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Carlos Fernando Álvarez González

is a philosopher at the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia. Ph.D. in Humanistic Research (University of Oviedo, Spain). M.A. in Bioethics (El Bosque University, Colombia). He is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pamplona, Colombia, specialized in Kantian and Heideggerian philosophy and the relationship between technology and tragedy. He is also responsible for the module of Epistemology (M.A. in Education, University Simón Bolívar). He was Professor at University Simón Bolívar and the Free University of Colombia, teaching social anthropology, bioethics, technoscience, and hermeneutics. Dr. Álvarez González is the author of papers such as “Analysis of the Structure and the Organization of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (laws) from the Reading of Arnold Pacey” (2017) and “Angst, Knowledge Principle of Possibility” (2016), among many others.

Francisco Cardoso Gomes de Matos

was born in Crato, Ceará, Brazil. A long-time resident of Recife, northeastern Brazil, he has Bachelor’s degrees in Languages and Law (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), M.A. in Linguistics (University of Michigan), and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (Catholic University of São Paulo). An Emeritus Professor of Linguistics (ufpe), Gomes de Matos is president of the Board, aba Global Education, Recife. He was a Visiting Professor/Scholar at the Universities of Georgia, Ottawa, Texas (Austin), and the Museo de Antropología, Mexico. Author of several pioneering global pleas: “For a Language Rights Declaration” (1984), “For Communicative Peace” (1993), “For the Linguistic Rights of the Elderly” (2015). He has published in Portuguese and English. Among his publications, we find the books Nurturing Nonkilling: A Poetic Plantation (Center for Global Nonkilling, 2009), Dignity. A Multidimensional View (Dignity Press, 2013), and the e-book Rhymed Reflections. A Forest of Ideas/Ideals (aba Books, 2017).

Jorge Andrés Espinoza Cáceres

B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chile (2011), and M.A. in Contemporary Thought at the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago (2016). Researcher and curator of art. Specialized in the areas of Modern and Contemporary Aesthetics, German Philosophical Hermeneutics, and Hermeneutics of Latin American Art. Teacher for the areas of Aesthetics and Hermeneutics of Art for the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts, and seminarian for the Museum of Tertulia, Cali, Colombia.

Martin Demant Frederiksen

holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and is currently a research fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. He has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in The Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, and Croatia and published on issues such as urban planning, youth, crime, temporality, and ethnographic writing. He is the author of Young Men, Time and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia (Temple University Press, 2013), Georgian Portraits: Essays on the Afterlives of a Revolution (Zero Books, 2017), and An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular (Zero Books, 2018) and well as many academic papers.

Wolfram Malte Fues

was born in 1944 in Bremen/Germany. He studied German Literature, Philosophy, History, and European Folktales at the University of Zurich. He got his Ph.D. in 1978 and his Habilitation in 1987 at the University of Basel. From 1992 till 2003, he founded and managed the interdisciplinary project Cultural History of the Sciences. From 1994 to 2011, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Basel. He made Chair-substitutions in Zurich, and Frankfurt am Main, lectures in Antwerpen, Basel, Bayreuth, Berlin, Bremen, Bristol, Hamburg, Halle, Ithaca, Jena, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Leiden, Leipzig, Regensburg, Sils-Maria, Strassburg, Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Vancouver, Weimar, and Zurich. Dr. Fues is the author of books and essays on Meister Eckhart, the German novel from the Enlightenment till Today, the gender-discourse in the German Enlightenment, classical and modern aesthetics, postmodernism, new media, and theory of sciences. His work on boredom includes titles such as “Die Entdeckung der Langeweile. Georg Büchners Komödie Léonce und Lena” [“The Discovery of Boredom. Georg Büchner’s Comedy Leonce and Lena”] (Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 1992).

George García Quesada

is a philosopher and a Professor at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Costa Rica since 2000. He is also a researcher at the Institute of Philosophical Research (inif-ucr), and Director of the Journal of Philosophy of the University of Costa Rica. Among others, he has written books about Henri Lefebvre’s critique of everyday life and a Marxist historical interpretation of the emergence of the middle class in Costa Rica in the first half of the 20th century (Aquileo J. Echeverría National Award in History, 2014). He was also granted the Prize Jorge Volio of Essay in Philosophy with his book Las sombras de la modernidad [Modernity Shadows] (2003). His forthcoming book (in Brill’s Historical Materialism series) examines and systematizes Marx’s conception of history through the categories of social space and social time.

