Pawel Maciejko is a Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University. He received a doctorate in Modern History from University of Oxford (2004). Upon completion of a Whiting post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago the following year, Maciejko moved to Israel and joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he taught until 2016, moving to Johns Hopkins University.
His book The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement 1755-1816 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) was awarded the Salo Baron Prize by the American Academy of Jewish Research, and Jordan Schnitzer Book Award by the Association of Jewish Studies. His most recent publication is Sabbatian Heresy: Writings on Mysticism, Messianism, and the Origins of Jewish Modernity (Boston: Brandeis University Press, 2017).
Wendelien van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. She often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce a script and orientate the work towards its final outcome. With these works, which look at the structures that form and hinder us, she participated in various large biennials, and in smaller dedicated shows. Recent presentations include: Cinema Olanda, solo at the Dutch Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennial 2017; As for the future (2017) solo At DAAD gallery, Berlin; Power and Other Things, BOZAR Brussels 2017. A monographic publication, Amateur, was published by Sternberg Press, Berlin; If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam and The Showroom, London in 2016.
Yolande Jansen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Special Professor of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity for the Socrates Foundation at the VU University Amsterdam. She is the author of Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism; French modernist legacies (2014) and edited The Irregularization of Migration in Europe; Detention, Deportation, Drowning(2015), together with Joost de Bloois and Robin Celikates. She is the project-leader of an NWO-project about ‘Critique of Religion; Framing Jews and Muslims in public debate and political theory’. She recently contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Secularism with an article analysing the rise of the secularism/religion dyad in international public affairs and philosophy.
Amir Engel is a lecturer at the German department. He studied philosophy, literature and culture-studies at the Hebrew University and completed his PhD. at the German studies department at Stanford University. After that he taught and conducted research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His main topics of interest include German Romanticism and German postwar literature and culture, theories of myth, literature and philosophy and history of culture. He is also interested in intercultural transference, Jewish German culture, and German 20th century intellectual history. He has written a book about Gershom Scholem and has published articles about Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Martin Buber, Jacob Taubes, Salomon Maimon and others.
Marc David Baer is a historian who specialises in the connected histories of Jews and Muslims in Turkey, Greece, and Germany, in the past and present. Representative publications include the first academic study of the followers of Shabbatai Tzevi, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford, 2010, Turkish translation, Selânikli Dönmeler: Musevilikten Dönenler, Müslüman Devrimciler, ve Laik Türkler, Doğan, 2011; Greek translation forthcoming), Turk and Jew in Berlin: The First Turkish Migration to Berlin and the Shoah (Comparative Studies in Society & History) and Mistaken for Jews: Turkish PhD Students in Nazi Germany (German Studies Review). He is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Marjolijn Dijkman, *1978, living and working in Brussels, Belgium
Marjolijn Dijkman’s practice is concerned with human systems and structures that aim to intervene, control, and ultimately master our surrounding environment. Interested in integrating concepts and methodologies specific to a broad range of disciplines, Dijkman’s work has engaged with topics including urbanism, ecology, anthropology, museology and futurology. The artist’s expansive approach attests to her ability to see the linkages between seemingly unrelated subjects. This view is articulated in the ethos behind Enough Room for Space (ERforS), an independent arts initiative founded by Dijkman and artist Maarten Vanden Eynde in 2005, which focuses on generating experimental research projects and exhibitions.
She had solo exhibitions at institutions like: West Space (Melbourne, AU); ICA (London, UK) ; IKON Gallery (Birmingham, UK); Berkely Art Museum (Berkely, US), West Space (Melbourne, AU). And participated in group exhibitions like: 21st Bienniale of Sydney (2018); 11th Shanghai Bienniale (2016), Mercosul Biennial (2009) and the 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007).
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One of Turkey’s most outspoken and celebrated artists, Gülsün Karamustafa has a forty-year oeuvre distinguished by installations, paintings, sculptures, and videos that examine the complexities of gender, globalization, and migration. In the late 1980s, Karamustafa began making sculptures and installations using found objects, including Create Your Own Story with the Given Material (1997), which features child-sized white cotton shirts that have been sewn shut with black cord in a meditation on the plight of immigrant children in Turkey. She has had solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (1999); Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; and Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden.
Erkan Serçe was born in Izmir in 1964. After graduating from the history department of Aegean University (1986) he completed his post-graduate studies in Dokuz Eylül University (1996). Since 1997 he has been teaching in the History Education department of the same university. Serçe has published many books on the urban history of the city of Izmir, municipalities in the Ottoman and Republican era, dynamics of urbanisation and quotidian life.
Metehan Özcan is an artist, born in Istanbul, 1975 lives in Izmir. He received BA degree in Interior Design from Bilkent University and MFA degree in Visual Communication Design from Bilgi University. He is studying at Proficiency in Art and Design Programme of Dokuz Eylül University and working as part-time lecturer at various universities. Özcan mostly focuses on design and communication of modernist design in Turkey.
He was one of the participants of the Places of Memory, a project realized for Turkish Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), gathering visual urban fragments of Istanbul. Later he participated at Design Chronologies Project at Istanbul Design Biennale (2016), a project which was documenting the last 200
years of design history at Turkey. Recently he coordinated an exhibition, Authors of The City, with Yıldız Çintay Art Group about Izmir’s modernist art and design references at public realm, taking place at Studio-X Istanbul.
Dr. Mehmet Penpecioglu
Independent Researcher & Academics
Mehmet Penpecioğlu is and urban planner and urban politics scholar. Graduated from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Dokuz Eylul University; received his Master and PhD degrees from Regional Planning and Urban Politics Departments at Middle East Technical University. Completed his postdoctoral research at TU Delft OTB – Research for Built Environment. Worked as Research Assistant, Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Middle East Technical University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Izmir Institute of Technology. Currently, as an independent researcher and academic, Dr. Penpecioglu is giving courses, leading research and publishing in various fields of urban studies and planning including urban planning theory and practice, comparative urban politics and governance, urban social movements and commons.