Participants

Antony T. Anghie is Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. He has served as Professor of Law at the University of Utah and as Visiting Professor at the American University Cairo, Cornell, Harvard, the London School of Economics, and the University of Tokyo. Professor Anghie's research interests include a. o. globalization, development issues, and international law; colonialism and the history of public international law; and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). In his book Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law (2005) he argues that the colonial confrontation was central to the formation of international law and its founding concept, sovereignty.

Arjun Appadurai is an anthropologist and Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. In 2016/17 he is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin. Appadurai has published a number of seminal books within the field of globalization studies, such as Modernity at Large (1996), Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006), and The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (2013). Most recently, he published Banking on Words. The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (2015), offering an unconventional approach to the economic collapse of 2008.

Cemil Aydin teaches global history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on modern Middle Eastern and Asian intellectual histories, investigating the roots of the contemporary world order. In The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought (2007) he discusses the rise of modern anti-Westernism in the age of imperialism. He recently published Regionen und Reiche in der Politischen Geschichte des Langen 19. Jahrhunderts, 1750-1924 (Region and Empire in the Political History of the Long 19th Century) in Geschichte der Welt, 1750-1870: Wege zur Modernen Welt (2016). His book The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History is forthcoming (April 2017).

Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin are artists who in their collaborative practice explore the porous nature of identity in the migratory context. Their projects research multi-layered localities and territorial frontiers, linking traditional notions of physical space with legal zones that have ephemeral qualities. Bernier’s and Martin’s works have been exhibited internationally, most recently at Le Grand Café Centre d’Art Contemporain Saint-Nazaire (2016), CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2016), the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and the Centre Pompidou (2015).

In Koli Jean Bofane is an author and writer. He grew up in Belgium but returned to his native Congo (Zaire) in 1983. With the increasing oppression of press freedom in his country, he left in 1993 to pursue a writing career in Belgium. Bofane’s first work Pourquoi le lion n’est plus le roi des animaux (1996) is a satire about dictators. His latest book Congo Inc. Le Testament de Bismarck (2015) paints a complex picture of the contemporary Congo in the grip of globalization. In 2015 he was awarded the Prix des 5 continents de la Francophonie.

Kudzanai Chiurai is an artist working with a broad range of media, such as photography, editing and printing, painting, and film. His works explore themes of urban space, exile, racism, and displacement, as well as the constructed nature of African nation-states. He graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and currently lives in Zimbabwe. Chiurai’s work has been exhibited internationally including most recently at the Lagos Photo Festival (2016), the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2016), the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, Brooklyn (2015), Documenta 13 (2012), MoMA New York (2011), and Goodman Gallery Project Space, Johannesburg (2011).

cinéma copains (Arne Hector and Minze Tummescheit) are film-makers and have worked together since 2000. Their research-based long-term projects deal with social and economic questions, such as the film-essay Jarmark Europa (2004) and in arbeit (2012, in the works). cinéma copains is currently working on the film series Fictions and Futures (2013 - ongoing), investigating the colonization of the future by means of complex financial instruments. Their works have been presented a. o. at Gallery 400 / UIC (2016), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2015), CEN Porto Alegre (2014), Berlinale Forum Expanded (2014), Bergen Assembly (2013), and Taipei Biennial (2012).

Ann Cotten is an author and lyricist, writing in German and English. Since 2007 she has been widely publishing her writing that is distinctive for its experimental approach to poetry and prose, a. o Der Schaudernde Fächer (2013, The Quivering Fan). She collaborated with the visual artist Kerstin Cmelka for the book I, Coleoptile (2010). With Monika Rinck and Sabine Scho, she performs the “Rotten Kinck Schow.” In her book Verbannt! – Versepos (2016), she employs old meters and experimental literary forms to write a contemporary epos. Her most recent publication is Lather In Heaven (2016).

Slavenka Drakulić is a writer and journalist. Her fictional and non-fictional writings address a broad range of topics from feminism, illness, and fear of death to the conditions in communist and post-communist Yugoslavia. Both in her novels and non-fiction Drakulić has written extensively on the war in former Yugoslavia. In They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague (2004), she asks how people can be capable of committing extreme crimes in war. She gave voice to women abused during the Balkan War in As If I Am Not There (2001). Drakulić writes for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at the School of Architecture at Yale University. She has lectured and published widely in the United States and beyond. In her book Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (2014) she examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Easterling's research and writing was included in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2014 and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Susan George is an political scientist, activist and author. She is president of the Board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, an international network of scholar-activists committed to social change. With her first ground-breaking book How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reason for World Hunger (1976) she achieved international recognition and has since published widely on global inequalities. Recent publications include Shadow Sovereigns: How Global Corporations Are Seizing Power (2015) and Whose Crisis? Whose Future? (2010). George holds honorary doctorates from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia of Madrid.

