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Alex Cockain ( is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His work has been published in such journals as Disability and Society and Social Inclusion. His current research focuses upon experiences and narratives of social inclusion and social exclusion in Hong Kong.

Nikitas Fessas ( holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences: Communication Sciences, from Ghent University, Belgium. He also holds two MAs from Sussex University, in Creative and Critical Writing, and in Literature, Film and Visual Culture. He has published in journals such as Filmicon. He regularly writes film reviews for the Greek news website Nostimon Imar. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Gender Studies. Most recently, he is the co-editor of Greek Film Noir (2021).

Manuel Herrero-Puertas ( is Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University, where he teaches courses on early and nineteenth-century American literature and disability studies. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main research focuses on overlapping discourses of disability and political fantasy in American literature. His work has appeared in American Quarterly, ATLANTIS, and Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life. His current projects include a monograph on the intersections of disability with cultures of childhood and gothic aesthetics, and a transnational survey of desire, access, and neoliberal austerity in contemporary disability art.

Nicholas D. Krebs ( holds a PhD in American Studies from Washington State University, and was a Visiting Professor of American Studies/Cultural and Media Studies at Universität Passau in 2019. An active member of the American Studies Association and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, they focus on the formation and transmission of cultural knowledge. They have published on how race and gender influence the reading of neoliberalism in hip hop in Julius Bailey's edited collection The Cultural Impact of Kanye West (2014). Their current research focuses on race and empire in recent Hollywood films.

Maria Rovito ( received a Master of Arts in English from Millersville University and is currently a PhD student in American studies at Penn State University. Her research interests include feminist disability studies, mad studies, and post-Second World War disabled women's literature.

Johnathan Smilges ( is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Woman's University. Their work at the intersection of disability studies, trans* studies, queer studies, and rhetoric can be found in journals including Disability Studies Quarterly and Rhetoric Review. Currently, they are working on a book project that explores the generative potential silence holds for queer people at the margins.

Neslie Carol Tan ( is an instructor at the Department of Literature at De la Salle University-Manila, Philippines and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne (English and Theatre Studies). With funding assistance from the Melbourne Research Scholarship and the Faculty of Arts' Dean's PhD international scholarship, her current PhD research project focuses on disability performances in various cultural locations in the Philippines.

Avril Tynan ( is a postdoctoral researcher in comparative literature at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies in Finland. She is a member of the SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the University of Turku and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Narrative, Memory and Histories at the University of Brighton. She has published on the topics of memory, narrative, and ethics in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature in journals such as Modern Language Review, Narrative Works and Storyworlds, among others. Her current research focuses on representations of Alzheimer's disease in contemporary European fiction and metafiction.

Alice Wexler ( was Professor of Art Education at SUNY New Paltz from 1999–2015. She has published the books Art and Disability: The Social and Political Struggles Facing Education (2009), Art Education Beyond the Classroom: Pondering the Outsider and Other Sites of Learning (2012), and Autism in a Decentered World (2016). She is co-editor with Vida...


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