Gabriel holds the chair in epistemology, modern and contemporary philosophy at the University of Bonn where he also directs the International Center for Philosophy and the multidisciplinary Center for Science and Thought. In 2005 he received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg. In 2007 he received his Habilitation from the University of Heidelberg. Since then he has held visiting positions at NYU, UC Berkeley, The New School for Social Research, Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, and has recently been the Tang Chun I-Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2020 he is also Distinguished Lecturer in Philosophy and the New Humanities at the New School for Social Research.

Professor Gabriel's work focuses on issues in theoretical philosophy (ontology/metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind) that intersect with central debates in other disciplines (including value theoretical approaches in aesthetics). Recently, he published a book called Fiktionen (Suhrkamp 2020) in which he develops a novel approach to the theme of objectivity in the humanities. He is best known for his contribution to a New Realism as a current in contemporary philosophy that draws on the idea of the indispensability (and irreducibility) of human mindedness for any meaningful account of reality. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, such as the Paolo Bozzi Price for Ontology and a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, for his contributions to New Realism, in particular, for his book Fields of Sense: A New Realist Ontology (Edinburgh 2015).

Gabriel was nominated by the the Department of Comparative Literature.

Shashi Jayakumar


Head of Centre of Excellence for National Security

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor

May 2022

Dr. Shashi Jayakumar is Head of the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also Executive Coordinator, Future Issues and Technology at RSIS.

Dr Jayakumar was educated at Oxford University where he studied History (BA 1997, PhD 2001). He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on topics relating to medieval history (the focus of his doctorate). He was a member of the Singapore government’s Administrative Service from 2002-2017. During this time, he worked at various Ministries, including the Ministries of Defence, Manpower, Information and the Arts, and Community Development, Youth and Sports. He was from August 2011-July 2014 a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His research interests include extremism and terrorism (with particular reference to Southeast Asia), social resilience, and aspects of Singapore history. 

Among his publications are The Big ideas of Lee Kuan Yew (ed., with Rahul Sagar, Straits Times Press, 2014), Terrorism, Radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism: Practical Considerations and Concerns (Palgrave, 2018), DRUMS: Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation and Smears (ed., with Norman Vasu and Benjamin Ang, World Scientific, 2018), and People’s Action Party (with Albert Lau, Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press, 2019).

Jayakumar was nominated by the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

Dariusz Kołodziejczyk


Professor of History

University of Warsaw / Polish Academy of Sciences

Humanities Center International Visitor

Sept-Nov 2021

Dariusz Kołodziejczyk is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Warsaw and at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has published extensively on the Ottoman Empire, the Crimean Khanate, Christian-Muslim relations, and imperial frontiers. He is currently President of the Comité International des Études Pré-ottomanes et Ottomanes (CIEPO), member of the Academia Europaea, and honorary member of the Turkish Historical Society. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Hokkaido University and Collège de France. His current project focuses on the presence of Central-Eastern Europeans in Asia, especially in the frameworks of the Jesuit Order and the Dutch East India Company, and on the role of Central and Eastern Europe in early modern globalization.

Among his recent publications are The Crimean Khanate and Poland-Lithuania: International Diplomacy on the European Periphery (15th-18th Century) (Brill, 2011), Universal Empire. A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History (co-ed. with Peter Bang, CUP, 2012) and The Relations of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth with Safavid Iran and the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin in the light of archival documents (co-ed. with Stanisław Jaśkowski and Piruz Mnatsakanyan, Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych, 2017).

Kołodziejczyk was nominated by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Boduerae Kwon

South Korea

Professor of the Korean Language and Literature Department

Korea University, Seoul

Humanities Center International Visitor

Jan-March 2022

Boduerae Kwon is Professor of the Korean Language and Literature Department at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests include the intersection between politics and aesthetics and the re-situation of Korean literature within the discourse of planetary cultural and literary studies. Her latest book, On the Eve of March 1st: Imagining Peace in an Age of Violence (2019), is an extensive cultural history of the March 1st Movement and its aftermath. It was awarded the Peace Book of 2019, the Korean Publication Culture Award, and the Paju Asia Book Award. Her Korean publications include The Origin of Modern Korean Novels (2000), The Age of Romance: The Culture and Trend in the Early 1920s Korea (2003), and Questioning the 1960s: The Cultural Politics and Intellectual Discourse of Park Chung-Hee’s Era (co-authored with Junghwan Cheon, 2012). 

