Current Position

  • Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
    • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
    • University of Miami


  • Ph.D.     University of California, Santa Barbara (Comparative Literature)
  • M.A.       University of California, Santa Barbara (Comparative Literature)
  • B.A.        Occidental College, (English and Comparative Literary Studies)


  • “Flat Logics, Deep Critique: Temporalities, Aesthetics and Ecologies in Electronic Literature on the Web,” The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature, ed. Joseph Tabbi, New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2017.
  • “The Medium is the Masses: Embodied Amplification, Urban Occupation,” Media Fields. Co-authored with Professor Katherine Kelp-Stebbins. Issue 10. August, 2015.
  • “Alternative Sprawls, Junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and Horizontal Urban Epistemologies,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.3, September, 2014.
  • “Music and Torture: The Stigmata of Sound and Sense,” in Speaking About Torture. Co- translation with Zeke Sikelianos, New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Selected Presentations and Conferences

  • “Playing in the City: Speculative Art as Urban Intervention,” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, March 30-April 3, 2016.
  • “Documentation, Information, and Alternative Infrastructures: The Buenos Aires Libre Autonomous Network,” Visible Evidence XXII, Toronto, August 19-22, 2015.
  • “Uncommon Architectures in the Rust Belt: Steel, Space and Contemporary Capital,” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Riverside CA, May 21-23, 2015.
  • “Speculative Urbanism: Uncertain Architectures in the Rust Belt,” Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland, March 9, 2015.
  • “Digital Humanities: Theories, Practices, Publics,” Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU, Cleveland, December 2, 2014.
  • “Speculative Urbanism: Imagining Rustbelt Futures,” Unruly Engagements: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, November 7, 2014.
  • Working group co-convener, “Scaling Social Movements,” Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Concordia University, Montreal, June 21-28, 2014.
  • “Urban Speculation/Speculative Urbanism,” Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics International Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, June 26, 2014.
  • “Urban Laboratory Life: Machine Project and the Anti-Capsular Urban Science,” American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 20-24, 2013.
  • “Emerging Methodologies: An Introduction to the Digital Humanities,” Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU, Cleveland, November 12, 2013.

Research Interests

  • •   Digital humanities
  • •   Media and technology studies
  • •   Critical theory
  • •   Urban studies
  • •   Cultural geography
  • •   20th and 21st Century Literature of the Americas
  • •   Theories of the body, biology and life
  • •   The intersection of geo-techno ecologies, literary texts and urban practices

Additional Projects

  • Professor Schifani is also a founding member of the research and design collaborative SPEC, whose focus is the future of the city, with particular attention to digitality, economy and urban speculation.