Michael E. Gardiner

is Professor of Sociology at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interests include the political economy of affect, everyday life, and utopianism. Gardiner is author of several books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. His latest book is Weak Messianism: Studies in Everyday Utopianism (2013). Gardiner’s works on boredom are quoted worldwide and include titles such as: “Henri Lefebvre and the ‘Sociology of Boredom’” (Theory, Culture & Society, 2012), Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and Perspectives (co-edited with Julian Jason Haladyn) (Taylor & Francis, 2017), and “A Tale of Two ’68s: The ‘Politics of Boredom’ in France and Italy” (Cultural Politics, 2019).

Elizabeth S. Goodstein

is a Professor of English and the Liberal Arts at Emory University; she is also affiliated with the Departments of Comparative Literature, History, and Philosophy. She is the author of Experience without Qualities: Boredom and Modernity and Georg Simmel and the Disciplinary Imaginary, both Stanford University Press.

Juan Diego Hernández Albarracín

is a social communicator at the University of Pamplona, Colombia. M.A. in Philosophy (Industrial University of Santander, Bucaramanga) with a dissertation entitled Boredom and Modernity. A dialogue between philosophy and cinema in our current condition. Ph.D. candidate in Educational Sciences (University Simón Bolívar, Barranquilla). Head of Pedagogy and Professor of Epistemology and Research. M.A. in Education and Administrative Law (University Simón Bolívar, Cúcuta). Professor of Philosophy of Communication, Hermeneutics, and Ethnography since 2012 (University of Pamplona, Colombia). He is the author of papers such as “Boredom and Poetry: Reviewing the Work of Alejandra Pizarnik since Martin Heidegger’s Understanding of Boredom (Langeweile)” (Revista Filosofía uis, 2012). He is the editor of the book Contemporary Pedagogies: Diverging Glance at School (Simón Bolívar University Press, forthcoming).

Kristiine Kikas

holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Semiotics (Tallinn University, 2015). In 2016 her Master’s Thesis—Reading Sensation in John Burnside’s Poetry—was awarded the President Lennart Meri Prize. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at Tallinn University, Estonia, she attempts to develop a method for the non-representational reading of poetry. Kristiine’s main areas of interest are contemporary poetry, theories of affect, and radical empiricism. Besides teaching English, she coordinates the creative writing course at the summer school of Tallinn University.

Daniel Mains

is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Ph.D. in Anthropology (Emory University, Georgia), M.A. in Anthropology (Emory University), and B.S. in Philosophy (Lewis & Clark College, Oregon). His research and writing explore the intersection between culture and economics in urban Africa. He is interested in Ethiopia, urban infrastructure, youth cultures, capitalism, and international development. He is the author of Hope is Cut: Youth, Unemployment, and the Future in Urban Ethiopia (Temple University Press, 2012). Hope is Cut examines how young men in urban Ethiopia negotiate the gap between their desires for the future and economic realities. Dr. Mains was a Fulbright Fellow in Hawassa, Ethiopia (2013–2014), and a Humboldt Fellow in Berlin, Germany (2017–2018). He is currently finishing a book manuscript on the politics of infrastructure that is tentatively titled Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia. His research on boredom has been published in works such as “Neoliberal Times: Progress, Boredom, and Shame among Young Men in Urban Ethiopia” (American Ethnologist, 2007).

Christian Rafael Parreño Roldán

is an Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at San Francisco de Quito University. He holds a Ph.D. from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and an M.A. in the Histories and Theories program from the Architectural Association. In 2014 he was a Visiting Graduate Researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2011 a Visiting Ph.D. Student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. His research focuses on the relationship between architecture and conditions of boredom and sameness, as components of the modern built environment.

Nancy Provolt

is an online course designer, contributing author, and instructor for universities across the United States such as the University of North Carolina Charlotte (Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Program of American Studies), the University of Louisville (Women’s and Gender Studies), the Eastern Michigan University (Women’s and Gender Studies), or the University of Mississippi (Gender Studies), as well as the College of New Jersey (Gender Studies). She earned a B.S. in Women and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies (Eastern Michigan University). Provolt received numerous awards for academic excellence, as well as Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurship. Her areas of specialization are gender and poverty, gender and sexuality, ecofeminism, American studies, and gender and culture. Her research interests are poverty and the impact of gender equality, education, and that of social expectations in generational poverty as well as the impact of loneliness and isolation within specific communities. Nancy has spent the past 11 years working with various universities to add to their curriculum of Gender Studies, Sociology, and American Studies. She is a contributing author to Feminism: Past, Present and Future Perspectives (Nova Science, 2017), and she has recently presented research on boredom and literature and is working on a project exploring the impact of boredom and loneliness on the elderly as well as populations facing isolation due to chronic health conditions.

