Biographies of the speakers

After Year Zero. Geographies of Collaboration since 1945

Artists | Speakers

Adekeye Adebajo (Cape Town) has been Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, since 2003. He served on United Nations missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. Dr. Adebajo is the author of four books on: Building Peace in West Africa; Liberia’s Civil War; The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War; and UN Peacekeeping in Africa: From the Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts; and co-editor or editor of seven books on: managing global conflicts; the United Nations; the European Union; West African security; and South Africa and Nigeria’s foreign policies in Africa. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Nabil Ahmed (London) is an artist and writer whose works have been presented internationally including at The 2012 Taipei Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, The Centre for Possible Studies Serpentine Gallery, and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto. He has written for Third Text, Media Field Journal and the forthcoming books Architecture and the paradox of Dissidence and is co-curator at Call & Response, an artist run sound art project based in London. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London where he also teaches.

Garnette Cadogan (New York) is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work focuses on arts and culture and their intersection with the history of ideas. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming "Oxford Handbook of the Harlem Renaissance" and is at work on a book about rock-reggae superstar Bob Marley. He lives in New York City.

Rangoato Hlasane (Cape Town) is a visual artist, illustrator and DJ as well as the co-director of the independent and interdisciplinary Keleketla! Library based in Johannesburg. His investigation focuses on the role of the arts in mobilising communities. He coordinated collaborative community based arts and development projects around South Africa using inter-generational and interdisciplinary dialogue as a tool for education and empowering young people from all backgrounds.

James T. Hong (Taiwan), based in Taiwan, James T. Hong is a US-born, independent filmmaker and artist whose works shed light on philosophical topics and figures, controversial race and class issues, and historical conflicts in Asia. His last film “Cutaways of Jiang Chun Gen - Forward and Back Again” was shown in the Forum expanded section of the 2013 Berlinale.

Keyti (Dakar) is known as one of the pioneers of Senegalese hip-hop. With his group Rapadio he offered a radical approach to hip-hop as a means to empower the people and address crucial political and societal issues. He is now, with Xuman, the host of Jounal Rappé, a successful news bulletin performed in rap coming every week on Senegalese tv.

Bongani Madondo (Cape Town) is a writer and cultural critic from South Africa. He has published on literature, music, and the politics of style and race matters. Among other awards, he received the SALA Literary Journalism Award in 2007 and the Steve Biko Advancement of Journalism Fellowship. His new book, "Sigh The Beloved Country", a collection of essays, long form journalism and memoir is due out at the end of 2013 while his book on Brenda Fassie will be published in 2014.

Fred Moten (Los Angeles) is a poet and student of the black radical tradition. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), and The Feel Trio. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

Charles Tonderai Mudede (Seattle) is a writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic born in Zimbabwe and based in Seattle. He is an Associate Editor for the weekly The Stranger, a Contributing Editor for The Black Scholar, and a lecturer in English Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University, Washington.‬

Shirin Rai (Warwick) is a political scientist and professor in the department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests are in post-colonial governance, processes of democratization, gender and politics. She is the author of “The Gender Politics of Development” (2008) and editor of “Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament” (2010).

Authors of the project „Travelling Communiqué. Reading a Photo Archive (1948–1980) Presidential Press Service, Yugoslavia”
The long-term collaborative project is conceived by Armin Linke (artist, Berlin/Milano), Doreen Mende (curator/theorist, Berlin/London) and Milica Tomić (artist, Belgrade) in discussion and with the contribution of the Museum of Yugoslav History (Radovan Cukić, Ivan Manojlović and Mirjana Slavković), Fabian Bechtle (artist, Berlin), Estelle Blaschke (photography historian, Berlin), Zoran Erić (art historian/curator, Belgrade), Theo Eshetu (filmmaker, Rome), Maja Hodoscek (artist, Ljubljana), Pramod Kumar (archive historian, New Dheli), Milica Lopičić (architect, Belgrade), The Otolith Group (artists/theorists, London), Olga Manojlović Pintar (historian, Belgrade), Dubravka Sekulić (writer and architect, Belgrad/Zurich), Ana Sladojević (theorist/curator, Belgrade), Branimir Stojanović (philosopher/psychoanalyst, Belgrade), Jelena Vesić (curator/theorist, Belgrade/Maastricht), and Stevan Vuković (philosopher/curator, Belgrade).
Travelling Communiqué is supported by the Goethe Institute Belgrade. Photo collection of the MYH (Museum of Yugoslav History)