imgres_160Victor Taylor is chair of the Department of English and Humanities and professor of literature, philosophy, and religious studies at York College of Pennsylvania. He is also director of the center for civic humanities at York. He is the executive editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and director of academic publishing for Davies Group, Publishers. He is author among other books of Para/Inquiry: Postmodern Religion and Culture (Routledge 2000) and Religion After Postmodernism (The University of Virginia Press 2008).  He is co-founder of GAIN.


Carl speakingCarl Raschke is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in Continental philosophy, the philosophy of religion and theory of culture. He is an internationally known writer and academic, who has authored numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from postmodernism to popular religion and culture to technology and society. He is the author among other books of Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2015) and The Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (University of Virginia Press, 2012) Harvard University.  He is also co-founder of GAIN.



application-2_medMehnad Afridi is Assistant Professor of Religious studies and Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College.   Her articles have appeared in books such as Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture, (Brill, 2006), and Gurdwara Sikh Killings: Domestic or Global Taxonomy of Terrorism? (Taylor & Francis, 2013).  She is the co-editor of a book entitled Orhan Pamuk and Global Literature: Existentialism and Politics (May 2012, Palgrave Macmillan), and she is working on her forthcoming book, Shoah through Muslim Eyes (Academic Studies Press, fall 2014).



img_1591---version-2_med_hrJoe Aldinger has a Ph.D. candidate at University at Buffalo, SUNY., specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century poetry and drama. His interdisciplinary work focuses on the relationship between literature, subjectivity, and politics. His dissertation project, “Religious Melancholy and the Lyric Subject: the Politics of Conscience,” traces a melancholic strand of early modern selfhood, which considers the ways in which the Reformation left individuals vulnerable to coercion. He is the Assistant Technical Editor of the Journal for Culture and Religious Theory.  His work has also been generously supported by The Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Researching the Archive” seminar.


sandra-jean-ceas_med_hrSandra Jean Ceas is an international artist, based in Denver, as well as an educator and speaker specializing in contemporary art and spirituality. Her art is exhibited nationally and internationally with three travelling exhibitions to include the US Military Reflections of Generosity, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), and the Artnauts International collective, which reaches remote global areas such as Columbia, Hungary and Palestine.  She has over thirty years of teaching as an Associate Professor to include courses in Social Practice Arts, Professional Practices, World Religions, Art Appreciation, Humanities and numerous Studio Arts.


gaepic1_med_hrGeorge Elerick is an author, speaker and activist. He has spent time living in India developing civil rights, gender equality and religious solidarity. He tours university campuses speaking onsome of the following topics: cultural theory, philosophy, theology,gender equality, justice and psychoanalysis.  He is the author of Jesus Bootlegged. You can find him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovechanges) or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/atravelersnote).


0-2_medLydia E. Ferguson is a PhD student in the Auburn University English Department, researching 19th-Century American Literature and interdisciplinary American Studies, and teaching composition and American literature. She earned her BA in English from Ball State University and her MA in Literature from Clemson University. Her primary research focuses on mid-to-late 19th-century realism and performances and representations of cultural identity. Pedagogically, she is an avid proponent of civic-engagement collaborations and client-based service-learning projects. Currently, she is collaborating on a virtual humanities database called the Virtual Education Project (VEP).


0_med-2Sergio C. Figueiredo is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University with teaching and research interests in rhetorical theory, media rhetorics, comics, visual design/composition, professional communication, and public and civic engagement.



roger_med_hr-2Roger Green is Lecturer in English at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he teaches literature and songwriting. He received a Ph.D. In English Rhetoric and Theory from the University of Denver in 2013 and is working on a second doctorate in Religious Studies and Theology from the University of Denver. His dissertation, Beware of Mad John: Psychedelic Aesthetics, Political Theology, and Literature looks at critiques of subjectivity and liberal citizenship through material and aesthetic attempts to code transcendent experiences. He has published with the Psychedelic Press, UK. In addition to academic work, Roger has worked as a composer and musician, releasing multiple albums under his own name and with The Czars and jazz trumpeter, Ron Miles.


