Contributors

Academics and volunteers who have contributed to Assuming Gender

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Virgil W. Brower taught Ethics at the Chicago Police Academy and is currently the Full-Time Lecturer of Philosophy at Chicago State University, where he teaches Logic, Ethics, Critical Theory, and Comparative Religion. He is a double doctoral candidate in the Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences division of The Chicago Theological Seminary and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, where he co-directs The Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group. A past Fellow of the Paris Program in Critical Theory, he studied Critical Theory with Jacques Derrida at the University of California at Irvine, Phenomenology with Jean-Luc Marion at the Sorbonne, and L’écriture féminine with Hélène Cixous at the University of Paris-VIII. Recent essays include “The Taste to Come” in Postscripts (2008), “Speech and Oral Phenomena” in French Literature Series (2011), and “Beeing and Time: The Bug in Dasein’s Mouth” in Spinning Webs of Wonder (forthcoming, Museum of Natural History-Toulouse). [Read article]

Jake Buckley recently completed his PhD, ‘Queer Fordism: Technological Bodies Moving Otherwise’, at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. His research interests are cultural studies of technology, time, and the body; touch and tactility when digital media devices become unresponsive; sexuality studies, in particular queer theory and queer temporality; and feminist studies, especially the critical history of twentieth-century feminism and the feminist waves paradigm. He is currently employed at the University of Wales, Newport. Correspondence to: jake.buckley@sky.com. [Read article]

Samara Anne Cahill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She specializes in English literature of the ‘long’ eighteenth century (1660-1800), with an emphasis on issues of gender, religion, and nationalism. She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Her article ‘Porn, Popery, Mahometanism, and the Rise of the Novel: Responses to the London Earthquakes of 1750’ is forthcoming in Volume 2 of Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (AMS Press, 2010). [Read article]

Jeremy Fernando is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at The European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the media; and is the author of Reflections on (T)error (2008), The Suicide Bomber; and her gift of death (2010), Reading Blindly (2009), and Writing Death (2011). Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and art; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the general editor of both Delere Press, and the thematic magazine One Imperative; and also a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. [Read article]

Katie Garner is a PhD student and Postgraduate Tutor in English Literature at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Her doctoral thesis looks at women writers’ imaginative and scholarly responses to the medieval revival in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the co-author (with Rebecca Munford) of an essay-length entry on ‘Feminism’ in The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory: Literary Theory from 1966 to the Present (ed.) Robert Eaglestone (2010). Her forthcoming publications include an entry on ‘Liminality’ for The Encyclopedia of the Gothic (eds) William Hughes, David Punter and Andrew Smith (forthcoming 2011), and an article on Angela Carter and the visual arts. She is also a member of the editorial team for Assuming Gender. [Read review]

Cecilia Gordano is currently in her first year of the Information and Knowledge Society Doctorate Programme, at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. In 2009 she received the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Universidad de Granada (Spain). She received her BSc in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (2005) and she attended courses at the National Fine Arts School in Montevideo, Uruguay, for six years. Between 2005 and 2007 she worked at the feminist NGO, Cotidiano Mujer, with tasks related to communication and the dissemination of activities, as well as the coordination of computer literacy courses for grassroots women in Montevideo. [Read article]

Johann Gregory is researching how Shakespeare represented ideas about literature on the stage. His research engages particularly with the notion of audience expectations. Supervised by Prof. Richard Wilson, he is completing his doctoral research on Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at Cardiff University where he teaches on a medieval and Renaissance literature course. His latest publications include an article on paratexts and matters of taste in the journal Shakespeare, with book or theatre reviews in Cahiers Élisabéthains, English Studies, Shakespeare and forthcoming in Notes and Queries. This year he presented papers at Geneva University and for Derrida Today in London. He manages the blog Cardiff Shakespeare. [Read article]

David Andrew Griffiths is a PhD student, currently undertaking a multidisciplinary research project within the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT) at Cardiff University and the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen), a research group based at Cardiff and Lancaster University funded as part of the ESRC Genomics Network (EGN). The project focuses on the relation between the biological and the social, using resources from feminism, queer theory and evolutionary science. His research interests include gender and sexuality studies, in particular queer theory; evolutionary science, including non-Darwinian theories of evolution; quantum mechanics and diffraction as a theoretical approach; animal studies and companion species; and symbiogenesis and its relation to sociality. [Read article]

Michelle Iwen received her BA and MFA from Arizona State University and is currently completing her PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. Her dissertation focuses on the discursive constructions of madness, medicine, and the body as reflected in women's writing of the eighteenth century. Her research interests include Foucauldian studies, gender studies, material culture, and the body. She has published previously in Gender Forum, and is Guest Editor of the Assuming Gender Special Issue on Bodies (2:1) [Read review]

Alice Leonard specialises in Shakespeare, theory and the Philosophy of Language. She is researching for a PhD at Warwick University in the English and Comparative Literature Department under the supervision of Jonathan Bate and Thomas Docherty. Her thesis is titled: ‘Shakespeare’s Metaphysical Realm’, where she uses close linguistic analysis to explore Shakespeare’s extreme, figurative and abstract language. She is interested in literary and philosophical crossovers and takes an interdisciplinary approach to Shakespeare. She completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature in Shakespeare: History and Theory at Cardiff University. [Read article]

A. Nicole Pfannenstiel is a doctoral student at Arizona State University in the English Department focusing on Rhetoric and Composition. [Read review]

Katie Rose Guest Pryal teaches rhetoric, composition, and legal writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree in 2003 and her doctorate in rhetoric and composition in 2007. Her research interests include rhetoric, pedagogy, law, and gender/sexuality studies. She is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson 2010) and co-author of Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2010). Her web site is http://katieroseguestpryal.com. [Read article]

Anindya Raychaudhuri is a British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature, University College London. He completed his PhD in 2010 from Cardiff University, researching the representations of gender and memory in the narratives of the Spanish Civil War. He is currently researching the collective memory and cultural representation of the 1947 Indian Partition and has published an examination of the representation of Partition in the works of the Bengali film director Ritwik Ghatak in the journal Social Semiotics. His other research interests include TV Science Fiction, Marxist and postcolonial theory, graffiti, urban studies, and subculture studies. He has written on, among other things, Doctor Who, food in detective fiction, the works of Christopher Caudwell and on British graffiti-artist Banksy. He is currently editing a collection of essays called Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation to be published by the University of Wales Press in 2012. He is also a founding editor of Assuming Gender. [Read article] [Read review]

Susanne Wegener completed her MA in American Studies at LMU Munich in 2008. She is a research assistant and a Ph.D. student at the Department of English and American Studies at Salzburg University since October 2008. Her doctoral thesis is concerned with concepts of 'risk' and 'specula-tion' in contemporary speculative fictions of the North-American Pacific Rim. Susanne Wegener has published on the work of Truman Capote, Siri Hustvedt, Larissa Lai, Karen Tei Yamashita and Kathryn Bigelow. Her research interests are theories of fictionality, narratology, economic criticism, law and literature, and transnationalism. [Read article]

Jennifer Dawn Whitney is a PhD student at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, Wales. Her research interests include: feminist theories, psychoanalysis, humanism and the posthuman, popular culture, and girlhood studies. She is a founding editor of the online academic journal, Assuming Gender. [Read article]