Charmaine Chua is Assistant Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. Her research is on the politics of global circulation, and explores three main intersections: the rise of logistics in capitalist world order, the colonial afterlives of global supply chains, and logistical struggles. She is currently working on a book manuscript that uses political ethnography to examine the transpacific container trade as a logistical economy of carceral and racialized violence. She is also an anti-racist and abolitionist organizer. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Historical Materialism, Political Geography, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Routledge, and the Journal of Narrative Politics. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Giorgio Grappi is Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna. His research currently focuses on corridors, logistics and the transformation of the state form. His main research areas include the transition to postcolonial state and postcolonial capitalism and the political dimension of migrations. Grappi has participated in the Sixth Annual Winter Course on Forced Migration organized by Calcutta Research Group (India) and he has been part of two EU-funded projects: GeMIC (Gender, migration and intercultural interactions) and MIG@NET (Transnational digital networks, migration and gender). More recently he has been part of the collective writing of ‘New Keywords: Migration and Borders’ in Cultural Studies (2014) and he is taking part in the research project Logistical Worlds: Infrastructure, Software, Labour. Grappi’s latest publications include ‘India’s Corridors of Development and New Frontier of Capital’ (with I. Dey) in South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) and the book Logistica (Ediesse, 2016)
Stefan Helmreich is the Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology and Program Head of the MIT Faculty of Anthropology. His research has examined how biologists think through the limits of “life” as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas(University of California Press, 2009) is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book, winner of the 2010 Senior Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society, the 2010 Gregory Bateson Book Prize from Society for Cultural Anthropology, and the 2012 Rachel Carson Book Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (University of California Press, 1998) is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. In 2000, it won the Diana Forsythe Book Prize from the American Anthropological Association. Helmreich’s newest book, Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond (Princeton University Press, 2016) asks after changing definitions of life, water, and sound (and features a soundtrack). He is at work on a new book about wave science, in domains ranging from oceanography to cosmology to medicine to acoustics to social theory. Helmreich’s essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Representations, American Anthropologist, Cabinet, and The Wire.
Hannah Meszaros Martin is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Architecture. She is an artist, writer, and current CHASE funded PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a research fellow in Forensic Architecture, a European Research Council funded project, where she also worked from 2012-2014. She has exhibited at the House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin, as a part of Forensic Architecture’s exhibition and contributed to the book FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014). She has exhibited solo work in Medellín, London, and documenta(13). She has published with Open Democracy and Different Skies, a publication that she co-founded in 2012.
Heather Paxson is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Anthropology Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow. She is interested in how people craft a sense of themselves as moral beings through everyday practices, especially those activities having to do with family and food. She is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (University of California Press, 2004) and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2013), which explores domestic artisanal cheese and the people who make it, analyzing how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value within American landscapes of production and consumption. Her recent research investigates the practical and semiotic work of moving perishable foods across international borders. Heather served as Area Editor for the 2016 Oxford Companion to Cheese. In January 2018, she begins a 5-year term co-editing Cultural Anthropology. At MIT, Heather teaches courses on food, family, craft, ethnographic reserach, and the meaning of life. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. from Haverford College.
Oscar Pedraza is a historian, anthropologist, and PhD candidate in anthropology at City University of New York, Graduate Center. I have worked around concepts of memory, when it made sense thinking through that concept in Colombia. I have also explored issues around victimhood and the ways in which the political trajectories of killing were being reframed through antipolitical/humanitarian lenses, and thus giving way to an expectation of reconciliation through grief. Hence, I started to research what makes the value of death in transnational networks of human rights. I added coal mining and its international networks to the mix, as a way to consider the material relations that constitute the value of death, the interests of NGOs, experts and activists in relating to specific forms of dying while making others fade into oblivion. I also write and edit for La Siniestra, an online political analysis publication in Bogotá.
Francesco Sebregondi is PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Architecture. He is an architect and a researcher, whose work explores the intersections of violence, technology, and the urban condition. Since 2011 he is a Research Fellow at Forensic Architecture, former Coordinator of the collective project (2013-2015), and co-editor of its main publication “Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth” (Sternberg Press, 2014). Between 2013 and 2015, he taught in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, on the topic of “architecture and activism”. Since 2015, he’s a CHASE-funded doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London. In 2017, he was a participant in The New Normal speculative design programme at Strelka Institute in Moscow. Since 2017, he is also a Research Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Blockchain Technology. He lives and works between Paris and London.