Sarah Casteel is an Associate Professor in the Department of English where she teaches postcolonial and diaspora literatures and Graduate Supervisor of the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. Her research areas include Caribbean literature and hemispheric approaches to the literatures of the Americas as well as theories of diaspora and transnationalism. She is the recipient of a Polanyi Prize from the Government of Ontario, a Horst Frenz prize from the American Comparative Literature Association, and a FASS research award. She is the author of Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2016), Second Arrivals: Landscape and Belonging in Contemporary Writing of the Americas (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and the co-editor of Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).

Birgit Hopfener is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton University and an associated member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, University of Heidelberg. She authored the book Transkulturelle Reflexionsräume einer Genealogie des Performativen: Bedingungen und Artikulationen kultureller Differenz in der chinesischen Installationkunst (2013) and is the co-editor of Negotiating Difference: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Global Context (2012) and Situating Global Art. Topologies – Temporalities – Trajectories (2018). Her research interests include practices and discourses of critical contemporaneity in the global context, historiographic art, contemporary Chinese art and transcultural art history and historiography.

Catherine Khordoc is Associate Professor of French at Carleton University, and former Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She teaches courses on Québécois Francophone and Québécois literatures, with a focus on transcultural and transnational writing. She is also cross-appointed to the School of Canadian Studies and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. Her research focuses on contemporary Québécois literature treating issues of personal and collective identity in relation to immigration, multiculturalism (or interculturalism), exile and integration. She is interested in exploring how this body of literature contributes to reconsiderations of Québec’s culture and nationhood. She also has interests in comparative francophone literatures, as well as comparative literatures of Canada and Québec. She has published articles in books and journals on such authors as Monique Bosco, Francine Noël, Ernest Pépin, Jorge Semprun and Hédi Bouraoui and has co-edited a book of essays titled Comparing Migration: The Literatures of Canada and Québec / Migrance comparée : Les littératures du Canada et du Québec (2008). Her book, Tours et détours: Le mythe de Babel dans la littérature contemporaine, was published in 2012 by the University of Ottawa Press.

Ming Tiampo is a Professor of Art History and Director of the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. She specializes in post-1945 Japanese art, and examines the cultural consequences of globalization through her interest in transnational modernism. Tiampo’s book Gutai: Decentering Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2011) is the first book in English to examine Japan’s best-known modern art movement. Working with previously unpublished photographs and archival resources that she obtained while in residence at Ashiya City Museum of Art from 2000-2002, Tiampo considers Gutai’s pioneering transnational practice, which was spurred on by mid-century developments in mass media and travel that made the movement’s field of reception and influence global in scope. The book is being translated into Japanese and was excerpted in Swedish and Chinese. It received an honourable mention for the Robert Motherwell Book Award in 2012. Tiampo is also an active curator. In 2013, she co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York with Alexandra Munroe. The exhibition won multiple awards, including the AICA award for Best Monographic Exhibition in New York. Tiampo’s previous Gutai-related curatorial projects include the AICA award-winning exhibition, Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka 1954-1968 (2004-5; Grey Art Gallery, New York, and Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver), Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s (Roland Gibson Gallery, 2004), and Under Each Other’s Spell: Gutai and New York (2009; Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center). In addition to her work on Gutai, Tiampo has published and curated exhibitions on Japanese modernism, war art in Japan, globalization and art, multiculturalism in Canada, and the connections between Inuit and Japanese prints. She is the co-editor of Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1931-1960 (Brill, 2013) with Asato Ikeda (Carleton MA ’08) and Aya Louisa McDonald. Tiampo serves on the board of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin.

Rebecca Clare Dolgoy is doing a postdoctoral fellowship with the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. Her work sits at the intersection of memory studies, cultural studies, and museum studies. Her research addresses transformations of public memory in urban landscapes in dialogue with broader transcultural and transnational trends. She is currently working on a monograph project, Bullet Hole Constellations: Forty Years of Museums and Memory in Berlin (1989-2029) and is gathering material for her next major research project, a transnational study of adaptive reuse and recycled bricks in post-traumatic architecture. She is committed to publicly engaged scholarship and regularly collaborates with museums and other partner organizations in Ottawa.  During the 2018-2019 academic year, Rebecca will serve as the executive director of Carleton’s Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis and as a contract instructor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. She is also a visiting fellow at Berlin’s Institute for Cultural Inquiry and is developing collaborative endeavours linking them with the CTCA. For more information, please visit her website at