Biographies

Keynote Speakers:

Adriana Cavarero is Italy’s most prominent feminist philosopher. Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona, she is the author of Relating Narratives (2000), For More than One Voice (2005), Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence (2008), and Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude (2016).

Margaret Cezair-Thompson is a Jamaican novelist and professor of literature and creative writing at Wellesley College. The author of The True History of Paradise (1999) and The Pirate’s Daughter (2007), she is at work on a third novel based in part on Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.”

James Clifford is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Emeritus Professor in
the History of Consciousness Department, University of California at Santa Cruz. A
leading figure in the interdisciplinary formation of new ethnographic critique, he co-
edited, with George Marcus, Writing Culture: the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography
(1986), and is the author of The Predicament of Culture (1988), Routes (1997), On the
Edge of Anthropology (2003), and Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the 21st Century
(2013).

J. Hillis Miller is UCI Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California
at Irvine. He has published many books and essays on 19th and 20th-century literature
and on literary theory. His recent books include Communities in Fiction (Fordham,
2014), For Derrida (Fordham, 2009), and The Conflagration of Community: Fiction
Before and After Auschwitz (Chicago: 2011). In 2016, the Joseph Conrad Society of
America awarded Miller the 2015 Ian P. Watt Prize for Excellence in Conrad
Scholarship.

Conference Speakers:

