Distinguished Research Fellows

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Adrian Parr is an internationally recognized environmental, political, and cultural thinker and activist. She is the Director of the UC Taft Research Center and a UNESCO water chair of water access and sustainability. She is a founding signatory of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security. In 2011 Parr received the UC Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Work.

She is the founder and director of Louder Than A Bomb Cincy, a citywide youth spoken word competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the producer of three public humanities projects. These consist of the multi-award winning film series (with Sean and Jon Hughes), The Intimate Realities of Water Project, and two online series of short and engaging interviews with prominent activists and eminent scholars – TAFTtalks and H2Otalks – on topics ranging from violence, to migration, water rights, and climate change.

She is a writer, public speaker, community organizer, and filmmaker. She has published numerous books and articles and has been interviewed for her views on social and environmental justice by The New York Times, public radio and television. She has published op-eds in The LA Review of BooksAl JazeeraThe World Financial Review, and The European Magazine.

The driving force behind all her work is the question of how to overcome ecological and economic scarcity. She asserts that environmental devastation and climate change are crimes against humanity.

Parr works at the intersection of environmental politics, water access, sustainable development, and the built environment, advocating for what she calls ‘bastard solidarities’ between reform-based politics and confrontational political strategies.

As governments, policy makers, and the courts worldwide struggle to redress environmental degradation and the harms experienced by vulnerable communities, Parr looks to themes of equity, friendship, and generosity as starting points for change.

She argues in favor of creating social models premised upon open-minded, ecologically conscious, non-violent, and participatory ways of living. She maintains an inclusive emancipatory political imagination will help get us there.

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Rocco Gangle is Professor of Philosophy at Endicott College. He is the author of Francois Laruelle’s Philosophies of Difference: A Critical Introduction and Guide (EUP 2013) and Diagrammatic Immanence: Category Theory and Philosophy (EUP 2016), co-author of Iconicity and Abduction (Springer 2017) and co-editor of Superpositions: Laruelle and the Humanities (Rowman and Littlefield 2017). His research focuses on semiotics, diagrammatic logic, metaphysics and political philosophy.

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Clayton Crockett is Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Derrida After the End of Writing (2017), Deleuze Beyond Badiou (2013), Radical Political Theology (2011), and Religion, Politics, and the Earth (with Jeffrey W. Robbins, 2012), among others. He is a co-author, along with Creston Davis, Slavoj Zizek, and Jeffrey W. Robbins, of the book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture” for Columbia University Press. He is working on a philosophy of energy.

Giovanni Tusa

Giovanbattista Tusa is a philosopher, video artist and media researcher based at the Nova University in Lisbon, where is is currently a Research Fellow funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) at the CULTURLAB of The Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA). He has studied in philosophy, contemporary arts, cinema in Italy, Spain, UK, Cuba, France. Director of the Institute of Critical Media at GCAS, he has been Research Fellow in France and Italy, and worked as Lecturer in Philosophy, Critical Theory, Cinema, Gender Studies in many institutions in Europe and the US.  As a documentary filmmaker and video artist, he has had his works screened in Cuba, London documentary film festival, Biennale della Danza in Venice, Coimbra and Paris.

His latest work, De la Fin, co-authored with Alain Badiou, has been published in France in 2017 and is currently under translation in English (Polity Press, Cambridge, UK) Portuguese (Cultura e Barbárie, Florianopolis, Brazil), and Spanish (Tinta Limon Ediciones, Buenos Aires, Argentina). His forthcoming book, co-authored with Jean-Luc Nancy, Défaillance will be published in a bi-lingual French-Portuguese edition.