My fields of interest include (Chinese) literature and culture, language, language acquisition, and translation. My research specialization lies in contemporary Chinese poetry. I like to think of my research as three-dimensional: text (poems), context (socio-political surroundings) and metatext (discourse on poetry). Building on extensive fieldwork, it combines textual, historical, and sociological analysis to address questions for which beauty is not a way out, but a way in, and whose scope extends beyond poetry to other areas of culture.
I earned a PhD degree in Musicology/Sociology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught “Composition Techniques in 20th century”, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition”, “Introduction to Sociology”, and “Social Thought in Movies” at various institutions and departments. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background. My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland’s religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. My research interests include extreme metal cultures, gaming cultures, and sociology of scientific knowledge among others.
Kathleen Brown is an incoming doctoral student in American Culture at the University fo Michigan. She recently finished a master’s degree in English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis, “The ‘Abnormal’ and ‘Unreal’: Examining the Premature Death of Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast,” seeks to understand why Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War account, based on her lived experience, was labeled as unreal by her publisher and summarily rejected. Her research interests include lost and found radicalism, historical memory, and women and writers of color in the antifascist movement. She is particularly interested in the writers at the margins of the Spanish Civil War and the transnational networks that sustained them.
Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things(University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network.
I am a research assistant and head of the Cultural Sciences Department at the Sorbian Institute (Serbski institut) in Bautzen with a branch office in Cottbus. My research interests are historical ethnic minority studies, Sorbian and regional history as well as German-Slavic entangled history.
I am an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. I’m affiliated with the graduate groups in Cultural Studies and Performance Studies, as well as the graduate Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Prior to my appointment at UC Davis in 2014, I was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow (2013-14); a writer/researcher and then associate editor of MNopedia, a digital encyclopedia created by the Minnesota Historical Society (2011-13); and a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of American History (2010-11).
I specialise in the history of the United States from 1945 to 1980. In particular, I am interested in exploring modern American political, social and cultural responses to some of the larger questions of human existence. This theme links my doctoral work on nuclear diplomacy with subsequent studies of memory and catastrophe, wartime atrocities, crime and punishment, religion and space exploration, and with my current research into the social and cultural history of the ‘big bang’ theory. I currently serve as chair of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS). I also co-convene the Institute of Historical Research’s North American History Seminar in London.
History, form, and sociology of the novel; narrative and temporality, nineteenth-century British literature
Joshua Neumann (Ph.D. 2016, University of Florida) is a Lecturer in the University of Florida’s Innovation Academy, an interdisciplinary program focused on creativity and entrepreneurship across all fields. His work uses a variety of interdisciplinary and digital methods from data science, sociology, and information science in the study of performance practice, 19th-century Italian opera, and (more recently) Renaissance motets. Complementary interests include machine learning, music encoding, and ethical considerations of digital scholarship. Two current projects include a multi-volume edited collection of essays engaging “Opera in the Digital Age” and the development of an open-source online forum for the analysis of opera as a series of creative processes and histories. Publications have appeared in Empirical Musicology Review, Proceedings of Digital Libraries for Musicology, MLA Notes, Music Reference Services Quarterly, with a forthcoming article in Frontiers in Performance Science.