William Atkinson is Professor of English at Appalachian State University, North
Carolina. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on Joseph Conrad.
Mark Bourdeau is a professor of English at Suffolk County Community College on
Long Island, New York, where he has been teaching composition and literature courses
for the past 25 years. He continues to read and explore Modernism in all its forms,
especially as manifested in Joseph Conrad.
Grażyna Maria Teresa Branny, Associate Professor at the Jan Kochanowski University
in Kielce, obtained her Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and her
habilitation from the University of Łódź in Poland. A specialist in American Literature
and a Conrad scholar, she is the author of A Conflict of Values: Alienation and
Commitment in the Novels of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner (1997), has edited
Fictions and Metafictions of Evil: Essays in Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature
and Interdisciplinary Studies (2013), and has written a series of articles on memory in
Southern (William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy), African American (Toni Morrison,
Edward P. Jones) and Native American (Louise Erdrich) writing.
Laurence Davies is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.
He is the General Editor of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, Editor of the
Selected Letters, and President of the Joseph Conrad Society, UK. He has published
recently on Poe, Hawthorne, Guillermo del Toro, Stevenson, Ford Madox Ford,
Katharine Burdekin and James Baldwin.
Catherine Delesalle-Nancey is Professor in the English Studies Department of
University Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, France, where she teaches twentieth and twenty-first
century British literature. She has published many articles on Joseph Conrad (notably in
L’époque conradienne, The Conradian, Les Cahiers de L’Herne) as well as on Malcolm
Lowry, to whom she devoted a monograph, Répétition, ressassement et reprise dans
l’œuvre en prose de Malcolm Lowry (Michel Houdiard, 2010).
Michael John DiSanto is Associate Professor of English at Algoma University. He is the
editor of The Complete Poems of George Whalley and the author of Under Conrad’s
Eyes: The Novel as Criticism. He is writing a biography of George Whalley.
Hugh Epstein is a teacher in Adult Education in London. For the past twenty-five years
he has been the secretary of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.). He has regularly
contributed papers to conferences on Conrad (and on Hardy), and has been published in
The Conradian, Conradiana, and in various collections of essays.
Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan (D.Phil. Oxon) is Professor of English at the University of
Haifa, Israel, currently serving as Academic Head of the Haifa University Library and
Editor-in- Chief of Haifa University Press. Her research interests, beyond a life-long
engagement with Conrad’s work, converge on the intersection of culture, writing, and
subjectivity, allowing for forays into philosophical, ethnographic, autobiographical, and
historical writings and their relation to fictional texts. Her recent book is titled Between
Philosophy and Literature: Bakhtin and the Question of the Subject (Stanford: Stanford
University Press, 2013).
Ryan Gilligan is completing his M.A. in English at Fordham University.
Chris GoGwilt is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham
University. He is the author of The Invention of the West: Joseph Conrad and the
Double-Mapping of Europe and Empire (Stanford, 1995), The Fiction of Geopolitics:
Afterimages of Culture from Wilkie Collins to Alfred Hitchcock (Stanford, 2000), and The
Passage of Literature: Genealogies of Modernism in Conrad, Rhys, and Pramoedya
(Oxford, 2011). He is a former President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America.
Robert Hampson (FEA, FRSA) is Distinguished Research and Teaching Fellow and
Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, the University of London. He
is the author of numerous articles and books on Joseph Conrad, including Betrayal and
Identity (Macmillan, 1992) to Conrad’s Secrets (Palgrave, 2013), which won the JCSA
Adam Gillon Award for best book on Conrad (2015). He is the Chair of the Joseph
Conrad Society (UK).
Ellen Burton Harrington is an associate professor of English at the University of South
Alabama. She has published previously on nineteenth-century sensation and detective
fiction and the influence of these genres and criminal anthropology on the work of Joseph Conrad. Her monograph, Conrad’s Sensational Heroines: Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
Deborah Kachel graduated from Washington State University, earning a B.A. and M.A. in political science. She continued her studies at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completing coursework for a doctorate in comparative
politics and political theory, before deciding to take a corporate training position. After
leaving that role, Ms. Kachel began researching the lives of the Garnett family, and is
currently engaged in writing a book of biographical essays about the family and its wide
circle of friends.
Pei-Wen Clio Kao is Project Assistant Professor at National Ilan University, Taiwan.
She completed her Ph.D. from National Chengchi University, Taiwan, in 2015. She has
published articles on Modernism and on Conrad in international journals such as
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, The Conradian, and Conradiana.
Brendan Kavanagh is a PhD candidate in English literature at Cambridge University.
He has published essays on Joseph Conrad and James Joyce.
Wiesław Krajka is a professor in the English Department at Maria Curie-Sklodowska
University in Lublin, Poland and Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland. He has
published extensively on English nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature (especially
Joseph Conrad). He is the Editor of the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives,
distributed by Columbia University Press. His edited book From Szlachta Culture to the
21 st Century, Between East and West: New Essays on Joseph Conrad’s Polishness (East
European Monographs, 2013) won second place for the Adam Gillon Book Award of
2015.
Nidesh Lawtoo is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of
Bern. He is the editor of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Contemporary Thought:
Revisiting the Horror with Lacoue-Labarthe (2012) and the author of The Phantom of the
Ego: Modernism and the Mimetic Unconscious (2013) and, more recently, Conrad’s
Shadow: Catastrophe, Mimesis, Theory (2016). He is currently working on a trilogy on
mimesis titled Homo Mimeticus, which is funded by the European Research Council
(ERC).
Yael Levin is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research on
Modernism, Poststructuralism, Narratology and Disability Studies has been
