Andrey (PhD, St. Petersburg State University; PhD, University of California, Berkeley) was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and a lecturer at Columbia University (2006-2009) and a Newton international research fellow of the British Academy at the University of Sheffield (2009-2011). Since 2012 – associate professor at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, since 2016 – director of the School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen.
Ekaterina graduated from Tomsk State University and the Open University SKOLKOVO. Since 2012, she has been cooperating with Russian development institutes and think tanks in the field of education, regional development, technology and innovations: SKOLKOVO Foundation, Center for Strategic Research, The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, World Bank, RUSNANO.
Ekaterina is the moderator of educational programs and strategic sessions for Russian universities: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), National University of Science and Technology MISiS, Far Eastern Federal University, Tomsk State University, Novosibirsk State University, Kazan Federal University, Samara National Research University, Moscow State University of Education.
She participated in the Open University SKOLKOVO (2012 – 2014), Basics of Project Activities (Far Eastern Federal University), Foresight school (2015 – 2016), National Technology Initiative (2015 – 2017). In addition, she is the certified moderator of the Rapid Foresight Metodology and supervisor of the Foresight school.
Ekaterina worked on urban development strategies for various Russian cities. She took part in development and holding more than one hundred strategy, analytical, project and foresight sessions for youth forums, scientific conferences, educational institutions, IT companies, medium and small businesses.
- environmental anthropology
- environmental history
- political ecology
- indigenous studies
- human – resource relations
- history of labor
- gender and environment
- anthropology of infrastructure
BIO:Anna Varfolomeeva specializes in environmental humanities focusing on human – resource relations, history of labor, and the studies of indigeneity. She is on track to defend her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University, where she also did her Master’s in Nationalism Studies. Her PhD project focuses on the articulations of indigenous identity in relation to mining in two Russian regions (Karelia and Buryatia) with the case studies of Veps and Soiot minorities. Before starting PhD, Anna was a visiting researcher at Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She received fellowships for short-term research stays at the University of Aberdeen (2017) and the University of Copenhagen (2018). Anna’s list of publications can be found here.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Anna’s primary research interests lie within environmental anthropology and environmental history, as well as indigenous studies. She is interested in the relations between humans and natural resources focusing on the history of labor, the anthropology of mining and transportation infrastructures, and the formation of mining identities. In her research, Anna aims to analyze the relations between indigenous/local residents, materials, and infrastructure in their interconnectedness, instead of opposition. Her PhD project focuses on the connections of indigenous communities with stoneworking and the influence of mining on indigenous identity. It concentrates on two case studies: Veps in Karelia (North-West of Russia) and Soiots in Buryatia (South-Central Siberia). The dissertation analyzes how community members are navigating between state-approved notions of indigeneity and local experiences of dwelling in the landscape in order to retain control over land and resource.Anna has published on stone symbolism and indigeneity, the relations between mining development and community formation, as well as the development of indigenous policies in Karelia. Her current projects include researching gendered historical narratives on stoneworking in Russia as well as co-editing the volume on indigenous residents and non-human sentient others in Southern Siberia and Mongolia.Anna is also interested in exploring the concept of informality in Central and Eastern Europe, primarily in relation to resource extraction (informal mining), but also concerning housing and community relations.
- Work fiction
- Refusal of work / Inoperativity / Strike
- Politics of refusal
- Human strike
- Comparative literature
- Theories of community
- Theories of the event
- Italian feminisms
- Irish studies
In 2016-2017 Anne Mulhall was Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. She completed a PhD in Comparative Literature (Cultural and Critical Theory focus) at King's College London in December 2015. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, where she also completed her BA in English and Philosophy. Her current work addresses a series of questions surrounding the culture of information, work, and human agency in contemporary European and US thought.
Anne's new book project, "Philosophy, Redemption, and the New Literature of the Office" will address how contemporary literature (French, German, Italian and US) has articulated an urgent new philosophical approach to work. Starting from the hypothesis that the human has become a mere agent in the systems of the knowledge economy, she tries to illuminate how this recent boom in office literature has sought to disrupt casual identifications of work and life. Through descriptions of what she calls ‘metaphysical overflow’, a ‘being-human’ bodily momentum that manifests itself in moments of breakdown, illness, idleness, fatigue, and laughter, this literature, she argues, has offered a redemptive refusal of cybernetic work infrastructures. Her project fuses literary, philosophical and political-theoretical methodologies. This research has so far generated an article for a volume of Modern and Contemporary France, “Work in Crisis” (2017).
Her new work evolved out of her PhD thesis, “Tiqqun and the Event: Literature, Philosophy, Politics”, which examines Tiqqun, a philosophical journal published in France between 1999 and 2001. Drawing on the Kabbalistic teaching of Tikkun Olam (destruction and repair of the world), Tiqqun articulates a philosophical critique of new configurations of capitalism and imperial domination at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Focusing on how the collective (also called Tiqqun) use imaginary figures, or “conceptual personae,” [link 1, p.61-84] as the mouthpieces of their philosophy, the book explores how they create fidelities to a series of political, literary, and artistic “events”. Their unique philosophy of being, she argues, is one that constructs contemporary subjectivity in a relationship with the past, while simultaneously outlining a future shape of resistance that defies both frameworks and demands. Emerging from this work so far is an article on the politics of hospitality, surveillance, and the female urban explorer in millennial spaces (forthcoming with New Formations) and another exploring Tiqqun’s relationship with the work of James Joyce, currently being revised for James Joyce Quarterly. She is currently revising her PhD manuscript for publication. This year at Brown, she taught a class on the afterlives of 1970s and 80s radical Italian feminisms.
- History and Philosophy of Medicine
- History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
- Disability Studies, Disability Theory
- History of Ophthalmology and Visual Impairment
- Public Health Policies, Global Public Health
- Medical Humanities
- Visual Studies
- History of Philosophy; History of Political Ideas
- Classic and Contemporary Liberalism, Neo-liberalism
- History and Sociology of the Elites
Corinne Doria is a historian specialized in the history of medicine, science and technology, and in the histories of political ideas. She received her MA degree in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Milan in 2007 and a doctoral degree in Modern History at Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the University of Milan (1st grade honours) in 2012. In 2013-14 she was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Paris-4 University and co-director of the joint project Écrire Une Histoire Nouvelle de l’Europe (Writing A New History of Europe), with the Universities of Paris 1, Paris 4, and Nantes. Since 2014 she is being teaching Modern History at the Department of Administration, Labour and Social Studies at Paris 1 University and Disability Studies at Sciences-Po Paris since 2017. In 2018-9 she was Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. Her book Un Philosophe Entre Deux Révolutions. Pierre-Paul–Royer-Collard (1763-1845)(Rennes: PUR, 2018) was awarded by the André-Germaine Lequeux Prize by the Académie Française.
Corinne Doria’s doctoral research focused on 19th century French liberalism. Her dissertation was a critical study of the political and philosophical ideas of Pierre Paul Royer-Collard (1763-1845), deputy of the department of the Marne during the French Restoration. By highlighting a previously neglected ethical dimension of his politics and his open-mindedness towards democracy, her work offered a new interpretation of one of the key figures of early French liberalism. She broadened these inquiries during her post-doctoral fellowship at Paris 4 University, when she studied the sociology of scientific elites and the circulation of knowledge in the European space between the 18th and 20th centuries. Her work contributed to the interdisciplinary, multi-university project Ecrire une Histoire Nouvelle de l’Europe (Writing a New History of Europe), which investigated the constitutional characteristics of the European public sphere in the modern age. This research resulted in the volume Questioning the European Public Sphere (2016), which brought together contributions from scholars in a broad range of disciplines (history, philosophy, sociology, law, anthropology).
In 2016, Dr. Doria began a new research project on the social history of medicine and disability. Her current work focuses on visual impairment from the 19th through the 21st centuries, a topic she investigates through an interdisciplinary approach that brings into conversation methodological approaches from the history and philosophy of medicine, the history of technologies, visual studies, and disability studies. She has published several peer-reviewed studies on the medicalization of eyesight, myopia amongst schoolchildren, military ophthalmology, and visually-impaired veterans. The core question of her research is how the study, use, perception and representation of eyesight (and its troubles) changed with the advent of ocular-centric societies in the middle of the 19th century. She is currently working on a case study that promises to be a broad critical reflection on disability studies as a research field that is currently characterized by a disciplinary fragmentation. With a stronger core identity, disability studies will be able to provide a clearer understanding of disability in a changing world.
- Integral Theory
- Economic Theories of De-growth
- Decision Making and Policy Development
David Dusseault, (PhD / MA University of Helsinki) is a political scientist by training and a policy analyst by trade. David’s Master’s work focused on International Relations and normative theories of Democracy. Later on, his doctoral research homed in on elite risk assessments as keys to regime consolidation when applied to the political economy of Russia’s regions and federal institutions during the Yeltsin period (1992–2000).
