Visiting Speakers

Sandi Horvat


Sandi Horvat is a journalist for Slovenian National Radio RTV Slovenija with BA in Social Sciences and currently is a MA student in intercultural management. He is also a member of Roma academic club, a Romani NGO that strives to promote education among Roma youth and carries out several after-school programs. He made two short documentaries about the local Roma community in Prekmuje. As a young activist for Roma he participates in several international programs and initiatives, such as Youth in Action and Erasmus. Being one of the dozen Roma with higher education in Slovenia he is one of the leading role models for other young Roma in his region and country. 

Bela Horvath


Bela Horvath is a Hungarian born violinist who began to play the violin at age 3. Bela Horvath made his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2003 and the debut of his Piano Quartet was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in October 2006. Since then, Mr. Horvath plays periodically at Carnegie Hall.  As a soloist and recitalist, he has played many concerts around the world, including the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, France, England, Slovakia, Hungary, the United States and Canada. Mr. Horvath completed his Bachelors and his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college division program since 2009. 

Erica Hunt


Erica Hunt is a poet, an essayist, a scholar, and an organizer. She earned her BA from San Francisco State University and her MFA from Bennington College. She is the author of the collaborative text Arcade (1996), which she worked on with artist Alison Saar. Her other collections of poetry include Local History (1993; expanded and republished 2003), Piece Logic (2002), and the chapbook Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (2006). 

Adnan Husain

Professor of History
Queens College, ON, CA

Ana Ivasiuc

Romanian anthropologist

Ana Ivasiuc is a Romanian anthropologist. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and moved to Paris in 2004 for a Masters degree in Migration and Interethnic Relations at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot. After that she worked for six years for a Roma NGO in Romania. In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest. Her current postdoc project at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany - within the Collaborative Research Center 'Dynamics of Security: Forms of Securitization in Historical Perspective' - researches the securitization of Eastern European Roma in the context of their migration to Italy. 

Sara Jane Bailes

Reader in Theatre & Performance Studies (English)
University of Sussex

My training and background have been transdisciplinary, weaving through Theatre and English, Critical Theory, Visual Cultures and Performance Studies. Prior to returning to postgraduate study I was a collaborative theatre-maker for a decade touring nationally and internationally and I lived in Italy for a few years. My interests are focused by contemporary experimental theatre practices and new performance methodologies developed in live art and performance since the 1980s. I am especially interested in cross-disciplinary conversation - between visual, literary, choreographic and live art practices, for example. From 2004-2009 I worked as Creative Advisor with the Bristol-based theatre collective, The Special Guests, and I currently work with Reckless Sleepers as an outside eye and mentor. My undergraduate degree was from Lancaster University (BA Hons in Theatre and English, 1985-1988); my Masters and PhD from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU) in the Department of Performance Studies (1997-2003) where I was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining Sussex as a Senior Lecturer (October 2007) I taught Theatre and Performance at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (1999-2003) and at the University of Bristol (2003-2007). I also taught seminars in Creative and Critical Writing at both NYU and Barnard College (Columbia University), and worked as a Writing Consultant. I continue to spend time in New York observing and writing about the work of Elevator Repair Service and other US companies and artists.

Maya Jasanoff

Coolidge Professor of History
Harvard University

Maya Jasanoff is Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University. Her teaching and research focus on the history of modern Britain and the British Empire, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Hans-Christian Jasch

Haus der Wannsee Konferenz