Donna McCormack is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. She has recently completed an AHRC Leadership Fellowship on Transplant Imaginaries. Her research interests include postcolonial and anticolonial theories, queer and crip theories, biotechnologies (specifically organ transplantation), and contemporary science and speculative fiction. Her first monograph is entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (Bloomsbury Press, 2014), and she has articles in various journals, including Body & Society, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Somatechnics and BMJ Medical Humanities, as well as in edited collections such as Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing (Routledge, 2015). She has coedited special issues of Somatechnics, BMJ Medical Humanities and European Journal of Cultural Studies. She is the coordinator of the Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health, as well as a founding member of the Monster Network.
Luna Dolezal is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter. Her research is primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities. Luna’s work is driven by an interest in understanding lived experience and embodiment, and how these intersect with, are co-determined by, socio-political and technological frameworks in which we are enmeshed. Luna is the PI of the Shame and Medicine project, funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award, PI of the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 project, funded by the UKRI, and Co-Investigator on the Imagining Technologies for Disability Futures project, also funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award. Luna’s publications include the monograph The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, 2015), and the co-edited books Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters (SUNY Press, 2017) and New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment (Palgrave, 2018). Luna is based in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter. She is an active member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Culture and Health, Exeter.
Lisa Folkmarson Käll
Lisa Folkmarson Käll is Associate Professor (Docent) of Theoretical Philosophy and Associate Senior Lecturer in Gender Research at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her work brings together phenomenology with current gender research and feminist theory to inquire into questions concerning embodied subjectivity, vulnerability, bodily constitution of sexual difference and sexual identity, intersubjectivity and the relation between selfhood and otherness. Käll is also Affiliated Research Associate in Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Center for Dementia Research, Linköping University, Sweden where she is currently completing a book project on conceptualizations of subjectivity in relation to age-related dementia.
Ingvil Hellstrand is associate professor in gender studies at the Department for Caring and Ethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway (UiS). Her research interests are storytelling practices and knowledge production, science fiction and the posthuman. Ingvil is currently involved in the interdisciplinary research project Caring Futures: Developing Care Ethics for Technology-Mediated Care Practices as lead of the work package Imaginaries of the Care Robot, bringing together science fiction as method, care and technologies of care, and posthuman ethics. Ingvil is a member of The posthumanities hub, and a founding member of The Monster Network.
Venla Oikkonen is Academy Research Fellow in Gender Studies at Tampere University, Finland. She works at the intersection of feminist science and technology studies and feminist cultural studies, focusing on questions of affect, intersectionality and materiality in contemporary technoscience and biomedicine. Her research interests include chronic illness, evolutionary theories, population genetics, vaccine controversies, epidemics, and popular science. Venla’s current project (2018-2023) is titled Affect and Biotechnological Change: Three Vaccine Debates in Europe. She is also the PI of the project Gendered Chronic Disease, Embodied Differences and Biomedical Knowledge (GenDis) funded by the Academy of Finland and Kone Foundation. Venla has published two monographs, Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives (Routledge 2013) and Population Genetics and Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), as well as articles in journals such as Signs, Feminist Theory, New Genetics and Society, Science, Technology & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, and Catalyst. She is Associate Editor of the journal Science as Culture.
Margrit Shildrick is Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Stockholm University, as well as holding several titular positions worldwide. Her biophilosophical research covers postmodern feminist and cultural theory, bioethics, critical disability studies and body theory. Her publications include eight single-author books and edited collections and many journal articles, many of which problematise death in the time of the posthuman. A new book – Visceral Prostheses: Somatechnics and Posthuman Embodiment – about the biophilosophical and embodied conjunction of microchimerism, immunology and corporeal anomaly will be published in early 2022. She is currently engaged on a collaborative project entitled ‘The Meaning and Workings of the Gift’ which addresses the gift relation as one of entanglement not exchange.