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Society for Phenomenology and Media

Monica Alarcon, Dr. Phil. and Ma. Phil. from Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany and previously a Bachelor of Philosophy in Chile. Her specialties are the phenomenology of the body and the phenomenology of dance; her interests and influence include artistic research, media and transcultural research. She is currently a Professor at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia in the area of Phenomenology and Hermeneutics. In addition to her academic work, she has directed several transdisciplinary, artistic, socio-political and transcultural projects. She is member of the Research Group "Theory and History of Art in Colombia", the research group on the body SARX, International University of Catalonia, Spain and the artistic research group " MBody, artistic research in media, somatic, dance and philosophy "in Freiburg, Germany, among others.

Bas de Boer is a PhD candidate in philosophy of technology at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. He is currently writing a dissertation on how imaging technologies in the (cognitive) neurosciences mediate scientific knowledge of human behavior. He holds a Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science by the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Current research interests are in philosophy of technology, phenomenology, and French epistemology (Bachelard, Canguilhem).

Adriana Durán is Coordinator and full-time professor of Cinematography at the School of Plastic and Audiovisual Arts in the Autonomous University of Puebla. She teaches Cinematographic Language, nonfiction film and the theory of moving images. She specialized in nonfiction film research and practice, narrative discourses and the close relationship of the visual as a process in our way of seeing and explaining ourselves to the world.

Luanne Frank.,University of Michigan, is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research and teaching foci: Theory of Literature, Theory of Art, Semiotics, Hermeneutics, eighteenth-twentieth-century German thought, History of Myth Theory, Psychoanalysis, Indian deity Lajja gauri, and Mexican painter Olga Dondé. She has published on Heidegger, Hamann/Herder, Kleist, Rilke, and Foucault, organized and chaired the conferences “Literature and the Occult” and “The Female Principle,” edited two collections of scholarly essays, and co-translated and introduced Basic Concepts of Poetics, Emil Staiger’s construction of a Heideggerian genre theory.

Miguel A. García teaches digital media at Hochschule Furtwangen University and is actively involved in research on web aesthetics and practice, the philosophical foundations of Internet experience, and the interface of technology, art, and digital production.

Sophia Harvey holds a PhD from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Her research interests include Singapore cultural studies, representations of trauma and memory in Cambodian, Indonesian, and Thai cinema, and the impact of new media on Southeast Asia’s moving image culture. She teaches film history, contemporary Southeast Asian Cinemas, and seminars (such as, The Cinema of Satyajit Ray; and Cyborg Cinema). Ms. Harvey has published in the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Cinemas.

Hye Young Kim is a postdoctoral researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute (Ecole Normale Supérieure). The topic of her research project is the phenomenology of intersubjectivity, in which she attempts to understand the concept of intersubjectivity from a new perspective by introducing and analyzing the linguistic practices of the concept of intersubjectivity in non-European languages such as Korean and Malagasy. This project will be published as a book by Lexington Books in 2019.

She received her PhD in philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. Her dissertation was published by Duncker und Humblot Berlin under the title of “Sorge und Geschichte: Phänomenologische Untersuchung im Anschluss an Heidegger,” in which she analyzes the concepts of Zeitlichkeit and Geschichtlichkeit based on Heidegger’s “Sein und Zeit” in relation to Geschichte and Erzählung.

Olya Kudina, Ukraine, is a PhD candidate in philosophy of technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Her dissertation explores the way technologies co-shape human values, highlighting the technologically mediated formation of meaning in this regard. Olya’s research interests include ethics of emerging technologies, (post)phenomenology, hermeneutics, and bioethics.

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José David Romero Martín is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. From a transdisciplinary approach, his research combines artistic practice with theoretical work, focusing on different implications of the manifestation of corporeality in contemporay art.

Lisa Neville is a Senior Lecturer in English at State University of New York, Cortland, where she teaches writing, literature, and film. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction as well as critical theory. Her work is informed by Buddhist philosophy and practice, particularly as they relate to Western epistemology and language practices. Her current research and writing focus on the philosophy of the Kyoto School, Jean Gebser, Madhyamaka, Heidegger, and Dogen as well as experimental narrative, poetics, and Buddhist phenomenology.

Melentie Pandilovski directs the Video Pool Media Arts Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje, Macedonia. He is engaged in phenomenological research on new art and culture. His numerous publications on art and technology have been translated into Italian, Greek, English, German, Russian, French, and Serbo-Croatian. He is the former director of the Contemporary Art Center in Skopje, Macedonia, and the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide, Austrailia in strategic planning and profession.

Tracy Powell, Canada, holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, Canada. She teaches in the Behavioral Sciences Division, Psychology Department at Western Oregon University. Her research interests consider change in self-narrative and identity as a function of psychotherapeutic practice and treatment. Her applied focus is in legal arenas pertinent to Forensic Psychology including Oregon’s Child Welfare / Child Dependency System, and Sexual Response Victim Advocacy with the District Attorney’s Office.

