Karen Vestergaard Andersen is a writer and Art History Master student at The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, currently living in New York. (Although her focus is contemporary art she always consider the reflection of a good art historian or curator to be both a mediation of the history of aesthetics and the concept of juxtaposition.)
Zoe Anderson is a cultural historian and theorist, and lectures at the University of Western Australia. Her PhD examined the paradoxes and ambivalence of rhetoric and representation of ethnicity, whiteness, and sexuality in 1970s Australia, and has published on topics as diverse as tabloid sexualisation of the Falklands War, to the construction of asylum-seeker ‘panic’ in local newspapers. She is interested in issues of cultural belonging, media, and the re-appropriation of language in different contexts.
Debbie Atkinson is an artist, writer and researcher based between London and Cardiff. She spent three years prior to her BA living and working in a community-led Arts project, and is currently basing her Masters thesis around her experiences there. Her research centres on the global socio-cultural values being developed as a result of the continuing impact of network culture.
Stephanie Bailey is a writer, artist, and educator who played a formative role in designing the Foundation Course in Art and Design at Doukas Education, Greece. Her writings have appeared in ART PAPERS,Aesthetica, Artforum online, Frieze, Naked Punch, LEAP and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Karen van den Berg is Chair of Art Theory & Curating, and head of the Communication & Cultural Management department at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Daniel C Blight is a writer and curator based in London. He works in the education department at The Photographers’ Gallery and is a Dissertation Supervisor in the Department of Photography at Brighton University’s Faculty of Arts.
Cristina Bogdan was born 1985 in Bucharest, Romania. She studied Aesthetics and History of Art & Cinema at Universite Paris 1 Sorbonne, then at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Currently Cristina is a Ph.D. researcher at the Royal College of Art London. Work: art critic and historian, curator.
Luke Butcher is currently studying for a MA in Architecture and Urbanism from the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA, a school jointly run by the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University), due for completion in August 2011. His project work has been exhibited in Manchester, London and Vienna and featured in a book on Architectural Modelmaking by Dr Nick Dunn. Luke is actively involved in the architectural community of Manchester, having jointly established a highly successful guest lecture series, organised symposia and was involved in establishing the Manchester Architecture and Design Festival. Originally from Peterborough, he has resided in Manchester since 2006.
Abigail Christenson is Curator: Young People at Tate Liverpool. She has a special interest in collaborative art projects and served as project curator at Tate Liverpool for the Liverpool Biennial 2010 working Filipino/Australian artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and Czech Republic artist Eva Koťátkova, and in 2008/9 with Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi. Abigail has worked with Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra in the production of two new commissions: I See a Woman Crying, 2009, and Ruth Drawing Picasso, 2009, and she co-curated the Rineke Dijkstra exhibition at Tate Liverpool in spring 2010.
Stephan Dahl is lecturer Marketing at Hull University.
Paula Doepfner (1980) is an artist based in Berlin. Her works have been on view at amongst others the following institutions: Kunstverein Potsdam; Kunstverein östliches Sauerland, Brilon; Kunstverein Mainz; Ionion Center for the Arts, Kefalonia; Stadtmühle Willisau; Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; A Foundation Liverpool; Bomann-Museum Celle and Shedhalle in Tuebingen.
Hannah Ebben (1992) is studying for a BA in Cultural Studies at the Radboad University in Nijmegen, where she is also attending the Honours Academy. She is interested in, among other things, affect, reception aesthetics and new wave music and its visual culture.
Max Hermens started Cultural Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2010. He has been focussing on literature in his studies, in particular on 20th and 21th century literature.
Leonhard Herrman is lecturer 20th Century Literature at the University of Leipzig.
Kyle Karthauser is an Independent Researcher living in and across Nebraska, USA.
David Lau is an independent critic living in New York and London.
Reina Marie Loader is lecturer in Film Studies at Exeter University. Her research is primarily based in practice and develops a critical argument relating to the role of memory in the docudramatic representation of real events. In this regard, she has coined the phrase ‘documemory’. In 2005, she started her own film organisation called Cinéma Humain. The organisation is dedicated to creating awareness about human rights issues around the globe. Since its foundation, Reina-Marie has received numerous awards for her filmmaking including Best Newcomer at the Durban International Film Festival in 2008. She is currently developing projects about the marginalization of indigenous cultures in South Africa, Canada and West Papua.
James MacDowell is lecturer in Film Studies at Reading University and member of the editorial board of Movie: a Journal of Film Criticism, and has written on such subjects as Alfred Hitchcock and R. Kelly.
Max Majorana is studying towards a Master degree in Art and Cultural Studies at the Erasmus Universiteit Nijmegen.
Constantin von Maltzahn is a PhD student at the Radboud University Nijmegen/University of Amsterdam. Further, he works as a lecturer at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem. In his research he looks at the relays between individual and collective identity construction and their impact on consumer behaviour in the Dutch fashion industry. Next to his PhD, he has extensively written about menswear. His most recent publications include three contributions to the book “The New Man” (ArtEZ Press/d’ jonge hond).
Mara Maticevic studied Comparative Literature at LMU in Munich. Interested in contemporary literature and aesthetics, she is at the time working on her dissertation about structures of semiotic unity in contemporary family saga novels.
Vincent Meelberg is senior lecturer
Elliott Mickleburgh is an artist and writer based in Chicago. In 2013, he received a BFA with Liberal Arts Thesis from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has since become involved in the curatorial and archiving project 89plus.
Niels van Poecke is lecturer in Cultural Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, he writes freelance about popular music from a sociological and philosophical point of view, and is conducting a PhD-research on the search and struggle for authenticity in (post)modern and post-postmodern popular music. He is the author of the book The tragedy of tragedy, on Nietzsche, Wagner, and blues music (in Dutch: De tragiek van de tragedie, over Nietzsche, Wagner en bluesmuziek).
Gry Cecilie Rustad is conducting a PhD in Contemporary Television at the University of Oslo.
Birgit Schuhbeck completed her studies in German Literature, Theatre Studies and Communication Science at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. At the time she is working on her PhD funded by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation about modern theatre in Germany and its interconnections to taboo and society. She will be a a visiting fellow at the University of Vienna until June 2012.
Abigail Ann Schwarz is a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker. She recently directed her feature debut, ‘Those Who Wander’, which is currently in post-production.
Martijn Stevens is a lecturer at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He studies contemporary culture, with a special interest in digital art, popular media, critical theory, the virtual museum, cultural heritage and graphic novels. The focus of his current research is on the digital material, New Aesthetics and the conceptual shifts that result from the digitization of museum and heritage collections.
Simone Stirner is working towards her Master’s Degree as a graduate student of Comparative Literature and Political Science at LMU Munich and visiting researcher at UC Berkeley. Interested in questions of subjectivity and identity beyond postmodernism, contemporary Israeli literature and transnational spaces.
Hanka van der Voet completed her MA degree in Arts and Cultural Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in september 2006. After that she worked two years as the head of the editorial department at the independent style paper Glamcult. Not completely satisfied with her previous education and some doubts about being an editor, she decided to enrol in ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Fashion, Design & Strategy programme, with the specialisation Fashion Curation. Currently, Hanka works as a research assistant at the ArtEZ modelectoraat.
Alexander Wolff studies German and English/American literature in Potsdam, and lives in Berlin. In addition, he works for various newspapers and magazines.