Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Zurich and, since 2007, Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. She completed her habilitation at the University of Munich on representations of femininty and death. Her areas of specialization include gender studies, psychoanalysis, visual culture, and television seriality. She published "Obsession. The Cultural Critic’s Life in the Kitchen” with Rutgers Unversity Press. Her book "Serial Shakespeare. An Infinite Variety of Apropriations in American TV drama" will be published in October with Manchester University Press.
William Mazzarella is the Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (2013), and the Mana of Mass Society (2017).
Aaron Schuster is a philosopher and writer who lives in Amsterdam. He is a senior research adviser at the VAC Foundation (Moscow), and was previously a fellow at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, and a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016). Next year he has two forthcoming books: How to Research Like a Dog: Kafka's New Science (MIT Press), and Spasm: Theater and the Philosophy of Tickling (Cabinet Books).
Eric L. Santner is the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He joined the Chicago department in autumn 1996 after twelve years of teaching at Princeton University. His book publications are: Friedrich Hölderlin. Narrative Vigilance and the Poetic Imagination; Stranded Objects. Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany; My Own Private Germany. Daniel Paul Schreber's Secret History of Modernity; On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig; The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (written with Slavoj Zizek and Kenneth Reinhard); On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald; The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty; The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy; Sovereignty Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment (with William Mazzarella and Aaron Schuster). Santner also edited the Hölderlin volume for the German Library Series at Continuum Press and co-edited a major volume of essays on the Holocaust with Moishe Postone, Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century. Several of his books have been translated into other languages (German, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Chinese). Eric Santner continues to work at multiple intersections of literary and cultural studies, philosophy, psychoanalytic thought, religious studies, and political theory.