Professor Jeffrey Jerome Cohen:

Professor of English at George Washington University and Director of Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (GW MEMSI).

His research “examines phenomena that are paradoxically alien and intimate to the human,” and his publications look at “the ways in which postcolonial studies, critical animal studies, queer theory, postmodernism and posthumanism help to better understand the texts and cultures of the Middle Ages” ( He is author of Medieval Identity Machines (2003), Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: Of Difficult Middles (2006), and editor of Monster Theory: Reading Culture (1997), and more recently Animal, Mineral, Vegetable: Ethics and Objects (2012).

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Dr. habil Stefan Herbrechter:

Reader in Cultural Theory in the Department of Media, School of Art and Design at Coventry University.

Along with Professor Ivan Callus and Dr Manuela Rossini, he has contributed to developing “critical posthumanism” as “a reflection on the emerging paradigm of ‘posthumanism’ and of the figure of the ‘posthuman’… [which] is aligned with a critique of anthropocentrism and the ongoing deconstruction of humanism” ( He is also a founding member (with Callus and Rossini) of the “Critical Posthumanism Network” ( He is series editor of Critical Posthumanisms, editor of Posthumanist Shakespeares with Ivan Callus (2012), and author of Posthumanism: A Critical Analysis (2013).

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Professor Margrit Shildrick:

Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Tema Genus, the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Linköping University.

Her main focus is body theory which involves interdisciplinary gender studies and feminist theory, posthumanities, postconventional bioethics, phenomenology, science and technology studies (STS), critical disability studies, knowledge production within the biosciences, theories of the monstrous, prosthetic theory, psychoanalysis, organ transplantation. Her monographs include: Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Bioethics (1997), Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2003), and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Subjectivity and Sexuality (2009).

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Professor Cary Wolfe:

Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University and Director of 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory.

He publishes widely on posthumanism and animal studies, as well as in areas such as systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture. His books and edited collections include Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (2003), the edited collection Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (2003), and, most recently, What Is Posthumanism? (2010) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012). He is also founding editor of the series Posthumanities.

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