Tuomo Alhojärvi is a PhD researcher and educator working at the Geography Research Unit at University of Oulu, Finland. He is also member of the Finnish Solidarity Economy Network and an active contributor in Commons.fi activities. Situated within feminist economic geography and critical spatial theory, Tuomo’s research explores postcapitalism as an index for economic and spatial activism, epistemic queering, and inherited troubles. At the CTW, he’ll concentrate on the problematic of ‘capitalocentrism’ unleashed by feminist economic geographers J.K. Gibson-Graham. Starting from Gibson-Graham’s deconstructive reading of Jacques Derrida’s ‘capitalism’, this work selectively reaffirms Derrida’s spirit in order to trouble, to thicken, and to reclaim the post/capitalist moment. This exploration seeks to enrich and diversify the continuous and situated ethical-political task of postscripting capitalism.
John Harfouch is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. His first book, Another Mind-Body Problem, studies the historical development of various racisms by developing a counter-history of the mind-body problem. The book claims the mind-body problem has been poorly understood as a problem that develops along the lines of sex and race in the 17th and 18th centuries, and as a result the problem of racism has gone overlooked in one of philosophy’s “core areas”. He is a co-editor of the Cambridge Foucault Lexicon and has published articles on racism in the philosophical canon as well as anti-Arab racism specifically. Harfouch is also the founder of the Society for Middle Eastern and North African Philosophers, which will hold its inaugural meeting in 2019 in Alabama.
Brendan Rome is an MA student at the University of New Mexico. His project for CTW/ATC is “Theoretical Practice and the Politics of the Visible in Althusser, Debord, and Badiou.” For this project he will examine the role of theoretical practice in French Marxism as both a positive and negative epistemic process that not only dispels the false appearances of ideology, but also maps potential creative and revolutionary possibilities in society.
Pierre Schwarzer is currently a graduate student at the New School for Social Research. After obtaining his MA, he worked as a curator in Berlin, artistically researching modalities of medial distribution and their cultural impact with his collective. The latest project (http://warehouse.industries) dove into an ethnography of the digital via contemporary art and theory, intersecting closely with his thesis project of theorising subjectivity in a digital age, via analyses of art and popular culture infused by phenomenology, psychoanalysis and various philosophical theories of the subject, working genealogically towards an exploration of the tensions, variations and challenges of an ever more interconnected digital subjectivation, limiting and creating at once, the potential of a new politics.
Rovel Sequeira is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also pursuing a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His research interests include Queer theory and the Medical Humanities, Critical Race theory, the histories of Modernism and Modernization, Postcolonial Literatures, and Global Anglophone Studies. He is currently completing his dissertation on the relationship between the history of colonization and the trajectories of sexual modernity in India. For the CTW he is working on a project thinking together the inter-connections between activist self-fashioning, communitarian belonging, and generic forms like the autobiography and the bildungsroman.