Susan E. Cook is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interests lie in the intersection of psychoanalysis and cultural criticism, and she is currently writing a dissertation about incorporation as a thematic device and formal structure in the long nineteenth-century British novel.
Kate L. H. Fortmueller is an Annenberg Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California. Her research interests seek to engage feminist and queer theory in film and consumer culture. She also has specific interests in documentary, sound, various manifestations of music films, and Italian cinema.
Rosalind Galt is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex, where she teaches film theory and European cinema. She has published articles in Screen and Cinema Journal, and her first book, The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map, was published in 2006 by Columbia University Press.
Homay King is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Director of the Program in Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College. Her essays have appeared in Camera Obscura, Film Quarterly, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and the collection Jeff Wall: Photographs. She is currently working on a book called Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Projection, and the Enigmatic Signifier, forthcoming from Duke University Press.
Anne McKnight is Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese literature, and is especially interested in global postmodernism and the relations between literature, film and subculture. In recent years, she has published essays in positions: east asia cultures critique and [End Page 199] New Cinemas. Presently she is completing a manuscript on Japanese fiction and ethnography in the context of debates on "post-historical" writing.
Miya Elise Mizuta is an independent scholar of modern Japanese literature and art. She teaches as a lecturer at the University of Southern California, in the departments of Art History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, and is managing editor of the Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Jôsai University). The essay that appears here is part of her book manuscript Aesthetic Life: The Artistic Discourse of Beauty in Modern Japan, completed during her term as a Getty postdoctoral fellow. Her publications include "Luminous Environment: Light, Architecture, and Decoration in Modern Japan" in Japan Forum (2006). She is currently in Japan as a Japan Foundation Research Fellow conducting research on her next book project on the theme of illumination and electric decoration in modern Japan.
Christopher Pavsek is Assistant Professor of Film in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He is currently completing a book about Alexander Kluge's films and critical theory. He is also a filmmaker. His most recent films, "To Those Born After" and "The One and All" have shown widely at international film festivals. His current film project "The Hands of Men" concerns the practical and philosophical consequences of the ongoing mass extinction of species on Earth.
Fatimah Tobing Rony teaches Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her latest film, Lotus Requiem, a narrative feature produced by Nia diNata, is a collaboration with three other Indonesian women directors including diNata. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Third Eye: Race, Cinema, and Ethnographic Spectacle.
Stephen Sheehi is Associate Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Arabic Program at the University of South Carolina. His work focuses the intellectual, visual and cultural history of the Arab world. He is the author of Foundations of Modern Arab Identity (UP Florida, 2004), which examines the epistemology of modern Arab subjectivity during the colonial era and how it informed cultural and intellectual production during the Arab Renaissance. His articles have appeared in International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The British Journal of Middle East Studies, Critique, The Journal of Arabic Literature, Comparative South Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies and Jouvert. [End Page 200]
His current research excavates the role visual culture played in justifying the accumulation of surplus capital by a new ruling, confessional elite in Late Ottoman and mandate Lebanon. He investigates how photography, painting and...