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“Leyendo ahora: Legibilidad e historicidad en Walter Benjamin” por Ronald Mendoza de Jesús

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Ronald Mendoza de Jesús
Education
Ph.D. 
Emory University (expected graduation date: May 2014)
Department of Comparative Literature
Fields of Specialization:
Contemporary German and French Thought
Political and Literary Theory
Latin American Literature (“Modernismo” and “Vanguardias”)
Spanish and French Caribbean Literature

B.A. 
Boston College (cum laude: May 2008)
Major: Philosophy / Minor: Psychoanalytic Studies 
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (2003-2005)
Major: Philosophy / Major: Secondary Education (Spanish/Music) 

Honors and Awards
• Fellowship recipient, Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grant (2012-2013)
• Supplementary Training Fellowship recipient, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University (2011)
• Fellowship recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers (2011)
• Waitlisted, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2010)
• Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2010)
• Supplementary Training Fellowship recipient, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University (2009)
• Woodruff Fellowship, James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University (2008)
• Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2008)
• Award Winning Presenter, Second Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boston College (2008)
• Invitation to the Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College (2007)
• Sr. Thea Bowman AHANA Scholar, Boston College (2006-2008)
• McNair Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Boston College (2006-2008)
• Golden Key International Honor Society, Boston College (2006)
• Advanced Study Grant Fellowship recipient, University Fellowships Committee, Boston College (2006)
• Dean’s List, Boston College (2006)
• National Dean’s List (2005)
• Dean’s List, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (2003-2005) 
• Honors Program, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (2003-2005)
• Leadership Award, University of Puerto Rico (2003)

Publications
• “Para leer el peligro en la historia de Walter Benjamin: Sobre la imagen dialéctica.” Walter Benjamin aquí y ahora. Ed. María Mercedes Andrade. Bogotá: Editorial Universidad de los Andes, forthcoming.

• “Being, Sovereignty, Unconditionality: Heidegger’s Walten in Derrida’s La bête et le souverain II.” Mosaic 44.3 (September 2011): 99-113.

• Lacoste, Jean-Yves. “The Phenomenality of Anticipation.” trans. Neal Deroo and Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús. Phenomenology and Eschatology: Not Yet in the Now. Ed. Neal Deroo and John Panteleimon Manoussakis. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

• “An Uncanny Encounter: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida at the Crossroads of Truth.” Dialogue: the Undergraduate Essay Journal of Boston College. 2.1 (Spring 2008): 82-87.

• Articles on Puerto Rican politics for La opinión del sur, a regional newspaper published in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico:

“Reflexiones desde afuera: la secuela de las primarias” La Opinión del Sur 11 March 2008.
“Reflexiones desde afuera: las primarias.” La Opinión del Sur 4 March 2008.
“Reflexiones desde afuera: el comienzo.” La Opinión del Sur 26 February 2008.
“La primera batalla.” La Opinión del Sur 23 February 2005.
“Volviendo a ser pueblo II.” La Opinión del Sur 2 February 2005.
“Volviendo a ser pueblo.” La Opinión del Sur 19 January 2005.
“El status tiene que estar en ‘issue.’” La Opinión del Sur 12 January 2005.
“Triunfo de la verdad.” La Opinión del Sur 22 December 2004. 
“Llegó la hora.” La Opinión del Sur 1 December 2004.
“Discerniendo voluntades.” La Opinión del Sur 24 November 2004. 
“Las lecciones de las elecciones.” La Opinión del Sur 10 November 2004.
“Cita con la historia.” La Opinión del Sur 27 October 2004.
“A cuatro semanas de las elecciones.” La Opinión del Sur 6 October 2004.

