Visiting Speakers

Bürge Abiral

PhD candidate in Anthropology
Johns Hopkins University

Bürge Abiral is currently pursuing her PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a masters in Cultural Studies at Sabancı University. She graduated in 2011 from Williams College, USA, with Honors in Anthropology.

Meltem Ahiska

Professor of Sociology
Boğaziçi University

Meltem Ahiska is a Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University. Her research interests include Orientalism, social memory, and gender studies. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College (2000) and a BA from Bogazici University (1980).

Toshio Akai

Professor of Cultural Studies
Kobe Gakuin University

Toshio Akai is a Professor teaching cultural studies at the Humanities Department of Kobe Gakuin University, Kobe, Japan.

Udi Aloni


Udi Aloni is an Israeli American filmmaker, writer and visual artist whose works focus on the interrelationships between art, theory, and action.

Kinan Azmeh

Musician and Composer

Hailed as “intensely soulful,” “a virtuoso” by The New York Times and as "spellbinding" by The New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. With his utterly distinctive, "incredibly rich sound" (as the CBC referred to it), he is equally at home in many different musical genres, and in the open, fertile spaces between them. His work seamlessly intertwines Western with Eastern styles, classical training with improvisational finesse.

Alain Badiou

Rene Descartes Chair
European Graduate School

Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist. He is professor emeritus at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and continues to teach seminars at the Collège International de Philosophie and the European Graduate School.

Shiben Banerji

Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Shiben Banerji’s research uncovers the global provenance of American urbanism, analyzing the imbrication of urban design in the critique of political and economic liberalism. He is currently pursuing this theme through two book projects.

Karin Barber

Professor of African Cultural Anthropology
University of Birmingham

Karin Barber is an anthropologist with a particular interest in popular culture, religion, and the verbal arts, both oral and written. Most of her research has been in the Yoruba-speaking area of Nigeria, and she is currently working on early Yoruba print culture.