Tatiana Artemyeva

is Professor in the Department of Theory and History of Culture at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. She is the author of 16 books incuding From the Glorious Past to the Bright Future. Philosophy of History and Utopia in Russia in the Epoch of Enlightenment (2005), and a large number of papers.  She has conducted research in various academic centers of Europe as well as USA (in Finland, Germany , Italy and the US among others). She is also co-founder & co-editor of the almanac Philosophical Age and President of the St.Petersburg Society for History of Ideas. S he holds a PhD in Philosophy from St. Petervsburg State University.


Tori Omega Arthur

is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Her research aadresses the intersections of media, race, gender, sexuality, (im)migration, and cultural tourism; social media-based televisuals; the histories and formations of digital diasporas; and, digital/social media representations of the transnational mobilities of Black people, particularly Black LGBTQIA and womxn mobilities. She teaches courses in media history, media and migration, multiculturalism in media, and public communication technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. Website

Asma Barlas

is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, NY. She is primarily interested in Islam/ Muslims, and in particular, in Qur'anic hermeneutics, a topic on which she has written widely. A revised edition of her book, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur'an was released this year (UTexas Press, 2019).  Most recently, she has published 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 (USA).

Simone Brioni

is Associate Professor in the Department of English and affiliate member of the Departments of African Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, USA. His research focuses on migration studies and postcolonial theory with a particular emphasis on contemporary Italian culture. His articles have been published in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including AltreitalieCinergie, Écritures, Incontri, Science Fiction Studies, Studi Culturali, and The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. His most recent publication include the co-written book (with Shirin Ramzanali Fazel) Scrivere di Islam. Raccontare la diaspora (Venezia: Cà Foscari Edizioni, 2020). He holds a PhD in Italian from the University of Warwick. Website

Robert T Chase

is associate professor of history at Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY).  He is the author of We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners Rights in Postwar America (UNC, JPP, 2020) and the editor of Caging Borders and Carceral States: Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance (UNC Press, JPP, 2019).  His work has been published in the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of American History, and a chapter in the anthology The New, New South (University Press of Florida, 2012). As a public intellectual, his work on the history of prison and policing reform and state violence has been featured on national media programs through radio, newspapers, and television (MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, Newsweek, Washington Post).  Website

Mary (Polly) Gannon

is Director of Cultural Studies at NYI. Her interests include translation theory, comparative literature and poetry, women's literature, and film studies. She teaches courses in Cultural Studies and Translation and specializes in literary translation.  Her translation of Podstrochnik (Word for Word) by Lilianna Lungina, with Oleg Dorman, is forthcoming from Overlook Publishers.  She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Cornell University.


Amelia Glaser

is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, and an award-winning translator.  Her research and teaching interests include Russian literature and film, transnational Jewish literature, the literatures of Ukraine, the literature of immigration to the US, the Russian critical tradition, and translation theory and practice. She is the author Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop. (Northwestern U Press, 2012) and numerous scholarly article, as well as= co-editor of 3 other books, incluing the forthcoming Comintern Aesthetics (Toronto U Press) (with Steven Lee). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford.


Masha Godovannaya

is a visual artist, experimental film maker, and queer-feminist researcher.  Approaching art production as artistic research and collective action, Masha’s artistic practice draws on combinations of approaches and spheres such as moving image theory, experimental cinema and DIY video tradition, social science, queer theory, decolonial methodologies, and contemporary art. 

Masha holds an MFA degree in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York, and MA in Sociology from European University in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Currently, she is a candidate in PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. 


Kristin Lené Hole

is an assistant professor in the School of Film at Portland State University. She is the author ofTowards a Feminist Cinematic Ethics: Claire Denis, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jean-Luc Nancy (Edinburgh UP, 2016), co-editor ofThe Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Dijana Jelača, E. Ann Kaplan and Patrice Petro, Routledge, 2016) and co-author of the textbook Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (co-authored with Dijana Jelača). Shge holds a PhD in Comparative Studies from Stony Brook University. Website

Dijana Jelača

teaches in the Film Department and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. Her most recent publication is a co-authored textbook (with Kristin Hole) Film Feminisms (Routledge 2019).  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, Signs, and Jump Cut.  She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Nikolay Karkov

is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Cortland. His research explores the discourses and practices of state socialism, and also conversations and collaborations between Eastern Europe and the global South. He is co-editor of special issues on socialist modernity and the global South, "state feminisms" in Southeastern Europe, and decolonial theory, and has also co-edited an anthology of autonomist Marxist writing (in Bulgarian). Most recently, he has published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Slavic Review, and Deleuze Studies. He is a member of New Left Perspectives, and holds a PhD in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.

