Joyce S. Cheng is Associate Professor of Modern European Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon. She teaches courses and seminars on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art, with a research specialty in the visual arts, poetics, aesthetic theories, and the cultural and intellectual history of the interwar period. She has published articles and chapters on symbolism, dada, surrealism, and the art theories of Carl Einstein. She is currently finishing a book-length study on the figure of the mask in surrealist art theories and practices.
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie is Professor of Art History and Visual Cultures of Global Africa at the University of California Santa Barbara. His publications include Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (2008) and Making History: The Femi Akinsanya African Art Collection (2011). He is editor of Artists of Nigeria (2012) and founder of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. Ogbechie has received fellowships, grants, and awards for his research from the Rockefeller Foundation, Getty Research Institute, and the Institute for International Education. His research focuses on contemporary art, cultural informatics, and the cultural patrimony of Africa and the African diaspora in the age of globalization.
Irene Albers is Professor for General and Comparative Literature and Romance Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin. The focus of her research is the relationship between literature and photography, the embodiment of the emotions in Romanic novels, and the relationship between literature and Ethnology among surrealist circles and the Collège des Sociologie, in particular Michel Leiris. Editor of among other works, the German translation of Collège de sociologie 1937–1939 (2012, with Stephan Moebius) and the volume Animismus—Revisionen der Moderne (Animism—Revisions of Modernity, 2012, with Anselm Franke), in 2018 she will publish Der diskrete Charme der Anthropologie—Michel Leiris’ ethnologische Poetik about the ethnological gaze of Michel Leiris.
Part of the conference Deep Time and Crisis, c. 1930