Patricia Barkaskas earned a M.A. in History, with a focus on Indigenous histories in North America, and a J.D., with a Law and Social Justice Specialization, from the University of British Columbia. She is the Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and an Instructor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Patricia has practiced in the areas of child protection (as parent’s counsel), civil, criminal, family, and prison law. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and worked for Residential school survivors as an historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. In addition, she has written Gladue reports for all levels of court in BC. Her current and future teaching and research interests include access to justice, clinical legal education, decolonizing and Indigenizing law - particularly examining the value of Indigenous pedagogies in experiential and clinical learning for legal education - and Indigenous laws. Patricia is Métis from Alberta.
Associates will serve for a two-year, renewable term, and are eligible to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Institute and will take the lead on proposing projects to be undertaken by the Institute. Associates shall commit themselves, where possible, to attend and support Institute events to help build, deepen and extend the Institute's networks.
Bruce Baugh Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), where he is Principal Investigator of the Walking Lab, an interdisciplinary research group on walking. He is the author of French Hegel: From Surrealism to Postmodernism (Routledge, 2003) and numerous articles on Deleuze, Sartre, Derrida, Heidegger, Spinoza and others in journals such as the Journal of Value Inquiry, Continental Philosophy Review, Dialogue, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. His translation of translation of Benjamin Fondane, Existential Monday: Philosophical Essays, was published by NYRB Classics in 2016. He was Executive Editor of Sartre Studies International from 2005 to 2015 and is currently still on its editorial advisory board. He is a long-time member of the Editorial Board of Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy and has served as s referee for numerous journals (Dialogue; Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Revue philosophique de Louvain, etc.). His current project, Philosopher’s Walks: Philosophy and Walking, will be published by Routledge in 2022, and contains essays on walking and the philosophies of Descartes, Gassendi, Sartre, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Rousseau.
Lindsay Brown is a Vancouver writer, designer and activist. She is author of “Habitat ’76," an illustrated history of Vancouver's 1976 UN Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, the world's first global conference on cities and housing (Black Dog Publishing, 2017). Brown is Director of Communications for Commons BC, which creates and collects data visualization of BC’s public resources, and was co-founder of the Vancouver Not Vegas Coalition which defeated gambling expansion in Vancouver. She co-founded Ouno Design, an ongoing design criticism and research project. She has an MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and was on the Leaders Council of the Indian Summer Festival.
Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. He was previously Professor of Cultural History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Art of Judgement, A Kant Dictionary, and Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience and Levinas and the Political. His most recent book On Resistance is the first volume of a trilogy on the philosophy of defiance, the second part Kafka: In the Light of the Accident will be published in 2015 and the third The Aesthetics of Madness in 2016.
Glen Coulthard is Weledeh Dene and an assistant professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His book Red Skin, White Masks (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) was awarded the Caribbean Philosophical Association's Frantz Fanon Award for Most Outstanding Book, 2016. He teaches political theory and Indigenous politics.
Selina Crammond is the Director of Programming at DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Selina is currently on the board of directors for the 110 Arts Cooperative, and has worked and volunteered with a number of organizations including Vancouver International Film Festival, CBC Radio, CiTR Radio and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver. Her love for the arts extends to her downtime as she plays drums in Supermoon, currently signed to Mint Records. Selina earned a degree in Communication and Fine & Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is currently pursuing an MA in Liberal Studies (SFU).
Stan Douglas, a Vancouver-based artist who studied at Emily Carr College of Art in Vancouver in the early 1980s, has created films, photographs, theater productions, and other multidisciplinary projects that investigate the parameters of their medium. His ongoing inquiry into technology’s role in image making, and how those mediations infiltrate and shape collective memory, has resulted in works that are at once specific in their historical and cultural references and broadly accessible. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide since the 1980sand was featured in the Venice Biennale and documenta for many years. Douglas has been the recipient of notable awards, including the Audain Prize for Visual Art (2019); the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2016); the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (2013); and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (2012).
Zoë Druick is Professor and Director of the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research considers histories, theories and trajectories of documentary and reality-based media and cybernetic histories of Communication Studies. Books include the monographs Projecting Canada: Government Policy and Documentary Film at the National Film Board of Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007) and Allan King's A Married Couple (University of Toronto Press, 2010); and the edited collections Programming Reality (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008), The Grierson Effect (British Film Institute, 2014), and Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema and New Screen Histories in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014).