Out of his PhD research grew an interest in various structures which define the hydrocarbon business, the drivers behind energy policy formation, and the practical knock-on effects produced by the energy trade. By 2011, David was hired as Senior Market Analyst for the Finnish natural gas distribution company Gasum OY. There, he covered structural changes in the energy trade related to making hydrocarbons greener, more sustainable and yet commercially profitable.
As a member of the Cultures of Rationality research group here at SAS, David’s intellectual interests are now focused on the calculi of decision making under increasing systemic uncertainty. To contend with the topic, he is employing a generalized model of Integral Theory to global events. Through this novel approach the intention is to discern to what extent specific logics / codes / programs which underpin public expressions of individual, institutional and organizational interests can be qualified and applied to both research and real-world circumstances.
In a related probe, David is scrutinizing the concept of information as the trendy solution for the challenges facing policy makers. According to preliminary findings, information in and of itself is a commodity like any other; quality and quantity are necessary but hardly sufficient factors in determining its ultimate worth to the policy process in an increasingly uncertain world. The question he intends to tackle concerns descriptive and causal inference related to the influence of information at points of saturation and scarcity along trajectories of the policy formation process.
Finally, David is investigating the implications that may be drawn from a deeper structural examination of Nonpolarity (Haass 2008). In line with Taleb’s concept of Antifragility (2012), existing frames of reference (paradigms, concepts, & technology) used to navigate the contemporary world are designed more to provide insight into the problems of the past than to deal with the challenges posed by an uncertain future. Subsequently, relative uncertainty is a product of employing antiquated tools, to produce increasing amounts of data devoid of inference, in defense of the business as usual case, which is no longer business in content or usual in context.
- visual media
- science fiction
- cold war
- film music
- media production
BIO:Visiting Professor David Melbye, originally from Los Angeles, earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Cinema and Television from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He also holds a Masters in English Literature, a Bachelors of Arts (and Sciences) in General Literature and Quantitative Economics. After earning his doctorate in 2006, David taught a broad range of media studies courses in a variety of universities and private academies in Southern California, and subsequently taught film theory and production courses as a U.S. Fulbright fellow at the Royal Film Commission in Jordan, and then as an assistant professor at Effat University in Saudi Arabia. More recently, he served for two years as an associate professor at United International College in China. So far, David has published two academic studies, one on psychological landscapes in occidental literature, art, photography, and cinema, and the other on use of irony as social critique in the classic American Twilight Zone television series. Melbye has also worked in the Hollywood television industry, contributing as a musician and music producer for popular shows including: Friday Night Lights, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and One Life to Live. His professorial inclinations are not only to research and teach international media, but to teach within international and underrepresented environments. For example, David helped to develop Saudi Arabia’s first media production program, and, also, exclusively for women. His classroom at Effat University was chosen for coverage in a televised report on the “transformation” of women in Saudi Arabia.
Research Interests:My dedication to conscientious teaching methods within a larger embrace of global transmedia culture and diversity is substantiated by my equal dedication to transmedia scholarship. The most fundamental aspect to my research has been a genuine impulse to compare and contrast varied artistic media in both American and transnational contexts, toward a raised awareness of Modernist critique and its permutations. My recent book, Irony in The Twilight Zone, for example, explores Modernist critique specifically through the use of irony—in the local context of American Cold War culture, with The Twilight Zone and concurrent visual media (film and photography). As a foundation to my categorical approach to irony, I explore its philosophical trajectories dating back to the ancient Greeks. And my previous book, Landscape Allegory in Cinema, attempts to draw occidental trajectories of natural landscape depiction across painting, literature, and film, ultimately, again, toward a deeper understanding of Modernist critique, principally within the period from the nineteenth century through the 1960s and early 1970s. In this context, for example, I am able to compare the myth of Sisyphus as it manifests itself in a Burne-Jones painting of 1870 to Winifred Knights’ Modernist version from 1920, and then these, in turn, to such diverse films as Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man and Lonely Are the Brave, both appearing in 1962. Of course, I do this with reference to Camus’s philosophical treatise of the same name.
- Art history and criticism
- Cross-cultural representation
- Modernism & Modernity
- Periodical studies
- Visual culture
- World Art
BIO:Erika Wolf is an art historian with particular interest in modernism and modernity, Soviet visual culture, propaganda, and cross-cultural representation. A native New Yorker, from 2013 to 2018 she was an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago (New Zealand), where she taught since 2003. She completed a bachelor degree in Sociology and Science in Human Affairs at Princeton University, after which she was a curatorial studies fellow in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. After working several years at the Whitney, she took up graduate study at the University of Michigan, completing a doctorate in the History of Art and a master degree in Russian & Eastern European Studies. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research Exchange Board, the Center for Advanced Studies of the Visual Arts, the Kennan Institute, and the Harriman Institute. She has contributed to exhibition projects at international art museums, including the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012, the International Center of Photography granted an Infinity Award to the Reina Sofia publication The Worker Photography Movement, an anthology to which she made extensive contributions and provided assistance in editing and translation for the English edition. She was recently named an Honorary Research Associate of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Regensburg University, Germany.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:The bulk of my research engages with photography, a medium that traverses diverse fields of knowledge. I approach photography in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, engaging with photography in the mass media, its relation to written texts, its role in the construction of history, and a diverse range of photographic genres (press photography, posters, exhibition environments, photomontage, penal photography, and children’s photography). This research synthesizes the examination of photographs in diverse contexts, archival research into the individuals and institutions engaged in photographic activities, historical and contemporary photographic theory, and the technological apparatus of image making and reproduction.My work is noted for contributing visual and transnational dimensions to scholarship on Soviet history, as it often engages with cultural exchange and cross-cultural representation. Dismissed as "kitsch" during the Cold War, Soviet culture is highly stereotyped yet largely terra incognita. Hence, a key aspect of my methodology is the close study and reading of visual sources. This has also led me to incorporate both visual and textual primary sources into my publications. I work closely with the Ne boltai! Collection, an archive of 20th century political art. My recent book Aleksandr Zhitomirsky: Photomontage as a Weapon of World War 2 and the Cold War (2016, Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press) draws extensively upon this collection. Currently I am completing two book manuscripts: Photography and Russia (for Reaktion Press’s history of photography series “Exposures”) and USSR in Construction: A Modernist Propaganda Magazine for the Stalinist Regime.Since coming to New Zealand, I have pursued research on Australasian photography and the work of contemporary indigenous Pacific Island artists, who employ new media to critique the legacy of colonialism. In this area, I am presently developing a multi-authored book project with the Samoan artist Yuki Kihara.
- Religious studies
- Conceptual history
- Discursive practices
- Material culture
- Digital humanities
- Early modern Europe
- Eastern Europe and Russia
Evgeny Grishin is a historian of Europe and Russia in the period of early modernity with particular interests in language, religion, and materiality. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Law from Viatka State University of Humanities in Kirov and his Master’s degree in Russian History from the European University at St. Petersburg. In 2017 Evgeny earned his PhD degree with honors in History from the University of Kansas. He has been awarded scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, German Historical Institute, among others.
Evgeny’s research concerns the role of language in the identification and consequent persecution of religious dissent, specifically of Russian religious groups known collectively as the “Schism” (Raskol), or the Old Belief (staroverie). The study treats language not as merely a means of communication, but rather as a complex social practice. This approach to language is manifested in the works of the Cambridge school of conceptual history (link 1) and Begriffsgeschichte. At the same time, Evgeny views religion as an important part of human experience not reducible to ideology or institutions. He takes part in several international projects (link 1, link 2) directed towards the study of religious discourses and ideas in Early Modern Russia. However, Evgeny’s research interests go beyond language and into the realm of material culture. He is specifically interested in the ways multiple identities are being constructed and manifested through material objects. The adoration of the tangible iconic images in various Christian cultures serve as an example of this phenomenon.
Right now Evgeny is working on the religious dimension of the human-nature relationships within the project “Material Relations: Nature, Subjectivity, and Love”.
Evgeny’s publications include:
- “1773 Decree on Religious Toleration,” in Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. 1500-1900, ed. by David Thomas and John Chesworth (Leiden; Boston: Brill, forthcoming in 2019).
- “Feofan Prokopovich,” in Ibid.
- “‘Their Prayer Is Reaching God…’ Old Believers and Icons in 18th-Century Russia,” in Iosif Volotskii and Eastern Christianity: Essays Across Seventeen Centuries, ed. by David Goldfrank, Valeria Nollan, and Jennifer Spock. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2017. P. 239-262.