Avery F. Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London (2015-2018). Her most recent books are The Hawthorn Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins (forthcoming), The Workhouse: The Breitenau Room (with Ines Schaber, 2012) and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (2nd edition 2008). Her work focuses on radical thought and practice, imprisonment, and other forms of dispossession. She serves on the Editorial Committee of the journal Race & Class and is the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB FM Santa Barbara.

Bernd Kasparek is a mathematician and migration researcher with a focus on border studies. He is founding member of the Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies (kritnet) and member of the managing board of the research association bordermonitoring.eu. Currently, he is completing his PhD project on the Europeanisation of the border regime. Together with Sabine Hess he edited Grenzregime: Diskurse, Praktiken, Institutionen in Europa (2010), a collection of texts concerned with the dynamics, actors, discourses, and practices of the European border regime and, with others, the successor volume Grenzregime 3: Der lange Sommer der Migration (2016), on the so-called Summer of Migration in 2015.

Ramzi Kassem is Professor of Law at the City University of New York where he directs the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and the CLEAR project. With his students, he represents prisoners of various nationalities held at American detention facilities globally as well as New Yorkers who find themselves in the crosshairs of the sprawling U.S. security state. Before joining the CUNY law faculty in 2009, Kassem was a lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. His interests include the legal and policy responses to the September 11th attacks and other real or perceived national security crises, the rights of minorities and non-citizens, and international humanitarian law.

Brigitta Kuster is an artist, cultural researcher, and writer, primarily interested in visual and film studies, postcolonialism, and migration and border studies. Her work takes the form of research projects, exhibitions, and filmic approaches. Kuster is a member of the artist collective Artefakte, with Regina Sarreiter and Dierk Schmidt. Together with Moïse Merlin Mabouna she works on the longtime filmic research project choix d'un passé, dealing with the legacies of colonialism in Cameroon. The project is also presented in her most recent book, Choix d'un passé - transnationale Vergegenwärtigungen kolonialer Hinterlassenschaften (2016, Choix d’un passé–transnational realizations of colonial legacies).

Lawrence Liang is a legal researcher, writer, and lawyer based at the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. His work lies at the intersection of law and cultural politics, and has in recent years been looking at questions of media piracy. He has been working closely with the independent research initiative Sarai, New Delhi on the joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons. Liang is the author of Primer on Open Content (2007) and The Public is Watching: Sex, Laws and Videotape (2007). Most recently he co-authored Invisible Libraries (2016), speculative fiction on libraries and the future of reading. He regularly publishes on copyright, popular culture and legal questions.

Sandro Mezzadra is a political philosopher whose work focuses on the relations between globalization, migration, and citizenship, as well as on postcolonial theory and criticism. He teaches political theory at the University of Bologna and is Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society of the University of Western Sydney. His books include: In the Marxian Workshops. The subject and its Production (2014), The Postcolonial Condition: History and Politics in the Global Present (2008), and The Right to Escape: Migration, Citizenship, Globalization (2006). With Brett Neilson he is the author of Border as Method, or the Multiplication of Labor (2013).

Christian Nyampeta is an artist and a PhD candidate at the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths, University of London where he researches Sub-Saharan African philosophy. Ongoing activities include contributions to research programs of Another Roadmap, Africa Cluster. Most recently, he contributed to the Gwangju Biennale (2016) and the Jerusalem Show VIII (2016). Recent exhibitions include Through the Fog: Descripting the Present, State of Concept, Athens; Prix de Rome 2015, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; How to Live Together: Prototypes, The Showroom, London as well as Casco, Utrecht and Stroom, Den Haag between 2013 and 2014.

Marcus Rediker is a Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Collège d'études mondiales in Paris. His books on Atlantic social, labor, and maritime history include Outlaws of the Atlantic (2014), Villains of all Nations (2004), and The Many-Headed Hydra (2000, with Peter Linebaugh). He worked with film-maker Tony Buba to produce the award-winning documentary Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels (2014). His latest book, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf who became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist, is forthcoming in 2017. He has also been active in a variety of peace and social justice movements.

