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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Karen Pinkus


We are delighted to announce that Professor Karen Pinkus (Cornell) will be in Cambridge for Easter Term 2019, followed by a second visit in Lent and Easter Terms 2020, as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor. Professor Pinkus will be hosted by MML/Italian and by CRASSH.

Karen Pinkus is Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell, where she is also editor of the journal diacritics. She is author of numerous pioneering publications in environmental humanities, cultural studies, film and literary theory.

During her time in Cambridge, she will give a series of Leverhulme Lectures, the first of which takes place on Thursday 23 May 5.15pm at CRASSH, with the title Thinking Decarbonization with Literature, as well as a series of workshops, masterclasses and graduate seminars in MML and CRASSH.  She will also be undertaking visits to several UK institutions as she works on  completing her new book, Down There: The Subsurface in the Time of Climate Change. Situated between geology and literature, this book considers cultural fantasies about the subsurface, the place of extraction (of fossil fuels), burial (of waste and perhaps, carbon) in the time of massive climate disruption caused by anthropogenic activity, on the surface. 

For further information, please contact Robert Gordon (