Shannon Bell Shannon Bell is a Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada http://www.yorku.ca/shanbell/ Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy-in-action. Her books include: Fast Feminism (2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (1994); Whore Carnival (1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial co-authored (1997); Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz, co-edited (2013) and New Socialisms co-edited (2004). Jonathan Bordo Jonathan Bordo has published widely in the areas of cultural theory, the arts and literature with particular emphasis on pictorialism, landscape and contemporary art, most recently “History Lessons: Imitation, Work and the Temporality of Contemporary Art,” Art History 37|4 2014. “Cézanne’s Mont St. Victoire in the Mystic North” is a bridge between The Specular Witness and The Landscape without a Witness, books that still engage him. He is the director of the Cultural Studies Doctoral Program at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Edward Burtynsky Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographs of industrialized landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty museums around the world, including: the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Tate Modern, London, National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Edward’s distinctions include the TED Prize, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, The Flying Elephant Fellowship, and the Roloff Beny Book award. In 2006 he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of Canada and is the recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees. Robert Del Tredici Robert Del Tredici is an artist, photographer, and teacher who has been tracking the nuclear age sine 1979. His first book probed nuclear power through the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island; his second, At Work in the Fields of the Bomb, documented the culturally invisible US nuclear weapons complex. He founded The Atomic Photographers Guild in 1987 and designed three books on the radioactive clean-up of America’s H-Bomb factories for the US Department of Energy. He has also illustrated Herman Melville’s MobyDick and created collages (“Evolution Pages”) on the 9/11 Terror Wars. Del Tredici teaches the History of Animated Film at Concordia University in Montreal; he has exhibited in London, Stockholm, Semipalatinsk, Berlin, Essen, Hiroshima, Washington DC, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Boulder. Amanda Douberly Amanda Douberley is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her dissertation, “The Corporate Model: Sculpture, Architecture, and the American City, 1946-1975” (2015, University of Texas at Austin), situates post-war American sculpture in the context of public relations practices and urban renewal. Amanda’s publications include “The Memory Frame: Set in Stone, a Dialogue” (with Paul Druecke) in A Companion to Public Art, edited by Harriet F. Senie and Cher Krause Knight (WileyBlackwell, forthcoming 2016) and “Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse,” Nierika: A Journal of Art Studies (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, forthcoming 2015). Laurence Dunne D Laurence Dunne is a Phd candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Trent. He is writing a dissertation entitled "Landscape, Event, Resistance: A Critical Topography of the Commons," bringing together Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract, a whale hunt in Nunavut in 1998, and the terrorist attacks on the Boston marathon to bear on an inquiry into the commons and the way in which recent acts related to public assembly especially in cities have evoked the commons as a repository for memory in relationship to place (lieu de mémoire), shifting the burden from landscape as the dominant paradigm for the perception of public space onto the commons as articulating civic engagement through the undertaking a practice of memory. Paul Duro Paul Duro is Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, NY. He has published articles on the theory and practice of imitation, the sublime, art institutions, frame theory, the hierarchy of the genres, and travel writing. His books, The Rhetoric of the Frame: Essays on the Boundaries of the Artwork (1996), and The Academy and the Limits of Painting in Seventeenth-Century France (1997), were both published by Cambridge University Press. A new edited anthology of essays, Theorizing Imitation in the Visual Arts: Global Contexts, will be published by Routledge momentarily. Jennifer Dyer Jennifer Dyer is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Memorial, and director of Memorial's Interdisciplinary PhD Program and the Humanities Graduate Program. Her research investigates repetiton in visual art, semiotics and art history, visual culture and communication, feminist and queer theories of communication, and philosophical aesthetics. She has written and lectured on Newfoundland visual art, Warhol, Neo-Baroque theory, iteration in Bacon's paintings, and the relation between art and ethics; she is presently writing a monograph exploring the intersections of new media art, new models of representation, and the contemporary female nude. Christoph Ehland, Christoph Ehland is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn in Germany. He has published on Scottish writing of the interwar period with a particular interest in the literary work of Lewis Grassic Gibbon and John Buchan. Another area of his research focuses on the intersection between writers’ lives, memory and literature. He is presently preparing a book on this topic, The Writer’s Radiance. Image, Mind and Body of