Donna McCormack is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey, UK. She is currently working on an AHRC Leadership Fellowship on Transplant Imaginaries. Her research spans the fields of medical humanities, postcolonial theory, queer theory and monster studies, with a focus on contemporary literature and film (especially science fiction), embodiment and memory, and biotechnologies. She has recently started a new project on Queer Fish. Her first monograph is entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (Bloomsbury Press, 2014), and she has publications in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Somatechnics and BMJ Medical Humanities, as well as in edited collections such as Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing (London: Routledge, 2015). She is the coordinator of the Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health, as well as a founding member of the Monster Network.
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.
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, 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.
After a peripatetic career stretching over 3 continents, Margrit Shildrick is currently Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Stockholm University, as well as being Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto. Her research into postmodern feminist and cultural theory, bioethics, and critical disability studies is always about body theory. Books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries (1997), Embodying the Monster (2002) and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity (2009), as well as several edited collections and numerous journal articles. Most recently, she has been addressing the philosophical, socio-political and embodied conjunction of microchimerism, immunology, corporeal anomaly, and posthumanism. A new book entitled Visceral Prostheses is underway. She has 2 beautifully imperfect cats. Everything links.
Venla Oikkonen is Academy Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer 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 evolutionary narratives, population genetics, vaccine controversies, epidemics, and popular science. Venla’s current project (2018-2023) is entitled Affect and Biotechnological Change: Three Vaccine Debates in Europe. She has published two monographs, Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives (Routledge 2013) and Population Genetics and Belonging: A Cultural Analysis of Genetic Ancestry (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, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Catalyst. She is Associate Editor of the journal Science as Culture.
Stine Willum Adrian
Stine Willum Adrian is an Associate Professor in Techno-Anthropology at Aalborg University, Denmark. She holds a PhD in feminist STS and cultural analysis from the Department of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Adrian’s work has always been interdisciplinary joining ethnography of medical technologies, feminist theory with cultural analysis, ethics and law. Her research interests lie in questions concerning reproductive technologies of life and death, gender, intersectionality, the entanglement of technologies, ethics and ethnographic methods. Theoretically she is particularly interested in feminist materialisms. Adrian has carried out several comprehensive ethnographic fieldworks of reproductive technologies, including studies on IVF, sperm banking, fertility travelers and men’s perceptions of having a sperm deposit. Drawing on Adrian’s extensive research experiences studying the technologies of life, she is currently turning this agenda around, now focusing on technologies of death by asking: How does technology remake death and dying at the beginning of life? Adrian is published in journals like European Journal of Women’s Studies, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, and BioSocieties.