contributors

JMAC picJuan M. Amaya-Castro is Assistant Professor at the Law School of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is also Visiting Professor at the United Nations mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica, where he worked as Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights between 2004 and 2009. In 2003-2004 he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. He has taught numerous courses in the area of international law, international organizations, human rights, humanitarian law, as well as courses on political and critical theory, gender, and citizenship. He is currently working on migration, law and governmentality.
Sina Badiei 1Sina Badiei is an activist and political theorist living in Tehran, Iran. He holds an M.A. in Communication (Philosophy) from the European Graduate School in Switzerland and a master in Electronic and Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham in England. He has published a number of articles in various journals and also is the author of Reading Marxism (Part 2 of Collected Projects: 2011, Atropos Press, 2012). His interests include primarily to interrogate subjectivity and scientificity through Hegel, Marx, Althusser, and Badiou. He will soon continue his academic studies in Paris.
3045216887_5ba4f3d593 Judith Balso is a professor of poetry at the European Graduate School. Each year during a summer seminar she invites internationally renowned poets such as Jacques Roubaud, Alessandro De Francesco, and Philippe Beck to discuss the relation between poetry, philosophy, and politics. She has published numerous works on the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, including Pessoa, le passeur métaphysique (Seuil, 2006) translated as Pessoa, The Metaphysical Courier (Atropos, 2011). Recently, Balso also contributed to the collection The Idea of Communism, edited by Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Žižek (Verso, 2010). (Photo: Hendrik Speck)
uva-narrowPortraitFor the past three years Aafke Beukema toe Water has been teaching and working on her dissertation on migration policies and at the history department of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She started her own private tutoring company in which she teaches children and adults comprehensive reading and writing.
MCMatthew Charles holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Westminster in London, teaching and researching in modern European philosophy, culture and education. He has previously taught at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), where he completed a PhD on Walter Benjamin, Goethe and Kant. He is the co-author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Benjamin, a member of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy, and has published on various aspects of political aesthetics, including Hiroshima, utopianism, post-Jungian cultural criticism, and Goethean cinema. His current research is concerned with the politics of pedagogy in relation to a critical theory of mass education, with specific interest in the history and current ideological crisis of education in England.
FotoBio_Tirana_COLORDiego Cossentino is an Italian visual artist and musician. He studied photography at the State Institute of Art of Firenze, and in the United States at MCAD in Minneapolis, where he also attended cinematography and sound enegeneering classes. In contemporary art and professional photography he collaborated with Alva Noto, FP-Friends, Lorenzo Bruni, BASE Progetti per l’Arte, Hannah Imlach, Francesca Banchelli, Teatro della Limonaia. As musician and producer he collaborates and still works with Dennis Bovell, Soul Love Records, Skarramucci, Mama Marjas, Boomker Sound Studio plus his own projects Malasuerte Fi*Sud, The Benko Brothers, Roots United. He works as photography teacher in Firenze.
Image031Edith Doron‘s professional career has developed in New York City where she has worked in museum education for over eight years: first as the Cultural Program Developer for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum designed entirely and expressly for children and then as the Director of Programs at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Her work has evolved from teaching and developing interactive exhibit spaces that were based in the museum’s extensive collections to creating original and experimental cultural events by forging new partnerships with diverse community-based organizations, NGO’s, artists and business leaders across the metropolitan area. The philosophical tensions of contested mission statements together with the far reaching impact of museum work, especially that of marginalized children’s museums, has led me to study at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Modern Thought. Doron completed the Masters degree with the dissertation entitled, Of Things and Thresholds: Hospitality, Exilic Education and the Practice of Community in a Children’s Museum and she is currently in the final year of my doctoral research with the tentative title, Education and the Idea of Emancipation: From the Monster of Philosophy to the Political Subject and Back.
5900_122858877040_2471640_nOliver Feltham is an Australian philosopher and translator working in Paris, France. He is known primarily for his English translations of Alain Badiou, most notably Badiou’s magnum opus Being and Event (2006). Feltham’s own writings are drawn from many of his research interests including Marxism, critical theory, and the history of metaphysics. His recent work has also focused on psychoanalysis and Jaques Lacan.
