Notes on the Contributors

Rosa Barotsi is a Marie Curie fellow based at the Università Cattolica des Sacro Cuore in Milan. She is a film scholar trained at the University of Cambridge, where she received her PhD in 2014, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the ICI Berlin, where she developed a project on Slow Cinema and debt. Along with Saima Akhtar and Clio Nicastro, she co-founded the ongoing research project ‘In Front of the Factory’ in 2016. Her research and publications focus on the intersections between film, gender, and work, with an emphasis on Italian and Greek cinema. She is currently developing a project on women filmmakers in Italy in the period 1965–2015.

James Burton is senior lecturer in Cultural Studies and Cultural History at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a former research fellow of the Humboldt Foundation and the ICI Berlin. He publishes in the fields of cultural theory, philosophy, media, and literature, with particular interests in process philosophy, ecology, and speculative fiction. He is the author of The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick (2015), and co-editor with Erich Hörl of General Ecology (2017). Recent articles include ‘Manimism: Worrying about the Relationship between Rationality and Animism’, New Formations, 104–05 (2021) and ‘Astronoetic Voyaging: Speculation, Media and Futurity’, in The Future of Media (2022).

Antonio Castore holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Turin, where he also lectured on Italian poetry and translation studies. Former research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., and the ICI Berlin, he is the author of a new Italian translation and critical edition of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Pericles, Prince of Tyre (in Tutte le opere, ed. by F. Marenco (2015–18)). He has authored two monographs: Il dialogo spezzato. Forme dell’incomprensione in letteratura (2011) and Grottesco e riscrittura (2012). His research spans from literary theory to the interconnections between literature and linguistics, philosophy, and architecture, with a special interest in literary and artistic experiences that question aesthetic and cultural ‘borders’.

Federico Dal Bo is research assistant at the collaborative research centre ‘Material Text Cultures’ at Heidelberg University. He holds a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Bologna (2005) and a PhD in Jewish Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin (2009). He is the author of several monographs, among them La lingua malata. Linguaggio e violenza nella filosofia contemporanea (2008), Emanation and Philosophy of Language: An Introduction to Joseph ben Abraham Giqatilla (2019), Deconstructing the Talmud: The Absolute Book (2019), Il linguaggio della violenza. Estremismo e ideologia nella filosofia contemporenea (new edition, 2020), and The Lexical Field of the Substantives of ‘Word’ in Ancient Hebrew: From the Bible to the Mishnah (2021). His work focuses on Talmud, Kabbalah, Jewish hermeneutics, and translation studies, with a particular interest in deconstruction and its application to religious texts.

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).

Maria José de Abreu is assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University and the author of numerous articles as well as the monograph The Charismatic Gymnasium: Breath, Media, and Religious Revivalism in Contemporary Brazil (2021). She received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien, the ICI Berlin, and the international research centre ‘Re:Work — Work and Human Lifecylcle in Global History’ at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her work engages with a range of anthropological, philosophical, and literary debates about religion, temporality, movement, personhood, the human senses and their technological extensions, with a special focus on logics of the political in current neoliberal governance, media, and right-wing populism.

Preciosa de Joya's work focuses on Southeast Asian philosophy and intellectual history. She has a degree in philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University (MA on Walter Benjamin, 2006) and Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore (PhD thesis ‘In Search of Filipino Philosophy’, 2013). She is currently a lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences after having taught at Ateneo de Manila for a number of years.

Ewa Majewska is a feminist philosopher of culture. She received her PhD from the University of Warsaw and has taught at the University of Warsaw, the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and the Academy of Art in Szczecin. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna (2013–14) and at the ICI Berlin (2014–16, 2019–20). She has published many articles in, among others, e-flux, Signs, Third Text, and Jacobin, as well as numerous books, among them Feminist Antifascism: Counterpublics of the Common (2021). She recently contributed to Unchaining Solidarity: On Mutual Aid and Anarchism with Catherine Malabou (2021).

Clara Masnatta received a PhD from Harvard University and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is an independent curator, scholar, and author based in Berlin and Buenos Aires. She is the author of Gisèle Freund: Photography on the Stage (2022, forthcoming) and has contributed to ‘Disassembled Images’: Allan Sekula and Contemporary Art (2019); La cámara como método. La fotografía moderna de Grete Stern y Horacio Coppola (2021); About Raymond Williams (2010); and the publication for Rinko Kawauchi’s retrospective at the Kunst Haus Wien in 2015. She curated the exhibition Gisèle Freund: Exposición-Espectáculo at the Museo Sívori in Buenos Aires, in cooperation with the IMEC, Institut Français, and INA in France. Masnatta was a fellow at the ICI Berlin (2014–16, affiliated 2016–18). She was a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (2014–17) and is currently associated with the Museo Evita — Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Históricas Eva Perón.

Arnd Wedemeyer earned his PhD from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, and taught at Princeton and Duke University before joining the ICI Berlin, as fellow, then as senior researcher, and finally as the founding editor of ICI Berlin Press. His research focuses on continental philosophy, comparative literature, and art and cultural history. He has published on Kant, Kafka, Jacob Taubes and Carl Schmitt, Jorge Luis Borges and Mynona, Joseph Beuys and Catherine Malabou. He has co-edited Re-: An Errant Glossary (2018), Claude Lefort, Dante’s Modernity: An Introduction to the ‘Monarchia’. With an Essay by Judith Revel (2020), and Weathering: Ecologies of Exposure (2020).

Zairong Xiang is the author of Queer Ancient Ways: A Decolonial Exploration (2018) and assistant professor of comparative literature and associate director of art at Duke Kunshan University. He was chief curator of the ‘minor cosmopolitan weekend’ at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and edited its catalogue minor cosmopolitan: Thinking Art, Politics, and the Universe Together Otherwise (2020). His research intersects feminisms and queer theories, literary and visual studies, philosophical and religious inquiries in their decolonial variants in Spanish, English, Chinese, French, and Nahuatl. A member of the Hyperimage Group, he co-curated the 2021 Guangzhou Image Triennial. His current projects deal with the concepts of ‘transdualism’ and ‘shanzhai/counterfeit’ in the Global South, especially Latin America and China.