Notes on the Contributors

Bernardo Bianchi is a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch, Humboldt University of Berlin. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel of the Brazilian Government (CAPES) at the Freie Universität Berlin and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He recently co-edited the volume Democracy and Brazil: Collapse and Regression (2020). His main research interests are Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and Contemporary Political Theory.

Chiara Bottici is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Gender Studies at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College (New York). Her research interests include early modern European philosophy, imagination, feminism, and contemporary social and political philosophy. She is the author of Imaginal Politics: Images beyond Imagination and the Imaginary (2014), A Philosophy of Political Myth (2007), and Men and States (2009). Her short stories have appeared in Il Caffe illustrato and L’immaginazione. Her feminist experimental writing Per tremiti, forse quattro was published in 2016.

Alex Demirović is a researcher at Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and visiting professor of Critical Social Theory at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He is the author, among other publications, of Der nonkonformistische Intellektuelle. Die Entwicklung der Kritischen Theorie zur Frankfurter Schule (1999). His main subjects of research include state theory, theory of democracy, critical political theory, epistemology, and critical theory.

Émilie Filion-Donato is a doctoral student at the University of Montréal and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies (ZIFG) of the Technical University of Berlin. Her areas of specialization are sociology of science and technology, and epistemology. Her current research focuses on the two following processes within scientific work and the impact they have on the production of knowledge: consensus as a (un)necessary precondition for moving forward in research and the use and misuse of metaphors in models of scientific justification.

Mariana Gainza is a researcher at the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). She has vast knowledge of political and social philosophies, especially those of Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, and Althusser. She was one of the founders of the Coloquio Internacional Spinoza (Córdoba, Argentina).

Stefan Hagemann is a doctoral student at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a thesis on the conceptions of reason in early German Idealism. His fields of research are the history of metaphysics, the relation between theoretical and practical reason, and Critical Theory. He has published works on Kant, Hegel, and Friedrich Schlegel.

Christoph F. E. Holzhey is the founding director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, which he has led since 2007. He received a PhD in theoretical physics (1993) and another one in German literature (2001). He has run several projects at the ICI Berlin and (co-)edited several volumes, including Tension/Spannung (2010), Multistable Figures (2014), De/Constituting Wholes (2017), Re- (2019), and Weathering (2020).

Ericka Marie Itokazu is a professor at the University of Brasília (UnB) and one of the founders of the Spinoza Study Group of the University of São Paulo (USP), as well as coordinator of the Spinoza Studies at the University of Brasília. She holds a PhD in Philosophy and her current research on Modern Philosophy and History of Philosophy focuses on the seventeenth century philosophers, metaphysics, and contemporary resonances of Spinoza’s thought.

Marlene Kienberger studied Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Slavistics in Berlin, Saint Petersburg, and Vienna. She is currently working as a manuscript editor. Her research interests lie in (feminist) metaphysics, action theory, and philosophy of the mind. Furthermore, she specializes in the philosophy of the early modern period.

Daniel Liu is a historian of modern life and physical sciences. Since receiving his doctorate in the history of science, medicine, and technology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he has been an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Biohumanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the ICI Berlin. His recent article ‘The Artificial Cell, the Semipermeable Membrane, and the Life That Never Was, 1864–1901’ was published in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 45.5.

Marlon Miguel is an FCT — Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) and an affiliated fellow of the ICI Berlin. He holds a double doctorate in philosophy (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and fine arts (Université Paris 8). His current research focuses on the intersection between art, contemporary philosophy, and psychiatry.

Vittorio Morfino is Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Milan-Bicocca, director of the master’s course in the Critical Theory of Society, and the Programme Director at the Collège international de philosophie. He is the author of Il tempo e l’occasione. L’incontro Spinoza Machiavelli (2002), Incursioni spinoziste (2002), Il tempo della moltitudine (2005), Plural Temporality. Transindividuality and the Aleatory between Spinoza and Althusser (2014), and Genealogia di un pregiudizio. L’immagine di Spinoza in Germania da Leibniz a Marx (2016).

