Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars come to NYU Performance Studies from all over the world to conduct independent research with our faculty members. During their residencies, visiting scholars give informal talks on their research, audit graduate courses, and meet with faculty to receive feedback on their research. If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar with the department, please visit the following link for more information. Please note that space is limited and we can only host up to six scholars a year. 

2019-2020 Visiting Scholars

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Katia Maciel

Katia Maciel is a Full professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She holds a PhD in Brazilian cinema and a Post-PhD on film installation. She works and researches at the intersection of art, cinema and poetry always in relation to a performing body. She is the author of Poet, Hero and Idiot: The cinema thinking in Brazil (2000) and editor of Cinema Yes (2008), Transcinemas (2009) and co-editor of Poetry and Video Art (2013), among others. She also published four books of poetry, the last one is entitled Planting, launched in 2019. She teaches courses on Brazilian contemporary art and poetry-performances. Her films, installations and performances were exhibited in museums and galleries in many countries. She was awarded prizes such as Sérgio Motta, Rumos Itaucultural, Funarte and Oi Futuro.



Noam Segal is an independent curator and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice is focused on curating, contextualizing, and producing new media and performance works. She holds a Ph.D in hermeneutics and culture studies and MA in philosophy and political science. Most recently, Segal has worked with Pope. L, Neil Beloufa, Hayley Aviva Silverman and Jesper Just. Segal has collaborated with international art institutions such as Palais de Tokyo (Paris); Performa NYC; BAM (Brooklyn, NY); the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago); Tel Aviv Museum of Art; MoCo Contemporain (Montpellier); Castello di Rivoli (Turin); Kunstverein Nürnberg; Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); CCA (Tel Aviv); among others. She is currently the curator of the 2020 Aurora Biennial in Dallas, Texas. Segal is a faculty member at SVA Curatorial Practice department, NYC, a visiting faculty member at the MFA Program of Virginia Commonwealth University, in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. She served as Associate Director and Senior Faculty Member at Bezalel Academy, in both the Curatorial Studies and MFA programs.


Justyna Wierzchowska

Justyna Wierzchowska is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She holds a MA degree in American Studies and Philosophy, and a PhD in American Studies. She combines psychoanalysis and affect theory to explore the relational and affective dimensions of subjectivity that are manifested in contemporary European and American visual art and culture. She is the author of The Absolute and the Cold War: Discourses of Abstract Expressionism (2011), co-editor of In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity (2012) and of the special issue On Uses of Black Camp (2018). She also authors numerous academic articles published in Poland and abroad that focus on the manifestations of the mothering function in contemporary visual art. She teaches courses in philosophy, American art history, art theory, feminist art, and cultural studies. She translates into Polish American modern fiction and art-related books.

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