Eduardo Cadava

Eduardo Cadava, Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS.


Eduardo Cadava is a contemporary critic and theorist specializing in American literature and culture, comparative literature, media technologies and theory, political theory, and translation theory. He is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS and a professor at Princeton University, where he is a member of the Department of English and an Associate Member of the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the School of Architecture, the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. He also serves on the Executive Committees of the Program in Media and Modernity, the Program in European Cultural Studies, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Program in Jazz Studies. He is a faculty member in the summer program at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee and he has been the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor in Architecture at Cooper Union. He was the Head of Wilson College from 2009 – 2017, and the curator of the Wilson College Signature Lecture Series (2009-2017) and Chair of the Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture Committee (2008-2016). He has written extensively on literature, philosophy, photography, architecture, music, democracy, war, memory and forgetting, race and slavery, human rights and citizenship, and the ethics of decision. He is the author of Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (Princeton UP), Emerson and the Climates of History (Stanford UP), and, with Fazal Sheikh, of Fazal Sheikh: Portraits (Steidl)He also has co-edited Who Comes After the Subject? (Routledge), Cities Without Citizens (The Slought Foundation and the Rosenbach Museum), a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly entitled And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights (Duke UP), and The Itinerant Languages of Photography (Princeton University Art Museum and Yale UP). He has co-curated installations and exhibitions at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Al-Ma’mal Center for Contemporary Art in East Jerusalem, and the Princeton University Art Museum, and he has co-produced and co-edited a DVD entitled Unpacking Derrida's Library (Slought Foundation and PIIRS), with recorded remarks by Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, Hent de Vries, Avital Ronell, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Samuel Weber. He has translated several works by Jacques Derrida, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, and Maurice Blanchot, and recently has introduced and co-translated Nadar's memoirs, Quand j'étais photographe, which appeared with MIT Press in 2015. A collection of his essays on photography appeared in Spanish under the title La imagen en ruinas in Santiago, Chile in 2015, and his book Paper Graveyards: Essays on Art and Photography is forthcoming from Princeton University Press. He is presently working on a collection of essays on the ethics and politics of mourning entitled Of Mourning and Politics, and a small book on the relation between music and techniques of reproduction, memorization, and writing entitled Music on Bones. He is also co-directing, with Eyal Weizman, a multiyear project on the relation between political conflict and climate change entitled Conflict Shorelines that includes field work in Amazonia, the Negev desert, and the Arctic.