Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Co. is a non-profit educational initiative that promotes ethical, responsible, and reasoned discussions on cultural difference and social solidarity through conferences, seminars, publications, educational programs, and literary and artistic events.


Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Co. is a domestic non-profit corporation incorporated in the state of Vermont, USA. It is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Agnieszka Bielewska

SWPS University of Social Science

and Humanities

Wroclaw, Poland

abielewska(at)swps.edu.pl

Zuzana Kršková gained her expertise and first teaching experience at the Faculty of Arts and since 2014 works as the assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature of the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University in Brno. Among her main research interests belong Caribbean and post-colonial literatures and cultures and also teaching literature in classroom.


Link to External Webpage:

https://is.muni.cz/auth/osoba/145169?lang=cs;setlang=cs#cv

John McSweeney
Independent Scholar
Cork, Ireland
john.mcsweeney(at)yahoo.ie

Mary Ann Walter
Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus
Kalkanli/Guzelyurt, TRNC
walter(at)metu.edu.tr

Reviewers, Editors, and Seminar Organizers

Paul Reynolds​

Edge Hill University
Ormskirk, UK
reynoldp(at)edgehill.ac.uk

David Stoop

University of Cologne, Germany

mail(at)david-stoop.de

Scott H. Boyd is currently on research leave in Boulder, Colorado. He is a former department chair at Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus and has held tenured academic positions in humanities and literature at several US and international universities. He writes and publishes on issues in higher education and interdisciplinary cultural theory. He is the co-founder, with Paul Reynolds, of CDSS.


Selected Publications:

1. Boyd, Scott H. Considering and Theory of Autopoietic Culture.

​2. Boyd, Scott H. The Theory of Autopoietic Culture: Processes and Inquiries Beyond the Frame.

​3. Boyd, Scott H. The Spread of Neoliberalism in US Community Colleges: TQM Accreditation, "Consumers," and Corporate Sponsored Non-Profits.

Terry McDonough

University Centre at

Blackburn College

​Blackburn, UK

Craig A. Hammond is Research & Scholarship Leader at Blackburn College; as part of this role he is responsible for the promotion and enhancement of research and scholarship excellence across the University Centre and wider College. Gaining is PhD in Sociology – from Lancaster University – in 2012, he has since gained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). In addition to his CDSS activities, he is a Regional Co-Convenor for the Learning Skills and Research Network and Editor-in-Chief of Blackburn College’s peer-reviewed journal Prism.  


Link to External Webpage:

http://www.blackburn.ac.uk/lecturer-profile/HAMC11


Selected Publications:

​1. Hammond, C. A. (2017) Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education: Pedagogical Tactics for Alternative Futures London: Bloomsbury Academic

2. Hammond, C. (2015) ‘Monstrosity and the Not-Yet: Edward Scissorhands via Ernst Bloch and Georg Simmel’ Film-Philosophy. Vol. 19

Terry McDonough is Lecturer in English Language at the University Centre at Blackburn College and was formerly an Associate Lecturer in Linguistics at Liverpool Hope University. His interests involve the synthetisation of Critical Discourse Analysis with Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience within the context of investigating social constructionism, particularly in terms of a cultural political economy. Terry is also Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the peer-reviewed journal, PRISM; a member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association; and a Doctoral researcher at Lancaster University.


Link to External Webpage:

https://erotao.wordpress.com


Selected Publications:

McDonough, T.D. (forthcoming). Legitimising the Market in the National Student Survey: An Experimental Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis. CADAAD X(X)


McDonough, T.D. (2014). Language. In Dobbs, S. (Ed.). English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: A Practical Guide for Students. London: Anthem Press. pp.3-20.




Mary Ann Walter has been at METU-NCC for seven years, following positions at Northwestern University and Plovdiv University, and earning her PhD in linguistics from MIT (2007). Her research focuses on phonology, phonetics, and sociolinguistics, in particular loanwords and language contact among languages of the Middle East and the Balkans. 


Link to External Webpage:

http://ncc.metu.edu.tr/getprofile/walter

​​https://metu.academia.edu/MaryAnnWalter

Who We Are

Giuseppe Raudino is a tenured lecturer in Media Theory at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences of Groningen, Netherlands. He graduated from the University of Siena (Italy) with a dissertation in Semiotics about Umberto Eco. His academic interests range from Interculturality to (New and Social) Media Studies, from Visual Language to Art,Literature and Religion. He also works as a freelance writer. Since 2016 he is the promoter of the Serialised Storytelling academic network.


Link to External Webpage:

http://hanze.academia.edu/GiuseppeRaudino

https://www.facebook.com/raudinomediatheory


Agnieszka Bielewska received her PhD in Social Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty in Wrocław, Poland. Her primary academic interests include international migration, ethnic minorities, diaspora and nationalism. Her research has been focused on the impact of globalisation on national identity (Poles in the United Kingdom), the connection between the identity and urban space and the highly skilled migrants (foreigners in Poland). She published with Peter Lang and “Ethnicities.”


Link to External Webpage:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Agnieszka_Bielewska


​​​Scott H. Boyd
Boulder, CO USA
sboyd(at)metu.edu.tr
scotthboyd(at)gmail.com

Directors:

About CDSS

Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network

Craig Hammond
Research and Scholarship Leader
University Centre Blackburn College

Blackburn, UK

craig.hammond(at)blackburn.ac.uk

Zuzana Krskova
Masaryk University
Brno, Czech Republic
145169(at)mail.muni.cz

Paul Reynolds is Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy at Edge Hill University. His research interests and postgraduate supervision are in: sexual diversity, ethics and politics; radical philosophy, theory and politics, with particular reference to Marxist ethics and politics; and the role and responsibilities of the intellectual. In addition to Co-Directorship of CDSS, he holds a number of convening and advisory posts, notably: Co-Convenor of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics (INSEP) http://www.insep.ugent.be/insep/ and Co-Chief Editor of its Journal (JINSEP) http://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/insep; and Member of the Editorial Board, Historical Materialism: International Journal of Research in Critical Marxist Theory, (in Conjunction with Brill Publishers) – www.historicalmaterialism.org


Link to External Webpage:

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/socialsciences/about/staff/paul-reynolds/


Selected Publications:

1. Tom Claes/Paul Reynolds: Why Sexual Ethics and Politics? Why Now?, INSEP Vol. 1, Issue 1/2013, pp. 5–18

2. Some Remarks on the Depoliticising Relationship between Ethics and Science in Contemporary Radical and Post-Marxist Thought

​​3. Seksuele Toestemming Ontrafeld

​4. Solidarity Through Practice? Macintyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism: A Marxist Reading


Giuseppe G. Raudino

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Groningen, The Netherlands

g.raudino(at)pl.hanze.nl