- “The Origins of the Old Belief in Viatka: A Conceptual Problem,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, vol. 51, no. 1 (2017), 105-121.
- “Simon Azar’in,” in Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700), ed. by David Thomas and John Chesworth (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2016), 905-910.
- “Rodion Grekov,” in Ibid., 921-923.
- “‘Raskol’ i ‘raskol’niki’ v tserkovnom iazyke XVII i XVIII vekov” (“The ‘Schism’ and ‘Schismatics’ in the Church Language of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”), in Tserkov’ govorit / The Church Speaks / Die Kirche Spricht (research blog), accessed November 6, 2017, https://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/2917/files/2016/03/Гришин-Е.-Раскол-и-раскольники-в-церковном-языке_Final-1.pdf.
- “K voprosu o publikatsiiakh ‘12 statei o raskol’nikakh’ tsarevny Sof’i” (“Towards the Question of Publications of the ‘12 Provisions Concerning Schismatics’ of Tsarevna Sof’ia”), in Materialy Mezhdunarodnogo molodezhnogo nauchnogo foruma “Lomonosov-2010,” ed. by I.A. Aleshkovskii, et al., electronic source (Moscow: MAKS Press, 2010).
- “‘Reforma’ ili ‘ispravlenie’? K ponimaniiu tserkovnykh izmenenii serediny XVII veka” (“‘Reform’ or ‘Correction’? Towards an Understanding of the Ecclesiastical Liturgical Changes in the Seventeenth Century”), in Pravoslavie: Konfessii, instituty, religioznost’ (XVII-XX vv.), ed. by Mikhail Dolbilov and Pavel Rogoznyi (St. Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Evropeiskogo universiteta v Sankt-Peterburge, 2009), 15-29.
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 49th Annual National Convention. Boston, USA. December 6-9, 2018: paper titled “Seventeenth-Century Muscovite Theology of Love Through the Works of the Archpriest Avvakum.”
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 49th Annual National Convention. Chicago, USA. November 9-12, 2017: roundtable titled “Religious Change, Transgression, and the Impact of the Protestant Reformation in Early Modern Eurasia: On the Quincentennial of the Reformation.”
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 48th Annual National Convention. Washington, DC, USA. November 17-20, 2016: roundtable titled “Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History 1500-1800.”
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 46th Annual National Convention. San Antonio, TX, USA. November 20-23, 2014: paper titled “The Origins of the Old Belief in Viatka: A Conceptual Problem.”
- Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, Stipendiatentag. Moscow, Russia. September 18, 2014: paper titled “Iazyk o ‘Raskole’ v Rossii rannego Novogo vremeni” (“Language of the ‘Schism’ in Early Modern Russia”).
- 2013 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum at the University of Illinois. Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, June 14-16, 2013: paper titled “Peasant Old Believers and Imperial Space in Early Modern Russia.”
- Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, 5th Biennial Conference. Washington, DC, USA, March 8-9, 2013: paper titled “Old Believers and Icons.”
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 43rd Annual National Convention, Washington, DC, USA, November 17-20, 2011: paper titled “The Concepts of ‘Schism’ and ‘Schismatic’ in the XVII - Beginning of XVIII Centuries: The Evolution of Meaning.”
- Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg, International Seminar “Orthodoxy in Russian Culture and Society.” St. Petersburg, Russia, May 26-29, 2010: paper titled “The Third Census of Population in 1761-1764 and the Old Believers of South Viatka: Towards the Question of Confessionalization in Russia.”
- Computer Science
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine learning
- Physics — Quantum Mechanics
Fabio Grazioso graduated in physics in Naples (Italy) at “Università degli studi di Napoli - Federico II”, with a thesis on nonlinear optics. He then worked as a research specialist in a spin-off company of the same University, on a project for experimental Quantum Cryptography, which involved Quantum Optics, IT and Electronics. In Oxford (England) he obtained his PhD (2011), with a thesis in Solid-State Physics and Quantum Optics.
He has been post-doctoral fellow at the École Normale Superiéure de Cachan, in Paris (France), where he worked on both Information Theory and experimental Quantum Cryptography. Then in Montreal (Canada), at Université de Montréal, in the Laboratoire d'Informatique Théorique et Quantique (Laboratory of Theoretical Information Science and Quantum Information Science) he worked with Gilles Brassard on Quantum Complexity Theory. He did a third postdoctoral internship in the Nonlinear Photonics Group, at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), leading a project on experimental Quantum Cryptography and Nonlinear Integrated Optics. At INRS he has also been involved in other projects related to Quantum Optics and Quantum Entanglement.
As the son of a high school Philosophy teacher he has always had a keen interest for this discipline, in particular Epistemology and its links with the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Beside the academic career, Fabio has a long experience as a professional IT consultant, network administrator and web developer.
At SAS, Fabio will be teaching IT and other topics related to Computer Science. He will also do research in the group Cultures of Rationality.
Fabio’s past career has developed around the subject of Quantum Information Science, following an interdisciplinary path that goes from Theoretical and Experimental Quantum Optics and Solid State Physics, to Quantum Information Theory, Quantum Complexity Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.
The theme connecting all his career steps, since his undergraduate studies, is his interest in the concept of information content of a (quantum) physical system. This is well represented and discussed in his paper on Classical and Quantum Information Theory. At SAS he has joined the research group on Cultures of Rationality.
- Metaphysics of Time
- Free Will
- Time Travel
- Future Contingents
Giacomo Andreoletti studied philosophy at the State University of Milan. During his BA and MA, he mostly focused on philosophy of language working on the problem of propositional attitude reports. He achieved his PhD in Philosophy and Human Sciences at the State University of Milan in May 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Giuliano Torrengo. He also spent two semesters as a visiting scholar at Columbia University (sponsor and supervisor: Prof. Achille Varzi). His dissertation on the metaphysics of time and fatalism addressed issues related to time, free will, time travel, and the (un)changeability of past and future. A list of publications can be found here. Giacomo is also a senior member of the CPT (Centre for Philosophy of Time).
In general, Giacomo is interested in any topic which has to do with free agency and the nature of time, mostly from a contemporary philosophical perspective. Agency takes place in time and what nature time turns out to have has a bearing on whether human acts can be said to be free or not. Do future events, our actions included, already exist? We tend to think about the past as fixed and settled, whereas we look at the future as a realm of alternative possibilities. Can this intuitive thought be defended and grounded on the ultimate nature of reality? Or should we rather think that the difference between past and future is just epistemic? These and other questions have been the main focus of Giacomo’s research thus far. Moreover, he has recently been working on the problem of free will, time travel (are time travelers free? Can the past be changed?), mutable futurism, and the nature of theoretical explanations.
Side interests: physics (quantum mechanics and special theory of relativity), formal logic and Leibniz’s philosophy.
- Collapse of Complex Societies
- Social Power
- Hydraulic Engineering
- Hellenistic Egypt
- Aztec Empire
- Maya Hydraulic Engineering
- Archaeological 3D Modeling
- Evolution of Ancient Civilizations
Incoming faculty for August 2019
BIO:Jay is an anthropological archaeologist (PhD Penn State) with extensive international experience. He currently works searching for missing military personnel from past wars and holds adjunct positions in Classics and Anthropology at the University of Hawaii. In the search for the missing, Jay developed a nationally recognized Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) to track the investigation and recovery of 80,000 missing persons. With the university, Jay co-directs an archaeological project and field school in at the Graeco-Roman city of Thmouis (Tell- Timai) in the Egyptian Nile Delta. The well-preserved city offers a unique opportunity to analyze the cultural transformations associated with Greek and Roman imperialism and the evolution of religions from the indigenous Egyptian pantheon through Christianity. His theoretical interests focus on the rise and fall of complex societies, imperialism, archaeological manifestations of social power, ancient hydraulic ecological adaptations, warfare, GIS, and urban development. He has directed research projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, North and South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Austria. He is currently developing new projects in Egypt that support the integration of 3D data collection that will generate content in support of the pedagogical and communication revolution of augmented and virtual reality experiential learning and analytical methods.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Archaeology uses material evidence to understand human behavior, thereby providing a diachronic perspective that encourages cross-cultural comparison. Jay uses a structuralist perspective that examines the forces that maintain solidarity and foment social, political, and economic change. The concept of Social Power is useful in the analysis of the institutions and behaviors that constituted the social compact in ancient civilizations. By assessing changes in socio-political structures over time, factors related to the rise and fall of complex societies can be identified. In Mexico, he elucidated the complexity of multi-ethnic frontier interactions and analyzed strategies and failures of Mesoamerican empires. Aspects of imperial strategy find analogy throughout history as demonstrated in a comparative analysis of U.S. policy in Laos during the Vietnam War with practices in Mesoamerica. At Tikal, Jay reinterpreted the defensive hinterland boundary of the kingdom as a water management system, helping reformulate theories of the socio-political collapse of the Classic Maya Lowlands from a hyper-militarized peer-polity competition model to one that assesses the impact of environmental stress on political cohesion.His work in Egypt focuses on the political and ideological evolution of a Delta city. In this case, factions of the disembodied Macedonian empire established a core within the existing Egyptian theocratic state. Imperial strategy of the new Ptolemaic dynasty included ideological syncretism, monetization of the economy, and restructuring military and administrative institutions. These transformations profoundly shaped the ideological evolution of Western Civilization.He is developing new projects to collect 3D data that will be used to create experiential immersive learning tools. Virtual and augmented reality environments will enhance comprehension and support the cognition of complex concepts to build coherent understanding of the patterns, accomplishments, and consequences of mistakes which have created the human geography of today.
