Jason Adams is a writer and professor, emphasizing a critical, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of media and philosophy, politics and culture. He holds two Ph.Ds: the first in Media & Communication from the European Graduate School, the second from the University of Hawaii in Political Science. Adams publishes regularly in both popular press and academic venues. From 2004-2010, he was Managing Editor for the journal Theory & Event, before co-editing the volume Deleuze and Race (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and founding Conatus Publishing. Adams’s first book,Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy and Resistance After Occupy Wall Street(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), was inspired by the occupy movement. Presently, Adams teaches in the Department of Communication at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan, where he is working on his second book,Remediating Belonging:
a Media Archaeology of the Postwar Citizen-Subject and directing the planning and development of Conatus Publishing. Adams is a former student of Paul Virilio, Michael J. Shapiro, Giorgio Agamben, Kathy Ferguson and Siegfried Zielinski.
Alain Badiou, Ph.D., born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS. Alain Badiou was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s. He taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Collège International de Philosophie, on topics ranging from the great ‘antiphilosophers’ (Saint-Paul, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan) to the major conceptual innovations of the twentieth century. Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris. Long a leading member of Union des jeunesses communistes de France (marxistes-léninistes), he remains with Sylvain Lazarus and Natacha Michel at the center of L’Organisation Politique, a post-party organization concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of issues (including immigration, labor, and housing). He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.
Daniel Coluccielo Barber is a Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. He is the author of Deleuze and the Naming of God: Post-Secularism and the Future of Immanence (Edinburgh UP, forthcoming) and On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion and Secularity (Cascade, 2011). His current work addresses the logic of conversion.
Agata Bielik-Robsonteaches in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. She specializes in all areas of Jewish philosophy with emphasis on modern Jewish thought, from Spinoza to Derrida. Her interests also include contemporary philosophy, particularly when in a dialogue (or polemic) with theology. Her latest book is From Therapy to Redemption: Notes Towards a Messianic Psychoanalysis. In: Traces of Judaism in Contemporary Thought (Routledge, 2013).
Ward Blanton recently relocated to the University of Kent after spending most of his early career at the University of Glasgow. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 2004, working with biblical scholars, historians of ideas, and continental philosophers to try to map new ways of understanding the shared genealogies and competitive struggles of biblical studies and philosophy within European academic contexts. His latest text was A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life. (Columbia University Press, 2013). He is currently working on an ancient philosophical commentary on Paul’s letter to the Romans and trying also to develop a new philosophical and religious genealogy of the ‘securitization’ of religion or the militarization of affective sociality.
Dr. Kevin Boileau, Ph.D. (Philosophy), Ph.D. (Psychoanalysis), JD/LLM, is a well-published author, professor, psychoanalyst, and lawyer. He is Executive Director & Core Faculty at the Existential Psychoanalytic (& Phenomenological) Institute; Director & Senior Researcher at the BCS Dispute Resolution Research Institute; and Affiliate Faculty at the Honors College, University of Montana. He manages several post-doctoral training and education programs in phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and mediation for both clinicians and advanced degree educators. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania and AB in Romance Philology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Before Cornell, he held positions as an assistant professor at Harvard University and at Columbia University. He is the author of Alain Badiou, une trajectoire polémique (La Fabrique, 2009); Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press, 2011); and The Actuality of Communism(Verso, 2011). He is currently preparing two new books, Marx and Freud in Latin America and After Borges: Literature and Antiphilosophy. He has translated Alain Badiou and is the author of dozens of articles on modern Latin American literature and culture, and on contemporary European philosophy and political theory. His research interests further include the crossovers between art, literature, theory and cartography; the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s; decadence, dandyism and anarchy at the turn between the 19th and 20th centuries; cultural studies and critical theory. He has also served as the general editor of Diacritics.
Arianna Bove teaches politics and ethics at Queen Mary, University of London.With a background in political theory and philosophy, she researches the political economy of the production of subjectivity; participatory and autonomous forms of political and economic organisation; the politics, ethics and technologies of the common; philosophy of language. She has worked on a variety of publications as editor, writer, and translator; written and presented on biopolitics, parrhesia, authenticity, immaterial labour, intellectual property, post-Fordism, multitudes, war, and several contemporary philosophers. Since 2000 she has co-edited the website , where many of her articles, translations and research can be found. She has translated Althusser, Agamben, Foucault, Negri, Bifo, Virno, and others.
Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. She was the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies. She supervised PhD dissertations for top-ranked universities in the EU, North America and Australia. In 2005–2006, she was the Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Professorship in the Law School of Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2001–2003, she held the Jean Monnet Visiting Chair at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European Institute in Florence. In 1994-1995 she was a fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics; Birkbeck College; the University of the Arts in London; the Universities of Bologna; Tampere; Frankfurt; Buenos Aires; Melbourne and the European University Institute. She set up in 1989 the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOISE) within the Erasmus Programme. From 1997 to 2005 she was the founding scientific director of the SOCRATES Thematic Network for European Women’s Studies ATHENA, which was awarded in 2010 the Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission for outstanding contribution to social inclusion. In 2005- 2007 she was the founding Scientific Director of the Marie Curie Early Stage Training consortium ‘Gender Graduates.’ In 2007-2008 she founded of the European Consortium for The Humanities in the Twenty-first Century; in 2009 she was elected to the Board of the International Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (CHCI).
