John Frederick Bailyn

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His interests include syntactic theory, cognitive science, Slavic linguistics, Russian syntax and musical cognition. He is the author of The Syntax of Russian (2012) and numerous articles on theoretical syntax and the Slavic languages.  He is the co-founder and co-director of NYI, as well as the Director of the State University of New York's Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. Website

Isabelle Charnavel

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. Her primary research interests lie at the interface between theoretical syntax and semantics. In particular, she has worked extensively on the theory of anaphora and its interaction with focus and with perspective (see her 2019 book Locality and Logophoricity: A Theory of Exempt Anaphora). She is also very interested in music and dance cognition. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the Institut Jean Nicod-Paris 6. Website

John E. Drury

is Professor of Neurolinguistics at Jiangsu Normal University. His work seeks to integrate linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of EEG/ERPs.  Current projects include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of processing of phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain studies probing the relationship between language and music, math, and visual narrative. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Masha Godovannaya

is a visual artist, experimental film maker, and queer-feminist researcher.  Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic practice draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema and DIY video tradition, social science, queer theory, decolonial methodologies, and contemporary art. 

Masha holds an MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, and MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Currently, she is a candidate in PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. 


John Halle

is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.  Active as both a composer and theorist, recent compositions have been performed by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Locrian Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, flutists Ransom Wilson and Tara Helen O'Connor, and the Now Ensemble, among others.  He is a founding member of Common Sense, a composers' collective which will release its third CD on the Albany label. Halle's scholarship focuses on connections between the mental representation of language and music. Website

Caroline Heycock

is Professor of Syntax at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is in the area of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to English and the other Germanic languages, and to Japanese. The topics that she is interested in tend to be at the borderline of syntax and semantics. Recent and current research topics include reconstruction phenomena, equatives and other copular constructions, particularly pseudoclefts, the  syntax and semantics of (especially) nominal conjunctiomn, and syntactic attrition in the native language of advanced learners of a second language. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Website

Ana Hofman

is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts. Her research interests lie in the intersection between music and sound studies and memory studies, with a focus on activism and the cultural meaning of resistance in the past and present. She uses both archival and ethnographic methods to examine musical sound during socialism and the present-day conjuncture of neoliberalism and postsocialism in the area of former Yugoslavia. She has published many articles and book chapters, including two monographs:  Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performances in Serbia (Brill, 2011) and Music, Politics, Affect: New Lives of Partisan Songs in Slovenia (Biblioteka XX vek, 2016). Website

Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Film Department and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. Her most recent publication is a co-authored textbook (with Kristin Hole) Film Feminisms (Routledge 2019).  She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Signs, and Jump Cut.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kyle Johnson

is Professor of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. On his way to the position he now has at UMass, he taught, and mostly learned, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, UC-Irvine, UCLA, University of Wisconsin at Madison and McGill University. His specialization is in syntactic theory. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Nikolay Karkov

is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Cortland. His research explores the discourses and practices of state socialism, and also conversations and collaborations between Eastern Europe and the global South. He is co-editor of special issues on socialist modernity and the global South, "state feminisms" in Southeastern Europe, and decolonial theory, and has also co-edited an anthology of autonomist Marxist writing (in Bulgarian). Most recently, he has published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Slavic Review, and Deleuze Studies. He is a member of New Left Perspectives, and holds a PhD in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.

Kristen Karlberg

is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purchase College, where she has been teaching since 2008.  While Dr. Karlberg has practical research experience in medical sociology, epidemiology, public health, feminist research and science and technology studies, her overall focus has been integrating these approaches into the examination of institutions and individuals interacting with technologies and shifting identities through these interactions along the life course.  The overarching theme is technologization, including biomedicalization, and the life course, but her research incorporates traditional sociological variables as well as the systems of inequalities that come with them.   She holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from UCal San Francisco.

Barbara LeSavoy

is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches courses in feminist theory; sex and gender representations across cultures; race, class, and gender identity; and a capstone senior seminar in women and gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy chairs the Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo. Website

Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama and Dramturgy, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University where she teaches classes in directing and in creating original performance work. She directs plays professionally in Nashville and beyond. She particularly enjoys collaborating with playwrights and actors on the development of new texts. Her scholarly research interests include contemporary American drama, nineteenth century American audience cultures, and performance art. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater. Website

James McFarland

was educated at Oberlin College, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Princeton University, and has taught at Connecticut College and Vanderbilt University, where he is an Associate Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts. He has worked on Weimar and Frankfurt School cultural criticism, the image of the flesh-eating zombie, and contemporary philological practice. He is the co-editor of The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, volume 6 of the new Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Works, and the author of Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History. Together with his wife Leah Lowe he participated in several earlier incarnations of the New York Institute (2007-2009). Website

Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her monograph, The Nature of Imitation, was published by Schilt (Amsterdam). She received an M.A. in Italian Literature and M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and served as Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College.

