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MemberDorin Smith

Dorin Smith is a PhD candidate in English at Brown University. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Henry James Review, Postmodern Culture, and ESQ. His research focuses on the intersections of the novel and history of science in the US during the long nineteenth century. Currently, he is finishing his dissertation, Fictional Brains: Reflecting on Necessity in American Naturalism, 1797-1910, a project which examines how materialist models of cognition, developed within nineteenth-century neuroscience, biology, and psychology, prefigure the formal possibilities of the novel in America to plot the contradictions of narrative reflection and storyworld necessity.

MemberYi Wu

Yi is a continental philosopher whose work intersects with world literature and global history. Her research re-interprets the terra-centric western history of philosophy from the perspective of the maritime. By holding up the sea as mirror to western philosophy understood as a form of historicity and coloniality, Yi works toward a hermeneutic method of re-writing the history of philosophy from a non-western and feminist perspective, as a genealogy and archeology of the diluvial. Yi holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research and an M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong, both in philosophy. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows, Dartmouth College, where she is also a research associate in the Comparative Literature Program.