Marleni Reyes is Professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla´s School of Plastics and Audiovisual Arts. She teaches aesthetics and digital images in the digital art area. She is in charge for the development of a master degree in media analysis and is involve in transdisciplinary projects about art and science. She has been an active researcher in the field of exact sciences through an aesthetical and educational approach for more than ten years. As a historian she took advantage of her experience as a musician to study religious music of XVIII century and cultural history. Her passion for fine arts and science has led her trough a diverse and rich formation and experience. Her actual field of research focus on the relationship between art and technology in the digital media.

Dennis Skocz is an independent scholar living in the Washington, D. C. area, where he teaches and enjoys music. Retired from the US State Department, Skocz took his Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has published on Husserl and Heidegger, though his philosophical interests are wide. A past president of SPM, he continues his role as an early member.

James Steinhoff is a PhD Candidate at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. His dissertation is a critique of post-Marxist theories of labour in the context of the artificial intelligence industry. He is co-author, along with Nick Dyer-Witheford and Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, of the forthcoming Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism from Pluto Press. He has previously published on the philosophical connections between Marxism and Transhumanism. His other research interests include: media theory, horror literature, and pessimist philosophy.

T.J. Thomson is a lecturer in digital journalism and professional communication at the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Communication. As a visual communication scholar within the multidisciplinary institution of communication, Thomson focuses primarily on the visual aspects of mediated communication systems, such as journalism and social media, and the sense-making practices of actors within them. Relationships, such as those between imager and imaged, intrigue him as do self-representations in networked media contexts. To study these empirical questions, he draws on scholarship from social psychology, sociology, and visual studies through primarily qualitative approaches. He has been published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, and Visual Communication Quarterly, among others. In the classroom, Thomson has helped students explore and deepen their understandings of multimedia reporting, multimedia planning and design, visual editing, photography, interviewing, and the principles of journalism. Thomson has experience with both journalistic and corporate communication. Before entering academia, he worked as a freelance visual journalist and designer for a number of news outlets and organizations, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and the Omaha World-Herald. Corporate clients include QuickFire Networks, which was acquired by Facebook in 2015; Colorado Academy; and HotelTonight.

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Tales Tomaz is an assistant professor on Journalism and Social Communication at the São Paulo Adventist University. He holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies by the University of São Paulo and, within this research project, was granted a scholarship by Capes-DAAD for a full year as visitor researcher in the Martin-Heidegger-Institut (University of Wuppertal, Germany). Tomaz has published several papers on philosophy of technology and media, including articles in the books “The Changing Face of Alterity” (London, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and “Media Logic(s) Revisited” (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Current research interests are the nature of mediation and its relation to ICTs, the role of algorithms in mediation and the influence of technology in the notion of anthropocene.

Marta Graciela Trógolo is a full professor at Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina, in the College of Humanities and the College of Economic Sciences. She serves as a member for the College Project, State and Territory of the Secretary of University Policies of the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Nation. She has published widely, including: “The Aesthetics and Bio-political Dimension of Pheno-Media” (Glimpse, 2014), “Cinema as Mystical indiscernible. Teresa de Ávila: the Body of Literature and Literature to Film” (Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research, 2018), and particiipated in international conferences at various universities in Argentina, Belgium, the USA, and Mexico on questions of media and philosophy, including: “Teresa and Juana: Both ‘Restless Fermina’ at the Dawn of Modernity,” the Center of Modern Philosophical Studies, Rosario National University, Rosario, Argentina, 2015; “The Body Lived as a New Anthropocene Experience,” 19th. Annual International Conference for the Society for Phenomenology and Media, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium, 2017; “Surviving in the limit: Culture and Violence,” Fifth interdisciplinary conference on Conflicts and So-cial Issues in the Region of the Gran Chaco.

May Olga Zindel teaches art and art theory at Unarte University. Her art has been exhibited in Mexico, the USA, Cuba and Chile, and includes paintings, photography, art objects and videos. She is an advisor for the Department of Arts and Culture, Puebla.

Mónica Alarcón Dávila, Colombia (2009)

Bas de Boer, the Netherlands (2018)

Adriana Durán, Mexico (2018)

Luanne Frank, USA (2013)

Sarah Lwahas, Nigeria (2015)

Lisa Neville, USA (2015)

Obiageli Ohiagu Pauline, Niigeria (2010)

Melentie Pandilovski, Austrailia (2000)

Tracy Powell, Canada (2005)

T. J. Thomson , Austrailia (2018)

Tales Tomaz, Brazil (2014)

Marta Graciela Trógolo, Argentina (2010)

May Olga Zindel, Mexico (2002)

Miguel A. García, Germany (2002)

Sophia Harvey, USA (2010)

Hye Young Kim, Korea (2015)

Olya Kudina, Ukraine (2018)

Marleni Reyes, (2018)

Dennis Skocz, USA (2002)

James Steinhoff, Canada (2018)

Judith Tiri, Nigeria (2015)

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