International Advisory Board

Stephen Barker
Interim Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
Stephen Barker, Interim Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, is the former Chair of Drama, Chair of Art, Associate Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor. He has served as director of the UC-wide Education Abroad Program in France. In previous lives he was a professional actor, director, dancer, choreographer, musician, and advertising executive. He has written books and articles on numerous artists and philosophers including Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, and Samuel Beckett; his books include Autoaesthetics: Strategies of the Self After Nietzsche, Signs of Change: Premodern, Modern, Postmodern, and Interrogating Images. He has recently translated volumes by French philosophers Bernard Stiegler and François-David Sebbah for Stanford University Press.

Geoffrey C. Bowker
Department of Informatics
University of California, Irvine
Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs the Evoke Laboratory, which explores new forms of knowledge expression. Recent positions include Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara Together with Leigh Star he wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent book is Memory Practices in the Sciences. He is currently working on big data policy and on scientific cyberinfrastructure; as well as completing a book on social readings of data and databases. More information can be found at:

Peter Cariani, Ph.D.
Peter Cariani considers himself a free-range intellectual and philosophically-inclined natural scientist (“philosophy is too important to be left to professional philosophers”). He has trained and worked in both “wet” and “dry” sciences (B.S. in life sciences MIT; Ph.D. in systems science (S.U.N.Y. Binghamton); postdoctoral work in auditory neurophysiology (MIT and Harvard Medical School)). He has published works on neural coding of auditory and musical qualities (pitch, timbre, consonance, rhythm), temporal coding of sensory information, neural timing nets, cybernetics of self-organizing percept-action systems, functional emergence and creativity, biosemiotics, finitist critique of Godelian undecidability proofs, and the neural requisites for consciousness. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Hearing Research Center at Boston Univerisity and currently teaches courses at Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Boston Conservatory related to the neuropsychology of music. He is currently working on a theory of harmony based on temporal coding of subharmonics and developing a theory of neural timing nets as a general alternative to connectionist architectures.

Elizabeth Chin
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
Elizabeth Chin is an anthropologist and ethnographer with a varied practice that includes performative scholarship, experimental writing, and collaborative research.  Her work always engages questions of social inequality, particularly race.  She has published widely on consumption, popular culture, and children and childhood, based on fieldwork in the US, Haiti, Uganda, Peru, and Ecuador.  She is author of Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture (Minnesota, 2001).  Her book My Life with Things: The Consumer Diaries is forthcoming in Spring 2016 from Duke University Press.

Giovanna Colombetti
Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology
University of Exeter, UK
Book: The Feeling Body: Affective Science Meets the Enactive Mind. Cambridge MA: MIT Press (2014).

Jelle van Dijk
Human Centered Design, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
Jelle van Dijk is a design-researcher investigating what Embodied theories can mean for the design of mixed physical-digital interactive systems (wearables, ubicomp, tangible interaction, etc), and, vice versa, how concrete design projects, situated in real-world human practices, can help further develop Embodied theory. Jelle holds an Ma/Msc in Cognitive Science from Radboud University Nijmegen and a Phd in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology and is currently Assistant Professor in the Human Centered Design research group at University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Siying Duan
Shanghai University
PhD candidate in Art Theory, focusing on experiential and time-based characteristics of new media art practices which share common features with Chinese traditional “Yi Jing/poetic world”, currently studying phenomenological experience of the viewer’s body in such “space-time continuum” from multicultural perspective, carried out the project of Keywords in New Media Art with cooperation from Ireland DAH (Digital Arts and Humanities) program. Publications inlcude several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics and art psychology.

Ulrik Ekman
University of Copenhagen
Ulrik Ekman is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Ekman’s main research interests are in the fields of cybernetics and ICT, the network society, new media art, critical design and aesthetics, as well as recent cultural theory. He is currently the head of the Nordic research network “The Culture of Ubiquitous Information” with more than 150 participating researchers. Ekman is behind the publication of Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture (Routledge, 2015), a comprehensive anthology treating the question whether and how the development of network societies with a third wave of computing may have emerge another kind of technocultural complexity. He is also the editor of Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing (MIT Press, 2013). Ekman’s publications include research articles and chapters such as ”Editorial: Interaction Designs for Ubicomp Cultures” Fibreculture 19, “Design as Topology: U-City,” in Media Art and the Urban Environment (Springer 2015), “Of the Untouchability of Embodiment I: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Relational Architectures.” C-Theory (2012), “Irreducible Vagueness: Augmented Worldmaking in Diller & Scofidio’s Blur Building.” Postmodern Culture  19.2, and “Of Transductive Speed – Stiegler.” Parallax 13.4.

