tonina Alomar

PhD Researcher

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Tonina Alomar graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bsc in History and International Relations and an Msc in Comparative Politics. Her research centres on the intersection of social and environmental realities. By using environmentally- induced migration as a case study, Tonina is investigating how the neoliberal framework determines the way we reflect and respond to climate change - especially how the the system dilutes actualities into digestible categories that often borrow from stereotypes and misconstructions. Centring on critical theory and green colonialism tradition, the research also looks into on how native populations build perceptions of the “different” and how they “embody strangers”. She uses qualitative methodology to develop questionnaires and interviews in Great Britain, Netherlands and Spain to deconstruct how perceptions, identities and subjectivities are created.

Tonina is based in Brussels/London were she works as an editor and researcher. Currently she is helping develop a three series documentary for TV on the historical, social end environmental sustainability of the food supply chain. Prior to this, Tonina worked in the European Parliament for the energy and Industry committee. 

Email: Tonina.Alomar@gcas.ie

 

 
 
 

Co-Editing a GCAS Anthology

 
 

Stephen Bujno

PhD Researcher

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Stephen Bujno has earned graduate degrees in Philosophical Anthropology and Moral Theology. As a formally trained, life-long professional ceramic artist, he blends those research areas with the aesthetics of beauty. This culminates in exploring the interrelation of human persons with each other and the development of culture. Currently, he is a doctoral student (in Political and Social Thought) with GCAS-RII researching alt-experiences of apriori love manifesting in personal and cultural transformation.

With published journal articles in the Social Justice Review (the oldest social justice journal in the United States)Stephen has peer-reviewed writings on topics ranging from poverty and hypocrisy, including a response to the ‘2008 Recession’ entitled, “Economic Ideology:  A Virtueless Recovery”. Along with a published chapter, “Liturgical Man—An Anthropology of Light”, he has a journal book due to appear in print this fall entitled, The Ways of Love: Transforming the Person.

Stephen lives with his wife and extended family north west of Philadelphia, PA. He can be reached via email—stephen.bujno@gcas.ie

 
 

Member of the Curriculum Design Commission

 
 

Director of the GCAS ESchool

Lecturer in the Psychology Department in the Undergraduate College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Ekaterina Filippova

PhD Researcher

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Ekaterina Filippova holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from The Russian State University for the Humanities. She is a practicing psychologist (private practice) in Barcelona, Spain. Here PhD dissertation topic is entitled, "Psychological Motivation for Viewing Pornographic Films by Young Men and Women with Different Levels of Neuroticism and Psychopathy".

Supervisor: Julie Reshe, PhD

Email: Ekaterina.Filippova@gcas.ie

Personal Website

Practical experience:

2017| now  - working as a psychologist in ONG in Barcelona

2012/ now - private psychological practice

2015 - Practice in a mental Hospital (diagnostic).
2014 - Practice in a mental Hospital (clinical interview).
2013 - Hippotherapy with children with autism, cerebral palsy.
2012 - Practice in a Hospital № 10 (diagnostic psychology).
2011 - Practice with children at school.
2010 - Practice with children in the orphanage.

Published articles:

  • Filippova, E. (2013). Depersonalization and derealization in normality for different characterological features. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities.

  • Filippova, E. (2011).Attitude to the suicide problem between students who are studying psychology. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities.

  • Fillipova E. ( 2014). Drawing as a dream. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities

 

 

 
 

Member of the Curriculum Design Commission

 
 

Lecturer in the Business Start-Up Studies Department

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Thomas Hampton

PhD Researcher

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Executive Editor, The GCAS Review

 
 

Thomas researches Christian missionary work and epistemology.  He is also interested in sustainability theory, biopolitics, ethics, disability theory, critical theory, and philosophy of religion.  He believes that theoretical research should be practically useful, and he spends most of his free time testing his conclusions personally, socially, and politically.  

Thomas holds a BSE degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (2016), and he is finishing an M.Div degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (2019).  

Thomas lives in Decatur, Georgia.  He is the founder of the medical device startup Parallax Hearing Company (ParallaxHearing.com), and he is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Sustainable Engineering Institute (SustainableEngineering.org).  His personal website is Hamptonium.com.

Email:  Thomas.Hampton@gcas.ie

 
 
 
 

Cory Johnson

PhD Researcher

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"Cory's path of Inquiry involves types of knowledge which, in the words of Zizek, conceive themselves not as neutral, adequate descriptions of their objects, but as direct interventions in them. These include psychoanalytic eidetics, quantum semiotics, & communist metaphysics, philosophical attractors wherein knowledge directly affects its object. These foci then unleash the transformative potential of philosophy as abstract theories become increasingly concretized as praxis.

