Louis Rose is the Editor of American Imago, a member of the Trustees of the Sigmund Freud Archives, Library of Congress, and Professor of Modern European History at Otterbein University. His book The Freudian Calling: Early Viennese Psychoanalysis and the Pursuit of Cultural Science (Wayne State University, 1998) received the 1999 Austrian Cultural Institute Prize for Best Book in Austrian Studies. He is the author of The Survival of Images: Art Historians, Psychoanalysts, and the Ancients (Wayne State University, 2001). He received his B.A. in History from Clark University—where Sigmund Freud gave his American lectures—and his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Vienna.
Janet Bishop is curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has served since 1988. Ms. Bishop is co-curator for The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. A Bay Area native, Ms. Bishop is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A.).
Michael A. Grodin, M. D. is Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights in the Boston University School of Public Health; Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine in the Boston University School of Medicine; a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; and Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies of Boston University.
Jeffrey Prager is a Professor of Sociology, UCLA and Senior Faculty Member and Co-Dean of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, [End Page 579] Los Angeles. He is also a practicing psychoanalyst in Beverly Hills. He is the author of Presenting the Past: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering (Harvard University, 1998) and several articles on social trauma, redress, and social reconciliation. His most recent article is titled "Healing from History: Psychoanalytic Considerations on Traumatic Pasts and Social Repair" (European Journal of Social Theory, 11, 2008). He is completing a book for Polity Press titled Psychoanalysis, Trauma, and Society. The article included in this issue is Part I of "Danger and Deformations: A Social Theory of Trauma." Part II will appear in American Imago.
Debora Silverman is Distinguished Professor of History and Art History at UCLA and holds the University of California President's Chair in Modern European History, Art and Culture. She has authored three books: Selling Culture: Bloomingdale's, Diana Vreeland, and the New Aristocracy of Taste in Reagan's America (Pantheon, 1986); Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siecle France: Politics, Psychology, and Style (University of California, 1989); and Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001). Professor Silverman has received ACLS, NEH, Guggenheim, and Getty Research Institute fellowships and she was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2008, she was elected a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. Her book, Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art, co-won the 2001 PEN American Center/ Architectural Digest National Prize for outstanding writing on the visual arts; the Ralph Waldo Emerson national prize for best book in the Humanities; and the American Historical Association's J. Russell Major book prize in French History. She is the 2011-2012 Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center where she is completing work on a new book, "'The Congo I Presume': Tepid Revisionism and Art Nouveau Modernism in The Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, 1910-2010." Part of this research recently appeared in the Bard Graduate Center's West 86th Street.
Janet Sayers is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. Her previous books [End Page 580] include Mothering Psychoanalysis (Penguin, 1992) and Freudian Tales (Vintage, 1997). She is currently completing a biography of Adrian Stokes titled "Art and Psychoanalysis: Melanie Klein and the Story of Adrian Stokes."
Sharon Sliwinski is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies and the Centre for Theory & Criticism at the University of Western Ontario. She teaches and writes in the areas of visual culture, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. She is the author of Human Rights In Camera (University of Chicago, forthcoming...