Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge


Levi R. Bryant is a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College, outside of Dallas, Texas. His work revolves around issues of anarcho-communist political theory, materialism, realism, and ontology. He is the author of Difference and Givenness: Deleuze's Transcendental Empiricism and The Ontology of Immanence (Northwestern UP, 2008), The Democracy of Objects (Open Humanities Press 2011), and Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media (Edinburgh UP, 2014). He co-edited The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (Re.Press, 2011) with Graham Harman and Nick Srnicek. He has written widely on Lacan, Badiou, Deleuze, ecology, science and technology, and speculative realism.

Rick Dolphijn (1974) teaches and does research on media theory/cultural theory and coordinates the departmental honours program. He published two books, being Foodscapes, Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (Eburon/University of Chicago Press 2004) and (with Iris van der Tuin) New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press 2012), and edited (with Rosi Braidotti) This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (Brill/Rodopi 2014/5) which is currently being translated into Turkish. He is currently finishing a new monograph entitled Surfaces: How Philosophy and Art Matter.

Evelien Geerts is currently a Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA). Her research interests include Continental and feminist philosophy, difference philosophies and epistemologies, and new feminist materialisms. This article is based on Geerts' Research Master's thesis, titled "The Other Woman: Towards a Diffractive Rereading of the Oeuvres of Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray" (Utrecht University, 2012).

Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory (Polity, forthcoming 2016).

Peta Hinton currently teaches in the Gender Studies Program at Utrecht University. She remains an Affiliated Fellow with the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, where she was a stipendiary Research Fellow in the 2013/14 academic year, and Honorary Scholar with the University of New South Wales, where she completed her Ph.D. in Sociology. She is published in Hypatia, Somatechnics, Women: A Cultural Review, and Australian Feminist Studies and has co-edited a special issue, "Feminist Matters: The Politics of New Materialism" (Women: A Cultural Review) in 2014 and a volume in the AtGender series, Teaching With Feminist Materialisms, 2015. Her research explores the way negativity, taking focus with death and nothing, figures in new feminist materialist political and ethical ontologies.

Myra J. Hird is Professor and Queen's National Scholar in the School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University, Canada (www.myrahird.com). Professor Hird is Director of the genera Research Group (gRG), an interdisciplinary research network of collaborating natural, social, and humanities scholars, and Principal Investigator of Canada's Waste Flow, an interdisciplinary research project focused on waste as a global scientific-technical and socio-ethical issue (www.wasteflow.ca). Hird has published eight books and over sixty articles and book chapters on a diversity of topics relating to science studies.

Katie King is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Fellow of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). Her scholarship is located at a juncture of feminist technoscience studies, intersectional digital cultures and media studies, and LGBT Studies. Her books are Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell (Duke 2011) and Theory in its Feminist Travels: Conversations in U.S. Women's Movements (Indiana 1994). Another is now in progress, Attaching, for Climate Change: a sympoiesis of media.

Ino Mamic holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and MA in Theology and Religious Studies. At the moment he is in the Research Master program at KU Leuven. He is interested in the methods of empowerment used within the framework of contextual theologies. In his research he focuses on new materialist methodological approaches to the issues of power, vulnerability, embodied spirituality and flourishing.

Hanna Meissner is postdoctoral assistant at the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (ZIFG) of the Technische Universität Berlin. Her main fields of interest are feminist theory, social theory, science studies, and postcolonial studies. Recent publications: "Opening Spaces. Learning to Un-learn Certainties as Limitations" in Teaching with Feminist Materialisms, (ed. P. Hinton and P. Treusch, ATHENA/ Utrecht University, 2015) and "Politics as encounter and response-ability. Learning to converse with enigmatic others" (Artnodes 14, 2014, Web)

Ulf Mellström is an anthropologist and professor of Gender Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden. He has published extensively in the areas of gender and technology, masculinity studies, and lately in studies of globalisation and higher education. His research interests cuts across Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Anthropology. He is also the editor-in-chief of Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. Key publications include titles such as "Masculinity, Power and Technology: A Malaysian Ethnography" (2003), "The intersection of gender, race, and cultural boundaries or why is computer science in Malaysia dominated by women? (2009), "Changing affective economies of masculine machineries and military masculinities? From Ernst Jünger to Shannen Rossmiller." (2012), "Eduscapes: Interpreting Transnational Flows of Higher Education" (2013), "Eduscapes: Towards a Critical Anthropology of Knowledge Society", London: Palgrave & MacMillan (2016).