His inspiration for pursuing this trajectory comes from his BA thesis (in Physics) on the interpretations of quantum mechanics, as well as his MA thesis (in Philosophy) on so-called deontic logics (modal structures of normative reasoning). Cory's current approach is syncretic, with influences from the anglo-analytic, pragmatist-process, as well as continental traditions, especially with respect to a mathematical ontology that helps to visualize the architecture of a nonclassical (mereotopological) epistemology.

In his non-academic time Cory manages a Table Tennis club in Portland, OR, USA."

Email:  Cory.Johnson@gcas.ie

 
 
 
 

Andrew Keltner

PhD Researcher

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My research interests are based on the philosophy of technology, and political and social philosophy. I am interested in the history of political and social movements that have led us to the world as we know it today.

To better understand these fields I use methods found in practical philosophy and applied philosophy to refine questions and offer insights into new forms of discourse concerning modern issues. As well, I am interested in practical philosophy as a method of inquiry and communication - bridging the communication divide between different parties that are concerned with the same issue. Those issues mainly being the intersection of philosophy of technology, and social and political philosophy, but never losing sight of some of the original concepts and questions in philosophy - those being: 'know thyself', 'the life unexamined is not worth living', 'what is the good life?', and 'how does one live in accordance with nature?'.

It is from my perspective that the philosophical practice as a way of life can lead to a better understanding of oneself, one's community, and the world we live in.

 

 

 

Erica Kitzman

PhD Researcher

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Erica Kitzman is a writer, postvention advocate, and radio producer. She is currently researching ways to use resiliency education to address self-harm instruction as depicted within contemporary award-winning American children's, teen, and young adult literature.

Her hobbies are laughter “yoga,” spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, hiking Colorado's back country, and crocheting socks for her family. 

To learn more about Erica's work with postvention and resiliency, listen to individual episodes of her fourteen episode radio show STAY

To listen to the entire series, click HERE.

Advocacy Website

Email: Erica.Kitzman@gcas.ie

 
 

Executive Editor, The GCAS Review

 
 

Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman

PhD Researcher

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Samantha Kostmayer Sulaiman is a writer, editor and translator from New York City. She graduated from Columbia University, CUNY and the American University in Cairo with degrees in history, forced migration and law. Samantha is currently working on a volume of short stories and translating an anthology of contemporary Syrian poetry. Her translations have appeared in The WolfThe Manhattan Review, Washington Square, and various anthologies.

Her writing has appeared in English, Swedish and Croatian.

Email: Samantha.Kostmayer@gcas.ie

 
 

Researcher on the Applications Committee

 
 
 

Cody Lestelle

PhD Researcher

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Cody Lestelle is the founder and director of the Academy for Gameful & Immersive Learning Experiences. Lestelle holds a Master of Autonomous Organization from UniTierra (University of the Earth) Oaxaca, Mexico. He is currently pursuing a dual degree through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa including a Master of Education in Learning Design & Technology and a PhD in Political Science specializing in Futures Studies and Indigenous Politics. Cody’s academic and research interests have always been multidisciplinary and he is currently captured by the terrifying challenge of university’s transformation to multiversity in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction. Through applications and innovations in games as medicine and play as pedagogy, Cody is transforming the same pervasive technologies that distract from confronting planetary crisis into plausible solutions to the same.

 

Cody is on the developing team of the next level game-learning “ VRGL” platform with GCAS Research Institute

GCAS RI

 

 

Yonathan Listik

PhD Researcher

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I was born in Brazil but lived for the last 9 years in Israel where I did my BA and MA. I possess a double graduation in philosophy and sociology & anthropology, along with a teaching license in philosophy, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I proceeded to do my MA at the Tel Aviv University with a period at Sciences Po (Paris).

            My research interest is the possible connections between contemporary ontology in the continental tradition, political theory and aesthetics. More specifically, I am interested in how these themes appear in Nancy, Ronell, Agamben and Rancière. I believe there is an urgency for reflecting on the questions of subjectivity, the private and the public aligned with the place the body occupies in those spheres: the way the ontological notion of being develops into the political-ontological being-with creating the space for new configurations of presence. These new configurations no longer oppose the private to the collective but, operating from the being-with, asks about the singular and the plural properties of being, i.e., instead of coming out of the individualistic perspective grounded on the notion of ‘private’, it aims at a singular-plural subjectivity implicit in being-with. Considering with as an inherent condition of presence, means a reshaping the common- of the notion community as a political notion.