Cornelia Möser is a researcher in gender and cultural studies at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the work group Centre for Sociological and Political Research in Paris (CRESPPA), team GTM (Genre, Travail, Mobilités). She is also a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch. Her doctoral thesis Féminismes en traductions. Théories voyageuses et traductions culturelles was published at the Éditions des archives contemporaines in Paris in 2013. Her current research project ‘Penser la sexualité’, analyses sexuality in feminist theory in France, Germany, and the US since the 1960s with regard to narratives of sexual modernity.

Bruno Pace has a transdisciplinary research background, connecting fields such as systems engineering, physics, network and information theory, mathematical biology, biosemiotics, and philosophy. His research interests revolve around complex systems, self-organization, information processing, natural and artificial codes, cognition, the origin of life and agency, evolution, and emergence. He holds a doctorate in computer science from the Bioinformatics department of the Leipzig University.

Catherine Perret is Professor of Aesthetics at the University Paris 8 Saint Denis, and the author of several books on the relationship between aesthetics, philosophy, anthropology, and psychoanalysis. Her most recent book was inspired by Jean Amery’s reflections on torture and is entitled L’Enseignement de la torture (2013).

Marianna Poyares is a Mellon Foundation Fellow and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at The New School for Social Research. Before moving to New York City, she received her MA in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo. She works on political philosophy, political theory, feminist philosophy, and ethics. Her doctoral research concerns the normative and practical commitments of political solidarity.

Mauricio Rocha is a former professor of philosophy at the Colégio Pedro II and FEBF/ UERJ. Since 2010, he has been a Professor at the Law Department of PUC Rio with a research focus on Politics and Law in Spinoza, Deleuze & Guattari. He is the coordinator of the Spinoza & Philosophy Reading Circle (Rio de Janeiro and Niterói).

Pascal Sévérac (Univ Paris Est Creteil, LIS, F-94010 Creteil, France) is a professor at the Université Paris-Est Créteil. He recently defended his habilitation at the ENS-Lyon, which included his forthcoming book Puissance de l’enfance. Vygotski avec Spinoza (Power of Childhood: Vygotsky with Spinoza). Between 2007 and 2013, he coordinated the program ‘Le corps et ses affects’ (The body and its affects) at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. In the same period, he was chief editor of the journal La Vie des idées, based at the Collège de France.

Alison Sperling currently holds an International Postdoctoral Initiative (IPODI) Research Fellowship at ZIFG and is an affiliated fellow at the ICI Berlin. She studies twentieth and twenty-first century science and weird fiction, contemporary ecological art, feminist and queer theory, and the Anthropocene.

Facundo Vega is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2018. Vega is currently completing his first book, titled Extraordinary Matters: The Political after Martin Heidegger. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in, among other venues, Philosophy Today, Cahier de L’Herne, and diacritics. Vega has been a Research Fellow at CONICET as well as at the ICI Berlin.

Stefano Visentin is a senior researcher at the University of Urbino. He is an international reference concerning the analysis of the relation between the metaphysical aspects of Spinoza’s work and its implications for the political realm. He has also published several essays on early modern republicanism (in primis Machiavelli). His recent research interest is oriented, among other issues, to the relationship between populism and democracy.

Elena Vogman is a visiting professor at the New York University Shanghai. She specializes in the history and theory of cinema with a particular emphasis on forms of visual thinking, practices of montage, and the relations between literature, ethnology, art, and science. She has published Sinnliches Denken: Eisensteins exzentrische Methode (2018) and Dance of Values. Sergei Eisenstein’s Capital Project (2019).

Frieder Otto Wolf is a professor of philosophy at the Free University Berlin (FU Berlin). He has taught at the University of Coimbra and actively participated in European politics, from 1994 to 1999, as a Member of the European Parliament. He is the editor of the Collected Works of Althusser in German and author of, among other publications, Radikale Philosophie. Philosophische Untersuchungenfür Aufklärung und Befreiung (2002). His research focuses on history of philosophy, political philosophy, Marxism, and politics.

Ayşe Yuva is maîtresse de conferences in the philosophy of the nineteenth century at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a visiting fellow at the ICI Berlin, and associate researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch. Her dissertation, Transformer le monde? L’efficace de la philosophieen temps de Révolution (1794-1815) (2016), focused on the political effects of Philosophy in France and Germany at the end of the French revolution. Working from a transnational perspective on French, German, and Turkish philosophy, her work is at the crossroads of the history of philosophy and political philosophy.