Brian James Baer (Kent State University) is Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. He translates works in the field of literature, political science and business and has research interests in the translation and study of 19th and 20th century Russian literature, the use of discourse theory in translation studies, and the pedagogy of translation. He is the translator of Stories by Mikhail Zhvanetsky and Not Just Brodsky by Sergei Dovlatov. His academic works include articles on translation and Other Russias: Homosexuality and the Crisis of Post-Soviet Identity (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).
Chiara Beccalossi (Birkbeck) is a Lecturer in history. She is author of Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, c1870–1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), editor of A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Age of Empire (Berg, 2011) with Ivan Crozier, and has published a number of articles on history of medicine, psychiatry and sexuality in Europe.
Kirsti Bohata (Swansea) is Lecturer in Welsh writing in English and postcolonial theory at Swansea University and Assistant Director of CREW (the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales). Her publications include Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (UWP 2004; reprinted 2009) and a recent edition of short stories by the Victorian New Woman writer Bertha Thomas, Stranger Within the Gates: Selected Stories (Honno, 2008).
Sean Brady (Birkbeck) is Lecturer in History at Birkbeck. He works on gender, sexuality, politics and religion in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. He is convening editor for Palgrave Macmillan's new series 'Genders and Sexualities in History' and has published widely on masculinity, homosexuality and British scientific and popular culture including a book, Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913 (Palgrave Macmillan 2005 & 2009).
Peter Cryle (Queensland) is Professor of French and Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. His has published numerous books including The Thematics of Commitment: The Tower and the Plain (Princeton University Press, 1985); Geometry in the Boudoir: Shifting Positions in Classical French Erotic Narrative (Cornell University Press, 1994); The Telling of the Act: Eroticism as Narrative in French Fiction of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (University of Delaware Press, 2001). He is co-editor, with Lisa O'Connell, of Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty, and License in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave, 2003) and, with Christopher Forth, of Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a “Central Problem” (University of Delaware Press, 2008).
Jana Funke (Exeter) is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. She is the co-editor of Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (2011) and is currently completing a book on sexual temporalities in modernist literature. She is also in the early stages of a co-authored monograph (with Dr Kate Fisher) on various uses of the past in the construction of sexual knowledge in the late 19th- and early 20th century.
Natalia Gerodotti (Leeds Metropolitan) is Senior Lecturer in
Sociology at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has published the edited collection Bound and Unbound: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities (2008) and Modernising Sexualities: Towards a Socio-Historical Understanding of Sexualities in the Swiss Nation (2005). Her current research explores the connections between eugenics and politics in social policies and policy debates during the twentieth century, with a particular focus on Switzerland.
Gert Hekma (Amsterdam) is Professor in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on the histor and sociology of (homo)sexuality and on contemporary gay and lesbian politics in the Netherlands.
Liat Kozma (Hebrew University) is Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Her main research interests focus on colonialism and nationalism in the Middle East, the study of pre-colonial and colonial Egypt, and women, gender, and feminism in the Middle East. She has published articles in the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and the Journal of North African Studies.
Birgit Lang (Melbourne) is Lecturer in German Studies at Melbourne University. She works on genre, modernism, exile and migrant literature, contemporary German and Austrian literature and the history of sexuality. She is CI of the Australian Research Council project Making the Case: The Case Study Genre in Sexology, Psychoanalysis and Literature (with Joy Damousi and Katie Sutton) and has published widely on German and Austrian literature and sexology.
Ofer Nur (Tel Aviv University) is a Teaching Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Department of General and Interdisciplinary Studies. Having received his PhD from UCLA, he is currently working on a cultural history of a group of young men and women who were some of the founders of the kibbutz movement in Palestine in the 1920s. His book Eros, community, Kibbutz: Jewish Male Fantasies 1918-1924 is forthcoming.
Leon Rocha (Cambridge University) is a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, Affiliated Researcher at Cambridge University's Needham Rsearch Centre and International Research Fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Centre, Freie Universitaet Berlin. His research interests include the history of eugenics, sexology and the reproductive sciences in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, and the history of science and medicine in modern China.
Anna Katharina Schaffner (University of Kent) is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. She works on the literature of transgression. Her publications include a book language dissection in avant-garde, concrete and digital poetry and Modernism and Perversion: Sexual Deviance in Sexology and Literature, 1880-1930 (forthcoming in 2011).
Elizabeth Stephens (Queensland) is Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland. Her books include Queer Writing: Homoeroticism in Jean Genet’s Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and Anatomy as Spectacle: Public Exhibitions of the Body from the Nineteenth-Century to the Present (Liverpool University Press 2011). She has published more than a dozen articles and chapters in edited collections on masculinity, queer theory and non-normative bodies.
Michiko Suzuki (Indiana University) is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Her first book, Becoming Modern Women: Love and Female Identity in Prewar Japanese Literature and Culture (Stanford University Press, 2010), examines 1910-30s fiction by women writers in conjunction with various discourses about love, including sexology. Her current research, on late nineteenth to early twentieth century popular fiction, concerns the representation of chastity and virginity, particularly in relation to constructions of nationalism and gender difference.
Katie Sutton (Melbourne) is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she is researching the historical relationships between sexology and psychoanalysis. She has previously undertaken postdoctoral research on early twentieth-century German sexual subcultures as a DAAD fellow at the Universität Potsdam, and holds a PhD in German Studies from the University of Melbourne.
James Wilper (Birkbeck) is a doctoral student completing a project on 'Cross-Cultural Discourses of Male Same-Sex Desire in German and English Novels, 1906-1926), supervised by Dr Heike Bauer and Dr Joanne Leal and funded by a Birkbeck International Research Studentship. He is on the editorial board of Birkbeck's AHRC-funded postgraduate journal Dandelion and has published an article on sexology, Walt Whitman and homosexual history in Critical Survey.