MemberEva Haifa Giraud

I’m currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Media, Communication & Creative Practice at Keele University. My research has two strands. I am, firstly, interested in how activists negotiate tensions associated with the media platforms they use, particularly the challenges posed by social media. I have previously explored difficulties encountered in environmental, animal, and food activism, with more recent research focusing on anti-racist politics. I, secondly, have a broad interest in non-anthropocentric theoretical work, which explores ways of thinking and acting in the world that move beyond human exceptionalism. I have tried to bring these themes together in monographs including my 2019 book What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism and an ethics of exclusion (which explores productive affinities and tensions between theoretical work and political praxis) and forthcoming work focused on the popularisation of veganism.   I’m currently reviews editor of Cultural Politics, a Media section editor of Open Library of Humanities and on the board of OA journal Media Theory.

MemberMariela Mendez

I am an Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond. My research engages comparative literary studies and feminist and queer theories to interrogate representations of genders and sexualities in print culture throughout Latin America. In particular, I address the various ways in which women writers have used the press to craft alternative spaces of cultural, aesthetic, and political intervention that disrupt heteronormative ideologies. I teach at the intersection of Latin American Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory, and Feminist New Materialisms, and I am also interested in the political potential of a transnational feminist critical practice.

MemberUmberto Grassi

Among many other things (!) I identify as a historian specializing in the history of religion and sexuality in the Early Modern Mediterranean world. I graduated and completed my PHD at the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on homosexuality in Renaissance Italy. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa within the FIRB project “Beyond the Holy War” I moved to Australia for 2 and a half years, where I worked at the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral research associate for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. The current research project brought me to the United States, at The University of Maryland, where I am staying for two years before going back to the University of Verona, the Institution that is carrying out the action. I am enjoying a wonderful time at UMD’s History Department, a welcoming and stimulating work environment that is helping me focus on my research objectives and understand how things works in a US University. When I will be back to Italy, I will continue my work within PoliTeSse (Politics and Theories of Sexuality), the first institutionalized research center working on Gender and Sexuality studies in Italy.

MemberBess Williamson

Bess Williamson is a historian of design and material culture, focusing primarily on works and influences of the last half-century. She received her PhD in American History from the University of Delaware, and holds a Masters in the History of Design and Decorative Arts from Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She is particularly interested in social and political concerns in design, including environmental, labor, justice, and rights issues as they shape and are shaped by spaces and things. Her current book project, Designing an Accessible America, traces the history of design responses to disability rights from 1945 to recent times. Her writing has appeared in Winterthur Portfolio and American Studies, with reviews in Design and Culture and Design Issues. At SAIC, Williamson teaches a range of design history courses, from introductory surveys of modern design history to graduate seminars on issues in design, politics, and technology. She is the coordinator of design history offerings in SAIC’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

MemberLisa Diedrich

Lisa Diedrich is professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist science studies, and interdisciplinary feminist and queer theories and methodologies. She is the author of  Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism  (Minnesota, 2016) and   Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness  (Minnesota, 2007). She is also editor (with Victoria Hesford) of the collection  Feminist Time Against Nation Time: Gender, Politics, and the Nation-State in an Age of Permanent War  (Lexington, 2008) and a special issue of   Feminist Theory   “Experience, Echo, Event: Theorising Feminist Histories, Historicising Feminist Theory” (August 2014). She is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and with the PhD concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management.