Celina Osuna is a second year PhD student in Literature at ASU. She is also enrolled in the Critical Theory Certificate. Currently her research interests include: Nonhuman and Human Phenomenology of the desert, American Literature of the long 20th Century, Solargraphy, Desert Literature, Critical Theory and Studies of: Place, Memory, Time, and Light.
Garrett Laroy Johnson
Garrett Johnson draws on his practical and theoretical experiences in music as a PhD student in Media Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, where he pursues interests including posthumanism and mind, ensemble entrainment and coordination, and interactive installation and dance performance. In 2015, he completed his MA in Musicology at Arizona State University, where he wrote a masters thesis investigating the role of the body in David Rosenboom's exploratory use of electroencephalography in musical performance.
Charis Elliott is a graduate student in Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University, Research Coordinator and Research Assistant at Laboratory for Critical Technics, Co-Director of Post-Human Network, and founder/designer for Mother of Gideon. Charis holds a dynamic set of experiences in design of both the physical and abstract resulting in the creation of objects in jewelry, clothing, audio, film, graphic, conceptual, social, and structural. Charis’ current graduate studies are a continuation of exploration and experimentation in understanding complexities and connectedness from the self to the world while developing a lexicon of both word and creation to communicate and explore this abstract terrain. Her ambition is to vision out and create new paths leading to understanding our shared world through both the alien of nonhuman and other, and the familiar abstracts of self and each other.
Jonathan Bratt is a PhD student in Geography at ASU. His research interests lie at the intersection of cultural geography, urban studies, postphenomenology, and aesthetics. He previously completed an MA in East Asian Studies at Indiana University and does much of his work in and on China.
Zachary Thomas is a first year graduate student at Arizona State University focusing on 19th-21st Century American literature and cultural studies – his theoretical interests include vital materialist and process ontologies in the posthumanities – and his respective practical and theoretical engagements with music and film keep him limber in both an interdisciplinary and professional sense.
Angela Sakrison is a Cultural Geography PhD student, studying the cultural effects of climate change -- how the experience of destruction and decay reshapes community and culture, beyond the geophysical, and beyond the human. She is particularly interested in the role affective objects and art encounters play as creative incongruities, how they encourage attunement to the environment or shifts in perspective (and perception). Her research is informed by the process philosophies of Whitehead, Bergson, and Deleuze, as well as post-phenomenology, and contributes to emerging work on the embodied experience of climate change.