MemberAimee Armande Wilson

Aimee Armande Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Kansas. She is the author of Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control (Bloomsbury 2016). She specializes in twentieth century literature, particularly transatlantic modernism, feminist theory, and reproduction. Her current book project examines the relationship between writing, masculinity, and pregnancy.  ​

MemberStefan Fisher-Høyrem

I am a researcher on the project Cultural Conflict 2.0 which is headed by Professor David Herbert. The project investigates the development of cultural conflicts, as well as production and reproduction of social order, via social media, collective rituals, city promotion and planning, etc. in different cities in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. My research interests are located at the intersection of modern social and technological history, historiography and theory of history, and secularity studies and political theology. As a historian of modernity, I am interested in the material technological/performative mediation of “modern” concepts of temporality, autonomy, and immanence. I have taught modules in the theory of history, religious studies, culture and communication, worldview pluralism, and philosophy of science. I have lectured on rhetoric, nineteenth-century British history, and theories of secularity and secularisation.

MemberJane Wessel

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the US Naval Academy. My research focuses on eighteenth-century British literature, theatre history, performance studies, celebrity, and the intersections of literature and law. I am currently at work on a book about literary property and the eighteenth-century stage, which examines the attempts of playwrights, actors, and theatre managers to “own” the ephemeral and unfixed performance of their plays.

MemberJonathan Sterne

Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.  He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture.  He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016).  His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. Visit his website at .

MemberChristina Spiker

My name is Christina Spiker and I am a scholar of modern Japanese art and visual culture. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. I received my Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. My work is concerned with the histories and theories of globalization, modernity, travel, and exchange in modern and contemporary Japan. In my doctoral dissertation, I investigated the visual encounters between the indigenous Ainu in northern Japan and Euro-American/Japanese tourists, artists, and anthropologists at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. In my work, I pay close attention to the reproduction and circulation visual culture in media such as postcards, illustrations, and newspapers. I enjoy working with archival material in addition to experimenting in the digital humanities. Recently, I have become interested in expanding my research in issues of representation to include more contemporary media, such as animation and video games.

MemberDavid Levente Palatinus

I am Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the Department of English and American Studies of the University of Ruzomberok. In 2017 I set up the Anthropocene Media Lab at our department. My research moves between and across television studies, digital media, and cultural theory. I have worked and written on violence in serial culture, medicine and autopsy, autoimmunity and war, and digital subjectivity in the Anthropocene. I am co-editor of the ECREA section of CSTOnline (the online arm of Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies), and am on the editorial board of Americana E-Journal of American Studies (Hungary), and Rewind: British and American Studies Series of Aras Edizioni (Fano, Italy).

MemberHeather McKnight

Critical utopian scholar and activist with research interests in unions, protest, education, feminism, gender, aesthetics and speculative fiction. She is currently a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sussex Law Department, studying resistance to the marketisation of higher education through the lens of a reimagined academic freedom. She is currently chair of the anti-racist and transinclusive CHASE Feminist Network which aims to create spaces of resistance in what continues to be a patriarchal higher education sector with ongoing and intersectional discrimination happening at all levels. Coming from a working background in equalities, campaigning and education research, she has worked for charities, students’ unions and local government. She is founder of the social enterprise Magnetic Ideals which works on projects that use creative and artistic ways of bringing communities together to create social change. She is also a musician who dabbles in visual arts and creative writing.