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MemberAngela Cassidy

…Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR), Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University Of Exeter…

I specialise in science and technology studies, with particular  interests in contemporary history of science, technology and medicine; expertise and policy; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; and interdisciplinarity. My research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested in the wider public sphere during public knowledge controversies. I have explored these dynamics through case study investigations of popular evolutionary psychology, as well as food chain risks. I am also interested in cross-disciplinary interactions across health, agriculture and the environment, particularly in terms of ‘One Health‘ agenda building. I have recently completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK since c. 1965 and debates over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle. This work has just been published in a new open access book: Vermin, Victims and Disease: British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). You can see further details of my publications here and on Google Scholar. As an extension of my interests in public engagement, I chair the Science in Public Research Network – a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public sphere.

MemberBruce O'Neill

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis Unviersity. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Professor O’Neill’s first book, The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His next book project, The Roots of Urbanism, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1), Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.

MemberJ. Britt Holbrook

I earned a PhD in philosophy from Emory University in August, 2oo4. I’ve held teaching positions at Emory and at Georgia State University, both in Atlanta. I moved to Texas and became Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas (UNT) in January, 2005. In 2008, I became Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity (CSID) at UNT. In August 2013 I moved back to Atlanta, where I spent two years as Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. I am currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

MemberÍtalo Alves

Master’s student of Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) (2016–). Undergraduate student of Art History at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (2016–). Holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from PUCRS (2016), having taken a semester of studies of Sociology and Philosophy at Concordia University of Edmonton (2014). Worked as research assistant at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (2015). Is a member of the research groups “Logics of Transformation: critiques of democracy” and “Systematic Philosophy: dialectics and philosophy of law”, at Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. Currently works as visiting researcher at Université de Montréal (2017–18).

MemberStevie Scheurich

I am a PhD student in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. I am also a graduate teaching associate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I have a BA in sociology and anthropology and an MA in gender studies, and my research interests include queer theory, feminist philosophy, ethics, identity narratives and performances, and the intersection and interplay of spiritual, sexual, and national identities with a specific focus on the digital communities of objectum sexuals and queer secular witches.

MemberThomas Barker

I’m currently Associate Professor and Head of Film and Television at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture (CSCC). I am a sociologist by training with expertise in cultural and creative industries, especially cinema, with a focus on Malaysia and Indonesia. I have written on Islamic pop culture, new media, cinema, film, creative labour, Chinese transnationalism, and cinematic history of Southeast Asia. Previously I was a Visiting Research Fellow at National Cheng Chi University (2018), Visiting Scholar at the Department of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA (2016), a Visiting Researcher at PUSKAKOM Universitas Indonesia (2015), and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Sociology National University of Singapore (2011).

MemberAlexis Christensen

I’m an Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Classics in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at the University of Utah. Currently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies within the Department. My research focuses on the creation and maintenance of public identity in the architectural landscape of the Italo-Roman world, particularly in so-called private and rural contexts, (i.e. outside of urban centers of display such as fora and sanctuaries). I’m especially interested in issues of access and visibility.

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.