Bio

Étienne Balibar (Paris X Nanterre / Columbia)
Etienne Balibar is Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He has addressed such questions as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence, identity and emancipation. His books include Politics and the Other Scene (Verso, 2002); We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton UP, 2004); and Europe, Constitution, Frontière (2005). His latest publications are Equaliberty (Duke UP, 2014); Violence and Civility (Columbia UP, 2015), Citizenship (Polity, 2015) and Europe, crise et fin ? (Edition Le Bord de l’Eau, 2016).

Brando Benifei (MEP)
Brando Benife is an Italian politician who has served as a Member of the European Parliament for the “Partito Democratico”, which is aligned with the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. since 2014. He was re-elected in 2019. Benifei is elected on behalf of Italy. His main areas of work are Internal Market and Consumers Protection, Employment and Social Affairs, and Constitutional Affairs. He is active on youth policies, digitalisation and rights of persons with disabilities. In the previous term, he was responsible for the European Solidarity Corps and for key reports on the social inclusion and integration of refugees into the EU labour market, as well as youth employment policy such as the Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative.

Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Columbia University)
Naor Ben-Yehoyada is assistant professor at Columbia University. His work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His monograph, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II (Chicago Press, 2017), offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean. He is specifically interested in the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. He proposes to view such spaces as ever-changing constellations, and show how we can to study them from the moving vessels that weave these constellations together and stage their social relations and dynamics in full view. He has also written shorter pieces about the different phases of the dynamics of maritime unauthorized migration and interdiction, as well as on the role that the Mediterranean’s seabed plays in Italian political retrospection. He has a Masters in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.

Magali Bessone (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Magali Bessone is professor of political philosophy at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Her research focuses on critical theories of race and racism and contemporary theories of justice and democracy.

Claude Calame (EHESS)
Currently director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and attached to the AnHiMA Center (Anthropology and History of Ancient Worlds) for comparative research on ancient societies, Claude Calame was for a long time professor of Greek language and literature at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lausanne where he notably chaired the Interfaculty Department of History and Religious Sciences. After teaching at the University of Urbino in Italy, then in a high school in Lausanne, after a brief field survey in the Sepik region in Papua New Guinea, he also taught in the United States, at the University of Yale, as well as at the Doctoral School of Humanities at the University of Siena.

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia (Sciences Po/Rutgers University)
Dr. Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. She is also a Senior Researcher affiliated with the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (Sciences Po Paris). Her research focuses on the politics of immigration and anti-discrimination, security issues, racism and xenophobia, extreme-right wing movements, immigrant integration, urban racism, and European policies. She has taught at universities both in France and in the United States.

Luke Cooper (Anglia Ruskin University / Another Europe is Possible)
Luke Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Anglia Ruskin university. He is a historical sociologist interested in processes of political and social transformation within and across societies. His research offers new insights into the role of nationalism and national identity in social change and explores the possibilities for a politics ‘beyond the nation state’. Luke is also the national convener of Another Europe Is Possible a grass root progressive campaign to keep Britain in the EU to change it.

Caterina Di Fazio (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne / Columbia)
Caterina Di Fazio is a philosopher and co-founder of Agora Europe together with Nadia Urbinati and Etienne Balibar. She received her PhD on the Phenomenology of Political Space from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in May 2018. She previously graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in philosophy from Università degli Studi di Bologna, in recognition of the thesis she wrote at the Sorbonne, and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and at the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is currently a postdoc at Studio Europa at the University of Maastricht, where she is working on a genealogy of the refugee status.


Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. He is the author of Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with Western Tradition, (New York, Columbia University Press, 2018).

James Dodd (New School)
James Dodd is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Undergraduate Studies of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He holds his doctorate from Boston University. His research interests are Husserl, Heidegger and phenomenology. He intends that philosophy does not replace the diversity of intellectual pursuit, but it does illuminate the common horizon of questioning that all of these disciplines share–for they all equally engage fundamental questions such as “Who are we?” “What is just?” “What is truth?” “What is the world?”. His most recent publication are Phenomenological Reflections on Violence. A Skeptical Approach. Studies in Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2017 and Phenomenology, Architecture, and the Built World. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Chijioke Evoh (UNDP)
Chijioke J. Evoh has many years of progressive professional experience in policy research, urban governance and sustainability. His research and consulting practices connect various complementary issues in urban livelihood and resilience, inclusive economic growth, extractive industries, and educational development in the sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging economies. He has an advanced expertise in community social protection and poverty reduction. Chijioke is an independent researcher and consultant to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Office (ILO). He is a fellow at the Economic and Urban Policy Analysts (ECONUPA) in New York among others. He provides analytical and practical expertise to governments and development agencies across the policy cycle. Chijioke holds three masters degrees in International Development (Brigham Young University), International Relations (Obafemi Awolowo University), and Education (City College, City University of New York). He obtained his Ph.D in Public and Urban Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School University, New York.

Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale / New School)
Simona Forti is an Italian philosopher and academic, whose main interests are in political philosophy and contemporary ethics. She graduated in Philosophy from the University of Bologna in 1983. She received her PhD in History of Political Thought from Turin University in 1989. In 2004, she was appointed Full Professor of History of Political Philosophy at the University of Eastern Piedmont, where she usually teaches. She has held visiting professor appointments at Columbia University and is currently Visiting Professor at the New School. She is the author of New Demons: Rethinking Power and Evil Today.

Maria Giannacopoulos (Flinders University)
Dr. Maria Giannacopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University. She trained in law at the University of Wollongong before completing a PhD in Cultural Theory at Macquarie. Her combined expertise informs her research on law, race and colonialism in Australia. This has included work on indigenous sovereignty, migration, and most recently, sovereign debt and austerity in Greece and Australia.

Giovanni Giorgini (Università degli studi di Bologna / Columbia University)
Giovanni Giorgini is Full Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bologna and currently Adjunct Professor of Politics at Columbia University. He is also Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, where he was previously a Fellow. Giorgini has been Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Chicago; Adjunct professor at Columbia University; Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Columbia University in New York, where he has also been a Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. He has taught at the IMT-Alti Studi in Lucca and at Dickinson College, Bologna centre. Giorgini’s area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy and its revival in contemporary political theory. He is the author of The Roots of Respect (2017), a collection of essays examining the notion of ‘respect’ in a historical and philosophical perspective, where he contributed an essay on respect in ancient Greek poetry.

Ayten Gundogdu (Columbia University)
Ayten Gündoğdu is the Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College. Her research addresses problems related to human rights, migration, sovereignty, and personhood by drawing on the resources of modern and contemporary European political theory, the political thought of Hannah Arendt, critical human rights studies, and international political and legal theory. Professor Gündoğdu’s research has been shaped by two main goals: First, understanding how universalistic discourses of rights can leave some subjects (e.g., asylum-seekers) in a vulnerable condition with very tenuous guarantees for fundamental rights (e.g., the right to be free from indefinite detention); and second, rethinking key political concepts such as human rights, sovereignty, territoriality, and personhood in light of the struggles waged by these subjects at the margins of law and politics. Professor Gündoğdu is the recipient of several awards and grants, including the Tow Professorship for Distinguished Scholars (2019-21), Heyman Center Fellowship from Columbia University (2018-19), Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship from the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University (2017-18), and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University (2011-12).

Carlo Invernizzi (CUNY)
Carlo Invernizzi Accetti is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at The City College of New York (CUNY) and Associate Researcher at the Center for European Studies of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in History and Theory of Politics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University (Lincoln College). His research combines a historical approach to the study of political ideas with a concern for contemporary normative issues, focusing in particular on democratic theory and the question of the relation between politics and religion. He is the author of Relativism and Religion. Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes (Columbia University Press, 2015). Currently, he is working on two parallel research projects: one on the relationship between populism and technocracy as complementary critiques of party democracy, and the other on the intellectual tradition of Christian Democracy and its influence on the process of construction of the European Union. Professor Invernizzi Accetti is also a regular commentator on European and in particular Italian politics for venues such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, La Repubblica, Al Jazeera, Quartz, Le Monde Diplomatique and France 24.

Andreas Kalyvas (New School)
Andreas Kalyvas is Associate Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research. He works on democratic theory and the history of political ideas from ancient Greek and Roman to modern to contemporary continental political theory. His current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other. He co-authored Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns. Kalyvas is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled Legalizing Tyranny: Constitutional Dictatorship and the Enemy Within while working on a second one, Constituent Power and Radical Democracy.

Emmanuel Kattan (Alliance Program)
Emmanuel Kattan is Director of the Alliance Program. He was previously Director of the British Council in New York, where he oversaw academic collaboration programs. He created partnerships with the Henry Luce Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation to launch initiatives connecting higher education institutions across the Atlantic. Before joining the British Council, Emmanuel was Senior Adviser at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, where he managed strategic communications and engagement with academic communities. He also held senior positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat and at the Quebec Delegation in London, where he was in charge of academic relations programs. A native of Montreal, Emmanuel studied politics at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and earned a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of four books: an essay on the politics of memory and three novels.

