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Lars Lundsten, Iceland (2000), Paul Majkut, USA (1998), Shoji Nagataki, Japan (2007), Nyasha Mboti, South Africa (2018), José David Romero Martín, Spain (2011), Randall Dana Ulveland, USA (2002), Tõnu Viik, Estonia (2008)
Luis Acebal, USA (2010), Cristina Bonfiglioli, Brazil (2014), Alberto Carrillo Canán, Chair), Mexico (2000), Kurt Cline, Republic of China (2005), Alejandra de las Mercedes Fernández, Argentina (2010), Gerardo de la Fuente, Mexico (2010), Yoni van den Eede, Belgium (2009)
Elvira Godek-Kiryluk, USA (2000), Jacques Ibanez Bueno, France (2015),
Stacey Irwin, USA (2000), Matti Itkonen, Finland (2000), Melinda Campbell, USA (2011), Pieter Lemmens, the Netherlands (2013), Nicola Liberati, Italy, Co-Chair (2012)
PRESIDENT: Lars Lundsten, VICE PRESIDENT: Cristina Bonfiglioli,
ACTING SECRETARY: Elvira Godek-Kiryluk, TREASURER: Luis Acebal
Board of Directors:
Society for Phenomenology and Media
Luis Acebal is an Associate Professor at National University. He has lectured at universities in Argentina and Uruguay and served as a Fulbright scholar at Universidad Nacional Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is interested in the application of literary theory to digital production.
Cristina Bonfiglioli has a B.A. in Biological Sciences, a Master's Degree on Science Education (oriented explicitly to Philosophy of Science and Epistemology Teaching) and a Communications Sciences Ph.D. with an emphasis in Photography and Ecological Discourse. She is a lecturer at School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo at a Postgraduate Qualification Program (Postgraduate Diploma) in Digital Nets, Third Sector, and Sustainability established by Atopos Research Center. She is also a board member of CISC – Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Media Semiotics at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. She collaborates with two other research centers: HSSE – History of Science in Science Education at the Federal University of São Paulo and the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo. Most of her academic production focuses on the relations between scientific discourse and imaging, especially those produced as photography and cinema, explored from a phenomenological, but also a historical point of view. Her research interests are the History of Culture and the Philosophy of Science and Technology as well as Phenomenology, Postphenomenology, and Critical Theory.
Melinda Campbell teaches at National University, San Diego. She received her doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of California, Davis in 1993, where she specialized in metaphysics, epistemology, and aesthetics. Her dissertation was in the area of color ontology and argued the case for the "subjective realism" of color. Professor Campbell's publications include an article co-written with William Hirstein, "Aesthetics & the Experience of Beauty," which appears in the 2009 edition of the Elsevier Encyclopedia of Consciousness. Prof Campbell is the editor of the SPM publications, Glimpse and Proceedings.
Alberto José Luis Carrillo Canán is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. His areas of research are cognitive science, the history of science, media theory, aesthetics, and the philosophy of technology.
Kurt Cline is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Taipei University of Technology. Research Interests: shamanic praxis, poetry and poetics, legerdemain, gnosticism, hermeticism, romanticism, modernism, cultural studies, consciousness studies, experimental film and theater.
Alejandra de las Mercedes Fernández has her Degree in Philosophy from the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (Argentina) She teaches regular courses in Political Philosophy and Aesthetics using philosophical inquiry to illuminate contemporary issues. She participates in a Research Project focusing on transdisciplinary approaches to corporeality in politics and art. She curates art in Buenos Aires and givers lectures and courses on: Aesthetics of Media, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Cinema and Literature, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis.
Gerardo de la Fuente is a Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and lectures in aesthetics and arts at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. His most recent book is To Love in Foreign Lands: An Essay on Economy Seduction in Modern Societies. His research interests are the philosophy and aesthetics of new media, the philosophy of economics, and the contemporary experience of the self in the Latin American everyday life.
Yoni Van Den Eede is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and part-time Assistant Research Professor, affiliated with the research groups Centre for Ethics and Humanism (ETHU) and Center Leo Apostel (CLEA), both at the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Belgium. His research concerns the philosophy of technology, media theory, and media ecology, with an emphasis on phenomenological, cultural, existential, and political themes. He is the author of Amor Technologiae: Marshall McLuhan as Philosopher of Technology (Brussels, VUBPRESS, 2012) and of (in Dutch) Mens en media (Tielt, LannooCampus, 2014) and Vanzelf (Leuven, Acco, 2015). He has (co-)edited special issues of Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, Foundations of Science, and Explorations in Media Ecology as well as the book Postphenomenology and Media: Essays on Human–Media–World Relations (Lanham, Lexington Books, 2017). Since 2011 he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as President of that same organization
Elvira Godek-Kiryluk is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research in American and Russian modernism focuses on the conditions of intelligibility for politics in an aesthetic project. Her third area of specialization is in aesthetics, mostly of German Idealism and the Frankfurt School. Her involvement with the Society for Phenomenology and Media dates back to 2000, when she presented a paper on Roman Ingarden.
Stacey O'Neal Irwin teaches at Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Department of Communication and Theatre. Her research interests include hermeneutic phenomenology, postphenomenology, new media, semiotics, human studies, and technology and pedagogy.
