Dr. Deval Desai is Lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh, and research fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Graduate Institute, Geneva. A scholar of law and development, his field of research encompasses issues of democratic governance and participation, international organisations, and aid policies. He works on the design, circulation, and functioning of administrative laws and regulations in the Global South. His current research focuses on the productive sociological and political power of institutional failures, especially in the context of natural resources, extractive economies and commodities.
Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bremen. Her research focuses on interconnections between knowledge practices and the social. With Ingo Warnke she co-directs the interdisciplinary research platform “Worlds of Contradiction”. She also is a cofounder of the Bremen NatureCultures Lab. Recent publications include „The Social Productivity of Anonymity“ (Ephemera 17/2, with A. Wittel and G. Bachmann, 2017) „Crisis in Anthropology – Rethinking a Missing Concept“ (with Stefan Beck 2016) and as co-editor “NaturenKulturen: Denkräume und Werkzeuge für neue politische Ökologien” (2019) and “Decentering Europe” (2019).
Dr. Sandro Mezzadra is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna and an adjunct fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society of the Western Sydney University. He has been visiting professor and research fellow in several places, most recently at the New School for Social Research, New York and the Humboldt University. His work centres on the relations between globalization, migration and capitalism, on contemporary capitalism as well as on postcolonial criticism. He has contributed strongly to the debate on extractivism in his articles with Brett Neilson (2013, 2017) and Verónica Gago (2017). Among others, he is author of Border as Method. Multiplication of Labor (2013) and The Politics of Operations. Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (2019) together with Brett Neilson.
Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff is Professor of political theory at the University of Bremen. Based at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), he has conducted extensive research focussing on discourse theory, history of political ideas, economic and social policy. He is author of Politischer Diskurs und Hegemonie. Das Projekt “Soziale Marktwirtschaft” (2005), and edited and co-edited several volumes including Radikale Demokratietheorie. Ein Handbuch (2019), DiskursNetz. Wörterbuch der interdisziplinären Diskursforschung (2014), Diskurs – radikale Demokratie – Hegemonie. Zum politischen Denken von Ernesto Laclau und Chantal Mouffe (2007).
Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHED) in Geneva, was nominated Excellence Chair of the University of Bremen in January 2019. She is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology teaching at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. Shalini Randeria is regarded as one of the most important voices of postcolonial perspectives in the cultural and social sciences in German-speaking countries. She has published numerous books and articles in the fields of legal and political anthropology, postcolonial studies, on the state and public order, population policies and land resources, globalization and development, as well as on civil society and social movements. Her ethnographic research focuses on questions of the postcolonial and multiple modernities in the context of India.
Dr. Ranabir Samaddar is Distinguished Chair of the Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, and currently permanent fellow of the Research Group Soft Authoritarianisms: Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives. He is a critical theorist and has published extensively on issues of justice, rights and peace, nationalism and postcolonial statehood focussing on South Asia, as well as on migration and refugee studies. He is author of a three-volume study of Indian nationalism (1996, 1999, 2001) as well as of a series of other political writings such as The Materiality of Politics (2007), The Emergence of the Political Subject (2009), The Nation Form (2012) and most recently A Post-Colonial Enquiry into Europe’s Debt and Migration Crisis (2016), which have each in their way critically engaged with postcolonial histories and continuities, questioning prevailing accounts of the birth of the nation state and rethinking postcolonial critique.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bremen. His research focuses on the history of international relations, war and dynamics of political domination. He has conducted extensive research in Senegal, Mali, Liberia, Uganda, France and Serbia. He is author of Theorien der Gewalt (with T. Koloma Beck, 2014), In the Shadow of Violence. The politics of armed groups (2009), of prize-winning Der Staat in der Weltgesellschaft. Politische Herrschaft in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika (2005) and of the edited volumes The Dynamics of States. The Formation and Crisis of State Domination outside the OECD” (2005) and Extended Experience. The Political Anthropology of Internationalized Politics (ed. with S. Biecker) (2020).
Alex Nadège Ouedraogo is a Belgo-Burkinabè political scientist specializing in social policy in West Africa, currently employed at the University of Bremen. A political scientist by training, she combines socio-anthropological approaches with her background and also is an ethnographer. Her current doctoral thesis investigates food and nutrition related social policies in Senegal. Alex Nadège Ouedraogo is an early career researcher and holds a Master of Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and Humanitarian Aid from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Prof. Dr. Ingo Warnke is Professor of German and Interdisciplinary Linguistics and Co-Spokesperson of the interdisciplinary research platform “Worlds of Contradiction” at the University of Bremen. His key research areas are German language in colonial context, grammar and colonial certainties and postcolonial language studies as well as urban linguistics and place-making. Among is most recent publications is the edited Handbuch Diskurs (2018) as well as co-edited volumes including Vergleichende Kolonialtoponomastik. Strukturen und Funktionen kolonialer Ortsbenennung (2018), Sprache und Kolonialismus. Eine interdisziplinäre Einführung zu Sprache und Kommunikation in kolonialen Kontexten (2016), Diskurs – interdisziplinär. Zugänge, Gegenstände, Perspektiven (2015).
Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak is Emeritus Distinguished Professor in Critical Discourse Analysis. Her work has been seminal in the development of theoretical approaches in discourse studies combining ethnographic work with argumentation theory, rhetoric and text linguistics. She has particularly focussed on political discourses, racism, prejudice and discrimination as well as identity politics and politics of the past. She continues to develop the Discourse-Historical Approach in CDS, an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented approach which analyses the changes of discursive practices over time and in various genres. Among her most recent publications is her monograph The Politics of Fear (2015).
Anna Wolkenhauer is a research associate at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen. In her PhD thesis, completed in 2020, Anna dealt with post-retrenchment state formation through social policy in Zambia, based on qualitative fieldwork. Her research focuses on social policy and agriculture in Southern Africa, critical approaches to “development” and processes of knowledge production. In her current project, she investigates the question of how austerity has changed the ways of doing politics in the countryside.
The Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) is a community development and environmental advocacy NGO based in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. BRG’s programme focuses on the protection of community land from large scale resource development. It includes activities in community organizing and development, community education and trainings, advocacy campaigns and information dissemination. It specifically targets resource industries including mining, commercial forestry, palm oil plantations and fisheries.