Supervisor: Jean-Luc Nancy

Email: Yonathan.Listik@gcas.ie

 
 
 

Susannah Livingston

PhD Researcher

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Susannah Livingston (MA, Johns Hopkins University) is a critical educator in New York City.  Her work in critical pedagogical theory draws from her background as an Indigenous American as well as her work in public and non-public urban school systems.  Susannah has degrees in American Indian Studies and Education from Rutgers and Johns Hopkins Universities, which guide her work in researching both the practical applications of and the philosophies behind critical pedagogical theory in American schools.  Susannah’s work is based in the Freirian principles of challenging hegemonic power structures by critical education, and seeks to explore applying critical pedagogical practices to non-public schools as a method of stopping the cycle of students as cultural capital.  

Email: Susannah.Livingston@gcas.ie

 
 

Member of the Curriculum Design Commission

 
 
 

Kim Miller

Phd Researcher


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I move across the fields of video and performance art, working with forms borrowed from dance, theater and stand-up comedy. I’m interested in the relationship between text and action, power and the space of appearance. I like thinking about the difference between presence and image. My work starts with composition – making a script or score of some kind. From there I’m interested in making room for improvisation. How does gesture inform or complicate a subject? Is a radical democratic subject possible? My PhD research proposal explores how we perform ideology, and how ideology is shaped through social choreography. The idea of social choreography is both a tool/phenomenon and an approach/method/frame. Is social choreography the sliding scale that links the aesthetic to the political? How is social choreography an embodiment of ideology (rather than an interpellation of it)? How does one perform ideology? What is the relationship between the aesthetic and the political? What happens when people are left out of social choreography, or prevented from participating, or moved against their interests? Part of my research includes exploring not only a critique, but finding forms for new, or other, subjectivities. If the political are acts that operate by disagreement, I’m trying to craft those acts. I’d like to propose a new, or other, model for art, society, and politics.

 

 

 

Khanyile Joseph Mlotshwa

PhD Researcher

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I am a journalist and writer born in Zimbabwe. I live in South Africa due to study
commitments as I am currently finishing up on a PhD degree in Media and Cultural studies with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). My research is on experimenting with postcolonial and decolonial theories and methodologies in making sense of the articulations of media, border and urban representations of black subjectivity in post-apartheid South Africa. As a journalist, I write mostly on national and local government politics in Zimbabwe, focusing mainly on the Southern region of Matabeleland. As a writer, I experiment with poetry, drama and fiction on themes mainly related to topical issues such as migration, politics, and history. As an academic, my research interests lie where media, cultural, communication, journalism and governance studies intersect with popular, subaltern, resistant, radical and critical forms of politics. Positioned within a postcolonial/decolonial approach, I am interested in representation and identity, and the collusion of neoliberalism and nationalism(s), on one hand; against popular, subaltern and decolonial practices and forms of cultural politics, on the other hand. Here I investigate or analyse the discursive construction of places, people(s) and identities within cultural institutions such as the arts, the media, and life in general. I have taught media studies at universities in Zimbabwe.

 

 
 

Research Degree

Programme

PhD in Philosophy & Psychoanalysis

Milay Lemos

 PhD Researcher

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Milay Lemos graduated from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Global Mental Health. She works as a psychotherapist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her training and academic background include contemplative psychology, gender studies, peace studies, and psychoanalysis. She completed a fellowship and is currently continuing studies at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. 

Milay's research interest is in the unconscious exchange of intrapsychic material and subjective states between analyst and analysand within the analytic encounter, and the relationship of this phenomenon to Eastern philosophical and quantum physics’ descriptions of the nature of reality. She is also interested in the application of a phenomenological methodology for direct observation of emergent states of experience within the analytic encounter. In addition, Milay is a meditation practitioner and certified yoga teacher, and is interested in the use of creative devices such as writing poetry and electronic music production as modes of self-inquiry. 

 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Director:

GCAS/ECSA Certificate Program in Crypto-economics

Teaching Assistant:

MA in Crypto-Economics

PETRA PAULIC

PhD Researcher

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Petra Paulić Is Assistant Director of the GCAS Program, Crypto-Economies. She holds masters degrees in economics, project management and also cultural heritage management and sustainable development. For years she worked as a researcher in a field of creativity, cultural/creative industries, social innovations and social entrepreneurship. She is now a PhD student at GCAS Ireland. Her field of research and dissertation topic is social-economic change in era of crypto-economics. 