the Writer: Literary Culture in England and Scotland, which explores the significance of the physical traces of writers for literary culture. In addition he has worked on cultural conceptions of space and mobility from the early modern period to the present. Blake Fitzpatrick Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. A photographer, curator and writer, his research interests include the photographic representation of the nuclear era, visual responses to contemporary militarism and the post-Cold War history, memory and mobility of the Berlin Wall. He is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild and he has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. His writing and visual work have appeared in numerous journals as well as the edited volume Camera Atomica (Black Dog Press, 2015). Matthew Flintham Matthew Flintham is an artist and writer specializing in the hidden geographies of militarization, security and surveillance. He has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, an MA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, and a PhD in Visual Communications from the Royal College of Art. His work intersects academic and arts practices, exploring speculative relationships between architecture, power and place, and the possibilities for arts methods to reveal hidden or immaterial relations in the landscape. His research is featured in the edited volume Militarized Landscapes: From Gettysberg to Salisbury Plain (Continuum, 2010), Tate Papers (Issue 17), and Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation (Ashgate 2014). He lives in London. Daniel Froidevaux Daniel Froidevaux is a documentary filmmaker and artist whose work focuses on themes of memory and history, technology and identity. He graduated from the Master’s in Documentary Media Program at Ryerson University in 2011, and is interested in the relationship between documentary and the contemporary avantgarde. In 2012, his short film, Little Castle, played the Montréal World Film Festival, and showed in the group exhibition Art of the Archive at the Ryerson Image Centre. The Quiet Zone, Froidevaux’s latest work with collaborator Elisa Gonzalez, has showed at P.F.O.A.C. gallery in Montréal, and at Pleasuredome’s New Toronto Works. The project is now being developed as a feature-length documentary film. Vivien Green Fryd Vivien Green Fryd, Professor in the History of Art Department at Vanderbilt University, is the author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol, 1815-1860 and Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper. She recently completed “Against Our Will”: Representing Sexual Trauma in American Art, 1970-2006. She was the Terra Visiting Professor, John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität, Berlin, fall 2012, where she began research for another book about her uncle who left Germany because of the Holocaust and became a photojournalist: “Writing Trauma:” Henry Ries’ Photographs of Berlin, 1946-2004. Elisa Gonzalez Elisa Gonzalez is rooted in the fine arts and has been practicing as a photographer and filmmaker for the past ten years. She has worked collaboratively on projects ranging from experimental film to interpretive museum videos that have shown in a variety of venues including Bravo! Television, International Film Festivals, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. Her work addresses questions surrounding the inherent tension between memory and history, exploring the poetic and experimental elements that become crucial points of reference in contemporary documentary form. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada. Gad Horowitz Gad Horowitz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. Horowitz does political theory from a series of shifting locations: Canadian political culture, psychoanalysis, Buddhism, Judaic scholarship, and general semantics. His books include: Canadian Labour in Politics (University of Toronto Press, 1968), Repression: Basic and Surplus Repression in Psychoanalytic Theory: Freud, Reich and Marcuse (University of Toronto Press, 1977), Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics (University of Toronto Press, 2006), “Everywhere They Are in Chains”: Political Theory from Rousseau to Marx (Nelson Canada, 1988). Vid Ingelevics Vid Ingelevics is a Toronto-based visual artist, independent curator and educator. He currently teaches in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in both graduate and undergraduate programs. His work, as artist and as curator, has been seen across Canada, in the United States, in Europe and in Australia. His writing has appeared in a variety of arts publications in Canada and in Europe. Moritz Ingwersen Moritz Ingwersen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cultural Studies Department at Trent University with a dissertation focus on the work of the American science fiction author Neal Stephenson and the philosophy of Michel Serres. He is pursuing his doctoral degree in a cotutelle arrangement with the University of Cologne where he studied American Literature and Physics from 2005 to 2012. His research continues to engage the intersections between literature and science with particular attention to cybernetics, theories of space, thermodynamics, and media philosophy. His presentations at international conferences have involved the work of J.G. Ballard, H.P. Lovecraft, Erwin Schrödinger, Douglas Hofstadter, Gilles Deleuze and Heinz von Förster. Randolph Jordan Randolph Jordan is a Research Associate with the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he is developing research methodologies to address the enmeshing of media and place. He is writing a book manuscript for Oxford University Press, entitled Reflective Audioviewing, in which he develops the theoretical framework for thinking about film sound by way of acoustic ecology. