Ganguly, Greenlee, and Muzaffar join RISD full-time faculty

Please welcome three new full-time faculty members to our community: Avishek Ganguly, Shawn Greenlee, and Ijlal Muzaffar. Each was hired after  meticulous review by search committees that received a wealth of applications from talented and worthy scholars and artists.

Avishek Ganguly will join the full-time faculty of the English Department this fall.  Avishek received his BA from the University of Calcutta, an MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a MA from Columbia University, an MPhil and PhD from Columbia University. His dissertation, “’Translation as Dramatic Strategy: Staging Collectivity in World Theater since the 1960s’, looked at plays and non-fiction prose from Ireland, Nigeria, England and India to “demonstrate how translation can function as a political instrument almost invariably emerging as alternative configurations of collectivity in the texts studied.” Avishek is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from Columbia University.  He has published on contemporary urban music in India and his essay ‘Politics and Periodicals in the 1960s: Readings around the Naxalite Movement’ is forthcoming in “1968 and the Third World,” eds Samantha Christiansen and Zachary Scarlett, Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books. Before joining RISD’s English Department Avishek taught at Bryant University, Columbia University, Columbia School of Law, and the University of Delhi. His work has been presented at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Pennsylvania State University, Oxford University and at professional conferences in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Chicago, IL and Palermo, Italy.

Shawn Greenlee will join the full-time faculty of Foundation Studies this fall. Shawn graduated from RISD with a BFA in Printmaking in 1996: he received his MA for Computer Music and Multimedia Composition from Brown University in 2003 and his PhD in Computer Music and New Media from Brown University in 2008. He has taught in the Printmaking Department at RISD since 2007/08 but has also taught at Quinnipiac University, Wheaton College, and Brown University. Shawn’s creative work has been commissioned by the Rhode Island NASA Space Grant Consortium, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Performa Biennial at Deitch Studio, the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University. Shawn has been invited to speak, perform, and participate in discussions around the world from the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He is the sound designer for recent re-performances of Allan Kaprow’s 1959 work “18 Happenings in 6 Parts,” which received the the International Association of Art Critics “Best Performance Award for 2007/08.”  Shawn was recognized at Brown University with the Weston Prize for Excellence in Music Composition in 2006. His work has been published in the proceedings of the SIGGRAPH 2003 and 2005 conferences. To read more/see and hear more about Shawn http://shawngreenlee.com

Ijlal Muzafar will join the full-time faculty of the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture in the Fall of 2010. Ijlal holds a B.Sc in Science and Mathematics from the University of Punjab; a BSD from Arizona State University; a M.Arch from Princeton University; and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include the history of globalization and Third World development; the history and theory of modern architecture, urbanism, and landscape; history of Non-Western Architecture; and post-colonial criticism. One of the new courses he has developed for RISD, “Global Cities of the Futures Past”, will help illuminate the agency of war, trade, and culture in a history of globalization almost as long as recorded history. Before joining RISD Ijlal taught at Indiana University in the Department of the History of Art and the Center for the Study of Global Change and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. He is the recipient of a Carter Manny Trustees’ Merit Award from the Graham Foundation and of various research awards and fellowships from MIT.  He has been invited to speak at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has two forthcoming publications: “The Void at the Center: Self-help Architecture and Core Housing of Charles Abrams and Otto Koenigsberger,” in Aggregate: Architecture and Governmentality, A. Dutta, T. Hyde, and D. Abramson, eds., and “Planning as Contingency: Joint Center of Urban Studies at Harvard and MIT and the Designing of Ciudad Guayana, 1959-1964,” in CounterModernisms: Architecture and MIT in the PostWar, A. Dutta ed.