Judy Freya Sibayan

is a conceptual artist and an independent curator based in Manila. She holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from De La Salle University, Philippines, where she taught for three decades. She retired from dlsu as a Full Professor in 2013. Sibayan is the author of the e-book The Hypertext of HerMe(s), her autobiography published by KT Press (London) in 2014 with a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She is a co-founding editor and publisher of the online Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art. Sibayan has a 44-year history of solo and group exhibitions, both local and international. Her body of work for the past two decades has focused mainly on the work of Institutional Critique. She is currently the curator of the Museum of Mental Objects (MoMO). Former director of the erstwhile Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines (1987–1989). She is the recipient of the Patnubay ng Sining para sa Bagong Pamamaraan Award given by the City of Manila in 2006. Moreover, Sibayan was awarded the 13 Artist Award/Grant given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1976. Her work on boredom includes the title “Art and Boredom” (ideya: Journal of Humanities, 2000).

Josefa Ros Velasco

is an Associate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow. She is conducting multidisciplinary research on the evolution of the understanding of boredom as a mental pathology. As part of this approach, she is examining how the comprehension of boredom in terms of mental disease has gradually formed over time by paying attention to philosophical, theological, and literary narratives. Dr. Ros Velasco holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy with International Mention at the Excellent Program of Doctorate in Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid (ucm, Spain), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education. Her Dissertation was entitled Boredom as a Selective Pressure in Hans Blumenberg, with which she got the Extraordinary Doctorate Award (2016–2017), M.A. in Contemporary Thinking, and M.A. in Teachers Training. Ros Velasco was visiting researcher at the Internationales Zentrum für Kultur- und Technikforschung at Stuttgart Universität (izkt, Germany) as a daad (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholar, and at the Deutsches Literatur-Archiv Marbach (dla, Germany) as a dla fellow. She is a member of the Research Groups Saavedra Fajardo Library for Hispanic Political Thought at the ucm; History and Video Games at the University of Murcia; and History and Philosophy of Emotions at cchs-csic. She is the editor and the author of academic papers such as “Hans Blumenberg’s Philosophical Anthropology of Boredom” (Karl Alber, 2018), “Boredom: Humanising or Dehumanising Treatment” (Vernon, 2018); or “Boredom: A Comprehensive Study of the State of Affairs” (Thémata, 2017), and books such as La enfermedad del aburrimiento. El camino de la medicalización y sus alternativas [The Illness of Boredom. The Path toward Medicalization and its Alternatives] (forthcoming), Boredom Is in Your Mind (Springer, 2019), and The Faces of Depression in Literature (Peter Lang, 2020).

Sergio Velasco Caballero

holds a Ph.D. in Art: Production and Research (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2017), M.A. in Artistic Production: Specialization in Contemporary Thought and Visual Culture (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2012), and B.A. in Fine Arts (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2011). He was Superior Technician in Research at the Department of Sculpture at Polytechnic University of Valencia from 2014 to 2017 and Fellow with Excellence Award at the same institution from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Velasco Caballero is a member of the I+D projects Recuperación de prácticas pioneras del arte de acción de la vanguardia histórica española y su contribución a la historia de la performance europea (HAR2014-58869-P), and Recuperación de obras pioneras del arte sonoro de la vanguardia histórica española y revisión de su influencia actual (HAR2008-04687/ARTE). He took part in the scientific committee of meetings such as III Congreso Internacional de Investigación en Artes Visuales: Glocal [codificar, mediar, transformar, vivir] (2017), and II Congreso Internacional de Investigación en Artes Visuales: Real / Virtual (2013). His dissertation was entitled El tiempo a secas. Estudio sobre las posibilidades creativas del aburrimiento aplicadas a la creación artística [Just Time: Study on the Creative Possibilities of Boredom in Artistic Practice]. Velasco Caballero is the author of the paper “Saltos apáticos. Primeros pasos para la integración performativa del aburrimiento en la vanguardia histórica española” [“Apathetic Leaps: The Protoperformative Integration of Boredom in the Spanish Historical Avant-garde”] (2018).

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