Newton Duarte is a full Professor in Psychology of Education and Pedagogical Theories at University of Sao Paulo State, Araraquara, Brazil. He is also the coordinator of the research group “Marxist Studies in Education.” Newton specializes in theoretical mediations that connect the critical analyses of contemporary, social reality with debates in the field of pedagogy. He has written on dialectical foundations of a critical theory of education based in thinkers such as Antonio Gramsci, Karel Kosik, Georg Lukács, Lev Vygotsky, Aleksey Leontyev, and others. He is currently working on two projects: the study of art and human development in Lev Vygotsky and Georg Lukács and the study of freedom as one of the key concepts of a critical pedagogy.
Hossein Fazeli has been writing and directing dramatic and non-fiction films for the past 15 years. His films have been broadcast around the world, including on BBC, ARTE, SBS, and Canal+. His film, The Tale of The Two Nazanins, about an Iranian teenage girl imprisoned on death row, was broadcast on CNN and BBC and is credited with igniting an international campaign that saved her life. His most recently completed documentary, Women on The Frontline, is about Iranian women’s rights activists. In 2007, he was short-listed by the Sundance Institute to take part in their International Filmmakers Award. His films have won 37 international awards. www.fazelifilms.com
Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. He has also taught for many years in the Philosophy Department at San Diego State University, and at Duke University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Universities of California, San Diego and Irvine, the Sorbonne, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and the University of Tokyo and the University of Brasilia. Dr. Feenberg is Directeur de Programme at the College Internationale de Philosophie for the period 2013-1019.
Hilda Fernandez-Alvarez works as a Lacanian psychoanalyst in private practice in Vancouver, Canada. She has a vast clinical experience in public and private settings in Mexico and Canada. She has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s Degree in literature by University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (SFU), with a research study on discursive spaces of trauma and healing within the mental health institution. She co-founded the Lacan Salon in 2007 and currently serves as its clinical director. She has published various articles and book chapters on the theory and practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, looking at the entwinement between the social and the individual.
Duane Fontaine, MA, CPA, CGA is a professional accountant, and is currently a PhD student in SFU’s interdisciplinary SAR GLS program. Duane is studying the nature of work in contemporary neoliberal society and contrasting it to alternative visions for the future of work. Various policy options (e.g. job sharing, reduced work week, various basic income schemes) will be examined under the normative lenses of both Critical Theory and Virtue Ethics to determine which options hold promise in helping to bring about a more rational and life-enhancing approach to work.
Christopher (Kit) Fortune is an internationally known historian of psychoanalysis who focuses on the work of Sandor Ferenczi. He has lectured widely and published papers, reviews and interviews in scholarly journals, as well as popular journals, including Psychology Today, The Village Voice, Globe and Mail, and Macleans. He is editor of the Sandor Ferenczi-Georg Groddeck Correspondence: 1921-1933 (Open Gate Press). He has also published ground-breaking chapters on Ferenczi’s radical case of “RN” (Elizabeth Severn) in The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi (Vol 1&2), Ferenczi’s Turn in Psychoanalysis, as well as 100 Years of Psychoanalysis. He has a doctorate from the University of Toronto (0.I.S.E.), and is a former moderator of SFU's Philosophers’ Cafes. Kit has collaborated on a number of earlier Institute programmes, including: A Public Interview with Franco Borgogno (2007) (published as The Vancouver Interview), Psychoanalysis and the Politics of Fear (2011), Psychoanalysis and Social Theory (2013), Psychoanalyzing Authoritarianism (2015), and Psychoanalysis Behind Iron Curtains (2015). He is presently chairing a committee that is planning a lecture series on the theme of Psychoanalysis, History and the Politics of Trauma, due to start in the fall of 2016. email@example.com
Roger Frie is Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, as well as Faculty and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology and Associate Member of the Seminar on Cultural Memory, Columbia University, New York. He is an academic historian and philosopher and a psychoanalyst and registered psychologist in private practice. He has published numerous interdisciplinary books, including the award-winning Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust (Oxford University Press). He lectures and writes widely on themes of historical responsibility, cultural memory and human interaction. He is editorial board member of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Discourse and Psychoanalytic Psychology and a former editor of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context.
Patricia Graham was the program administrator for the Institute for the Humanities from 1991 to 2011. She was responsible for day-to-day operations, and assisted with funding initiatives, finances, publicity and the organization of public events, while also editing and contributing to its publications. She has a Masters Degree in English from Simon Fraser University (1989) and has taught as a Sessional Lecturer in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University. Her thesis focused on the theory of the novel and shifts in working class consciousness in the modern English novel. She is currently living on Pender Island.
