Savas Michael-Matsas

Born in Athens in 1947. He studied and took his degree in Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens (1965-1971). Post-graduate studies in Radiology and Oncology in Paris, where he made also studies in Philosophy, History and Political Economy (1971-1974).He published the last 30 years in Greek and international theoretical journals many articles and essays on philosophy, political economy, Jewish studies, history and literary theory based on a non dogmatic Marxism. Active in the international Marxist movement from 1970.

He is teaching post-graduate courses of philosophy and cultural studies in the Communication and Mass Media Department of the National University of Athens. Member of the Editorial Board of the theoretical journals Critique (Editor Pr. Hillel Ticktin, University of Glasgow), and Alternativi (Editor Pr. Alexander Buzghalin, Moscow State University)

Author of books of essays (in Greek):The Greek poet Solomos and Hegel (Leon, 1990), The “Great Eastern” of Andreas Embiricos (Agra 1995), Forms of the Messianic (Agra 1999), Forms of Wandering (Agra, 2004), Homo Poeticus( Agra 2006), Golem or on the Subject and other Ghosts (Agra, 2010), The Horror of a Parody — Three Lectures on the Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ (Agra 2013), Musica ex nihilo( Agra 2013), Homo Liber (Agra 2016).Essays translated into English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish.

Ayse Cavdar

Ayse Cavdar graduated from Ankara University, Journalism Dept. Received a Masters’ degree in history, from Bogazici University.  Completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled “the Loss of Modesty: The Adventure of Muslim Family from Neighborhood to Gated Community” at the European University of Viadrina, in 2014 (supported by Global Prayers Project initiated by MetroZones). Worked for Helsinki Citizens Assembly’s project entitled Citizens Network for Peace, Reconciliation and Human Security in Western Balkans and Turkey. She served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps Universiy, Marburg, in 2016. She is recently a postdoc fellow in Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Center for Global Cooperation Research, in Duisburg. She co-edited (with Volkan Aytar) Media and Security Sector Oversight, Limits, and Possibilities, TESEV, 2009; (with Pelin Tan), The State of Exception in an Exceptional City, Sel Yayinlari, 2013.

Julian Reid

Julian Reid is Chair and Professor of International Relations at the University of Lapland, the northernmost university in the European Union, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, where he has lived since 2007. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Reid taught previously at the Universities of London (SOAS and King’s College) and Sussex. He was Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in 2014. This autumn he is Visiting Research Fellow at Virginia Tech. His most recent book is The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptivity and Vulnerability (co-authored with David Chandler).

Romm Lewkowicz

Romm Lewkowicz is a New York based anthropologist, migrant rights’ activist and a dramaturg. He is doctoral candidate at the Anthropology Department of CUNY’s Graduate Center, and a teaching fellow at Hunter College. In 2018, he will serve as a Max Planck fellow at the University of Leipzig. At present, he is in Chios (Greece), conducting fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation titled Documenting the undocumented: Experimenting the Future of Europe at the EU’s Biometric Refugee Archive. The research is an anthropological study of EURODAC (the EU’s biometric database for asylum seekers and “irregular migrants”), looking at how the refugee body has been serving as a laboratory for experimentation in biometric surveillance.

Lewkowicz has held various research positions in migrant rights NGO’s around the world, including the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the African Refugee Development Center (Tel Aviv), Detention Action (London) and Asylos – Research for Asylum (Brussels). Since 2013, Lewkowicz has been collaborating with the Berlin based director Ariel Efraim Ashbel, supervising the research and concept conception for the shows ALL WHITE PEOPLE LOOK THE SAME TO ME (2013) and The Empire Strikes Back (2015).  Their next show Do the Right Thing, which explores the legacy of Bauhaus and its bearing on the entanglement of action ethics and materiality, is funded by Kulturstiftung Des Bundes as part of its Bauhaus Today series marking the Bauhaus school’s 100th anniversary. Like their previous collaborations, the show would premiere at the Hebbel Am Ufer theater (HAU) in Berlin.

Yiannis Epaminondas

Yiannis Epaminondas born 1960 is settled in Thessaloniki since 1970. He studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and worked for 25 years as a free lance architect and exhibition curator. Since 2010 he runs the Thessaloniki Centre of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece where he has curated significant exhibitions: The Westering Orient (about Ottoman postcards of Thessaloniki), Thessaloniki 1863-1873 (about the oldest Thessaloniki photos and maps of the Oriental Railroads company) and The Dusk of Our Old City, Thessaloniki 1870-1917 (about the evolution of the city prior to the great fire). He is currently studying on a master’s on History at the Aristotle University.

Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Dimitris Stamatopoulos is Professor in Balkan and Late Ottoman History at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki. Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, visiting professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), Princeton University and the Institute of European History in Mainz Stamatopoulos is the author of many books and articles on the history of the Orthodox Christian populations in the Ottoman Empire. A revised version of his book Byzantium after the Nation: the problem of the national continuity in the Balkan historiographies, (Athens: Alexandreia Publications 2009) will be published in English by Central European University Press. He has edited also the following collective volumes: Balkan nationalism(s) and Ottoman Empire, vol.3, Istanbul: Isis Press 2015. European Revolutions and the Ottoman Balkans: War, Nationalism and Empire from Napoleon to the Bolsheviks, London: I.B. Tauris 2018, Balkan Empires: imperial imagined communities in Southeastern Europe (18th-20th c.), Central European University Press (forthcoming).

Alexander van der Haven

Alexander van der Haven (Ph.D. History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2009) is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Israeli Centers for Research Excellent (I-CORE), Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-religious Encounters at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Open University of Israel, Adjunct Lecturer of General Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and Full Adjunct Professor at Webster University St. Louis. Of relevance to the themes of this project, he has written the book From Lowly Metaphor to Divine Flesh: Sarah the Ashkenazi, Sabbatai Tsevi’s Messianic Queen and the Sabbatian Movement (2012), and an article on the Jerusalem Syndrome (2008). His recent publications are about madness, religion, and modernity in relation to the religious experiences of psychiatric patient Daniel Paul Schreber (1842-1911), and about conversion to Judaism in the early modern Dutch Republic in the context of early modern inter-religious relations.

Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa

Lives and works between París and San Sebastian. His work is concerned with the ability of visual and written language to challenge those who come into contact with it, questioning what types of subject we are, or allow ourselves to be.

His drawings, publications, banners and films have been shown in exhibitions such as 2017 “treinta y ocho de Julio treinta y siete de Octubre ”(38th July, 37th October), Museo Artium. Gazteiz. “there is an enemy” for the friends of Guggenheim museum. Museo Guggenheim Bilbao. 2016 Punk: sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo, MACBA, Barcelona. Saturday. Sunday, Saturday. Carreras Mugica, Bilbao. 2015 Jakarta Biennale 2015, Jakarta. 2014 Culture is what is done to us, Clages, Koln (Germany). How to (…) things that don’t exist, 31st Bienal de Sao Paulo. 2012 Do you want a master? You will have it!, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid. 2008 Klankeffecten # 5: Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, MUHKA, Anterwp 2007 Chacun à son goût, Museo Guggenheim de Bilbao, Bilbao. Bienal de Lyon, Lyon, Francia. 2005 Populism, Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lituania Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt.

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun is a Turkish artist working in film and installation. His films often deal with communities that are not known to a greater public and the importance of ritual in such groups. Ergun usually spends long time with his subjects before starting to shoot and engages in a long research period for his projects. He also collaborates with ethnographers, historians and sociologists for publications and lecture series as extensions to his artistic practice.

Having studied acting at the İstanbul University, Ergun completed his postgraduate diploma degree in Ancient Greek Literature at King’s College London, followed by an MA degree on Art History at the Bilgi University. After working with American theatre director Robert Wilson, Ergun became involved with video and film. His multi-channel video installations have been exhibited internationally at institutions including Documenta 14, Palais de Tokyo, SALT, Garage MCA, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Protocinema, KIASMA, Digital ArtLab Tel Aviv, Casino Luxembourg, Para-Site and Kunsthalle Winterthur. His films received several awards at film festivals including the “Tiger Award for Short Film” at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival and the “Special Mention Prize” at the 2013 Berlinale. Ergun’s works are included in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou, EMST, Stadtmuseum Berlin and Kadist Foundation.

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Photo by A. Donnikov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Danielle Riou

Danielle Riou is the Associate Director of the Human Rights Project, where she co-curates the HRP’s public programs, organizes special projects and partnerships, and oversees the student internship program. She is co-creator of the Milosevic Trial Public Archive, the complete on-demand video archive of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, Netherlands. She has presented at conferences and panels on new media, the archive and memory.  She has also translated edited volumes for L’Institut du Proche Orient (Beirut/Brussels.) Her current project is centered around explorations of sound and human rights, and she is currently producing a human rights radio show for broadcast on Bard’s regional NPR affiliate. Broader research interests include humor and trauma, theorizing gender within global development movements, and media theory and human rights.