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MemberBlake Ginsburg

Blake Ginsburg is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy and is pursuing specializations in Animal Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. His research interests include animal and environmental philosophy, critical animal studies, ecofeminism, ethology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of technology. Blake holds a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Biological Science (concentration in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation) from California State University, Fullerton. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and a MA degree in Environmental Philosophy from the University of Montana. While at the University of Montana, Blake wrote a thesis that explored the ethical dimensions and transformative significance of Timothy Treadwell’s relationships with brown bears and red foxes in Katmai National Park and Preserve before he and his partner, Amy Huguenard, were killed and eaten by a bear in 2003. (https://scholarworks.umt.edu/etd/11229/)   Blake is currently working on philosophical issues that emerge at the intersection of environmental philosophy and animal philosophy. He is particularly interested in the value of philosophical ethology and ethological philosophy (or ethosophy) as disclosive and generative mediums with great promise for drawing attention to and enacting alternative human-animal relational possibilities. He considers these projects to be significant insomuch as they have the potential to inspire the transformation of our personal and collective worlds in view of the large-scale anthropogenic violence that is routinely enacted against marginalized peoples, nonhuman animals, and the rest of the more-than-human world.

MemberGenevieve Creedon

My research focuses on the ways in which narratives and discursive practices frame landscapes and shape human interactions with environments. I am interested in how individuals, institutions, and corporations use and participate in stories that foster affective connections to local, national, and international landscapes. As a comparative literature scholar working in the Environmental Humanities, with strong backgrounds in American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Animal Studies, I have focused my work on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, while drawing on transnational histories, currents, and influences. This has allowed me to integrate my interests in environmental studies and narrative studies with my training as a creative writer in developing an inter-disciplinary comparative framework for examining how narrative and rhetorical practices structure our experiences of nature.

MemberSara Santos

I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on posthumanism, biopolitics and ecocriticism in late 20th century and contemporary literature. In particular, I examine the boundaries between human and nonhuman bodies, and the way in which contemporary narratives work to redefine the concept of the human through the intertwining of capital, technology and environment. I am also interested in rhetoric and thinking about the ways neoliberal discourse has worked to redefine affective relationships in capitalist terms of market exchange. My dissertation traces trajectories of becoming post/human in dystopian Global North/Global South literature in relation to the proliferation of spaces of security (walls, barricades, fences) that emerge with neoliberal discourse and that work to redefine, reinforce, but also collapse, the distinctions between categories of life and being. I am also Assistant Director at SBU’s Writing Center, and teach composition courses, where I try to instill in my students an acute awareness of the ideological implications of rhetoric. When I’m not trying to understand abstruse theory, I like to drink and learn about red wine, marathon Star Wars, and pretend to be funny/insightful on Twitter.

Membercecinove2017

Cecilia Novero is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research in the interdisciplinary Humanities spans the fields of Food Studies, Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Avant-garde Studies, with a focus on Visual Culture and German-speaking literature and film. Cecilia is the author of Antidiets of the Avant-Garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is co-editor of Otago German Studies with Dr August Obermayer and Peter Barton. She is also on the academic board of antennae, and the editorial board of the Animal Studies Journal and is a member of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (University of Canterbury, NZ). She has published in journals such as seminar, German Studies Review, cinema journal, food and foodways, antennae, among others. Her articles have also appeared in edited volumes such as Gorgeous Beasts Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective (edited by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist, PSU 2012) and Animal Life and the Moving Image (edited by Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon, BFI 2015). She is the translator into Italian of Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener (L’educazione di un giardiniere, Umberto Allemandi &Co., reprint 2011).

MemberS. Jonathon O'Donnell

I am an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. My research draws on religious studies, political philosophy, and critical theory to interrogate the relationship between contemporary demonology and systems of social prejudice, including queer- and transphobia, antiblackness, Islamophobia, antisemitism, and settler colonialism. My first monograph, entitled Passing Orders: Demonology and Sovereignty in American Spiritual Warfare, will be published by Fordham University Press on November 3, 2020. The book brings political theology into dialogue with queer, critical race, and decolonial theory to interrogate discourses of “spiritual warfare” in America today. Exploring the interwoven demonologies of Jezebel, the Islamic Antichrist, and Leviathan, it demonstrates the way that systems of sovereign power sustain themselves through the conjuration and domination of demonised others, and how these demonised others unsettle and deconstruct those systems from within. I am currently working on two monograph projects, in addition to adjacent journal articles and essays. The first is an examination of the relationship between contemporary demonology, ethnonationalism, and the climate crisis, exploring how ideas of demons today work to justify interwoven notions of political, social, and environmental ecology. The second is an interrogation of the demon’s relationship to the secular, looking at the post-Romantic transition of the demon from theology to literature and the way this transition exemplifies the relationship between religion and secularity.

MemberBill Hughes

Bill Hughes was awarded a PhD in English Literature in 2010 from the University of Sheffield on communicative rationality and the Enlightenment dialogue in relation to the formation of the English novel. His research interests are in eighteenth-century literature; cultural and literary theory, particularly Raymond Williams, the Bakhtin circle, and the Frankfurt school; genre theory; aesthetics; intertextuality and the Semantic Web; and paranormal romance. He is co-founder, with Dr Sam George, of the Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Project at the University of Hertfordshire. He has publications out or forthcoming on Jane Austen, Elizabeth Hamilton, Frances Burney, Sydney Owenson, Bernard Mandeville, Maria Edgeworth, and Charlotte Smith. Bill has also published on Richard Hoggart, with contributions in Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, ed. by Sue Owen (Palgrave, 2008), and Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique, ed. by Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton (Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011). In addition, he is researching contemporary vampire literature and paranormal romance, co-editing (with Dr George) and contributing to two collections: ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’: Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present (Manchester University Press, 2013); and In the Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Wolves, and Wild Children (Manchester University Press, 2020) and with articles forthcoming on the eighteenth-century novel and paranormal romance. This apparently disparate research is not unfocused; it has at its core Bill’s concerns with the Enlightenment as viewed through the theory of Habermas and the Marxist tradition.

MemberJean Marie Carey

As part of the Research Cluster “Animals Mediating the Real and Imaginary” at the Arkeologisk Museum at Universitetet i Stavanger in Norway I am a U.S. Fulbright Foundation Research Scholar, to be followed by Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowship. My project, Eden and Everything After: Imagination, Observation, and Utopian Urgency in “Animalized” Art includes public participation, a museum exhibition, monograph, and catalogue, along with actions meant to address the destruction of the Arctic ecosystem and its role in the Sixth Mass Extinction. The hub of all my work is the writing and art of Franz Marc and his life’s question regarding the perception of animals and the recovery of our relationship with them. My website, German Modernism is about all these subjects. When time permits, I write book and exhibition reviews.