Guests Thinking Together


Ayreen Anastas (PS/US)

Ayreen Anastas is an artist born in occupied Palestine and lives in New York.


Miriyam Aouragh (NL)

Miriyam Aouragh is a scholar and activist in antiracism and anti-imperialism movements. She follows, and writes about, the complex revolutionary dynamics in the Arab world with special interest in the impact of the internet. Her research interests and areas of expertise include: digital imperialism, cyber warfare; social media; activism; Arab uprisings; and MENA (Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt). Miriyam grew up in Amsterdam as a second generation Moroccan and has a background in cultural anthropology/non-Western sociology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterrdam). For her PhD she studied the implications of the internet (Web 1.0) in Palestine after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. In her postdoc research at the Oxford Internet Institute she focused on the political role of Web 2.0 for grassroots activists. She is currently Leverhulme fellow at Communication And Media Research Institute at Westminster University.

Her work is published in several books and journals including her own monograph Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the construction of Identity (London, I.B. Tauris 2011). Her next book is about cyber imperialism which will offer an attempt to theorize how the contradictions of capitalism shape the modes and meanings of resistance in the era of revolution and digital transformations. (Source:



Franco Berardi (IT)

Franco Berardi is a contemporary writer, media-theorist and media-activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976-1978). Like others Involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970′s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Felix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. During the 1980′s he contributed to the magazines Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milan). In the 1990′s he published Mutazione e Ciberpunk (Genoa, 1993), Cibernauti (Rome, 1994), and Felix (Rome, 2001). He is currently collaborating on the magazine Derive Approdi as well as teaching social history of communication at the Accademia di belle Arti in Milan. He is the co-founder of the e-zine and the telestreet phenomenon.

Key Publications: The Uprising. On Poetry and Finance (2013); The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy (2009); Ethereal Shadows: Communications and Power in Contemporary Italy (with Marco Jacquement & Gianfranco Vitali, 2009); Precarious Rhapsody. Semio-capitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation (2009); Félix Guattari. Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography (2008).

Heath Bunting (UK)

Heath Bunting works with technological, cultural, and social systems. He has explored both the dirty and progressive dimensions of the Internet, hacked urban spaces through physical activities, and in recent years has been dedicated to an extensive research aimed at constructing fully valid identities from scratch based on a deep knowledge of how such identities are officially constructed. Heath Bunting is a founding member of the web collective irational. In 1997 he publicly declared his retirement from net art, but his work nevertheless still involves online and computational aspects, only more integrated with the conceptual and material possibilities offered by life in the offline world.



Damien Cahill (AUS)

Damien Cahill’s research focuses primarily on the relationship between the economy and society. This informs his writing on neoliberal think tanks, neoliberalism and the global financial crisis; neoliberal hegemony; and the social foundations of the contemporary Australian economy. Damien is Chair of the Department of Political Economy at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney. His work has appeared in publications including Arena, Australian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Labour History, Overland, Rethinking Marxism and Z-Magazine. He has also contributed several book chapters to edited collections.
Key Publications: Market Society: History, Theory, Practice (ed., with Benjamin Spies-Butcher, Joy Paton, 2012); Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market (ed., with Lindy Edwards, Frank Stilwell, 2012); Always embedded neoliberalism and the global financial crisis, In Kate Macdonald, Shelley Marshall, Sanjay Pinto (eds.), New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal (2012)


Mauricio Corbalán (AR)

Mauricio Corbalán is an architect and urbanist living and working in Buenos Aires. He is a co-founder of m7red. Based in Buenos Aires, m7red is an urban resources network with archives, laboratories and consulting offices. m7red was founded by Mauricio Corbalan and Pio Torroja in 2005. Since then, they have been working with a wide range of experts and non-experts, analysing, discussing, researching and making proposals on the most pressing political and urban topics. m7red is working on the boundaries between an NGO, a research group, urban consulting and a strategic forum. Its know-how comes from the analysis and management of exchange processes and transformations between civil society and the nation state’s control. Mauricio Corbalán is also part of the Blue House project at IJburg, developed by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Herve Paraponaris and Dennis Kaspori , since its inception in 2005.



