Qingben Li was born in Laizhou of Shandong Province in October 1965, graduated from the Chinese Department of Shandong University, earned his Doctorate of Arts with a concentration in Literary Theory and Aesthetics in 1993, and was conferred with the title of professor in 1999 and thereafter became tutor of Ph.D. candidates in 2003. Prof. Li was the head of HSK (advanced) Research Office of National HSK Center (1993-2001), the head program officer of China Culture Center in Malta (2004/9-2006/8) and the senior research scholar of Harvard University in the Department of Literature and Comparative Literature (2010/9-2011/3). Now Prof. Li is the academic leader of Comparative Literature and World Literature of Beijing Language and Culture University, the professor at the Faculty of Humanities, the doctoral tutor, and the director of the Institute of World Literature and Culture and the Institute of Comparative Literature. He also served as the director in Association for YanHuang Culture of China; the adjunct professor of Aesthetics of Literature and Art Center in Shandong University (the Humanities and Social Science Disciplines Base of the Ministry of Education), the vice president of the Harvard Humanities Visiting Scholar Association, and the vice president of The National Youth Eco-criticism Research Association. Prof. Li mainly works on the Aesthetics of Literature and Art, Cross-Cultural Studies of Comparative Poetry and dedicates to the research of Ecological Aesthetics and Policies toward the Cultural Industry. He has hosted and participated in a number of national and provincial important research projects, mainly include: “Cross-Cultural Interpretation to Chinese Literary Theory in the context of American Sinology " (China Scholarship Council Senior Research Scholars Program); “A Comparative Study on Cultural and Creative Industries between ‘Beijing Model’ and ‘Queensland Model’”(Beijing Philosophy and Social Sciences "12th Five-Year Plan" Project); The Mindset of Yin and Yang and the Study of Chinese Aesthetic Culture (The Major Tenders by Ministry of Education's Key Discipline Base) etc. He published more than 90 academic papers in domestic and foreign Newspapers and Journals (including reviews and translations), which have been repeatedly reprinted by "Xinhua Digest", "Duplicated Materials by Renmin University “and "Chinese Philosophy Yearbook". His major works include: Romantic Aesthetics of China in the 20th Century (Monograph,1999), Studies and Researches of Wang Guowei (Monograph,1999), Cross-cultural Perspectives, A Critique of Culture and Aesthetics at the Transitional Period (Monograph,2003), Post-modern Sculpture Classics of the West (co-author, the first author,2005), The Uses of Cultural Studies (translation,2007), A Report Book on Cultural Industries and Cultural Policies in the EU Countries (co-author, the first author,2008), Comparison of Chinese and Western Literature (co-author, the first author,2008), A Reader: Ecological Aesthetics Abroad (chief editor,2009), Cross-Cultural Aesthetics: Beyond the Model of Sino-Western Dualism (Monograph,2011). In 2002, Prof. Li awarded the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation Award for Young Teachers (Research); in 2009, he was selected by Program for “New Century Excellent Talents” in Ministry of Education; in 2010, the course of "Introduction to Chinese Culture" which he served as a course leader was elected to the National Essential Courses; in the same year, A Report Book on Cultural Industries and Cultural Policies in the EU Countries won the second prize of Beijing Philosophy and Social Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award.
Gustavo Sánchez Canales currently teaches English in the Department of Philology and Didactics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). His university teaching experience includes courses in Anglo-American Literature at the Department of English Philology II at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1999-2010) and courses in Translation and Anglonorteamericana Culture at the Department of Translation and Interpreting at C.L.U.N.Y. I.S.E.I.T. (Université de Paris) from 2001 to 2009.
His interests in research include contemporary Jewish American fiction, Holocaust literature, comparative literature and literary theory. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and reviews on the work of authors such as Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Chaim Potok, Cynthia Ozick, Allegra Goodman, Rebecca Goldman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Michael Chabon.
Stéphanie Smadja teaches Stylistics and French Linguistics, in the Department of Lettres, Art, Cinéma at the University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, since 2008. She is the Associate Director of the department since september 2011, and member of the governing council of the Humanities Institute of Paris, since may 2011.
Since 2010, she is the manager of an Idex project Self-talk : situations, forms and practices. This project implies a reflexion on identity, subjectivity but also language and communication. Four main lines were defined : construction and deconstruction of self- representation ; link between monologue and dialogue ; link between monologue and humanity ; study of those who produce monologues, including madmen, seriously ill and homeless person.
Since 2013, she is the co-manager of a project about Science and common language. Firmly interdisciplinary, this program explores the relations between science, public space and common language from the 19th century, when the divorce begun between science and literature, until today.
These projects are an example (and an experiment) of possible realization for a humanities laboratory.
Her research areas include prose (XIXth-XXth centuries, the twenties, monolgue, adjectives in literature, syntactic discontinuity, and style. Her recent publications include Smadja, Stéphanie, La "Nouvelle Prose française". Étude sur la prose narrative au début des années 1920, Bordeaux, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, Poétique et stylistique, 2013.