Hello!

I’m a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and a former visiting graduate student at the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

I've recently started a Transformation of the Human Researcher position at the Berggruen Institute. In 2022, I will join the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow.

My dissertation, titled Artificial Humanities: A Literary Perspective on Creating and Enhancing Humans from Pygmalion to Cyborgs, explores how literary works inform us about current and rising ethical and philosophical issues posed by new technologies, in particular artificial intelligence, social robotics, and biomedical engineering (my essay on 'The Identity Problem' in Prenatal Testing won the Voices in Bioethics award). My work with these projects extends from co-organizing and teaching summer programs on islandology, boundaries, and conflict (Harvard, Croatia) and AI, language, and ethics (UW, Slovenia) to conducting behavioral experiments on the MTurk platform through the Harvard Mind, Brain and Behavior Initiative.

Besides this interdisciplinary project, I also write on Central European and Balkan (post)modernism (narratology, the Habsburg myth) and the ancient Silk Road (the Jataka tales). 

Here is my CV.

 

Contact

Department of Comparative Literature
Harvard University
Dana-Palmer House
16 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
nbegus@fas.harvard.edu