published in The Conradian, Conradiana, Partial Answers, Twentieth-Century
Literature and the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently working on a second
Conrad monograph to follow Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad’s Novels. The
new book is titled, Joseph Conrad 2.0: Slow Modernism.
Anne Luyat is Professor at the University of Avignon, France. She has published
numerous articles on Joseph Conrad and others.
Kyle McAuley is a PhD candidate in English literature at Rutgers University.
Holt V. Meyer is Professor of Slavic Studies, at Erfurt University. He is the author of
Romantische Orientierung (1995) and numerous articles, and has co-edited the
collections Juden und Judentum in Literatur und Film des slavischen Sprachraumes. Die
geniale Epoche (1999), Inventing Slavia (2005), Schiller: Gedenken – Vergessen – Lesen
(2010), and Gagarin als Archivkörper und Erinnerungsfigur (2014). He is co-editor of
the new book series Spatio-Temporality. Practices – Concepts – Media (De Gruyter). He
is currently working on a book on the official Stalinist Pushkin celebrations of 1949.
John Miele is currently completing his MA degree in English at Fordham University.
Julie Beth Napolin is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the New School for
Social Research. Awarded the Bruce Harkness Young Scholar Award for 2013, she has
published articles on Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, and sound studies.
An Ning teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the College
of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, Guandong, China.
Lilia Omelan graduated with honors from Lviv University, Ukraine. Since 1999 she has
been working at the The Witelon State School of Higher Professional Education in
Legnica, Poland. She defended her doctoral thesis “Conrad and Ukraine,” written under
the supervision of Professor Wiesław Krajka, at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in
Lublin, Poland, in 2011.
Merry M. Pawlowski is the editor of Virginia Woolf and Fascism: Resisting the
Dictators’ Seduction (Palgrave, 2001). Her work on both Woolf and Conrad has appeared
in several edited collections and journals, including issues of Woolf Studies Annual and
volumes in Eastern European Monographs. She is an Emeritus Professor of English at
California State University, Bakersfield.
Lindsey Pelucacci is completing her MA in English at Fordham University.
John G. Peters, the General Editor of Conradiana, is a University Distinguished
Research Professor at the University of North Texas and former President of the Joseph
Conrad Society of America. He is author of Joseph Conrad’s Critical Reception
(Cambridge 2013), The Cambridge Introduction to Joseph Conrad (2006), and Conrad
and Impressionism (Cambridge 2001). He is editor of Conrad in the Public Eye (Rodopi
2008), A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad (Oxford 2010), volume 2 of Joseph Conrad:
Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge 2012), the Broadview Press edition of Conrad’s
Under Western Eyes (2010) and the Norton critical edition of Conrad’s The Secret Sharer
and Other Stories (2015). He has also translated the Japanese poet Takamura Kōtarō’s
book The Chieko Poems (Green Integer 2007).
Brygida Pudełko has Ph.D in English literature from Maria Skłodowska University,
Lublin, Poland. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Opole, Opole, Poland. She
is the author of the book Ivan Turgenev and Joseph Conrad: A Study in Philosophical,
Literary and Socio-Political Relationships (2012) and numerous articles on Conrad and
Russian Writers (Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky). She is currently working on a book
on May Sinclair and H.G. Wells.
Brian Richardson is a Professor in the English Department of the University of
Maryland. He is the author or editor of ten volumes, including Unnatural Voices:
Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (2006), Narrative Beginnings:
Theories and Practices (2008), and a special issue of Conradiana on “Conrad and the
Reader” in 2003. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on twentieth
century authors, particularly Joseph Conrad, in which he has discussed class and
unreliable narration in “The Secret Sharer,” voice and class in “The Nigger of the
Narcissus,” chance and cause in Nostromo, the ending of Nostromo, Conrad and the
implied author, silence and unusual plot twists, and the act of reading in Conrad’s fiction. He served as vice president and president of the Joseph Conrad Society of America from 2006 to 2011 and is currently working on a book on Conrad and narrative.
Melanie Ross is Associate Professor of Humanities at the US Merchant Marine
Academy. She has published on Shakespeare and Henry James.
Joanna Skolik, PhD, teaches at the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the University of
Opole, Poland. She has published articles on Conrad and co-edited Polskie zaplecze
Josepha Conrada-Korzeniowskiego (Joseph Conrad-Korzeniowski’s Polish Background)
with Professor Zdzisław Najder. She is the author of The Ideal of Fidelity in Conrad’s Works.
Jean M. Szczypien spent two and a half postdoctoral years at the Jagiellonian University
in Cracow, Poland, studying Polish language and culture and reading the nineteenth
century Polish poets and dramatists that Conrad knew so well and that he incorporated
into his work with such prodigious ingenuity. Her book, “Sailing towards Poland” with
Joseph Conrad was published on February 1, 2017. She served as president of the Joseph
Conrad Society of America from 2000 to 2002. She was professor of English for thirty
years at SUNY/FIT in Manhattan and continues to teach there on a part time basis.
Andrea White is an Emeritus Professor of English at California State University at
Dominguez Hills. She is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition:
Constructing and Deconstructing the Imperial Subject (CUP 1993), and co-editor of
Conrad in the 21st Century (Routledge 2005). She has also written articles for various
journals and collections such as The Cambridge Companion to Conrad and Approaches
to Teaching “The Secret Sharer” and “Heart of Darkness” and presented at local and
international conferences. She is a past president of the Joseph Conrad Society of
America.
Mark Wollaeger is Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of
Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism (Stanford, 1990) and Modernism, Media,
and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 – 1945 (Princeton, 2006) and is the co-
editor with Matt Eatough of The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (Oxford,
2012).
Xiaoling Yao is currently a PhD candidate in English at Nanyang Technological
University, Singapore. Her research interests include modernism, memory, and narrative. Her PhD project is on Joseph Conrad’s autobiographical memory and its verbal texture.