Valentina Desideri (NL)

Valentina Desideri considers making as a form of study, and study as a form of making. She wants to create the condition to rehearse another kind of subjectivity: a being who creates herself through a social ensemble that is itself a constant and provisional creation. Her current practices include Fake Therapy and Political Therapy.
She co-organizes the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France (, she speculates with Prof. Stefano Harney, she writes biographies by reading people’s palms, she dances, and she is often around.
Valentina Desideri trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London and did a MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

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Michael Dillon (UK)

Michael Dillon is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Lancaster University, UK. He researches the problematisation of politics, security and war from the perspective of continental philosophy. He has been especially interested in what happens to the problematisation of security when security discourses and technologies take life rather than sovereign territoriality as their referent object. He publishes widely in international relations as well as in cultural and political theory. Among his recent book publications are: Foucault on Politics, Security and War (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008, co-editor Andrew Neal), The Liberal Way of War: Killing to Make Life Live (Routledge, 2009, co-author Julian Reid); and, Deconstructing International Politics (Routledge 2012). Forthcoming is, Biopolitics of Security in the 21st Century: A Political Analytic of Finitude (Routledge). His latest essays include: Specters of Biopolitics: Eschatology, Katechon and Resistance,’ The South Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 2011; ‘Afterlife: Living Death to Political Spirituality,’ Millennium Journal of International Studies, 2013; and, ‘Segurança e modernidade: a infinitude da governance finita, (Security and Modernity: The Infinite Government of Finite Things)’ in Nildo Avelino and Salvo Vaccaro, eds. Governamentalidade Segurança, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Editora Intermeios, 2013. Michael Dillon also co-edits The Journal of Cultural Research (Routledge).


Katja Dreyer

Katja Dreyer was born in Berlin in 1974. She studied at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht where she graduated as a performer and theatre maker in 1999. Since 2000 she has been working in Belgium and elsewhere as a maker and co-creator or as a performer in the field of dance, theatre and performance. She worked with and for Ivana Mueller, Bernard Van Eeghem, Miet Warlop, Superamas, Stefan Dreher, Mette Edwardsen, Sanja Mitrovic, Bill Aitchison et al. In her solo work she is inspired by historical events.
Between 28 and 30 July 2014 Katja Dreyer will perform the German version of Lecture for Every One by Sarah Vanhee.


Wolfgang Fiel (AUT)

Besides his collaborative practice with tat ort Wolfgang Fiel is working individually, in various capacities and institutional settings as an independent artist, architect, curator, researcher, educator, and writer. He is currently teaching at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Culture Division in the Federal Chancellery of Austria and an Editorial Advisor of the Design Ecologies journal published by Intellect, UK. After having finished his studies of architecture in Vienna and London, he received his PhD with A practice led investigation into emergent paradigms of immediate political action from the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth/UK in 2012. He has published a number of articles and books, such as a monograph on the work of Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz titled Metalanguage of Space with Springer in 2012.



Rene Gabri (IR/US)

Rene Gabri is an artist born in Iran and lives in New York.


Susan George (AR)

Susan George is an internationally renowned political scientist and the author of 16 books written in French and English and widely translated. She is president of the Board of the Transnational Institute TNI in Amsterdam, a decentralised fellowship of scholars living throughout the world whose work is intended to contribute to social justice and who are active in civil society in their own countries. She is Honorary President of ATTAC-France (Association for Taxation of Financial Transaction to Aid Citizens) where she also served as vice-president between 1999 and 2006 and remains a member of the scientific council.
Her current work concerns various aspects of neoliberal globalization and ideology, as well as the multiple, ongoing crises that began in 2007-2008, particularly their impact in Europe. In the TNI tradition of “scholar-activist” Susan George has been active in many campaigns. From 1990–1995 she served on the Board of Greenpeace International as well as that of Greenpeace France. She has acted as a consultant to various United Nations specialized agencies.
Key Publications: How to Win the Class War : The Lugano Report II (2013); Whose Crisis, Whose Future? (2010); Hijacking America: How the Religious and Secular Right Changed What Americans Think (2008); We the Peoples of Europe (2008); Another World is Possible if… (2004); The Lugano Report: On preserving capitalism in the 21st century (1999); Faith and Credit: the World Bank’s Secular Empire (with Fabrizio Sabelli, 1994); The Debt Boomerang (1992); Ill Fares the Land (1990); A Fate Worse than Debt (1987); Food for Beginners (1983); How the Other Half Dies: the Real Reasons for World Hunger (1976).


