Szymon Wróbel (Professor of Philosophy; Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)

Szymon Wróbel is a professor of philosophy at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw and at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He graduated in psychology (specialization: clinical psychology) at the Institute of Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. For many years associated with the Pedagogical and Artistic Faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Kalisz. He is the author of numerous books and articles scattered in various scientific journals. His latest books include Deferring the Self and Grammar and Glamour of Cooperation. Lectures on the Philosophy of Mind, Language and Action, published in 2013 and 2014 by Peter Lang. In Polish: Exercises in Friendship, Retroactive Reading. Pedigrees of Contemporary Philosophical Thought and Polish Depressive Position. From Gombrowicz to Mrożek and Back published by the Krakow Publishing House Universitas in 2012, 2014 and 2015. His last book, also in Polish, Philosopher and Territory. The Policy of Ideas in the Thoughts of Leszek Kołakowski, Bronisław Baczko, Krzysztof Pomian and Marek J. Siemek was published by the IFiS PAN Institute in 2016. Currently he leads the experimental Laboratory of Techno-Humanities at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales.” His current interests focus on “ontologies of failure” and “humanities of looting” based on the tactics of studying the remains of other discourses, shreds of incomprehensible languages, obsolete thoughts, abandoned sentences, interrupted gestures, unfinished intentions, dead poses, enigmatic images.

Gregg Lambert (Dean’s Professor of Humanities, Principal Investigator, CNY Humanities Corridor Founding Director, Humanities Center)

Professor Lambert received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with Emphasis in Critical Theory from University of California at Irvine in 1995, finishing his dissertation under the direction of the late-French philosopher Jacques Derrida and German literary theorist Gabriele Schwab.

In 1996, Professor Lambert joined the Department of English at Syracuse University, N.Y., and was later appointed as Chair between 2005 and 2008. He currently holds a research appointment as Dean’s Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he also served as Founding Director of  The Syracuse University Humanities Center and Principal Investigator of the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a collaborative research network between Syracuse University, Cornell University, and University of Rochester funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Professor Lambert is internationally renowned for his scholarly writings on critical theory and film, the contemporary university, Baroque and Neo-Baroque cultural history, and especially for his work on the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. He has lectured internationally and in 2010 was appointed as the BK21 Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, and; currently, he serves as International Scholar at Kyung-Hee University, South Korea, and as a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Krzysztof Ziarek (Professor of Comparative Literature; Department of Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo)

Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo, Professor Ziarek teaches 20th and 21st-century comparative literature, especially contemporary poetry and poetics, as well as aesthetics, philosophy and literature, and literary theory. He is the author of Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness (SUNY Press), The Historicity of Experience: Modernity, the Avant-Garde, and the Event (Northwestern), The Force of Art (Stanford) and Language After Heidegger (Indiana). He has also published numerous essays on Coolidge, Stein, Stevens, Howe, Myung Mi Kim, Miron Białoszewski, Heidegger, Benjamin, Irigaray, and Levinas, and co-edited two collection of essays, Future Crossings: Literature Between Philosophy and Cultural Studies (Northwestern) and Adorno and Heidegger: Philosophical Questions. He also published two volumes of poetry in Polish, Zaimejlowane z Polski and Sąd dostateczny. He has won NEH and ACLS fellowships. He was named as one of the 100 “most daring cross-disciplinary thinkers in the world” in a 2015 book 100 Global Minds. His current work focuses on questions of technology, power, and singularity, most notably in the work of Martin Heidegger.

Ewa Mazierska (Professor of Contemporary Cinema at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Lancashire)

Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies, at the University of Central Lancashire. She published over twenty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Contemporary Cinema and Neoliberal Ideology (Routledge, 2018), with Lar Kristensen, Poland Daily: Economy, Work, Consumption and Social Class in Polish Cinema (Berghahn, 2017), Popular Music in Eastern Europe: Breaking the Cold War Paradigm (Palgrave, 2016), Marxism and Film Activism (Berghahn, 2015), with Lars Kristensen, Relocating Popular Music (Palgrave, 2015), with Georgina Gregory, From Self- Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (Berghahn, 2015) and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (Palgrave, 2011). Mazierska’s work was translated into many languages, including French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.

Marcin Miłkowski (Professor of Philosophy; Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

Associate Professor in the Section for Logic and Cognitive Science at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He published Explaining the Computational Mind (MIT Press 2013), awarded with the Tadeusz Kotarbiński Prize of the Section I of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the National Science Center Award for outstanding young scholars in social sciences and humanities in 2014. He was presented with Herbert A. Simon by Association for Computers in Philosophy (IACAP) for his significant contributions in the foundations of computational neuroscience (2015). Elected expert of the Committee for Philosophical Sciences (2013-2016, 2016-) of the Polish Academy of Sciences. With R. Poczobut, he edited the volume Analytic Metaphysics of Mind (in Polish, Warszawa 2008) and Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (in Polish, Kraków 2012); with K. Talmont-Kamiński Beyond Description. Naturalism and Normativity (London 2010) and Regarding the Mind, Naturally: Naturalist Approaches to the Sciences of the Mental (Newcastle upon Tyne 2013). He is now Principal Investigator of NCN SONATA BIS 5 grant “Cognitive Science in Search of Unity” (2015-2020). Scientific interests of Prof. Miłkowski focus on philosophy of science, including philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of mind and information. He is also interested in computational linguistics.

Krzysztof Skonieczny (Assistant Professor; Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw)

Krzysztof Skonieczny is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. In 2011/2012 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY at Buffalo, and in 2012/2013 he spent six months as a researcher at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. In 2014, he received his PhD in Philosophy from the Polish Academy of Sciences, having completed the International PhD Program “The Traditions of Mediterranean Humanism and the Challenges of Our Times: the Frontiers of Humanity” at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales.” He co-edited (with prof. Szymon Wróbel) the volume Ateizm. Próba dokończenia projektu (Atheism. Attempting to finish the project), Warsaw: DiG 2018, in press [in Polish]. His interests include political philosophy, psychoanalysis, posthumanities, animal studies and contemporary American literature, which he occasionally translates. He is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled  The Immanent Animal. An Essay in Philosophical Zoology.