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Issue 11.1: About the Authors

Jacopo Bernardini holds a PhD in Social and Political Theory and Research. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the Department of Institutions and Society of the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Perugia (Italy).

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia, Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. Previously, Tara has held academic positions in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. She has won six teaching awards, including the National Teaching Award for the Humanities, and has published 14 books and over 150 refereed articles and book chapters. For further information about Tara, please refer to

Aleš Debeljak graduated in comparative literature from the University of Ljubljana and received his Ph.D. in Social Thought from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York. A 2013 Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, a research fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study-Collegium Budapest, a writing fellow at Civitella Ranieri Center, a writing fellow of Bogliasco Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, and a Roberta Buffett Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University, Chicago. Debeljak published 14 books of cultural criticism and 8 books of poems in his native Slovenian. His books of poems in English include Without Anesthesia: New and Selected Poems (2010), Dictionary of Silence (1999), The City and the Child (1999), and Anxious Moments (1994). His books of cultural criticism in English include The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in a Post-Communist World (2004), Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms (1998), Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (1994), and a comprehensive anthology The Imagination of Terra Incognita: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (1997) which he edited. A translator of selected poems by John Ashbery and a book on sociology of knowledge, he edited an anthology of American meta-fiction and an anthology of contemporary Slovenian poetry in English translation. He won several awards, including the Readers’ Choice Award for the best essay of the decade in a magazine World Literature Today, Slovenian National Book Award, Miriam Lindberg Poetry for Peace Prize (Tel Aviv) and Chiqyu Poetry Prize (Tokio), and was named Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia. His books have appeared in English, Japanese, German, French, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Albanian, Finish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Catalan, and Italian translation. Founding member of the cultural magazine, Sarajevo Notebooks, and an advisory editor of American literary journal Verse, a contributing editor of scholarly journal, Cultural Sociology, and, he is a recurring visiting professor at the graduate school, College d’Europe, Natolin-Warsaw, teaches cultural studies at the University of Ljubljana, and is a member of European Council on Foreign Relations (London-Berlin-Paris-Madrid-Sofia). He and his American wife, a writer Erica Johnson Debeljak, have three children and make their home in Ljubljana.

Sascha Engel is a doctoral candidate studying political and social thought in the ASPECT program at Virginia Tech. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and an M.A. in Political Theory from the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany). His areas of interest are International Political Economy and perspectives in Political Theory derived from Continental Philosophy. Within these areas, his research mainly focuses on the political economy of international economic crises, with special emphasis on the European sovereign debt crisis.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and is a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. His most recent books are America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013), Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (Haymarket Press, 2014), and The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights, 2014). His website is

Nate Greenslit is a lecturer in History of Science Department at Harvard. He got his Ph.D. at MIT, from the Program in History and Social Study of Science & Technology. He writes about media, drugs, and culture. He is also a musician living in an artists' collective in Boston's South End. Thanks to Becca Fallon for the early conversations that inspired this paper. Twitter handle: @NateGreenslit

Eric Kula is an independent researcher who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his Ph.D. in Political Theory from the Political Science Department at the Pennsylvania State University. His primary research interests are the philosophy of technology, digital culture, surveillance studies and the politics of public space.

Jianxin Liu lectures in the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is interested in the areas of discourse analysis, applied linguistics, new media studies, new literacy research, and critical cultural inquiry.

Mikael Ottosson has a PhD in History from Lund University, Sweden. Currently he works as a researcher and teacher at Centre for Work Technology and Social Change (WTS), Lund University, Sweden. His research covers different topics in the field of social and cultural history, and he has conducted research on both the Swedish glass industry as the Swedish marksman movement of the 1860s. In recent years he has focused on social norms in relation to working time in the labor market. He is scientific leader of a major research project that deals with working time in the knowledge-intensive service sector.

Garry Potter is a film maker and Associate Professor of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has made two feature length documentary films: Whispers of Revolution and Dystopia: What is to be done? He is also author of the book Dystopia. In addition to it he is the author of two other books: The Bet: Truth in Science, Literature and Everyday knowledge and The Philosophy of Social Science: New Perspectives, as well as numerous scholarly articles. He was also co-editor of the book After Postmodernism. Currently he is producing a series of educational films about classical sociological theory for Insight Media.

Calle Rosengren has a PhD in Industrial Work Science from Royal Institute Of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Currently, he works as a researcher and director of studies at Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change (WTS), Lund University, Sweden. His research examines working time, with a particular focus on the ongoing relations among new technologies, organizing structures, cultural norms and work practices. He is currently exploring psychosocial working conditions in knowledge-intensive work, with a particular focus on work-life balance.

Peter Snowdon is Lecturer in Filmmaking at the University of the West of Scotland, and an associate researcher at the MAD Faculty (Media, Art and Design), PXL/University of Hasselt, Belgium, where he is preparing a practice-based PhD on vernacular video and documentary film practice after the Arab Spring. His feature-length montage film, The Uprising (Rien à voir/Third Films, 2013), based entirely on YouTube videos from the Arab revolutions, had its début at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in October 2013, where it won the Opus Bonum Award for best international documentary. Website:

Mark Worrell teaches sociology at SUNY Cortland and works in the areas of critical theory, political economy, and religion.