The Bucket & the Shower

Examining bathing, modernity, heritage and nostalgia in India

Disorderly Design

In praise of local idiosyncrasies – India vs Singapore & global homogeneity

Ophelia Bears Down on Harvey

Reflections on the shaming of Harvey Weinstein


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Kathryn Borel

Kathryn was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer & broadcaster for a decade. She was founding producer of top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Walrus, and, among others. Kathryn's first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her existential dread.

Toronto, Canada

Kristian Bankov

Kristian Bankov (b. 1970) is professor in semiotics, sociology of consumption and brand communication at New Bulgarian University. He is the head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies and director of the Sociosemiotic laboratory there. KB is the main organizer of the annual Early Fall School in Semiotics (EFSS) which takes place in Bulgaria, mostly in Sozopol, each September since 1995. He likes beer and football. For more information see Facebook.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Mark Irving

Mark Irving is a writer and critical analyst. He works with clients on articulating mission, organisational story, spatial narratives, and audience engagement across different media. He is expert in handling editorial content, tone-of-voice and visual culture. He lectures in cultural theory at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the London College of Communication. Mark has been an arts journalist writing on the visual arts, design & architecture for the leading UK newspapers since 1994. He has scripted and presented arts television documentaries and is an author.

London, UK