Brian Green is Executive Director of the Simon Fraser University Faculty Association. He holds an MA in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Sociology, and has written in social theory, the political economy of international development, and the historical political development of workers’ organizations from trade unions to socialist parties. He has a long history of involvement with international solidarity movements and non-governmental organizations in Latin America and Southern Africa, and has worked as a union representative for farm workers and telecommunications workers, as well as post-secondary educators and researchers.
Ajay Gudavarthy is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, and his areas of interest include political theory, contemporary political movements, civil society and democracy, post-colonial theory, and populism. Prior to teaching at JNU, he also taught at the National Law School, Bangalore, from 2003 to 2006, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Modern South Asian Studies, Tubingen University, Germany, in 2015. His most recent books: India after Modi: Populism and the Right ( Bloomsbury, 2018) and (ed) Secular Sectarianism: Limits of Subaltern Politics (Sage, 2019). He is currently working on Democracy and Revolutionary Violence, which will be published by Sage, and writes regularly for various News Dailies including The Hindu, Telegraph, The Wire, and Newsclick.
Robert A. Hackett is Professor Emeritus of communication, Simon Fraser University. He has written extensively on media democratization, and journalism as political communication. His most recent collaborative books include Journalism for Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives (2017), Expanding Peace Journalism: Comparative and Critical Approaches (2011), and Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication (2006). He is on the editorial advisory board of Journalism Studies and Journal of Alternative and Community Media. He has co-founded several community-oriented media education and advocacy initiatives, and writes periodically for National Observer, rabble.ca and other outlets.
Johan Frederik Hartle, Dr. phil., is Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He has been Professor for Art Studies and Media Philosophy and operatic rector at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany, Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Art and Culture at the department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam (UvA), adjunct professor for Philosophy and Art Theory at the School of Intermedia Art (SIMA) at the China Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou, China. He has been visiting research scholar at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the Università Roma Tre, Rome. His general field of research is the legacy of Marxism in contemporary aesthetic and cultural theories and institutional theories of art. His book publications include: Samir Gandesha/Johan Frederik Hartle (eds.): Reification and Spectacle. The Timeliness of Western Marxism, 2017, and Samir Gandesha/Johan Frederik Hartle (eds.): Aesthetic Marx, 2017, Samir Gandesha/Johan Frederik Hartle/Stefano Marino (eds.): The Aging of Adorno's Aesthetics, Milano, 2021.
Kay Higgins is an artist and cultural worker based in Vancouver. She was a co-founder of Artspeak Gallery and the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, is co-proprietor (with Kathy Slade) of the artist press Publication Studio Vancouver and was Executive Director of the artist-run space UNIT/PITT Projects from 2010–2019. She is currently Head of Publishing at the Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Editor of ECU Press. Her work has included manufactured publications, handmade artist books, public inscription, photography, and internet-based projects. She has been a curator, editor, factory and warehouse labourer, technology consultant, and candidate for municipal office. She is also one half of the electronic music duo Vomit Fraud (with Brady Cranfield).
Hossein Houshmand received a Ph.D. in comparative ethics from Concordia University. His research interests lie primarily in the area of contemporary political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, and Islamic thought. In his lectures and writings on political philosophy, he tries to show that John Rawls’ Justice as Fairness and his theory of global normative order present a set of principles of justice applicable to domestic and global societies, which, if followed, would lead to the creation of a more just, stable, and peaceful world than ours is now. His current project focuses on the critical evaluation of the dominant Muslim intellectuals’ maximalist/radical approach to the enlightenment. He argues that the minimalist reading of Kantian enlightenment––according to which the moral duty of thinking for oneself does not entail replacing traditional ways of life with liberal individualism, but is intertwined with critical deliberation in the public sphere––leads to reasonable pluralism and mutual recognition as preconditions for an open and just society.
Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and co-Director of SFU's Community Engaged Research Initiative. In 2015, he published 'Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene' (Atropos Press) and in 2018 collaborated with Matt Hern and Joe Sacco on 'Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale' (MIT Press).
Joe Keithley is best known as the leader and founder of punk rock pioneers D.O.A., who have been influential around the world because of their music and their political stance. Joe has been an activist and organizer for many just causes over the years, working for a wide range of issues such as: the environment, women’s right’s, anti-racism, globalization to name a few.
