Devoted to the nexus of literature, poetics, art, criticism, philosophy, culture, & politics.
Candice Lin, Mel Y. Chen, & Jih-Fei Cheng
Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Her work engages notions of gender, race and sexuality, drawing from postcolonialism, citizen science, anthropology, feminist and queer theory. Lin has been awarded several residencies, grants and fellowships including the Headlands Center for the Arts (2016), the CCF Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Börse Residency (2011), Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency (2011), and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at Gasworks (London) and Commonwealth & Council (LA) in 2016 and in 2015 at Francois Ghebaly Gallery (LA), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica) and CAAA (Guimarães, Portugal).
Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. Chen’s 2012 book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke UP, MLA Alan Bray Award), explores questions of racialization, queering, disability, and affective economies in animate and inanimate “life” through the extended concept of animacy. Chen’s second book project concerns the relationships among the conceptual territories of toxicity and intoxication and their involvement in histories of the shared interanimation of race and disability. Writing on cognitive disability and method, the racialization of pollution, and more can be found in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Discourse, Women in Performance, Australian Feminist Studies, Medical Humanities, and GLQ. From 2013-2016, Chen served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Disability Studies. Chen coedits, with Jasbir K. Puar, a book series entitled “Anima,” highlighting scholarship in critical race and disability post/in/humanisms at Duke University Press.
Jih-Fei Cheng is Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality at Scripps College. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS social services and queer and trans of color community organizing in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York City. His book manuscript, AIDS and Its Afterlives in Science and Media: Race, Gender, and the Queer Radical Imagination, examines how the experimental videos of feminist and queer of color AIDS activists produced during the U.S. early crisis years (1980s-early 1990s) continue to intervene into contemporary popular media, scientific conceptualizations, and social movements. His writing appears in Amerasia Journal; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; Women’s Studies Quarterly; AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal; and Visual AIDS.