Elisabeth Weber is professor of German and Comparative Literature and chair of the department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of a monograph on the concepts of trauma and persecution in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (Verfolgung und Trauma, Vienna, 1990), the editor of two volumes on collective trauma and memory and of several works by Jacques Derrida. Together with Julie Carlson she has edited the volume Speaking about Torture (New York: Fordham University Press, 2012). Her edited collection Living Together. Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Peace and Violence was published by Fordham UP in 2013.
Wolf Kittler is professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His field of research is cultural history, and his interests are interdisciplinary. They include Western literature from Greek antiquity to the present, philosophy, art history, history of science, media technology, and critical theory. His publications include monographs on Franz Kafka and Heinrich von Kleist as well as articles on such topics as Greek and Continental philosophy, Western European literature from Dante to Beckett, the history of telecommunications, the history of risk, and the history of guerrilla warfare from Napoleon to the present.
Julie Carlson is Professor of English and the current director of “Literature and the Mind” at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is author of In the Theatre of Romanticism: Coleridge, Nationalism, Women (Cambridge UP, 1994), England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley (Johns Hopkins UP, 2007), and, with Elisabeth Weber, co-editor of Speaking about Torture (Fordham, 2012). Her current project focuses on the interrelation between friendship and creativity as it exists in and is perpetuated by British Romantic literature.