Seda Gürses (TR/US)

Seda Gürses is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Media, Culture and Communications Department at NYU Steinhardt and at the Information Law Institute at New York University Law School working on privacy, security, surveillance studies and requirements engineering. Recently, she has been empirically studying and critically reflecting on the assumptions and methods that inform prominent strands of privacy research within computer science. Further topics of interest in her research include questions of privacy and design in online social networks, anonymity as a cultural and technical phenomenon, feminist critique of computer science and activist use of information technologies.! Previously Seda was a postdoctoral researcher at COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography) in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the KU Leuven and, recently, a visiting researcher at the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam. She is also a member of the interdisciplinary arts-lab Constant based in Brussels and has taught courses at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and at the Piet Zwart Institute for Media Design and Communication in Rotterdam. She is also one of the original members of the collective de-center based in Berlin.



Emma Kim Hagdahl

Emma Kim Hagdahl is a Swedish artist, choreographer and dancer living and working in Stockholm. Her recent works are Deep Terra, a collaboration with Atlanta Eke, Epic by Mårten Spångberg. Together with Halla Ólafsdóttir, Kim Hagdahl was the artistic director of Reykjavík Dance Festival ’12: A Series of Events. She is one of the initiators and producers of The Swedish Dance History and The Inpex and works as a supervisor at DOCH in Stockholm. Moreover she choreographed the solo triptych As Found; Name Given By The Spectator, and has been granted several scholarships and residencies, e.g. DanceWeb Europe Vienna, Movement Research New York and Housemate Residency Melbourne. She studied at Laban in London, ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier, was part of MyChoreography and has a degree from DOCH in Stockholm.
During thinking together Emma Kim Hagdahl will focus on work with food and knives together with Christian Töpfner.


Stefano Harney (SG)

Stefano Harney is Professor of Strategic Management Education, Singapore Management University and co-founder of the School for Study, an ensemble teaching project. He employs autonomist and postcolonial theory in looking into issues associated with race, work, and social organization. Recent Publications: The Undercommons: fugitive planning and black study (co-authored with Fred Moten, 2013:; State Work: Public Administration and Mass Intellectuality (2002) and The Ends of Management (forthcoming). Stefano lives and works in Singapore.



Jan Liesegang

Jan Liesegang was born in Cologne in 1968. He studied Architecture in Berlin (TU Berlin), Copenhagen (Kunstakademie) and New York (Cooper Union, School of Architecture). He received a prize for the best Diploma in 1997, worked 3 years for Sauerbruch/Hutton Architects, and was Assistant of Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch as well as Guest Professor at Art Academy Stuttgart and a resident of the Villa Massimo in Rome in 2010. He is a co-founder of raumlaborberlin.
raumlaborberlin was founded as a working group for architecture, art, planning and action in 1999. Taking a process-based approach, the group focuses on urban conditions, working on subjects of temporary architecture and urbanism. In interdisciplinary teams raumlaborberlin elaborates strategies for urban renewal, engaging in urban planning, design and construction of architecture, interactive environments and happenings along with research and teaching in the field of architecture and urban planning. raumlaborberlin seeks a specific analysis, trying to avoid generalisations. In their implementation of large-scale projects, the group develops platform-like structures allowing different actors to collaborate on the overall process. The core group of raumlaborberlin consists of nine people: Andrea Hofmann, Axel Timm, Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Christof Mayer, Florian Stirnemann, Francesco Apuzzo, Frauke Gerstenberg, Jan Liesegang, Markus Bader, Matthias Rick (†8.04.2012)

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Bernard Lietear (BE)

Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money (translated in 18 languages), is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He has studied and worked in the field of money for more than 30 years in an unusually broad range of capacities including as a Central Banker, a fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations, and community organizations. He co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro) and served as president of the Electronic Payment System at the National Bank of Belgium (the Belgian Central Bank). He co-founded and managed GaiaCorp, a top performing currency fund whose profits funded investments in environmental projects. A former professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain, he has also taught at Sonoma State University and Naropa University. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a member of the Club of Rome, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, the World Business Academy, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bernard Lietaer has written numerous books and articles about money systems, including Of Human Wealth (forthcoming, 2011), Monnaies Régionales (2008), and The Mystery of Money (2000).