Virginie Lefèvre (Amel Association International)
Virginie Lefèvre is a Program & Partnerships Coordinator at Amel Association International with a demonstrated history of working in humanitarian, development and human rights organizations, in particular in the MENA region. She is skilled in Programs Management, Fundraising, Staff Management, Advocacy, and Coordination of NGOs networks. She has two masters from Université Paris X Nanterre, one in Human Rights and one in Public Law.

Monami Maulik (United Nations Network on Migration)
Monami Maulik is a Civil Society Liaison Officer at the United Nations Network on Migration. She has a background in International Development Sociology and Public Administration & Human Rights.

Rosalind Morris (Columbia University)
Rosalind Morris is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Her earlier scholarship focused on the history of modernity in Southeast Asia and the place of the mass media in its development, particularly in the encounter between old and new forms of mediation. More recently, she has been writing an ethnography of South Africa’s mining communities. Traversing these fields of inquiry, her work addresses questions of the relationships between value and violence; aesthetics and the political; the sexualization of power and desire; and the history of anthropological thought and social theory. In her formally wide-ranging writings on all of these issues, she attends specifically to the problem of language, and the matter of representation. Professor Morris has served as a Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, an Associate Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and is the former co-editor of CONNECT: art, politics, theory, culture. She is also the founding editor of “The Africa List,” for Seagull Books.

Daniel Naujoks (Columbia University)
Daniel Naujoks is the Interim Director of the International Organization and UN Studies Specialization at Columbia University. Daniel Naujoks focuses primarily on issues related to international migration and development and homeland-diaspora relations. He further concentrates on international development, transnational studies, gender, the economic impact of migration, normative citizenship theory, diverse societies, as well as on questions of inclusion and exclusion in host countries. He has published widely on the effects of migration on social, economic and political development, ethnic identity and the role and genesis of public policies. His book ‘Migration, Citizenship, and Development. Diasporic Membership Policies and Overseas Indians in the United States’ (2013, Oxford University Press) examines how country-of-origin citizenship affects migrants activities and attitudes, such as naturalization, remittances, investment, philanthropy, return migration, political lobbying, and transnational belonging. Daniel has been working on development, migration, and population affairs at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), the UN Population Division, UNICEF and the International Labour Organization (ILO). He also serves as the Research Coordinator for the Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi. The regional focus of his academic is South Asia, the U.S. and Europe. However, he has conducted analyses and led projects in South America, North and West Africa, as well as in South-East Asia. Daniel holds a PhD in political science and political economy from the University of Münster and a law degree from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Kalypso Nicolaidis (University of Oxford/European University Institute)
Kalypso Nicolaïdis is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a governing body fellow at St Antony’s College at the European Studies Centre. She teaches the theories and practice of international relations, European integration, international political economy, negotiation and game theory, and research methods. Previously Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she has worked with numerous EU institutions, including as a member of the European Council’s reflection group on the future of Europe chaired by Felipe González (2008–10). She is currently chair of the Oxford Working Group on Brexit as well as the Global PeaceTech programme. Her research interests revolve around internal and external aspects of European integration as well as global affairs, theatres of recognition, democratic theory, solidarity and empathy, global governance and international trade, sustainable integration, post-colonialism, myth and politics and the import of new technologies on international relations. Her latest book is: Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit (2019).

Marcello Scalisi (UNIMED)
Marcello Scalisi has been the director of the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED) since 2008. He gained extensive experience in Sicily in the sustainable tourism sector, managing and monitoring EU projects for local tourism development and providing vocational training for dozens of companies and thousands of workers. Scalisi started working at UNIMED in 1998 as project manager and moved gradually to the coordination of UNIMED’s European, international and national funded initiatives and projects. Since he became director of UNIMED, there has been a significant increase of the number of associated universities to the network, funded projects, employees, and collaborators. UNIMED is now a permanent stakeholder of the European Commission. Scalisi holds a degree in historical sciences and international cooperation from the Faculty of Literature, Philosophy and Languages at the University of Roma Tre, Rome.

Simone Oggionni (MDP Articolo 1)
Simone Oggionni is an Italian politician author of several books and pamphlets. He has been for 5 years the national spokesperson of the Giovani Comunisti (The youth movement of Rifondazione Comunista) and he is now a leading activist for Article 1 – Democratic and Progressive Movement. He recently wrote with Roberto Gramiccia “Le parole rubate“, a pamphlet about the stolen words the Left should reclaim from its past to find its way into the future. He previously published Manifesto per la Sinistra e l’Umanesimo Sociale (with Paolo Ercolani 2015).

