Joyce C.H. Liu is Professor of Critical Theory, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. She is currently the Chair of the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies that she founded in 2002. She is also the director of the International Institute for Cultural Studies of the University System of Taiwan, a network system connecting four distinguished research-oriented universities in Taiwan, including National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing-Hua University, National Central University and National Yang Ming University. She serves as the chief editor of the only journal of cultural studies in Taiwan, Routers: A Journal of Cultural Studies, since 2011. She concentrates on the question of aesthetics, ethics, and politics, ranging from Marx, Freud, Lacan, to contemporary critical theories as well as Chinese political thoughts. She has been a critic of East-Asian modernity and internal coloniality, particularly through re-reading the Chinese intellectual history of the twentieth century and the contemporary political economy in inter-Asian societies. Among her many publications, the representative works are the three co-edited volumes: East-Asian Marxisms and their Trajectories (Routledge 2017), European-East Asian Borders in Translation (Routledge 2014), Biopolitics, Ethics and Subjectivation (Paris: L・Harmattan, 2011), and the influential trilogy that she authored: The Topology of Psyche: The Post-1895 Reconfiguration of Ethics (2011), The Perverted Heart: The Psychic Forms of Modernity (2004), as well as Orphan, Goddess, and the Writing of the Negative: The Performance of Our Symptoms (2000).

ZHANG Longxi , President of the ICLA, is a leading scholar in East-West cross-cultural studies. He holds an MA from Peking University and a Ph. D. from Harvard. He had taught at Peking, Harvard, and the University of California, Riverside, and is currently Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at City University of Hong Kong. He is an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, and also of Academia Europaea. He is on the Executive Council of the International Comparative Literature Association; co-editor of two book series for Brill, a member of the editorial boards of Modern China, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Journal of Chinese Literature and History and an Advisory Editor of New Literary History. His research interests are East-West cross-cultural studies, Chinese literature, European literature of the Renaissance and the seventeenth century, and world literature. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in both English and Chinese.

Rachel C. Lee, Professor of English and Gender Studies at UCLA, specializes in Asian American literature, performance culture, and studies of gender and sexuality.  She is the author of The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies (NYU, 2014), The Americas of Asian American Literature: Gendered Fictions of Nation and Transnation (Princeton University Press, 1999), editor of The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature (Taylor Francis, 2014), and co-editor of the volume Asian America.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace (Routledge University Press, 2003).  Lee has held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Chancellor・s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and a UC Humanities research Institute.  Lee is currently Director, Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles and heading a multi-year research project, :Life (Un)Ltd,; addressing the question of what impact recent developments in the biosciences, biotechnology, and in clinical practice have had on feminist studies, especially those theorizing the circulation of population data and biomaterials in relation to race and (neo)colonialism.  For more information, please go to

Iris van der Tuin is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University, the Netherlands (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies). She chairs the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter' (2014-18). Until March 1, 2015 she was Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University (Department of Media and Culture Studies). In 2011-12 she was visiting scholar in the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, the USA. Iris worked on the project 'The Material Turn in the Humanities' with an NWO Veni grant. She has edited Doing Gender in Media, Art and Culture (Routledge, 2009) with Rosemarie Buikema and wrote New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) with Rick Dolphijn. Her work on feminist new materialism has appeared in, among others, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Australian Feminist Studies, European Journal of Women・s Studies, and Women・s Studies International Forum. Articles based on her Veni-research have appeared in History of the Human Sciences, Philosophy & Technology and Bergson and the Art of Immanence: Painting, Photography, Film (Eds. John Mullarkey en Charlotte de Mille, Edinburgh University Press, 2013). She has edited a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review on 'Feminist Matters: The Politics of New Materialism' with Peta Hinton and is editor of the book series New Materialisms of Edinburgh University Press with Rosi Braidotti and associate editor in chief of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. In 2015 her monograph Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach appeared with Lexington Books. In 2016 her edited volume Gender: Nature was published in the series Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. Iris serves on the editorial board of Australian Feminist Studies and of Journal of Gender and Power, and on the advisory board of Genders, of the monograph series about Michel Serres of Bloomsbury Press, and of Goldsmiths Press.  

Dr. Peter Hajdu is a senior fellow at the Institute of Literary Studies, Research Centre for Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and he does research in classical philology, and comparative literature studies, focusing on classical Latin poetry, 19th century Hungarian prose, and dialogic theories of literature.

Dr. Inoue Mayumo, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

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