Christophe Meierhans (BE)

Christophe Meierhans (*1977, Geneva, Switzerland) is a multi-disciplinary artist. Trained as composer, his work comprises performances, public art interventions, video and media installations, short films, publications and musical compositions. His work has been presented in theatres, art centres, concert halls, museums and festivals across Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, France, England, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Denmark. Christophe is a founding member of the audio-performance duo TAPE THAT and was a co-founder of the Brussels-based performance collective C&H with which he has collaborated in numerous projects between 2000 and 2012, among which the year-long urban intervention project Postcards from the Future in Brussels. In 2012 he has co-curated Cantus Firmus, an group exhibition based on the video installation You take the words right out of my mouth at the W139 arts centre in Amsterdam. His short film Up North Right East Down South Left West has been selected for screening at the 31st Uppsala International Shortfilmfestival as well as for the ExDox festival, Cologne. Christophe Meierhans lives and works in Brussels, Belgium


Federica Menin

Federica Menin’s artistic practice concerns and interrogates architecture with both an experiential and theoretical approach. Since 2008 she collaborates with another artist and friend, Laura Lovatel. Their research mainly deals with considerations about the city dimension and its surrounding, investigating about space meant as a threshold and interval, trying to discover alternative ways to experience the living environment, observing and challenging man’s mode of abusing it. In the last months they lived in Athens where they have been developing the art context-based project Without a proper noun, with the support of Kunsthalle Athena and a grant from MIBAC (Italian ministry of culture). They attended the residency program at Spinola Banna Foundation in Turin, in 2013 together with the guest artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, in 2014 with Martha Kuzma and Linus Elmes. In 2013 Federica took part in the itinerant workshop On Board, on the redefinition of architecture today, curated by Sofia Dona, on the route from Marseille to Athens. Federica studied visual arts at IUAV University of Venice, and at M.A. “Public art and new artistic strategies” at the Bauhaus, Weimar. She is currently collaborating with raumlabor Berlin, and is involved in a long term collective-experimental-pedagogical experience in Lecce (IT) named Free Home University. The more I write it, the more I go far from my life.

Walter D. Mignolo (AR/US)

Walter D. Mignolo is William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke University, USA, where he has joint appointments in Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris. He has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory. For the past 25 years he has been working on the formation and transformation of the modern/colonial world system and on the idea of Western Civilization, exploring concepts such as global coloniality, the geopolitics of knowledge, transmodernity, border thinking, and di/pluriversalities.
Key publications: Learning to unlearn (with Madina Tlostanova, 2012); The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options (2011); Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires (ed., with Margaret R. Greer, Maureen Quilligan, 2008); he Idea of Latin America (2005); The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, Colonization (2003); Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking (1999); The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, Colonization (1995).



Berno Odo Polzer (AUT)

Berno Odo Polzer is an independent curator, dramaturge and theoretician working in the fields of contemporary music, dance and performance. He is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Lapland, Finland. Artistic and dramaturgical collaborations comprise work with, amongst others, Jérôme Bel, Xavier Le Roy, Philipp Gehmacher, Krõõt Juurak, Pierre Leguillon, Frank Scheffer, Eszter Salamon, Jan Ritsema, and Sarah Vanhee. As a curator he has developed and facilitated interdisciplinary projects such as Kopfwelten.Adolf Wölfli (together with Daniel Baumann, Vienna 2001), Pasta for Tired Dancers (Brussels 2007), Music and the Brain (Vienna 2008, Salzburg 2009) and Televisions. New Music on TV (Vienna 2009). He worked with institutions such as Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, World Venice Forum, Mozarteum Salzburg, and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. From 2000 to 2009 he was curator and artistic director of the international contemporary music festival Wien Modern. Since 2010 he is tutor at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, where he initiated the self-organised educational platform Open Space. Starting in 2015, he will be working with Berliner Festspiele as the artistic director of the festival MaerzMusik.


Julian Reid (UK/FI)

Julian Reid is a critically acclaimed theorist of International Politics. He is best known for his three books, The Biopolitics of the War on Terror, Resilient Life, and The Liberal Way of War. Reid has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK), Sussex University (UK) and King’s College London (UK). He is currently Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, Finland.
Key Publications: Resilient Life. The Art of Living Dangerousely (with Brad Evans) Polity 2014; Deleuze & Fascism: Security: War: Aesthetics (ed., with Brad Evans) Routledge 2013; The Liberal Way of War: Killing to Make Life Live (with Michael Dillon), Routledge 2009; The Biopolitics of the War on Terror: Life Struggles, Liberal Modernity and the Defence of Logistical Societies, Manchester University Press 2006; The Biopolitics of Development: Reading Michel Foucault in the Postcolonial Present (ed. with Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar).


