MemberSiobhan Meï

Siobhan Meï is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation, “Adieu madras, adieu foulard: Reading Dress, Textile Artisanship, and Resistance in the Plantation Economies of the Atlantic World,” reveals the ways in which technologies of dress (including its modes of labor and production) shaped and continue to shape politics of belonging and resistance in the Americas.

MemberBrad Hostetler

Brad Hostetler is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College for the 2017–18 academic year, teaching introductory surveys and intermediate courses on medieval art. He specializes in the visual and material culture of the ancient and medieval Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the art and architecture of Late Antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamicate lands. His research interests include the interaction of text and image, patronage, and the agency of luxury objects in pre-modern societies.   His current book project examines the production, use, and circulation of reliquaries in the Byzantine Empire. He is also co-director of a digital humanities project, Inscriptions of Mount Athos (IMA), which documents the medieval Greek inscriptions displayed on portable objects in the monastic collections of Mount Athos, Greece. He has published essays in Eastern Christian Art, Athanor, and most recently in Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500 – 1500 (Routledge, 2017).   He has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to Kenyon, Brad taught courses on medieval pilgrimage, the True Cross, and Late Antique and Early Christian art and architecture at Florida State University.

MemberStella Marega

Political Philosopher and Politologist. My research focuses on the relationships between philosophy, religion and politics, with special attention to the processes of re-divinization of politics and to the eschatological tension in modern political movements. I investigated thoroughly the thought of Eric Voegelin, Karl Löwith, Jakob Taubes, Alois Dempf, and the legacy of Joachim of Fiore’s eschatological theology of history in modern society. I also deal with problems of symbolic interpretations of political power, corporeality and apocalypse in post-modern imagery and in popular culture.

MemberKatherine Hepworth

Dr Katherine Hepworth is a graphic design practitioner-researcher, currently employed as the Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism at The Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada Reno. She has over ten years professional experience as a graphic designer, focusing on information design and user experience for books and websites. Her current research interests are the relationship between visual communication and power, and visual communication effectiveness in higher education.