Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is a journalist and international security academic. He is the creator of INSURGE intelligence, a crowdfunded investigative journalism project, 'System Shift' columnist at VICE's science magazine Motherboard and a columnist at Middle East Eye in London. In the summer of 2016, he released a detailed investigation, 'Return of the Reich', into the rise of the global far right as a trans-Atlantic network, commissioned by the British government-funded national hate crime charity, Tell MAMA UK. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Anglia Ruskin University, where he has just completed and published the book, Failing States, Collapsing Systems: BioPhysical Triggers of Political Violence (Springer 2017).
Manuela Bojadzijev is a Juniorprofessor for Globalized Cultures at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and the Commissioner for International Cooperations at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Migration and Integration Research, Humboldt University, Berlin. She was also a lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin, City University and Goldsmiths College, University of London and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. In addition to her dissertation "Die windige Internationale. Rassismus und Kämpfe der Migration (The Windy Internationale. Racism and Struggles of Migration) (2008), she published numerous articles on racism and migration research, the history of European migration and postcolonial studies.
Liz Fekete is the director of the Institute of Race Relations, London, and Head of its European Research Programme. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism, refugee rights, far-right extremism and Islamophobia across Europe. She is the author of “A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe” (2009) and has served as an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on asylum and at the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is currently working on a new book, “Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Cultural Revolution from the Right” which will be published by verso later this year.
Anselm Franke has been the head of the Department of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt since 2013. He previously worked as a curator at KW Berlin and as director of the Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp. In 2005 he and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus founded the Forum Expanded for the Berlin International Film Festival of which he has been co-curator since. He was the chief curator of the Taipei Biennial in 2012 and of the Shanghai Biennale in 2014. His exhibition project Animism was shown from 2009 until 2014 in collaboration with various partners in Antwerp, Berne, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut. Franke received his doctorate from Goldsmiths College, London.
Ayşe Güleç is working since 2016 for dOCUMENTA 14 on the content of community liaison and socio-political networking. From 1989 since 2016 she worked in Kulturzentrum Schlachthof in Kassel with the main focus on migration, diversity, education and cultural education. In addition, she is active in several initiatives and networks in the context of (trans-)local migration, anti-racism, Initiative 6. April, as well as in the People's Tribunal “Unravelling the NSU Complex”. In the framework of dOCUMENTA 12, she developed the advisory board for the local connection and was subsequently spokeswoman. For the preparations of the dOCUMENTA she was a member of the “Maybe Education Group”.
Nanna Heidenreich is professor for Digital Narratives – Theory at the ifs internationale filmschule köln. Since 2009 she is also co-curator of Forum Expanded at the Berlinale. She currently also works as a researcher and curator for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, on three projects dealing with the nation state, migration and education. She has published widley on migration, visual culture, postcolonial media theory, art and activism, and has edited several DVDs (political, experimental and feminist filmmaking practices) and is part of the preparation network for the tribunal „Unravelling the NSU-Complex“. She lives in Berlin and occasionally has someone look after her website nannaheidenreich.net.
Amira Hass is a Jerusalem born reporter and correspondent for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, covering issues related to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and to Palestinian society. Her acclaimed book "Drinking the Sea at Gaza" (2000) was written during the 3 years she lived in Gaza. Hass has also published two compilations of articles ( “Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land” (2003) and "It will be Worse Tomorrow" (in Italian, 2004). She also wrote the forward and afterword to a new edition of Hanna Levy Hass' “Diary of Bergen-Belsen: 1944–1945” (2009). She has been living in Ramallah, West Bank, since 1997.
Hamid Khan is the coordinator of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a broad coalition whose goal is to raise public awareness, participation, mobilization, and action on police surveillance and to sustain long-term intersectional movement building. The coalition draws its support from diverse members of the community including formerly incarcerated people, students, un-housed folks, LGBTQ community members, artists, immigrants, academics, lawyers, cultural workers, and various organizations. As founder of South Asian Network, he helped create the first community-based organization in LA committed to informing and empowering South Asians in Southern California to act against discrimination and injustices. Hamid also serves on the board of the Political Research Associates.
Bülent Küçük is an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His primary research interests include theories of the public sphere, postcolonial theories, popular culture, multiculturalism, citizenship and Kurdish studies. He is the author of “Die Türkei und das andere Europa. Phantasmen der Identität im Beitrittsdiskurs (Bielefeld 2008). He has also published essays in the South Athlantic Quarterly, New Perspectives on Turkey, Toplum ve Bilim, Mülkiye Dergisi. He regularly writes political commentaries in free e-zines such as Jadaliyya, T24, Gazete duvar and Bianet. His recent publications include: (with C. Özselçuk) “The Rojava Experience: Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Democratic Life”, (In the South Athlantic Quarterly, 115:1, 2016) and “Die Transformation der Kurdischen Politik: Möglichkeiten und Paradoxe”, (in İ. Attaç & M. Fanizadeh (eds.), Türkei: Kontinuitäten, Veränderungen, Tabus. Viyana: Mandelbaum).
Alana Lentin works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). She has written two other books, Racism (2008) and Racism and Anti-racism in Europe (2004), and co-edited several edited volumes. Her articles have appeared in Information, Communication & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and European Journal of Social Theory, among others. She is also a contributor to The Guardian, OpenDemocracy and Eurozine among other general readership publications.
Chowra Makaremi is an anthropologist and tenured researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has led ethnographic researches in France on border and migrant detention, as well as delinquency courts and experiences of racism in the justice system. She is currently working on the genealogy of State violence in post-revolution Iran. She is the author of “Le cahier d’Aziz, Au cœur de la révolution iranienne” (Gallimard, Paris 2011) and has published extensively on the mechanisms of marginalization, issues of security, migration control, the anthropology of law and the state, and processes of subjectivation at the margins.
Yann Moulier Boutang is a transdisciplinary working economist, professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne and Shanghai University. His heterodox contributions to economic theory and analysis are informed by his wide-ranging knowledge on the fields of philosophy and social sciences. He is the chief editor of the journal “Multitudes” where he also publishes his own articles on a regular basis. Books he has authored include “Cognitive Capitalism” (2012), “L’Abeille et l’économiste” (2010) and “Althusser, a Biography (Part One, 1919-1956)” (2002).
Bernd Scherer is director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The philosopher and author of several publications came to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2006. His theoretical work focuses on aesthetics, philosophy of language, semiotics and international cultural exchange. He has curated and co-curated several cultural and art projects, such as “Agua - Wasser”, “Über Lebenskunst”, “The Anthropocene Project” and recently “100 Years of Now”. Since January 2011, he has also been teaching as Honorary Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. Amongst many publications he recently coedited the four volume book “Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray”. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, London, England, 2014, 2015.
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, University of London - a laboratory for critical spatial practices. Since 2011 he directs the research project “Forensic Architecture”. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums. Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture (DAAR). His recent books include “FORENSIS” (2014), “The Roundabout Revolution” (2015) and “The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert” (2015).