- History of ideas
- Political theory
- Outsider intellectuals
- Integral theory
In the late 1990s John Tangney worked as an education officer with the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin, helping to develop an education program for high school students and university undergraduates. This work inspired him to go to Trinity College, Dublin, to study literature following which, in 2001/2002, he spent some time teaching English in Japan. He did his doctoral work in the English Department at Duke University between 2003 and 2009. The dissertation was called The End of the Age of Miracles: Substance and Accident in the English Renaissance and it dealt with the transvaluation of medieval values in early modernity, focussing particularly on writers from the 1590s and early 1600s including Shakespeare, Nashe, Spenser, and the Jacobean dramatists. After graduation John worked at NTU, Singapore, from 2009 to 2015, teaching courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Classical Literature and the History of Literary Theory. While there he was a co-organiser of an international conference on ‘The Contemporary’ in 2011 and served as Graduate Studies Coordinator. In 2015, he returned to Ireland where he spent time doing a coding bootcamp, and was involved in the launch of a new cultural magazine based around rare and unusual books, called The Time Traveller. At SAS he is a member of the Cultures of Rationality research group, and teaches Great Books in the core curriculum, as well as the electives ‘Memories, Dreams, Confessions’: Writing the Inner Life and ‘An Imperial Affliction’: Depression in Literature. He also runs The Intellectual Diversity Podcast.
John is interested in the History of Ideas, especially the afterlives of premodern ideas in modern culture. Kant observed in his first critique that the history of philosophy could be divided between Platonists and Epicureans. John has adapted this idea in essays on Yeats and Iris Murdoch, and on the films of Alex Proyas, trying to see how incommensurable worldviews are reconciled in the artistic imagination. This theme also informs his philosophical essay on Into Eternity, Michael Madsen’s documentary about nuclear waste, published in 2017 by Religion and the Arts. This work is connected to questions about the limits of liberalism as a paradigm within which to understand the different value systems that have to do business with each other in today’s world. John has discovered resources for thinking about this problem outside academe, in the integral theory of a 20th century Platonist like Jean Gebser and together with his research group is trying to see whether it’s possible to bring him into dialogue with the philosophies of matter and language that circumscribe the academic world. In other projects, John is writing a commissioned article on Death in Shakespeare, and researching the noon topos in literature and philosophy. Noon is a moment of materialist despair that can give way to an encounter with alterity that may be feminine, divine or alien. It links to questions of sexual difference, the soul and even artificial intelligence, helping him think about how the Epicurean founders of cybernetics have drawn on the resources of the Platonic tradition in their conceptualisation of thermodynamic processes and of autopoetic systems.
childhood and trauma studies
social emotions and sexuality
the practice of philosophy
Julie Reshe is a philosopher, blogger and a practising negative psychoanalyst of Ukrainian Gypsy origin.
She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis from the The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, where she studied under the supervision of Alenka Zupančič, who was herself supervised by the philosophers Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek.
She holds B.A and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, she also studied cultural theory and political science at National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy and psychology at the University of Oxford.
She publishes widely in English-, Russian- and Ukrainian-language academic journals as well as in mainstream and marginal print and online media and has her own blogs (Rus, Eng). Her recent book Introduction to Philosophy: The Plasticity of Everyday Life was a nominated for the Alexander Piatigorsky Award. She holds the position of the Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Global Center for Advanced Studies (New York, USA).
Drawing from philosophy, psychoanalysis and neuroscience, Reshe’s multi-disciplinary research is currently focused on 3 themes:
Destructive plasticity, term widely discussed by Catherine Malabou, which Reshe is expanding (both in fields of psychoanalysis and neuroscience) in order to conceptualize it as the basic type of plasticity, therefore, as not the opposite of healthy developmental plasticity usually associated with the plasticity of a child’s brain. Such universalization implies the weakening of stigma related to destructive psychological phenomena such as psychological trauma, depression, anxiety and stress that are constitutive and inevitable in the course of “normal” development of both personal autonomy and social solidarity.
Reshe writes widely in the fields of social emotions and sexuality. She critically reanalyzes Freudian pansexualism relying on current research in affective and social cognitive neuroscience. Additionally, she investigates the grounding ambivalence of violence/care, conformity/dominance, love/hate.
Reshe is interested in experimental forms of non-hierarchical communities (in particular digital nomad communities). She is critically analyzing the apparatus of psychological counselling (including the practices of psychoanalysis) as aiming at “curing” the individual so that s/he can continue to function as part of the present order, instead of supporting formation of revolutionary subject and revolutionary commune. She is also exploring the potential role of philosophy and psychoanalytic practise(seen as a community practice) in the rise of the multitude.
- Environmental Sociology
- Environmental Psychology
- Sustainability Science
- Complex Systems
- Urban Planning
- Social Capital
- Place Attachment
- Urban Agriculture
BIO:Juliette has a life-long interest in environmental issues. This led her to first study Biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Meanwhile she discovered Genomics, and pursed a doctorate in that field, which she completed in 2006 at Duke University in Durham, USA. This experience made her curious about the social and historical underpinnings of the scientific process, and brought her back to her initial interest in environmental issues, but this time from a social perspective. After spending some time working as a helper on organic farms and studying Philosophy, she turned to Environmental Sociology, and completed an MSc in Environment at McGill University in 2016. See here for more information, and here for a list of publications.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Juliette's overarching interest concerns developing lifestyles that contribute to making human beings happier and healthier and that are more sustainable in the long term. The four pieces of this puzzle that have been of most interest to her until now are individual behavior and psychology (including personality psychology), the social realm (place attachment, social capital, collaboration, culture), how human-made spaces affect these and vice-versa, and the interactions between the higher-level components of society (non-linearity, spread of knowledge, role of science, directionality of the overall system). Her Master's research project was a case-study of the socio-environmental impacts of a public urban orchard. In general, she believes that we need to be more attentive to the three-dimensional structural organization of things and to learn to think more in terms of Complex Systems. She is interested in theoretical and empirical approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods.Juliette recently joined the Citizenship under Conflict team. Potential research avenues include whether the scale of the place to which people feel an attachment (or, of which they feel citizens) influences their level of environmental awareness and behavior.
- Social and political neuroscience
- Social Memory
- Social Dominance
- Synaptic plasticity and memory
- Hippocampal CA2
- Ingroup-outgroup conflict
- Cognitive conditioning
After completing masters in biochemistry and pre-doctoral training in university of Delhi, New Delhi, Krishna pursued his doctoral degree in university of Jena, Germany (incidentally, the university that awarded PhD to Karl Marx and Hegel as teacher). Krishna studied the architecture of brain region which is involved in brain’s higher cognitive functions like social behaviors named cerebral cortex.
Krishna moved to university of Geneva, Switzerland to study neural basis of ‘do you see what I see’ where he studied the neural underpinnings of visual information processing. Studying visual signalling and processing is important to understand bias, prejudice, stereotyping, conflicts etc.
Krishna has always been interested in contemporary social and political development due to his ethnic identity and native Tamils geopolitical location. In pursuit of understanding exploitation, prejudice, stereotyping, ingroup-outgroup conflicts, wars, genocide made him to study master’s in political science and human psychology in the meanwhile.
Krishna’s work on the anatomy of cerebral cortex (Cereb cortex, 19(2):388-401), visual information processing (Nature Commun, doi: 2017;8:2015), neural signals for craving (Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aar4983), memory disorders (J Alzheimer’s Dis, 51(3):783-791) and social memory (PNAS, 114; 41-49) have been published in top international peer reviewed scientific journals.
State is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal
Man is a unique social species. He generates emergent social structures ranging from groups, cultures to countries. These social structures are intricately evolved from the neural cues. Consequent social behaviors protect these social structures to survive and reproduce. Krishna is passionate about understanding how various social informations, identities, behaviours of human are learnt, stored and retrieved.