Presentations

• “Dangerous Bearings: Time, Opacity, and Redemption in the Dialectical Image”
“Collapse/Catastrophe/Change:” 2012 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
Seminar: “Perpetual Passing Away: History as Eternal Catastrophe in Walter Benjamin”
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (March 29-April1, 2012)

• Response to Kevin Newmark’s “The Unspeakable Secret: Traumtic Blanks in the Testimony of Maurice Blanchot”
“After the Unthinkable: Trauma, Nachträglichkeit, Coming to Terms”
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (March 22-24, 2012)

• Response to Kalpana Seshadri’s “Colonial Trauma and Literary Silence”
“After the Unthinkable: Trauma, Nachträglichkeit, Coming to Terms”
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (March 22-24, 2012)

• “The Fragility of Distinction: Unconditionality and the Hyper-Violence of Exposure”
Derrida-Konferenz 
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (March 14-16, 2012)

• “Para leer el ‘peligro’ en la historia de Walter Benjamin: Sobre la imagen dialéctica”
Simposio Internacional: “Walter Benjamin aquí y ahora”
Universidad de los Andes and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 
Bogotá, Colombia (October 6-7, 2011)

• “Immemorial Dangers: of the Dialectical Image”
“Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings: The Arcades Project, Commodity Culture, Historiography”
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers
University of California, Irvine, California (July 5, 2011)

• “The Time of Archeology and the Event of Power: Agamben’s Debt to Foucault”
“World Literature, Comparative Literature:” 2011 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting 
Seminar: “Foucault and Agamben: Comparison, Interpretation, Contradiction”
Vancouver, Canada (March 31-April 3, 2011)

• “Immemorial Dangers: of the Dialectical Image” 
“The Task of the Critic:” Twenty-Second Annual Graduate Student Conference in Germanic Languages and Literatures
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (March 25-26, 2011)

• “Des-mitificaciones en crisis: El lugar de la ironía en Maldito amor y otros cuentos de Rosario Ferré”
Guest Speaker, “Contemporary Latin American Fiction: New Paradigms”
Graduate Seminar, Professor Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat 
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (February 3, 2011)

• “Opacity and the Arts of Subtly Resisting: Giannina Braschi’s Yo-Yo Boing!”
“Queer Worlds, Global Positions:” Second Annual Studies in Sexuality Conference Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (January 20-21, 2011)

• “Being, Sovereignty, Unconditionality: Heidegger’s Walten in Derrida’s La bête et le souverain II”
“Freud After Derrida:” An International Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada (October 6-9, 2010)

• “The Disfiguration of the ‘Bios’ in Biopolitics and the Survivability of the Corpse: Sophocles’ Antigone”
“Creoles, Diasporas, Cosmopolitanisms:” 2010 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting
Seminar: “Politics and the Corpse” 
New Orleans, Louisiana (April 1-4, 2010)

• “Shelley’s ‘Mutability’ or the Figuration of Potentiality”
Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Colloquium
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (February 5, 2010)

• “Force and Form of Law in Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’”
“Thinking the Enemy:” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (September 25, 2009)

• “The Colloquium, The ‘Form of Democracy,’ The Event: a Reading of Derrida’s ‘The Ends of Man’”
“1968-2008: An Event:” Institute for the Liberal Arts Colloquium
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (November 1, 2008)

• “An Uncanny Encounter: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida at the Crossroads of Truth” 
Third Annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference,
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (April 19, 2008) 

• “An Uncanny Encounter: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida at the Crossroads of Truth” 
Second Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium,
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (February 1, 2008) 
• “An Uncanny Encounter: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida at the Crossroads of Truth” 
Fourth Ronald E. McNair Program Research Symposium,
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (August 1, 2007)

• “In Preparation for an Untimely Encounter: Lacan ◊ Derrida” 
First Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium, 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (February 2, 2007) 

Research Projects and Educational Experiences

• Co-Chair, “Comparative Caribbeans” Reading Group
Emory University, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Interdisciplinary Research Seminars
Atlanta, Georgia (September 22- October 21, 2011)

• Intensive Intermediate German Course
Sprachlehrinstitut, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany (August 8-31, 2011)

• Participant, Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings: The Arcades Project, Commodity Culture, Historiography
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers
Moderator: Professor Alexander Gelley, University of California at Irvine’s Department of Comparative Literature
Irvine, California (June 20-July 22, 2011)

• Participant, The Caribbean and the Environment
Emory University, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry Interdisciplinary Research Seminars
Moderator: Professor Valérie Loichot, Emory University’s Department of French and Italian 
Atlanta, Georgia (January 28-April 22, 2011)

