Danielle Bouchard is an assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current research looks at the politics of knowledge production in the US university, through examination of debates regarding feminist theory, disciplinarity, and postcoloniality.
Emma Cocker is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Her recent publications include work in Liminal Landscapes (Routledge, 2011) and Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art.
Emilie Dionne is a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto. Her research interests involve new feminist materialism and focus on the notions of embodiment, intersubjectivity, as well as the prosthetic in political theory and contemporary fictions. Her dissertation relies on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari in their exploration of desire as a means of challenge to the law and to notions of stability and fixity when reflecting on the bodies and on subjectivity.
Desiree Hellegers is Associate Professor of English and a founding co-director of the Center for Social and Environmental Justice at Washington State University Vancouver. The essay included in this edition of Rhizomes is an excerpt from her book, which is forthcoming in the fall from Palgrave (Macmillan) Studies in Oral History Series, tentatively titled, No Room of Her Own: Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, Community and Resistance. Hellegers is the author of Handmaid to Divinity, Natural Philosophy, Poetry, and Gender in Seventeenth Century England (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 2000) and a board member of the Portland, Oregon-based Peace and Justice Works/Portland Copwatch.
Courtney Hopf is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis. Her dissertation focuses on mass-collaboration and narrative theory, examining what happens to authorship and agency when large groups of people participate in the creation of a story. She currently lives in London and works as an Academic Skills Adviser at Brunel University. Her article "The Stories We Tell: Discursive Identity Through Narrative Form in Cloud Atlas" is forthcoming in the collection David Mitchell: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2011).
Jake Huntley is a Tutor in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He has written fiction for various magazines, journals and anthologies as well as Radio 4. His critical work principally explores non mimetic or genre fiction from a Deleuzian perspective and he has also written on JG Ballard, John Wyndham and the Saw films.
Marko Jobst, DIA (Belgrade University), M.Arch, MSc, PhD (The Bartlett UCL), is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and MSc Architectural Studies Programme Leader at Greenwich University. He has written for The Architects' Journal about the relationship between architecture and film, is writing a book about the London Underground and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, is interested in relating film, philosophy and experimental writing, and contributes to the Mikser programme for cultural exchange (Belgrade+New York+London).
Nicola Masciandaro is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY and a specialist in medieval literature. He is the author of The Voice of the Hammer (Notre Dame, 2007) and founding editor of Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary, «http://glossator.org». For more information, see The Whim, «http://thewhim.blogspot.com».
Peter McDonald received his BA from the University of British Columbia and is currently finishing his MA in English literature at Simon Fraser University. Peter is also the founder of the 'Liminal Play' academic research group on games and play in Vancouver, BC.
Dennis Mischke holds a degree in English and American Studies, Media Studies and Cognitive Science from Potsdam University (Germany). He is a doctoral student of American Studies at the Ruhr University Research School in Bochum (Germany), where he is writing a Ph.D. thesis on counter-cosmopolitanisms in 19th century American Literature. His general research interests include transnational cultural studies, global literatures in English, material culture, literary and media theory, philosophy of mind, educational and instructional design.
Andrew Robinson is loosely affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, Nottingham, and works on critical theory, social movements, everyday life, oppression and resistance. He is co-author of Power, Conflict and Resistance in the Contemporary World (Routledge, 2010) and has authored or co-authored around twenty papers on diverse topics including horizontalism in social movements, Deleuze and the social symptom, immanent utopianism, Gramsci, Sartre, Zizek, militarist discourse, social exclusion and the "war on terror", global justice theory, and US foreign policy.
Bonnie Ruberg is a PhD student in the Comparative Literature department at UC Berkeley, where she studies new media, surrealism, and gender/sexuality. She has also worked as a journalist specializing in video games and online culture for publications like The Village Voice and The Economist.
Anastasia Salter is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore in Information Arts and Technologies, where she teaches courses on game and simulation studies. Her primary research is on digital narratives with a continuing focus on virtual worlds, gender and cyberspace, games as literature, educational games and fan production.
Sudipto (Deep) Sanyal is a doctoral student in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University. He is interested in intoxication - drugs, love, etc. - and what it means for various ways of wandering through spaces both imagined and real. His research also includes crime fiction and notions of genre. He is still unsure of his Neutrality.
Phil Smith is a UK based artist, performer and teacher, specialising in performance related to walking. He is the author of Mythogeography (Triarchy, 2010), and a co-author of The Hidden City Festival Handbook (University of Plymouth Press, 2010) and Walking, Writing and Performance (Intellect, 2010). He is company dramaturg for TNT (Munich). He is a member of site-based artists Wrights & Sites (www.mis-guide.com), authors of An Exeter Mis-Guide (2003) and A Mis-Guide To Anywhere (2006). At present he is engaged in research at the University of Plymouth (UK) on the effectiveness of performance and performative interventions in touristic and heritage spaces.
Isaac Vayo is an instructor of Arts and Humanities at Defiance College. His research focuses on sound studies and 9/11, including attention to the use of voice recordings of the hijackers in popular media, as well as the ways in which the usage of such voices endows them with a presence-in-absence.