Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of English, University of Chicago, where she has been teaching since 1984. Berlant received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She writes and teaches on issues of intimacy and belonging in popular culture, in relation to the history and fantasy of citizenship. She writes on public spheres as affect worlds, where affect and emotion lead the way for belonging ahead of the modes of rational or deliberative thought. These attach strangers to each other and shape the terms of the state-civil society relation. She is the author of, among other books, Sex, or the Unbearable (with Lee Edelman), Cruel Optimism, and The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture.
Luciana Parisi is Reader in Cultural Theory, Chair of the PhD programme at the Centre for Cultural Studies, and co-director of the Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths University of London. Her research draws on continental philosophy to investigate ontological and epistemological transformations driven by the function of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. Her writing aims to develop a naturalistic approach to thinking and technology. She is interested in cybernetics, information theory and computation, complexity and evolutionary theories. Her writing addresses the technocapitalist investment in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology. She has written extensively within the field of Media Philosophy and Computational Design. In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press). In 2013, she published Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space (MIT Press). She is currently researching the history of automation and the philosophical consequences of logical thinking in machines.
Laima Kreivytė is a lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and European Humanities University. She introduced a course on queer theory and art at Vilnius University’s Gender Studies Centre in 2008. Kreivytė was a researcher from Lithuania for Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in Eastern European Art at the MUMOK in Vienna (2009-2010). Exhibitions she has curated include From Dusk Till Dawn: 20 Years of LGBT Freedom in Lithuania (Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2013), Lithuanian pavilion in 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), Baltic Mythologies in Prague Biennale III (2007). Kreivytė participates in feminist art and research projects and works with the artist collective Cooltūristės.
Kolozova is director and senior researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities - Skopje (www.isshs.edu.mk), and professor of philosophy, gender studies and sociological theory at the University American College-Skopje. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and besides in her home institution, she also teaches at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (Universities of Skopje, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Sofia). During 2008-2009, Katerina Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric-Program of Critical Theory at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of “Toward a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism: Marx and Laruelle,” New York: Punctum Books, 2015. Her previous publications include: "The Cut of The Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy," New York: Columbia University Press, 2014, "The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain as the New Political Universal" (2010; in English), "The Real and 'I': On the Limit and the Self" (2006; in English), "Conversations with Judith Butler: The Crisis of the Subject" with Judith Butler and Zarko Trajanovski (2002 in English and in Macedonian), "The Death and the Greeks: On Tragic Concepts of Death from Antiquity to Modernity" (2000 in Macedonian), and editor of a number of books from the fields of gender studies and feminist theory, among which the latest co-edited together with Svetlana Slapshak and Jelisaveta Blagojevic "Gender and Identity: Theories from/on Southeastern Europe," Belgrade: Belgrade Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center and Athena Network, 2006 (in English). She is also Editor in Chief of the Journal in Politics, Gender and Culture “Identities,” member of the Non-Philosophical Society (ONPHI), of AOIFE and the European Network for Gender and Women’s Studies - ATHENA (now AtGender).