Distinguished Visitors 2005-06
The Cogut Center brings to the Brown community the most innovative and important new scholarship, through various programs of short and longer-term fellowships for distinguished visitors. In 2005-2006, the Center hosted the following distinguished visitors:
Pamela Rosenberg was invited to join the Center as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the month of February 2006. Rosenberg, who most recently served as General Director of the San Francisco Opera, has been appointed to become the Administrative Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2006. Working with the Cogut Center and with editors of The Opera Quarterly, Rosenberg convened “Unsettling Opera” at Brown University on February 2-3, 2006.
Mieke Bal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was invited to join the Center as a Visiting Scholar in April 2006. Bal is Academy Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Professor of the Theory of Literature at the University of Amsterdam. A well-known cultural analyst and theorist, Bal’s areas of interest include literary theory, semiotics, visual art, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, French, the Hebrew Bible, the seventeenth century and contemporary culture. She has recently embarked on a series of projects in filmmaking and video art.
Wendy Doniger was invited to join the Center as a Visiting Scholar in April 2006. Doniger is Director of the Martin Marty Center and Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests revolve around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. Doniger's courses in mythology address themes in cross-cultural expanses; her courses in Hinduism cover a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considers literature, law, gender, and ecology.
Flora Gomes, an independent filmmaker and narrativist from Guinea-Bissau, was invited to spend the 2006 spring semester at Brown as a Visiting Professor of Africana Studies and Artist-in-Residence with the Africana Studies Department and as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Cogut Center. Although Gomes insists on residing in his native country, one of the poorest nations in the world, he has completed a number of shorts, starting in 1977, and five feature films, beginning with Mortu Nega in 1988. His features have won awards at prestigious international film festivals and are invariably discussed in textbooks on African cinema and postcolonial film. His more recent work, especially Po di Sangue [Tree of Blood] broaches the timely subject of environmental degradation, by using a complex layering of symbols, landscape and nature drawn from indigenous African knowledges and belief systems. His next major project “Cabral” (working title) is a feature-length film about the African leader, Amilcar Cabral.