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Ben Conisbee Baer is assistant professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He has recently published a translation from the Bengali of a key twentieth-century novel by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, The Tale of Hansuli Turn (2011), and is completing a book, Modernity’s Mouths: Indigenous Vanguards and Transnational Modernism in the Interwar World.

Thomas Cannavino is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of Minnesota and assistant editor of Cultural Critique.

Tina Mai Chen is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba. Her recent publications include “Peasant and Woman in Maoist Revolutionary Theory, 1920s–1950s,” in Reform, Revolution, and Radicalism in Modern China: Essays in Honor of Maurice Meisner (2011), and “Asian Boundaries, Documentary Regimes, and the Political Economy of the Personal” in positions: asia critique.

Alicia Gibson holds a law degree from the University of Colorado and is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation project, “ The End, or Life in the Nuclear Age: Modes of Subjectivity and Aesthetic Form,” focuses on the experiences of American, Japanese American, and Japanese people as expressed in post–World War II literature, television, and cinema.

Nicholas Holm is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has published on political aesthetics and critical humor studies and is currently completing a dissertation addressing the aesthetic logic of mass-media humor as a formative site of contemporary antiauthoritarian and neoliberal politics.

Jing Jiang is assistant professor of Chinese and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches modern Chinese literature and film. She has published articles in Asia Cinema, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and positions: asia critique. She is currently [End Page 230] working on a book manuscript tentatively titled “Found in Translation: Changing Visions of Modern China.”

Aaron William Moore teaches East Asian history at the University of Manchester. His first book, The Peril of Self-Discipline (2012), analyzes subjectivity in the wartime diaries of soldiers from China, Japan, and the United States. His second book project is an examination of childhood and adolescence during World War II in China, Japan, England, and the USSR.

In her previous life, London-based, Singapore-born, Tokyo-Chicago-London–trained multidisciplinary award-winning artist–art curator– art educator, multihyphenate Kai Syng Tan’s work has been shown in more than forty-five cities. Her current life consists of writing a PhD thesis and running to look for the meaning of life. She is itching for her next life to come. Her website is

Rudolphus Teeuwen is associate professor of English at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Among other things, he is interested in how utopia, although eccentric to it, animates culture. With Steffen Hantke, he is the editor of Gypsy Scholars, Migrant Teachers, and the Global Academic Proletariat (2007).

Benigno Trigo is professor of Latin American literature at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Remembering Maternal Bodies (2006) and Subjects of Crisis (2000), coauthor with Kelly Oliver of Noir Anxiety (Minnesota, 2003), and editor of Foucault and Latin America (2002). He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Colonial Perversions: Self-Violence and the Dynamics of Colonization.”

Julia Vaingurt is assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has written widely on early Soviet literature and culture, including, most recently, an article on space flight and evolution in Russian modernism. Her first book, Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology and the Arts in Russia of the 1920s, is forthcoming. [End Page 231]



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