Jan Ritsema (NL/F)

Dutch theatre maker Jan Ritsema works in a wide variety of contexts in many countries in Europe, predominantly in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Ritsema explores the boundaries of various art forms. He has directed plays by Shakespeare, Koltès, Jelinek and, notably, Heiner Müller; adapted texts for the stage by writers including James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Rainer Maria Rilke and also devised genre-spanning projects with dancers and actors. Ritsema’s aesthetic interest lies in a form of theater in which thought meets with representation. He is not concerned with illusionary theatre but rather with the physical presence of thinking performers on stage and the open and uncertain nature of feedback between performer and audience. In addition, Ritsema has published over 400 books with the International Theatre Bookshop in Amsterdam, teaches at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and is the founder of the Performing Arts Forum PAF, an artist-run, self-organized project and residency place located near Reims in France. Furthermore Ritsema is the Managing Director of the Robin Hood Minor Asset Management.


Jara Rocha (ES)

Jara Rocha is a cultural mediator, developing projects at the intersection of digital humanities, free culture and design. Her main research questions have to do with the materialities of present cultures, and are conceived through two fundamental gestures: critical thinking and speculative doing. She started the Gender and Technology group at Medialab-Prado and curated the project 404: School Not Found at Intermediae, both based in Madrid. She is a core member of GReDiTS/Objetologías research group at Bau School of Design in Barcelona, where she lives and teaches since 2013.



Ruth Sacks (ZAF)

Ruth Sacks is a South African visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. Group exhibitions include: The Global Contemporary at ZKM Centre for Art and Media (Germany, 2011), Performa 09, (USA, 2009), .za at the Palazzo Delle Papesse (Italy, 2008), the 52nd Venice Biennale (Italy, 2007) and the 1st Biennial of the Canaries (Spain, 2006). Recent solo shows have taken place at Musee Jules Verne in Amiens (2013), the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg (2012) and Extraspazio in Rome (2010). Sacks’ third artist book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Seas was launched last year. Her previous books to date are: False Friends (Kunstverein Press, Amsterdam 2010) and An Extended Alphabet (Expodium, Utrecht 2011). She is currently based at the Wits School for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), where she is a doctoral fellow. Sacks was one of the facilitators of the collaborative arts platform, the Parking Gallery, hosted by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) in 2012/2013. She is a laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Art (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium.


Ranabir Samaddar (IN)

Ranabir Samaddar is the Director of the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, and belongs to the school of critical thinking. He has worked extensively on issues of justice and rights in the context of conflicts in South Asia. Samaddar’s particular researches have spread over a wide area comprising migration and refugee studies, the theory and practices of dialogue, nationalism and postcolonial statehood in South Asia, and new regimes of technological restructuring and labour control. His recent political writings The Emergence of the Political Subject (2009) and The Nation Form (2012) have signalled a new turn in critical postcolonial thinking and have challenged some of the prevailing accounts of the birth of nationalism and the nation state. (Source:
Key publications: The Biopolitics of Development: Reading Michel Foucault in the Postcolonial Present (Sandro Mezzadra, Julian Reid and Ranabir Samaddar, eds., 2014); The Nation Form (2012); The Emergence of the Political Subject (Sage, 2009); The Materiality of Politics (Anthem Press, 2007); a three-volume study of Indian nationalism: Whose Asia Is It Anyway – Nation and The Region in South Asia, (1996), The Marginal Nation – Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (1999), A Biography of the Indian Nation, 1947-1997, (2001).


Linda Sepp

Linda Sepp studied Physical Theatre at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland. She has worked as a performer and teacher, as an assistant director with Myriam Van Imschoot (Living Archives) and as a production assistant with SARMA, a Brussels-based laboratory for criticism, dramaturgy, research and creation in the field of dance. Since 2012 she is part of the German-French Master program in „Kulturvermittlung“ at the Univeristé Aix-Marseille / Universität Hildesheim. At the same time she is working with the cultural production centre CAMPO in Gent and collaborates with Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee on her project Lecture For Every One that has been presented internationally, amongst others at Kunstenfestival-desarts Brussels, URB13 Helsinki, ImageTanz brut Vienna, Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, and Santarcangelo dei Teatri. Linda Sepp will facilitate thinking together as a host and production assistant.

Femke Snelting (BE)

Femke Snelting is an artist and designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software. She is a core member of the Brussels based association for arts and media, Constant. Femke co-initiated the design- and research team Open Source Publishing (OSP) and formed De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research) with Renée Turner and Riek Sijbring. She coordinated the Libre Graphics Research Unit, a partnership of four European medialabs that investigated interrelations between digital tools and practice. She is a core tutor at Piet Zwart Institute Media Design in Rotterdam and teaches at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique (erg) in Brussels.



