Ignacio Adriasola is assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD from Duke University in 2011. His book in progress, Melancholy Sites, investigates responses by artists and intellectuals to the crisis of aesthetic and political representation triggered by the failed protests against the US- Japan Security Treaty of 1960, and in particular their reliance on depictions of the sexual and geographical margins in their articulation of an aesthetics of political disaffection.
Ou-Byung Chae earned a PhD degree in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is currently an assistant professor at the department of sociology, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. His interests includes modern colonialism, East Asian state formation, and cultural diffusion. His articles have appeared in the Sociological Quarterly and the Journal of Historical Sociology.
Amjad Majid, MA, is a critic, writer, and IT consultant. As a 3D exhibition designer and IT consultant, he has worked with prestigious art venues such as the National Gallery of Modern Art (Bangalore), the India Habitat Center (New Delhi), and Ink Studio (Beijing) with prominent artists such as Waswo X. Waswo, Sheba Chhachhi, Ravi Agarwal, Han [End Page 379] Bing, and Fang Lu, and curators such as Maya Kóvskaya and Lina Vincent. He teaches English and Spanish language and literature in Beijing. His research interests include post-coloniality, globalization, transnationalism, digital humanities, Spanish American literature, and contemporary art.
Peter Tillack has a PhD in East Asian languages and literatures from the University of Oregon with a focus on modern Japanese literature. He is assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montana State University. He has taught as a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, and then as a professor of practice at Tulane University. His research focuses on the literature of Japanese suburbia, and he is currently translating works of fiction by Kuroi Senji.
Vladimir Tikhonov (Korean name: Pak Noja) was born in Leningrad (currently St. Petersburg) and educated at the St. Petersburg State University (MA, 1994) and Moscow State University (PhD in ancient Korean history, 1996). He is a professor at the Oslo University in Norway (Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities). A specialist in the history of ideas in early modern Korea, he is the author of Usǔng yǒlp’ae ǔi sinhwa (The Myth of the Survival of the Fittest, Seoul: Hangyoreh Publishers, 2005). His other major interest is Korea’s Buddhist history. He is the translator (with O. Miller) of Selected Writings of Han Yongun: From Social Darwinism to Socialism with a Buddhist Face (Global Oriental/University of Hawaii Press, 2008). His last academic monograph is Social Darwinism and Nationalism in Korea: The Beginnings (1880s – 1910s) — ‘Survival’ as an Ideology of Korean Modernity (Leiden: Brill, 2010). One of his central academic interests in recent years is the history of Korean religions in the modern age, with special focus on the history of colonial-era Buddhism.
John Whittier Treat is professor emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of a forthcoming novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House (2015).
Christopher Weinberger is an assistant professor in comparative and world literature at San Francisco State University. He earned a PhD in East Asian languages and cultures from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010, and is nearly finished with a second dissertation for a PhD in English from the same institution. His research focuses on literary theory, criticism, narrative, and the novel in nineteenth- and twentieth- century Japanese and Anglophone traditions. He has published in Narrative and has an article on Murakami Haruki forthcoming in Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He is currently writing a book manuscript, Reflexive Ethics in Modern Japanese Literature. [End Page 380]