Volume 8, Number 2 - Spring 2017

Contributors


Julie Andreyev is an artist, researcher, and educator. Andreyev’s art practice, called Animal Lover, explores more-than-human creativity (www.animallover.ca). The projects take the form of new media performance, video installation, generative art, and relational aesthetics. Andreyev’s projects have been shown across Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia, and are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. An Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, she is also co-founder of the relational art group Vegan Congress (www.vegancongress.org) that holds events intended to develop awareness and compassion for nonhuman beings. Andreyev is a Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholar completing her PhD at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary investigation into an expansion of ethics for more-than-human beings examined through interspecies relational creativity in art processes. This research is supported by a Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Matt Barlow is a PhD candidate (anthropology) at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, currently conducting research into the everyday affects of (failing) colonial-era waste infrastructures in Darjeeling, India. He is also a musician and an amateur photographer, and aims to combine these interests into his practice as an anthropologist -  moving across disciplines to produce a body of work that is at once ethnographically grounded and artistically engaged.

Karen Dalke is a Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005. Her dissertation was entitled: The Real and the Imagined: An Ethnographic Analysis of the Wild Horse in the American Landscape. Dalke continues to focus on the wild horse in the American west as the physical, political, and economic landscape changes, and is additionally interested in creating a trans-species research methodology. Dalke has published and presented papers on these issues in Australia, Finland, Greece, India, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.

Phillip Drake is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching focuses on environmental literature and rhetoric, science and technology studies, Marxism, and animal studies. He is the author of Indonesia and the Politics of Disaster: Power and Representation in Indonesia’s Mud Volcano (2016), and has recent articles in Environmental Communication, Disasters, and Rethinking Marxism

Carrie P. Freeman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She publishes and teaches on media ethics, activist communication, environmental communication, and critical animal studies. She wrote the 2014 book Framing Farming: Communication Strategies for Animal Rights exploring vegan advocacy and co-authors the www.animalsandmedia.org styleguide. A grassroots activist for several decades, she currently co-hosts animal and environmental protection shows on Radio Free Georgia. 

Bill Hutchison is a PhD candidate in English at University of Chicago. He is interested in perspectives on life and being at the intersection of literature, science, and popular culture. His current project looks at the relationship between technology and intimacy. Specifically, he investigates the ways in which human interactions with robots and other machines, both literary and material, create ontological challenges for the division between persons and things.

Joan Gordon is an editor of Humanimalia.

Megan Olson Hunt became an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (USA) in 2014 after completing her PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She additionally holds two bachelor’s degrees spanning the fields of mathematics, psychology, education, and statistics, and has taught secondary mathematics in New Zealand. Olson Hunt’s theoretical work focuses mostly on missing data, but she also serves as a co-author and statistical consultant on projects covering a wide range of application areas, including geology, physical therapy, neuroscience, nutrition, engineering, and ecology/biology, amongst others. Outside academia, Olson Hunt is passionate about sustainability, animal rescue efforts, and photography.

Hillary Kelleher is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry at the University at Albany, SUNY. She previously taught English at DePauw University, University of Rhode Island, and New York University. Her teaching and research interests include early modern literature, critical theory, gender studies, magic and religion, and monsters. She is currently completing a book (Unknowing Herbert: The Dark End of The Temple) on George Herbert and the via negativa. Trained early on to ride horses, she has fostered homeless animals and volunteered for several rescue organizations, including a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats on Great Guana Cay.

Justin Kolb is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at The American University in Cairo. He has published work on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, early modern England and Islam, and various problems of posthumanism. He is currently at work on a book, Spongy Natures: The Inhuman Ecologies of Ben Jonson's London. 

Sean Meighoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Emory University.  He is the author of The End of the West and Other Cautionary Tales (Columbia UP, 2016). His work has also appeared in Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Cultural Critique, and Small Axe, as well as in Beastly Morality: Animals as Ethical Agents (Columbia UP, 2015) and Nation Dance: Religion, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean (Indiana UP, 2001).

Reuben Message recently completed a PhD entitled “To assist, and control, and improve, the operations of nature”: Fish culture, reproductive technology and social order in Victorian Britain in the Department of  Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science. Drawing on Science and Technogy Studies’s critiques of sociology, his main research interests involve all things fishy, including angling, ichthyology, and the use of fish in laboratory science. Reuben is especially interested in exploring the social and political dimensions of the emergence of fish sentience as both a scientific and epistemological issue, and a practical policy challenge.

Marcus Owens is a PhD candidate in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California - Berkeley College of Environmental Design. He is trained as an architect and co-founder of design research studio CAMO projects, and is an affiliate at the Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society. 

Adeline Rother is Adjunct Assistant Professor of French and General Studies at Whitman College. In addition to teaching French language and freshman writing, she maintains an ongoing research project on the roles of animals in modern French literature and philosophy, with a special focus on the posthumanist critique of Jacques Derrida. She has previously written on the sacrificial animals (rams and dogs) of Derrida and J.M. Coetzee. Her background in Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies, continues to inform her work.

Michael G. Sherbert is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program for the Humanities at York University (Toronto, Canada). His research interests include: Deconstruction; post-structuralism; transhumanism; posthumanism; animal studies; intersections of the religious and the secular in modernity; post-secularism; and theories of the self.

Jennifer Wolch is Professor of City and Regional Planning and the William W. Wurster Dean of the University of California-Berkeley College of Environmental Design.