Dorothea Olkowski is Professor and former Chair of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Director of the Cognitive Studies Program, and former Director of Women's Studies. She has been a Fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Rotman Institute of Philosophy and Science, the Australian National University in Canberra, and UC Berkeley. She is the author/editor of ten books including, most recently, Postmodern Philosophy and the Scientific Turn (Indiana University Press, 2012) and over 100 articles in French theory, feminism, philosophy of art, science and technology.

Joseph Rouse is the Hedding Professor of Moral Science in the Philosophy Department and the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Articulating the World: Conceptual Understanding and the Scientific Image (Chicago 2015), How Scientific Practices Matter: Reclaiming Philosophical Naturalism (Chicago 2002), Engaging Science: How to Understand its Practices Philosophically (Cornell 1996), and Knowledge and Power: Toward a Political Philosophy of Science (Cornell 1987), and the editor of John Haugeland's posthumous Dasein Disclosed (Harvard 2013.

Martin Savransky is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he teaches philosophy, social theory, and methodology. He works at the intersection of process philosophy, the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, and the ethics and politics of knowledge. He is the author of The Adventure of Relevance: An Ethics of Social Inquiry (Palgrave 2016, with a foreword by Isabelle Stengers) and co-editor of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, forthcoming).

Karin Sellberg is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Queensland, Australia, and she has previously held postdoctoral fellowships in the English Literature Department and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She specialises in feminist philosophy and intellectual histories of science and medicine, as well as contemporary feminist and queer literature. She has published extensively in this field, especially on medical/narrative technologies and transgender theories of identity and embodiment. Her monograph His/Herstories: The Textual Makings of Transgender Embodiment is forthcoming with Ashgate in 2016. She has also co-edited a volume on Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement (Ashgate, 2015), and several previous journal special issues on feminist theories of science and embodiment.

Andie Shabbar is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her dissertation "Queer Autonomous Zones: Public Art, Surveillance, and the Imperceptible Politics of Affect" explores how queer public artworks have the affective capacity to mobilize political uprisings through anarchist aesthetics and antiauthoritarian community building practices.

Rebekah Sheldon is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Indiana University Bloomington. Her contribution, "Matter and Meaning," is a companion piece to "Form/Matter/Chora: Object Oriented Ontology and Feminist New Materialism," published in Richard Grusin's The Nonhuman Turn (UMinn 2015), as well as to "Double Agency: Knowledge | Performativity" in We, Reading, Now, a Stanford Arcade Colloquy curated by Dalglish Chew and Julie Orlemanksi. In addition to her work on feminist speculative philosophy and science studies, she researches and writes about science fiction, environmentalism, and queer theories of childhood.

Kathrin Thiele teaches in the Graduate Gender Programme at Utrecht University. She is trained as a critical theorist with specific expertise in continental philosophy, feminist theories and posthuman(ist) studies. Her current research explores feminist relational ontologies as cosmo-politics. She has authored The Thought of Becoming. Gilles Deleuze's Poetics of Life (2008), and (co-)edited several books, forthcoming are (with Mercedes Bunz and Birgit M. Kaiser) Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (2016) and (with Rosemarie Buikema) Doing Gender in Medien-, Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften: Eine Einführung (2016). Her articles appear in academic journals such as Women: A Cultural Review, Parallax, Interventions, Cultural Studies Review and Deleuze Studies. She is also co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities Terra Critica (www.terracritica.net).

Iris van der Tuin is associate professor, and program director, of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Trained as a feminist epistemologist, she is specialized in gender studies and new materialisms (especially pertaining to humanities scholarship that traverses ‘the two cultures'). She co-authored New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) with Rick Dolphijn and wrote Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach (Lexington Books, 2015).