Giulia Oskian (Yale)
Giulia Oskian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She specializes in political theory and her research interests include early modern and modern political thought, constitutionalism, democratic theory, the history of ideologies, and political psychology. Her book Tocqueville and the Legal Basis of Democracy was published in Italian and is now being translated into English. Currently, she is working on a new project, which explores the role of emotions in political life, studying how emotions inform political judgement and internally curb rationality. She holds a Ph.D. from the Scuola Normale Superiore and, before coming to Yale, was a postdoctoral fellow at Science Po Paris and at Queen Mary University of London, and a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University.

Antonio Panzeri (MEP)
Antonio Panzeri is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Article 1 – Democratic and Progressive Movement, part of the Socialist Group. He has been a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). In 2014, he also joined its Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). In this capacity, he is also a member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), which oversees the Parliament’s election observation missions. He is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).

Silvana Patriarca (Fordham)
Silvana Patriarca has taught at Columbia University and the University of Florida, and is currently a professor in the Department of History of Fordham University in New York City.  She specializes in the history of modern Italy and in particular in the cultural history of nationalism and the construction of national identities in their intersection with gender and “race.”  The author of award-winning Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge UP) and of Italian Vices: Nation and Character from the Risorgimento to the Republic (Cambridge UP), she has co-edited (with Lucy Riall) The Risorgimento Revisited: Nationalism and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently completing a book entitled  The Color of the Republic: Race and the Boundaries of the Nation in Postwar Italy.  She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center (North Carolina) and at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, and visiting appointments at the EHESS and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) in Paris.

Andrea Pisauro (University of Oxford / DiEM UK)
Andrea Pisauro is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, where he studies how humans make decisions, whether political or economical, rational or irrational, cooperative or competitive, with the limited resources of our brains. He is also a member of the UK national collective of DiEM25 and one of the promoters of the Manifesto di Londra, a project of the Italian diaspora in London to rebuild the Italian Left.

David Ragazzoni (Columbia)
David Ragazzoni is a Ph.D. candidate in political theory and a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Science of Columbia University in New York, where he is writing a dissertation titled Partisanship before Parties: Taking Sides in Pre-Party Politics. At Columbia he also completed a special minor in Law under the supervision of Bernard Harcourt and Jeremy Waldron. He was trained in the history of political philosophy at Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy). He is the author of several publications in Italian and in English in democratic theory, Renaissance philosophy, and XIX- and XX-century European political thought, including the books Il Leviatano democratico. Parlamento, partiti e capi tra Weber e Kelsen (2016) and La vera Seconda Repubblica (2016, co-authored with Nadia Urbinati). His ongoing projects include English editions of Norberto Bobbio and (together with Lars Vinx) of Hans Kelsen’s essays on parties and democracy. He has recently received the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in the fields of History of Philosophy and Political Philosophy by Italy’s Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research.

Costanza Sciubba Caniglia (Harvard Kennedy School)
Costanza is a policy expert working on the regulation of information in the digital transition. She is the SUbject Matter Expert on Disinformation for the Wikimedia Foundation and leads research work on influence operations in Italy and the United States. Previously, she was Director of Communications for data.org, a platform for partnerships to build the field of data science for social impact. As a researcher, Costanza is affiliated with the Shorenstein Center for Media Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she co-founded the HKS Misinformation Review. Her research focuses on state-sponsored coordinated information operations and propaganda. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy and theoretical-critical studies from the University La Sapienza of Rome, a Master in International Relations from the Italian Society for International Organizations (SIOI), and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School

Melissa Siegel (UNU-MERIT)
Melissa Siegel is a Professor of Migration Studies and Head of Migration Studies at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT where she manages several migration research projects, coordinates the Migration Studies Specialization as part of the Master’s Program in Public Policy and Human Development and formerly headed the Migration Management Diploma Program. She is Co-Director of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). She currently holds the Chair of the UNU Migration Network and is a Research Associate at the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. She is also on the advisory board of the Migration Policy Center, EUI and was formerly on the board of the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration. She has done visiting research fellowships at Harvard University, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Oxford. She has advised, worked on or headed projects for several governments and international organisations. She is also regularly involved in migration-related trainings/capacity building for governments and international organizations as well as teaching at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level. She has also given advice at the United Nations and European Commission on migration issues. Her main research interests lie in the causes and consequences of migration with a strong emphasis on the linkages between migration and development.