She has been a lecturer at UCLA and a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (Robinson College). She also has been a contributor to The Korean Popular Culture Reader (Duke University, 2014) and a co-editor and contributor to Toward Democracy: South Korean Culture and Society, 1945-1980 (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2021). Now she is working on themes such as Colonial Socialism and the Clarté Movement, Happiness and Beyond: The Cultural Politics of Middle-Class Sensibility, and Korea and World in the Cold War Literature, focused on William Faulkner and Earnest Hemingway.

Kwon was nominated by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.
Salim Tamari


Professor of Sociology (Emeritus), Birzeit University

Research Associate, Institute for Palestine Studies

Humanities Center International Visitor

Mar-Apr 2022

Salim Tamari is an Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds. He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010); Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005). Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.

Tamari was nominated by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Nitza Tenenblat


Professor of Theater

University of Brasília

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor

Nov-Dec 2021

Nitza Tenenblat is an artist and currently teaches at the Theatre Arts Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of the University of Brasília, Brazil, where she leads the Criação em Coletivo para a CenaResearch Group. Its research projects include aesthetic, technical, political, and ethical aspects of production. Within this research group,Tenenblat is a founding member of Coletiva Teatro, a group theater in residence at the University of Brasilia. As theater director, Tenenblat seeks to develop and aestheticize research into practice as results. At the Coletiva Teatro she coordinates and directs activities such as artistic interventions, the presentation of articles and technical demonstrations, theater workshops, story-telling sessions, and theater performances.

She completed her Masters Degree in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University of London (2002) and her PhD in Performance Studies with an emphasis in Studies in Performance and Practice at the University of California at Davis (2011). Recent directing credits of devised pieces with Coletiva Teatro include O Amor Que Habito, Uma Sonata Familiar (co-directed with Michael Rau and Luar de Contos). Her work has been successfully presented at local, national and international conferences and venues.

Tenenblat was nominated by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies.

Yfaat Weiss


Professor of Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Director of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Leipzig

Professor of Modern History, especially Jewish history, at Leipzig University

FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor
Aron Rodrigue International Visitor

Mar–Apr 2022

Yfaat Weiss is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2017, she has been acting as the Director of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow and as a Professor of Modern History, especially Jewish history, at Leipzig University. Previously, she was Director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (2010–17), head of the School of History at the Hebrew University (2008–11), and director of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa (2001–07). Yfaat Weiss has widely published on German and Central European history as well as on Jewish and Israeli history and works in particular on questions of space, materiality, cultural restitution, and the history of knowledge. Her book publications include Niemandsland. Hader am Berg Scopus, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2021; Contested Heritage. Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2020, (ed. with Elisabeth Gallas, Anna Holzer-Kawalko, and Caroline Jessen); A Confiscated Memory. Wadi Salib and Haifa’s Lost Heritage, Columbia University Press 2011 (Heb. 2007; Germ. 2012); Journey and Imagined Journey. Lea Goldberg in Germany, 1930–1933, Magnes Press 2014 (Heb.; Germ. 2010); Challenging Ethnic Citizenship. German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration, Berghahn 2002 (ed. with Daniel Levy); Ethnicity and Citizenship. German and Polish Jews between 1933–1940, Magnes Press 2000 (Heb.; Germ. 2000). Currently she is preparing the fifth volume of the History of the Hebrew University, covering the years 1948 to 1967, which she is editing together with Uzi Rebhun. At the Stanford Humanities Center, she will focus on her research project on the Mount Scopus exclave.

Yfaat Weiss has received several awards, including the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines (2015) and the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought (2012).

Weiss was nominated by the Department of German Studies and Taube Center for Jewish Studies.