Email: <petra.paulic@gcas.ie>  

 

 

 

 
 

 

Courtney Reynolds

PhD Researcher

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Courtney is a change making feminist single mama working for equitable communities in the great Queen City of Cincinnati. A traveler since birth, born in the rolling hills of central Kentucky, reared in the Virgin Islands, and settling in the Cincinnati area, place is an important part of her work - both creatively and academically as she pursues her doctorate. She’s an LGBTQ+ advocate and ally, working with The Living with Change Foundation and within her own community. With a reporter’s roots established early on in her career, telling the full story is her passion. 

Ms. Reynolds holds an undergraduate degree in English and a background in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Program at the University of Cincinnati while focusing on housing sustainability practices and their supposed gender empowerment. 

Email:  Courtney.Reynolds@gcas.ie 

 

 
 
 
 

PhD Advisor: Richard Wolff


 

PhD Committee

Richard Wolff

Lewis Gordon

Creston Davis

Tere Vadén

Walter South

PhD Researcher

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Walter South holds four masters degrees from such places as The New School, Pratt, and Hunter College. Walter is a housing developer based in New York City. His life’s work is devoted to providing affordable housings for all people. Walter was a civil rights activist in the 1960’s.

 

 

 
 

Department Chair:

Sustainable Living Department

BA Specialization

Mark Stimson

PhD Researcher

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Mark Stimson holds two Masters degrees from Maharishi University of Management, the first in Vedic Science (Indian Philosophy) and the second in Sustainble Living.

Stimson's PhD Dissertation is entitled, "A Dynamic systems Approach to (Dis)solving Global Problems

Email: Mark.Stimson@gcas.ie

Bio

I grew up on Cape Cod, under the cultural umbrella of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where my father worked as an oceanographic engineer. The Cape was an idyllic environment of pine woods, sandy beaches and salt marshes, and I spent a lot of my youth alone, observing and learning from Nature. From this I acquired an appreciation of natural law, and developed pattern recognition skills. When I was five my mother changed partners, and I acquired a step-father, Dr. Robert Guillard, a superb scientist and an extraordinary Renaissance man. He had a big influence on my development. My mother was/is equally extraordinary—an accomplished performer and teacher of early music, and an instructor in the TM movement.

With the rise of “alternative” lifestyles and technologies in the 1960s and 70s, my family and I took up organic gardening, and together we restored an antique Cape-style homestead with a brick fireplace and wood-fired bread oven.  In 1970 we started a small summer farm in rural Maine. There I studied Forestry and Woodlot Management with the local extension service. During that period I read a lot of books on alternative lifestyles. My early influences include historian Eric Sloan, visionary Buckminster Fuller, homesteaders Helen & Scott Nearing and guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I credit Maharishi and the TM program for keeping me out of a lot of trouble, for which I was clearly headed. Conversations about self-sufficiency, spirituality and sustainability (although we did not call it that at the time) were a daily part of our family life.

My high school education included 1 1/2 years at Bourne High, a fairly good public school, followed by academic studies at Sea Pines Academy in Brewster, MA and its extension, Sea Pines Abroad in Austria, Italy and other parts of Europe. After some misunderstandings, I left the program, disillusioned with formal education in general. I earned a GED during the following year. Rather than attending college, I went into the trades, learning to build traditional wooden sailing craft. This hands-on, apprenticeship learning suited me better than abstract, disconnected learning as practiced in school. Working with men who were mostly in their 60s and 70s, I discovered the meaning of vernacular wisdom (and humor!). Concurrently, I gave sailing lessons, was the navigator and sailing master on several yachts, and captain of my own 32′ South African-built yawl. In 1980, my involvement with the Transcendental Meditation Program led me to Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, where I helped build two large-scale meditation domes.

In 1982 and newly married, my wife and I settled in Fairfield to raise a family. I managed several MIU construction and restoration projects and formed and operated two business, including a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of wood moldings used in antique house restorations, and a local distributor of windows, doors and other building materials. From these ventures I learned a lot about managing and motivating people. To supplement my skills, I studied business accounting and marketing. My wife and I home-schooled our three children for most of their upbringing. Many of my current ideas on pedagogies come from this period of intentional “learning by doing.” One of our projects was the building of a 36′ catamaran, and taking her by inland waterways from Iowa to Maine. As a measure of our homeschooling success, all three of our children were admitted to Interlochen Academy, a highly selective private high school in Michigan.

