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Anna Pochmara
University of Warsaw

Anna Pochmara is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. She is the author of The Making of the New Negro: Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality (Amsterdam UP, 2011) and The Nadir and the Zenith: Temperance and Excess in the Early African American Novel (U of Georgia P, 2021). She edited a Polish companion to James Baldwin (U of Warsaw P, 2021) and co-edited On Uses of Black Camp, a special issue of Open Cultural Studies (2017, with Justyna Wierzchowska) and CosmopolitanismsRace, and Ethnicity (De Gruyter, 2019 with Ewa Luczak and Samir Dayal). Currently, she is working on the anthology The African American Novel in the 21st Century (Brill, with Raphaël Lambert).

Łukasz Muniowski
University of Szczecin

Łukasz Muniowski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Szczecin. He has published over a dozen of academic articles on various topics, including gentrification, geek culture, American literature, video games, and television series. He is the author of Three-Pointer! A 40-Year NBA History (McFarland, 2020) and co-editor (with Aldona Kobus) of Sex, Death and Resurrection in Altered Carbon: Essays on the Netflix Series (McFarland, 2020). In 2021, Lexington Books published his monograph Narrating the NBA: Cultural Representations of Leading NBA Players after the Michael Jordan Era. His newest book, Sixth Men: NBA History off the Bench was published by McFarland in 2021.


David Callahan
University of Aveiro

David Callahan is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. His work has mostly concentrated on postcolonial topics, and appeared in journals such as Interventions, Postcolonial Studies, English Studies in Africa, Arizona Quarterly,and Game Studies, along with book chapters on more varied subjects such as “The Last of the US: The Game as Cultural Geography” or “East Timor’s first film: Beatriz’s War, history and remediation.” His most recent publication is the co-edited collection Body and Text: Cultural Transformations in New Media Environments (Springer, 2019).

Arturo Corujo
University of Barcelona

Arturo Corujo is a doctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona. He is interested in domestic studies, queer theory, and the literature of the American Renaissance, with a focus on Herman Melville. In 2022, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is working on a project that re-interprets White-Jacket as a constitutive text in Melville’s political, philosophical, and literary work.

Anna Ferrari 
University of Rome

Anna Ferrari holds a PhD in American literature from Sapienza, University of Rome and teaches at the University of Molise. Her research is focused on the use of humor and camp in AIDS literature. Ferrari’s articles have appeared in JAm It! Journal of American Studies and The Polyphony.

Mariusz Finkielsztein
Collegium Civitas

Mariusz Finkielsztein is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland. He is the secretary of the International Society of Boredom Studies, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Boredom Studies, and the founder and organizer of the International Interdisciplinary Boredom Conference. Finkielsztein is the author of Boredom and Academic Work (Routledge, 2021). A qualitative sociologist, he is interested in boredom, the sociology of emotions, work, higher education, and creative occupations (ballroom dancers in particular).

Zuzanna Ladyga
University of Warsaw

Zuzanna Ladyga is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw, where she teaches literary theory and postmodern literature. Her teaching and research interests include the interrelation between continental philosophy and American literary theory and the impact of the technological modes of cultural transmission on postmodern mimetic strategies. Her current research concerns the place of technology in postmodernist art manifestos of the twentieth century.

Victoria Musvik 
University of Oxford

Victoria Musvik is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford, where she holds a grant from the Hill Foundation. She is an affiliated researcher at the Laboratory for Studies of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (European Humanities University, Vilnius). Her doctoral project analyzes contemporary selective amnesia about the collective feelings of perestroika and of the early 1990s, especially of the “positive spectrum.” She has published on fashion history, Renaissance art, and the theory of photography.

Mark Pedretti
Providence College

Mark Pedretti is an Assistant Professor of English at Providence College based in Providence, Rhode Island. Previously, he taught at Case Western Reserve University and directed the writing program at Claremont Graduate University. He has published on Zombies, the works of Doris Lessing, and academic writing programs.

Beata Zawadka
University of Szczecin

Beata Zawadka is an Associate Professor at the Institute of English, University of Szczecin, Poland. She is a literary scholar by education, southernmost by specialization, and an ardent cinefile. At present, she teaches mainly film. Her latest (postdoctoral) project entitled Dis/Reputed Region: Transcoding the U.S. South was published in 2018 (University of Szczecin Press).

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