Pavel Novak,
Pavel Novak, "Golem"

My primary field of expertise is modern European intellectual history, with subsidiary interests in the history of technology, environment, globalisms, religious thought, political thought, political economy, animality, the emotions, and movements for social action. I’ve taught at Reed College since 2005. From 2002-2005 I taught at the University of Chicago, where I was a member of the Society of Fellows. During a year at the Stanford Humanities Center, I began work on some new research projects: one on the history of the notion of the Whole Earth, and one on the theme of organisms and artifacts in recent intellectual history. This year I am teaching a sequence of courses on the theme of "Whole Earths, Globalizations, World Pictures."  A prior version of that sequence produced some interesting student exhibits. I will also be teaching a sequence of courses in modern European humanities, from the Enlightenment to the present.