Wayne Knights is a Sessional Lecturer teaching various courses in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University. In the deep, dark past, he taught European and Canadian history in both the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser Programs in Federal Prisons from 1978 to 1991. He also coordinated university programs in several levels of secure Federal Prisons while teaching. His interests include European Intellectual History, particularly in the interwar period, and the problem of historical time in history education. He has also published jointly on the History of Educational Publishing in Canada. He is semi-retired and living on Pender Island.
Helmut-Harry Loewen has devoted over three decades to antifascist projects, initially as chair of the Manitoba Coalition Against Racism and Apartheid, and subsequently with the Canadian Antiracism Education and Research Society, Anti-Racist Action, and Fascist Free Treaty One. His work includes monitoring and organizing against racist groups (beginning with the KKK and Aryan Nations during the 1980s and ‘90s), public education, and serving as a media commentator. Prior to his retirement in 2015, Loewen taught at the University of Winnipeg, first as a sessional lecturer in German and Philosophy, and then as a member of the Sociology Department where his teaching included courses on criminological theory, political sociology, and racism. Loewen’s current projects include (i) an analysis of ‘extremism’ frameworks in scholarly and state security discourses, (ii) research on neo-Nazi networks and the German state security apparatus, and (iii) a study tracing 'interventionism' in antifascist theory and practice from Benjamin and Brecht's "eingreifendes Denken" (interventionist thinking) to Critical Theory and Antifa.
Kathy Mezei is Professor Emerita in the Department of Humanities and still continues her research in translation studies, domestic space, Canadian literature, and British women writers. Her latest book is Living with Strangers: Bedsits and Boarding Houses in Modern English Life, Literature and Film (Routledge 2018), edited with Chiara Briganti.
Daniel Musekamp holds a BA in Humanities from Simon Fraser University and an MA in English from the University of Victoria. In 2017 he organized the Spectacle of Fascism conference and Beyond Spectacle artistic residency, presented by the Institute in collaboration with other local organizations. Currently he works as a web developer with a non-profit organization improving BC’s medical system, a role which privileges him simultaneously to work and to travel the world.
Chris O’Kane recently completed his Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex. He specializes in social and political philosophy and continental philosophy, with a particular focus on Marx, Marxisms and Critical Theory. He has taught at the University of Sussex and the University of the Arts London and his work has appeared in Diskurs, Studies in Social and Political Thought and Marx and Philosophy Review of Books. He is currently writing a book on social constitution and social domination in Marx, Hegelian-Marxism and the New German Reading of Marx as well as several articles that develop points from his Ph.D. thesis. He is also editing the selected writings of Alfred Sohn-Rethel and working on a translation of Ingo Elbe’s Marx im Westen. His other research interests include humanism, anti-humanism and negative humanism and critical theories of crisis.
Irwin Oostindie is a Dutch settler, media artist, curator, and researcher. He is currently completing an MA in Urban Studies with a praxis of place-based redress of unceded lands claimed by the university. He also holds an MA in Communications from SFU for his research into how reconciliation functions as spectacle. Irwin has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Media Arts from Capilano University, where his touring gallery and film festival project 'Axis to Grind' examined the role of spectacle in the DPRK. Previously, Irwin cocreated Canada's largest annual political arts festival, Under the Volcano, which ran for two decades and promoted intersectionality and accomplice work with Indigenous Peoples. He has worked in both the grassroots, NGO sector, and with settler and Indigenous governments. Irwin also serves as President of the Wild Bird Trust of BC, which promotes landback in the conservation sector.
Jeff Shantz is an anarchist writer, poet, photographer, artist, and organizer with decades of participation in community movements and as a rank-and-file workplace activist. He currently teaches social justice, critical theory, state and corporate crime, and community advocacy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is project lead on Anti-Poverty/Criminalization/Social War Policing at the Social Justice Center in Surrey (Unceded Coast Salish territories). Shantz is the author and/or editor of more than 20 books, including Cyber Disobedience: Re://Presenting Online Anarchy (with Jordon Tomblin, Zero Books, 2014), Anarchy and Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology (with Dana Williams, Brill/Haymarket, 2013), Green Syndicalism: An Alternative Red/Green Vision (Syracuse University Press, 2012), and Constructive Anarchy: Building Infrastructures of Resistance (Routledge, 2010). His most recent books are Organizing Anarchy: Anarchism in Action (Brill/Haymarket 2020) and Classic Writings in Anarchist Criminology: A Historical Dismantling of Punishment(with Anthony J Nocella and Mark Seis, AK Press, 2020). His Crisis and Resistance Trilogy is freely available at Punctum Books. Shantz is co-founder of the Critical Criminology Working Group (http://www.radicalcriminology.org/), Anti Police Power Surrey (APPSurrey@gmail.com) and founding editor of the journal Radical Criminology (http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc). Samples of his writings can be found at jeffshantz.ca. Follow on twitter @critcrim.
