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  • Contributors

Nicholas Brown is an assistant professor in the departments of English and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His forthcoming book reconsiders the narrative of globalization through the relationship between European Modernism and the African literature of the Independence period.

Iain Chambers teaches cultural and postcolonial studies at the Università degli Studi di Napoli, “L’Orientale.” He is author of several books including, most recently, Migrancy, Culture, Identity (Routledge, 1994) and Culture after Humanism: History, Culture, Subjectivity (Routledge, 2001), and, as editor, with Lidia Curti, The Post-Colonial Question: Common Skies, Divided Horizons (Routledge, 1996).

Arif Dirlik is Knight Professor of Social Science, and professor of history and anthropology at the University of Oregon. Author and editor of numerous works, his most recent publications include Postmodernity’s Histories: The Past as Legacy and Project (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000) and the [End Page 333] edited volumes: Chinese on the American Frontier (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), and, with Roxann Prazniak, Places and Politics in an Age of Globalization (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001).

Kodwo Eshun is author of numerous pieces on music, culture, and the arts. He is associate editor of the relaunched magazine 21C, and author of More Brilliant Than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction (Quartet Books, 1998). He also is editor of the forthcoming Afrofuturist Reader from Duke University Press.

Barbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Resistance Literature (Routledge, 1986), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (Wesleyan, 1992), After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (Verso, 1996), and coeditor with Mia Carter of Imperialism and Orientalism: A Documentary Sourcebook (Blackwell, 1999). She is currently working on an intellectual biography of the South African activist Ruth First.

Neil Larsen is professor of Latin-American and comparative literature, and co-director of the Program in Critical Theory at the University of California, Davis. Larsen has written and lectured widely on Latin-American literature and society, on postcolonialism, and on Marxism and critical theory. He is the author of Marxism and Hegemony: A Materialist Critique of Aesthetic Agencies (University of Minnesota Press, 1990), Reading North by South (University of Minnesota Press, 1995), and Determinations: Essays on Theory, Narrative and Nation in the Americas (Verso, 2001). His current projects include a book of essays on changes in the written form of dialectical thought in Hegel, Marx, Lukács, and Adorno.

V. Y. Mudimbe is Newman Ivey White Professor of Literature at Duke University. Among his numerous publications, he is the author of The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge (Indiana, 1988), and The Idea of Africa (Indiana, 1994). He is the editor of several collections, including The Surreptitious Speech: Présence Africaine and the [End Page 334] Politics of Otherness, 1947–1987 (Chicago, 1992). He also is the author of three books of poetry and four novels, including the novel, The Rift (Minnesota, 1993).

Brett Neilson is a lecturer in social and cultural analysis at the University of Western Sydney, where he is also a member of the Centre for Cultural Research. He is author of Free Trade in the Bermuda Triangle . . . and Other Tales of Counter-Globalization (Minnesota, 2003). Currently he is working on two projects: a study of globalization and aging, and an edited volume on the global drug complex.

Rita Raley is assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses in global English and the digital humanities. She has published articles in Diaspora, Postmodern Culture, ARIEL, and other journals. Articles on the electronic empire and machine translation are forthcoming. She is currently completing a book entitled Global English and the Academy.

Diane Rubenstein is professor of government and American studies at Cornell University. She is the author of What’s Left? The Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Right (Wisconsin, 1991). Her other essays on Foucault have appeared in The Final Foucault (MIT, 1988) and the journal Modern Fiction Studies. She is currently completing a book on French theory and the American presidency, titled This is Not a President: Baudrillard, Lacan and the American Political Imaginary.