Theme Co-Sponsors

  Shalini Le Gall is an art historian and museum educator with extensive experience in object-based teaching and learning.  In her current position as the Curator of Academic Programs at the Colby College Museum of Art, she works with faculty across the College to integrate the museum’s collection into their teaching, assignments, and research, through installations and exhibitions.  Le Gall received her Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University, specializing in nineteenth-century European art.  Her publications include articles on the British Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), and the French photographer Charles Marville (1813-1879), and her research interests extend to photography, transnationalism, orientalism, and postcolonial studies.
Gianluca Rizzo is the Paganucci Assistant Professor of Italian Literature and Language. His research focuses on modern and contemporary macaronic writing, contemporary poetry, theater, and aesthetics. He published numerous articles, poems, and translations, both from English to Italian and vice-versa (in Or, Chicago Review, l’Immaginazione, il Verri, Autografo, Sudi Novecenteschi, etc.). He edited several volumes, including the latest On the Fringe of the Neoavantgarde (Agincourt Press, 2017). Last year, he published his first collection of verse entitled Il lavoro meccanico: Un’apocalisse in quattro tempi (Oédipus, 2016). He is currently finishing a manuscript on the theater of the Italian neo-vant-garde entitled Poetry on Stage.
Arnout van der Meer is an Assistant Professor in History at Colby College. He earned a PhD in history from Rutgers University, specializing in Southeast Asian, colonial, and global and comparative history, after receiving MA degrees from both Leiden University in the Netherlands and Rutgers University in New Jersey. His research explores the importance of material and visual culture, such as dress, architecture, deference rituals, and symbols of power, for both the legitimization of colonial authority as well as its contestation in turn of the twentieth century Indonesia.