Jacques Ibanez Bueno is a Professor in the Communication and Hypermedia Department, University Savoie Mont-Blanc , French Alps. He was visiting scholar at the University of North Texas, Associate Professor in the University of Burgundy, and instructor in Switzerland (Faculty of Education and Psychology, Geneva University). He works on virtual and hypermedia anthropology, applied semiotic in interactive communication, and bodily implications in processes of communication.
Matti Itkonen teaches at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He holds doctorates in philosophy (PhD) and education (PhD, education) with theses on the poetry of Eeva-Liisa Manner and the philosophy of education. His numerous publications focus on cultural philosophy, educational philosophy, and especially questions that discuss Finnish national ethos.
Pieter Lemmens teaches philosophy and ethics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He has published on themes in the philosophy of technology and innovation, on the work of Martin Heidegger, Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler, and on post-autonomist Marxism. Current interests are the political potentials of new digital IC-technologies, the politics of human (cognitive) enhancement technologies, psychedelics and philosophy and philosophy of technology in the age of the anthropocene.
Nicola Liberati is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente working on the project “Theorizing Technological Mediation: toward an empirical-philosophical theory of technology” (NWO Grant number: 277-20-006).
His work focusses on emerging computer technologies and their effects on the everyday world from a phenomenological perspective. He is especially interested in Augmented Reality, Wearable Computers, Teledildonics, Sex with Robots, and Husserl’s phenomenology, and he collaborates with engineers and artists in order to tackle philosophical questions from a different angle.
He is the Vice-chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Media, an external consultant of Chukyo TV, a member of QuOTech Lab (Qualitative Ontology and Technology Laboratory), and a reviewer and a member of the editorial board of international journals like Philosophia, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction and Philosophical Inquiries. Nicola Liberati worked for two years (2014-2016) as a JSPS postdoctoral researcher at Chukyo University (Japan) focussing on digital technologies and Postphenomenology, and he defended his Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Pisa.
His work has direct impact in society since journalists from de Volkskrant (e.g. in 10/02/2018), CNET, U-Tuday, and UNESCO commission used his work to analyse the impact of new technologies on society.
Lars Lundsten teaches at Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and is one of the founders and first board members of SPM. His research interests are social ontology and narrative epistemology. He works within the realist phenomenology tradition, influenced by the Husserl, Reinach and Ingarden.
Paul Majkut is a Professor in Literature and Philosophy at National University. Research: media change. He has been awarded one Fulbright Scholarship and three Fulbright Senior Specialist grants (Argentina, Finland, Germany, Mexico), two National Endowment for the Humanities awards (Cambridge, Oxford) and was given a grant by the government of Slovakia to reseach films of the Cold War. He is a Reader of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts and Early Books at the Huntington, Bodeian, and Cambridge University Libraries. Majkut has been actively involved in the struggle against racism, fascism, and anarcho-libertarianism in society and philosophy since work in civil rights in Alabama in the '60s, the anti-war movement in the '70s, the creation of the world's first women's and ethnic studies departments at San Francisco State University in the '70s, and the struggle against neo-Nazis and white supremicists today. He has been involved with the Coalicion Obrero Campesino Estudiantil del Sonconusco in Chiapas since the '70s. As a journalist for two decades, he has won over two-dozen awards for his writing from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Los Angeles Press Club, the Southern California Press Club, the San Diego Press Club, the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Shoji Nagataki teaches at Chukyo University, Department of International Liberal Studies. His research interests are in phenomenology, the philosophy of embodiment, the philosophy of mind, and cognitive science.
Nyasha Mboti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication
Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Nyasha’s keen interest in academia is to ask questions that people may not ordinarily intend or think to ask, his view being that knowledge is not finding whatever is put there to be looked for (as if we were playing game of hide-and- seek). Rather, knowledge is knowing what was never meant to be known or found. Knowledge of this kind, of course, is extremely inconvenient to the status quo. It is for that reason that such inconvenient knowledge is immensely valuable, particularly for the violated, degraded and dispossessed of
the earth – a category of world-bearing human being that Prof Mboti refers to as “blackbodies”. Blackbodies are the caryatids, atlantes, telamons, and shit-holes of modernity who sow where they do not reap. Prof Mboti is currently researching possibilities for the emergence of a new theoretical paradigm called “Apartheid Studies”, itself the subject of his forthcoming new book Apartheid Studies: An Inquiryinto the Nature & Maintenance of the Wealth of Nations. Apartheid Studies examines how capitalist modernity, and our modern times themselves, are governed, regulated, nourished and maintained by a variety of integrated “circuits of apartheid”.
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.
Randall Dana Ulveland is a Professor at Western Oregon University. He teaches courses in educational foundations, technology and media, and philosophy. His research interests focus on phenomenological analyses of corporeality within educational and technological environments.
Tõnu Viik is a Professor of Philsophy at Tallinn University, Estonia. He graduated from Moscow State University and received his Ph.D. from Emory University, Atlanta. Present research is devoted to cultural phenomenology focusing on socially conditioned meaning-formation processes.