Erik S. Roraback, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

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Since 1997 Erik Sherman Roraback—born Seattle, Washington, USA—has taught critical & social theory, psychoanalysis, international cinema, cultural studies, and American literature at Charles University in Prague (est. 1348) and from 2003 international cinema at F.A.M.U. (The Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV School). Since 2014, he directs the program in American Literature and Cultural-Studies at Charles University. He also currently teaches for the UPCES program at CERGE-EI, and is since 2015 an ongoing Visiting Scholar at the English Department of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Erik Roraback holds a D.Phil. (1997, thesis readers Terry Eagleton, Oxford and Maud Ellmann, Cambridge) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom where he first taught for Magdalen College and for Mansfield College, Oxford. He earned a B.A. (cum laude, 1989) from Pomona College, Claremont, California, USA; in 2005 he was an Invited Professor in the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), Aix-en-Provence, France; he was also a Visiting Researcher from 2004–14 in the University of Constance in Germany and from 2012 is a six-time Visiting Erasmus Teacher-Scholar at the University of Winchester in the UK, where he also holds a five-year University Visiting Research Fellowship from 2014–19. 

In Autumn semester 1988 he participated in the Pomona/Oxford program directed by Charles Wenden, All Souls College, Oxford, where he studied under such scholars as Robert Maslen (Christ Church College), Geoffrey Tyack (Stanford University Centre in Oxford) and the then Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Rowan Williams (Christ Church College). In 1993 he held a Rotary Foundation Graduate Ambassadorial Scholarship in the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. In 1995, with a grant from the French government, he studied in Paris as a DPhil student on an Oxford/E.N.S. exchange and attended the 1995 Paris Seminar taught by the African-born French philosopher Jacques Derrida at the E.H.E.S.S. 

Erik Roraback has published three scholarly books: The Dialectics of Late Capital and Power: James, Balzac and Critical Theory (Cambridge Scholars, UK, 2007, xviii + 312 pp. 1 ill.), The Philosophical Baroque: On Autopoietic Modernities (Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, USA, xvi + 295 pp. 3 ill.), and The Power of the Impossible: On Community and the Creative Life (IFF Books, Winchester, UK; Washington, USA, x + 384 pp. 3 ill.). He is currently preparing for publication a book length monograph on languages and forms of capital and movement in international narrative cinema, and has another incubating treatise on Shakespeare.

Moreover, Erik Roraback has published/forthcoming 40 scholarly articles and book chapters in the Czech Republic, in France, in Germany, in the United Kingdom, and in the United States in fields of attention ranging from literature to film to critical theory to cultural studies and to theoretical psychoanalysis; he has also supervised dissertations by five PhD students to the successful completion of the doctoral degree, serves on the Doctoral Studies board for the study of English and American Literature in the Czech Republic and on the editorial board for the academic journal E-REA in Aix-en-Provence, France and for the Moravian Journal of Literature and Film in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Erik Roraback has given 40 academic conference papers in Europe, in Russia and in the United States (attending many more as a delegate only); he has also presented 35 guest lectures in Europe and in the United States at such institutions as The Evergreen State College (USA), University of Cardiff (Wales), University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), University of Constance (Germany), Kansas State University (USA), Kingston University (UK), University of Oxford (UK), University of Regensburg (Germany), University of Szeged (Hungary), University of Tel Aviv (Israel) and University of Vienna (Austria).

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