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Esra Atamer - Esra Atamer is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, NY. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the onto-political relation between reticulative processes and collectivity. Her recent article "Dissipative Individuation" published in Parrhesia constitutes a nexus between Ilya Prigogine, Isabelle Stengers, and Gilbert Simondon. Her recent panel "A New Political Ecology: Guattari, Stengers, Latour" held at the ACLA Annual Conference 2012 raises the question of capitalism's appropriation of the mental and environmental ecologies. Her primary areas of interest include materials science, contemporary continental philosophy, and Marxism.
Lauren Boasso - Lauren is a PhD student in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She holds an MA degree in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University, New York, and a BA in English Literature from Augusta State University. She works on the intersections of science and art in nineteenth century photography.
Özgür Çiçek (founder) - Özgür holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature and an MA degree in Film Studies. She is also a PhD candidate at Binghamton University, New York, in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture program. Her PhD dissertation is on Kurdish Cinema produced in Turkey and it draws upon theories on film studies, nation-state, and politics in Turkish and Kurdish Cinemas.
Irmak Ertuna-Howison (founder) - Irmak received her PhD from Comparative Literature at Binghamton University, New York, in 2010. She has published on issues related to Surrealism, modern literature, film, and Marxism. Her recent project explores the concept of avant-garde in modern Turkish poetry. She is currently the chair of English Language and Literature department at Beykent University, Istanbul.
Elif Şendur - Elif received her BA in philosophy, Bogazici University Istanbul and MA in Comparative Literature, Binghamton University, New York. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature working on her dissertation on the comparative studies of Cahiers du Cinema and Screen, concentrating on the relation between cinema and ideology. Besides courses on writing and literature, Elif has taught cinema courses she fully enjoyed. Her research interests are critical theory, film theory and literature, post structuralist and Ancient Greek conceptions of politics, modern thought (especially Foucault, Marx, Althusser, and Deleuze). She is also working as the program coordinator for the Graduate Community of Scholars, NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate and she prepares professional workshops for the graduate community.