He is studying an important area of the brain called hippocampus- ‘seat of memory' and ‘social memory’. CA2 region of hippocampus forms social memory, a sort of social ID tag to identify/discriminate others in group, race, religion, culture.
We engage in both learned and innate social interactions that foster cooperation, and drive competition for mates, food. In this context he wants to study neural basis of prosocial behavior, aggression, social dominance, social defeat, learnt helplessness, subaltern consciousness.
In addition, he is interested in extrapolating the findings of neural basis of such behaviours from an individual to society and interpolate the contemporary political developments to individual’s behavior.
Krishna sees neural blueprint of Gramscian hegemony at organism level. He hypothesises that social dominance practiced in various cultures epigenetically fortifies the ‘neural substrates’ for such behaviors leading to social conditioning. People in those hegemonic societies are cognitively conditioned.
State apparatus, media, religion and economic institutions are used as tools to fortify this mental framework in such hegemons. Russian Nobel laureate Ivan Pavlov’s ‘Pavlovian classical conditioning’ is used to explain social conditioning by Edward Bernay’s ‘Propaganda' and Chomsky’s ‘Manufacturing consent’.
But this hypothesis needs an extensive empirical research involving multidisciplinary specialists such as historians, political scientists, economists, media experts, anthropologists and other disciplines of humanities to conclude and set a global debate on the challenges that the future faces.
- General philosophy
- History and philosophy of science
- Foundations of quantum mechanics
- Probability theory
- (In)determinism and free will
- Methods of creativity
- Foundations of neuroscience
- Einstein, Spinoza, Tolstoy: three men, one theory
BIO:I studied physics in Ghent (MSc in engineering physics), Marseille (PhD) and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (post-doc). Already in this period my main interests shifted from classic physics to the foundations of the field – a research area in which the fundamental axioms are questioned and investigated. This brought me naturally to philosophy, which I studied at the University of Montreal (PhD). Some of the advantages of working in philosophy are that it allows to address a broad range of interests, and that it somehow incites to look for the unifying ideas, the fashionable ‘big picture’ (I will leave this little idea here very vague). Philosophy also encourages to ask ethical questions on research, technology, science and society. If I would have to summarize my most eye-opening experience of these last years, then it would be the observation that, at the very fundamental level, science and philosophy are solidly intertwined, and can greatly inspire each other. An idea popular among interdisciplinary practitioners, but not yet popular enough in other communities!
RESEARCH INTERESTS:My main research interests are in foundations of (quantum) physics, philosophy of science, naturalized ontology and epistemology, and the methods of creativity and innovation. More concretely, at the moment I am working on projects related to: (1) free will; (2) determinism; (3) causation / causality; (4) new theories underlying quantum mechanics (Bell’s theorem, the Bohmian and hydrodynamical interpretation of quantum mechanics); (5) probability theory; (6) methods of creativity and innovation.In somewhat more detail:
- Free will: At the School of Advanced Studies, State University of Tyumen, Russia, I am principal investigator of a project entitled: “Free will : implications of state-of-the-art research in natural sciences for humanities and social sciences”. Whether humans have a free will or not is one of the classic questions of philosophy; a staggering number of philosophers and scientists (neuroscientists, physicists, psychologists,...) have studied it. It touches on a large spectrum of philosophical and scientific questions. I look in particular forward to investigating the neuroscientific basis of consciousness, the mind, and free will, and to studying how this field can help clarify our concepts. More info can be found here.
- Determinism: I believe that the deterministic worldview, dear to e.g. Spinoza, Einstein and Tolstoy (to name only these), is far from having disclosed its full heuristic potential – i.e. its potential for finding new underlying mechanisms or explanations in a variety of fields. Consider, as one example, the now longstanding ‘crisis’ in physics, notably related to the difficulty to unify quantum mechanics and gravity (cf. The Trouble with Physics, by notable physicist Lee Smolin). I sometimes suspect that this crisis is due to the very approximate understanding we have of the divide between deterministic versus probabilistic systems. This research is in progress; some more technical papers can be found here and here. As another example, I believe it is also possible to show the heuristic value of determinism for mathematics (e.g., first investigations show that it is possible to generalize the Central Limit Theorem of probability theory, a result to be published). For the relevance of determinism for a philosophy of a fulfilling life, my favorite reference is the Ethics of Spinoza.
- Causation / causality: Another longstanding debate in philosophy concerns the notion of ‘cause’. In philosophy of science and metaphysics it is now widely believed that cause is a multifarious concept, and that an overarching definition does not exist. I disagree. Here and here are first publications on the subject.
- Quantum mechanics and its problems: Quantum mechanics is the powerful and uniquely precise theory of atomic and subatomic particles and systems. It is considered by physicists as absolutely ‘fundamental’, in the sense that projected future theories will have to comply to quantum mechanics. However, as for intuitive and philosophical understanding, to my taste the standard (“Copenhagen”) interpretation of quantum mechanics is remarkably unsatisfactory. This official interpretation, largely due to Niels Bohr, makes such counterintuitive assumptions as that quantum events have no causes; are somehow ‘nonlocal’ (but how precisely ?); and maybe even dependent on the knowledge of the observer – thus reviving ancient philosophies as those of Berkeley and Mach, among others. This theory, even if it suits many professional scientists because of the ‘minimal’ assumptions it makes (“there is nothing beyond what we can calculate and measure”), is upon closer inspection quite weak, I believe. For instance, the claim that quantum events are ‘acausal’ seems to me in the end self-defeating or an unjustifiable assumption – moreover one that is heuristically not helpful, since it proclaims in a sense the end of research. I am well aware this is a strong claim, because it goes against the mainstream beliefs. Surely much research still must be done in this area before definite answers can be given; so the interface between quantum mechanics and philosophy will remain fascinating for quite some time. Some publications: here, here, and here.
- The paradoxes and interpretation of probability: I argue that the countless paradoxes of probability theory are due to an imprecise interpretation of what a ‘probabilistic system’ is. Also, the mysterious role of the ‘observer’ in quantum mechanics actually comes from probability theory. A few publications can be found here and here.
- Methods and practices of interdisciplinary creativity and innovation: I had the opportunity to use and test some known and less known methods for creativity during consulting projects for companies as Altran Technologies, Carl Zeiss, Infineon (ex-Siemens), HydroQuebec and Bombardier Aerospace. There are surprisingly efficient methods, for instance based on ‘enhanced shared creativity’, which can lead to problem-solving or, in an industrial context, to patentable ideas (I am author or co-author of seven patents).
- A list of publications can be found at the Minkowski Institute (where I have a pro-bono position)
- My link on PhilPapers
- political sociology
- memory studies
- nationalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
- ethnic conflict
- state building
- citizenship and migration
- symbolic politics
- institutional and cultural constraints,
- rationality and morality
BIO:Matvey received his PhD in Sociology from McGill University in Montreal in 2018. Before that he earned a BA degree in History at Perm State University (Russia), an MA in International Relations at the University of Tirana (Albania) and an MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European University (Budapest). This multi-sited educational history has allowed him to professionally learn a number of Eastern European languages and to get broad experience in archival, ethnographic and interview research in the region. Some of his scholarly articles have been published in different languages in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the UK and Balkan countries. Before joining SAS he worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Tirana and McGill.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Matvey is a comparative-historical sociologist with an expertise in mixed methods. At SAS he is affiliated with the research team studying Citizenship under Conflict. His research within the team explores how the legacies of past civil and ethnic wars influence the contemporary politics of citizenship and migration in Europe and Eurasia. In addition, as an individual researcher Matvey investigates the mechanisms through which nationalism has spread into the Balkans, mainly Albania and Serbia. For explaining these macro-sociological developments he closely looks at micro- and meso-processes such as the life course of individual nationalist leaders and group processes in the circles of national intelligentsia.
- Media studies
- Political communication
- Dual-process theories of information processing
- Social movement studies
- Collective identity
- Public and private
- War studies
- Post-soviet society.
