Visiting Scholars

Erick Felinto 

Erick Felinto is a visiting scholar in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and holds a professorship in Media Theory at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) since 1999. His research focuses on German media theory and the contribution of Czech-Brazilian author Vilém Flusser to the field of media epistemology. For the past five years, Erick has been investigating the repercussions of Flusser’s ideas in the context of Anglophone scholarship. He is currently working on a book about the resonances of Flusser’s notion of “philosophical fiction” with contemporary cultural theories. Between August 2010 and May 2011, Erick was a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts (Gastwissenschaftler), conducting research on the unpublished manuscripts housed in the Berliner Flusser Archive. In 2014 he contributed, as a translator and researcher, for the publication of the trilingual edition of the Flusseriana (University of Minnesota Press/Univocal, 2015), an intellectual “toolbox” presenting Flusser’s main concepts in alphabetical order. He was also the organizer and curator of the international series of conferences “The Secret Life of Objects” (2012/2015), which gathered scholars such as Bruno Latour, Richard Grusin, Lisa Gitelman, Siegfried Zielinski and Steven Shaviro in academic meetings in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He authored six books in Portuguese, as well as several articles in Portuguese, English, German and French on digital culture, media theory and film studies.

Sandra Ponzanesi 

Sandra Ponzanesi is a visiting scholar in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and is a full professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has published widely in the field of postcolonial studies, Europe, cinema and digital migration. Among her publications are: The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (Palgrave, 2014), Gender, Globalisation and Violence (Routledge, 2014) and Paradoxes of Postcolonial Culture (Suny, 2004). She has co-edited several volumes such as Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016) with Gianmaria Colpani; Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge, 2012) with Marguerite Waller and Migrant Cartographies (Lexington, 2005) with Daniela Merolla. She is currently working on a volume on Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe (Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming 2018) with Adriano Habed and on a special issue on ‘Connected migrants: Encapsulation and Cosmopolitanism’ for Popular Communication with Koen Leurs. She has also guest edited several special issues on postcolonial Europe and digital migration for journals such as Social Identities, Crossings, Interventions and Transnational Cinemas. She is currently leading an ERC consolidator project 'Digital Crossings in Europe. Gender, Diaspora and Belonging.' The project aims to investigate the relation between gender, migration and digital technologies, in particular the way in which the ‘connected migrant’ contributes to new forms of European integration and cosmopolitan citizenship CONNECTINGEUROPE.