Barbara LeSavoy

is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport (SUNY). She teaches courses in feminist theory; sex and gender representations across cultures; race, class, and gender identity; and a capstone senior seminar in women and gender. Her research areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy chairs the Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee. She holds a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Women in Education from the University at Buffalo. Website

Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama and Dramturgy, and Department Chair at Vanderbilt University where she teaches classes in directing and in creating original performance work. She directs plays professionally in Nashville and beyond. She particularly enjoys collaborating with playwrights and actors on the development of new texts. Her scholarly research interests include contemporary American drama, nineteenth century American audience cultures, and performance art. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater. Website

Vladimir S. Malakhov

is Director of the Center for Political Theory and Applied Political Science at RANEPA; he is also teaching at the Russian-British University “Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences”. His scholarly interests range from nationalism and ethnicity studies and sociology of culture to multiculturalism and citizenship studies. He is the author six books, editor-in-chief of six other books and the author of over 100 articles.  He has published in: Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers Anthropology & Archeology of Eurasia, Transit, Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer PhilosophieDialektik, Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer Slavische Philologie, Tumult (Muenchen/Wien), Intellectual News (London), Nouva Secondaria (Brescia), Niin e nain (Helsinki), Pro et Contra, Ab imperio (Moscow), International Migration  etc. Website

Gary Marker

is Professor of History at Stony Brook University. His interests include Russian History (seventeenth century to the present), cultural history, history of printing and reading. He is the author of Days of A Russian Noblewoman: The Memories of Anna Labzina (2001) and numerous edited volumes and scholarly articles. He holds a PhD History from the University of California at Berkeley.


James McFarland

was educated at Oberlin College, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Princeton University, and has taught at Connecticut College and Vanderbilt University, where he is an Associate Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts. He has worked on Weimar and Frankfurt School cultural criticism, the image of the flesh-eating zombie, and contemporary philological practice. He is the co-editor of The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, volume 6 of the new Critical Edition of Hannah Arendt’s Works, and the author of Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History. Together with his wife Leah Lowe he participated in several earlier incarnations of the New York Institute (2007-2009). Website

Ulises Mejias

is Assoc Professor in the Communication Studies Dept and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at SUNY Oswego. His research involves critical internet studies, network theory and science, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. His first book, Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World was published in 2013. His 2nd book, (w/ Nick Couldry, London School of Economics), The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism, (Stanford UP) comes out in Aug 2019 (colonizedbydata.com).  He holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia.


Yola Monakhov Stockton

directs the photography program at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is Assistant Professor.  She has worked as a photojournalist throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and former Soviet Union, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Her monograph, The Nature of Imitation, was published by Schilt (Amsterdam). She received an M.A. in Italian Literature and M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and served as Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College.

Tanja Petrović

is professor for Cultural Studies and head of the Institute of Cultural and Memory Studies at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is interested in uses and meanings of socialist and Yugoslav legacy in post-Yugoslav societies, as well as in cultural, linguistic, political, and social processes that shape reality of these societies. She is the author of Yuropa: Yugoslav Legacy and the Politics of the Future in Post-Yugoslav Societies 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. Website

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.

Shobana Shankar

is finishing a book, Race between the Black Atlantic and Indian Ocean (under contract with Zed Books). It examines how Africans and Indians have attempted to understand and negotiate their complicated racial interrelationships in spheres like religion, science, and education where postcolonial peoples have challenged white supremacy and sought autonomy from Euro-American power. Her presentation on blackness, Asians, and Africans will draw on past and recent attacks on Gandhi and what they mean to the struggle for racial equality. She holds a PhD in History from UCLA. Website

Yalile Suriel

is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at Stony Brook University. Her research examines the intersections between mass incarceration and higher education. Her dissertation is titled: “Campus Eyes: University Surveillance and the Policing of Brown and Black Student Activism in the Age of Mass Incarceration, 1960-1990.” Suriel is a Turner Fellow and an AERA fellow. She has published in the Activist History Review and in the African American Intellectual History Society. 

Bekeh Ukelina

is an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York, Cortland. His research examines the ideologies and practices of development in Africa, South of the Sahara. He focuses primarily on understanding the interlocking layers of exploitation rooted in the colonial and new imperialist global systems. His recent book, The Second Colonial Occupation: Development Planning, Agriculture, and the Legacies of British Rule in Nigeria won the 2018 NYASA Book Award. Bekeh teaches courses in Global History, Development History, African history, Slavery, and Digital History. He is currently working on a book, The Miseducation of the African Child: Colonialism and the Legacies of Neoliberal Economics in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in History from West Virginia University.

Tracey Walters

is an Associate Professor of Literature in the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Walters has published numerous articles on Black women’s literature and three books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (2007), an edited collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (2008), and an ebook Zadie Smith (2012). Forthcoming: Not Your Mother’s Mammy: The Representation of the Domestic in Transatlantic Media (Rutgers Press), and Zadie Smith Decoded (forthcoming). Walters is co-host of the podcast: Black Girls with Accents.


Katharina Wiedlack

is Senior Post-Doc Fellow at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. 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