August 31, 2016

img_1591-version-2_med_hr-300x208Joe Aldinger teaches at Lynchburg College in Virginia, specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth-century poetry and drama. His interdisciplinary work focuses on the relationship between literature, subjectivity, and politics. His dissertation project, “Religious Melancholy and the Lyric Subject: the Politics of Conscience,” traces a melancholic strand of early modern selfhood, which considers the ways in which the Reformation left individuals vulnerable to coercion. He is the Assistant Technical Editor of the Journal for Culture and Religious Theory.  His work has also been generously supported by The Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Researching the Archive” seminar.  He holds a Ph.D. candidate at University at Buffalo, SUNY.


sandra-jean-ceas_med_hrSandra Jean Ceas is an international artist, based in Denver, as well as an educator and speaker specializing in contemporary art and spirituality. Her art is exhibited nationally and internationally with three travelling exhibitions to include the US Military Reflections of Generosity, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), and the Artnauts International collective, which reaches remote global areas such as Columbia, Hungary and Palestine.  She has over thirty years of teaching as an Associate Professor to include courses in Social Practice Arts, Professional Practices, World Religions, Art Appreciation, Humanities and numerous Studio Arts.


ElerickGeorge Elerick is an author, speaker and activist. He has spent time living in India developing civil rights, gender equality and religious solidarity. He tours university campuses speaking onsome of the following topics: cultural theory, philosophy, theology,gender equality, justice and psychoanalysis.  He is the author of Jesus Bootlegged. You can find him on Facebook ( or on Twitter at


0_med-2-150x123Sergio C. Figueiredo is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University with teaching and research interests in rhetorical theory, media rhetorics, comics, visual design/composition, professional communication, and public and civic engagement.


kenl-3_med_hrKenneth “Ken” Lokensgard is the Graduate Student Services and Research Coordinator for the Plateau Center for Native American Programs at Washington State University. Lokensgard earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Syracuse University. He has taught at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a researcher, he has worked with members of the Blackfoot Confederacy on repatriation and related topics. He is the author of Blackfoot Religion and the Consequences of Cultural Commoditization (Ashgate Publishing, 2013).


application_med_hrMichael O’Rourke lectures in the School of Arts and Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin (Ireland) and works mostly at the intersections between queer theory and continental philosophy. HE is the author of Queering Speculative Realism (forthcoming), Rogue Theory (forthcoming) and co-author (with Éamonn Dunne) of The Pervert’s Guide to Reading (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship Between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paperback 2007), Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009) and Speculative Medievalisms: Discography (Punctum Books, 2013), and the editor of Derrida and Queer Theory (forthcoming). He has co-convened The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research since 2002 and is the series editor of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate and of the Queer Aisthesis book series at Punctum Books.\


Carl-speaking-225x300Carl Raschke is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in Continental philosophy, the philosophy of religion and theory of culture. He is an internationally known writer and academic, who has authored numerous books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from postmodernism to popular religion and culture to technology and society. He is the author among other books of Force of God: Political Theology and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2015) and The Revolution in Religious Theory: Toward a Semiotics of the Event (University of Virginia Press, 2012) Harvard University.  He is also co-founder of GAIN.


colby-reid_med_hr-202x300Colbey Emmerson Reid is Director of the Consumer Innovation Consortium (CIC) and professor of practice in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. Reid has over 16 years of teaching and research experience in literature and composition as well as experience creating and overseeing study abroad programs and an interdisciplinary research and lecture forum. Reid has also chaired an institutional grant-awarding committee to promote faculty development at York College, where she was formerly Associate Professor of English. Her scholarly activities have focused on the topics of communication, innovation, creativity and design. She received the Leon Edel award in 2009 for her essay on the language of accounting in Henry James and the Fredson Bowers awards in 2011 for her essay on the relationship between early 20th century design innovation, consumption habits, and avant-garde poetry.


Joy-SteinbergJoy Steinberg is a skilled qualitative researcher committed to providing brand insights and facilitating corporate social responsibility. She has extensive experience in project management, product marketing, consumer affairs, and marketing communications. She is a creative and an analytical thinker with a proven ability to strategically plan and implement tactics. Joy’s concern for positively impacting consumer and corporate cultures has led her to pursue extensive service opportunities. She has been actively involved and also mentored leadership in local and global non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers and Sisters, Step-Up Ministries, Dress for Success, Habitat for Humanity, and Cross-Cultural Solutions. She combines her graduate training in International Relations with an emphasis on International Business (University of Texas, 2000) with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Marketing Communications (University of Wisconsin, 1993).


imgres_160-150x150Victor Taylor is chair of the Department of English and Humanities and professor of literature, philosophy, and religious studies at York College of Pennsylvania. He is also director of the center for civic humanities at York. He is the executive editor of The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and director of academic publishing for Davies Group, Publishers. He is author among other books of Para/Inquiry: Postmodern Religion and Culture (Routledge 2000) and Religion After Postmodernism (The University of Virginia Press 2008).  He is co-founder of GAIN.