Notes on the Contributors

Christiane Frey, associate professor of German with an affiliation in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at New York University until 2017, is currently fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her recent books include Laune: Poetiken der Selbstsorge von Montaigne bis Tieck (2016) and the co-edited volumes Noch einmal anders: Zu einer Poetik des Seriellen (2016) and Säkularisierung: Grundlagentexte zur Theoriegeschichte (2020).

Manuele Gragnolati is professor of Italian literature at Sorbonne Université, associate director of the ICI Berlin, and senior research fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. He is the author of Experiencing the Afterlife: Soul and Body in Dante and Medieval Culture (2005) and Amor che move. Linguaggio del corpo e forma del desiderio in Dante, Pasolini and Morante (2013), and the co-editor of several volumes on Dante and medieval culture, including the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Dante.

Christoph F. E. Holzhey is the founding director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, which he has led since 2007. He received a PhD in theoretical physics and another one in German literature. He has run several projects at the ICI Berlin and (co-)edited several volumes, among them The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies (2012); Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potentials of Ir/Reversible Aspect-seeing (2014); De/Constituting Wholes (2017); and Re-: An Errant Glossary (2019).

Claude Lefort (1924–2010) was one of the most prominent French political philosophers of the twentieth century. An early critic of French post-war Marxist orthodoxy from within the Left, Lefort became known internationally for his commitment to radical democracy and his trenchant insights into the totalitarian threats of the twentieth century. He taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron in Paris. Among his most important publications are Le Travail de l’œuvre Machiavel (1972); Les Formes de l’histoire (1978); Essais sur le politique: xixe et xxe siècles (1986); Le Temps présent (2007).

Judith Revel is professor of contemporary philosophy at Paris Nanterre University. She works mainly on the thought of the political and representations of history in France and Italy after 1945. Member of the Centre Michel Foucault, of the scientific council of the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (IMEC) and of the scientific committee of the Collège International de Philosophie, she is also assistant director of the Sophiapol Laboratory (Sociology, philosophy and political anthropology).  

Jennifer Rushworth is lecturer in French and comparative literature at University College London, having previously been a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. She is the author of two books, Discourses of Mourning in Dante, Petrarch, and Proust (2016) and Petrarch and the Literary Culture of Nineteenth-Century France (2017).

Arnd Wedemeyer is senior researcher at the ICI Berlin. He earned his PhD from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, and has taught at Princeton and Duke University. His research focuses on political and continental philosophy, comparative literature, and art and cultural history. He has published on Kant, Kafka, Jacob Taubes and Carl Schmitt, Borges and Salomo Friedländer, and Joseph Beuys. He has co-edited Re‑: An Errant Glossary (2019).