Kim Rygiel is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on border security, migration, and citizenship in North America and Europe. She investigates how citizens and non-citizens engage in citizenship practices and challenge notions of political community and understandings of citizenship. She is the author of Globalizing Citizenship (2010) and co-editor of Citizenship, Migrant Activism and the Politics of Movement (2012). Her work has appeared in journals such as Citizenship Studies, European Journal of Social Theory and International Political Sociology.

Isabelle Saint-Saëns, a former computer scientist, is an activist in the fields of migration, feminism and collectivity. She is a member of the transnational network migreurop.org that addresses the European policies of migration and advocates freedom of movement; of Gisti, a French NGO providing information and support to migrants; and of the collective editorial board of Vacarme, a journal which reflects on the intersections of artistic practice, research, and political activism. She participated in the European network Frassanito, and was the coordinator of the website Pajol.eu.org, which is now an archive of the Sans Papiers movement (1997-2007).

David Scott teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His work is concerned with rethinking the story of the colonial past for the postcolonial present. This has involved a variety of inquiries into tradition and generations, dialogue and criticism, self-determination and sovereignty, tragedy and temporality, and transitional justice and liberalism. He is the author of Formations of Ritual (1994), Refashioning Futures (1999), Conscripts of Modernity (2004), Omens of Adversity (2014), and Stuart Hall’s Voice: Intimation of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity (2017). Scott is the founder and editor of the journal Small Axe, and director of the Small Axe Project.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, human rights, social movements and the World Social Forum. His most recent publications include If God Were a Human Rights Activist (2015), Epistemologies of the South. Justice against the Epistemicide (2014), and Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization, and Emancipation (2002).

Felix Stalder is Professor for digital culture and network theory at Zürich University of the Arts, where he currently co-directs the Media Arts Program and is also an independent researcher and organizer with groups such as the Institute for New Cultural Technologies (t0) in Vienna. He has published extensively on digital network cultures and their political implications and has been active in this field since the mid-1990s. Stalder authored a. o. Digital Solidarity (2013) and most recently Kultur der Digitalität (2016) where he looks at the historical origins and contemporary conditions of the ever expanding digital sphere.

Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, visual artist, and writer in the field of essayist documentary video. She is professor for lens-based Media at Universität der Künste, Berlin. Her work, which examines issues such as globalization, feminism, and postcolonial critique, takes the image, its production and circulation as a point of departure. Besides being a frequent lecturer, Steyerl has published influential writings, and participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials. Her works were exhibited a. o. at 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), 9th Berlin Biennale (2016), the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial (2015), and Documenta 12 (2007).

Zoran Terzić is a writer, researcher, and jazz pianist. He studied Visual Arts in New York and obtained his PhD at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. In 2007/2008 he was a researcher at IFK in Vienna and Zentrum für Literaturwissenschaft in Berlin. He was Visiting Scholar at Universität Leipzig in 2013. His monograph Kunst des Nationalismus (2007) deals with the cultural semiotics of war. Terzić has co-initiated the literature-project Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters, the research collective Postfaschistische Idylle, and runs Improsociety, a web platform for his musical and collaborative works.

Naomi Wallace is a playwright who divides her time between the US and the UK. Her plays―produced in Europe, the US and the Middle East―include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Vision of the Middle East, And I and Silence, and Night is a Room. Wallace wrote the screenplays for the films Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, and Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce McLeod). Together with Ismail Khalidi she edited Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora (2015). Her recent play The Liquid Plain (2015) is based on a story from Marcus Rediker’s book The Slave Ship (2007).

Samar Yazbek is a writer and journalist. She has written numerous novels, short stories, film scripts, and has edited the feminist e-zine Women of Syria. A prominent voice in support of human rights and women's rights, she took part in the protests against the Assad government. In 2012, she received the PEN/Pinter International Writer of Courage Award for her book A Woman in the Crossfire (2012), an account of the Syrian uprising’s first months. Since she has left Syria in 2011, she has secretly returned several times to her homeland. In her latest book, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria (2015), she testifies to how a peaceful uprising transformed into an appalling conflict.

Charles Lim Yi Yong graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London with a B.A. in Fine Art in 2001. Lim’s work encompasses film, installation, sounds, conversations, text, drawing, and photography. He co-founded the seminal net-art collective tsunamii.net which exhibited at Documenta 11 (2002). Since 2005, he has been developing a body of work titled Sea State that explores the political, biophysical and psychic contours of the city state Singapore, through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. Most recently, Sea State was exhibited at the Singapore Pavilion during the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).