Notes on Contributors
Ackbar Abbas Ackbar Abbas is Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. Previously, he was Chair of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of The Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. Recent works include essays on Chinese cinema and urbanism, the art of Liu Dan and Antony Gormley, and a forthcoming collaborative volume on volatility in culture, politics, and finance.
Eugenie Brinkema Eugenie Brinkema is Associate Professor of Contemporary Literature and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her articles on film, violence, affect, sexuality, and ethics have appeared in the journals Angelaki, Camera Obscura, Criticism, differences, Discourse, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, qui parle, and World Picture. Her first book, The Forms of the Affects, was published with Duke University Press in 2014. Her forthcoming book, Life-Destroying Diagrams, is about radical formalism, horror, and love.
Johanna Isaacson Johanna Isaacson is a Professor of English at Modesto Junior College and a founding editor of Blind Field journal. She has published articles on horror film and politics in venues such as Handbook of Marxism (Sage), Theory and Event, Commune, and Blind Field. She is the author of The Ballerina and the Bull: Anarchist Utopias in the Age of Finance (Repeater, 2016).
Daryl Maude Daryl Maude is a PhD candidate in Japanese literature and critical theory at the University of California, Berkeley. He works on futurity and intimacy in modern Japanese and Okinawan literature, and is interested in queer, feminist, and postcolonial theory. His translation of Shinjo Ikuo's "Male Sexuality in the Colony: On Toyokawa Zen'ichi's 'Searchlight'" appeared in Beyond Imperial Aesthetics: Theories of Art and Politics in East Asia, edited by Mayumo Inoue and Steve Choe, Hong Kong University Press, 2019.
E. L. McCallum E. L. McCallum is Professor of English and Film Studies at Michigan State University. She has written Object Lessons: How to Do Things with Fetishism (SUNY, 1999) and Unmaking The Making of Americans: Toward an Aesthetic Ontology (SUNY, 2018). Her most recent book is After Queer Studies: Literature, Theory, and Sexuality in the 21st Century (Cambridge), coedited with Tyler Bradway and selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2019. Recent essays have appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video and camera obscura. She's now working on queer quantum theory and biosemiotics to analyze how art cinema represents the animacy of the nonhuman world.
Carey James Mickalites Carey Mickalites is Associate Professor of English at the University of Memphis, where he teaches classes in modern and contemporary literature. He is the author of Modernism and Market Fantasy: British Fictions of Capital, 1910 - 1939. His current book project is on contemporary literary celebrity.
Kwasu D. Tembo Kwasu David Tembo is a PhD graduate in the Language, Literatures, and Cultures department at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include comics studies, literary theory and criticism, and philosophy, particularly the so-called "prophets of extremity" – Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, and Derrida. He has published on Christopher Nolan's The Prestige in The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible, ed. Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy (Columbia UP, 2015), and on Superman in Postscriptum: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literary Studies (2017).
Mikko Tuhkanen Mikko Tuhkanen is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, where he teaches African American and African-diasporic literatures, LGBTQ literatures, and literary theory. His recent books include Leo Bersani: A Speculative Introduction (2020), The Essentialist Villain: On Leo Bersan i (2018), and The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2014), co-edited with E. L. McCallum. He has published essays in diacritics, differences, American Literature, Cultural Critique, Postmodern Culture, James Baldwin Review, and elsewhere.
Calum Watt Calum Watt is an associate researcher at the Institut de recherche sur le cinéma et l'audiovisuel (IRCAV) at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. At IRCAV he was a Marie Curie Fellow from 2016-2018, researching French culture, financial derivatives, and the 2008 financial crisis. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the topic. He completed his PhD at King's College London in 2015, and a monograph based on his thesis, Blanchot and the Moving Image: Fascination and Spectatorship, was published by Legenda in 2017.