Notes on Contributors

Fabricio Pereira da Silva is Associate Professor of Political Studies at University of Rio de Janeiro, and also teaches in the PhD program in Political Science at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. His fields of interest are: popular participation, democratic theory, the Latin American and African left, and democracy in Latin America.

Claire Reddleman is a PhD researcher in cultural studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.  The working title of her thesis is ‘Viewing from Nowhere: Re-Reading Cartographic Abstraction through Cartographic Art’.  Her research draws on Marxian approaches to abstraction and materialism to explore ways of critically and creatively working beyond capital, with a particular focus on cartographic art.

Darko Suvin, writer, scholar, critic and poet, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, has taught in Europe and North America. He was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at McGill University, was editor of two scholarly journals, wrote 21 books and many articles on Comparative Literature and Dramaturgy, Theory of Culture, Utopian and Science Fiction, and Political Epistemology; and published three volumes of poetry. In the last years he has been writing mainly on Yugoslavia and communism, including his Memoirs of a Young Communist.

Omar Swartz is Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he directs the Master of Social Science program. His areas of interest are law and diversity in US history, mass media law and policy, and cultural criticism. His work focuses on the intersections between the US legal system and the history of social injustice. He is the author or editor of 12 books and nearly 100 essays, book chapters, and reviews.

Alan West-Durán was born in Cuba and grew up in Puerto Rico. He is the author of two children’s books, a book of poems, Dar nombres a la lluvia/Finding Voices in the Rain, which won the Latino Literature Prize in Poetry (1996), and a book of essays Tropics of History: Cuba Imagined (1997). He has edited African-Caribbeans (2003), Latino and Latina Writers (2004), as well as the two-volume reference work Cuba (2011). He has translated Luis Rafael Sánchez, Rosario Ferré, Alejo Carpentier, and Dulce María Loynaz.

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