Our Presenters


Abdollah Karimzadeh

Abdollah is working on a PhD in Comparative Literature with the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program in Literary Interzones. The title of his   dissertation is “Cultural Palimpsestst: Iranian Diasporic Writers as Translators Between Cultures.”

Alex Casper Cline

Alex Casper Cline is a curator with the Conceptual & Research Architecture Bureau in Brighton, a collective which recovers derelict and dispossessed architecture for spontaneous and non-cooperative shows. Currently a student at University of Sussex’s Center for Material Digital Culture.

Amr Ahmed

Amr Ahmed is a lecturer in the academy of art in Egypt, he holds PhD in art history and art criticism, about the German expressionism in art and cinema, his teaching programs is based on political and aesthetic analyses of art, he teaches program about Image langue in the cinema institute – academy of art in Egypt.

Ana Baeza Ruiz

Ana Baeza Ruiz studies architectural history at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her main interests are concerned with the manifestations of public space and how this may influence social inequality, racialization and social divides and as well as how photographs of cities may function along the same lines.

Antonia Levy

Antonia Levy is a PhD student and adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York. Her thesis focuses on the polyamory movement. In her free time, she is a part-time organizer for her union and active in various groups within Occupy Wall Street. She loves photography, and chocolate.

Aurore Fauret

Aurore Fauret completed her master’s degree at the London School of Economics in 2011, focusing on civil society and international development. After obtaining her BA from McGill University, she lived in Morocco for a year. She now works in the nonprofit sector in Canada and continues her independent research and translation work.

Carolyn Kraus

Carolyn Kraus is a professor of journalism and screen studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a former Detroit city journalist and columnist. Her essays have appeared in The Partisan Review, Threepenny Review, Biography, English Language Notes, Pedagogy, and widely elsewhere. She has written as “Our Far-Flung Correspondent” for The New Yorker magazine and as a feature and op-ed contributor to The New York Times. Her essays on Belarus will appear next year as a book, A Place Not My Own.

Catrinel Popa

Catrinel Popa is assistant lecturer at The Literary Studies Department of Bucharest University (Faculty of Letters); doctor of literature from 2006, at present she is working on a postdoctoral research concerning the Romanian reading culture during communism (the title of her project is “Memory of the Book, Books of Memory. Marks for an Archeology of Reading during Communism”

Christy Wampole

Christy Wampole is Assistant Professor of French at Princeton University.  She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from Stanford University with a dissertation entitled “Late Twentieth-Century French and Italian Essayistic Fiction.”

Gabriel Zacharias

PhD candidate of the EMJD “Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones”, Gabriel Zacarias is currently developing a doctoral research on Guy Debord. He has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of São Paulo, and an Erasmus Mundus Master in “Cultures Littéraires Européennes”, obtained at the universities of Strasbourg and Bologna.

Giovanna Laterza

Giovanna Laterza has a true passion for ancient Latin literature and is a PhD student in Classics between the universities of Strasbourg and Freiburg. Books on philosophy of religion in Virgil’s Aeneid and on the modern value of classical culture are her permanent travel companions on her European peregrinations.

H. James Gilmore

H. James Gilmore is clinical associate professor of journalism and screen studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  His work in documentary film focuses on issues of social justice and American culture.  He splits his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Seal Harbor, Maine where he also serves as the associate director of the Acadia Institute of Oceanography.

Jacob Blumenfeld

Jacob Blumenfeld is a PhD student in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He currently lives in Berlin, writing his dissertation on the theory of property in German Idealism.

Jens Koed Madsen

Jens Koed Madsen is a PhD student at University College London. Here he is developing a theory of persuasion concerned with describing the cognitive mechanisms necessarily involved when humans are processing persuasive attempts. Recently, he focuses on the persuasive potential of public protest as a supplementary study to the thesis.

Jessica Carriere

Jessica Carriere is working on a PhD in Social Policy with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work. Her research interests centre around transnational policy transfer, with a focus on targeted neighbourhood-based policy models in both Canada and the United Kingdom (i.e. exploring the politics of Third Way policy transfer; and evaluating place-based policy methods and policy ‘fit’ in the City of Toronto)

Marilee Rust

Rusty Marilee Rust is a lover, writer, and an activist. Ze is currently earning a Master’s degree in English Literature at California State University, Long Beach. Hir focus is Postmodern literature, Critical Theory, and Digital Rhetoric. Rusty’s research interests include Gender/Sexuality and their current project is Trans* masculine digital narratives.

Mathew Staunton

Originally from Coolock in Dublin, Dr. Mathew Staunton is a historian and teacher based in Paris. He is an active member of the Groupe de Recherches en Études Irlandaises in Paris 3 and the Société Française des Études Irlandaises and has published articles and book chapters on Irish studies subjects.

Merrill Cole

Merrill Cole, an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University, was recently a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow to Germany. The author of The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality, his translation of Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste’s Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy is forthcoming from Side Real Press.

Paul Farber

Paul M. Farber is a PhD candidate in American Culture at the University of Michigan and was the Doctoral Fellow in the History of African Americans and Germans/Germany at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC.  His dissertation is a study of representations of the Berlin Wall in American literature and popular culture from 1961–present.

Paul Kneale

Paul Kneale is an artist and writer based in London.  In 2011 he received is MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art.  His work is concerned with language, systems of value, and ontological materialism. It has been presented in solo and group exhibitions internationally, as well as in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Frieze Writer’s Prize for his discussion of the role of curatorial authorship in the traveling retrospective of Felix Gonzales-Torres.

