Carla Calargé is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Florida Atlantic University (USA). She works with French-speaking Arab cultural production and has published extensively on the literature and cinema of North Africa and the Near East. Her book, Liban. Mémoires fragmentées d’une guerre obsédante (Brill, 2017), examines the cultural memorialization of the Lebanese civil war as it is expressed by Lebanese writers, artists, and filmmakers between 2000 and 2015. Most recently, Calargé and Alexandra Gueydan-Turek coedited a special issue of Nouvelles Etudes Francophones devoted to the Francophone graphic novel (2019) and co-published an article entitled “Unreading Beirut in the Age of Disaster Capitalism: Jorj Abou Mhaya’s Madinah Mujawirah Lil Ard” in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.
Sourav Chatterjee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department (MESAAS) at Columbia University, NYC. His research focuses on 19th and 20th c. Bengali printed Image-Text and critical masculinities studies.
Lauren Chivington lives in a small town at the edge of a big city. She received her MA from the University of Chicago after defending her MA thesis on the Empty Speech Balloon. She is an adjunct English professor who wants to get her PhD so she can keep studying new, visual media. In a normal time, you can find her walking around the library just to be around the books, or in a coffee shop looking out the window.
Holly May Treadwell
Holly May Treadwell is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Kent, whose current research focuses on the representation of Indigenous peoples in American comics. She is especially interested in the ways in which the comics medium can provide a platform to redraw and to challenge existing narratives of people, places, and events. Other research interests include postcolonialism, feminist and queer theory, and animal studies, and her article, ‘Contextualising Queer Theory’ is now available in Brief Encounters.
Alexandra Gueydan-Turek is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Swarthmore College (USA). Her work examines French-speaking Arab cultural production of the Maghreb and the Mashreq since the turn of the twenty-first century. She studies, in particular, locally produced literary works and comics, from nonfictional comics to underground comix and Algerian manga. Most recently, she coedited with Carla Calargé a special issue of Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (34.1) on Francophone graphic works, and they co-published an article entitled “Unreading Beirut in the Age of Disaster Capitalism: Jorj Abou Mhaya’s Madinah Mujawirah Lil Ard” in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Gueydan-Turek also contributed a chapter “Revolutionary Comics: Samandal’s Feminist Stance in the Arab World” in Drawing Gender. Margaret Flinn, ed. (Forthcoming, Ohio State University).
Alan Ali Saeed
Alan Ali Saeed lectures in modern English Literature in the Department of English, Sulaimani University, Iraqi Kurdistan. His BA (Hons) was in English (Sulaimani, 2004), his MA from the University of London (2009) and his PhD (Brunel University) on modernist women’s fiction. He has published on Mansfield, and has forthcoming articles on May Sinclair and B.S.Johnson. See: https://sites.google.com/a/univsul.edu.iq/alan-ali-saeed/