eileen-joy_med_hrEileen Joy is a specialist in Old English literary studies and cultural studies, as well as a para-academic rogue, drone-strike machine, with interests in poetry and poetics, historiography, ethics, affects, embodiments, queer studies, the politics of friendship, speculative realism, object oriented ontology, the ecological, and the post/human.  She is the co-founder and lead ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group (http://www.babelworkinggroup.org), the founder and co-editor of “postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies” (http://www.palgrave-journals.com/pmed/index.html), co-founder and editor of O-Zone: A Journal of Object Oriented Studies (http://ozone-journal.org), co-founder and director of Punctum Books (http://punctumbooks.com/), and co-founder and associate director of Punctum Records (http://punctumrecords.com).  She blogs at In The Middle (http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com).


Katerina Kolozova 2014Katerina Kolozova, PhD. is the director of the Institute in Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and a professor of philosophy, sociological theory and gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also visiting professor at several universities in Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (the State University of Skopje, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade and University of Sofia as well as at the Faculty of Media and Communications of Belgrade) and at the Global Center for Advanced Studies.  Kolozova is the author among other books of The Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststucturalist Philosophy, (Columbia University Press,2014; The Real and I”: On the Limit and the Self (Euro-Balkan Press, 2006).  She has edited a number of books from the fields of gender studies and feminist theory, including one together with Svetlana Slapshak and Jelisaveta Blagojevic, Gender and Identity: Theories from/on Southeastern Europe (The Athena Network Publishing, 2006). She is also the editor in chief of the Journal in Politics, Gender and Culture “Identities”.


application-4_medGregg Lambert , Dean’s Professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, is internationally renowned for his scholarly writings on critical theory and film, the contemporary university, Baroque and Neo-Baroque cultural history, and; especially for his work on the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He has lectured internationally and was recently invited as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Ewha University, Seoul National University, and in the winter of 2010 was appointed as the BK21 Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.  He is previously Founding Director of The SU Humanities Center.  He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with emphasis in Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine in 1995, finishing his dissertation under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida and literary theorist Gabriele Schwab.


photo-3_med_hrAlex Taek Gwang Lee is associate professor in the department of British and American cultural studies at Kyung Hee University, South Korea. His publication ranges broadly from French and German philosophy to Asian cinemas as well as art history. His current research interest is on the reception of Western theories into the Asian contexts.


kenl-3_med_hrKenneth “Ken” Lokensgard is the Graduate Student Services and Research Coordinator for the Plateau Center for Native American Programs at Washington State University. Lokensgard earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University. He has taught at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a researcher, he has worked with members of the Blackfoot Confederacy on repatriation and related topics. He is the author of Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization (Ashgate Publishing, 2013).



Steve NicholsStephen Nichols, James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities and Research Professor, specializes in medieval literature and its interactions with history, philosophy, language theory, and history of art. His book Romanesque Signs: Early Medieval Narrative and Iconography, received the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding book by an MLA author. Another, The New Philology, was honored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.  A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, he also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory, which he also directed from 1995 – 2001.  He is a founding editor of the online revue, Digital Philology; A Journal of Medieval Culture, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


application_med_hrMichael O’Rourke lectures in the School of Arts and Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin (Ireland) and works mostly at the intersections between queer theory and continental philosophy. HE is the author of Queering Speculative Realism (forthcoming), Rogue Theory (forthcoming) and co-author (with Éamonn Dunne) of The Pervert’s Guide to Reading (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paperback 2007), Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009) and Speculative Medievalisms: Discography (Punctum Books, 2013), and the editor of Derrida and Queer Theory (forthcoming). He has co-convened The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research since 2002 and is the series editor of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate and of the Queer Aisthesis book series at Punctum Books.


