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Peter Caws was educated at the University of London (B.Sc. physics) and Yale University (Ph.D. philosophy). He has taught at the University of Kansas, the City University of New York, and the George Washington University, where he has been University Professor of Philosophy since 1982. His major works include Sartre (1978, 1984, in the series "Arguments of the Philosophers), Structuralism: The Art of the Intelligible (1988, 2nd ed. with subtitle A Philosophy for the Human Sciences 1997), Yorick's World: Science and the Knowing Subject (1993), and Ethics from Experience (1996).

Andrea Custodi is in her third year as a doctoral student in the Human Sciences Program at the George Washington University. Her current work centers around Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and South Asian studies, with a strong focus on gender, sexuality, mysticism, and healing.

John Charles Goshert is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theory and Cultural Studies Program of the Department of English at Purdue University. His dissertation, "Other Possible Identities," examines the complicated and often conflicting treatments of ethnic, gender, and sexual identity in the fiction and criticism of Frank Chin, Ishmael Reed, and Sarah Schulman. He has published on Frank Chin and postcoloniality in Jouvert, and has an article forthcoming in Popular Music and Society that treats the politics and aesthetics of American punk in the 1980s and 1990s.

Margaret Hamilton is a Communications Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Bruce Janz is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. His background is in the history of philosophy and 19th and 20th century continental thought, particularly philosophical hermeneutics. This has led to a variety of interests, including work in the history of mysticism (specifically on Jacob Boehme), African philosophy, contemporary thought on technology and the environment, aesthetics and visual culture, and liberal and interdisciplinary studies. He is the book review editor for the journal African Philosophy, and director of CIRLA, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Liberal Arts. His work has been featured in a variety of journals, including African Philosophy, Studies in Religion, Dianoia, and Dialogue. For more information, go to:

Steve Macek is Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at Wilson College where he teaches courses on the media, popular culture and journalism. His essays and reviews have appeared in College Literature, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Antipode: Journal of Radical Geography and Bad Subjects. He is currently finishing work on a dissertation about representations of the post-industrial American city in contemporary media culture.

Maureen Madison is a student in the Ph.D. program in the Human Sciences at The George Washington University. She has a Master of Arts in English and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bethany College. Her academic interests are primarily film theory and cultural studies.

Robert P. Marzec is an Assistant Professor at SUNY– Fredonia. He is working on a book called Land and Empire, which traces the cultural and political transformation of land and subjectivity during the rise of the British Empire. He is also co-editor of the journal Crossings and co-editing an anthology called Nomadologies, which takes up the question of nomadic movements and theories of nomadism against the backdrop of the current global world order.

Frits Staal is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and South Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley. He was educated at Amsterdam and Madras, taught at London, Amsterdam, Pennsylvania, MIT and Berkeley. His publications include books such as Nambudiri Veda Recitation (1961), Advaita and Neoplatonism (1961), A Reader on the Sanskrit Grammarians (1972), Exploring Mysticism (1975,1988), The Science of Ritual (1982), AGNI: The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar (1983), Universals. Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics (1988), Rules without Meaning: Ritual, Mantras and the Human Sciences (1989, 1993), Jouer avec le feu (1990), Mantras between Fire and Water: Reflections on a Balinese Rite (1995), a record album, two films and more than 130 articles.

Brent Dean Robbins is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Duquesne University, where he is a part-time instructor and practices psychotherapy at the University Counseling Center. He is currently working on his dissertation, "Joy and the Politics of Emotion: Phenomenology and Critical Theory toward a Cultural Therapeutics." His work has appeared in Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, BioMed, Metapsychology Review, and Janus Head.

Justin Roby is a third-year graduate student in American Literature at the George Washington University. He was born and raised in Southern California, and attended the University of California, Riverside, where he majored in English Literature and dabbled in Film and Visual Culture. He currently lives in Maryland. He has a strong and abiding interest in Thomas Pynchon's novels, as well as any author who has made an attempt to depict just how wild and crazy the world really is.

Matthew Wolfgram is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Department of Anthropology, working toward a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology. His research interests include sociolinguistics, visual anthropology, culture and cognition, and the history and culture of South Asia.