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Ira Allen is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University of Beirut, where he is also Director of the Writing Center and Writing in the Disciplines. His research moves between the theoretical study of rhetoric and rhetorical engagement in concretely specified fields – political theory, pragmatist philosophy, translation, and composition studies – and has appeared or is forthcoming in SubStance, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Modern Language Notes, Pedagogy, and elsewhere. His first book manuscript is The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory (in review), and he is working on a second, Rhetorical Constitution: The Possibility of Democracy. Ira can be reached at

Kellan Anfinson received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a teaching fellow at Sciences Po. His research interests include environmental politics, critical theory, political economy, and American politics. He is currently preparing his dissertation “The Ethos of the Event: From Political Eruptions to Climate Change” for publication. Kellan can be reached at

Jean François Bissonnette received his PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012. His thesis explored the themes of desire and vulnerability in the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, and their relevance for the understanding of the modern political culture. In 2012–2013, he was Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London, where he worked on the topic of neuroeconomics. In May 2014, he joined the Sophiapol, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, where he studies the problem of credit and debt, and its impact on the formation of subjectivity. Jean François can be reached at

KB Burnside–Oxendine is a PhD candidate in Literature at Duke University, where she specializes in political theory and philosophy, cultural studies, and critical legal studies. Her present research engages continental philosophy in examining genealogies of legal ideology and culture in the United States. She is currently completing a dissertation entitled Police is Dead: On the Rise of American Economism, which charts the development of economistic thought by retracing its conditions of emergence in the Aristotelian concept of police. KB can be reached at

Anita Chari is assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon. In addition to her work as a critical theorist, she is a creative writer, musician, composer, and facilitator of creative process work. Her work has appeared in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Sartre Studies International, Historical Materialism, and Contemporary Political Theory, and her first book A Political Economy of the Senses is forthcoming at Columbia University Press in the New Directions in Critical Theory series in September 2015. She is currently working on a book on embodied practices and their role in critical theory, entitled Embodied Transformations. Anita can be reached at and her website is

William E. Connolly is the Krieger–Eisenhower Professor at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches political theory. He is the former editor of Political Theory and, a joyous memory, one of the co–founders of Theory & Event. He co–moderates the Blog, The Contemporary Condition, which addresses a variety of political issues. His recent books include Pluralism (2005), Capitalism and Christianity, American Style (2008), A World of Becoming (2011) and The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies and Democratic Activism (2013). He is currently working on a study of how to reorient practices of collective freedom, belonging and activism during the era of the Anthropocene. William can be reached at

Carol Genetti is a vocalist, composer, installation artist, and graphic designer. She has toured the United States, Canada, France, and Germany and has performed numerous live concerts as an improvisational vocalist. Her accomplishments as a composer and sound artist include works for the Hedwig Dance Company, Sonic Celluloid Festival, the Outer Ear Sound Arts Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Jairus Victor Grove is Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies and Assistant Professor of International Relations at University of Hawai’i at Mänoa, where he teaches Global Security and Alternative Futures. His work focuses on the ways war...

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