Having worked on their obsessions in parallel worlds for several years, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They have since written extensively on urban themes and engaged in projects involving planning, pedagogy, technology and activism. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa (India).
Bikem Ekberzade is a photojournalist who focuses on forced migration in forgotten conflicts. She started her career as a videographer in United States, and soon continued her profession as a photojournalist in the U.S. and worldwide. She has worked for numerous international news outlets such as CNN International, Newsweek, Businessweek, Der Spiegel and The Christian Monitor.
Media Fellow, Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence
Yasmin El-Rifae is a writer, researcher and cultural producer. She lives in New York and Cairo. Yasmin is a Middle East and North Africa research associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. Previously, she worked in journalism and human rights in Egypt, focusing on the struggle against sexual harassment. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from The American University of Cairo and a graduate diploma in Law from the City University in London.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
Julie Passanante Elman is a Visiting Assistant Professor in New York University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies within the interdisciplinary Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. While at NYU, Elman has developed the university's first-ever undergraduate course in disability studies and served as a member of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. Elman received her Ph.D. in American Studies from The George Washington University in 2009. Her research focuses broadly on 20th century media and cultural history, American literature, queer theory and disability studies.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
Dr. Elsadda is a leading scholar of women’s rights in Egypt and the Arab World, and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University. With degrees from both Cairo University and the American University, she taught Comparative Arabic Studies at the University of Manchester from 2005 to 2011. In the past, she fought for changes in the country’s marriage laws and was member of the 50- committee for drafting the constitution in 2013. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Women and Memory Forum and Vice-President of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
Pınar Ensari did her undergraduate study at Boğaziçi University and graduated from departments of Philosophy and Political Science and International Relations (double major program) in 2010. She finished her graduate study in the Cultural Studies MA program at Sabancı University in 2012 with a thesis titled “At the Crossroads of Eduation and Politics: Kurdish Women Studens in İstanbul”. Currently, she is working as a teaching assistant at Sabancı University, while also pursuing my studies in research areas such as ethnicity, gender, urban studies and anthropology of youth.
Assistant Professor, Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center, KULeuven
Nadia Fadil studied sociology and anthropology and works as an Assistant Professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center at KULeuven. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of religion, subjectivity, secular and liberal governmentality and multiculturalism, with Islam in Europe as specific empirical focus. A first thread of her work investigates the question of subjectivity, in which she looks at the ethical self-cultivation of pious and secular Muslims in Belgium.
Professor Soledad Falabella Luco is the director of ESE:O, a non-profit organization which promotes performative writing projects, and the teaching and practice of writing to empower learning communities with effective skills for local and global participation in knowledge production and circulation. She teaches feminist critical theory, performance and poetry at the Magíster en Género y Cultura, Universidad de Chile.
Seth Fein's work studies international and transnational histories, much of it focused on audiovisual culture in the Americas. It has moved from the page to the screen. In 2014-2015 he is a Fellow in Multimedia History at Harvard's Charles Warren Center, where he will develop Our Neighborhood, a documentary that examines Washington's intervention in Latin American television as cultural counterinsurgency against the Cuban Revolution across the 1960s; he has published an e
Lecturer, Corcoran Department of History and Women, Gender, Sexuality Program, University of Virginia
Cori Field has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History and the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Virginia since 2007. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and age in the nineteenth-century United States. She is currently co-editing a volume on the historical significance of chronological age for New York University Press.
Visiting Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She received an AB from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, both in Comparative Literature. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke). Fiol-Matta is co-editor of the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave).
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature, NYU
Sibylle Fischer (Ph.D. Columbia) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature, NYU. Her work is situated at the intersections between literature, history, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is the author of "Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution" (Duke UP, 2004) and the editor of a new translation of "Cecilia Valdés" (Oxford UP, 2004). She has written numerous articles on Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish American literature from the colonial period to the 20th century.
Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center
Before coming to the Graduate Center, Prof. Piven taught at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University Law School, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Bologna. She is past Vice-President of the American Political Science Association, has served as program co-chair of the annual political science meetings, and is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is currently President of the American Sociological Association.