In the late 1990s a mid-life creative turn sent me in the direction of professional artist, and my oil paintings were shown in well-known galleries in New England and the Midwest. In 2001-2, I wrote a novel, Gislebert, and self-published with a reasonable return for the time it took. I then became fascinated with the Irish (Uilleann) bagpipe and served a five-year apprenticeship under master instrument maker Tim Britton.

In 2007 I joined MUM’s Sustainable Living Department and helped with curriculum development and the “green” renovation of the 20,000 S.F. Library Science Wing. As MUM’s Sustainability Coordinator, I took on the job of assessing campus energy use and finding solutions for saving energy, reducing waste, lowering MUM’s carbon footprint and producing the campus’ first carbon reports. During that time I coauthored, with Executive V.P. Craig Pearson and others, MUM’s AASHE campus Climate Action Plan. Given the moniker “Professor of Practicality,” I taught numerous project-based courses, and was director of the SL Built Environment concentration. The courses I developed include: Sustainability, Buildings & the Built Environment, Natural Building, High-performance Green Building, Eco-Cities, and Tiny Houses. I also taught Creative & Critical Thinking. In addition, I helped coordinate SL Senior Projects, and coordinated community sustainability projects with the SL MA students. With Dr. David Fisher, I founded MUM’s Applied Soil Biology Laboratory, with guidance from renowned soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham.

In 2015 I earned a MA in Maharishi Vedic Science (Indian Philosophy), and, in 2017, an additional MA in Sustainable Living. My focus for the former was to examine the relationship of moral development (Kohlberg), higher states of consciousness (Alexander, Travis et al) and sustainable behavior. The latter degree focused on sustainable community development, with an emphasis on sustainable education. In mid-2016 I left the SL Department to pursue other ventures.

Working with my wife and two sons, we founded Big Blue Fairfield, a local sustainable center for Music, Art, Science and Technology. Projects we have worked on include building and delivering to the Standing Rock/NoDAPL protest group a solar and wind powered mobile medical clinic, developing an advanced industrial-scale compost turning machine, hosting numerous workshops, concerts and art exhibits, and purchasing and commissioning a sailboat from which to conduct international humanitarian and social sustainability endeavors. My intention at this point is to pursue whatever worthwhile social/sustainable projects I can become involved with. GCAS fits the criteria well.

 
 

Vice-Chair of the Curriculum Development Commission

 

Sviatlana Viarbitskaya, PhD

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Sviatlana Viarbitskaya (1981, Gomel, Belarus) has a PhD in Physics (2008, Stockholm University) and is also a part-time dancer, performer and artist. In GCAS she reads philosophy and theory. She is interested in figuring out how Philosophy and Humanities describe and explain the world she is living in. Her current focus is in how the aforementioned practices of knowledge (philosophy and theory) situate themselves vis-à-vis and critique the contemporary practice of Science. Of particular interest are the concepts of subject, agent, power and politics as they are conceived and dealt with from within the different branches of thinking practices.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Research Programme

PhD in Social & Political Thought

Research Supervisor

Dejan Lukić, PhD

 


Tianming Yao

PhD Researcher


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From commercial enterprise, international organisation, government to grass-roots NGO, in the last 9 years I have accumulated inside perspectives in different fields through first-hand social engagement, and acquired insight into the structure of society and how it functions as a whole. Now I am reaching the turning point of my life where I am looking to fully utilise my specialities and passion in activism and academia.

I joined GCAS because I share its vision and values.

Both of my two postgraduate degrees have focused on the survival and resistance of disadvantaged and marginalised social groups, such as grass-roots NGOs and sexual minorities. Inspired by Foucault’s (1978) The History of Sexuality, I became interested in discovering the underlying power relations behind the ideological construction of non-monogamous relationships in Western media. Because ‘social research and scholarship is a form of social and political articulation and action’ (Ho, 2006: 562), researching such topics is a way of shedding light on social ostracism and giving voice to those who have traditionally been silenced and invisible. By deconstructing hegemonic ideologies and providing alternative discourse, my research aims to contribute to the humanistic goals of reducing prejudice and improving social well-being.

 
 
 
 
 

Academic Background

MA, Social Science Research (Sociology) University of Nottingham (UK)

MPA (Master of Public Administration) Jinan University - Guangzhou, China

BA Japanese Language and Literature Communication University of China - Beijing, China

GCAS College Activities

Core Organizing Team: GCAS Centre China

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