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Brook M. Blair is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Colorado. He teaches political philosophy, theory and evolution of the modern state, and the politics of the Middle East. He is currently in the process of completing a manuscript on Nietzsche’s precursors and followers. He may be reached at

William A. Callahan is chair professor of international politics at the University of Manchester and co-director of the British Inter-university China Centre based at Oxford University. He is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he is completing a manuscript tentitively entitled National Humiliation: Identity, Security and the Rise of China. He can be reached at

Jodi Dean teaches political theory at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Her most recent book is Zizek’s Politics (Routledge 2006).

Victoria Grace is Associate Professor in the Sociology Programme, School of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury. She has published a book on feminist theory and the work of cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard (Routledge, 2000), and is currently writing a theoretical work on gender and the notion of victim. She has published widely on a number of substantive topics in the broad field of critical science studies of health and medicine, and has an interest in psychosomatics, embodiment and Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Davide Panagia is a political and cultural theorist who holds the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at Trent University (Peterborough, Canada). The current essay is part a book-length study entitled The Political Life of Sensation (Duke UP; forthcoming, 2008) that examines the divisions of the senses which constitute modern citizen subjects of pluralist democracies as subjects of perception. His first book, The Poetics of Political Thinking (Duke UP, 2006), inquires into contemporary accounts of the nature of political argument from the perspective of modern political and aesthetic thought. He may be contacted at

Arun Saldanha graduated in Media Studies from the Free University of Brussels in 1997. He worked as Teaching Assistant until 2000, then pursued doctoral studies in Geography at the Open University. Since 2004 he has been working as Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota. A book based on his doctoral research has recently appeared, Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007). His research interests revolve around the theorization of race and colonialism through Deleuze, Badiou, Darwin, Bataille and Nietzsche. Current empirical project is on the first Dutch voyages to the Indian Ocean, around 1600.

Leslie Paul Thiele teaches political theory and environmental ethics at the University of Florida. His most recent book is The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Neuroscience, and Narrative (Cambridge 2006). He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project that addresses the challenge of translating environmental values into sustainable practices, and is also engaged in work that integrates Jungian psychology with political and cultural studies. He can be reached at

Diego A. von Vacano is Assistant Professor of political science, Texas A&M University. He is the author of The Art of Power Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and the Making of Aesthetic Political Theory (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). He received his doctorate in political theory from Princeton University in 2003 and is currently writing a book on racial identity, Latin American thought and modernity.


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