Abdulhamit Arvas is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His work on early modern sexualities, race, cross-cultural encounters, and sexual politics in Turkey has appeared or is forthcoming in English Literary Renaissance, Shakespeare Survey, postmedieval, Trans Historical: Gender Plurality Before the Modern, The Postcolonial World, The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature, England's Asian Renaissance, among others. He is currently completing a book manuscript that explores English and Ottoman sexualities with a focus on abductions of beautiful boys in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and early seventeenth-centuries.
Simone Chess is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition to articles and book chapters about bathrooms, gender labor, blindness, and other topics related to early modern queer, trans, and disability studies, she is the author of Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations (Routledge, 2016). Chess is currently working on two new book projects, one on Shakespeare and trans culture for the Routledge "Spotlight on Shakespeare" series and another focused on disability, queerness, and adaptive technologies in the early modern period.
Julie Crawford is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published widely on authors ranging from William Shakespeare and John Fletcher to Anne Clifford and Mary Wroth, and on topics ranging from the history of reading to the literary history of sexuality. She is the author of a book about cheap print and the English Reformation entitled Marvelous Protestantism (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005), and Mediatrix: Women, Politics and Literary Production in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2014). She is currently completing a book called "Margaret Cavendish's Political Career."
Holly Dugan is Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University. Her first book, The Ephemeral History of Perfume: Scent and Sense in Early Modern England, was published in 2011. She is currently finishing a book project, Shakespeare and the Senses, and she is also working on a third project, The Famous Ape, which explores the long history of "aping" in the Renaissance and beyond. Her research focuses on late medieval and early modern English literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on histories of the senses, embodiment, human and animal relationships, and urban environments.
Emma Frankland is a live performance and theater artist. Her work often focuses on honesty, action and a playfully destructive DIY aesthetic. She uses materials with different transformative properties—such as water, clay, earth, salt and ink—to create strong visual imagery which is often messy, intense, and celebratory. In recent years, her work has been focused on the "None of Us is Yet a Robot" project, a series of performance pieces recently published by Oberon Books as "None of Us is Yet a Robot—Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition"; and on HowlRound, which can be found here: https://howlround.com/toward-trans-canon.
Will Fisher is Associate Professor of English at Lehman College and The CUNY Graduate Center. His first book, Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Cambridge University Press), won the best book award of 2006 from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. He is currently completing Practicing Sex in England during the Long-Seventeenth Century, which includes chapters on kissing, chin-chucking, thigh sex, cunnilingus, the use of dildos, and flogging. Essays from the book have appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England and The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race.
Joseph Gamble (they or he) is Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature and affiliated faculty in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo. They are at work on two book-length projects: Sex Lives of the Early Moderns and Trans Philologies.
Colby Gordon is currently Assistant Professor in the English department at Bryn Mawr College. His work has been published in multiple journals, including articles on prosthetic bodies, transgender embodiment, and creation narratives in Shakespeare's sonnets; bleeding Eucharists and host desecration narratives; housebreaking and the sanctity of...