Aécio Amaral lectures in Sociology at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil, is a member of the editorial team of the Portuguese journal Nada and is an associate researcher in InC - Research Group in Continental Philosophy, based in Goldsmiths College. He is currently writing up his PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies in Goldsmiths; his doctoral research (sponsored by CNPq, Brasil) is a study of the Post-Heideggerian approach to technoscience within post-1968 critical theory. He is co-editor of Inclusão social, identidade e diferença: perspectivas pós-estruturalistas de análise social (São Paulo, Annablume 2006). Current projects include Recombinant Genetics and Biosafety Law. Contact Aecio.
Suzy Armsden is the ARN network administrator. She works at the University of Brighton and is responsible for a number of research projects. She worked for many years as an Executive Assistant in the City of London, but more recently she owned a small travel company in Luxor Egypt where she gained a knowledge of Egyptian culture – both past and present – and a keen interest in all things Nubian. She now lives in Sussex with her Saluki dog (also known as the Royal Egyptian Greyhound) and enjoys rambling over the Sussex downs in her free time. Contact Suzy.
Claire Blencowe is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, where she organises activities in the Authority & Political Technologies group. She was PI on the ARN's Participatory Practice and Immanent Authority projects. Claire has research interests in political subjectivity, biopolitics, vitalism, the discursive production of inequality, authority and new materialism. She is also interested in collaborative modes of thinking, writing and working. Current projects include Christianity & Citizenship in Sub-Saharan Africa and Critical Theories and Histories of the Politics of Life. Recent publications include Biopolitical Experience: Foucault, Power & Positive Critique (Palgrave). Contact Claire.
Patrick Bresnihan is Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography in Trinity College Dublin. His work draws from political ecology, science and technology studies, feminist theory and anthropology. His current research interests are the commons, environmental infrastructures and the financialization of nature. His first book, 'Transforming the Fisheries. Neoliberalism, Nature & the Commons' (University of Nebraska Press), is due out April, 2016. He also participates in the Provisional University, an activist-research project based in Dublin. Contact Paddy.
Julian Brigstocke is an Early Career Research Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University. He is a cultural geographer and social theorist focusing on aesthetics, time, politics, and experimental performances in urban spaces. His monograph The Life of the City was published in 2014. He is currently running an AHRC project on post-humanist forms of political participation. Current research focuses on affective landscapes of authority; imaginaries of future generations; nonhuman 'guides' in literature and popular culture; and an experimental writing project on ways of apprehending the city from the perspective of eternity. Contact Julian.
Leila Dawney is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. Her work spans social, political and cultural theory, sociology and cultural geography. Her research interests include experience, affect and embodied practice, cultures of landscape, Spinoza and new materialist theory, and the relationship between authority and community. She is currently developing research on the embodied experience of authority, and is PI on the networking project Emergent Authorities. She has published widely on authority and experience and on politics and affect. She is at present co-editing a book on the idea of the commons. Contact Leila.
Samuel Kirwan is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. His research investigates how households deal with and experience different debts, with a particular focus upon the growing problem of 'priority' debts and the ways in which debt shapes familial and social relations. Samuel also works on the effects of Welfare Reform and Anti-Social Behaviour initiatives, and has previously written about how the concept of the commons can be used to mobilise alternative arrangements of space, property and subjectivity. Contact Samuel.
Naomi Millner lectures in political geography at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on community responses to asylum, and the politics of security and immigration. Naomi volunteers with a local drop-in centre for asylum-seekers and refugees and is actively involved with mutual aid initiatives in Bristol including practical actions, gardening and community events. She is part of a working group which offers accommodation to asylum-seekers experiencing destitution, and works closely with several community allotment projects. Current projects include Soil, Seeds and Social Change. Contact Naomi.
Tehseen Noorani is a Marie Curie and Durham University COFUND Junior Research Fellow. His research investigates the social, political and epistemic potential of trauma, illness and drugs in producing 'limit-experiences'. From 2013-2015 Tehseen was a NIDA-funded postdoctoral research fellow on at Johns Hopkins University, where he led qualitative research for a pharmacology team researching psychedelic experiences. From 2014-2016, he was co-investigator of the ARN's AHRC-funded project on post-humanist forms of political participation. Tehseen is currently conducting a comparative ethnography of psychedelics use. He has taught at New York University and the University of East London. Contact Tehseen.