Dr. Sophia Emmanouilidou received her Ph.D. from the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with distinctions in 2003 and on a full scholarship from the Foundation of National Scholarships in Greece (IKY). She has been a Fulbright grantee at the University of Texas, Austin and the John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) for North American Studies, Freie Universität of Berlin. She has published several articles on Chicana/o literature and identity-focused theories. She has lectured at the University of the Aegean, Department of Social Anthropology and History; and the University of the Peloponnese, Department of History and Culture, and the TEI of the Ionian Islands, Department of Environment Technologists. Her interests include border cultures, social studies, space theory and ecocriticism. She is presently affiliated with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of American Literature and edits the volume Ecothinking across the Disciplines: Transnational Interconnections of Nature Studies and the Environmental Humanities.
Sarah Hentges is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maine at Augusta and the 2018-19 Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair of American studies at the University of Southern Denmark. She teaches a variety of interdisciplinary classes on myriad topics including “American Fitness: Culture, Community, and Transformations” and “Critical Themes in American Studies: Bodies, Minds, and Movements.” Sarah is also the author of several books including Women and Fitness in American Culture and Girls on Fire: Transformative Heroines in Young Adult Dystopian Literature. In addition to her academic work, Sarah has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years and is an RYT-200 certified yoga teacher. She also maintains a blog and website at
Dr. Penelope Chatzidimitriou received her PhD and BA from the English School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and her MA in Drama and Theatre Studies, specializing in directing, from Royal Holloway University of London. She has worked as a theatre and performance studies affiliated lecturer in the English Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA level) and the interdepartmental MA in European Literature and Culture of the School of Philosophy, in the International Programmes of the University of London, the franchised BA English programme of University of Northampton in Thessaloniki, local superior drama schools and drama therapy centers. Ever since her PhD thesis on the theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos, she has been collaborating with him and Attis Theatre in Athens as a researcher. She has co-founded the professional theatre group Ars Moriendi in Thessaloniki and has worked as director, dramaturge and set designer in Ars Moriendi theatre group and director in amateur theatre groups. She is also a theatre critic. Her current research activity focuses on the representation of (cultural) trauma in drama, theatre and performance arts. She has published articles in many Greek and international journals and volumes as well as two books in Greece.