Jenna Freedman | Barnard College
Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and makes zines. She is the Associate Director of Communications at the Barnard Library in NYC. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on that topic as well as on other themes of library activism. She is a co-founder of Radical Reference, a group of library workers that supports the information needs of activists and independent journalists.
Karen Gisonny | New York Public Library
Karen Gisonny has been active in developing and managing the DeWitt Wallace Periodical collection for more than 25 years. During that time, she has helped build the collection in both print and digital formats. She specializes in small and alternative press publications, independent literary presses, and zines. She also serves as the resource librarian for women’s studies and journalism, and coordinates the activities for NYPL’s annual Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
David Senior | MoMA
David Senior is the Senior Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library, where he manages collection development, including the library’s artists’ books collection. Senior lectures often on the history of artists’ publications and contemporary art and design publishing. He also curates exhibitions of MoMA Library materials including: THE ELECTRO-LIBRARY (2016), Ray Johnson Designs (2014), Please Come to the Show (2013), Millennium Magazines (2012), Access to Tools: Publications from the Whole Earth Catalog, 1968–74 (2011). His most recent exhibition Back in Time with Time-Based Works: Artists’ Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976–1980, celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Archive. Please Come to the Show, a book documenting his exhibition of artists’ invitations and show flyers from the MoMA Library, was published by Occasional Papers in 2014. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Bulletins of the Serving Library, ART PAPERS, and C Magazine. He organizes a regular program of events for Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair and the LA Art Book Fair called the Classroom. Senior serves on the advisory committees of Printed Matter, Art Metropole and Art Resources Transfer and the board of directors of Primary Information and Yale Union.
Diana W. Anselmo | University of Pittsburgh
Diana W. Anselmo is a postdoctoral research fellow in Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently working on a book examining the film scrapbooks, fan mail, and suicide letters assembled by the first generation of movie girl fans to emerge in the United States. Her work on gender and silent film history has appeared in Cinema Journal (2015) and Spectator (2013), several academic anthologies, and is forthcoming in Camera Obscura (2017) and Screen (2017). Her research has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College, and Harvard University, among others. She is also the coeditor of the forthcoming anthology Girls’ Economies with Miriam Forman-Brunell.
Nana Ariel | Harvard University
Dr. Nana Ariel is a Fulbright and Israel Institute Visiting Scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She is author of the forthcoming book: Manifestos: Restless Writings on the Brink of the 21st Century. Her fields of expertise are rhetoric and literature, focusing on international and Hebrew modernisms and the avant-garde (particularly little magazines and manifestos). She is also engaged in the exploration of educational techniques in the Humanities and is a public speaking instructor.
María A. Cabrera Arús | New York University
María A. Cabrera Arús, PhD in Sociology (New School for Social Research); author/creator of Cuba Material blog, dedicated to archive and disseminate Cuban material culture from the Cold War era. Cabrera Arús co-curated the exhibitions Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design (September 2015), which explores the material world of the child in socialist Cuba and the efforts of the Cuban state to instill in children a new set of behaviors and ideals, and Cuban Finotype and Its Materiality, at Cabinet magazine (October 2015), dedicated to explore the representations of elegance and refinement in Soviet and post-Soviet Cuba, and their importance for regime legitimization. Cabrera Arús’ research focuses on the impact of fashion and domestic material culture on regime stability and legitimation. Her manuscript, Dressed for the Party: Fashion and Politics in Socialist Cuba, presents fashion as a mechanism of social engineering oriented to produce a socialist “new man” and as a locus where private identities were articulated both against and in harmony with political values. She is currently exploring the relationship between domestic space and political discourses and practices of domination in the Hispanic Caribbean (including Hispanic Miami) during the Cold War. Cabrera Arús is also a collector of Cuban material culture from the Cold War era.
Olympia Bhatt | Jawaharlal Nehru University
Olympia Bhatt recently submitted her doctoral dissertation on the material and cultural process of adoption of sound technology by Indian film studios in the 30s; from School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India. Developing new paradigms to understand the process of localized use of technology, deliberating about the archive in the post-digital age and rethinking the existing paradigms for Indian cinema are some research topics that interest her.
