Jonathan Branfman is a PhD student in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. His research analyzes racialized masculinities, and converses with queer of color critique, feminist masculinity studies, and Jewish Studies. On his website, he shares more information about his research, teaching, and related professional work: https://jonathanbranfman.com/
Zachary Harvat is a PhD student in the English department with a graduate interdisciplinary specialization in sexuality studies. Broadly, his work examines queer cultural production across the 20th century and into the 21st, including literature, film, television, video games, and other media forms. Particularly, he is interested in the various ways that queer cultural production engages with history, especially in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. He looks at forms such as historical fiction and memoir to ask how these texts negotiate the complexities of queer history and offer ways of creatively engaging with the (queer) past. He received his MA in 2015 from OSU and his BA in English and women’s and gender studies from The University of Tulsa in 2013.
Seth J. Josephson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Studies. Seth’s MA was in Religious Studies with a focus on Indian Buddhism. His thesis considered the strategies of resignifing caste and religious identity used by B.R. Ambedkar and the contemporary Dalit Buddhist movement as key parts of their larger social project of uplift and the development of a more egalitarian and “modern” India. He has worked on issues of Religion and Sexuality, New Materialism, and Science and Technology Studies.
His current research is on human bodies and culture as products of multiple relationships with the other animals. Drawing on feminist science studies, ecofeminism, and post-humanist anthropology, Seth’s project is a work of critical animal studies which examines several exemplary “figures” as illustrative of the various “beastly traces” that can be tracked through human life. Developing the principles of situatedness, co-production, and emergence, this project considers, in particular, the long relationship humans and cattle (Bos taurus) have had together and the importance of rethinking this relationship for the future.
One reflection on humans and other animals here at OSU, as part of the BioPresence project, can be found here: http://u.osu.edu/biopresence/animal-traces-giving-and-receiving-in-presence-and-in-absence/
Pritha Prasad is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy in the English Department. With a research focus in both rhetoric and composition, Pritha's research interests include queer studies, digital media studies, visual rhetoric, and pop culture studies. Her current project theorizes emergent forms of queer and anti-racist social protest movements as they intersect with and are structured by digital media composing technologies. In her dissertation, she discusses the changing materiality of both race and racism in the U.S. after Ferguson, particularly in terms of the rise of coalitional, distributed, and networked anti-racist protest movements that both draw from and challenge past Civil Rights movements and rhetorics. Specifically, she is interested in questions concerning the limits of rights-based activisms and their influence on cultural, political, and legal conceptions of precarity, humanity, and embodiment. Her work also considers the institutional contexts of these rhetorics in terms of social justice pedagogy, labor issues, and institutional articulations of intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion.