MemberThomas Swann

My research explores how the convergence of anarchist political theory and cybernetics can help us think about radically democratic forms of organisation. I have published on the historical and theoretical relationships between anarchism and cybernetics and communication practices in radical left organising and am currently researching mutual aid self-organisation.

MemberJames Gifford

….: monographs

Gifford, James. Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes. Edmonton, AB: U of Alberta P, 2014.

———. A Modernist Fantasy: Anarchism, Modernism, & the Radical Fantastic. Victoria, BC: ELS Editions, 2018.

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Gifford, James & Orion Ussner Kidder. Eds. Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fan…

I am Professor of English in the Department of Literature, Language, Writing, & Humanities and Director of the University Core at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, and for the Fall of 2011, I was Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University. For 2006–2008, I was an Assistant Professor (limited term) and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. I pursue studies in Music and performance as well. In 2017, I became Director of FDU Press, the editorial offices for which relocated to FDU’s Vancouver campus. My research interests include Transatlantic Modernism (British, American, Irish, and Canadian), colonialism and decolonization, prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, genetic criticism, anarchism, radical political thought, and opera. I have particular interests in Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, T.S. Eliot, Ursula K. Le Guin, Aidan Higgins, and related authors.

MemberStephanie Spoto

Stephanie Spoto is a lecturer at California State University, Monterey Bay in the department of Humanities and Communication, teaching literature, feminist theory, and writing. In 2013 she was an International Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study – Sofia.  Her research project is “William Lithgow (1582–1645) and Early Modern Scottish Journeys to Eastern Europe”. Education: Stephanie finished her B.A. in English at the University of California in Irvine in 2006, writing her undergraduate thesis on gender and censorship in Milton’s Paradise Lost. She began her PhD at Edinburgh, and was awarded the Centre for Renaissance Studies Research Grant (2009).  At Edinburgh University, she taught first-year English Literature, and has been a reviewer and Reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in Fiction (2010), Biography (2011) and has reviewed for the Forum Postgraduate Journal (2011).  Her dissertation passed with minor corrections, and she graduated in June 2012. She also works as a bookdealer, and enjoys baking cakes and riding her bicycle. Research Interests: Stephanie’s dissertation chronicled the history of European occult philosophy, focusing on Hermeticism and demonology, in order to create a theory of gender within English seventeenth century demonological studies. She is currently working on two research projects:

  • Scottish perceptions of Islam in the seventeenth century
  • A comparative analysis of seeing and recognition in the work of Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Fanon

Her other research interests include anarchism, feminist and queer theory, monstrosity, intersectionality, and teaching methods.

MemberJo DowlingSoka

Historian specializing in Byzantine culture. My research interests are interdisciplinary and extremely wide ranging. My dissertation project looked at militarizations of religious culture in the eastern Mediterranean.  My politics are anarcho-pacifist and intersectional feminist. I am openly genderqueer. 

MemberMatt Bernico

…ediating Flint’s Water Crisis, Cosmos and History, by Matt Bernico & Dean Dettloff, Editors: Arran Gare Paul Ashton. Vol 13, No 1 (2017). Pg. 156-189

Anthropodicy: An Anarchism of Things, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, by Matt Bernico, Editors: Nathan Jun & Jesse Cohn, Punctum Books, 2015.

Book Chapters

Podcasting: Pedagog…

Matt Bernico is the Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Greenville University in Greenville, Il. Matt’s research interests are in media archaeology, the history of pseudoscience, the philosophy of technology, and the political rhetoric of Christianity.

MemberFerdinand Stenglein

…elinitiativen, S. 100-121, Hg. Grundmann, M., Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, September 2018. (freie, veränderte Version in CORE:

Stenglein, F.: Anarchismus und Geschlechterverhältnisse: Historische Blitzlichter zwischen Kanonisierung und Kritik, in Anarchafeminismus, Feministische Geo-RundMail, Nr. 76, S. 42-45, Hg. Issel…

Currently I am writing about the practices of contemporary anarchist communes. Thereby I am particularly interested in the collective contestation of private property, the performative modes within which communard subjects evolve and the practice of the commune as an interstitial strategy of resistance and anti-capitalist form of life. In general my thinking and practices of writing feed from critical pedagogies, anarchist, feminist and Marxist political philosophies, practice theory, ethnography and critical science studies. In the center of my thought are subjects and their potentials.