Rafael Cesar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese program at NYU. His dissertation, "Fictions of Racelessness: The 'Latin American' Racial Imaginations of Angola (1878-2002)" examines the cultural and political translation of Brazilian and Cuban racial discourses into the 20th-century Angolan nationalism. He has conducted archival and field research in Angola, Cuba, Brazil, and Portugal, supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Rafael has taught all levels of Spanish and Portuguese language courses, and led weekly recitations for courses about Latin America and the Caribbean.
Alejandro Castro (Caracas, 1986), received a B.A. in Arts from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a M.A. in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simon Bolivar. His investigation embraces contemporary studies about gender, sexuality and the formation of subjectivity from a psychoanalytic point of view as well as Queer Theroy. He is especially interested in the political subjectivity of a criminal (marginal, sexualized) child and its figuration (and disfigurement) in recent Latin American art and literature. In Venezuela, he was a university lecturer in aesthetics, literature and psychology at the Escuela de Artes of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and later he taught Literary Theory at the Escuela de Letras of the same university. He has published two books of poems: "No es por vicio ni por fornicio. Uranismo y otras parafilias", which won the 2010 prize of the Monte Avila Publishing House for unpublished authors; and "El lejano oeste", that was awarded the prize for the book of the year 2014 from the Venezuelan Bookstore Association.
Fan Fan holds a BA in comparative literature from the University of Southern California. Before starting her PhD, she worked in experiential education at a cultural exchange venue in Beijing and taught at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Her research focuses on the crossings between Latin America and Asia in literature, politics and culture. She is also interested in visual culture and performance, public spaces, migration, nation-building, and cultural hybridity.
Erica holds a BA in Spanish and French (Seattle University, 2011), an MA in Culturas árabe y hebrea: pasado y presente (Universidad de Granada, 2013), and an MA in Traducción técnica (Universidad de Zaragoza, 2014). She entered the PhD program at NYU in 2015. Her research focuses on the representations of Muslims and moriscos in early modern literary and historic texts from across the Spanish Empire (from Spain to the Philippines). She is particularly interested in construction of racial categories and the ways in which religion and race collide in otherizing discourses. Her work draws on insights from literary studies, history of race, intellectual and global history, and archival theory.
Milton Laufer nación en Buenos Aires en 1979. Se licenció con Diploma de Honor en Filosofía por la Universidad de Buenos Aires con una tesis sobre el atomismo lógico en el Tractatus de Wittgenstein y cursó un Doctorado en Filosofía en la misma institución con beca del CONICET. Fue docente de Lógica y Pensamiento Científico en varias universidades, ha expuesto en numerosos congresos y fue premiado por sus investigaciones. Se graduó en 2015 en el MFA de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU y su tesis derivó en una novela algorítima recientemente publicada. Investiga la literatura digital en latinoamérica y sus continuidades con la literatura “tradicional” y las vanguardias del siglo XX. Ha dado conferencias sobre su obra, que puede encontrarse en este sitio http://miltonlaufer.com.ar , en universidades de Argentina y USA.
BA in Spanish Literature & Bachelors in Journalism, U. of Missouri-Columbia (2009), MA in Hispanic Literature, U. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2013). Christine's research explores graphic art of contemporary Spain that engages questions of society and the environment as related to critiques of consumer culture, neoliberal power structures and ideology, sustainability politics and contemporary social movements. She is interested in exploring the ideologies and structures connected with modernity that enable the abuse of environmental resources and questions of how creative art work can function to subvert such systems of thought and structures of power. She enjoys working with materials such as comics, film, street art and graffiti, recycled art, photography and advertising campaigns.
Michel Nieva holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires, where he taught at the Department of Ancient Philosophy. He also worked as a researcher of the CONICET and of the Instituto de Literatura Hispanoamericana. His research interests focus on Latin American science fiction, history of science and technologies, museums and exhibitions, critical geography, Amerindian ontologies and processes of extractivism in the Southern Cone. He is author of two science fiction novels: ¿Sueñan los gauchoides con ñandúes eléctricos? (2013), and Ascenso y Apogeo del Imperio Argentino (2018).
Francisco Quinteiro Pires is a Portuguese Brazilian Ph.D. student. He graduated in journalism from Faculdade Cásper Líbero, in Brazil. For more than a decade, he has been working as a cultural journalist. His work has been published in the most important news outlets in Brazil on topics such as literature, cinema, music, theater, photography, and visual arts. Some of his articles can be read at www.franciscoquinteiropires.com In 2010, he moved to the United States to launch a television series on Brazilian immigrants in North America. During one year he traveled by RV and visited about 40 American states, besides Mexico and Canada. His academic research focuses on South American and Lusophone cinemas. His interests include history, philosophy, literature theory, film studies, media theory, identity, nationalism, gender studies, and race.
Ezequiel Zaidenwerg nació en Buenos Aires en 1981. Es Licenciado en Letras Clásicas por la Universidad de Buenos Aires y Magíster en Escritura Creativa por NYU. Publicó los libros de poesía Doxa (Vox, 2007) y La lírica está muerta(Vox, 2011) y seleccionó y prologó la muestra Penúltimos. 33 poetas de Argentina (1965-1985) (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2014). Desde 2005, administra el sitio www.zaidenwerg.com, dedicado a la traducción de poesía.