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  • Chen Bar Itzhak

    Chen Bar Itzhak

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Taube Center for Jewish Studies

    BioChen Bar-Itzhak is a postdoctoral researcher in Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature. She is interested in the literary representations of cities and in the ways in which urban space interacts with language, memory and ideology in literary texts. Her forthcoming book, based on her prize-winning dissertation, develops a new theoretical model for the study of literary cities, and explores the city of Haifa in the Israeli literary imagination through a study of over 50 works of fiction. Her other published/forthcoming works address the complex relations between space, memory, language and ideology in Israeli literature and culture, the contact zones between Hebrew and Arabic fiction, and theoretical issues in world literature.
    She is currently working on a book-length study on Retrotopia in contemporary Israeli culture. This project analyzes expressions of nostalgia for the British Mandate in literature, theater, street art, exhibitions and online groups. The project asks why these nostalgic narratives emerge at this specific socio-historical moment, examines different forms of nostalgic narratives and highlights the critical potential of nostalgia.
    Chen is also the executive editor of Stanford's Dibur Literary Journal and a board member of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS). Before coming to Stanford she was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the University of Oxford.

  • Constantin Basica

    Constantin Basica

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Music

    BioConstantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His portfolio includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, and video. His works have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists and ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Liminar, ELISION Ensemble, Distractfold, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, kallisti, RAGE Thormbones, line upon line, Retro Disco, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Séverine Ballon, Tony Arnold, Karen Bentley Pollick, and Olga Berar. Among the festivals and conferences that have featured his works are the MATA Festival (NY), Currents New Media Festival (NM), the International Week of New Music (RO), InnerSound New Arts Festival (RO), the International Festival for Video Art and Visual Music (MX), Aveiro Síntese Biennale for Electroacoustic Music (PT), Eureka! Musical Minds of California (CA), the 2017 and 2018 International Computer Music Conference (CN and KR) and the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Conference (DE). He received the ICMA Award for Best Submission from Europe at the 42nd ICMC in Shanghai (CN).

    Constantin earned a DMA in Composition at Stanford University under the guidance of Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum, and Erik Ulman. His previous mentors were Georg Hajdu, Manfred Stahnke, Fredrik Schwenk, and Peter Michael Hamel during his MA and Erasmus Scholarship at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre (DE), as well as Dan Dediu, Nicolae Coman, Doina Rotaru, and Bogdan Voda during his BA studies in Composition and Conducting at the National University of Music Bucharest (RO).

    As an educator, Constantin has taught and conducted workshops at Stanford University, Escuela Superior de Música in Mexico City (MX), the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Summer School in Hamburg (DE), the George Enescu National College of Music and the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative and Creative Technologies (CINETic) in Bucharest (RO).He is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Applebaum Memorial Prize and the 2015 Chair’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Music at Stanford University.