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MemberMiriam Tola

Miriam Tola is assistant professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of Lausanne. She specializes in feminist and decolonial theory, political ecology and the study of activist and aesthetic practices for gender, racial and environmental justice. Her current book project focuses on the potential of the commons as path for making futures in the ruins of extractive capitalism. Her articles on the Anthropocene, the politics of the commons and the rights of nature have appeared in journals such as Theory & Event, South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review, Environmental Humanities and Studi Culturali.

MemberJames Dorson

Assistant Professor of Literature at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. I’m currently working on a book about naturalist fiction and economic narratives titled Organizing Forms: American Literary Naturalism and the Spirits of Capitalism. My first monograph, Counternarrative Possibilities: Virgin Land, Homeland, and Cormac McCarthy’s Westerns, was published in 2016 by Campus. I’m the coeditor of two special journal issues, “Data Fiction: Naturalism, Narratives, and Numbers” (Studies in American Naturalism, 2017) and “Cormac McCarthy Between Worlds” (European Journal of American Studies, 2017), as well as a book forthcoming with WINTER in 2018 titled Fictions of Management: Efficiency and Control in American Literature and Culture.

MemberHussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid, PhD, is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He works with a variety of NGOs, foundations, non-profits, and governmental agencies for content expertise on religion broadly, with a specialization on Islam. His work includes exploring theology, the interaction between culture and religion, and the role of the arts in conflict mediation. Hussein has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, a Masters in Theological Studies focusing on Islam, and an MA and PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, focusing on South and Central Asia from Harvard University. He is a contingent faculty member and has taught at Hofstra University, Fordham University, Iona College, Virginia Theological Seminary, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, SUNY Old Westbury, Barnard College, Columbia University, and The New School. His research focuses on Muslims and American popular culture. He writes and speaks about music, comics, movies, and the blogistan. He also has a background in South and Central Asian studies, with a deep interest in Shi’i justice theology. He has published academic works on Muslims and American Popular Culture, Malcolm X, qawwali, intra-Muslim racism, teaching Shi’ism, Islam and comics, free speech, Sikhs and Islamophobia, Muslims in film, and American Muslim spaces of worship. His current project focuses on the role of technology in teaching religion. He is a fellow with The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and the Truman National Security Project. He was a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and a term member on the Council of Foreign Relations. He is on the advisory boards of The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Building Bridges Program), Sacred Matters, Anikaya Dance Theater, the Tanenbaum Center, and Al-Rawiya. He served on the advisory board of Project Interfaith, Everplans, Intersections International, Deily, and the British Council’s Our Shared Future Program. He is currently working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert. He was on the editorial boards of Religion Dispatches, The Islamic Monthly, and Cyber Orient, in addition to being an emeritus scholar at State of Formation. Hussein appears on mainstream media, including CNN, Channel 4 (UK),  Al-Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and has published at On Faith (Washington Post), Belief Blog (CNN), On Being (NPR), The Revealer, and as a contributor to Religion News Service.

MemberChristiane Wagner

Christiane Wagner (Germany) has been a visiting research professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) since 2019. She has also been developing a research project at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP) since 2020. She was a visiting research professor of Aesthetics and Sciences of Communication, UNICAMP (Fellowship CAPES 2014–2018, Habilitationvenia legendi). Both universities (USP and UNICAMP) are ranked as the best universities in Latin America. She was awarded a doctoral degree in Germany in Sciences of Art and Aesthetics (Promotion, 2014), recognized by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (Anabin). She has a PhD in Sciences of Art and Aesthetics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (magna cum laude), with a thesis titled “Aesthetics: Contemporary Image. Analysis of the Concept Innovation” (published by Blick in 2013, and by Paf in 2014) and a PhD in Design and Architecture (with honors); and a master’s degree in Sciences of Communication (with honors) from the University of São Paulo, with a dissertation titled “In Art: Invention and Artifice” (published by Blücher in 2009). Her dissertations for her USP master’s degree, USP architecture and design PhD, and Sorbonne aesthetics and sciences of art PhD were each nominated for book publication by the respective examining boards. Upon her graduation, she attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, and later, in São Paulo, she majored in industrial design at the School of Fine Arts (Bachelor of Arts degree first-class honors, 2003). In Berlin, she was awarded the Art Campaign Award, Neumann & Müller, 2006. She gave lectures and participated in panel discussions on Aesthetics and Sciences of Communication at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany, and ACTE Institute, Æsthetica, Art et Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is also active in the German, French, European, and International Aesthetics Associations and many international conferences. She is a scientific advisor of the Research Foundation FAPESP and a scientific committee member of the Center for Open Access in Science. Christiane Wagner is the editor-in-chief, founder, and creative director of the Art Style, Art & Culture International Magazine, and a member of the College Art Association of America in New York, NY. She often participates in scientific advisory boards for master’s degrees and doctorates and scientific committees and also as a reviewer of papers for many journals in architecture, design, arts, media studies, and aesthetics. Languages:  German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.