• Translation Workshop, Jacques Derrida’s unpublished seminar Pardon-parjure: La peine de mort I / Pardon-Perjury: The Death Penalty I (1999-2000)
Derrida’s Seminars Translation Workshop
l’Institut Mémoire de l’édition contemporaine
Caen, France (July 5-10, 2010)

• German for Reading Knowledge Intensive Language Course
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (May 18-June 25, 2010)

• Translation Workshop, Jacques Derrida’s unpublished seminar La bête et le souverain II / The Beast and the Sovereign II (2002-2003)
Derrida’s Seminars Translation Workshop
l’Institut Mémoire de l’édition contemporaine
Caen, France (July 6-11, 2009) 

• Intensive Advanced French Course
l’Alliance française de Rouen
Rouen, France (June 29-July 3, 2009 / July 13-August 7, 2009)

• Senior Thesis: “Material Blanks: de Man’s reading of the ‘Analytic of the Sublime’ 
in ‘Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant’”
Advisor: Professor Kevin Newmark, Boston College’s Romance Languages Department
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (September 10, 2007-April 15, 2008)

• Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Summer Research Program, Boston College
Research Project: “An Uncanny Encounter: Poe, Lacan, and Derrida at the Crossroads of Truth” 
Advisor: Professor Kevin Newmark, Boston College’s Romance Languages Department
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (June 8-August 3, 2007)

• Advanced Study Grant Fellowship, Boston College
Research Project: “The Names-of-the-Father: Lacan and Politics”
Escuela de la Orientación Lacaniana 
Buenos Aires, Argentina (July 30-August 30, 2006)

• Intensive Intermediate French Course 
Boston College Study Abroad Program
Paris, France (May 22-June 23, 2006)

Work Experience

• Teaching Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University (2008 - present)

Courses Taught:
CPLT 203-000: Literatures Beyond the Canon 
Section title: A Sea of History: Writing the Caribbean
College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University (Spring 2011)

CPLT 110-001: Introduction to Literary Studies Section title: Kings on Stage: Literature and Politics
College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University (Fall 2009)

• Undergraduate Research Assistant
Professor Richard Kearney 
Department of Philosophy, Boston College (January 15-May 20, 2008)

• Undergraduate Research Assistant
Professor Kathy Lee 
Department of Romance Languages, Boston College (January 18-May 20, 2006)

• Undergraduate Research Assistant
Professor Paul Schervish and Senior Associate Director John Havens 
Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, Boston College (September 30, 2005-May 15, 2006)

• Reading Tutor 
America Reads 
Americorps, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (January 10-May 15, 2005)

Professional Development and Community Service Experiences

• Assistant, Professor Andrew Mitchell (Emory - Department of Philosophy)

Event Planned:
“The 46th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle”
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (May 4-6, 2012)

• Co-Chair, Graduate Conference Committee 
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (2009-2011) 

Event Planned:
“Comparative Caribbeans:” an Interdisciplinary Conference
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (November 3-5, 2011)

• Graduate Coordinator, Undergraduate Theory Reading Group
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (2011)

• Graduate Coordinator, Coffee and Chocolate Hours
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University 
Atlanta, Georgia (2010)

• Co-Chair, Graduate Speakers’ Committee
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (2009-2010) 

Events Planned:
Lecture: “Who Needs Poetry: Baudelaire, Benjamin and the Modernity of ‘Le Cygne’”

Seminar: “The Prose in Baudelaire’s Poetry”
Professor Kevin Newmark
Boston College’s Romance Languages Department 
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University 
Atlanta, Georgia (November 12-13, 2009)

• Participant, Community Dialogues 
Transforming Community Project, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (September 8-December 8, 2009)

• Volunteer, Graduate Conference Committee
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (2009)

• Participant, Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO)
Laney Graduate School, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (August 19-21 2009)

• Volunteer, Graduate Speakers’ Committee
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia (2008-2009)

Languages
Spanish: Native
English: Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing
French: Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing 
German: Advanced-level proficiency in reading and speaking; Intermediate-level proficiency in writing
Teacher: 
Ronald Mendoza
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