BIO:Maxim Alyukov is a researcher with the Public Sociology Laboratory and a PhD Candidate in Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki. He started his career as an engineer and then turned to psychoanalysis: Maxim was a curator at Freud's Dream Museum, and an editor, author or translator working for several Russian journals focused on Lacanian psychoanalysis. Currently he takes part in a number of PS Lab projects on civil society, protest movements, and war in the post-communist world, as well as working on a dissertation about Russian TV viewers during the political crisis in Ukraine. Maxim holds Specialist degrees in engineering from the State Marine Technical University, and in psychology from the East European Institute of Psychoanalysis, as well as an MA degree in sociology from the European University at St.Petersburg.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Maxim’s research interests can be roughly divided into two parts. the first is media studies and political communication. His MA dissertation was about art-activism as a way to mobilize publics and to build alternative (counter) public spheres. In the PhD dissertation this interest was transformed into more traditional political communication research. In order to question both the widespread accounts of Russian citizens as conservative, exposed to the myth of national grandeur and, thus, prone to media effects, and the overly positive approach that pictures TV viewers as critical analysts successfully deciphering news, the dissertation employs the toolkit of communication research and social psychology (link 1, link 2). It shows that viewers engage both critical (systematic) and semi-automatic (heuristic) approaches to TV news depending on context, and their exposure to media effects is a result of the absence of a safe environment for discussion rather than of the intrinsic features of the viewers themselves. Second, as a member of the the PS Lab, Maxim is involved in a number of projects related to the Bolotnaya protest in Russia, Maidan and Anti-Maidan mobilizations in Ukraine, and the war in Donbass. He is interested in such issues as collective identity, social justice and the articulation of social justice agendas, and the ways they are transformed by the post-Soviet context.
- Philosophy of Education
- History of the University
- Theories of Tragedy
- Crisis Narratives
BIO:Michael Schapira (MA McGill University / PhD Columbia University) works at the intersection of Philosophy and Education, with a particular focus on the theoretical and historical foundations of the modern university. He has taught in the Philosophy Departments of Rutgers University, Hofstra University, and St. Joseph’s University, but also has a keen interest in teaching philosophy at the pre-college level, which he has done at the Brooklyn Free School and for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Michael is also a founding member of the “Anxiety Culture” research project, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Columbia University and Christian-Albrecht Universität in Kiel, Germany.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Michael’s research interests fall into three fields of inquiry. As a philosopher of education with an interest in history, he was written on the intellectual and institutional foundations of the modern research university, which emanated out of Germany in the early 19th century (Link 1). A central part of this story is the prevalence of “crisis of the university” narratives that mark key periods of institutional transformation (Link 1, Link 2). This has led to a secondary interest in the interplay between narrative conventions and policy debates, with a particular focus on the relationship between crisis and theories of tragedy (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3). His third field of inquiry has developed in collaboration with linguists, behavioral scientists, education scholars, and anthropologists in the “Anxiety Culture” research project. Michael and his collaborators have been developing “theories of the middle range” to examine how anxiety has become such a prevalent term to describe a variety of features of modern life (Link 1, Link 2). His scholarly work has been published The Journal of Philosophy of Education, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education (forthcoming), The Journal of Educational Controversy, the Philosophy of Education Yearbook, and Europe Now.
- Parallel Computing
- Deep Learning
- Man-Computer symbiosis
- Machine intelligence
- Machine Languages
- Emotion perception in Machines
- Mindfulness & Well Being
Munesh is currently a faculty at College of Applied Sciences (CAS), Oman and carries over sixteen years of experience in teaching and research. He holds the position of Head of Software Major and coordinates over the curriculum development of Concurrent programming course in all CAS colleges across Oman. His areas of interest lay in Parallel Computing, GPU-based multicore computing, Large Graph Algorithms, Deep Learning and Compiler Design. Prior, to this, he was an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Graphic Era University, India. He also served as an IT faculty in the rank of Assistant Professor at APIIT, Staffordshire University (India Center).
Munesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Pacific Paher University with his thesis focus on the use of Parallel Computing in Fractal Image Processing. He obtained both his Master in Computer Applications (MCA) and Bachelor in Science (BSc) from New Delhi, India. On the research front he was a Co-Investigator in Oman Government TRC-funded Research grant that investigated the role of parallel machines in accelerating legacy SSM (Storm Surge Model) weather application.
In addition to teaching Munesh has served under various capacities in promoting community-college participation in the form of workshops, seminars & other allied events. He has been a keynote/ guest speaker at various IT Hackathon events in the domain of Smart Cities, Machine Learning & Parallel Computing.
Beyond academics, Munesh is a travel enthusiast and has traveled across the length and breadth of the Himalayas.
Munesh research spans three broad domains related to parallel computing, image processing, and large graph algorithms. The primary focus of all his work pertains to accelerating applications using massively parallel machines. He has worked on the speed-up of diverse applications in the field of chartering drone flight route, fractal image compression, and weather modeling to name the few. Fractal image compression has been one such process which is not amenable for parallel processing because of the high level data-dependence when scouting for self-similarity within an image. His research on using dynamically pipelined GPUs to effectively partition the fractal images has been critically acknowledged.
He has also written on the role of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing in modern day economies. These technologies have greatly reduced the gestation period for setting up companies but at the same time exposing these firms to increased cyber risk.
The prime agenda in his research work is to harness the phenomenal computing power of the multicores to solve time critical problems that otherwise would have taken days and weeks to execute. His research work has relevance in domains of Big data, large graph processing, deep learning and computer vision.
His initial research forays were in the field of compiler optimizations for embedded media processors. Here he proposed register re-design for enhanced compilation of streaming media.
Of late Munesh has shifted his focus on the machine (deep) learning arena, and is quite inquisitive about machine intelligence and the Man-computer symbiotic relationship. He intends to use his parallel skills to simulate neural networks more akin to the human way and understand the basic fabric of intelligence forward-and-store process.
- Cultural history
- Medieval civilization
- History of emotions;
- Humor and humor studies;
- History & Event
- Material culture
- History of mentalities
- Anglo-Norman studies
- Franciscan studies
Peter Jones is a cultural historian, specializing in the religious, political, and intellectual life of medieval Europe (c.500–1500). Originally from the United Kingdom, where he gained both a BA and an MA from the University of Bristol, Peter received his PhD in History from New York University in 2014. From 2014–16 he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, and from 2016–17 he worked as a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center, Brown University. He has published a range of articles on medieval cultural history in academic journals and edited volumes, and has recently completed a book manuscript exploring the role of humor in the political and religious revolutions of the twelfth century.
Peter’s research focuses on a range of tensions at the heart of the renaissance and reform movements that transformed Western Europe in the period c.1100–1300. His book, Laughter & Power in Medieval England, exposes the unique role of humor in resisting the new regimes of government that dominated English society in the era of Henry II (c.1154-89). While laughter became an essential tool for circumventing new codes of law and bureaucracy, at this moment satirical humor also came to be essential for negotiating hierarchies in a political world unhinged from traditional values of blood and military prowess. Elsewhere, Peter has explored the radical political project of the early Franciscans, particularly the role of charisma, humiliation, and self-annihilation in the circle surrounding Saint Francis of Assisi. He is also interested in the history of medieval rebellion, particularly the Roman Revolution of 1143. Peter’s next project, The Stuff of Miracles, addresses the dynamic role of materiality in the making of medieval Christian experience. This book will confront a central paradox in medieval theology: while monks and intellectuals frequently preached the primary devotional importance of non-material faculties, such as reason and mystical experience, the laity’s main point of contact with Christian revelation remained their interactions with physical objects, such as Eucharistic wafers and holy relics. Exploring the intersections of these discourses in the scholastic revolution of the thirteenth century, this book project will seek to expose how later medieval thinkers came to articulate a new theology of holy objectification, a kind of sublime self-alienation through engagement with the material world.
- Biographical research
- Civic and political activism
- Growing up of adolescents
- Political involvement and participation
- Political socialization
- Post-Soviet society
- Public and private
- Social movement studies
- Sociology of childhood
- War studies
Svetlana Erpyleva is a sociologist, a researcher with the Public Sociology Laboratory and a PhD-candidate of the University of Helsinki. She started her education in the Sociological Dept. of Moscow State University, but was dismissed due to her participation in the protest campaign against the dean as a member of OD-Group. She acquired a BA in sociology from the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg and an MA in sociology from EUSP. Since 2011 she has been part of a number of PS Lab research projects on civil society, protest movements, and war in the post-communist world. Her primary field of research is a research with children and the study of political socialization and biographical analysis. She is an author of articles on political socialization and public participation published in peer-reviewed journals, and a co-author of the collective monograph «Politics of Apoliticals» (2015, in Russian).
Svetlana is interested in a number of issues related to social movement studies, civic and political participation, political socialization, the socialization of adolescents, political reasoning and participation of children, and research with children in general. Her MA research was about how adolescents learn politics and how society treats adolescents in politics. Since then she has been interested in broader problems at the border of social movement research, sociology of childhood and pedagogy: adult-child relationships, growing-up during adolescence, the possibility of children’s public participation. While starting to work on her PhD devoted to the socialization of civic activists in Russia, she became interested in issues of political socialization, career research, and biographical analysis. As part of the Public Sociology Laboratory, she studied Maidan and Antimaidan mobilizations in Ukraine and the war in Donbass. She was also involved in collective research on new local activism as it emerged in Russia after mass nationwide protest movement in 2011. Within the framework of this project she was interested in the problem of the interconnection of “civic” and “political” in activism, pragmatic sociology applied to Russian reality, and theories of events.
