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MemberMatt Chalmers

I am currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Washington and Lee University. I specialize in questions of identity, difference, representation, and pasts shared between Jews, Christians, and Samaritans. My research and teaching uses late ancient self-fashioning as a laboratory space for the critical approaches of the scholar of religion, as well as exploring the resonance of ancient identity in scholarship and intellectual history between the past and the present.

MemberSusan A. Rudy

I am a feminist theorist, scholar, writer, and editor based in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Publications written or edited by me include four books, dozens of articles on issues raised in contemporary poetry including the construction of identity and sexuality, women and  collaboration, and the experience of impermanence in contemporary urban life. Most recently, I have published blogs at The New Statesman on what gender equality means in the twenty first century.

MemberÇimen Günay-Erkol

I am an engineer by diploma, a literary scholar by profession and a book nerd by night. Since 2009, I am the mother of Ali Liber Erkol, who likes football and ice-cream. Currently working as: -assistant professor of Turkish Literature at Özyeğin University, Istanbul -co-editor of the online biannual journal Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture http://masculinitiesjournal.org/ -dreamer (assisting Ali Liber)

MemberMelanie Marshall

Melanie is a musicologist with research and teaching interests in gender, sexuality and eroticism in music, and music of early modern Italy. Since joining University College Cork in 2005, Melanie has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Music Department and on interdisciplinary programs within the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. From 2011-2014, Melanie held a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to conduct research into music and eroticism in early modern Rome. During the fellowship, Melanie spent six months as a Visiting Scholar at UCLA Department of Musicology and eighteen months as a Visiting Scholar at NYU Department of Music. Melanie is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity at the University of Huddersfield.

MemberKay Sohini

I am a doctoral scholar and an aspiring comic artist. My research focuses on graphic narratives, ecocriticism, diaspora studies and postcolonial literature. Both my academic and artistic work seek to examine how graphic narratives possess an openness to difference, that is often missing from normative models of discourse, and how this characteristic can be utilized (by artists and scholars alike) to represent marginalized voices be it in conflict spaces, ethnic minority groups, queer spaces or the disabled community. Being an immigrant, I am especially interested in scholarship and artistic work that focusses on diaspora narratives and multicultural identities. When I am not struggling with academic deadlines, I am trying to illustrate my own comic book/graphic short–a project I have always dreamed of, but only recently started working on. It revolves around life as an immigrant, New York city, and living in between two worlds. Check out snippets of my work at my HCommons blog: https://kaysohini.hcommons.org/  

MemberNissa Ren Cannon

Nissa Ren Cannon is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. where she studies transatlantic modernism, citizenship, and print culture. Her dissertation, “Paper Identities and Identity Papers: Documents of Interwar Expatriation and Modernist Writing,” argues that the documents of interwar itinerancy–including passports, travel ephemera, and newspapers–shape expatriation as a distinct mode of national belonging. After completing her BA at UCLA, Nissa worked in film production in Los Angeles and London before beginning her graduate education.