christopher-fynsk-2009-2Christopher Fynsk is the Maurice Blanchot Chair at the European Graduate School, Head of the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen, and Director of the Centre for Modern Thought. His work is closely involved with that of Martin Heidegger, Maurice Blanchot, Emmanuel Lévinas, and several contemporary artists, including Francis Bacon and Salvatore Puglia. Christopher Fynsk is an internationally recognized Martin Heidegger scholar and literary theorist who has worked with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy at the University of Strasbourg. He is well known for his work relating the political and literary aspects of continental philosophy. His numerous publications include The Claim of Language: A Case for the Humanities (2004), Infant Figures: The Death of the Infans and Other Scenes of Origin (2000), Language and Relation: …that there is language (1996), and Heidegger: Thought and Historicity (1986). (Photo: Hendrik Speck)
photo 1Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei studied classical composition, linguistics, conceptual art, and philosophy in the Netherlands, US, and Switzerland, where he received his PhD at the European Graduate School. He currently studies at the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen. He teaches philosophy at the University of New York in Tirana, Albania, and art theory and politics at the Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague, Netherlands. Vincent is contributing editor of continent. journal and founder of publishing house Uitgeverij, and published Follow Us or Die (Atropos, 2009; with Jonas Staal) and The Old Nubian Miracle of Saint Mina (Uitgeverij, 2012; with El-Shafie El-Guzuuli). (Photo: Urok Shirhan) www.vangervenoei.com
559062_3792112612671_1163104867_nAdam Staley Groves is a fellow at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore where he teaches Humanities in relation to his primary research inquiries of poetry and technology. Adam obtained MA and PhD (2011) degrees from the European Graduate School and is currently engaged in a second PhD program with the Centre of Modern Thought, at the University of Aberdeen. Earlier in his career Adam studied journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa and worked briefly in political journalism with the magazine In These Times, before seeking graduate study. Adam has worked as an adjunct, visiting professor, and postdoctoral fellow in both the United States and South East Asia. The variety of disciplines taught include the Humanities, film history and work studies; Communication, journalism ethics and typography; and Humanities of both climate change and biomedicine. Adam is also a published poet and theorist of media hagiographics interrogating the problems of US media and politics. He is also a co-editor and contributor with the journal continent.
576512_10151741579025507_942703875_nAgon Hamza will soon defend his PhD in philosophy on Hegel and Althusser at the university of Ljubljana. He is a co-founder and a member of Dialectical Materialism Collective in Prishtina, Kosovo. Hamza is the author of Louis Althusser (Prishtina: KMD, 2011), co-editor of Ese të Zgjedhura, by Slavoj Žižek (Prishtina: DKS, 2009), and an editor of Për Althusserin (Prishtina: KMD, 2012). Currently, he is working on an edited volume on Žižek. His latest publication is a co-authored book with Slavoj Žižek, entitled From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo (Prishtina: KMD, 2013).
(c)Reinhard Winkler_bw4Julia Hölzl is the Maurice Blanchot Fellow at the European Graduate School, where she also received her PhD. Currently completing a second doctorate at the Centre for Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen, her present research focuses on the notion of finitude in Blanchot and Heidegger. Julia has studied and taught a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences at various universities in Austria, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Thailand, where she has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University (Bangkok) since 2009. Book publications include Transience. A poiesis, of dis/appearance (Atropos Press, 2010). (Photo: Reinhard Winkler).
215291_1020167757740_1032_nNico Jenkins is a founder and co-editor of continentjournal. In addition he is coordinator of ethics and philosophy at Husson University in Bangor, Maine as well as preceptor at the Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono. He holds a degree in eastern philosophy from St John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently at work on his dissertation at the European Graduate School (also known as the University of Disaster) where he is ABD. In addition, Nico has also worked as an artist in New York City (showing both there and in Europe), as a photographer in Eastern Europe during the revolutions there, shifted mud to build an extended runway in Hong Kong and sailed across the Atlantic in a 9 meter boat. When not contemplating disaster, he tends his bees.
picture_jjoqueJustin Joque is a Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on visualization, networks, mapping and data analysis. He is pursuing his PhD in communications at the European Graduate School, where he is working on the history of cyberwar and its impact on sovereignty in the 21st Century.
dkDenisa Kera is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research Institute fellow. She is also a member of Hackteria.org, an exchange network of hackers, makers and academics supporting research in places with missing infrastructure and building nomadic labs in Indonesia and Nepal. In her present research she is bringing together Science Technology Society (STS) studies and Interactive Media Design. She builds design prototypes and critical probes to create tools for deliberation, reflection and public participation in emergent science and technology issues.She follows and supports science community labs, alternative R&D places (Hackerspaces, FabLabs) and the (Do It Yourself) DIYbio movement. She has extensive experience as a curator of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science, and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism.