Currently, she is involved in multidisciplinary research project “Citizenship Under Conflict: Reimagining Political Belonging” at SAS, where she is responsible for analyzing “active citizenship” practiced by children and adolescents in the course of their socialization. Her research experience in socialization has also resulted in an original university course, “Theories of Socialization: How We Become Those Who We Are,” which she teaches at the School of Advanced Studies.
- Cold War
- Baltic Region
- International Relations
- Economic History
- Maritime History
- Nazi Germany
- Free Will
- Philosophy of History
- Determinism in History
- Neuroscience of Drug Addiction
BIO:Tomasz Blusiewicz is an assistant professor of history at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen, Russia. His doctoral research focused on international relations and economic cooperation in Eurasia in the second half of the 20th century. Tomasz’s thesis, defended at Harvard University in May 2017, is entitled Return of the Hanseatic League or how the Baltic Sea Trade Washed Away the Iron Curtain, 1945–1991. In his project, Blusiewicz developed a transnational perspective on the Baltic region, from Hamburg in the West to Leningrad in the East, and highlighted the role played by Hanseatic port cities such as Rostock, Gdańsk, Kaliningrad or Riga, all of which served as “windows to the world” linking communist-controlled Europe with the globalizing world in the Cold War era. Tomasz’s collegiate alma mater is the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2011 with a double BA in history and philosophy.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:At the SAS, Professor Blusiewicz is a co-founder and a core member of an interdisciplinary research team that launched a project entitled Free Will: Implications of State-Of-The-Art Research in Natural Sciences for Humanities and Social Sciences. More details about this project are available here. Prof. Blusiewicz’s role on the team is to engage in collaboration with natural scientists and philosophers in order to investigate which among the cutting edge findings from those fields can help to reinvigorate his own academic discipline. Beyond theoretical implications stemming from such an interdisciplinary exchange, an early outline of which has been submitted to the Journal of Philosophy of History, Blusiewicz also applies them to historical practice. He is working on a series of articles that examine the record of narcotic use in Nazi Germany, including a close examination of Hitler’s personal experience with such substances (a peek into his explorations is available here. A new historical methodology that includes both fresh empirical findings in the history of Nazi Germany combined with creative interdisciplinary borrowings from dynamic scientific disciplines, Blusiewicz believes, can help to breathe fresh air into some old historical debates.At SAS, Blusiewicz teaches both general core courses and advanced history courses. Two examples of his courses can be viewed here:
- Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Deep Learning
- Neural Networks
BIO:Prior to working at SAS, Vitaly had an experience in the position of a researcher at the Kaliningrad branch of the Federal Research Center "Informatics and Control" of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and as an associate professor at the departments of computer science and information technology. In addition to his research and teaching activities, he also has rich experience in administrative and educational work as the dean of the faculty of automation and control of Kaliningrad State Technical University. He participated in the development of educational programs in the fields of computer science and information technology for bachelors, masters and engineers of various higher education programs.Vitaly also has extensive experience as a software engineer. He was the main developer of automation systems for accounting of the university, as well as for control and analysis of the educational workflow of the faculty. He also automated the workflow of some local state organizations.Vitaly received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering and an engineer’s degree in Computer Engineering, Systems, Complexes and Networks, and later – a Master of Science in Biomedical Computing at the Department of Computer Aided Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality at Technical University of Munich. He has a PhD degree in engineering sciences («Candidate of engineering sciences» in Russian).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:In the past, Vitaly was engaged in simulation modeling of stochastic processes and queuing systems, as well as participated in designing heterogeneous models of diagnostic decision support environments. Currently, the main area of interest is visualization, computing and analysis of medical images, and data analysis using machine learning, in particular - deep learning and convolutional neural networks.As part of his scientific work at the Image-based Biomedical Modeling Group at Munich School of Bioengineering, he investigated the usage of convolutional neural networks for semantic segmentation of tissue cells and brain tumors. He also participated in such projects as “Simulation of PET detectors based on continuous crystals using GATE”, “Predicting Survival of Liver Tumor Patients with Machine Learning”, and “Analysis of In-vivo Breast DCE-MRI Perfusion Data”.At present he is also developing an online course on deep learning and convolutional neural networks. Vitaly is also interested in the applications of information technologies in the field of biomedical research and development, telemedicine, e-Health and innovations’ generation.
- Environmental humanities
- Cultural study of law
- New materialisms
- Greek and medieval thought
- Eurasian indigenous politics
- 19th-century comparative literature
- Psychoanalysis and attachment theory
Zachary Reyna is a political theorist working in the environmental humanities and cultural study of law. He received his PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University (USA), where his dissertation offered an ecological reading of the natural law tradition that rethought the concept of political obligation for contemporary environmentalist politics. He he taught political theory and environmental thought at Johns Hopkins and Towson University, and is the assistant editor of the journal “Political Theory”. He is now professor in political theory at SAS.
Zachary’s research focuses on how social and political obligations create attachments, produce bonds, and engender belonging to shared environments and ecosystems that extend beyond the human world (link 1, link 2, link 3). He sees his work primarily as a response to questions about the place of embodiment, the hard sciences, and nature in the humanities and the role of the humanities scholar in the twenty-first century academy (link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4, link 5). His doctoral dissertation explored the concept of political obligation (link 1, link 2) in environmental political thought through the lens of the natural law tradition (link 1, link 2, link 3). Drawing on a diverse range of thinkers from Sophocles, Aquinas, Rousseau, and Sacher-Masoch to Lou Andreas-Salomé, Zachary argued that political obligation is not simply a “moral duty” restricted to rational human citizens, but an ecological practice binding human-nonhuman interaction—the “connective tissue” of the sublunary biosphere, as Aquinas puts it.
Currently he is working on two projects. The first explores the political-philosophical implications of the conservationist practice of “rewilding”. Here Zachary argues that rewilding projects should be seen as sites where new forms of political obligation are emerging. The second project considers how the rise and fall of the nineteenth-century folktale, and its structure of belief-unbelief-denial, can illuminate the contemporary phenomenon of climate-change denial.
Alexandra Bereslavtseva — director, founder and senior lawyer of the “Khartiya” law company, specializing in legal representation in civil disputes and defense of human rights. One of the company’s narrow business profiles is intellectual property legal representation.
Alexandra was born in Belgorod. She obtained a degree in international law and European law. Author of several scientific publications. Author and moderator of the “Vashe pravo” (“Your right”) radio program. Has a retraining degree in “Legal Protection of Cinematographic Pieces”.
Since 2006, she has been actively involved in the activities of Russian and international human rights organizations. Currently, she is a legal advisor in the international network “Youth Human Rights Movement”.
Almir Pepato is a professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG, Brazil), where he has worked since 2011. His graduate and postdoctoral research focused on mite higher-level phylogeny and morphology. Drawing on his research experience, he has taught intensive courses on phylogenetic inference, employing molecular data and species delimitation theory, at the Zoology Postgraduate Program at UFMG. Currently, he is working on a comprehensive coastal biogeographic study, in a long-term partnership with Dr. Pavel Klimov (University of Michigan).
Andrey Apostolov graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). He used to work as an editor and creative producer of live action and documentary films (TsNF Film Studio, M. Gorky Film Studio, Research Institute (NII) of Cinema Art); organized and held film screening series, retrospective shows, film club screenings; was a jury member of Russian and international film festivals, participated in radio and TV programs about cinema as an expert, gave reports at international and all-Russian conferences, published his works in collections and journals “Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema“, “Cinema Art“, “Logos”, “Film Sense”, “Vestnik VGIK”, etc.
Today Andrey is the curator of film screenings at the State Historical Museum.
Andrey Manirko — designer, instructional specialist and producer. Bachelor degree from the University of Bristol (UK), master’s degree from the Royal College of Art (London, UK). Co-founder of Playtronica, an educational play-based project for children; founder of Research Institute, a series of interdisciplinary research workshops at the intersection of applied philosophy and design. Andrey was a producer of documentary films for leading Russian and foreign TV channels, prototyped electronic devices, developed training programs for children, facilitated workshops for international companies. He used to be the curator of the 2015/16 educational program at the Strelka Institution.
Anton Utkin – film director, scriptwriter and post-production producer at Moscow studio “Lateral Summer”.
At the beginning of his career, he co-founded a small design studio, led several research projects for Intel, advised the UN, and now teaches new media and interactive filmmaking at the Moscow School of Cinema. Since 2011, Anton has written and staged several fantastic short films, commercials and music videos.
