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Ramona Naddaff

PhD, Boston University
Associate Professor
7414 Dwinelle Hall
Research Interests
Ancient Greek Philosophy and Culture
Ancient Greek Rhetoric and Poetics
History of Philosophy
Theory of Literary Censorship
Theory of the Novel


Ramona Naddaff is currently working on a book provisionally entitled A Writers' Trials:  On the Writing, Editing and Censorship of Madame Bovary.  This research project continues her thinking on the topic of literary censorship begun in Exiling the Poets:  The Production of Censorship in Plato's Republic (University of Chicago, 2003).  She is the author of articles on, among other topics, Greek philosophy and literature, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, theory and practice of translation.  She has lectured on and is now writing essays on the censorship trial of Jean-Jacques Pauvert, the editor of the complete works of Sade; Plato's theories of lying in the Hippias Minor and the Republic; and the use of music torture during the Iraq war. For the 2012 MLA she has organized a panel  "On  War:  Ancient and Modern Perspectives" and  will also give a talk on "Plato and the Modern Acoustics of Torture."   A co-director and editor of Zone Books, Naddaff is responsible for publishing titles in philosophy, history, anthropology, political theory and history of science.  She is also the series editor of the multi-volume anthology Postwar French Though (The New Press, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2011).  From 2008-2011, Naddaff was director of the Project on Interdisciplinary Innovation at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities (University of California, Berkeley).  In 2011, Naddaff received the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association for Excellence in Teaching Award.  Her awards also include the Humanities Research Fellowship (2012); Mellon Research Grant (2007-2012); the ACLS(2004-5).  She currently serves as a faculty representative on the Committee on Research (University of California, Berkeley) and the University of California Research Council (University of California, Irvine). 


“No Second Troy” in Logos and Muthos, edited by William Wians (Albany: SUNY Press, 2009).
“Forget the ‘For’ and ‘Against’ (for the Moment), ” in Oser construire: Pour Francois Jullien, edited by Pierre Chartier (Paris: Empecheurs de penser en rond, 2008).
“Le social Science Translation Project,” Agenda de la pensée contemporaine,” Autumn 2007, no. 8, pp. 151-160.
“Confronting the Frugal Editors: The Revue de Paris’ Madame Bovary,” Law, Culture and the Humanities, 2007, no.3, pp. 266-92.
“Zone de traduction, Zone de guerre,” Agenda de la pensée contemporaine, autumn 2006, no. 5, pp.63-72.
“A Superior Disorder: Writing, Editing, and Censoring Madame Bovary” in Between Terror and Freedom: Politics, Philosophy and Fiction Speak of Modernity, edited by F. Dolan and S. Goa (Maryland: Lexington Press, 2006), pp.321-360.
“Social Science Translation Guidelines,” co-author. www. acls. Org., 2006.
Exiling the Poets: The Production of Censorship in Plato’s Republic (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, February 2003).
“No Second Troy: Imagining Helen in Greek Antiquity,”, January 15, February 3 and February 17, 2003.
“Myth, Errors and Dreams: The Return of Plato,” Classical Philology, vol. 96, no. 2, April 2001, pp. 173-87.
Series Editor, A History of French Thought Since 1945, vols. 1 (History), 2 (Literary Criticism),  3(Classics), 4 (Philosophy). New York: The New Press, May 1996, 1999, 2001, 2011.
Series Editor, Zone Readers, New York: Zone Books. The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France, edited by Michel Feher (1997); The Decadent Reader, edited by Astrid Hustvedt (1998). Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Zone, vols. 3-5, edited with Michel Feher and Nadia Tazi, New York: Zone Books, 1989.

Creative Works:

"Ancient Greece and Democracy," permanent fresco with original texts from ancient Greek poets and philosophers in Lisbon, Portugal Metro Station, in collaboration with Françoise Schein, January 1995.
"It was a Deception: It Felt Like Home,” sculptural installation on multiculturalism and immigration at The New Museum, New York, in collaboration with Lorna Simpson, Fall 1993.
From Paris to Paris in Les Paris/Paris, Paris: Paris Tête d'Affiche, 1991; fifteen page prose poem on travel through the American cities named "Paris."
"A Short History of Beirut in the Twentieth Century," co-author with Carol Squiers, in Zone, vols. 1-2, pp. 368-422 (New York: Zone Books, 1986).



Selected Lectures

“Acoustical Pain and Suffering: Music as Torture,” Virreina Centre de la Image, Barcelona, Spain, Musica I Tortura Conference, June 17-18, 2010.
“Interdisciplinary Innovation,” Introduction to Project for Interdisciplinary Innovation, Doreen B. Townsend Humanities Center, Berkeley, March 18, 2010.
“Voluntary Inspiration? A Reading of the Hippias Minor,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, New York, October 17, 2009.
“No Blood, No Foul: The Uses of Music Torture,” Thinking/Hearing Conference, University of Texas, Austin, October 2-4, 2009.
“Erudite Curiosity: Censoring and Canonizing the Trial of Jean-Jacques Pauvert,” paper for panel on “Word, Image and Censorship, International Association of Word and Image, Paris, France, July 7, 2008.
Moderator, Panel with Catherine Gallagher and Salim Tamari, “America and Its Wars,” University of California, Berkeley, April 13, 2007.
“The Uses of Poetry: Literary Censorship and the ‘Myth of Er’ in Plato’s Republic,” panel on “Philosophical Interpretations of Poetry,” Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, Fordham University, October 14-16, 2005.
“Translation in the Social Sciences,” ACLS Roundtable in the Social Sciences Translation Project, Monterey, CA, March 2005.
“Writing Criticism,” participant on panel for Avenali Lecturer, Joan Acocella, chaired by Anthony Cascardi, Consortium for the Arts and Arts Research, February 25, 2005.
“Confronting the Frugal Editors: The Revue de Paris’ Madame Bovary,” panel on “The Ancient Quarrel and the Modern,” organized with Joseph Tomain, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, March 11-12, 2005.
“Editing, Publishing and Reviewing Social Science Translations,” Moderator, ACLS Roundtable in the Social Sciences Translation Project, New York, October 2004.
“Keywords for Translation in the Social Sciences,” ACLS roundtable in Social Sciences Translation Project, Moscow, July 2004.


Selected Awards

  • 2012, Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, for book project, A Writers' Trials.
  • 2011, Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Spring 2010 Co-Convener, Strategic Working Group, “Old Things: Classical Studies and Contemporary Humanities,” Doreen B. Townsend Humanities Center, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Fall 2007-Fall 2011 Mellon Research Grant. University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2004-2005 ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow.
  • Fall 2003-2007 Faculty Research Grant, Research Assistant Grant. University of
    California, Berkeley.  
  • Spring 2003 CNRS-Berkeley Exchange Fellowship, two-month research trip
    in Paris France for study of the censorship trial of Madame Bovary.
    Member of the Equipe Flaubert, Institut des textes et manuscrits
    modernes at the C.N.R.S. in Paris.
    Fall 2002 Research Grant, Hellman Family Fund, for research on censorship
    and the novel.
    September 7-14,
    2001 Visiting Scholar, The Aspen Institute.