Rosemary LeeRosemary Lee is a media artist and theorist whose practice is based in willfully ignoring boundaries, working indiscriminantly between art, philosophy, poetry, science, technology, and politics. She holds an MA in Media and Communication from the European Graduate School and a BFA with emphasis in Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rosemary’s artwork has been exhibited in the United States, France, and Germany, while maintaining several ongoing international collaborations, and she is the current Burning Athens artist/scholar in residence. http://rosemary-lee.com
portrait_MM_DC copiaMarco Mazzi is an Italian essayist and photographer living and working in Tokyo. He held exhibitions at the 798 Art District in Beijing, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo, the Komaba Art Museum of Tokyo, the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea (MLAC, Rome), Daniele Ugolini Contemporary (Florence). He took part to the exhibition Il medium disperso (MLAC, Rome) together with Keren Cytter, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Marinella Senatore and Clemens von Wedemeyer. In 2008 Mazzi founded the non-profit organization Relational Cinema Association within the University of Waseda in Tokyo. The project involves screening of films and videos by Francesca Banchelli, Eric Baudelaire, Johanna Billing, Hannah Collins, Josef Dabernig, Harun Farocki, Marine Hugonnier, Mark Lewis, Mario Pfeifer, Amie Siegel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In 2010 Mazzi shot a documentary film Kiju Yoshida and a Vision of Fear, in collaboration with Kiju Yoshida, the acclaimed Japanese film director. (Photo: Diego Cossentino)
SONY DSCGeorgios Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. He holds a Master in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and is pursuing a PhD at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He was a researcher at the theory department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy, in Maastricht in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 he was won the Vilém Flusser Award for Artistic Research. He has published articles and books in English, Greek and Spanish. He has lectured in Universities, Musea, Galleries and Cultural Institutions, always experimenting on the form of delivering his theoretical argument by combining theory with performance, visual art and graphic design. His second book, Grexit, an edited volume on Currency and Crisis in Greece, was published last Summer (2012) in collaboration with the transmediale festival and the Universität der Künste, Berlin. http://georgiospapadopoulos.info/
Foto - Urok ShirhanUrok Shirhan Alsaedy (b. Baghdad, 1984) studied Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and is currently a participant in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program in Beirut, Lebanon.
Nick SkiadopoulosNick Skiadopoulos studied ancient and modern Greek philology, history and philosophy of science and philosophy of economics in Greece and the Netherlands. He has published on subjects such as political philosophy, philosophy of economics, poetry and literature. His academic interests focus on the relation of social science and social engineering to power and the construction of subjectivity. He is particularly interested in the institutional and intellectual gap between so-called “continental” philosophy and obscurely transparent social sciences such as economics. He currently works as a freelance writer and translator in Greece and often publishes for the Continent blog as well as for several media in his home country.
Katharina StadlerKatharina Stadler is a sound thinker as well as polaroid, film and knitting artist. In her work she dissolves the artificially constructed limits of time through an exploration of atmosphere hidden in the poetry of the quotidian, exploring memory as a non-constant constant in the reflection of daily life reality. She investigates gender related aspects of sound in the juxtaposition with traditionally female connotated arts and crafts techniques like knitting. Her theoretical work focuses on concepts of creative imagination and art education throughout ideology transformations. Born in Vienna and trained in Berlin she currently curates the educational programs at the Center of Contemporary Art-Tbilisi.
Portrait Jonas StaalJonas Staal has studied monumental art in Enschede NL and Boston USA. He currently works on his PhD research entitled Art and Propaganda in the 21st Century: A Dutch Perspective at the University of Leiden NL and is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit, that contributes to building alternative political spheres for organizations banned from democratic discourse. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications, focusing on the relationship between art, politics and ideology. His essay Post-propaganda (Fonds BKVB, 2009) and publication Power?… To Which People?! (Jap Sam Books, 2010) provides the theoretical basis for this line of work. His most recent book is Art, Property of Politics III: Closed Architecture (Onomatopee, 2011), a research into a prison model developed by far-right Freedom Party (PVV) politician Fleur Agema. His projects were exhibited in among other the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven NL; the David Roberts Art Foundation in London UK; Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen BE; Kadist Art Foundation in Paris FR; BAK, Utrecht NL; de Appel, Amsterdam NL;  the 4th Moscow Biennial, Moscow RU; the 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin DE and the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kochi IN 2012. He regularly publishes in books, newspapers and magazines – his written work appeared in NRC Handelsblad, de Groene Amsterdammer, Metropolis M and Manifesta Journal, among others. Staal lives and works in Rotterdam NL. www.jonasstaal.nl
tijana s 2Tijana Stevanović is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University, holding Architecture, Planning and Landscape department’s scholarship, where she is also involved in teaching. Her research is centred around the questions of commons, property, irregularity, and transgression in the context of modernist project for a city of New Belgrade. She previously studied at UCL, SSEES; studied and taught at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade; exhibited at 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture; presented papers at 9th AHRA conferences Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (London Met) 2012, This Is Not A Gateway, (London) 2010, Henri Lefebvre today: Rethinking Theory, Space and Production (ETH Zurich) 2009; was an artist in residence in Flutgraben, Berlin, 2011; collaborated with artists in several projects: Group Affinity summer academy (on informal knowledge production) Munich, 2012; STAD, Stockholm&Belgrade, 2010; Les Temps D’une Maree, Dieppe, 2007. Her text is published in recent book: Critical Cities, vol. 3, (eds.) Myrdle Court Press, London, 2012.
554416_843872715433_107307269_nJohn Van Houdt is a PhD researcher in German Idealism at Tilburg University, NL. His research currently focuses on the first generation reception of Kant’s critical philosophy (Reinhold, Aenesidemus, and Maimon) and the influence that this reception had on the later project of German Idealism (Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel).
cropAndreas Vrahimis teaches philosophy at the University of Cyprus. He holds a PhD from the University of London. He has previously held an Honorary Research Fellowship at the London Consortium, University of London, and has taught at the Cyprus University of Technology. His work focuses on the divide between so-called Analytic and Continental philosophy. He has a forthcoming book on this topic, titled Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013).

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