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Notes on Contributors


Chris Anderson-Irwin is a graduate of the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought at York University. His research interests include the relationship between metaphysics and politics, religion and (post)modern philosophy, German idealism and twentieth century Jewish thought.His article, "Beyond Economy, or the Infinite Debt to the Other: Caputo and Derrida on Obligation and Responsibility ," appears in Vol. I., no. 3.
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Jeffrey Lamar Coleman holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He teaches contemporary multicultural American literature at St. Mary's College of Maryland. His poetry and essays have appeared in several publications, including Blue Mesa Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Critical Essays on Alice Walker, Rattle, and the Sycamore Review. He is currently editing Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement. His article, Michael S. Harper's "Here Where Coltrane Is" and Coltrane's "Alabama": The Social/Aesthetic Intersections of Civil Rights Movement and poems Poetry Body Art Theatre, Brown-Winged Shoulders, Regions, Separation, appear in Vol II, no.1.

Karen Engle is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Her article, "The Post of the Post" appears in Vol. I, no. 4. She is currently writing her dissertation on photography, memory and September 11, and will be spending the winter of 2003 in New York as an intern at the photography magazine Aperture. Her recent articles have appeared in West Coast Line and Nasty. She acknowledges the assistance of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council and the Canada Research Chair programme.
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Caitlin Fisher is a member of the j_spot collective, and along with M. Michael Schiff is the co-founder, co-editor and co-publisher of this journal. She recently completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University in the area of feminist hypertextual theory and practice and is currently a Canada Research Chair at York University. She earned the Electronic Literature Organization's 2001 prize for fiction for her hypermedia novella entitled These Waves of Girls.
Find her at: http://www.yorku.ca/caitlin
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Margaret Gibson lectures in sociology in the areas of gender studies and family studies at the University of New England, Australia. She received her PhD (1999) at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has published on the blood/representational politics of menstruation product advertisements, and on polygraph machines as technologies of truth. She is currently working on a book in the area of death studies. Her article, "Guiltless Credit and the Moral Economy of Salvation ," appears in Vol. I, no. 3.
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James Gifford a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Alberta, where he divides his time between literary studies and opera performance. He has published a number of articles in journal such as Mosaic, Jouvert and In-between, and in 2002 he taught postcolonial literature at the Durrell School of Corfu, Greece. Since 2000, he has been on the Miall-Kuiken Reader Response research team in the Departments of Psychology and English at the University of Alberta. For more information, please see: http://www.ualberta.ca/~gifford . His article What is Žižek so Afraid Of?: Movement Against the Existential Hordes appears in Vol II, no. 1.

John S. Howard is a Dean's Scholar in the School of Law at Saint Louis University.  He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.  Recent publications include Subjectivity and Space: Deleuze and Guattari's BwO in the New World Order, in Kevin Jon Heller and Eleanor Kaufman, eds., Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy, and Culture. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998), and "Theory Against Itself: New Historicism's Return to Practice" in Jeffrey Williams, ed., PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy, (New York: Routledge, 1995).  He is a regular contributor to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and has written a number of essays and articles on Romantic theory and poetry, including a book-length study entitled Romantic Dialectics and the Politics of the Subject, currently under consideration for publication.  The focus of his scholarly work has recently shifted from literary theory to legal theory.  In the summer of 2000 he will join the firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a commercial litigator. His article, "Left Out: Politics and Postmodern Hermeneutics," appears in Vol. I., no. 2.
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Anh Hua is a PhD candidate in History. His areas of research includes cultural production, race, the body and imperialism. He has published an essay and a fictional piece in the Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. His article, "Primitive Spectacle in Black Narcissus," appears in Vol. I, no. 2.
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Jennifer Hui Bon Hoa recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania
and begins work on her PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard University
this Fall. Her current research interests include twentieth-century
responses to Hegel, the Nouveau Roman, and the rethinking of temporality and
duration through practical experiments in long-exposure photography. Her photograph, Lying appears in Vol II, no. 1.

Lars Iyer is a Lecturer in philosophy at the Centre for Research in Knowledge Science and Society at the University of Newcastle, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and has published several articles on European philosophy. His essay, "The Movement of Testimony: Suffering and Speech in Blanchot and Antelme," appeared in Vol. II, no. 1.
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Chris McCutcheon was a graduate student in the Graduate Programme in Social & Political Thought and a candidate for the Graduate Diploma in German & European Studies at York University.  His work geminerally broached the tensions between politics and ethics and their banes: representation, aesthetics, poetics, mimesis.  He was working on questions of subjectivity and violence in the work of Levinas and Freud. His article, "Adorno and the Muse of the Dialectic (a fable) ," appeared in Vol. I, no. 2. He was one of the founding editors of j_spot: the Journal of Social and Political Thought.
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David McNally is an Associate Professor in the departments of Political Science and Social and Political Thought at York University. McNally is the author of Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism: A Reinterpretation, Against the Market: Political Economy, Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique, Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation, and Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism. Selections from McNally's most recent book Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism appear in Vol II, no 1.