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at SFU in which he applied this framework to a case study of the Vancouver soundscape on film. Results of this research have been published in Organised Sound (Dec. 2012), Cinephile (Aug. 2014) and the Cinephemera anthology (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014). This research also informs his multimedia research/creation project “Bell Tower of False Creek.” Author’s website: www.randolphjordan.com Ihor Junyk, Ihor Junyk is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University. His work on World Literature and visual culture has appeared in leading humanities journals such as Grey Room, Comparative Literature, and Modern Fiction Studies. He is the author of "Foreign Modernism: Cosmopolitanism, Identity, and Style," published by the University of Toronto Press. David Kettler David Kettler is Research Professor in Social Studies at Bard College and Professor Emeritus in Political Studies at Trent University. His book publications in the past five years are: Exile, Science, and Bildung: The Contested Legacies of German Emigre Intellectuals. Co-edited with Gerhard Lauer; The Limits of Exile. Co-Edited with Zvi Ben-Dor; Karl Mannheim and the Legacy of Max Weber. Retrieving a Research Programme. Co-authored with Colin Loader and Volker Meja; Liquidation of Exile. Studies in the Intellectual Emigration of the 1930s; Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters , Co-edited with Detlef Garz. Jason LaFountain Jason LaFountain is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With John Davis and Jennifer Greenhill, he recently co-edited A Companion to American Art, a collection of thirtyfive new essays about the study of American art in the early 21st century, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Jason received his PhD in history of art and architecture from Harvard University in 2013; his dissertation, which he is currently revising for publication, addresses the idea of life as a work of art as formulated in the literature of Puritan practical theology. Katy McCormick Katy McCormick is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. Her work examines social histories embedded in landscapes. The Ash Garden: Hiroshima Under “A Rain of Ruin,” focuses on narratives related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima through a close reading of documents, monuments, and sites. Nikkei Ground Zero: Revisiting American and Canadian Japanese Internment, currently in progress, engages sites and communities in both the US and Canada. Destinies Made Manifest: Reading the Washington Mall, (2012), explores her American roots while probing the role of monuments in the construction of historical narratives. David McMillan David McMillan has photographed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 18 times, beginning in 1994, eight years after the nuclear accident. He has photographed primarily in the city of Pripyat, which had been considered one of the finest cities in which to live in the former Soviet Union. Once home to 45,000 people, mostly employees at the nuclear power plant and their families, the accident rendered it completely uninhabitable. Earlier this year, a selection of the photographs were exhibited in Ottawa at the National Gallery's biennial. Dr. Suresh S Narine Dr. Suresh Narine holds the position of Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at Trent University and is the Director, of the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research; the Director of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (Guyana) and Senior NSERC/GFO/ERS Industrial Research Chair in Lipid Derived Biomaterials. Narine is also the Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering. Rehab Nazzal Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto and London, Ontario. Her video, photography, and sound work deal with violations of human rights and violence of colonialism and war. Nazzal’s work has been shown in Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions and screenings. She is currently a PhD candidate at Western University (London, ON). She holds an MFA from Ryerson University, a BFA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in Economics from Damascus University (Syria). Nazzal is a recipient of SSHRC doctoral award and a multiple time recipient of Ontario Graduate scholarship. Margaret Olin Margaret Olin is Senior Research Scholar with appointments at Yale Divinity School as well as the Department of Religious Studies, the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of the History of Art. Her most recent book is Touching Photographs (University of Chicago, 2012). She also co-edits, with Steven Fine, Vivian B. Mann, and Maya Balakirsky-Katz the journal Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. In 2012 she curated the multi-venue exhibition Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv at Yale University, to which she contributed the photographic installations “Urban Bricolage” and “No Carry Zone.” Vincenzo Pietropaolo Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a social documentary photographer whose life-long mission has been to document Canada’s immigrant communities, working class culture, and social justice issues. Pietropaolo has distinguished himself as a photographic bookmaker, mixing photographs and his own original writing. He has published seven books on subjects such migrant farm works and people with disabilities. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is currently featured in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Long interested in academic-based research on photography, he is pursuing a MFA. He is currently working on a retrospective book about the Good Friday procession in Toronto’s Italian community. Mark Ruwedel Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) received an MFA in photography in 1983 from Concordia University, Montreal, where he taught through 2000. After a few years in Vancouver, in 2002 Ruwedel relocated to teach at California State University in Long Beach. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major museum collections, among them the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and Tate Modern, London, England. Ruwedel is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Los Angeles, Galerie Art 45 in Montreal, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and Galerie Françoise Paviot in Paris. He presently divides his time between Long Beach and Refuge Cove, British Columbia. Marc Shell Marc Shell, a Canadian from the islands of Montreal QC and Grand Manan NB, is Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and American Studies at Harvard University. His books include The Economy of Literature (Hopkins 1978) Money Language & Thought (California 1982), The End of Kinship (Stanford 1986), Children of the Earth (Oxford 1993), Art & Money (Chicago 1995), American Babel (Harvard 2002), and Polio and Its Aftermath (Harvard 2005), Stutter (Harvard (2006), and Wampum (Illinois 2013). Two forthcoming books in cultural topographies (McGill) focus on Montreal and Grand Manan. Christoph Singer Christoph Singer is an assistant professor in the Department of British Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn, Germany. In 2012 he finished his dissertation on literary represenations of shorelines as liminal spaces. Other research interests include waiting as a cultural practice, spatial practices, and early modern culture and literature. Don Snyder Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies and curation. A professor at the Ryerson University School of Image Arts since 1980, he has taught in the York-Ryerson Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson’s graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management and Documentary Media, and served as Chair of the School from 2005 to 2010. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he was Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where he originated the museum’s photography exhibition program and curated exhibitions on the work of Eugene Richards, Bruce Davidson and Jerry Uelsmann, among others. Cyrus Sundar Singh Cyrus Sundar Singh is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, composer, songwriter, and published poet. From his documentary debut Film Club to music videos and television series his productions have taken him around the world including India, Spain, Israel and Haiti. A native of Chennai, India, living and working in Toronto, Cyrus continues to bridge his different worlds effortlessly while maintaining an original and unique style. He is currently a MFA student in the Documentary Media program at Ryerson University. Dr. Chris Thurgar-Dawson Dr. Chris Thurgar-Dawson is Head of English Studies at Teesside University, UK. With Prof. Christoph Ehland he co-edits the international book series, Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature (Rodopi / Brill 2006-2015). Chris has published widely on spatial practices and cultural geography and has specific interests in the scholarly reception of criticalcreative writing, critical theories of space and place, and chorological readings of literary and cultural texts. Recent work has focused on the fiction of Don DeLillo and Ian McEwan, explorations of cross-over writing in text and teaching, and ideas interrogating the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in mapping the humanities. He is an active member of the Critical Topographies research group (Trent University) and of the Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts (Teesside University) and is currently working on an edited collection of critical essays on the spatial writings of Georges Perec. Pierre Tremblay Interdisciplinary artist Pierre Tremblay came to the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University as an Associate Professor after twelve years in Paris where his work can be found in the collections of the Musée Carnavalet, Bibliothèque nationale and the Musée Rodin. His artistic practice, combining new technologies and video, questions the world in flux, how we see and perceive and this work has been exhibited regularly in Canada and France. In his role at Ryerson, Tremblay has facilitated conferences and edited books that have brought scholars and artists from Ontario, Quebec and France together for cross-cultural exchange on a variety of new media topics. Peter C. van Wyck Peter C. van Wyck is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montréal. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer with an abiding interest in the theoretical and practical relations between culture, nature, environment, landscape, memory and waste. His most recent book, The Highway of the Atom (McGill-Queen’s) is a theoretical and archival investigation tracing the origins of the atomic bomb in Canada’s North. In addition to a variety of articles, book chapters, critical reviews and creative texts, he is author of Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat (Minnesota, 2005), and Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the Missing Human Subject (SUNY, 1997). His current projects concern nuclear waste and repositories, atomic media and the Anthropocene; landscape in the wake of Fukushima.