Adriana Novais

Adriana Rodrigues Novais holds a PhD in Social Science, acquired at the Graduate Program in Social Science at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). She has an MA degree in Sociology from Universidade Federal de São Carlos and a BA degree in Social Science from the Sciences and Arts Faculty at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho. She is an activist at the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – MST).

Publications

NOVAIS, A. R.; Brunetto, Atiliana Vicente;  GONZALEZ, E. L. J. . et.al. Cultivar Afetos, Derrotar Violências: as mulheres do campo e a construção de novas sociabilidades. 1. ed. Marilia- São Paulo: Lutas Anticapital, 2021

NOVAIS, A. R.. Rural peoples and the challenges around transitional justice in Brazil. VIBRANT (FLORIANÓPOLIS), v. 15, p. 1, 2018.

NOVAIS, A. R.. The memory of repression and violence in the countryside in times of the National Truth Commission. Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights, v. 3, p. 11, 2015.

Ahmad Baba

Ahmad Baba

Ahmad Baba is a Lebanese theater / dance performer, social artist, and master’s student in dance movement therapy, living in Berlin. His performances are mainly ritualistic, political dance movement pieces that revolve around the question “What is a queer Arab identity(s)?” as well as around issues of stereotyping, orientalism, and fetishization in connection with his own personal immigration history. Since 2018 he has been part of / founded theater and dance story-based projects such as “10/01 Queer nights (de-orientalized edition)” and “QueeЯevolutions”. Since 2019 he has been a member of the collective “Queer Arab Barty” and works with various underrepresented groups to facilitate change.

Videos

Arjunraj

Arjunraj

Arjunraj is a filmmaker, visual storyteller and digital media producer. He engages with the medium of cinema and video art to emotionally engage and intellectually stimulate his audience sparking value-creative dialogues. Arjunraj is on a long-term journey understanding how bodies are read and counter read and its effect on our bodily belonging. In his early years of his filmmaking practice, he traveled across India on rail, road and foot working extensively with marginalised communities finding narratives that encompass the Indian identity. His stories dwell at the intersection of lived experience and imagined scenarios and are told by blurring the narrative divide of fiction and documentary. Arjunraj heads the digital media production of Oyoun, a cultural space in Neukölln that aims at bringing queerfeminist, decolonial and migrant perspectives. He is a Crossing Borders Fellow 2019 with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. When not filming, he goes for long walks or would be seen talking to a bird or a tree.

Débora Medeiros

Débora Medeiros

Freie Universität Berlin

Débora Medeiros is a postdoctoral researcher at the project “Journalism and the Order of Emotions” at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin. She wrote her doctoral thesis, titled “Engaged Journalism: Contesting Objectivity through Media Practices during the Alternative Coverage of Brazil’s June Journeys”, at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at FU Berlin. Her research focuses on the multiple potentials for change in journalism, from cutting-edge, progressive alternative media to demands for democratization of communication and for more diversity in legacy media newsrooms. She is also a member of the Institute for Social Movement Studies (ipb).

Dong Wei

Dong Wei

Dong Wei is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. She got a master’s degree in Communication from the School of Journalism and Communication at Wuhan University, China. She has just completed her doctoral dissertation titled “The Cultural Politics of Affect and Emotion in Chinese Reality TV: A Case Study of X-Change”.

Edith Sampa Chiliboy

Edith Sampa Chiliboy is a self taught photographer that specializes in fine art photography. She believes photography is a journey in which she not only gets to explore and understand the elements of environments she lives in but also gets a chance to explore her own existence and what roles she plays in order to make a meaningful contribution to the curent times she’s existing in. Each project she takes part in is a chance for her to explore her art.

Publications

  • Stories Of Kalingalinga
  • Photo Covid Zambia
  • Women’s history museum fabricated stories
Esther Allen

Esther Allen

Esther Allen is a graduate student in the Global Studies Program at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her M.A. thesis takes a look at the emotions behind the opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the U.S. Specifically the emotions and feelings pertaining to ‘Abstract Liberalism’ (Bonilla-Silva 2014), and how this shapes conservative whites’ relationship to CRT. During her graduate program, she studied at FLACSO (Argentina) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). She completed her undergrad in political science at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include social theory, the history of neoliberalism, and how emotions shape the affective life of social inequality and race in the U.S.

Eva Riedelsheimer

Eva Riedelsheimer

Freie Universität Berlin

Eva Riedelsheimer studied International Development and Comparative Literature in Vienna and Berlin and is currently responsible for the public relations of CRC “Affective Societies” at Freie Universität Berlin. In that capacity she manages social media and press for the Affect & Colonialism Web Lab and will also be first responder for messages and mails that you might send to the core team. The Affect and Colonialism Web Lab hits the mark of her personal interest in the linkage between art, knowledge production and activism. That is why she tries to explore feminist and decolonial practices of writing in the work of Gloria Anzaldúa in her master thesis, that she is currently working on.

Fabian Bernhardt

Fabian Bernhardt

Freie Universität Berlin

Fabian Bernhardt studied Philosophy, Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Literature. In 2018, he received his PhD from the Institute of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies” at Freie Universität Berlin. In his work, he is primarily concerned with historical injustice, violence, guilt, vulnerability, the affective afterlife of troublesome pasts, and colonial specters.

Publications

  • Vergebung. Eine Reflexion im Ausgang von Paul Ricœur, Berlin 2014
  • Recht und Emotion II. Sphären der Verletzlichkeit, Freiburg/München 2017
  • Rache. Über einen blinden Fleck der Moderne, Berlin 2021
Henrike Kohpeiß

Henrike Kohpeiß

Freie Universität Berlin

Henrike Kohpeiß is a PhD candidate in philosophy and a research assistant at the collaborative research center “Affective Societies” at Free University, Berlin. Her dissertation unfolds an affective analysis of the bourgeois subject and engages in an encounter between Frankfurt School critical theory and Black studies. She has been teaching on among other things Sylvia Wynter, philosophy and the Shoah, and bourgeois society and its critique. Occasionally, she engages in artistic collaborations in dance and performance, mostly as a dramaturg or writer, sometimes as a performer.

Jaider Esbell

Jaider Esbell

Jaider Esbell (41, born in Normandia-RR) was an artist, writer, cultural producer, curator, and independent researcher. He had been working for over 10 years in various artistic fields. In addition, his research focused on developing a terminology for conceptualizing contemporary indigenous art. Jaider held various prizes in the fields of literature, cinema and visual arts. He lived between São Paulo (Brazil) and Boa Vista (Roraima, Brazil), where he also maintained a studio and his own gallery, the Jaider Esbell Gallery of Contemporary Indigenous Art.

Jan Slaby

Jan Slaby

Freie Universität Berlin

Jan Slaby is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Emotion at Freie Universität Berlin. His expertise includes social and action-oriented approaches to the mind, philosophical emotion theory, affect studies and critical perspectives on the human sciences and on their societal impact. He is a co-PI and member of the governing board in the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität. With Suparna Choudhury, he was Co-Editor of Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience (Wiley 2012). With Christian von Scheve, he co-edited Affective Societies: Key Concepts (Routledge 2019). Among his journal articles are texts “More Than a Feeling: Affect as Radical Situatedness (Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2017) and “Affective Arrangements” (Emotion Review 2019, with Rainer Mühlhoff and Philipp Wüschner).

Jonas Bens

Jonas Bens

Freie Universität Berlin

Jonas Bens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin. His work focuses on law, indigeneity, statehood, and colonialism in capitalist modernity.

Publications

  • The Indigenous Paradox: Rights, Sovereignty and Culture in the Americas. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020
  • The Sentimental Court: The Affective Life of International Criminal Justice. Cambridge University Press, 2022

Juana Awad

Juana Awad is a Colombian-Canadian artist, curator and culture/research manager based in Berlin. She studied Semiotics, Theatre Studies, Fine Art Media and Cultures of the Curatorial in Canada, England and Germany. Her principal interests lie in the intersections of knowledge and artistic practices, the effects of institutional processes on the production and reception of art, and the political potential of arts and culture presenting. She has programmed for various arts and media organizations, and directed large research projects internationally.

Publications

Kerstin Hacker

Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Kerstin Hacker graduated from FAMU, Czechia in 1995. She became Female Photojournalist of the Year (Germany) in 1994. In 2009 she, together with the University of Zambia, received the Educational Partnership in Africa Grant and she collaborates with the Zambian National Visual Arts Council since 2016. Hacker is currently completing her practice-based PhD which explores un- and re-learning of photographic practices through decolonizing methodologies to dismantle an imagined visual familiarity with the African continent and its inhabitants.

Laibor Kalanga Moko

Laibor Kalanga Moko

Freie Universität Berlin

Laibor Kalanga Moko is an anthropologist. Formerly at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania he joined Freie Universität Berlin for his doctoral research. He has been conducting ethnographic research on affective dynamics and sentiments surrounding source communities’ encounters with colonial objects of their origin housed in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin. He uses visual methods, qualitative interviews and focus group discussions to carry out his research.

Lennart Dührsen

Lennart Dührsen

Freie Universität Berlin

Lennart Dührsen has degrees in Computer Science and North American Studies from Free University Berlin. In 2018/19, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote his thesis on intimate partner violence among same-sex couples. He currently works in research data management at the CRC 1171 »Affective Societies« and as a freelance web developer.

