Ann W. Astell is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Eating Beauty: The Eucharist in the Spiritual Arts of the Middle Ages 2006 and Joan of Arc and Sacrificial Authorship 2003, and four other books on medieval literature and spirituality. She is also the editor of four volumes of collected essays, including (most recent) Levinas and Medieval Literature: The ‘Difficult Reading’ of English and Rabbinic Texts (2009; co-edited with Justin A. Jackson). She has published previously in Contagion, as well as in numerous other journals.
Andrew Bartlett teaches in the Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has attended many meetings of COV&R. He is working on a study of the Frankenstein myth tentatively titled Playing God: Mad Scientists and Artificial Humans. As chief organizer of the start-up Generative Anthropology Thinking Event (Vancouver, July 2007), he anticipates with pleasure the third Generative Anthropology Summer Conference to be held this June 19–21 (2009) at the University of Ottawa.
Larry J. Bennett was an independent scholar who lived in Lansing, Michigan.
Henri Beunders is the Chair of History, Media and Culture at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Daniel Cojocaru is an alumnus of the University of Zurich and currently reading English Literature for his DPhil at St. Peter's College, Oxford. In his dissertation he investigates the sacrificial crisis in postmodern dystopian fiction and film. His research interests include the Bible and literature and mimetic perspectives on current literary and cultural theory.
Paul Dumouchel is professor at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences of Ritsumeikan University, in Kyoto, Japan, where he teaches political philosophy. He is author of Émotions: essai sur le corps et le social as well as several articles on trust, moral sentiments, the strategic role and the biological dimension of emotions, as well as mimetic theory. He is presently working on a book on political violence and co-editing [End Page 261] (with Reiko Gotoh) a collection on Amartya Sen and social justice, which is due to appear at Cambridge University Press.
Joachim Duyndam is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Humanistics in The Netherlands. His major fields of interest are humanism, hermeneutical anthropology, and professional ethics. He has published on empathy and emotions, the meaning of exemplars to moral agency, humiliation and forgiveness (see www.duyndam.net ). Duyndam is chair of the Dutch-Flemish Levinas Society, and editor-in-chief of The Levinas Online Bibliography.
David Park has published six novels (The Healing, The Rye Man, Stone Kingdoms, The Big Snow, Following the Sun, and The Truth Commissioner) and one volume of short stories (Oranges from Spain). He was the winner of the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Bass Ireland Arts Award for literature and twice winner of the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize for The Truth Commissioner and the the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland, with his wife and two children.
John Roedel is a doctoral student at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His dissertation examines the effectiveness of principled nonviolence from the perspective of Girardian mimetic theory and psychoanalysis. He has taught courses on nonviolence, power and evil. His last course relied heavily on both mimetic theory and examples drawn from the HBO Mafia drama, The Sopranos. He also focuses on violence and nonviolence in his work as a psychotherapist with families and children.
Kyle Scott teaches political science at the University of North Florida. His second book with Lexington Books, The Unity of Rights, is due out this winter.
Wm. Blake Tyrrell, Distinguished Professor of Classics, teaches at Michigan State University. He has published in the areas of Roman history, medical terminology, Greek mythology, and tragedy.
Hans Weigand has studied Computer Science and Mathematics at the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His Ph.D. thesis explored the application of functional-linguistic theory to knowledge engineering. Since 1989 he is Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of Tilburg University teaching Computer Science and Information Systems. One of his current interests is Complex...