Robert Bernasconi is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University. He has written two books on Heidegger and one on Sartre, and has published numerous articles on Locke, Kant, Hegel, Levinas, Derrida, and Fanon, among others.  He is a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race and writes extensively in that area as well, both in terms of contemporary issues and the history of racism.

Rosalyn Diprose is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Her books include Corporeal Generosity: on Giving with Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas (SUNY 2002) and (as co-ed with Jack Russell) Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts (Acumen 2008). Her current research includes completing a book, written with Ewa Ziarek, on “Natality and Biopolitics.”

David Goodman is the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, the Director of Psychology and the Other, and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital. Dr. Goodman has written over a dozen articles on continental philosophy, Jewish thought, social justice, and psychotherapy. His recent book The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology (Duquesne University Press) considers the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and theology as it pertains to narcissism, ethical phenomenology, and selfhood. Additionally, Dr. Goodman co-edited a book (with Mark Freeman), Psychology and the Other: A Dialogue at the Crossroad of an Emerging Field (Oxford University Press), which features some of the conversations from the first Psychology and the Other conference in 2011. Dr. Goodman also co-directs an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional Theoretical, Historical, and Philosophical Psychology Research Lab and works closely with students and colleagues on a variety of topics related to critical psychology, moral developmental theory, intersubjectivity and relational psychoanalysis, hermeneutical and dialogical psychologies, and the interfacing of religious/theological and psychological theories of selfhood. Dr. Goodman is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.


Ben Arcangeli is a founding member of Psychology & the Other, a member of the steering and organizing committees and serves as the Director of Academic Exhibitions. Ben holds a degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and has worked in residential mental health services since 2009. He is also a member of the board of directors of The Label Project Inc. Currently working as an Academic Advisor at Boston College, Ben has a variety of research interests including continental philosophy, discrimination, and societal impact of mass communications messaging and education.

Emily Beausoleil is a Lecturer in Politics at Massey University, New Zealand. As a political theorist, Emily Beausoleil explores the conditions, challenges, and creative possibilities for democratic engagement in diverse societies, with particular attention to the capacity for ‘voice’ and listening in conditions of inequality. While prior work examined the democratic potential and practice of the performing arts, current research investigates the affective and embodied dimensions of receptivity, as well as how embodied and aesthetic practices might be harnessed to facilitate listening in politics. She is the recipient of the Canadian government’s post-doctoral fellowship (SSHRC), and her work has been published in Constellations, Contemporary Political Theory, Ethics & Global Politics, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, as well as various books.

Vanessa Cameron-Lewis is a doctoral student at the University of Auckland in the department of Critical Studies in Education. Her background is in preventative sexual abuse education and anti-racist work both in the academy and community. Vanessa’s doctorate is a philosophical rethinking of sexuality drawing on the monist proposal proffered by the new materialist turn.

Josie Carter lectures and tutors in the Department of English at the University of Otago. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary, postcolonial and New Zealand fiction, and the ethical interventions of literature.

Thomas Corbin is a Higher Degree Research Student in the Philosophy department of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Past research interests of his include ‘the role of ‘the other’ in environmental politics’ and ‘the relationship between Kant’s account of Public Reason and Dewey’s approach to Democracy as a Way of Life.”

Catherine Dale has a PhD from the University of Otago and teaches in both the English and Gender Studies programmes. She is interested in the writings of Antonin Artaud, gender and feminist studies, contemporary visual art in New Zealand, and critical-essayist poetic writing.

Simon Davison is a Director of LOK (, a specialised educational initiative calling for greater participation of living value in society. He currently teaches ‘living learning’ as a way of developing the relational medium. He works with individuals, groups and institutions. Prior to this he has been the Director of an educational trust in Wales supporting creativity and greater self-understanding and worked in the corporate sector in the United States and Europe. He has been a visiting Lecturer at Yale University Interdisciplinary Centre for Bioethics and has served on the board of the Saltwater Institute in Maine, US, an organisation promoting ethical business practice. He spent many years in India and currently lives in Oxford, England.

Laura Davy is completing her PhD in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. Her interdisciplinary project draws on feminist relational theories of the self in exploring representations of people with intellectual disability and those close to them in philosophy, disability studies, and social policy.

Adam Doering is a Lecturer in the Department of Management with a specialisation in ethics and sustainability at the University of Otago. His transdisciplinary research integrates continental philosophy within the fields of travel, transportation, and tourism. His current research examines concepts of becoming, relationality and ‘world’ within the current debates of sustainable transport transitions and Critical Tourism Studies.

Simone Drichel is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English & Linguistics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has research interests in the area of continental philosophy, postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis. Her published work includes essays on Margaret Atwood, J. M. Coetzee, Janet Frame and Emmanuel Levinas, and she is the editor of a recent special issue on “Vulnerability” published by SubStance.

Joanne Faulkner lectures in Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of NSW, Australia. She is the author of Dead Letters to Nietzsche (Ohio UP, 2010), The Importance of Being Innocent (Cambridge UP, 2010), and Young and Free: [Post]colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory and History in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield International, In Press).

Damien Gibson is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago. The title of his thesis is The Posthuman in Contemporary Fiction.

Richard H. Hammond is nearing the completion of his Doctoral Candidacy in Philosophy through Federation University in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Richard’s work with disadvantaged members of his community led him to complete a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Ballarat. At the completion of this Degree, Richard undertook honours, and now PhD, in philosophy under the supervision of Dr. Jane Mummery and Dr. Mathew Abbott. Richard’s research interests revolve around Heidegger and the further development of pro-feminist masculinity.

Samuel Hume is a Master of Arts student in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His current research considers the ethics of art in relation to New Zealand author Janet Frame’s fiction, with particular reference to the thought of Theodor W. Adorno and Emmanuel Levinas.

Katrina Jaworski is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia. In 2014, she published her first monograph, The Gender of Suicide: Knowledge Production, Theory and Suicidology (Ashgate: UK).

Campbell Jones teaches finance, political economy, the sociology of work, Hegel, critical theory and contemporary French philosophy at the University of Auckland. His most recent book is Can the Market Speak? (2013, Zero), and he is currently writing a book provisionally titled The Work of Others, which takes an encounter with thinking of the other as the opportunity for a reformulation of the nature of work.

Cherie Lacey received a PhD from the University of Auckland in the field of Lacanian psychoanalysis and cinema. Her research combines psychoanalytic concepts with contemporary cultural formations, paying particular attention to Lacanian affects such as love, hatred, and anxiety. She spent two years studying clinical psychoanalysis at the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis in Melbourne. Dr Lacey currently teaches in the Media Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Jennifer Lawn is a senior lecturer in English at Massey University’s Auckland campus. Her research and teaching interests span New Zealand literature, gothic studies, and narrative theory. She is the co-editor (with Misha Kavak and Mary Paul) of Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture (Otago UP, 2006), and the author of Market Fictions: Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Fiction, 1984-2008 (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2015).

Sharon Matthews is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Otago. Her research interests are in twentieth century New Zealand theatre, particularly the plays of James K. Baxter, psychoanalytical theory and adult literacy. Her thesis topic examines repetitive metaphors and “mythic” figures in Baxter’s plays within an object relations framework.

Helen Ngo recently completed her PhD in Philosophy at Stony Brook University (State University of New York, USA). Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Habits of Racism: A Phenomenology of the Lived Experience of Racism and Racialised Embodiment.” She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew Nutt has a degree in theology and biblical studies from Moody Theological Seminary and currently is finishing a degree in counseling psychology. He is an itinerant speaker addressing suffering from a phenomenological and theological perspective. His research interest is in the philosophic foundations of counseling theories, specifically relational models of healing. He lives in Alaska when he is not traveling or adventuring.

Anna Parker completed her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2013 (Otago). Her thesis explored the relational methodology of young activists working towards decolonisation in Aotearoa.  Anna currently works as a Te Tiriti o Waitangi Educator and as a Community Development Consultant.  This work enables Anna to extend her desire to always prioritise the relational.

Holly Randell-Moon is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has published on race, religion, and secularism in the journals Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, borderlands and Social Semiotics and in the edited book collections Mediating Faiths (2010) and Religion After Secularization in Australia (2015). Her publications on popular culture, gender, and sexuality have appeared in the edited book collections Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television (2008) and Television Aesthetics and Style (2013) and the journals Feminist Media Studies and Refractory.

Steve Sinn is an art critic living in Melbourne. He recently completed a Master’s thesis titled ‘Vulnerability in the Art of Sophie Calle and the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas’. He was recently tutoring at Monash University in the department of Art History and Theory.

Fiona Utley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New England, Australia, and a researcher affiliated with its School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences. Her research, publications, and international conference presentations have explored phenomenological perspectives on embodiment, identity, trauma, and our relations of trust. She is currently working on a book manuscript on a phenomenology of trust grounded in the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Neil Vallelly completed his PhD in 2015 as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Otago in conjunction with Shakespeare’s Globe, London. His thesis explores how people inhabited light in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, and to what extent these daily experiences affected visual experience in the theatres of the period.

Cindy Zeiher holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Her interests focus on how the experience of subjective desire can be understood within contemporary ideological, social and cultural systems. Theoretically she draws upon those authors, especially Slavoj Žižek and Joan Copjec, who employ Lacanian psychoanalysis in critical social research, feminist scholarship, political movements and cinema theory. She is presently the managing editor for the International Journal of Žižek Studies and co-founder of Continental Thought and Theory. 

Jundan (Jasmine) Zhang recently completed her PhD dissertation in Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research involves working with ideas of ‘nature’ and nature-society relationship in the context of global tourism. Currently her research interests include poststructuralist political ecology, environmental subjectivity, tourism and ‘the world’, continental philosophy and Chinese philosophy.

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