Faculty Participants

Katarzyna Beilin is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UW-Madison. She teaches contemporary Spanish narrative, film and culture. She has interdisciplinary interests in cultural studies, philosophy and the visual arts. Her book-length projects include Conversaciones literarias con novelistas contemporáneos (Tamesis, 2004), a novel, Meteory (Agawa, 2005), and Del infierno al cuerpo: otredad en la narrativa y cine penninsular contemporéneo (Libertarias, 2007). She is a 2011-2012 Resident Faculty Fellow for the UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities and is working on a book project entitled: "Bulls, Apes, Genes and Clouds: New Ethics of Life in Contemporary Spain."

Helen M. Kinsella is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests include contemporary political theory, feminist theories, international law, especially international humanitarian and human rights, armed conflict, and especially gender and armed conflict. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and prior to her appointment at Wisconsin held pre and post doctoral fellowships at, respectively, Harvard University and Stanford University. In March of 2011, Cornell University Press published her book The Image Before the Weapon: A Critical History of the ‘Combatant’ and ‘Civilian’ in International Law and Politics

Jimmy Casas Klausen was an assistant professor of political theory in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison. He writes on early modern European and twentieth-century political theory and focuses particularly on how the categories and arguments of each illuminate the other in late modernity as a function of the imperial origins of the modern European state. His current project, “Primitivism & Apophatic Anthropology,” offers an analysis of primitivism in the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot and of negative anthropology in more recent French critical, psychoanalytic, and anticolonial theory. He has published in the journals Polity, Theory & Event, The Journal of Politics, and Political Theory.

Mario Ortiz-Robles is an associate professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison. He is currently at work on "Zootopia: Nature and Politics in Late Victorian Fiction", a book-length project whose aim is to track the figure of the animal in late-Victorian fiction so as to determine the status of the natural in post-Darwinian British culture and to describe the symbolic uses to which the animal is put by the radical political movements emerging during this period. He is also engaged in the planning stages of "Foreign Agents," a comparative project that seeks to re-examine the notion of literary agency in a global context by foregrounding the role played by what Pierre Bourdieu called literature’s “consecrating agencies” (reviewers, publishers, academics, translators, etc.) in the legitimization of “world literature.” His book, The Novel as Event: Exploring the Importance of Language in the Victorian Novel was published in 2010 by Michigan University Press.