Karen Pinkus is Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University where she is also editor of the journal diacritics. She is author of numerous publications in Italian studies, environmental humanities, film and literary theory. Her time at CRASSH will be supported by a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at Cambridge where she will work on completing a new book, Down There: The Subsurface in the Time of Climate Change. Situated between geology and literature, this 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. She will deliver a Leverhulme Lecture related to this book project on 23 May 2019. Further details about the lecture will be posted at a later date.
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
April 2019 - June 2019