Phillippa Bennett is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for English at the University of Northampton, and Honorary Secretary of the William Morris Society. Her research interests and teaching specialisms include: the life and work of William Morris; nineteenth-century literature, particularly medievalism, the development of the romance form, the Gothic, and utopian writing; nineteenth-century aesthetics, including Pre-Raphaelitism, architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement; nineteenth-century explorations of Iceland and the revival of the Great Old North; nineteenth-century Socialism and the development of revolutionary ideals. She is currently working on an edited collection of essays on William Morris and a monograph on William Morris’s last romances.
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein studied philosophy in Paris and received his Ph.D. from Oxford University. He teaches philosophy at Tuskegee University (Alabama). His book publications are: Place and Dream: Japan and the Virtual; Films and Dreams: Tarkovsky, Sokurov, Bergman, Kubrik, Wong Kar-wai; Vasily Sesemann: Experience, Formalism and the Question of Being; Virtual Reality: The Last Human Narrative?; Space in Russia and Japan: A Comparative Philosophical Study.
Michaela Braesel studied history of art in Kiel and London. She worked at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and teaches at the Institute of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She has published on English art and the applied arts in the 1920s and 30s, as well as in the 18th century, but her special interest is English decorative art in the second half of the 19th century and William Morris. Currently she is researching William Morris’s illuminated manuscripts and the rôle of illuminated manuscripts in the history of arts.
Susan P. Casteras is Professor of Art History at the University of Washington and a specialist in Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art. The author of more than eighty essays, articles, reviews, and books, she previously served for many years as Curator of Paintings at the Yale Center for British Art, where she curated numerous exhibitions on Victorian subjects. Her current scholarly projects include several essays on racial constructions and a book on religious paintings in the nineteenth century.
Colin Darke is an artist, originally from England but living in the north of Ireland since 1988. Exhibitions include Manifesta 3 (2000), Venice Biennale (2003) and Busan Biennale (2004). He is currently researching a Ph.D. at the University of Ulster, Belfast, looking at art production from the perspective of the relationships between economics, history and ideology.
Nikolaus Fogle is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Temple University. He is preparing a dissertation on the role of space in the work of Pierre Bourdieu. His research interests include social and political philosophy and aesthetics, especially in connection with the theory of architecture and urban design.
Dr. John T. F. Lang taught in the Department of Philosophy and Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences at York University in Toronto. His most recent work centered on the personal and academic background of Scottish philosopher and poet James Frederick Ferrier, with a focus on more fully establishing the important influence of Hegel on Ferrier’s thought. While teaching at Kwantlen University College in British Columbia, he developed three new courses which were given Academic Accreditation and implemented at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. They included History of Western Aesthetics, Contemporary Western Aesthetics and Philosophy and Literature. His doctoral dissertation, entitled Art and Life in Nineteenth-Century England: The Theory and Practice of William Morris, is currently housed in the library of the Collingwood and British Idealism Society in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. Dr. Lang was an active member of the Board of Directors of the William Morris Society of Canada.
David Mabb is
a Reader in Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Mabb is an artist who has been appropriating the textile
and wallpaper designs of William Morris for ten years. Mabb’s interest in Morris stems from the continued social and political implications
of Morris’s work.
Tony Pinkney is senior lecturer in the Department of English at Lancaster University. He has published books on T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence and Raymond Williams. His contributions in the field of Morris studies include We Met Morris: Interviews with William Morris, 1885-96 (Spire Books, 2005) and William Morris in Oxford: The Campaigning Years, 1879-1895 (Illuminati Books, 2007). He is working on a study of News from Nowhere and utopian fiction, and runs a blog on matters Morrisian and utopian at http://williammorrisunbound.blogspot.com/.
Michael David Székely teaches in Philosophy and American Studies at Temple University. His primary research and teaching interests are in Aesthetics (especially the philosophy of music), Contemporary Continental Philosophy (especially French post-structuralism), and Cultural and Critical Theory. Michael’s 2004 dissertation focused on Jacques Attali’s notion of “composition” and the political economy of music. He has published articles in such journals as Jazz Perspectives, Social Semiotics, Textual Practice, Literraria Pragensia, Contemporary Aesthetics, and Popular Music and Society. Michael is also a practicing musician and composer, with particular interests in jazz, collective improvisation, and pop music.
Thomas J. Tobin is a Senior Faculty member in Humanities & Educational Technology at DeVry University. He was the webmaster for the William Morris Society from 1997 to 2007 and served on the Governing Committee of the William Morris Society in the United States during that time, as well. Tobin edited the collection Worldwide Pre-Raphaelitism (2004) and compiled Pre-Raphaelitism in the Nineteenth-Century Press: A Bibliography (2002). His research web site The Pre-Raphaelite Critic (http://www.engl.duq.edu/servus/PR_Critic/) has won awards from the BBC and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tobin’s entries for “The Germ,” “William Morris,” and “William Bell Scott” are forthcoming in The Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (2008), and his essay on “Spreading Socialist Ideals through the William Morris Society Web Site” is forthcoming in William Morris in the Twenty-First Century (2009).
Michelle Weinroth teaches in the English Department at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Reclaiming William Morris: Englishness, Sublimity, and the Rhetoric of Dissent (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1996). She has published articles in AE: Canadian Aesthetics Journal, Victorian Institute Journal, English Studies in Canada, and the Journal of Canadian Studies, among others. Her current research on the politics of dreaming in William Morris’s later prose is being funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada.
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