Shayna Plaut, PhD operates at the nexus of academia, journalism, activism and motherhood. Specifically, she is interested in how people represent themselves in their own media, with a particular interest in peoples who do not fit neatly within the traditional notions of the nation-state. Shayna has researched and engaged with Romani media, migrant media and Indigenous media in Canada, the US and Europe for nearly 20 years. Since 2014, Shayna has served as the Research Manager for Strangers at Home and “Fixing Fixers” both projects of the Global Reporting Centre. As a Fulbright and Vanier scholar, she has lived and worked in Hungary and the Balkans. Since 2004, Shayna has developed and taught a large array of courses focused on the framing of social justice and human rights including at Simon Fraser University where she served as the Simons Research Fellow from 2015–2016. Shayna has also taught at Columbia College in Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. In 2017 Shayna relocated to Winnipeg where she continues to teach and research (and engage with) on human rights, migration and the ethics and methods of human rights work (research, practice and praxis) and is currently working on a book with academics, artists, journalists and practitioners on the messy ethics of human rights work. As an educator, researcher and journalist, Shayna has served as a consultant for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Board for the University of Arizona Masters of Human Rights Practice as well as a variety of migrant and human rights organizations.
Michal Rozworski is an independent researcher and journalist based in Vancouver, BC. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and has conducted further graduate work in the philosophy and methodology of economics at McGill (Master’s awaiting to be awarded). He currently writes for a variety of online and print publications (bylines include Ricochet, Toronto Star, The Tyee, Jacobin), hosts a bi-weekly popular economics radio show and does economic research, primarily for trade unions.
Ken Seigneurie is Professor of World Literature at SFU. Most recently, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the six-volume Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature, selected as a 2021 PROSE Finalist for “Single and Multivolume Reference, & Textbooks in the Humanities.” In 2015 his translation from Arabic of Rashid al-Daif’s ‘Awdat al-almānī ila rushdih appeared in, What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin from the University of Texas Press. In 2011 a monograph, Standing by the Ruins: Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon, was published by Fordham University Press. He has published articles in numerous journals including: Comparative Literature Studies, the Journal of Arabic Literature, Public Culture and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2003 his edited book appeared, Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative with Reichert Verlag. Prior to coming to SFU, he lived and worked in Lebanon for thirteen years. In 2017 he returned for one year to Beirut to serve as Edward Said Chair in American Studies at the American University of Beirut. He began his career in the 1980s as a Paris-based journalist specializing in human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He is currently working on a book-length project in Comparative Literature on mid-twentieth-century novelistic responses to the crisis of liberal thought. Focal points for the project include Egyptian, French and Anglo-American literatures, liberal thought and religion.
Erin Soros is a writer, theorist and oral historian. She worked for eleven years as a social advocate in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, first as a rape crisis counsellor then as a coordinator of literacy programs for marginalized youth, collaborating with First Nation and multicultural organizations to create intergenerational education linking oral and literate forms of storytelling. She has an MA from UBC, an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of East Anglia where she taught psychoanalysis, modern literature and human rights. Her essays weave narrative, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy to explore ethical and social crises. Her stories build from oral and archival history, exploring tensions and intimacies between immigrant and First Nation loggers. These works have been published in international journals and anthologies and produced for the CBC and BBC as winners of the CBC Literary Award and the Commonwealth Award for the Short Story. Soros has been a writer-in-residence at four universities, including Cambridge where her position as the Harper-Wood fellow of St. John’s College funded travel to research the oral history of Inuvialuit communities in Canada’s Western Arctic.
