My name is Hayley Louise Charlesworth and I am a PhD candidate in Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. I completed a BA Hons in Creative Writing and Film Studies at Roehampton University between 2007 and 2010, where I achieved a first class honours. After a five year break to work in 16-19 education, I returned to my own study by completing an MA in English Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here, I was awarded a Masters with Distinction and the Programme Leader’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement. I am currently working towards a PhD in Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. My research is focused on depictions of bisexuality in post-millennial Gothic television, although I also research other elements of contemporary Gothic and queer theory.
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Timo Vollbrecht is an internationally performing saxophonist, composer, reeds player, and scholar. Described as “luminously fine” by the New York City Jazz Record, Timo creates a magical blend of emotional intensity and vivacious energy, resulting in a genuine sound that often depicts the sensation of flying. Based in between his home in Lower Saxony New York and Berlin, he is particularly active in the international jazz and contemporary music scenes. As a Fulbright scholar, he holds a master’s degree in jazz saxophone from New York University where he studied with Mark Turner, Stefon Harris, and Joe Lovano. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt’s Jazz Studies Department. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music and Performing Arts and wrote a dissertation entitled “Manfred Eicher, ECM Records: An Analysis of the Producer as Auteur.” Here, he investigates the creative process of legendary music producer Eicher, the collaborative process in the recording studio, and the art of album-making. He is currently working on revising his dissertation into a book. With his quartet Fly Magic he combines elements from jazz, post-rock, minimalism, new music, electronic music and contemporary sound culture. Acclaimed for his rich tone and unique musical writing, Timo has released several albums as a leader and sideman and won numerous awards. Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis invited him to perform with his quartet at the iconic Village Vanguard, after having collaborated at the Festival International de Port-au-Prince in Haiti. In addition, Timo has worked with legendary artists Kenny Werner, Randy Brecker, Drew Gress, and has appeared on landmark stages such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Alice Tully Hall. New York’s jazz bible Hot House hailed him as a “remarkable talent”. In his active performing career, Timo has toured over 30 countries on five continents. He has appeared at the Winter Jazz Fest NYC, Jazz Woche Burghausen, Jazz Festival Izmir (Turkey), Danilo Perez’s Panama Jazz Festival, Festival International de Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Perth International Jazz Festival and Jazz By The Bay Festival (Australia), the Thailand International Jazz Conference in Bangkok, the Meta House in Cambodia, the SingJazz Club in Singapore, the A-Trane in Berlin, Jazz Club Unterfahrt in Munich, the Jamboree in Barcelona, the Jazz Lives in Syria Festival in Damascus, and at the Jazz Ahead Convention in Bremen. At the Frontier Center in Beijing China, Timo and his artistic partner-in-crime Keisuke Matsuno made the unique experience to collaborate with a magician. For the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s worldwide operating cultural institute, he toured the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Furthermore, he played with pop celebrity Robbie Williams at the Echo Awards in Berlin and together with Germany’s National Jazz Orchestra BuJazzO, he performed for legendary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Timo Vollbrecht derives much of his inspiration from cultural diversity, urban sounds, his extensive travels and the belief that original music can have a powerful impact on life while promoting empathy among people.
Paula Lupkin is a historian of design, architecture, and cities. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the spatial and material production of modernity under capitalism, investigating its impact on the designed world and the built environment. Her research and publications address the ways that architecture, interiors, fashion, cities, and landscapes shaped and were shaped by new ways of living, working, designing, and consuming. Her work has been supported by the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, and the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies at Southern Methodist University.
Serpil Oppermann is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Cappadocia University, and currently President of EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment). She is also an active member of ASLE: The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, serving on ASLE Translation Grants Committee in support of work in ecocriticism from international scholars to expand exchanges across cultures and traditions, as well as ASLE Mentoring Program. She has published widely on postmodern, material, and feminist ecocriticisms, and ecocritical theory. Her edited collections include International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism (with Greta Gaard and Simon Estok, Routledge, 2013), Material Ecocriticism (with Serenella Iovino, Indiana University Press, 2014), and Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene (with Serenella Iovino, Rowman& Littlefield, 2017). She has also edited Ekoeleştiri: Çevre ve Edebiyat (Phoenix, 2012) and New Voices in International Ecocriticism (Lexington Books, 2015).