Roger Caillois (1913–78), elected to the Académie Française in 1971, was a member of the Surrealists and founded the Collège de Sociologie with Georges Bataille, and the journal Diogenes. He wrote on subjects ranging from play and mimicry to literature and the sacred. His writings on stones include: Pierres (Gallimard, 1966); L'Écriture des pierres (Skira, 1970), translated as The Writing of Stones (University of Virginia Press, 1985); a section on minerals in Cases d'un échiquier (Gallimard, 1970); and Pierres réfléchies (Gallimard, 1975).
Nigel Clark is professor of social sustainability and human geography at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet (2011) and co-editor (with Kathryn Yusoff) of a recent Theory, Culture & Society special issue on "Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene" (2017). Current research interests include pyrotechnology, the politics and ontology of the explosion, and the geology of race. He is working on a book (with Bronislaw Szerszynski) about planetary multiplicity and social thought.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Dean of Humanities at Arizona State University and co-president with Stacy Alaimo of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. His research examines strange and beautiful things that challenge the imagination, phenomena that seem alien and intimate at once. He is especially interested in what monsters, misfits, inhuman forces, objects and matter that won't stay put reveal about the cultures that dream, fear and desire them. In collaboration with Lindy Elkins-Tanton, he co-wrote the book Earth, a re-examination of the planet from the perspectives of a planetary scientist and a literary humanist. With Julian Yates he is co-writing Noah's Arkive: Towards an Ecology of Refuge.
Pierre Jardin is an internationally acclaimed rock-gardener and stoned-thinker based in Long Beach, California. His works of Outside Art include The Garden of Slow Time (2016, Loyola Marymount U. campus) and "Igneous Ligneous Inosculations," installations exhibited at the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2018). As Paul A. Harris, he is Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and co-editor of SubStance. His recent work includes collaborative readings and a coauthored story with David Mitchell (forthcoming in C21 Literature), and his current projects are "Stone is the New Green" and Viewing Stones: Contemporary Approaches to Display (co-authored with Thomas P. Elias and Richard Turner). He blogs at The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin.
Maud Meyzaud studied philosophy in Strasbourg and Berlin. She received her PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Constance in 2009 and her dissertation was awarded a prize from the City of Constance in 2010. The book, Die stumme Souveränität. Volk und Revolution bei Georg Büchner und Jules Michelet, was published 2012 by Fink. Meyzaud's fields of research include: concepts and figures of the revolution and the people from 1789 until 1850, 19th-century history-writing practice, concepts of mankind from 1750 to the avant-garde and beyond, concepts of poverty from and in the aftermath of Rousseau (Arme Gemeinschaft. Die Moderne Rousseaus, b_books, 2015), the notion of Bildung and theories of the novel. She is currently working on a book that explores the connection between the 'novelization' of the dialogue and the emergence of a theory of the novel in Late French Enlightenment (Diderot) and Early German Romanticism (Schlegel).
Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He has collaborated with Björk, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Walshe, Olafur Eliasson, Haim Steinbach, and Pharrell Williams. He is the author of Being Ecological (Penguin, 2018), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Verso, 2017), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 200 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food; he co-wrote and appears in Living in the Future's Past, a film about global warming with Jeff Bridges. In 2014, Morton gave the Wellek Lectures in...