sarah_marcus_2011_pic-copy_med_hrSarah Pessin is Professor of Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the University of Denver (DU) where she serves as the Emil and Evil Hecht Chair in Judaic Studies and as the Director for the Center for Judaic Studies. Sarah is interested in the sacred-human-ethical; she seeks to recover the voices of Greek, Jewish, and Islamic philosophers who have been muted through uncharitable reconstructions in the history of ideas, and she aims to recover a philosophical and theological space for shadow and exile as engaging positive metaphors for human life and inter-personal encounter. Her interest in shadow and exile has led to her work on the role of matter as a vibrant placeholder for a range of existential and phenomenological themes in Neoplatonic philosophy and beyond. She has published widely on a variety of topics, and is the recent author of Ibn Gabirol’s Theology of Desire: Matter and Method in Jewish Medieval Neoplatonism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).


colby-reid_med_hrColbey Emmerson Reid is Director of the Consumer Innovation Consortium (CIC) and professor of practice in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. Reid has over 16 years of teaching and research experience in literature and composition as well as experience creating and overseeing study abroad programs and an interdisciplinary research and lecture forum. Reid has also chaired an institutional grant-awarding committee to promote faculty development at York College, where she was formerly Associate Professor of English. Her scholarly activities have focused on the topics of communication, innovation, creativity and design. She received the Leon Edel award in 2009 for her essay on the language of accounting in Henry James and the Fredson Bowers awards in 2011 for her essay on the relationship between early 20th century design innovation, consumption habits, and avant-garde poetry.


alan-richard_med_hrAlan Jay Richard is a resident ecclesiologist and community organizer with Realistic Living, a nonprofit organization located in rural north Texas dedicated to research, writing, and training in the areas of religious practice, contemporary Christianity, inter-religious dialogue, and religious dimensions of culture. He organizes small local groups dedicated to experimenting with the practice and enactment of forms of religious life that attend to the incorrigibility of self-deception, the good news of its continual, unresolved undoing, and the thirst for justice that emerges from this undoing.  He is a contributing author of The Road from Empire to Eco-Democracy (iUniverse 2012). He is currently working on a book on the subject of trauma, religion, and ecclesiology.


cordova-headshot-1_med_hrChristopher D. Rodkey is Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, and teaches philosophy, religion, and in the women’s studies program at Penn State York. As a pastor-scholar and public theologian he has published articles, essays, and curricula for a wide variety of journals and publishers, from Geez and YouthWorker Journal to The Journal for the Study of Radicalism and Faith Practices. Rodkey’s scholarly project is to develop the theory and praxis of a lived and living radical Christianity. His books include The Synaptic Gospel: Teaching the Brain to Worship (2012) and Too Good to Be True: Radical Christian Preaching, Year A (2014).  As an ordained pastor, his central focus is in congregational vitality, evangelism, and inclusivity, and in the development of pan-generational religious education experiences.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Paul Tillich Society, holds life certification in religious education from the United Church of Christ, and is certified in client counseling by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.


1_med_hrFrancis Sanzaro is a writer and sculptor based out of Baltimore, who has taught at Morgan State University. His most recent publications include a book on athletic theory and the body, titled The Boulder: A Philosophy for Bouldering (Stone Country Press, 2013) and he expects two projects to see the light of day shortly–a text on what can best be called the “childbirth grotesque” and a 21st century Stoic manual on automation, exhaustion and instinct. His main areas of research are in affect modules (both in their religious and philosophical lenses), embodied landscapes, and the mysticism of everyday aesthetics.  He is technical editor for the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory.  He holds a PhD from Syracuse University.  His articles and fiction have appeared in Continental Philosophy Review, Happy Hipocrite, Greyrock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Rock and Ice Magazine.


