“Pasolini’s Heretical Aesthetics: Art History À Rebours,” Eikones - Zentrum für die Theorie und
Geschichte des Bildes, University of Basel, May 2019.
“Parajanov and Modernism,” Symposium on Sergei Parajanov,Transnational Media Arts and Cultures/Film
and Moving Image Studies, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Sept. 21, 2018
“The End of the Avant-Garde,” Pasolini Roundtable, Discussion of three new books with their authors: Davide
Luglio (Sorbonne), Ara Merjian (NYU), and Gian Maria Annovi (USC). In conversation with: Alessandro Giammei (Princeton), Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers) and Rhiannon Welch (Rutgers), Rutgers University, Weds. April 4.
“At the Same Time: Toward and Ethics and Aesthetics of (In)Visibility,” Rhode Island School of Design,
Department of Art History, “Conversations on Contemporary Art: RISD Graduate Commons Speaker Series,” April 9, 2018.
“At the Same Time: Toward and Ethics and Aesthetics of (In)Visibility,” Carleton University, Ottawa,
Canada, March 2, 2018.
“Italian Futurism and the Design of the Modern Object,” Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty,
Villanova Italian Symposium, Villanova University, April 5, 2018
“Heretical Aesthetics: Pasolini and Contemporary Art,” Rutgers University, Department of Italian, April 4,
“The Expanded Topography of Pasolini's Third World between Africa and America,”
The Geopolitics of Italian Cinema: Expanding Postcolonial Approaches, Concordia University, Canada, Oct. 27-28, 2017.
“At the Same Time: Toward and Ethics and Aesthetics of (In)Visibility,” Visual Culture in and out of Crisis,
two-day International Symposium, Rutgers University, Oct. 19-20, 2017.
“The Written Language of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Performance Art, and the Neocapitalist 1970s,”
Program in Italian Studies, Princeton University, May 2, 2017.
“De Chirico’s Willful Claustrophilia,” Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York, April 26, 2017.
“The Insensitive Chaos of Objects: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arte Povera, and Paleo-
aesthetics,” Middlebury College, Department of Art History, October 7, 2016.
“Silence and Space from Hammershoi to de Chirico,” Symposium on Vilhelm Hammershoi and
The Silent Uncanny, Scandinavia House, New York City, February 20, 2016.
“Pasolini’s Pop,” Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna, Italy, Nov. 24, 2015.
“A Wider Circle of Humanity?: Antonio Gramsci, the Armenian Genocide, and Cultural
Activism in Italy, 1916,” Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, Columbia
University March 27, 2015.
“Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Problem of Abstraction,” Rome Revisited: Rethinking Narratives
in the Arts, 1948–1964, Terra Foundation Research Seminar, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, March 11-12, 2015.
“Circa 1914: The Parisian Avant-Garde in the Wake of the Great War,” with responses by
Gordon Hughes and Romy Golan, Maison Française, NYU, January 29, 2015.
“Giorgio de Chirico’s Scene of the Crime,” Cambridge University, Pembroke College, Department of
Italian, October 16, 2014.
“De Chirico’s Willful Claustrophilia,” University College, Department of Art History, London, October 15,
“De Chirico’s Willful Claustrophilia,” University of Chicago, Department of Art History, October 2, 2014.
“Painting in Chains: Giorgio de Chirico’s Nietzschean Interiors,” University of California,
Berkeley, Department of History of Art, May 5, 2014.
“Pasolini’s Teorema: An Introduction,” Pasolini Retrospective, Museum of Modern Art, New York, January 3,
“On Michelangelo Antonioni’s N.U. [Nettezza Urbana],” in dialogue with David Forgacs, Antonioni, 1912-
2012: An International Conference, NYU, Casa Zerilli Marimò, March 30, 2012.
“Toward a Theory of Free and Indirect Painting,” Rewald seminars, Department of Art History, CUNY
Graduate Center, March 6, 2012.
“The Metaphysical City,” Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture,
November 14, 2011.
“At the Foot of the Stars : Joseph Stella’s New York Future,” Joseph Stella’s Futurism between Italy and
the U.S., Newark Art Museum, November 10, 2011.
“Pasolini’s Body in Theory and Practice,” Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice,
Yale University, November 1-3, 2011.
“Apostles of Mud: Pasolini’s Realism between Neorealism and Neo-Avant-Garde,” Realism is a Flower,
GAM/Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, May 10, 2011.
“Dialectics at a Standstill,” Toward and Since the Second Republic, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofía, Madrid, March 2011.
“Guston’s Italian Badness,” Philip Guston: The Late Work, American Academy in Rome, May 24-25, 2010.
“Guile and Tyrrany,” Surrealism and Non-Normative Sexualities, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
at Harvard University, July 22-25, 2009.
“‘Nulle sine narratione ars’: Giorgio de Chirico and the Writing of Modernism,” The Cortona Forum on
Art History Methodology, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/École Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Harvard University, Palazzone, Cortona, Italy, May 20-23, 2009.
“Between Matter and Make-believe: The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe,” MIT, Department of
History, Fall Lecture Series, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, December 2, 2008.
“To Mediterraneanize Painting: Giorgio de Chirico, Nietzsche, and ‘The South at Any Cost,’” The
Mediterranean: Poetics and Politics 1860-1960 / Das Mittelmeer: Poetik und Politik eines Raumes
1860-1960, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, July 3-5, 2008.