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Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow in History - Class of Spring 2020


Tom Conley is the Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor at Harvard University, where he focuses on relations of space and writing in literature, cartography, and cinema. Conley completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after prior studies at Lawrence University, Columbia University, and the Sorbonne. His many books include Film Hieroglyphs (Minnesota, 1991, new edition 2006), The Graphic Unconscious in Early Modern Writing (Cambridge, 1992), The Self-Made Map: Cartographic Writing in Early Modern France (Minnesota, 1996, new edition 2010), An Errant Eye: Topography and Poetry in Early Modern France (Minnesota, 2011), and À fleur de page: Voir et lire le texte de la Renaissance (Garnier, 2015). Conley has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, L’Ecole de Chartes, and L’Ecole en Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, among other institutions. He has held fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Guggenheim Foundation. In December 2011, the Université Blaise-Pascal awarded Conley an honorary doctorate; in 2014, former students Bernd Renner and Phillip Usher co-edited a Festschrift of thirty essays, Illustrations conscientes: Mélanges en honneur de Tom Conley (Éditions Classiques Garnier).

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