Jennifer Hall
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Dr. Jennifer Hall is an artist, philosopher and educator. Her research has led her to make significant contributions to the intersecting fields of interactive art, art education, and embodied philosophy.
Dr. Hall received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, her Masters of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Aesthetics and Neurophilosophy from the Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Art. Dr. Hall is currently a Professor and Coordinator of the graduate programs in art education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston Massachusetts.

David Hay
King’s College London
David is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at King’s College London and a member of Council for the Society for Research into Higher Education. David’s research bridges science practice studies and development of pedagogy and David is particularly interested in research of teaching and learning strategies relating to affective and sensorimotor experience. David has developed a variety of novel drawing-based research methods for exploring non-linguistic ways of knowing and his research in Neuroscience education has gained international recognition because of modelling discovery-type research apprenticeship in science teaching.

Margaret H. Freeman
Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts
Margaret H. Freeman is Emeritus Professor of English at Los Angeles Valley College and co-director of the Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts ( She is a founding member and past president (1988-1992) of the Emily Dickinson International Society. Her many publications in cognitive poetics and Emily Dickinson mark the expansion of her research from studies in cognitive linguistics to include phenomenology, cognitive science, and aesthetics. A list of publications may be found at She is currently developing her theory of aesthetic iconicity in the arts, with particular reference to poetry.

Michael A. Fuller
University of California, Irvine
Michael Fuller, professor of Chinese literature and thought at UCI, recently published a monograph on the intersection of literary and cultural history in Song dynasty China and an essay on embodiment in the poetry of Du Fu and now is writing an account of neuroscientific models of memory and emotion for humanists. Having started his undergraduate career in biology at Caltech, he continues to pay close attention to developments in neuroscience and how its paradigms can mesh with humanistic accounts of experience. He is a database programmer and the architect and developer of analytic routines for the China Biographical Database.

David Kirsh
Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
David Kirsh is professor and past chair of the Cognitive Science dept at UCSD where he runs the Interactive Cognition Lab. He has written extensively on situated cognition and especially on how the environment can be shaped to simplify and extend cognition, including how we intelligently use space, and how we use external representations and physical objects as interactive tools for thought.  

Julia R. Lupton
University of California, Irvine
Julia Lupton is professor of English at UCI with interests in design, affordances, and improvisation as they apply to theater and to contemporary workplaces.

Richard Menary
Macquarie University
I read for a BA in philosophy at the University of Ulster, an MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham and then a PhD in philosophy at King’s College London. I have been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and then Head of Department at University of Wollongong. I am now an ARC Future Fellow at Macquarie University. Publications include Cognitive Integration: Mind and Cognition Unbounded, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2007, The Extended Mind, (ed.) M.I.T. Press 2010 and articles published in major international journals such as Mind and Language, Philosophical Psychology, Cognitive Systems Research.

Sally Ann Ness
University of California, Riverside
Sally Ann Ness is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Riverside. She has worked in urban provincial centers in the Philippines as well as in Indonesia and the United States. Her research has focused on various forms of symbolic action, both in the practice of everyday life and in extraordinary ritual and secular performances. She has written on the semiotics of festival life, dance, and sport, as well as on tourism development and its consequences for cultural practice and cultural identity.  Her current research, funded in part by a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, focuses on choreographic aspects of visitor practice in Yosemite National Park, drawing in part on the work of Gregory Bateson and Charles S. Peirce to illuminate connections between place, embodiment, and movement.

Carrie Noland
University of California, Irvine
Carrie Noland is the author of _Poetry at Stake: Lyric Aesthetics and the Challenge of Technology_, _Agency and Embodiment_, and _Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print_.  She is particularly interested in art practices that test the limits of a single medium.  After collaborating with anthropologist Sally Ann Ness (on _Migrations of Gesture_), and with poet Barrett Watten (on _Diasporic Avant-Gardes_), she looks forward to future interactions with scholars focusing on the role of embodiment in cognition and artistic creation.

