Cultural Studies, Sabancı University
Dilara Çalışkan is currently working at Sabancı University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Forum. In 2014, she graduated from Sabancı University’s Cultural Studies Master Program with a thesis titled “Queer Mothers and Daughters: The Role of Queer Kinship in the Everyday Lives of Trans Sex Worker Women in Istanbul.” Since 2010, she has been involved with Istanbul’s LGBTI Solidarity Association, which particularly focuses on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, opposes the criminalization of sex work, and supports its recognition as work.
Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University
Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization at Yale University. Her books include Reconstructing Womanhood (OUP, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999).
Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University
Todd Carmody is a Lecturer on History & Literature at Harvard University, where he teaches broadly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and African American literature and in disability studies. He previously held an ACLS New FacultyFellowship in UC Berkeley’s Department of English and a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship from Harvard’s W.E.B.
Professor of English, Fordham University
Leonard Cassuto, a professor of English at Fordham University, has been teaching and writing about disability since Rosemarie Garland-Thomson lighted his path into the field more than fifteen years ago. His most recent piece is “Disability Studies 2.0,” which appeared in American Literary History in 2010.
Deputy Director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme, London School of Economics
As Senior Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, Rana Zincir Celal worked with Columbia University faculty to design and implement collaborative programs in Turkey.In Cyprus, she was involved in establishing the Home for Cooperation, producing art exhibitions on contested histories, developing educational materials on enforced disappearance with The Elders and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and advocating for a gender perspective in the peace process. Between 2005 and 2009, she served as Vice-President of Programs for Chrest Foundation, leading its grantmaking in Turkey. She also launched programs on social justice philanthropy and cultural cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Anadolu Kültür and the Christensen Fund.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
Ruchi Chaturvedi received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2007. Ruchi’s research focuses on questions of political violence, popular politics and its contentious relationship with the ideology and institutions of liberal democracy. The lifeworlds of local level political workers of the Marxist Left and Hindu Right in Kerala, South India, their acts and experiences of violence, and the criminal courts where these workers have been tried have been Ruchi’s key ethnographic resources so far.
Professor of English and the Associate Chair in the Department of English, Princeton
Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and the Associate Chair in the Department of English and a core faculty in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She specializes in race studies and psychoanalytic theory and works in twentieth-century American literature, with special focus on Asian American and African American literatures. She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief (Oxford University Press), which explores the notion of racial grief at the intersection of culture, history, and law.
Associate Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY
Sarah Chinn teaches nineteenth century literature at Hunter College, CUNY. Her work primarily explores questions of race, embodiment, sexuality, and gender in U.S. literature and culture, particularly in the 19th century. She is the author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body as Evidence (Continuum, 2000) and The Invention of Modern Adolescence: Children of Immigrants in Turn-of-the-Century America (Rutgers University Press, 2008).
Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media, MIT
Beth Coleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies. She is faculty director of the C3 game culture and mobile media initiative. Her fields of research interest include new media, contemporary aesthetics, electronic music, critical theory and literature, and race theory. Under the name M. Singe, she co-founded the SoundLab Cultural Alchemy project, established in 1995.
Associate Professor, School of Education, Hunter College, CUNY
David J. Connor is an Associate Professor in the School of Education of Hunter College, CUNY. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on disability and education. David's areas of interest include teacher education, learning disabilities, inclusive education, and social justice issues. For the last decade he has contributed to the development of the growing field of Disability Studies in Education.
Qudsiya Contractor is an Assistant Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, School of Research Methodology.
Professor, Department of Sociology, Baruch College
Instructor, Department of History, Florida International University
Dr. Cornelius's research examines the development of “racial science” during the nineteenth century. Her book manuscript titled /'More Approximate to the Animal:' African American Men and Women’s Resistance to the Rise of Scientific Racism in Mid-Nineteenth Century America/ provides a gendered analysis of the ways in which African Americans - enslaved and free, lettered and illiterate - addressed scientific theories of racial differences.
Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director, Disability Studies Program, Hofstra University
G. Thomas Couser retired in 2011 from Hofstra University, where he was a professor of English and founding director of the Disability Studies Program.
Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University
Christina Crosby has worked at Wesleyan University since 1982, where she is Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her subfields are Victorian studies and Feminist Studies. She has published The Ends of History: Victorians and the 'Woman Question' and essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere.
Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Fordham University
Director, Creative Writing Program, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
PhD candidate, Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University
Aditi Surie von Czechowski is a PhD candidate in the department of Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Her work focuses on the intersection of humanitarianism and human rights and theories of the human. From 2013-15, she conducted research on humanitarian aid and gender based violence in Tanzania.
Distinguished Professor of English; Professor of Disability and Human Development, School of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; Professor of Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Lennard J. Davis is Professor in the English Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had also served as Head. In addition, he is Professor of Disability and Human Development in the School of Applied Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine. He is also director of Project Biocultures a think-tank devoted to issues around the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology, and the biosphere.
The artist is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina and was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. Since 1988 she has lived in Berlin. Her artistic work deals with issues related to the burden of national identity, memory, the role of minorities in the society and the potential of a space "in between". Her work uses a very heterogeneous language (installation, video, sound installation, rugs).
Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Deborah Dinner is a legal historian whose scholarship examines the interaction between social movements, political culture, and legal change. Dinner’s research focuses in particular on how law responds to vulnerabilities that derive from familial and employment relationships, at home and at work. Her courses and curricular interests include Property, the Fourteenth Amendment, Family Law, Employment Discrimination, and Legal History.
Associate Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology
Elizabeth J. Donaldson is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses in American literature, writing, and medical humanities. She has published essays on mental illness in film, antipsychiatry in Lauren Slater’s memoirs, physiognomy and madness in Jane Eyre, teaching Melville online, and the poetry of Amy Lowell, among other subjects. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disabilities Studies and is co-editor (with Catherine J.
Professor of Political and Social Philosophy, Vincennes/St. Denis Paris 8 University (France)
Elsa Dorlin is Professor of political and social philosophy at the department of political science and involved in the department of women’s studies and gender and sexuality studies at Vincennes/St. Denis Paris 8 University (France). Dorlin specializes in feminist philosophy and theory and historical epistemology of sexuality. Dorlin’s research also focuses on critical theory and postcolonial studies.
Regional Director and Head of Programs, Ruwwad Al Tanmeya
Samar Dudin is the Regional Director and Head of Programs for Ruwwad Al Tanmeya, a not for profit community & youth empowerment organization. She develops creative community and youth educational experiences and organizes community led campaigns which focus on social change through grass roots leadership development. Samar is an independent theatre director and educator since 1993. In 2006 she founded Takween Open Spaces for Enlightenment & Creativity initiative in Amman, Jordan which focuses on creating experiential learning contexts to engage youth and children in exploring pluralism and diversity as the means and meaning for a better world. She has been a fellow of the Leadership program of the International Women's Forum (IWF) since 2003. She was selected as an Ashoka Fellow for her Takween citizenship initiative on Youth Identity & Cultural diversity in Amman in 2009, An Aspen Leadership fellow and moderator since 2010. She sits on the Advisory Committee for the Arab Education Forum, a founding board member of Al Ballad Theatre, a founding member of Mujtama3i for Arab Community organizers and a committed volunteer trainer on women's leadership with IWF–Jordan's chapter since 2005. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University in California and holds a Bachelor degree in theatre arts.
Assistant Professor of History and Geography, Morgan State University
Dr. Natanya Duncan received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2009. Her areas of research include a focus on the development of Black Nationalist practices prevalent amongst female members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and subsequent derivative groups which she has termed as an “Efficient Womanhood.” Using this framework, which she asserts refers to the “blending of nationalist and gendered concerns without the sacrificing of one for the other amongst African American women during the long freedom struggle,” Dr.
Madhusree Dutta Madhusree is a filmmaker; also a curator, pedagogue, researcher, producer and activist. Though visual culture is the key to her works, multi-disciplinary initiatives and multi-layered representations frame her myriad engagements. Filmmaking, theatre, visual arts, literature, media products; students’ movement, feminist movement, movement against communalism, movement for democratisation of art practices; cultural literacy, art pedagogy, interfaces between genres, movements and disciplines form the path of Madhusree’s personal journey.
Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Laura Ciolkowski is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is also Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia.