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MemberLeonora Souza Paula

Leonora is an Assistant Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Crime Fiction, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Her work has been published in Brazil and the United States.

MemberAndré Pitol

  André Pitol is a researcher in artistic, educational and curatorial projects in Brazil and he focuses on art history and criticism and photography. He has developed extensive historical and art research on the works of Brazilian photographer Alair Gomes, and is the author of Alair Gomes: Photography, Art Criticism and Sexuality (2013) and “Ask me to send these photos to you”: The Artistic Production of Alair Gomes in the United States (2016). Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the Visual Arts program at the USP researching Digital Curation and Contemporary Art. He acts as Educational Facilitator in the Pedagogical Didactic Training Program for Distance education, at the Virtual University of the State of São Paulo. He is a member of the Research Group on Art, Design and Digital Media (GP_ADMD), of USP and also a member of the Art Criticism Group of São Paulo Cultural Center (2019-2020). Since 2017, he has been an ad hoc reviewer of Brazilian and British academic journals in the field of arts and photography. In 2019, he participated in the 3rd ed. of the Technologies and Network Art project: Black Technologies, with the courses Black Cloud: Technological Glossary for Black Artists and Researchers and How To Black: Technological Procedures Manual in Artistic Experiments. Has experience in: Visual Arts, Photography, Art History and Criticism, and Digital Curation.

MemberPiers Armstrong

Piers Armstrong (PhD in Romance Literature and Linguistics, UCLA) is a Brazilianist and a Latin American generalist, with a broad base in language instruction, cultural and literary studies and critical thinking. He has taught various combinations of Portuguese, Spanish and French language and literatures, and general ed humanities courses on topics ranging from the social history of the Americas to the aesthetics of pop music, at UCLA, USC, Dartmouth College, UC Irvine and Cal State LA, and in Brazil. His research works on various interfaces of three domains: (i) translation and the reception of texts; (ii) the rhetorical relations between aesthetic, ethical and material arguments; (iii) the evolution of “Black Atlantic” identities, particularly in Bahia, Brazil. Third World Literary Fortunes, documents the very limited European and North American reception of Brazilian literature, and compares this first to the exuberant reception of Spanish American Boom literature, and then, conversely, with the strong international recognition of certain icons of Brazilian popular culture. Cultura Popular Baiana & Estilística Cultural Pragmática is an introduction to cultural studies in the applied local context of Bahia − a center for Afro-Brazilian culture, international cultural tourism and religious and popular trans-Atlantic dialogs.

MemberAnke Finger

Anke Finger’s teaching and research focus on modernism, media studies, digital humanities, literature and other arts, aesthetics, and interculturality. Based on her early interests in art connections and multi-media, she specializes in the idea of the total artwork in modernism (Das Gesamtkunstwerk der Moderne, 2006), and she edited (with Danielle Follett) a collection of articles entitled The Aesthetics of the Total Artwork: On Borders and Fragments (2011). Her discussion of the total artwork ranges from conceptual art and atmospheres to architecture and design (The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art, 2015), including e-literature and multi-modal publishing. A co-founder and co-editor (2005-2015) of the multilingual ejournal  Flusser Studies, Anke Finger’s closely related scholarship in media studies and theory originates from her work on the Czech-Brazilian philosopher Vilém Flusser. She is co-author of the 2011 Introduction to Vilém Flusser (with shorter versions available in German and Portuguese) and serves on the advisory board of FlusserBrasil. Her latest Flusser project goes digital again, a cross-art collection composed with Scalar. The introduction to this multimodal publication is available on Vimeo. Her most recent publication in intercultural communication, a collection of essays entitled KulturConfusão: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities, was published by Walter de Gruyter in 2015. She also co-authors a blog on intercultural tool sets, “PracticingDifference,” with Manuela Wagner. Anke Finger serves as the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities and Media Studies (DHMS) at the UCONN Humanities Institute.

MemberEduardo Ledesma

20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies),

MemberErika Amaral

MA Candidate in History, Theory and Critic at the Programa de Pós-Graduação em Meios e Processos Audiovisuais na Escola de Comunicações e Artes at the University of São Paulo, researching ‘Representações da mulher caipira no cinema brasileiro: ‘Amélia’ (2000), de Ana Carolina, e ‘Uma Vida em Segredo’ (2001), de Suzana Amaral’, funded by the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP). Contact: aerikaamaral@gmail.com

MemberAntonio Luciano Tosta

Luciano Tosta is Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas. Before joining the faculty at KU, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his graduate studies at Brown University, Dr. Tosta taught at Harvard University, Boston University, and Rhode Island College. He received Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching, and featured on the University of Illinois’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. In Brazil he taught at the Federal and State Universities of Bahia.