Anton’s sci-fi project “Speed of Light” for virtual reality devices was supported by the Venice Biennale educational program and is currently being jointly developed with CGF, the largest visual effects studio in Russia. The last project by Anton, the interactive series “Everything is Difficult” is a joint project with the fund “Takiye Dela”. The project telling the life story of an HIV-positive girl has scored a third million views after it was released in February 2018, and it is still receiving positive feedback from viewers and the press.
In SAS, together with Nata Pokrovskaya, he teaches the courses “Digital photo and video shooting” and “Digital post-production”.
Arseniy Stolyarov is a Master of Arts in Economics from New Economic School. Currently Arseniy works as a researcher in the Laboratory of Sports Studies in the Higher School of Economics. Arseniy has a job experience in the field of strategic consulting. His main scientific interests cover the following branches: Industrial Organization, Behavioral Economics and Economic of Sports.
Denis Akhapkin is a professor in Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Saint-Petersburg State University, where he also directs the Centre for Writing and Critical Thinking and is responsible for the core curriculum. In 2012-2016 he served as the Smolьny’s deputy dean for education. His research interests include modern Russian literature with an emphasis on poetry and poetics, literary linguistics, and cognitive literature studies. He was a visiting research fellow at Helsinki University Collegium (2007), as well as at The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, University of Edinburgh (2014). Denis is an associate international member of the Institute for Writing and Thinking, Bard College (USA).
Denis Perevalov — media artist, programmer, lecturer. One of the founders of the visual laboratory Kuflex (http://kuflex.com), where he develops applications for art installations and performances. Kuflex's works are presented at multiple Russian and foreign exhibitions, festivals, museums and research centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tyumen, Netanya (Israel), Antalya (Turkey), at the digital art festival ADAF 2016 in Athens (Greece), at the CES2016 high-tech exhibition in Las Vegas (USA), at the Chinese Museum of Science and Technology in Beijing, etc. Denis is a developer of software for interactive media (about 50 projects), including work with sensors, depth cameras and other devices, real-time rendering in 2D, 3D and VR, as well as sound synthesis and analysis.
Elena Grigorieva, PhD, associate professor in the department of History of Russian Literature at St. Petersburg State University. Elena’s research interests include Russian literature of the Golden Age, poetics, and literary theory. She was a co-designer of an innovative integrated 7-semester course of literary theory (“Introduction to Literary Studies”, “Structure and Composition”, “Poetics”, “Rhetoric”, “Hermeneutics”, and “Methods of Textual Analysis”). Collective research projects she has been involved in include “St. Petersburg School of Literary Criticism” (2000-2), “Theoretical Fundamentals of Literary History” (2006-8), “Literary Studies and Contemporary Humanities” (2009-10), “Narrative Structures and Models of Storytelling” (2009-13), and “Theory and Practice of Contemporary Hermeneutics” (2011). She was also the head of the project that developed scholarly frameworks for the educational programs in literary theory (2011-13).
Florian Krautkremer is a film director, film producer, winner of multiple awards at international film festivals.
Florian studied fine arts and cinema at the Braunschweig University of Art (Germany). Currently, he is teaching courses of cinematographic profile at Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany). Since April 2018, he has been working as head of the interdisciplinary “Art and Design” school at the University of Lucerne (Germany). Besides, Florian is the official representative of Germany in “Eurimages” – the Council of Europe fund for the co-production and distribution of cinematographic and audiovisual works. Board member of the German Society for Media Studies.
Kseniya Fyodorova is a media and media art researcher, curator, PhD in cultural studies (University of California, Davis), candidate of philosophical sciences with a focus on aesthetics (Ural State University, St. Petersburg State University), Master of Arts (University of Colorado at Boulder).
Currently, Kseniya is a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Art and Visual History (Humboldt University in Berlin), where she is writing a monograph on feedback interfaces and the problem of affect codification in media art and techno-culture, as well as preparing a new project “Mental images, neural interfaces and sensory translation in art and science”. Co-editor of the anthology “Media: between magic and technology” (M.-Yekaterinburg, 2014, short-list of the Innovatsiya Award and Kandinsky Award, 2014), author of more than 30 publications in Russian and international titles (including Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Media & Culture Journal, Acoustic Space, DI / Dialog of Arts).
She taught media theory and history, as well as media art in Russia, the USA and Austria. Curator, senior fellow at the Ural branch (UB) of the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), initiator and manager of the UB NCCA program “Art. Science. Technologies” (2007-2011).
Mikhail Drugov is an Associate Professor at the New School of Economics, Moscow. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Toulouse, and has also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. Mikhail has previously taught at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Toulouse School of Economics, University of Warwick, University of Oxford, and Northwestern University.
Mikhail’s research Interests are Economics of Information, Industrial Organization, Organizational Economics, Corruption, Contest Theory, Experiments.
Nata Pokrovskaya started her career as an editor of the international department of L’Officiel Russia magazine, worked as a copywriter and creative director at an international advertising agency, as well as a project manager in several technology start-ups.
Co-author, producer and co-director of several sci-fi short films, commercial and music videos for TV and the Internet. In 2015, her short film “Summer” entered the short list of the Kinotavr Award, was shown at numerous film festivals in Europe, North and South America and received the Platinum Remi Award at the WorldFest Festival in Houston (USA). Her next short film, “Cherti” (“The Devils”), also made it to the short list for the Kinotavr Award in 2017.
Oksana Bulgakowa, Professor of Film Studies at the Gutenberg University in Mayans, is a Moscow-born scholar who lives in Berlin. She has published several books on Russian and German cinema, alongside directing films, curating exhibits, and developing a number of multimedia projects.
development of programming languages
methods of teaching programming
automation of student feedback
game formats in training
competitive training formats
BIO:Pavel Egorov used to be a software development engineer, project development manager of the diadoc.ru project, research projects manager in a department called Kontur Labs. He is currently the head of the developers’ training department of the SKB Kontur company and the senior professor of the department of mathematics, mechanics and computer science of the Ural Federal University. Co-author of the online courses C# Programming Fundamentals Part 1 and Part 2, C# Project Design and ulearn.me platform. Master of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Ural Federal University.
RESEARCH INTERESTS:Pavel’s master thesis was devoted to the development of programming languages with extensible syntax. However, now his interests mainly concern modern education methods for programmers, e.g. automation of feedback for students, training through play and contest. New ideas are implemented on the platform of online courses ulearn.me, as well as in the form of conventional intramural studies for developers and interns in the SKB Kontur company, particularly but not exceptionally at the school of industrial software development for students and in residential intensive schools.
Pavel Klimov has been working at the University of Michigan since 2000. He has authored 59 papers, as well as a monograph on phylogenetic systematics, coevolution, and biogeography. Dr. Klimov also teaches the Acarological Summer Course at the Ohio State University. He is particularly interested in the relationship between mites and human health, and has been a key contributor in recent genomic sequencing of the American House Dust Mite. In 2014-2017, Drs. Almir Pepato and Klimov obtained funding from the Brazilian government to investigate the biogeography of the Brazilian coast. Klimov’s notable co-authors include Edward O. Wilson, one of the founders of island biogeography.
Ruslan Gasseev is a senior lecturer in the Department of Information Security at the University of Tyumen’s Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. Working with the Laboratory of Network and System Administration, he has been an instrumental contributor to the Worldskills Russia project.
Taisia Pogodaeva, a Candidate of Economic Sciences, is Associate Professor in the Department of World Economy and International Business at the University of Tyumen. Her research interests include institutes, economic growth, and factors in resource dependent economics. Taisia has participated in advanced training programmes at the International Academy of Management and Technology (2013), Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (2017, 2015, 2014), and Indiana University (USA, 2015). Since 2016, she has held the position of the University of Tyumen’s Vice-Rector for Education.
Alyona graduated from the University of Tyumen in 2014 majoring in Document Keeping. In 2016, she got a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Alyona is a holder of the Scholarship of the Governor of the Tyumen Region (2013 – 2014). She has gained experience in a variety of jobs: Tymen executive agencies, Department of Education and Science of the Tyumen Region (2014 – 2015), Department of Investment Policy and State Support of Enterprising of Tyumen Region (2015 – 2016).
Arina received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Tyumen in 2016. She did her internship at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Regional Office in Moscow. Also, for one year, she worked at Willstätter High School.
She has a successful experience in organizing events in the field of intercultural communication. She is a participant and organizer of cultural and business missions of government and business structures to Pakistan, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates; Russian-German youth exchanges "Let's Get Creative - Learning by doing!" and "Siberian Western", such student projects as the International Youth Conference "Tyumen Model UN", the "Ural International" at the Ural Youth Forum "Utro", the National Forum for Leaders of International Education "COMMUNITY", the Federal School of Student Government "Prodvizhenie". Arina is a holder of the Oxford Russia Fund scholarship, Governor of Tyumen region scholarship, as well as German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships.