Gil Anidjar is associate professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His most recent book is Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (Stanford, 2008).
Jennifer Doyle is associate professor of English at the University of California at Riverside, where she teaches American literature, gender studies, and visual studies. She is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (Minnesota, 2006). Her second book, Critical Limits: Difficulty and the Politics of Emotion in Contemporary Art, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is also working on two projects: "Uncoupled," a collection of essays on forms of intimacy that take shape outside of, or in a critical relationship to, the romantic couple and the domestic norm; and "Managing Desire," a book about contemporary art and sports culture.
Enrique Dussel is professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Iztapalapa campus of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. His books translated into English include The Philosophy of Liberation, The Underside of Modernity: Apel, Ricoeur, Rorty, Taylor and the Philosophy of Liberation, The Invention of the Americas: Eclipse of "the Other" and the Myth of Modernity, Ethics and Community (Liberation and Theology), and The History of the Church in Latin America: Colonialism to Liberation (1492–1979 ). [End Page 211]
Mikhail Epstein is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature at Emory University. Besides numerous articles and essays, he has written seventeen books, including, in English, After the Future: Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture; Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture (with two coauthors); Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication (with Ellen Berry); and Cries in the New Wilderness: From the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and, among numerous awards, he is a recipient of the Liberty Prize (2000, for his contribution to American-Russian cultural relationships) and one of the winners of the International Essay Contest (Weimar, 1999).
François Jullien teaches at the Université de Paris 7, where he is the director of the Institut de la Pensée Contemporaine. Among his works translated into English are, most recently, In Praise of Blandness: Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics and Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness.
Hélène Mialet has taught at Cornell, Harvard, and Oxford universities as well as the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of L'Entreprise créatrice: Le rôle des récits, des objets et de l'acteur dans l'invention, along with a series of articles on the anthropology and philosophy of science.
Bernard Stiegler is head of the Department of Cultural Development at the Pompidou Center and the cofounder of the political group Ars Industrialis. He is the author of numerous books, including the three-volume Technics and Time, Acting Out, De la misère symbolique vols. 1–2, and Mécreance et Discrédit vols. 1–3. [End Page 212]