Paola Bacchetta is associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the author of Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologists (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2003), and co-editor of Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists around the World (New York: Routledge, 2002). She has published articles on gender, sexuality, Hindu nationalism, political conflict, “race”-racism, postcoloniality, and feminist and queer movements in journals such as Social Text; Feminist Studies; Journal of Women’s History; Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography; Growth and Change; Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. She has also published chapters in edited books on global political conflict, Hindu nationalism, and feminist and queer movements in India.
Ueno Chizuko is professor of sociology in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology of the University of Tokyo and has been a research fellow at the University of Chicago and a visiting professor at University of Bonn, El Collegio de Mexico, Columbia University, and numerous others institutions. She is one of the pioneers of women’s studies in Japan and the author of many books, including Theater beneath the Skirt (1986), Patriarchy and Capitalism (1991), The Rise and Fall of The Modern Japanese Family (1994), The Erotic Apparatus (1998), Nationalism and Gender (1998), Sociologizing Literature (2000), Politics of Difference (2002), A Thought for Survival (2006), Old Days for Single Women (2007), and A Tao of Living for Single Men (2009). Her works published in English include Nationalism and Gender (Trans Pacific Press, 2004) and The Modern Family in Japan: Its Rise and Fall (Trans Pacific Press, 2009). [End Page 329]
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, a sociologist and activist of Aymara descent, was born in 1949 in La Paz. She is a co-founder of the Workshop on Andean Oral History and the author of a number of books, including “Oprimidos pero no vencidos”: Luchas del campesinado aymara y qhechwa de Bolivia, 1900–1980 (La Paz, 1984; translated into English and Japanese), Los Artesanos Libertarios y la Ética del Trabajo (La Paz, 1988; an oral history of the anarchist movement in La Paz, in collaboration with Zulema Lehm), Bircholas: Trabajo de Mujeres, explotación capitalista y opresión colonial entre las migrantes de La Paz y El Alto (La Paz, 1996), and Las Fronteras de la Coca: Epistemologías Coloniales y Circuitos Alternativos de la Hoja de Coca (La Paz, 2003). She also makes videos and films, most recently the documentaries Junio 2001, La Retirada de los Yungas, and Viaje a la Frontera del Sur. She has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions, including Columbia University and the Universidad de Heulva, La Rábida, and for more than two decades she has been a professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés de La Paz.
John E. Drabinski teaches in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to over two dozen articles in contemporary critical theory, he has published Sensibility and Singularity (2001) and Godard between Identity and Difference (2008); he has co-edited Between Levinas and Heidegger (2010). His current research includes a recently completed book-length study of Édouard Glissant’s poetics entitled Abyssal Beginnings and a contracted monograph entitled Levinas and the Postcolonial (Edinburgh). He has also edited special journal issues of C.L.R. James Journal (on Glissant) and Social Text (on “reconciliation”).
Didier Eribon is the author of several books, including Michel Foucault (1989); Réflexions sur la question gay (1999), published in English as Insult and the Making of the Gay Self by Duke University Press (2004); Une morale du minoritaire: Variations sur un thème de Jean Genet (2001); Hérésies: Essais sur la théorie de la sexualité (2003); and Echapper à la psychanalyse (2005). He was awarded the James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize at Yale in 2008 and co-directed, for several years, a seminar on the sociology of homosexuality at l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.
Elizabeth Freeman is associate professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of The Wedding Complex: Forms [End Page 330] of Belonging in...