Professor Renata Salecl is a Slovene philosopher, legal theorist and sociologist. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, and holds a professorship at Birkbeck College, University of London. Also, she has been a visiting professor at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College, London, and at London School of Economics. Professor Salecl was named “Slovenian Woman Scientist of the Year” by the Slovenian Ministry of Science in 2010. In her work, she works on psychoanalysis, legal theories, emotions and social issues.
She has authored such works as The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism After the Fall of Socialism (Routledge, 1994), (Per)versions of Love and Hate (Verso, 1998), On Anxiety (Routledge, 2004) and Tyranny of Choice (Profile Books, 2010).
In September 2020, Professor Salecl is publishing her book A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why (Princeton University Press).
Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong is a trained media anthropologist at the Ashesi University, Ghana, West-Africa. He directs the newly created Centre for African Popular Culture, Ashesi University. Overall, his research spotlights and examines the role of popular media in unraveling the complexities of social and political life. His current project explores, first, local understandings of ‘pleasure’ in satirical works, and second, visual mediation of suspicion in popular media. He has curated exhibitions on Ghanaian political cartoons (Rhodes University, South Africa), hand-painted book covers of significant works in African cultural studies (University of Birmingham), ‘Felabration’ posters and hand-painted movie posters (Alliance Francais, Ghana). His recent publications appear in: Forward, Upward, Onward? Narratives of Achievement in African and Afroeuropean Contexts (2020); Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire and Culture (2018); African Popular Culture: The Episteme of Everyday Life (2014).
Monika Kostera is Professor Ordinaria and Chair in Management at the Institute of Culture, the Jagiellonian University in Poland and Professor at Södertörn University, Sweden. She is the author, co-author and editor of over 40 books in Polish and English; and of numerous scientific articles. Her current research interests include organizational imagination, disalienated work and organizational ethnography. She is member of Erbacce Poets’ Cooperative. Kostera’s new book on organizational imagination After The Apocalypse is published in September by Zer0 books (https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/after-apocalypse).
Un Mundo Feliz is a socio-cultural activist collective that from a critical point of view seeks to shake up patterns, agitate and produce passion for change through design. It is composed of Gabriel Martínez who studied philosophy and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a PhD from the Universidad de Salamanca; and Sonia Díaz who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Salamanca, Advertising and Public Relations from the Universidad Complutense Madrid and Journalism from the Universidad Carlos III Madrid. They currently teach at the Escuela de Arte y Diseño nº10 in Madrid, Spain.
Under the methodology of „do it yourself” they create and distribute images with social, political and cultural content. They self-publish the newspaper Bastard Art Review, fanzines, postcards, posters and books. And they have published Revolution Dingbats & Motion Dingbats (Boldbooks, 2005), Pictopia: Radical design in a brave new World (Promopress, 2008), The new disasters of war (Ediciones de Ruina, 2009), Imagomundi (Promopress, 2011), Crit-Icon Stencil Book (Musac, 2014), Iconicity (Promopress, 2015), Towapo: Ethics for survivors and aliens (Ediciones Complutense, 2019), Woman Sans (Mincho Press, 2020).
They have collaborated in numerous international projects and their work has been exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Lisbon, Helsinki, Moscow, Milano, Yucatan, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, etc. Their images have been selected by publishers around the world: Pie Books, Rockport Publishers, daab gmbh, Paopaws, LCD Edizioni/AIAP, Graphis, Agile Rabbit Editions, Gustavo Gili, Index Book, Monsa; and in the magazines like IDN, Etapes International and Novum. And in 2008 the Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS published a report on his work, highlighting that Un Mundo Feliz „is one of the most relevant professionals in this type of graphic activism”.