Luiza Prado

Luiza Prado

Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work examines themes around reproduction, herbal medicine, coloniality, gender, and race. In her doctoral dissertation she approaches the control over fertility and reproduction as a foundational biopolitical gesture for the establishment of the colonial/modern gender system, theorizing the emergence of “technoecologies of birth control” as a framework for resisting, disrupting, and troubling colonial domination. Her ongoing artistic research project, “A Topography of Excesses”, looks into encounters between human and plant beings in herbal medicine through the lenses of radical care. She is part of the curatorial board of transmediale 2021 and an assistant professor and vice-director of the Centre for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon. She is a founding member of Decolonising Design.

Mala Badi

Mala Badi

Mala Badi is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, and political activist from Morocco. Performances and writings arise from Mala’s personal experiences in daily life. Mala wants to increase the visibility of the queer and trans* North African, Imazigh, Muslim and refugee communities. Mala believes that decolonizing art is a necessary political act of affirmation of existence against the global attack and marginalization of the cultures, stories, and collective artistic work of POC and people from the south.

Maximilian Apel

Maximilian Apel

Freie Universität Berlin

Maximilian Apel is a master’s student in Ethnography at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Working as a student assistant at the CRC 1171 Affective Societies he supports the administration and public relations. His involvement in the production of podcasts and videos meets his interest in Public Anthropology and Science Communication. To challenge the idea of an academic ivory tower through accessible diction, artistic engagement and digital tools is an approach he is thrilled and passionate about. Living and studying in Berlin he developed a curiousness about Urban Anthropology.

Omar Kasmani

Omar Kasmani

Freie Universität Berlin

Omar Kasmani is a post-doctoral research associate in social and cultural anthropology at the Collaborative Research Center, Affective Societies at Freie Universität, Berlin. His work pursues critical and queer notions of intimacy, religious affect and post-migrant be/longing via the study of contemporary Muslim lifeworlds.

Publications

  • Queer Companions: Religion, Public Intimacy and Saintly Affects in Pakistan. Duke University Press, forthcoming

Patrick Kabunse Chilaisha

Patrick Kabunse Chilaisha is a 28 year old Zambian photographer who specializes in fine art photography and fine art photo manipulations. He is a self-taught photographer and graphic designer. He is a free spirit and because of that has been drawn to photography because it helps him express himself differently from what people see, this journey has taken him to self-discovery and exploration and has made him question a lot who he is and how he wants to live.

Publications

  • Cynthia Zukas Young Artist Award exhibition at Lechwe Art Gallery
  • Photo COVID zambia
  • Zambian exhibition at the Dubai expo 2021
Rosa Castillo

Rosa Castillo

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo is an anthropologist and engaged scholar based at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Institute for Asian and African Studies. She works on peace and conflict studies, with a focus on violence and subjectivity, othering, moral and ethical self-formation, affect and emotions, resistance, and solidarity in national and transnational contexts. She is also interested in and writes on the anthropology of Islam, state and religion, decoloniality, critical research ethics, and engaged scholarship. She received her PhD at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin. Born and raised in the Philippines where she was trained in anthropology and taught at the University of the Philippines, Rosa continues her research on the country and its diaspora. She is also the founder of Philippine Studies Series Berlin and project leader of Advancing Philippine Studies at HU.

Tamar Blickstein

Tamar Blickstein

Dr. Tamar Blickstein is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari, and an associate researcher at the SFB1171 Affective Societies, Freie Universität, where she co-leads the Ecology and Affect Working Group. She has published and conducted ethnographic research on colonial modes of dispossession, racialization, and contested memory politics in Latin America and Europe, and is starting a new project on the affects of environmental loss in the agribusiness and deforestation frontiers of the South American Gran Chaco.

Tanja-Bianca Schmidt

Tanja-Bianca Schmidt

Tanja-Bianca Schmidt is an Afro-German artist, curator, and art historian with a focus on African Art. Her work engages with aesthetics of protest, notions of migrations, racism, and black identity. She currently works for Stiftung Humboldt Forum and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Videos

Ulrike Geiger

Ulrike Geiger

Freie Universität Berlin

Ulrike Geiger studied History and French Literature. After working as a freelance translator for some years she started to involve herself in third party funding management at Freie Universität Berlin and is currently operating in this field at Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies. She is also supporting the Affect and Colonialism Web Lab with any workload related to finances, such as the fellowship program among others. Besides finances she is much interested in strategies of organizing working processes, i.e., management of complex work settings by using tools of change management, digital communication, and agile project management.

Verena Straub

Verena Straub

Freie Universität Berlin

Verena Straub is an art and image historian in Berlin. Her research focuses on images in the context of political agitation and popular image practices in social media. In 2019, she completed her PhD at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin on the actuality and history of martyr testimonies of suicide bombers. Most recently, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the CRC “Invectivity” at the Technische Universität Dresden and at the CRC “Affective Societies” at the Free University Berlin.

Publications

  • Das Selbstmordattentat im Bild. Aktualität und Geschichte von Märtyrerzeugnissen. transcript. Open Access: https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-5715-9/das-selbstmordattentat-im-bild/