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Mellon Junior Fellow in Humanities, Urbanism and Design (2015-16) University of Pennsylvania

Christina Svendsen is a Mellon Junior Fellow in the Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. She also co-directs “Rethinking Translation,” a Mahindra Humanities Center seminar at Harvard University that is currently collaborating with Peter Waterhouse’s Versatorium and Akademie der Lesende Künste in Vienna. She is the translator of two works never before published in English: architect Paul Scheerbart’s Lesabéndio: an Asteroid Novel (2012) and surrealist Unica Zürn’s The Trumpets of Jericho (2015). She has also published articles on modernist intersections of literature, philosophy, architecture, and urbanism inMosaic and the Woolf Studies Annual, among others. She has taught courses of her own at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and Tufts Experimental College. Her research interests include modernist literature, architectural and critical theory, and new materialisms. Currently, she is revising a book manuscript titled Stone, Steel, Glass: Architectures of Time in European Modernity. Her newest project is a conceptual history of transparency and virtual space, tentatively titled Aesthetics of Transparency: Glass Culture as Threat and Desire.