Meredith Benjamin | Barnard College
Meredith Benjamin is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in First-Year Writing in the Department of English at Barnard College (Columbia University). She received her PhD in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her current project, Genres of Feminist Lives: Autobiography, Archives, and Community, 1970-1983, explores the role of writing and engagement with archives in shaping feminist communities. Her work has been published in the Edith Wharton Review and is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Zach Coble | New York University
Zach Coble is the Head of Digital Scholarship Services at NYU Libraries, where he supports faculty and students interested in incorporating digital humanities and publishing methods in their research and teaching. He is also a student in NYU’s ITP program and a co-editor of dh+lib, an online publication that explores where the digital humanities and librarianship meet.
Margaret Galvan | New York University
Margaret Galvan received her PhD in English with a film studies certificate from The Graduate Center, CUNY, in 2016. She is currently at work on a book, In Visible Archives, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. In addition to the book, she will develop an affiliated digital archive and curricula on the Manifold Scholarship digital platform. Her research spans over a dozen archives and was funded by nine grants over five years. Her published work can be found in journals like WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Australian Feminist Studies (forthcoming). She teaches in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.
Yvonne Garrett | Drew University
Currently pursuing her PhD in History & Culture at Drew University, Yvonne Garrett holds an MA-Irish Studies (NYU-2014), MLIS-Archiving (Palmer-2014), MA-Humanities & Social Thought (NYU-2010), MFA in Fiction (The New School-2008), and a BA-English (Smith College – 1985). Current academic work focuses on American Feminism, Punk Rock & DIY culture, Digital Humanities, women & Labor activism, the politics of archiving, post-colonial & gender theory, and Irish & Native American literatures. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s she worked in the music industry representing several seminal punk and highly successful alternative rock bands. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in a wide array of literary journals and music magazines including The Baltimore Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Alternative Press, and Thrash Metal. Her sixth poetry chapbook with Mary Ellen Sanger split open the sky: eternity overwhelms me is out now on Aoxlotl [pronounced axle-lot-all] River Press. She works full-time as Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at The New School and part-time as Senior Fiction Editor at Black Lawrence Press where she also edits the weekly publishing newsletter Sapling. She’s taught creative writing at Manhattanville College and the Brooklyn Veteran’s Center. Originally from Olympia, Washington, she has lived in the East Village for several years.
Melina Alice Moore | The Graduate Center, CUNY
Melina Alice Moore is a PhD candidate in English with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She teaches at Brooklyn College and is currently the recipient of the 2016-2017 Leon Levy Biography Center Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation explores the way transgender and gender nonconforming subjects engage with and revise existing narrative forms in the Western autobiographical tradition to tell stories of gender crossing.
Argyri Panezi | NYU School of Law
Argyri Panezi is a post-doctoral global fellow at NYU School of Law specializing in Internet law and policy, public goods management and law and economics, and is affiliated with the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. Her research focuses on the intersection of IP law with technology and access to knowledge. She is currently examining the impact of digitization on the future of public libraries and, specifically, their efforts to adapt to the digital era and their strategies to reach and provide access to a broader demographic.
Teja Varma Pusapati | University of Oxford
Teja Varma Pusapati recently finished her doctorate in English at the University of Oxford. Her thesis examined English women’s social and political journalism in the mid-Victorian era. She has published articles on women’s foreign correspondence and feminist journalism in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and Victorian Periodicals Review. She is currently a TORCH Women in the Humanities fellow at Oxford.
Camilla Salvaneschi | Iuav University, Venice & University of Aberdeen
Camilla Salvaneschi is a researcher, editor and curator. She is a doctoral candidate at the Iuav University of Venice and at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently undertaking research on the history and evolution of contemporary art magazines from the 1980s to today. Her interests range from the study of art periodicals and publishing, to the history of exhibitions and biennials.