Madina Tlostanove (RU)

Madina Tlostanova is professor of philosophy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, a trans-diasporic scholar with mixed ethnic origins (Circassian, Tatar, Uzbek) living in Moscow but extensively teaching abroad. Trained in Moscow State University as an American Studies major focusing on US Southern fiction, she gradually drifted to multiculturalism and transcultural aesthetics to finally shift to post/decolonial interpretation of post-soviet space, subjectivities, literature and the arts. She has studied and taught in several universities in the USA and in Europe.
Key Publications: Multicultural Discourse and Late 20th Century US Fiction (Moscow, 2000, in Russian); Post-soviet Literature and the Aesthetics of Transculturation (Moscow, 2004, in Russian); From the Philosophy of Multiculturalism to the Philosophy of Transculturation (New York, 2008, in Russian); Decolonial Gender Epistemologies (Moscow, 2009, in Russian); The Sublime of Globalization? Sketches on Transcultural Subjectivity and Aesthetics (Moscow, 2005, in English); Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, in English); Learning to Unlearn. Decolonial Reflections from Eurasia and the Americas (Ohio State University Press, 2012, co-authored with Walter Mignolo). Currently she is working on a book on decolonial aesthetics.


Christian Töpfner

Christian Töpfner is a doctoral candidate in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a self-taught chef. His non-culinary research is focussed on creation and its functional linkage between ontological conception and instantiation in existence – forcing Alain Badiou and the late Michel Foucault into an unlikely bedfellowship. He holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Communications from the University of Vienna.

Red Vaughan Tremmel

Red Vaughan Tremmel is a professor, filmmaker, performance curator, and installation artist who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tremmel’s work explores spaces of play and pleasure, including the body, as historically significant sites of social struggle where people negotiate complex constellations of power. He is particularly interested in the ways marginal erotic bodies (transgender, queer, stripper, etc.) and cultures function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production, re/membering, and healing. He is the director and co-producer of the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012,, the curator and producer of the Sissy Butch Brothers’ live Gurlesque Burlesque shows (2001-08), and co-creator of Subjects of Desire: Objects of Resistance, a multimedia installation commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13).
Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago. He is current fellow at the Newcomb College Institute and a past fellow of the Social Science Research Council; Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Program; and the James Hormel Sexuality Program. In 2012, he founded the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he teaches history and gender and sexuality studies.


Sarah Vanhee (BE)

Sarah Vanhee’s artistic practice is linked to performance, visual art and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. Her work has been presented internationally in various contexts, such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), De Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), iDans (Istanbul), Centre Pompidou (Metz), Impulstanzfestival (Vienna), Artefact festival/Stuk (Leuven), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Mousonturm (Frankfurt). She published two art books with Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and De Appel (Amsterdam), as well as a short novel, TT, with Campo (Ghent). Her book The Miraculous Life of Claire C is part of the artist novel collection.



Catherine Walsh (EC)

Catherine Walsh is senior professor and director of the doctoral program in Latin American Cultural Studies at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador, where she also directs the Afro-Andean Document Fund. Her research interests include decoloniality and interculturality, the geopolitics of knowledge and critical thought, Andean social movements (afro and indigenous), and decolonial pedagogies.
Publications: “Other” Knowledges, “Other” Critiques: Reflections on the Politics and Practices of Philosophy and Decoloniality in the “Other” America (in: Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, Special issue: “Thinking through the Decolonial Turn“, Vol. 1, No.3, July 2012.); Political-Epistemic Insurgency, Social Movements, and the Re-founding of State (in: Rethinking Intellectuals in Latin America, Mabel Moraña, Bret Gustafson, ed., 2010); Interculturalidad, Estado, Sociedad: Luchas (de)coloniales de nuestra época (Quito, 2009); (Post)Coloniality in Ecuador: The Indigenous Movement’s Practices and Politics of (Re)signification and Decolonization (in: Coloniality at Large, Moraña, Dussel, Jáuregui, eds., 2008); Shifting the Geopolitics of Critical Knowledge: Decolonial Thought and Cultural Studies ‘Others’ (in Cultural Studies, 2007); Afro-Andean Thought and Diasporic Ancestrality (with E. León) (in Shifting the Geography of Reason: Gender, Science and Religion, Banchetti and Headley, eds., 2006)



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