Rebecca Dolgoy

Based in Oxford, Rebecca’s PhD project looks at Berlin’s Neues Museum as a model of cultural memory.

Romain Tiquet

Romain TIQUET is part of the research group “Forced Labour In Africa” supported by an ERC starting grant and based at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. His dissertation will explore in an historical perspective the notion of colonial forced labour system in senegalese context through the study of reactions and resistances against this coercive system.

Tiago Machado

Tiago Machado is historian from University of São Paulo (USP), PhD candidate in Social History and research fellow in Université Rennes 2 France. Currently working on contemporary art and the critique of the arts in the XX century, his thesis analyses the work of the French artist Daniel Buren.

Trude Renwick

Trude Renwick just graduated with a Masters from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a concentration in the History and Philosophy of Design.  Her thesis explored the intersection of ethnographic and historical methodologies in the modern core of Bangkok, Thailand.  She is presently studying Thai language further in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin prior to continuing this research further.

Veda Popovici

Veda Popovici works as an artist, theoretician and activist mostly in a dilettante manner. Her interests include collective representations in art, possibilities of creating the common, and colonial histories.Currently, she is working on a research on nationalism in Romanian art of the Ceausescu period supported by the New Europe College in Bucharest.

Vinicius Spricigo

Vinicius Spricigo has a PhD from the School of Communication and Arts of the University of São Paulo and develops a post-doctoral research as a fellowship holder of the Fundação de amparo a pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP). Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Cultural Semiotics and Media Theory (CISC) at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, he is currently a visiting research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Historical Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Boaz Levin

Boaz Levin (1989, Jerusalem) is an artist, essayist and Journalist living and working in Berlin. He has studied Fine Arts in the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and currently studies in the UDK, Berlin. His writing is published in various Israeli Magazines and papers, amongst them Erev-Rav, Mako and Haaretz.

Brice Bourdet

Brice Bourdet is young French artist who focuses on the breaches of our Western modern society. Ritualized and common locations where man has ceased to evolve, a deconstruction of a sham and seamless social illusion in which people roam aimlessly but also protect themselves from each other by means of consumerism, material goods and comfort. With intriguing but also subtle stagings, his photographic work points out various aspects of a society in which landmarks fade slowly. A world ruled by a disenchanted feeling.

Emma Davenport

Emma Davenport is a design history graduate from Royal College of Art and senior lecturer within the contextual studies department at Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University.

Sophie Nathan

Sophie Nathan is a Goldsmiths Fine Art graduate, based in London, who creates alternative realities in the form of performance and live event.

Omri Livne

Omri Livne is finishing his 4th year in the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design Jerusalem. Directly after he finishes Bezalel he will continue his studies in the Akademie Der Bildenden Künste Wien. At the moment he is working as a video editor for the Bezalel archive and about two major projects about politics of appropriation. He divides his time between Jerusalem and Vienna.

Maria Juliana Byck

Maria Juliana Byck is an artist, documentary filmmaker and activist.  She is working on developing sustainable practices for creating the cultural commons through collectives and artist-run spaces. She worked on designing a new radical media platform and is currently completing a feature-length documentary on post-industrial global capitalism in Detroit. Her work has been shown at MoMA, Pacific Film Archives, Wexner Center, REDCAT Theater, Anthology Film Archives, La Generale in Paris and broadcast nationally on Free Speech TV.

Ryan Jeffrey

Ryan Jeffery is a recent graduate of the Film and Video MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia California.  His films and installations have shown at the Sonar Festival, The International Short Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium, the Festival Nouveau Cinema and The European Media Arts Festival in Osnäbruck.  His latest work is a one-hour documentary portrait of a Croatian island resort built in 1962, entitled Guest House Helios.

Sergio Racanati

Born in Bisceglie, Italy in 1982, Sergio Racanati lives and works in Milan. He graduated in Design at the European Institute of Design in Milan in 2004. He is among the four winners of the “Zona Franca Creativity” competition notice of public art. He has participated in artist residences program “aMonte”, curated by F. Mazzitelli in collaboration with the SoutHeritage Foundation, MANUFATTOinSITU / 5, Masterclass Default by Ramdom.


Christian Berkes studied urban planning, co-organized ‘IBA Hamburg Workshops’ (2009), co-curated exhibition ‘Post-Oil City’. The primary perspective of his work points to possibilities of cooperative design methods, and the history and theory of content driven projects in urban and political fields.
Kenton Card is a graduate student in the European network program Architektur Studium Generale at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany. Generally his research interest is in the “sociology of architecture,” and he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on social architecture with architects and students around the US. He also led a two year community design-build project at Marlboro College to develop a community space and greenhouse.
William Davis is a graphic designer and writer. He is a Masters student on the MACA program (masters in applied cultural analysis) at Lund University and Copenhagen University and runs the design and research office ‘Szenarios’ with Timm Häneke in Berlin.


Aylwyn Walsh is a director, artist facilitator and researcher from South Africa, always fascinated by the sublime and ridiculous. She has been artist facilitator for Contacting the World and is currently working towards a PhD in performance studies concerning women in prison at the University of Northampton.
Myrto Tsilimpounidi is a social researcher and photographer with a set of wings on her sandals ready to fly her to a new landscape for her imagination. Her work engages in urban sociology, migration studies, and visual cultures. Current research projects explore landscapes of belonging, street politics, irregular migration and marginalisation.


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