Piotr M. Szpunar | University of Albany, SUNY
Piotr M. Szpunar is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY. He earned a Dual PhD in Communication and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. His research is situated at the intersection of identity, memory/future thinking, conflict and media and focuses on the politics, discourse and theory of boundaries, their formation, maintenance, alteration and deployment. He is the author of the forthcoming book Home\grown: The Double in the American War on Terror (NYU Press) which examines the mobilization of identity and media in practices of terrorism and counterterrorism.
Kenan Tekin | Yalova University
Kenan Tekin is a research assistant at Yalova University. He holds a PhD degree from the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University with a dissertation entitled “Reforming Categories of Science and Religion in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Previously, he earned an MA degree in Religion from Duke University. Tekin’s research interests include longue durée study of Ottoman intellectual thought, history and philosophy of science and religion. Tekin is also interested in the transition from manuscript to print culture, and the social and cultural impacts of that transition on modernization and secularization processes as well as the genealogies of modern discourses.
Alex Wermer-Colan | The Graduate Center, CUNY
Alex Wermer-Colan is an English doctoral student at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center whose research focuses on a “decadent” lineage in twentieth-century Euro-American imperial literature. His essay, “Implicating the Confessor: The Autobiographical Ploy in William S. Burroughs’ Early Works,” was published in the Winter, 2010 issue of Twentieth Century Literature. He researched and edited The Travel Agency is on Fire, a collection of unpublished archival materials, prose poems Burroughs produced by cutting up a range of canonical texts, from Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations to James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Alex is co-editing and contributing to a new anthology of Burroughs criticism and archival materials, entitled Cutting Up the Century, slated to be published by Indiana University Press, 2018. His current research project aims to create an online digital space for thousands of pages of unpublished scrapbooks, collages, and cutups in the Burroughs Archive. Such a project will try as well to imagine what a properly Burroughsian digital archive might look like.
Siera Dissmore | New York University
Siera Dissmore is Program Administrator at the Institute for Public Knowledge, and an M.A. candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, focusing on questions of memory and visuality in the Anthropocene. She has worked at Bluestockings, the Modernist Journals Project, and Public Books.
MC Hyland | New York University
MC Hyland holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at New York University. A former Director of Adult and Artist Programs at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Printshop Steward at The Center for Book Arts (NY), she is the author of several poetry chapbooks and the poetry collection Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press) and the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress. Her research focuses on the commons as a link between spatial practice and intellectual property in Romantic and post-WWII poetics. In the summer of 2017, she will be a writer-in-residence in Madison Square Park through Poets House.
Velina Manolova | The Graduate Center, CUNY
Velina Manolova is completing her dissertation on queer interventions in racial liberalism in the works of James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Carson McCullers, and Lillian Smith at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her essay, “The Tragic ‘Complexity of Manhood’: Masculinity Formations and Performances in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room” will be published this summer in Contemporary Masculinities in the UK and the US: Between Bodies and Systems, edited by Kevin Floyd and Stefan Horlacher. Manolova teaches writing at Baruch College and has previously taught literature and writing courses at the City College of New York and the University of Florida.
Nicholas Sawicki | Lehigh University
Nicholas Sawicki is an associate professor of art history at Lehigh University, where he oversees public programming for the university’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative. He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and writes on European modern art of the early twentieth century, with a focus on its artist-run infrastructure of associations, exhibitions, and periodicals. He is currently working with colleagues at the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a project involving modernist primary sources.
Meghan Forbes | New York University & University of Texas at Austin
Meghan Forbes is Czech Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge for the 2016-2017 academic year. Her recent articles, essays, and translations have appeared in Umění/Art, post at MoMA, and Words without Borders. Her essay on the life of Lucia Moholy for the Michigan Quarterly Review has been nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her dissertation research was conducted with the aid of a Fulbright grant to Berlin, Germany, among other awards. Meghan is also the founder of the small press imprint, harlequin creature.