Drew Burk is a Cultural Theorist, Translator, Editor, and Director ofUnivocal Publishing, an independent philosophy and theory publisher working with his colleague and co-founder, artist and designer, Jason Wagner to conjugate digital design evolutions with various analog methods of book-making striving to create new models for thinking the art of the book form along with our arrival into the digital universe. He has studied philosophy and religious and political anthropology as an Ambassadorial Scholar at L’Institut D’Etudes Politiques in France and completed his graduate work at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
As a cultural theorist, Burk works at the intersection between poetry/cybernetics/theory/translation and media ecology tracing in various experimental and poetic ways the paradigmatic shift from linear written culture to that of algorithmic, non-linear telematic society (Flusser). He has translated essential texts by a variety of thinkers such as Grey Ecology by Paul Virilio, Telemorphosis and Pataphysics by Jean Baudrillard, Two Lessons on Animal and Man by Gilbert Simondon, and most recently, Photo-Fiction, a Non-Standard Aesthetics by François Laruelle. Burk’s most recent work can be found in journals such as C-Theory and Poeisis as well as forthcoming essays in the following books: Depletion Design: A Glossary of Network Ecologies (Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam), The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), and The Imaginary App (MIT Press, 2013). He is currently working on a theoretical poetic flash-text called, The Cybernetic Theatre of Cruelty(pharamkon series, forthcoming from Univocal,) and is currently translating Fernand Deligny’s The Arachnean and Other Texts, whose aphoristic and poetic style deals with webs and networks as a mode of being.
John D. Caputo, the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus (Syracuse University) and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus (Villanova University) is a hybrid philosopher/theologian who works in the area of radical theology. Prof. Caputo has spearheaded a notion he calls “weak theology,” by which he means a “poetics” of the “event” that is harbored in the name (of) God, or that “insists” in the name (of) God, a notion that depends upon a reworking of the notion of event in Derrida to theological ends. In his majors works he has argued that interpretation goes all the way down (Radical Hermeneutics, 1987), that Derrida is a thinker to be reckoned with by theology (The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, 1997), that theology is best served by getting over its love affair with power and authority and embracing what Caputo calls, taking a phrase from St. Paul, The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event, 2006), which won the American Academy of Religion award for excellence in the category of constructive theology. In his latest work, The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps(2013), he argues that God does not exist, God insists, and that God’s existence depends upon us. He has also addressed more general audiences in On Religion (2001), What Would Jesus Deconstruct?(2007) and, most recently, Truth (2013), the first in a Penguin Book Series “Philosophy in Transit” celebrating the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
Paolo Cascone, born in Naples and grown up between Italy, East-Africa and West-Indies, is an AA-School trained architect and founder of COdesignLab. He started his research on ecological design during his Master at the Architectural Association (London) while he achieved a PhD in environmental engineering at the University of Rome. In the last years Paolo has been researching and developing interdisciplinary design methodologies in the field of ecological and environmental parametric design Prior to COdesignLab has worked as project manager for international firms around Europe. Paolo is regularly invited to lecture and teach in schools of architecture, design and engineering widely. His work is published on international review such as Domus, L’ Architecture d’Aujourd hui, A+U, Abitare and many others.
Joan Copjec is an American philosopher, theorist, author, feminist, and prominent American Lacanian psychoanalyst. She is the director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University at Buffalo. More here.
Tom Eyers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. After completing BA Hons. and Mphil. degrees at the University of Cambridge, he was awarded a doctorate under the supervision of Peter Hallward at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London. His first book was ‘Lacan and the Concept of the Real’, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His most recent work is, ‘Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology, and Marxism in Post-War France’, (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Dr. Azfar Hussain (Ph.D. in English and World Literature) is a prominent Bangladeshi theorist, critic, poet, translator, and activist. He is currently Associate Professor of Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, while he has also taught English and World Literature, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, and Cultural Studies at Washington State University, Bowling Green State University, and Oklahoma State University. In Bangladesh, he worked as a national weekly magazine editor, a member of a national-level left activist alliance, and as a university professor before he came to the United States. Azfar Hussain has published—in both English and Bengali—numerous academic, popular, and creative pieces, including translations from several non-western languages.He has written on a wide range of topics in such areas as “third-world” Marxisms, critical theory, cultural politics, political economy, and theories and practices of interdisciplinarity, while he has also written on the literary productions from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and on such figures as Antonio Gramsci, W.E.B Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Maulana Bhasani, and Begum Rokeya, to mention but a few.
The author of the books The Wor(l)d in Question: Essays in Political Economy and Cultural Politics (Dhaka: Samhati Publications, 2008) and The Politics of Sites, Subjects, and Scenes: Micronarratives and Essays (forthcoming), Hussain has edited numerous issues of journals and magazines both in the US and outside it. Azfar Hussain is currently working on several books in both English and Bengali, a few of which are tentatively titled Towards a Political Economy of Land, Labor, Language, and the Body; Decolonizing Comparative Literature, andMarxisms in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Katerina Kolozova, PhD. is the director of the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and a professor of philosophy, sociological theory and gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (the State University of Skopje, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade and University of Sofia as well as at the Faculty of Media and Communications of Belgrade).
In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley. Kolozova is the author of The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain As the New Political Universal (2010), The Real and “I”: On the Limit and the Self 2006), The Crisis of the Subject with Judith Butler and Zarko Trajanoski (2002), The Death and the Greeks: On Tragic Concepts of Death from Antiquity to Modernity (2000), and editor of a number of books from the fields of gender studies and feminist theory, among which the one together with Svetlana Slapshak and Jelisaveta Blagojevic: Gender and Identity: Theories from/on Southeastern Europe, Belgrade/Utrecht:
The Athena Network Publishing (2006). She is also the editor in chief of the Journal in Politics, Gender and Culture “Identities,” member of the Editorial Board of Punctum Books, member of the Non-Philosophical Society (ONPHI) and AtGender (The European Network for Feminist and Gender Studies).
Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Nigeria. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His book “Cambodia and the Politics of Aesthetics” is published by Routledge.
Catherine Malabou, Ph.D., is an important contemporary French philosopher. Catherine Malabou was born in 1959 and is a former student at the École normal supérieure (ENS) of Fontenay-Saint-Cloud in Lyon, France. ENS schools are regarded as some of the most prestigious French schools for humanities studies. Before that Catherine Malabou was educated in Paris at the renown Sorbonne University. Catherine Malabou passed her agrégation in philosophy (French University high-level competitive examination for the recruitment of professors and often the gateway to Ph.D. study). Catherine Malabou wrote her dissertation on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) under the direction of the critical French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), completing it on December 15 1994. The thesis was published in 1996 under the title “L’Avenir de Hegel, plasticité, temporalité, dialectique” and was prefaced by Derrida with a text entitled “Le temps des adieux: Heidegger (lu par) Hegel (lu par) Malabou” (“A time for farewells: Heidegger (read by) Hegel (read by) Malabou”). Catherine Malabou’s doctoral dissertation was eventually published in both Japanese and English (2005, “The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic”).
Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Latrobe University. He was founder, and until 2005, Director, of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics. He is the author or editor of 21 books, including Heidegger’s Topology: Being, Place, World (Bradford, 2008) and The Place of Landscape: Concepts, Contexts, Studies (MIT Press, 2011), and has published over 100 scholarly articles on topics in philosophy, art, architecture, and geography. His work is grounded in post-Kantian thought, especially the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions, as well as in analytic philosophy of language and mind. He is currently working on topics including the ethics of place, the failing character of governance, the materiality of memory, the topological character of hermeneutics, the place of art, and the relation between place, boundary, andsurface.
John Maus is an avante-garde musician, composer and philosopher who studied at CalArts and the European Graduate School with Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek before pursuing his PhD at the University of Hawaii. He has released three albums to critical acclaim in The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR and MTV, amongst numerous other venues. The Guardian has described him as a “ferocious theoretician” with an “ever-questioning mind” and according to the BBC, Maus is “as much a professional existentialist as he is a synth-pop musician… reading his interviews can make your cerebral cortex pulse with befuddlement.” Maus cites a line from former professor Alain Badiou’s “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art” in the album title We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves.
John Milbank is a Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics Department at The University of Nottingham. He previously taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Virginia. He is the author of several books including Theology and Social Theory (2006) and Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon (2003). He is one of the editors of the Radical Orthodoxy, a collection of essays, which occasioned much debate. In general, his work has tried to resist the idea that secular norms of understanding should set the agenda for theology and has tried to promote the sense that Christianity offers a rich and viable account of the whole of reality. At the same time he tends to insist that Christianity is itself eclectic and fuses many traditions – particularly that of biblical narrative with that of Greek philosophy. He also has sustained interests in developing a political and social theology – critical of the liberationist current as insufficiently theological, while retaining a left-leaning perspective. Currently he is pursuing a long-term project concerning the topic of ‘gift’ involving all of the above-mentioned concerns. In the long-term he hopes to develop a fully-fledged ‘Trinitarian ontology.
Tracy McNulty is a Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. Her research interests include 20th-century French literature and comparative modernism, psychoanalytic theory (especially Freud and Lacan), contemporary French philosophy, and political theory. In addition, she regularly teaches interdisciplinary courses on such questions as the origins of language, myth and symbolic thought, eroticism and perversion, and philosophical, scientific, and psychoanalytic theories of subjectivity and human agency. Her first book was The Hostess, My Neighbor: Hospitality and the Expropriation of Identity, (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and her latest book, Wrestling with the Angel:
Experiments in Symbolic Life is forthcoming. (Columbia University Press). Her current project seeks to juxtapose masterpieces of the libertine tradition by the Marquis de Sade, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the Comte de Lautréamont, and Pauline Réage alongside contemporary theoretical works that have embraced the language of mathematical formalization—or of other non-signifying languages—either as an ultimate extension of, or as a rejection or overturning of, the so-called “linguistic turn” in twentieth century thought: Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, and the “speculative realists” (notably Quentin Meillassoux), and in a different way Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.
Thomas Nail is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. His work draws on contemporary European philosophy in order to analyze post-representational political events like Zapatismo, the Occupy movement, No One is Illegal and the sans-papiers movement in France. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and The Figure of the Migrant(under contract with Stanford University Press). His work appears in a number of journals including Theory & Event, Parrhesia, Philosophy Today, Deleuze Studies, Foucault Studies, and others. He is currently editing several works on the relationship between Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault with Daniel Smith and Nicolae Morar: a book entitledBetween Deleuze and Foucault; a special issue of Foucault Studies, entitled “Foucault and Deleuze: Ethics, Politics and Psychoanalysis,” and a transcription/translation of Deleuze’sLectures de Cours sur Michel Foucault 1985-1986. His published works can all be downloaded atdu.academia.edu/ThomasNail
Antonio Negri is an Italian Marxist sociologist, scholar, revolutionary philosopher and teacher. He was a founder of the group, Potere Operaio (Worker Power) in 1969 and was an active member in the groupAutonomia Operaia. After years of radical political engagement in Italy, he relocated to France where he taught philosophy courses at the Université de Paris VIII (Saint Denis) and theCollège International de Philosophie, which was founded by Jacques Derrida. Negri co-founded the journal Futur Antérieur in 1990. His primary areas of interest are Marxism, anti-capitalism, postmodernism, neo-liberalism, the commons, the multitude and democratic globalization. Among his numerous publications are The Politics of Subversion: A Manifesto for the 21st Century (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1989); The Labour of Dionysos: A Critique of a State-Form (1994); Empire(2000); and Multitude (2004), with Michael Hardt. Negri is influenced in great part by Karl Marx and Benedict Baruch Spinoza.
Dorothea Olkowskiis Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Director of the Cognitive Studies Program, and former Director of Women’s Studies. Specializing in phenomenology, contemporary continental philosophy, and feminist theory, she has been a Fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Rotman Institute of Philosophy and Science, the Australian National University in Canberra, and UC Berkeley. She is the author/editor of ten books including Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn (Indiana University Press, 2012), The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible), (Edinburgh and Columbia University Press, 2007), and Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation (University of California Press,1999). Author of over 100 articles including essays, book reviews, encyclopedia articles, translations of her work, and collaborations with artists, she is currently re-engaging with her work on the sensible universal, the slow-down, the zone of indetermination, intimations of the sensible, and ontological unconscious affectivity.
Marcus Pound is a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. HIs interests are twofold. First: theology at the intersection of continental philosophy, and psychoanalysis. In this regard he has published two texts: Theology, Psychoanalysis, and Theology (SCM 2007), and Zizek: a (very) critical introduction (Eerdmans 2008). Second: Receptive Ecumenism. He is engaged in developing ecumenical relations, with an emphasis on the practical learning, which can take place between churches, yet in a manner that does not compromise their integrity as discrete denominational entities. He is currently working on a series of empirical and ethnographic studies to be completed soon.
Michael O’Rourke lectures in the school of Arts and Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin and works mostly at the intersections between queer theory and continental philosophy. He is the co-editor of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paperback 2007), Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009) and Speculative Medievalisms: Discography (Punctum Books, 2013), and the editor of Derrida and Queer Theory (Palgrave, forthcoming), Reading Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Gender, Sexuality, Embodiment (Ashgate, forthcoming ) and P.E.S.T. (forthcoming). He is the author of Queering Speculative Realism (forthcoming) and co-author of The Pervert’s Guide to Reading (forthcoming). He is also the editor or co-editor of several journal special issues and many articles and book chapters (some of his publications can be found here: independentcolleges.academia.edu/MichaelORourke) . He has co-convened The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research since 2002 and is the series editor of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate and of the Queer Aisthesis book series at Punctum Books. He is also co-editor of O-Zone: A Journal of Object Oriented Studies and recently co-founded the art/theory collective DUST (The Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) and is also a visiting lecture at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Skopje, Macedonia.
Kenneth Reinhard is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA. His fields of research and teaching include the History of Critical and Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Critical Theory (Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Political Theory) and Jewish Studies (Hermeneutics and Modern Jewish Philosophy). He is the author, with Slavoj Zizek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (University of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible.
He edited a special issue of Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonialismon Religion with Julia Reinhard Lupton. He was Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies (2000-2004), during which time he received an NEH Challenge Grant worth $2.5 million for the development of a new program at the Center in Jewish Civilization. He has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to run an interdisciplinary Sawyer Seminar on “The Ethics of the Neighbor” in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and secular modernity (2003-2004), and he was the Director of a Residential Research Group on this topic at the University of California Humanities Research Institute for 2004. In 2004 he founded the University of California Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory and he was the Co-ordinator of the inaugural year of the seminar, on “Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Event.” He received a grant from the NEH to co-author, The Political Theology of the Neighbor (2006).
Nandita Biswas Mellamphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at The University of Western Ontario, specializing in critical and radical political theory and the history of political thought from antiquity to post-modernity. She is also an affiliate member of the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and has served as acting Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (Western). Her research interests are situated at the intersection of Political Theory, Cultural Theory and Continental Philosophy. Her topics of study include post-humanism, digital media culture, continental philosophy, and the political dimensions of contemporary science-fiction and current-day neuroscience. Recently, she held a visiting research fellowship at the Center for Transformative Media at the New School in New York City.
She is best known for her work on the 19th-century thinker, Friedrich Nietzsche, and is author of The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and with Dr. Dan Mellamphy, she co-ordinates the annual international Nietzsche Workshop at Western. Her current research and teaching focus on the study of fear and terror as engines of globalization, particularly within the domain of what today is called the ‘war on terror.’ She has organized two international interdisciplinary conferences devoted to the study of war and the techno-politics of globalization, and presented her work all over the world, most recently at the Center for 21st-Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has served on the editorial review boards of The Intergenerational Justice Review (Germany), The Canadian Journal of Political Science, The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, Polity Press, Palgrave Macmillan Press, and serves on the advisory board for Punctum Books.
Avital Ronell is University Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and English at NYU. Ronell taught at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1995 and at New York University from 1995 to the present. She served as Chair of the Department of German from Spring 1997 to Spring 2005. She taught an annual seminar in Literature & Philosophy at NYU with Professor Jacques Derrida and has taught with Professor Helene Cixous at Université of Paris VIII. She regularly teaches at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and in Mexico. She was invited by the Humanities Council to offer a seminar at Princeton University in spring 2006. Her books include: The Uber Reader: Selected Works of Avital Ronell (Ed. Diane Davis. Forthcoming 2006); The Test Drive (2005); Stupidity (2001); (Translations in Progress: Paris: Galilée; Berlin: Brinkmann und Bose); Finitude’s Score: Essays for the End of the Millennium (1994); Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania (1992); The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech (2001); and Dictations: On Haunted Writing (1986) (paperback with new introduction 1993).
Jan Jagodzinski is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where he teaches visual art, media education and curricular issues as they relate to postmodern concerns of gender politics, cultural studies, and media (film and television). He is a founding member of the Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education (NAEA), past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education(JSTE), past president of SIGMedia, Culture and Curriculum, Editorial Board Member forPsychoanalysis, Culture & Society (PCS) Advisory Board forJournal of Lacanian Studies (JLS), Review Board for Studies in Art Education(SAE), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCRAE), Visual Culture & Gender and 9 other journals; Co-series editor with Mark Bracher, book series Pedagogy, Psychoanalysis, Transformation(Palgrave Press).
He is the author of The Anamorphic I/i (1996 (Duval House Publishing Inc, 1996); Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art&Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); Pun(k) Deconstruction: Experifigural Writings in Art&Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); He has edited several texts including, Pedagogical Desire: Transference, Seduction and the Question of Ethics (Bergin & Garvey, 2002); Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media (Palgrave, 2004); Musical Fantasies: A Lacanian Approach, Palgrave, 2005);Television and Youth: Televised Paranoia, Palgrave, 2008); and Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (with Jason Wallin, 2013 in production).
Dr. Antonio Garcia is an independent researcher and writer living in Indianapolis. He has held positions in education and the humanities at Indiana University and the College at Brockport (SUNY). He teaches widely on curriculum theory, multiculturalism, educational philosophy, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, popular culture, and continental philosophy. His research focuses on critical pedagogy, psychoanalysis, cultural theory, and philosophy. His 2012 dissertation, The Eclipse of Education in the End Times: Exploring Žižekian Notions of Fantasy in Education, Democracy, and Multiculturalism, is one of the few exemplary texts that have attempted to render in-depth Zizek’s work in educational discourse. He is currently editing a grand volume titled “Zizek and Education” with Sense publishing. In addition to his scholarly work, he is also the chair of the International Zizek Studies conference, which garners international attention and attendance.
Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and
serves as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over 20 books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited 14 others. He was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and British television and broadcast extensively on the European media. Recent publications include a trilogy entitled ‘Philosophy at the Limit’.
The three volumes are On Stories (Routledge, 2002), The God Who May Be(Indiana UP, 2001) and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003). Since then, Richard Kearney has published Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham, 2004), The Owl of Minerva (Ashgate, 2005), Navigations (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Anatheism (Columbia, 2009). Richard Kearney is international director of the Guestbook Project–Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality.
Cameron Freeman completed his PhD in Philosophy from the Flinders University of South Australia (2007) with an inter-disciplinary thesis on the paradoxical language of the historical Jesus and the deconstruction of metaphysics within continental philosophy. He currently works at the University of South Australia teaching a number ofdisciplines in the humanities (psychology, sociology), while being a sessional lecturer in the health sciences and the school of engineering. As an inter-disciplinary scholar, Freeman has a wide range of research interests on the intersection of continental philosophy, New Testament studies, philosophy ofreligion, pyro-theology (Peter Rollins) and the sciences of emergent complexity (Big Bang cosmology and evolutionary biology).
He previously worked in the United States as a content editor for Integral Life (Boulder/Denver) and in 2011received funding to complete the Jesus Database Project (with John Dominic Crossan) as a researcher the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, at Charles Sturt University. Freeman’s doctoral thesis has been published as a highly regarded scholarly book: “Post-Metaphysics and the Paradoxical Teachings of Jesus” (Peter Lang, 2010).
He is currently completing a new manuscript on critical-historical Jesus scholarship and radical (death of God) theology, while applying for funding to continue research on the interface of science and religion.
Joshua Ramey is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Haverford College. Ramey earned his PhD from Villanova University.
His areas of research are contemporary continental philosophy, critical theory, philosophy of religion, and the history of esoteric traditions. His publications to date include The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal, as well as numerous articles on the work of thinkers such as Plato, Bruno, Adorno, Zizek, Badiou, Laruelle, and Meillassoux. Forthcoming work includes a translation of François Laruelle’sMystique non-philosophique à l’usage des contemporains (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014), an edited volume, The Enigmatic Absolute: Speculation, Heresy, and Gnosis in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion (Ashgate, 2014), and the first book of a planned multi-volume project, Politics of Divination: Economic Endgame and the Religion of Contingency .
Carl Raschke is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in Continental philosophy, the philosophy of religion and the theory of religion as well as a permanent adjunct faculty at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He is an internationally known writer and academic, who has authored numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from postmodernism to popular religion and culture to technology and society.
His latest book, entitled The Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (University of Virginia Press, 2012) looks at the ways in which major trends in Continental philosophy over the past two decades have radically altered how we understand what we call “religion” in general. His previous books includeGloboChrist (Baker Academic, 2008), The Next Reformation (Baker Academic, 2004), Interruption of Eternity (Nelson-Hall, 1980), regarded as a standard reference work on the origins of the New Age movement, The Digital Revolution and the Coming of the Postmodern University (Routledge, 2002), and Fire and Roses: Postmodernity and the Thought of the Body (State University of New York, 1995).
Raschke is also past-president and former executive director of the American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum and past director of the University of Denver’s Institute for the Humanities. He is co-founder and senior editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.
Jeffrey W. RobbinsChair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies at Lebanon Valley College. Robbins’ specializes the in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and politics. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Radical Democracy and Political Theology (Columbia University Press, 2011), and Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) with Clayton Crockett. He is also a Contributing Editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and co-editor of the Columbia University Press book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.”
Mary-Jane Rubenstein works in the fields of continental philosophy, religion, gender and sexuality studies, and philosophy of science. She is the author ofStrange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (Columbia, 2009) and Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (Columbia, 2014).
Dr. Victor E. Taylor’s areas of scholarly interest are in comparative literature, philosophy, writing, and religious theory. He is the executive editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and the director of academic publishing for Davies Group, Publishers. Dr. Taylor is the co-editor of Postmodernism: Critical Concepts (Routledge 1998), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, with the late Charles E. Winquist, (2000: Spanish 2002, Russian 2003), Jean-François Lyotard: Critical Assessment, vols. I-III, with Gregg Lambert, (Routledge, 2005), Conversations in Cultural Rhetoric and Composition, with Keith Gilyard, (Davies GP, 2009), and Conversations in Cultural and Religious Theory (Davies GP, 2013). He is author of Para/Inquiry: Postmodern Religion and Culture (Routledge, 2000), The Religious Prayed, The Profane Swear (Pen Mark Press 2002/ Second expanded edition, 2012), and Religion After Postmodernism: Retheorizing Myth and Literature (The University of Virginia Press, 2008).
He is currently working on a book dealing with materialist Christianity and (post)modern literature. Dr. Taylor is a visiting scholar in German and Romance Languages and Literatures at The Johns Hopkins University (2004-2013) and has been a research associate at the Jacques Derrida Archives at UC, Irvine, a visiting scholar in comparative literature at UCLA (2012) and the University of Pennsylvania (2012). He has been the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowships for advanced literary studies seminars held at Yale University and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. He also has been the recipient of grants from The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.
The NEH and DAAD awards included participation in a seminar on the culture of psychoanalysis through the Institute for German Cultural Studies at Cornell University. He is the series co- editor, with Stephen G. Nichols, of Rethinking Theory with The Johns Hopkins University Press (2006-2013), and series editor for Critical Studies in the Humanities and Emergence both with Davies Group, Publishers. Dr. Taylor is an alumnus of The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, 1997, and professor of English and humanities at York College of Pennsylvania.
Peter Thompsonteaches in the Department of Germanic Studies The University of Sheffield where he’s been on the faculty since 1990. His primary interests are in the post-war history of the GDR and German unification, and his current work focuses on Ernst Bloch, encompassing not only his period in the GDR from 1949 to 1961 – when he was Professor of Philosophy at Leipzig University and centrally involved in oppositional Marxist activities of the Harich-Gruppe of the mid 1950s – but also in the philosophical impact of his theories of “Concrete Utopia” and the central role of hope in social transformation. He directs The Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies, which was established at Sheffield in 2008.
This year Duke University Press will publish his edited volume The Privatisation of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia in Slavoj Žižek’s SIC series. He has published widely on the history of ideas, political developments in the GDR and post-unification Germany, Bertolt Brecht, ecology and philosophy, and the PDS/Linke. He published The Crisis of the German Left (Berghahn, NY and Oxford, 2005), which deals with the history of Stalinism in the workers´ movement and its continuing influence on the post-unification Left. He is one of the founding editors of the journal DEBATTE, which has been running since 1993 and deals with German and wider Central European Affairs.
Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Turin and a member of the European Parliament. He has received numerous international prizes (Max Plank Research Award for Human Sciences in 1992, Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought in 2002, the Georgetown University President Medal in 2006), honorary degrees (University of Madrid, University of Buenos Aires) and also invited in 2010 to present the Gifford Lectures.
His most recent books include A Farewell to Truth;The Responsibility of the Philosopher; Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with R. Girard); Not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography (with P. Paterlini); Art’s Claim to Truth; After the Death of God (with John D. Caputo); Dialogue with Nietzsche; The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty); Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and Law; After Christianity; Belief; Hermeneutic Communism (co-authored with S. Zabala) all translated in several languages. In 2007 his work was praised by Jean-Luc Nancy, Umberto Eco and many other thinkers in an edited volume (Weakening Philosophy) dedicated to his “pensiero debole,” “weak thought” which he proposed in the late sevethies and also practiced politically both within Italian politics and now in the European Community. In 2013 Al-Jazeera presented Vattimo as “one of the most famous living Italian philosophers.”
Rachel K. Ward is a contemporary thinker who specializes in the intersection of fashion, art and luxury. She works as a journalist and consultant in the US and Europe. Ward’s academic appointments have included Rollins College, New York University in Paris, University of California in Paris, Parsons Paris and others. Her academic work with The European Graduate School examined the contemporary state of decadence. She was inspired by instructor Jean Baudrillard and his text “Beyond The Vanishing Point of Art,” resulting in her magna cum laude dissertation “The Vanishing Point: Decadence, Desire and Truth,” which became the book All for Nothing (Atropos, 2010). Ward maintains a blog Fashion Art Daily , which considers fashion photography as windows onto desire and decadence. Ward perceives our decadence as a manifestation of excess desire, with desire aligned with all that is present and momentary, while the resolution, love, is aligned with co-presence and the eternal. Ward has been profiled in Vogue (Paris), The New York Times, and Artforum’s “Best of,” among others.
Janell Watson is Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages at Virginia Tech. She is the author of two books, Literature and Material Culture from Balzac to Proust (Cambridge University Press 1999) and Guattari’s Diagrammatic Thought (Continuum 2009). She is Editor of the Minnesota Review: a journal of creative and critical writing. She has written numerous articles on literature, culture and critical theory. Her areas of current research and teaching include psychoanalysis, globalization, contemporary Marxism, gender, ethnicity, and visual culture.
Hent de Vries is Professor in the Humanities Center and the Department of Philosophy
at the Johns Hopkins University, where he holds Russ Family Chair and serves as the Director of the Humanities Center. He is currently also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and, from 2014-2018, he will serve as the next Director of the School of Criticism and Theory, at Cornell University. He is the Editor of the international book seriesCultural Memory in the Present at Stanford University Press. His principal publications include: Philosophy and the Turn to Religion (Johns Hopkins UP, 1999, 2000), Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida (Johns Hopkins UP, 2002, 2006), and Minimal Theologies: Critiques of Secular Reason in Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005). He was the co-editor, with Samuel Weber, of Violence, Identity, Self-Determination (Stanford UP 1997) and of Religion and Media (Stanford UP 2001); the co-editor, with Lawrence Sullivan, of Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World (Fordham UP 2006); and the co-editor, with Ward Blanton, of Paul and the Philosophers (Fordham UP, 2013). In addition, he served as the General Editor of the five-volume mini-series, entitled The Future of the Religious Past, as well as of its first title, Religion Beyond a Concept (Fordham UP 2008). Currently, he is completing two book-length studies, one entitled Of Miracles, Events, and Special Effects: Global Religion in an Age of New Media (for the University of Chicago Press) and Spiritual Exercises: Concepts and Practices(for Harvard University Press).
Michael J. Shapiro is a political philosopher, critical theorist and professor in the political science department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Previously, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Norway and at the Italian International Institute in Florence. Shapiro’s academic interests include political theory and philosophy as a tool to investigate international relations, media, culture, aesthetics, and indigenous politics. He teaches on a wide array of subjects including Indigenous Politics and Genre and Nationhood, Scope and Methods of Political Science and American Political Thought, Visual Culture and the Public Sphere, War and Cinema, and The Politics of Public Art, Politics of Aesthetics. on the politics of the visual. Shapiro is the author of over ten books. His catalog includes Violent Cartographies (1997),Cinematic Political Thought (1999), Moral Spaces (co-ed., 1999),
For Moral Ambiguity (2001), Reading ‘Adam Smith’ (2002), The Politics of Moralizing (co-ed. 2002), Methods and Nations (2004), Sovereign Lives (co-ed., 2005), Deforming American Political Thought (2006) and Cinematic Geopolitics (2008). He is the editor of the Taking on the Political book series. From 2004 to 2009, he edited the journal Theory and Event. He has also edited the comparative politics and international studies book series entitled Borderlines. Shapiro’s post-disciplinary thought is going to be the subject of a retrospective: a publication of his most important essays as part of the Routledge book series entitled Innovators in Political Theory.
Wolfgang Schirmacher, Ph.D., is a continental philosopher, professor of philosophy and founder of the pioneering Media and Communications Division at the European Graduate School (EGS). As conceived by Professor Schirmacher, the Division brings together masters and doctoral students to work with some of the most prominent visionaries and philosophers of the world today. Schirmacher is an internationally renowned Arthur Schopenhauerscholar and President of the International Schopenhauer Association. Schirmacher is an internationally respected philosopher of technology with an emphasis on media, gene technology and neuroscience. He is Chair of the Artificial Life Group and Director of International Relations at the Philosophy and Technology Studies Center at the Polytechnic University in New York. Previously, he was an Emeritus Core Professor of the graduate program in media studies at The New School for Social Research. Schirmacher is the author of several books in German, including:Technik und Gelassenheit. Zeitkritik nach Heidegger (1983), Zeit Der Ernte: Studien zum Stand der Schopenhauer- chung (1983), Schopenhauer (1985),Schopenhauer Aktualität: Ein Philosoph wird neu gelesen (1988), Schopenhauer In Der Postmoderne (1989), and Schopenhauer, Nietzsche Und Die Kunst (1992).Ethik und Vernunft. Schopenhauer in unserer Zeit (Ethics and Reason: Schopenhauer in our Time, 1992).
He also authored Just Living. Philosophy in Artificial Life. Schirmacher is the editor, among other texts in English and German, of New York Studies in Media Philosophy and Schopenhauer-Studien.
Adam Graves received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and he is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver,
where he offers courses in the philosophy of religion, the history of modern philosophy, hermeneutics and phenomenology, and also serves as the Director of the Religious Studies minor program. He has published on Paul Ricoeur’s philosophy of religion and has presented papers in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Russia and South Africa. He is currently completing an edited volume entitled At the Boundaries of Thought: Paul Ricoeur and the Philosophy of Religion (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming). His areas of research include contemporary continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, hermeneutics and the history of modern philosophy.
Paul Livingston is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico where he teaches and writes on a wide range of issues in contemporary philosophy and is strongly committed to “post-divide” philosophy, or philosophy after the analytic/continental divide. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1997 and completed his M. Phil at Cambridge in 1998 and his PhD. at the University of California, Irvine, in 2002. His first book, Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness (Cambridge U. Press, 2004) discusses the contemporary problem of explaining consciousness in the light of the history of phenomenology and the analytic tradition, including Husserl, the Vienna Circle, Putnam and Fodor. His second book, Philosophy and the Vision of Language (Routledge, 2008) is a historical examination of the significance and ongoing relevance of the linguistic turn in twentieth-century philosophy, both “analytic” and “continental.”
Livingston’s most recent book is The Politics of Logic: Badiou,Wittgenstein and the Consequences of Formalism. The book examines the manifold consequences of formalization in twentieth century philosophical and political thought and practice, arguing through a consideration of key results of set theory, computability theory and metalogic that formalization structurally results in the demonstration of limit-paradoxes and contradictions that characterize the structure of any constituted social or political whole.
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene philosopher and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School.
He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology and psychoanalysis. Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality. Politically, Žižek advocatescommunism as the only alternative to the contemporary institutional arrangements.
Although he considers himself a political radical and critic of neoliberalism, his political thought represents only one of two trajectories of a progressive alternative—either a return to the program of socialism, which Žižek advocates, or the proposal of an alternative vision of social arrangements, which is taken up by some of his contemporaries.
His unorthodox style, frequent newspaper op-eds, and popular academic books have gained Žižek a wide following and international influence. He has been labelled by some the “Elvis of cultural theory” and Foreign Policy listed him on its 2012 list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, calling him “a celebrity philosopher.” Zizek’s work was chronicled in a 2005 documentary film entitled Zizek!. A scholarly journal, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, was also founded to engage his work.