Arts & Aesthetics Postdoctoral Associates

Arts & Aesthetics Postdoctoral Associates

Jocelyn Rodal


Jocelyn Rodal received her PhD in English from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled Modernism's Mathematics: From Form to Formalism. Her project reads literary modernism alongside a contemporaneous modernist movement in mathematics, because literary modernists at once anticipated and responded to that mathematical modernism. Looking at authors such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Virginia Woolf, she argues that modernists were using mathematics to create and elucidate form. Modernism's Mathematics uses modernist mathematical theories of syntax and semantics to renegotiate and theorize literary formalism, arguing that literary formalism has structural and historical roots in mathematics.

Areas of Interest: Transatlantic modernism, form and formalism, mathematics, philosophy, literature and science, and gender studies.

Daniel Villegas-VĂ©lez

villegas velezCroppedDaniel Villegas-Vélez received his PhD in Historical Musicology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. His work addresses the political aesthetics of sonorous performance and musical thought, focusing on the early modern period and the present. His research centers on the question of the materiality of sound, displacing issues of affect, mimesis, representation, and historicism towards a baroque sensibility that embraces multiplicity, historicity and dissemination. As a postdoctoral associate, Daniel will be working on a book project entitled Mimetologies: Aesthetic Politics in Early Modern Opera. Forthcoming publications include an essay on timbre and materiality for the Oxford Handbook of Timbre and a paper on affect and mimesis in Athanasius Kircher’s Musurgia Universalis.

Areas of Interest: Early modern opera, spectacle, deconstruction, performance, affect theory, mimesis, aesthetics, and politics.

Colin Williamson

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Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-century visual culture, proto-cinema, American film history, animation, the history of science and technology, film aesthetics, and visual education.