Camil Francisc Roman (PhD University of Cambridge, 2017) is currently Lecturer in Political Science at John Cabot University and LUMSA University (Rome). He is interested in reflexive and interpretative approaches to the human sciences, with an emphasis on anthropologically and historically oriented theory. Among his areas of research are modern democracy and revolutions, modernity and secularization, and the social foundations and implications of political power. At the moment he is completing the research monograph The French Revolution as a Liminal Process: Understanding the Political Schismogenesis of Modernity (Routledge, forthcoming). His latest publications include Divinization and Technology. The Political Anthropology of Subversion (co-editor; Routledge 2019), ‘The French Revolution and the Craft of the Liminal Void: From the Sanctity of Power to the Political Power of the Limitless Sacred’ (Historical Sociology 2018), ‘The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in the Prussian political Imaginary: A Politico-Anthropological Genealogy of the “Special” German–French Relations’ (Journal of International Relations and Development 2018), and “Liminality, the Execution of Louis XVI, and the Rise of Terror during the French Revolution” in Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality (Berghahn 2015).
Marius Ion Bența received his PhD in 2014 from University College Cork, Ireland, with a thesis on Alfred Schutz's sociology of 'multiple realities.' His work focuses on such topics as the political anthropology of media and new media, phenomenology, mystical experience, nationalism, and identity. His recent publications include Walling, Boundaries and Liminality: A Political Anthropology of Transformations (a collective volume co-edited with Agnes Horvath and Joan Davison, Routledge 2018), Experiencing Multiple Realities: Alfred Schutz’s Sociology of the Finite Provinces of Meaning (a research monograph, Routledge 2018), or "Fluid identity, fluid citizenship: The problem of ethnicity in post-communist Romania", in: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23/2017. He works in Cluj, Romania, as Research Fellow in sociology at George Barițiu Institute and Associate Lecturer at Babeș-Bolyai University.
Daniel Gati grew up in Florence and naturally graduated in Renaissance Art History at the University of Florence. However, he moved on to sociology, studying in Ireland, before gaining his MSc degree at the University of Amsterdam. His main areas of interest are the nature of political power and the phenomenon of the trickster, mimesis, charisma, and technology. As well as working on the IPA journal and IPASS summer schools, he organized the International Beauty conferences in 2010 and 2011. First in the Bellini Museum and second, in the Uffizi Museum. His upcoming chapter will be published by Routledge in 'Charisma and Leadership' in 2020.
Tom Boland lectures in Sociology at Waterford Institute of Technology. His core interests are in social theory, historical sociology and the sociology of critique. Recent articles have appeared in journals of sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy. His monograph Critique as a Modern Social Phenomenon was published in 2013 by Mellen Press. With Ray Griffin he is author of The Sociology of Unemployment (Manchester University Press, 2015).
John O’Brien is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Applied Arts, School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology. John holds a BSocSci and MSocSci from University College Dublin. In 2011 he graduated with a PhD from the Department of Sociology, University College Cork. His most recent publication is 'States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilization'. John has lectured in Sociology in WIT since 2008. Prior to this he was a tutor in sociology in Dublin City University, University College Cork and University College Dublin. He is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society, a Member of the Sociological Association of Ireland, the British Sociological Association and the Drinking Studies Network. He has worked with the office of the President of Ireland on the Ethics Initiative, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society. John’s research interests include alcohol and other psychoactive substances, consumption, sociological theory, classical philosophy, Irish society, memory and commemoration. He has published two books and numerous journal papers on these topics. He currently supervises four PhD students and has hosted/delivered at several conferences and summer schools.