The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to announce our new Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies! Professor Davide Stimilli will be taking over as the Director of Undergraduate Studies while Professor Beverly Weber will serve as the Director of Graduate Studies. Both of these faculty members will work to help maintain and support the Program in Jewish Studies and our students. Their support in these positions will ensure that all of our students continue to have an interdisciplinary, global experience.
Davide Stimilli holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Pisa and a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University. He is the author of “Fisionomia di Kafka” and “The Face of Immortality: Physiognomy and Criticism,” the editor of a monographic issue of the journal aut aut, devoted to Aby Warburg: “Aby Warburg. La dialettica dell’immagine,” and of Warburg’s clinical history: “Die unendliche Heilung. Aby Warburgs Krankengeschichte” (translated in Italian, French, and Spanish), as well as of a selection of Warburg’s unpublished writings: “‘Per Monstra ad Sphaeram’: Sternglaube und Bilddeutung. Vortrag in Gedenken an Franz Boll und andere Schriften 1923 bis 1925.” Professor Stimilli’s interests include literary criticism and theory, intellectual history and art theory.
Beverly Weber’s (PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst) research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, gender, and migration in Germany and Europe; comparative studies of racialization; digital activism; contemporary visual cultures; contemporary German literature and culture; and Islam in Europe. Her interdisciplinary work is informed by transnational feminist cultural studies frameworks, with a current focus on theories of precarity and intimacy; and incorporates analysis of popular media, literature, and film.
Her first book, Violence and Gender in the “New” Europe, demonstrates how current thinking about gender violence prohibits the intellectual inquiry necessary to act against a range of forms of violence, and analyzes ways in which Muslim women participate in the public sphere by thematizing violence in literature, art, and popular media.