application-3_med_hrCraig Saper is Professor and Director of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program at UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Heis the author of Intimate Bureaucracies (2012), Networked Art (2001), Artificial Mythologies (1997) and has edited or co-edited volumes on Posthumography (2010), Imaging Place (2009), and Drifts (2007). He has published widely on Fluxus and visual poetry and serves as the Reviews Editor and “Blog Report” columnist for Rhizomes. His curatorial projects include exhibits on “Assemblings” (1997), “Noigandres: Concrete Poetry in Brazil” (1988) and “TypeBound” (2008), and folkvine.org (2003-6). In addition, he has published two other pamphlets On Being Read (1985) and Raw Material (2008) as well as editions of Bob Brown’s Words (2010) and Readies (2010). Saper is presently writing a biography of the poet-publisher-impresario-writer in every imaginable genre, Bob Brown, who invented an avant-garde reading machine; the simulation of the reading machine can be found at Saper’s website http://www.readies.org.


Jeff SeifJeffrey Seif is Distinguished Professor of Bible and Jewish Studies at Kings University. He has also served as a Bible professor at Christ for the Nations Institute for 25 years. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Southern Methodist University. He is best known to the general public for his work through Zola Levitt Ministries, a nationally-syndicated TV concern teaching the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and more. He is the project manager for the new Tree of Life Bible, a joint-venture project, constituted by 70 Messianic Jewish scholars and associates. Dr. He is the author of many books and TV series. He is also a proud graduate of the North Texas Regional Police Academy and has a career in law enforcement, working as a patrol officer, a detective and marshal.


bhrigupati-singh_med_hrBhrigupati Singh is an anthropologist, interested in issues of religion, politics, media and popular culture. He has recently completed a book manuscript titled Poverty and Plenitude: Spiritual and Material Life Force in Contemporary Rural India (Forthcoming with University of Chicago Press, 2014), and a co-edited volume titled The Ground Between: Anthropological Engagements with Philosophy (Forthcoming with Duke University Press, 2014). Bhrigu grew up in New Delhi and studied in Delhi University, SOAS (University of London) where he did a Masters in Anthropology of Media, and at Johns Hopkins University, where he did a PhD in Anthropology. In 2000-01, he worked at Sarai-CSDS (Delhi), where he helped start a research project titled”‘Publics and Practices in the History of the Present”. He is on the faculty of King’s College London and in the fall of 2014 he will become an assistant professor at Brown University.


profpic_v2_med_hrJoy Steinberg is a skilled qualitative researcher committed to providing brand insights and facilitating corporate social responsibility. She has extensive experience in project management, product marketing, consumer affairs, and marketing communications. She is a creative and an analytical thinker with a proven ability to strategically plan and implement tactics. Joy’s concern for positively impacting consumer and corporate cultures has led her to pursue extensive service opportunities. She has been actively involved and also mentored leadership in local and global non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Step-Up Ministries, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity, and Cross-Cultural Solutions. She combines her graduate training in International Relations with an emphasis on International Business (University of Texas, 2000) with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Marketing Communications (University of Wisconsin, 1993).


ZorzuttiGabriela Zorzutti is a Lacanian Psychoanalyst. She is trained in Freudian and Lacanian theory and practice in Argentina, her native country. Gabriela got to know the experience of psychoanalysis very early on, in her teen years, thanks to a psychology class in high school where she got to read Sigmund Freud’s work for the first time. This fortunate encounter turned to be vital for her, an event with desire that marked a before and after in her life. During her formal studies in university she kept studying psychoanalysis in the frames of reading groups, and started her own analysis. Life moved her to Denver, where she began teaching Lacan to other seasoned local analysts that had never heard that name before. In 2010 she invited some of her students to be part of the Colorado Analytic Forum of the Lacanian Field, which was thus founded.  In August 2014, Gabriela Zorzutti founded the Clinical College of Colorado, CCC, (www.clinicalcollegeofcolorado.com) as part of her efforts in the transmission of psychoanalysis. She has given, participated and organized international talks and conferences in Denver, Washington D.C, Buenos Aires, Rio do Janeiro, Paris, Rome and Warsaw.