Cécile Guédon is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Harvard University, Department of Comparative Literature (July 2015-June 2018).
Cécile was previously a post-doctoral Research Associate at the Romance Languages and Literatures /Visual and Environmental Studies Departments at Harvard University (August 2014-June 2015).
Cécile was previously a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Intermediality at the University of Groningen (Sept. 2012-July 2014). She was awarded her PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies in July 2014 (London Consortium, Birkbeck College, under the supervision of Daniel Albright, Harvard University and Steven Connor, Cambridge University). Prior to this, she has completed an M.A. ès Lettres Modernes (Nanterre-Paris X, 2004, Very High Hons) followed by a DEA in Comparative Literature (La Sorbonne-Paris-IV, 2005, Very High Hons) and an M.A. in European Culture on a Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission (UCL, London, 2007, Distinction).
Her doctoral dissertation is mainly concerned with modernist aesthetics, the notion of gesture and the phenomenon of abstraction across the arts. She has published papers for journals such as the 'International Journal for the Humanities' (2007), 'Quaderni di Synapsis' (2008), 'Static' (2009), and a number of entries in the 'Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism' (2013). Various chapters in edited volumes are forthcoming in 2016 (Routledge, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, de Gruyter). Her monograph 'Abstraction in Motion: A Choreographic Approach to Modernism' is currently under review (2015).
During the academic year 2009-2010, she has held a Visiting Scholar position at the CRAL (EHESS, Paris) under Georges Didi-Huberman’s supervision; she has then collaborated in 2010-2011 with the International Research Training Group Interart at the Institut für Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft (FU, Berlin) under the supervision of Gabriele Brandstetter–on a DAAD Research Scholarship.
Between 2007 and 2015, she has presented papers at some 35 conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe; among other prizes she has received three awards for the best paper delivered by a post-graduate student (Harvard, ACLA, 2009; Stanford, SDHS, 2009; Berlin Academy for the Arts and Sciences, 2010).
She is member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal Evental Aesthetics (UCLA/University of Southern California).