Leonard H. Babby

is Professor of Slavic Linguistics at Princeton University. His interests include Russian and comparative morpho-syntax and morpholexical-syntax. He is the author of The Syntax of Argument Structure (2009).  He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from Harvard University.

Barbara Citko

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washignton.Her research centers on syntactic theory, syntax-semantics interface, and Slavic linguistics.  Within these areas, she has worked on issues involving phrase structure, relative clauses, copula constructions, wh-questions, and coordination.  She looks at these issues from a crosslinguistic perspective, focusing on what such a perspective contributes to our understanding of the human language faculty. She holds a Ph.D. inLinguistics from Stony Brook University.


Joseph Conte

is Professor and Chair of English at the University at Buffalo. He isthe author of Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction (University of Alabama Press, 2002) which examines the relationship of order and disorder in the work of postmodern novelists. His interests also include postmodern theory, chaos and complexity theory, the effect of digital media on fiction and cognition, and language-centered poetics. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University.


Carlos de Cuba

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. His primary research interests lie in theoretical and comparative syntax. His work examines the structure of factive and non-factive complements, CP structure and comparative Germanic syntax. He holds a Ph.D in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.

Lisa Diedrich

is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Stony Brook University. Her current research and teaching interests include feminist cultural studies of health and illness, disabilitystudies, global feminisms, and feminist theories and methodologies. She recently published Treatments, in which she analyzes contemporary memoirs on the experience of illness. She and Victoria Hesford have also recently edited the volume Feminist Time against Nation Time. She holds a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from Emory University.

Victoria Hesford

is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Stony Brook University. Her interests include feminist cultural studies, American feminist histories and theory, queer histories and theory, media studies, and post-1945 English and American literature. She recently completed Feminism and Its Ghosts: the Second Wave Women's Movement and the Specter of the Feminist-as-Lesbian in which she analyzes how media and feminist representations of feminism during the Second Wave Movement produced some of the cultural forms through which it has since become part of a collective cultural memory. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University.

Darryl Hill

is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he studies the social psychology of gender and sexuality. In the most general sense, Prof. Hill’s research is focused on how historical, social, and cultural contexts shape gender and sex identities. Dr. Hill has conducted a series of studies on how gender influences the way we think about ourselves as sexual beings. He is specifically interested in prejudice and violence directed against gender outlaws. He holds a PhD from the University of Windsor (Canada).

Patrick Honeybone

is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in theoretical phonology, historical phonology, and dialectology. He organizes both the Historical Phonology Reading Group at Edinburgh, and the Manchester Phonology Meeting, one of the UK's leading annual phonology conferences. He holds a Ph.D. inLinguistics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Pavle Levi

is Assistant Professor of Fim Theory at Stanford University. He has written on cinema and nationalism, psychoanalytic film theory, and experimental cinema, and he co-edited Filosofska igracka (A Philosophical Toy), a selection of Annette Michelson's writings on film and modernist art. His book Disintegration in Frames, about aesthetics and politics in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema, was published in 2007. His teaching brings together his commitment to film as an art form with the study of cinema as a social and cultural phenomenon. He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU.


Leah Lowe

is Associate Professor of Theater at Connecticut College. Her research interests include theories of comedy, gender studies, and popular American culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her performance interests include devised theater, comic techniques, and American drama. She teaches courses on performance and the representation of gender and race in dramatic literature and other cultural forms. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from The Florida State University School of Theater.


James McFarland

is Assistant Professor of German and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His research interests extend from the epistemology of Leibniz to the political theology of George Romero. He has taught on topics ranging from the philosophy of tragedy to the concept of history in Emerson, Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin. His dissertation examined the Nietzschean context of Walter Benjaminís philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University.

David Ost

is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His research interests concern postcommunist politics in Eastern Europe (particularly Poland), comparative explorations of Labor and democracy in Europe and America - the changing relationship between the United States and the European Union, Globalization protests, and chances for a new international order. He was awarded the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize in 2006 for The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

Kathleen Parthe

is Professor of Russian and Director of Russian Studies at the University of Rochester. Her publications include Russian Village Prose: The Radiant Past and Russia's Dangerous Texts: Politics Between the Lines, and she teaches a wide range of courses in Russian and European Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Cornell University.

Jon Rubin

is Associate Professor of Film and New Media at Purchase College at the State University of New York. He is an artist and film-maker with an interest in the exploration of media art as a mode of cross-cultural discourse. He is the winner of numerous grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Fulbright Fellowships, and he is the creator and director of The Floating Cinema which may make an appearance in St. Petersburg this summer.


E. K. Tan

is Assistant Professor ofComparative Studies at Stony Brook University. His dissertation title is Lack, Loss and Displacement: Renarrativing "Chineseness" through the Aesthetics of Southeast Asian Literature and Film. His areas of interest include Modern Chinese literature and film, Sinophone literature, Asian diaspora studies, Psychoanalysis, Film Theory, Globalization Theory.He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and World Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.