Asma Barlas

is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, New York. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics. Among her books are"Believing Women" in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an (2002) and Re-understanding Islam: A double critique (2008). Her most recent work has appeared in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, and Patriarchal Moments (Bloomsbury). She holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Denver.


John E. Drury

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Experimental Linguistics Lab at Stony Brook University.  His work seeks to integrate linguistic perspectives on the knowledge, processing, and acquisition of language with research in cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of electrophysiological measurement techniques (e.g., EEG/ERPs).  Two projects underway in the el.lab include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of sentence level processing targeting phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain interference studies probing the relationship between language and other cognitive domains, such as music, mathematics, and visual narrative.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.


Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (Routledge, 2017). Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Jump Cut and elsewhere.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nikolay Karkov

is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at SUNY Cortland. His research interests include modern and contemporary European philosophy, decolonial and intercultural theory, autonomist Marxism, and Afro-diasporic political thought. He has published texts on Caribbean and Eastern European humanism, recent French theory, and decolonial feminism. He is also a member of New Left Perspectives in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe.  he holds a PhD in philosophy from Binghamton University.

Ulises Mejias

is Associate Professor of New Media in the Communication Studies Department at SUNY Oswego. Originally from Mexico City, Dr. Mejias' research focuses on critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, alternate reality games, and the political economy of digital media. He is the author of Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (in press, University of Minnesota), and various scholarly articles. He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in labor and gender history of socialist Yugoslavia. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies (Belgrade 2012, Berlin 2015) and a number of monographs and essays on linguistic and cultural identities and processes in the former Yugoslav societies. She holds a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities.


Timothy Portice

is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Middlebury College since 2013.  His research interests include the aesthetics, contemporary Russian literature and culture, the intersections between philosophy and literature, translation and translation studies, the study of science fiction, and Russian language pedagogy. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.

Omer Preminger

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Language Science Center. He is also Associate Director of the UMD-LSC Guatemala Field Station. His primary interests are in syntax and morphosyntax, and, more generally, any aspects of language that cannot be reduced to sound and meaning alone. The languages he has worked on most are Kaqchikel (Mayan) and Basque. His recent publications include Agreement and its failures (MIT Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Tanya Scott

teaches Psychology at the City University of New York and Linguistics at Stony Brook University. Her interests include cognitive psychology, Slavic morphosyntax, and the linguistics and psychology interface. She is a collaborator with the experimental cognitive psychology lab in St. Petersburg State University. She has participated in creating Google voice for Russian that was re-launched in 2014. She was a Fulbright–Hays dissertation scholar and she holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.

Katharina Wiedlack

is FWF post-doc research fellow at the Department for English and American Studies, University of Vienna working on the construction of Russia within Western media.  Her research fields are popular culture, post-socialist, decolonial, queer and feminist theory, and disability studies.  She has published on US-American and Russian music cultures and productions, gender issues and disability in a global context.  She holds a PhD in English and American Studies from the University of Vienna.