Asya Pereltsvaig

teaches linguistics at Santa Clara University. Her research interests are theoretical syntax, cross-linguistic typology, Slavic linguistics, and historical linguistics. Her recent books include: The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015, with Martin Lewis) and Languages of the World: An Introduction (Second Edition, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Science, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language and Linguistics Compass, and elsewhere. She has taught at Yale, Cornell, and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University. Website

David Pesetsky

is the Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow and former Head of the Department of LInguistics at MIT.  His primary interests are syntax (and interfaces with morphology and semantics) and the Syntax of Music. He has published numerous articles and books on a variety of topics in linguistics, including syntax, word-structure and language acquisition. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape reality of these societies. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies and a number of monographs and essays on linguistic and cultural identities and processes in the former Yugoslav societies. She holds a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities. Website

Asia Pietraszko

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She works in syntax and morphology, with main focus on verbal morphosyntax in Bantu languages. She is interested in clausal architecture and phenomena underlying structure building, such as selection, displacement and agreement, and more specifically in verbal periphrasis and inflectional dependencies in multi-verb constructions. He other interests include nominalization, left-periphery phenomena, relativization and syntax-phonology interface. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Linguistics Department Website

Omer Preminger

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Language Science Center. He is also Associate Director of the UMD-LSC Guatemala Field Station. His primary interests are in syntax and morphosyntax, and, more generally, any aspects of language that cannot be reduced to sound and meaning alone. The languages he has worked on most are Kaqchikel (Mayan) and Basque. His recent publications include Agreement and its failures (MIT Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Martin Rohrmeier

studied musicology, philosophy, and mathematics at the University of Bonn. He has worked as a researcher at Microsoft, FU Berlin and MIT. In Oct 2014 he joined TU Dresden as Open-Topic-professor for music cognition. Since 2017 he has been Professor for Digital Musicology at the École Féderale Polytechnique de Lausanne, where he directs the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab. His main research interests are digital and cognitive musicology, corpus analysis, music theory and analysis, as well as philosophy of language and music. He holds a PhD in musicology from Cambridge Univ. (UK).


Dominique Sportiche

is Professor of Linguistics at UCLA. His research interests include syntactic analysis and the syntax-semantics interface, syntactic theory and the architecture of grammar. He has worked extensively on phrase structure theory, floating quantifiers, clitics constructions and various topics in French and Romance syntax. His most recent work deals with binding and scope reconstruction, the structure of relative clauses, resumption, clitic left and right dislocation, movement and island theory, the nature of available structure building operations, the phylogenetics of natural languages, and most recently the syntax and semantics of binding and control. Website

Clemens Steiner-Mayr

currently holds a position in formal semantics/pragmatics at the University of Göttingen. He has published, among other topics, on focus, implicatures, questions, intervention effects and presuppositions. His main research question is how interpretative considerations constrain grammar. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 2010.

Elena Titov

teaches linguistics at UCL. Her research interests are syntax and its interfaces with the interpretive and the morphophonological components of grammar, architecture of grammar, cross-linguistic variation in the grammatical encoding of information structure, agreement mismatches, Slavic languages, Germanic languages, and Kwa languages. Her work has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Glossa, Journal of Linguistics, and is soon to appear in Syntax. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, where she worked on a project titled ‘The Syntactic Expression of Information Structure and the Architecture of Grammar’. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCL. 

Bekeh Ukelina

is an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, South of the Sahara. He focuses primarily on understanding the interlocking layers of exploitation rooted in the colonial and new imperialist global systems. His recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria won the 2018 NYASA Book Award. Bekeh teaches courses in Global History, Development History, African history, Slavery, and Digital History. He is currently working on a book, The Miseducation of the African Child: Colonialism and the Legacies of Neoliberal Economics in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in History from West Virginia University.

Katharina Wiedlack

is Senior Post-Doc Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research fields are popular culture, post-socialist, decolonial, queer and feminist theory, and disability studies.  She has published on US-American and Russian music cultures and productions, gender issues and disability in a global context.  She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna