MemberAnnie Rehill

Areas of special interest: Francophone Canadian literature, Francophone Antillean literature, French literature, ecocriticism, humanities, history, intersections between cultures and languages, creative writing. PhD, Modern French Studies. Coureurs de bois and voyageurs, 17th–19th century Canadian backwoodsmen known for their independence of spirit and connections with Amerindians and the wilderness. Canadian Métis culture.

MemberLisa Quinn

Lisa Quinn is the Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press, in Waterloo, Ontario, where she previously built a decade of experience as an acquisitions editor. She has lectured in the graduate LIS program in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario on media theory, publishing, and the organization of information. She is currently past president of the Association of Canadian University Presses, a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Book Publisher’s Organization and Livres Canada Books. 

MemberElspeth Van Veeren

I am a Lecturer in Political Science in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol and a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Bristol Watershed. My published work has appeared in a range of edited volumes and peer-reviewed academic journals including New Political Science, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, and the Journal of War and Culture Studies.

MemberAlexei Alexeev

I am an affiliated scholar pursuing research on the genesis of ophidian symbolism and iconography in the context of Early Jewish and Early Christian apocalyptic imagination. My research interests include: (1) genesis of Early Christian iconography and its relationship to classical Greco-Roman and Oriental art: reception, interpretation, appropriation, preservation, modification, and transmission; (2) cultural interactions between Eurasian civilizations during the Hellenistic Period, Late Antiquity, and the Early Middle Ages; (3) reptiles and composite creatures in religious imagination, mythology, and art. From 1984 to 1989, I studied at the Department of History of the Astrakhan State Pedagogical Institute, specializing in the cultural history of the early Iranian nomads (focusing on the worldview, mythology, religious beliefs, and art of the Scythians and Sarmatians). I participated in seven archaeological expeditions in Southern Russia (including three conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the USSR Academy of Sciences). From 1991 to 1994, I completed postgraduate studies in philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. In 1995, I defended my thesis (Orthodox Iconology and Sophiology in the Concrete Metaphysics of Pavel Florensky) and received my PhD in the History and Philosophy of Religion. Since moving to Canada in 1997, I have worked in the high-tech industry as a UX/UI specialist. My portfolio includes a variety of digital projects for such major Canadian educational institutions and museums as the Canadian Historical Association, the Museum of Civilization (now the Museum of Canadian History), and the National Gallery of Canada. In July 2019 I was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa. I have conducted numerous photo-expeditions around the world collecting the visual records of ophidian iconography in various cultural contexts. These are the highlights of my trips (year indicates the latest visit to the location):