Sally Jane Norman

University of Sussex
Sally Jane Norman is Professor of Performance Technologies and Co-Director of the University of Sussex Humanities Lab where she leads the ‘Digital Technologies/ Digital Performance’ strand. Her research interests, pursued through theoretical reflection and practice-led collaborations, range from ancient theatre to digital networks, focusing on presence, embodiment, gesture and prosthetics, and cultural and technical apparatus used to frame live art. She ensures advisory roles for European and national research bodies;  “hard hat” missions to create interdisciplinary infrastructure include the founding of Culture Lab at Newcastle University and leadership of the Attenborough Centre capital project at Sussex.

Andrew Pickering,
Sociology, University of Exeter, UK
Andrew Pickering is professor emeritus in sociology and philosophy at Exeter University. His work centres on science and technology studies. His books include Constructing Quarks, The Mangle of Practice and The Cybernetic Brain, and the edited volumes, Science as Practice and Culture, The Mangle in Practice (with Keith Guzik) and Science as It Could Have Been (with Léna Soler and Emiliano Trizio). His current research grows out of his earlier work on the history of cybernetics and focusses on art, agency and the environment.

Chris Salter

Concordia University / Hexagram
Chris Salter is an artist, University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses at Concordia University and Co-Director of the Hexagram network for Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture, in Montreal. He studied philosophy and economics at Emory University and completed a PhD in directing and dramatic criticism at Stanford University where he also researched and studied at CCMRA. He collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet. His work has been seen all over the world at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, HAU-Berlin, BIAN 2014 (Montreal), LABoral, Lille 3000, CTM Berlin, National Art Museum of China, Ars Electronica, Villette Numerique, Todays Art, Mois Multi, Transmediale, EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris) among many others. He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010) and Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015).

Nathaniel Stern
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist and public citizen. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive, immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures, videos, performances and hybrid forms. His book, Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, takes a close look at the stakes for interactive and digital art, and his new work on Ecological Aesthetics will be published with Open Humanities Press around 2017.

John Sutton
Macquarie University, Australia
John Sutton is a philosopher working in cognitive science. He studies memory by seeking to integrate methods, concepts, and findings from the humanities, the social sciences, and the cognitive sciences, employing historical, theoretical, and experimental approaches together. Current research projects address shared and social remembering, cognitive history, perspective in autobiographical memory, and skilled movement: work on this latter project covers embodied expertise in sport, music, dance, and yoga.

Evelyn Tribble
University of Otago, NZ
Evelyn B. Tribble is Professor and Donald Collie Chair of English at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ. She is the author of Cognitive Ecologies and the History of Remembering (with Nicholas Keene, Palgrave, 2011); and Cognition in the Globe: Attention and Memory in Shakespeare’s Theatre, Palgrave, 2011). She has also published scholarly articles in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare; Shakespeare Survey; Shakespeare Studies; Textual Practice, and English Literary History, among others. She is completing a manuscript on skill, embodiment, and Shakespeare’s actors. 

David Charles Wright
University of Guanajuato
David Wright was raised in Marquette, Michigan. From 1976 to 1982 he studied visual arts at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. In 2005 he presented his doctoral dissertation on Otomi codices at the Colegio de Michoacán. Since 1980 he has taught at several institutions of higher education in central Mexico. He presently teaches art history, research methods, and embodied aesthetics at the University of Guanajuato. Research is presently focused on native Mesoamerican verbal and pictorial texts and objects.

Edward Dimendberg
University of California, Irvine
Edward Dimendberg currently is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Visual Studies, and German at the University of California, Irvine, and a University of California President’s Research Fellow in the Humanities. He has received grants and fellowships from the German Fulbright Commission, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Graham Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna. From 2005 to 2008 he served as the first Multimedia Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and he remains a frequent lecturer at schools of architecture, museums, cinema studies programs, and film festivals. His book Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity is a key contribution to scholarship on cinema and the city in the 1940s and 1950s. Together with Anton Kaes and Martin Jay, he co-edited The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. As Sponsoring Editor in the Humanities at the University of California Press from 1990 to 1998, Dimendberg acquired and published manuscripts in philosophy, twentieth-century Art, film studies, and European intellectual history. He is a General Editor of the Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism book series and of the Flashpoints electronic book series.

Johanna Drucker
University of California, Los Angeles
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, and the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King’s College.