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MemberDeborah C. Bowen

I spent the first half of my life in the U.K. and the second half in Canada. My undergraduate degree is from Oxford, and my doctoral degree from the University of Ottawa. Since 1996 I’ve taught at Redeemer University College, a small liberal arts college in S.W. Ontario. My two books consider interactions between postmodern literature and Christian faith, partly because these seem so unlikely. I regularly review Canadian poetry, and love walking and classical music, sometimes together.

MemberLaura L. Runge

I’ve been a professor for my entire adult life, in this profession for over two and a half decades.  While I feel like a veteran scholar, I also feel as though we are all on the verge of a new world, where old rules don’t apply.  Working as an academic at this historical moment is like being an 18th-century scholar in that we have one foot in the past and one in the present, leading toward the future. My academic interests remain in 18thC literature, especially women writers, digital humanities, open access, environmental literature, pedagogy. With Jessica Cook, I have edited a wonderful new collection of essays by a slate of exceptional scholars called The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, forthcoming from University of Delaware Press. I am also editor of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/

MemberAdi S. Bharat

I am a PhD candidate in French Studies at The University of Manchester. My thesis, funded by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and supervised by Joseph McGonagle and Barbara Lebrun, is on Representations of Jewish-Muslim Relations in Contemporary France. My thesis seeks to determine, firstly, to what extent a narrative of polarization (Mandel 2014) remains a dominant force in media and political representations of Jewish-Muslim relations and, secondly, explore how and to what extent French Jewish and Muslim writers and activists relate and respond to such a narrative consisting of dominant, reified binary definitions within the contemporary framework of difference-blind assimilationist republican universalism.