Yayra Sumah (Columbia University)
Yayra Sumah is a doctoral candidate in the department of Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Political Science with a minor in African Studies from Boston University, magna cum laude. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with a research focus on the history of colonialism in Congo (DRC), Kimbanguism, African Christianity and Central African spirituality. Her dissertation brings together history, anthropology, religion, philosophy and political theory in an original interpretation of Simon Kimbangu’s movement in Belgian Congo. It considers the stakes of the meaning of Kimbangu for the postcolonial African debate on what it means to be ‘decolonized’ and ‘African’. Her interests also include poetry, art, activism and cultural criticism. She has written for Borderlines (Journal of the Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East) and SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics.

Kian Tajbakhsh (Columbia University)
Kian Tajbakhsh (Ph.D. Columbia 1993) is Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. In this role, Dr. Tajbakhsh works on university-wide initiatives focused on global migration. He is also a Fellow with Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought where since 2016 he has taught the core course in the Global Thought MA program “Globalization and the Problems of World Order.” From 2016-2018 he was Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia. His research interests fall into two areas the comparative study of global urbanization with a focus on local democracy; he also studies international relations focusing on competing paradigms of world order. He is currently completing a book on local democracy and state building in modern Iran.

Rui Tavares (LIVRE / Brown University)
Rui Tavares is a Portuguese politician and former Member of the European Parliament, a writer, an historian and an essayist. He was elected in 2009 for the Left Bloc. In June 2011, Tavares became an independent within the Greens–European Free Alliancegroup. In 2014, he founded the new party LIVRE. He has published several books, mostly non-fictional, about historical or political topics, including A Ironia do Projeto Europeu (The Irony of the European Project), 2012, and Esquerda e Direita: Guia Histórico para o Século XXI (Left and Right: An Historical Guide for the XXI Century), 2015. He is a former legislator of the European Parliament, in which he was a draftsman for the refugees and the fundamental rights’ issues. Doctorate in History by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris, he is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University.

Anna Triandafyllidou (Ryerson University)
Anna Triandafyllidou is a Greek sociologist. She holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair on Migration and Integration at Ryerson University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. Prof. Triandafyllidou received her PhD from the European University Institute in 1995 and held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey (1994-95), the London School of Economics (1995-97), the CNR in Rome (1997-99), the EUI (1999-2004) and the Democritus University of Thrace.

Nadia Urbinati (Columbia)
Nadia Urbinati teaches political theory at Columbia University and is most recently the author of Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People (2014) and The Tyranny of the Moderns (2015). Her new book Me The People: How Populism Transforms Democracy will be published in summer 2019 by Harvard University Press.She is also a columnist for several Italian newspapers.

Achille Varzi (Columbia)
Motto: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Yogi Berra)
Achille Varzi is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, New York (USA). A graduate of the University of Trento (Italy), he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto (Canada). His main research interests are in logic and metaphysics. He is an editor of The Journal of Philosophy, a subject editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and an associate or advisory editor of The MonistSyntheseDialecticaThe Review of Symbolic Logic, and other journals. He also writes for the general public and contributes regularly to some Italian newspapers, and is currently teaching for the Prison Education Program sponsored by Columbia University’s Justice-in-Education Initiative. He co-authored Le tribolazioni del filosofare. Comedia metaphysica ne la quale si tratta de li errori & de le pene de l’Infero (2014), Insurmountable Simplicities: Thirty-Nine Philosophical Conundrums (2006), Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation (2003) and Holes and Other Superficialities (1994).

Nicolas de Warren (Penn State)
Nicolas de Warren is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and former Director of the Husserl-Archives Center for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven. He obtained his PhD from Boston University and has written widely on phenomenology, aesthetics, political philosophy, and European philosophy. In 2013 he was the recipient of a European Research Council grant for a project on the impact of the First World War on 20th-century philosophy. He is currently writing two books: one on evil and forgiveness, the other on German Kriegsphilosophie during the First World War. He co-edited, among many others, Philosophers at the Front. Phenomenology and the First World War and New Approaches to New-Kantianism. He produced the documentary The Socrates of Prague, dedicated to the life and afterlife of Czech Philosopher Jan Patočka, the spokesperson of Charta 77.

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Sciences Po)
Catherine Wihtol de Wenden is Director of research at CNRS (CERI). For 30 years she has been a researcher on international migration, from a Political Science and Public Law approach. She studied in Sciences-Po Paris and University Paris I (Panthéon- Sorbonne) She got her Ph D in Political Science in 1986. She has published 20 books, alone or as co-writer and around 150 articles. She is also teaching at Sciences-Po, at the University La Sapienza and LUISS in Rome and she has been President of the Research Committee Migration of ISA –International Sociological Association- (2002-2008) and expert for several international organisations (UNHCR, Council of Europe and European Commission). Her distinctions are Chevalier de la legion d’hooneur (2014) and médaille d’honneur du CNRS (2017).

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