Motion (Wendy Braithwaite) is a Spoken Word poet and Hip Hop recording artist in Canada. Motion's poetry and video appear in Vol 2, no. 1.

Wendy K. Olsen, is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Development Economics and Lecturer in Quantitative Development Economics, Development and Planning Project Centre, with a secondment to Graduate School as a Lecturer in Research Methods, at the University of Bradford, England. She holds a D.Phil. from Oxford. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester and has taught at the University of Lancaster. Her publications include The Limits to Conditionality: Grassroots Evidence from Rural India, Oxford University Press, 2000, and Rural Indian Social Relations, Oxford University Press, 1996. She is currently preparing a book called Statistics for Skeptics. Her article, "Contract Labour and Bondage in Andhra Pradesh, India," co-authored with R.V. RamanaMurthy (see below), appears in Vol. I. no. 2. Her WebPages are at www.brad.ac.uk/staff/wkolsen
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Michael K. Palamarek is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Programme in Social & Political Thought and in the Graduate Diploma in German and European Studies Programme, both at York University, Toronto, Canada. His work focuses on the interconnections between language and labour in contemporary critical social thought, especially that of the early and later Frankfurt School. He is currently preparing a project comparing the relation between language and labour in the work of Theodor Adorno and Mikhail Bakhtin.
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R.V. RamanaMurthy, Assistant Professor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. His article, "Contract Labour and Bondage in Andhra Pradesh, India," co-authored with Wendy K. Olsen (see above), appears in Vol. I. no. 2.
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Sandra Raponi is a graduate student in the Combined Law and Philosophy Ph.D. Programme at the University of Toronto. Her article, "Meaning and Melancholia in Beckett's Endgame" appears in Vol. I, no. 4.
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Jasmine Rault is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Programme in Social & Political Thought at York University. She completed the Master's programme in Women's Studies at York last year. Her article, " Grotesque Performativity: Orlan and The Limits of Materialization," appears in Vol. I, no. 2.
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M. Michael Schiff, along with Caitlin Fisher, founded the graduate programme website, SPoT, in late 1997, from which j_spot the Journal of Social and Political Thought devolved, and he was the grand panjandrum in the production and deliverance of the first 3 issues. This journal remains an autonomous publication edited and published by Michael and Caitlin Fisher. Michael's work as a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Programmes in English and in Social & Political Thought at York University has reached far afield. His research is in the areas and intersections of feminist theory, abjection, nations, sex and gender studies, intersexuality, and the arts and the senses, and invariably involves the work of Julia Kristeva and Mikhail Bakhtin. Publications include a journal article, in Janus Head: Contemporary Philosophy, Literature, Phenomonological Psychology, Art, and various proceedings from the several conferences at which he presented each term. His introduction to j_spot Vol. I, no. 2, is "'Weblish' or Perish, or, 'I Touch Myself': Reflections on j_spot the Journal of Social and Political Thought."

Michael is employed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University, where he is administrative support to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Council and its numerous standing committees, produces the Faculty's Calendar and web entreés for 40-odd graduate programmes...
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Jon Short is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Programme in Social & Political Thought, York University.  He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.  His dissertation research seeks to apply revisions of the ontological tradition in the work of Adorno, Levinas, and Deleuze to contemporary ecological, ethical, and political thought  His article, "Outside of Power? or The Power of the Outside ," is published in Vol. I, no. 2.
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Kathy Walker was an integral and highly-regarded member of the j_spot collective and a doctoral candidate in Social and Political Thought, York University.
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Doug Wright completed his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2000 and is presently teaching at Erindale College. His research in the last several years has been concerned with the relationship between philosophy and autobiography, an interest reflected in the volume of papers that he produced for Routledge. His article, "Heaven and Hell in Rousseau's Confessions: Autobiography and Eschatology," appears in Vol. I., no. 4.
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Joanna Zylinska is Lecturer at University of Surrey Roehampton, United Kingdom. She is the author of On Spiders, Cyborgs and Being Scared: the Feminine and the Sublime (Manchester University Press) and editor of a collection of essays on the work of performance artists Stelarc and Orlan, The Cyborg Experiments: the Extensions of the Body in the Media Age (Athlone/Continuum). She is also the editor of a special issue of Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture & Politics, on 'Cultural Studies: Between Politics and Ethics.' Her work on feminist ethics, women's fiction, cultural studies and new technologies has appeared in numerous journals, including Women: A Cultural Review, parallax and Anglica Wratislaviensia. She is book reviews editor for Culture Machine, an international peer-reviewed journal in cultural studies and cultural theory . Her article, "Sublime Speculations: The Economy of the Gift in Feminist Ethics ," appears in Vol. I, no. 3.
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