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Elliot Yokum

Elliot Yokum is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer in addition to working as an A/V technician at BISR. They have an MFA in Sound Design from the CalArts School of Theater and a BFA in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University. For more information on their artistic practice, please visit

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Isi Litke

Isi Litke teaches at the intersection of politics and aesthetics, with particular interests in 20th century avant-garde movements, critical theory, visual studies, and the politics of memory. She is currently working on several writing and curatorial projects related to the sculptor Jacques Jarrige and the architect and filmmaker László Rajk Jr. She holds an MA […]

Lauren K. Wolfe

Lauren K. Wolfe is a translator, editor, and educator, in addition to working as Program Coordinator and Executive/Research Assistant at BISR. She received her PhD from New York University, her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA from Grinnell College. Her interests are in 20th and 21st century Austrian and German […]

Artemy Magun

Artemy Magun is a professor of Democratic Theory, Department of Sociology and Philosophy, The European University at Saint-Petersburg. He is a political theorist and the author of Negative Revolution: On Deconstruction of the Political Subject (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and numerous articles in a variety of journals in philosophy and political theory.

Nafis Hasan

Nafis Hasan received his PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from Tufts University in 2019 and worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar (2019–2021) in David Kaplan’s lab at Tufts’ Department of Biomedical Engineering. He currently works in the labor movement and is an Associate Faculty member at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. His research interests […]

Türkan Pilavci

Türkan Pilavci completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University, specializing in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Her dissertation investigated the cult practices and ritual paraphernalia of Anatolia during the Hittite period, titled “Drinking a God and Sacrificing a Drink: Agency of the Hittite Libation Vessels.” She received her B.A. in Political Science […]

Mark Firmani

Mark Firmani is a JD student at Yale Law School and a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on private international law, legal theory, and the relationship between law and culture, with a particular interest in law and narrative. His dissertation examines how contemporary Iraqi fiction written in Arabic […]

Jenny Logan

Jenny Logan is a PhD candidate in Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she researches the law and political economy of US sexual violence. Jenny is an attorney and has been a visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law; a special education teacher in the Bronx, NY; a Kill Rock […]

Amrita Ghosh

Amrita Ghosh is a research fellow at the South Asia Center, (SASNET) Lund university in Sweden, where she works on a project on conflict zones and fault lines in South Asia. Ghosh has a postdoc from Linnaeus University, Sweden, at the Center of Postcolonial Studies, where she worked on emerging literature from Kashmir’s conflict zone […]

Max Ajl

Max Ajl is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University and an associated researcher at the Tunisian Observatory for Food Sovereignty and the Environment. He is an associate editor at Agrarian South and Journal of Labor and Society, and has written for The Journal of Peasant Studies and the Review of African Political Economy. His book, A […]