Jeremy Isao Speier is a Japanese-Canadian Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist who graduated from Emily Carr College of Art & Design in 1992. He works in film/video, kinetic sculpture and sound, and installation. He has exhibited extensively across Canada in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and recently in 2011 at Blim Arts Society and Powell Street Festival, in 2012 at the Firehall Arts Centre, and in 2013 at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre with an exhibition catalogue, Double Zero: The Point Between Future Past, (2013). Speier is currently editor for an artist book project and art publication, Little Tokyo Collaborative Essay Series, which has evolved and departed from his 2012 exhibition. www.jeremyisaospeier.com
Michael Thoma is a screenwriter, story editor, author and educator. He teaches at the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Communications at Simon Fraser University, where he is also a visiting scholar at the Digital Democracies Institute. He is the author of The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (Palgrave, 2006), Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea (Verso, 2010; 2017, 2nd ed.), Cartographies of the Absolute (with Jeff Kinkle, Zero Books, 2015), Una visión compleja. Hacía una estética de la economía (Meier Ramirez, 2021), La abstracción real. Filosofia, estética y capital (Palinodia, 2021), and the co-editor of The Italian Difference: Between Nihilism and Biopolitics (with Lorenzo Chiesa, re.press, 2009), the 3-volume Handbook of Marxism (with Sara Farris, Bev Skeggs and Svenja Bromberg, SAGE, 2021), and Ruth Wilson Gilmore's Abolition Geography: Essays in Liberation (with Brenna Bhandar, Verso, 2022). He is currently completing two projects: an exploration of theories of authoritarianism in the light of the present, Late Fascism (Verso, 2022) and a critical annotated edition in Italian of Cesare Pavese's mythological fiction Dialogues with Leucò (Garzanti, 2021). In connection to his studies on fascism, he has has recently translated and provided an afterword for a graphic novel on Primo Levi (Between the Lines, 2021) and an extensive new introduction for the reprint of Leo Löwenthal and Norbert Guterman's Prophets of Deceit: A Study of the Techniques of the American Agitator (Verso, 2021). Since 2004 he has been a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and is series editor of The Italian List for Seagull Books. He is also the translator of numerous books and essays by Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Franco Fortini, Furio Jesi and others.
Peyman Vahabzadeh is Professor of Sociology at University of Victoria. He is the author of Articulated Experiences: Toward A Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements (SUNY Press, 2003), A Guerrilla Odyssey: Modernization, Secularism, Democracy and the Fadai Discourse of National Liberation in Iran, 1971-1979 (Syracuse UP, 2010), Exilic Meditations: Essays on A Displaced Life (H&S Media, 2012), Parviz Sadri: A Political Biography (Shahrgon Books, 2015), Violence and Nonviolence: Conceptual Excursions into Phantom Opposites (University of Toronto Press, 2019), A Rebel’s Journey: Mostafa Sho‘aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran (OneWorld, 2019), as well as editor of Iran’s Struggels for Social Justice: Economics, Agency, Justice, Activism (Palgrave, 2017). He has also published ten books of poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and memoir in Persian. His work has appeared in English, Persian, German, Spanish, and Kurdish.
Ellen Vaillancourt is a designer, peacemaker and creative development strategist. A passion for Beauty and the ability to make unusual connections has led her from couture to culture: From fashion school in Paris, to facilitating multi-million dollar CIDA funded local and international projects in areas of Adult Education for Economic Development and sustainable Women’s Empowerment initiatives. At SFUs "Centre for Muslim Societies and Cultures" – the first of its kind in North America – Ellen then developed, implemented, and oversaw the organization's operations and a wide range of educational programs and outreach initiatives. Her role concentrated on building bridges between increasingly plural and diverse societies and platforms for rigorous academic discussion. Ellen currently works for the City of Vancouver, and also volunteers to mentor new immigrants and refugees. Together with Immigrant Services Society of BC, Inland Refugee Society, and Immigration Employment Council of BC, she assists people in building new lives, careers, and dreams. Her university studies from 4 different institutions, equipped her with degrees and credentials in Leadership, Liberal Arts, Design, and Education. Her rare mix of education, training, and experience is well suited to public service.
Willow Verkerk teaches Philosophy at the University of British Columbia's Department of Philosophy, specializing in Social and Political Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy. She was previously a Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London. Her work has appeared in journals such as Nietzsche-Studien, Radical Philosophy, philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, Philosophy and Literature, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, and Symposium: Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy. She is the author of Nietzsche and Friendship (Bloomsbury, 2019).
Dorothy Woodend is the culture editor for The Tyee. She has worked in many different cultural disciplines, including producing contemporary dance and new music concerts, running a small press, programming film festivals, as well as writing for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the U.S. Dorothy is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and is the senior festival advisor for DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver. In 2020, Dorothy was awarded the Max Wyman Award for Critical Writing.