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Juliana Vélez

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Ph.D. student, Conservation Sciences DepartmentUniversity of Minnesota Juliana Vélez is a PhD student in Conservation Sciences at the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology of the University of Minnesota. She received a Fulbright Scholarship (2017-2022) for doctoral studies, the Russell E. Train Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund (2017) and the Interdisciplinary Center for…

Sarah Almeida

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Sarah Almeida holds a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a degree in anthropology from University of Brasilia. She has done research on images and bodies and leads her academic and personal interests to think about new and other counter-narratives.

Emina Bužinkić

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Ph.D. student, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of MinnesotaTransbalkan solidarityImagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle Fellow (ITSRC) Emina explores barefoot the intersections of refuge-ness, racist and classist formations, education-scapes, and political resistances in solidarity. Her work revolves around the critical understanding of border regimes through interplay of the police violence and refugees’ resistance to restrictions…

A. Revathi

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A. Revathi is transfeminist activist, writer and a crusader for LGBTIQA+ community in India. Her books The Truth About Me, A life in trans activism and Our Bodies Our Selves (Unarvum Uruvamum) are pioneering works on trans lives.  Her career as a writer won her a place on the Columbia University Butler Library banner.  She finds theatre a powerful art form.

Pedram Badari

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Kurdish-Iranian born, sculptor, architect and interdisciplinary artist, working in installation, site specific, performance art, social practice, and sculpture. Pedram is based in between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Denton/Dallas, Texas. He has been featured in numerous national and international solo and group art exhibitions since 2010 such as the Victoria and Albert museum, London 2012, Documenta 13th…

Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS)

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Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS) is a people’s movement in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh in India. It emerged from Sangtin, a group formed by rural women to enable them to shape the processes of development at all levels. The SKMS saathis or members are mainly marginal farmers or landless laborers in rural Sitapur. More…

Matheus Caetano

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Matheus Caetano is an undergraduate student of Anthropology at the University of Brasilia. He does research in the area of ​​ethnobiography and is interested in the relations between psychology, literature and anthropology.

Nithya Rajan

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Nithya is a writer and researcher from Kerala, India who now lives in San Diego, California (historic homeland of the Kumeyaay people). She has a PhD in Feminist from the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota, and currently works as postdoctoral fellow there. Her research looks at the lives…

Anna Selmeczi

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Anna Selmeczi is a lecturer and the programme convener of the Masters in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. Her work is grounded in social and political theory, and focuses on the connections between orders of knowledge and urban spaces, and how various forms of popular politics contest and transform these…

Nick Kleese

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Nick Kleese is an Iowa farm kid turned literacy educator. Nick is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Editor at Climate Lit, Co-Founder of KidLitLab!, and an inaugural member of the Whippoorwill YA Award: an award recognizing rural representation in young adult literature. He has taught…

Ghadeer Alkhenaizi

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Architect, researcher, and adjunct lecturerUniversity of Bahrain Ghadeer Alkhenaizi is an architect, a researcher, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Bahrain in Sakhir, Bahrain. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Bahrain in 2015. In 2016, and following several years of practice in Bahrain, she received a…

Raquel Chaves

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Raquel Chaves is a Tupinambá indigenous. She is a doctoral student in  Anthropology from University of Brasilia. She holds a master’s degree in Botanic.

Coral Bijoux

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Coral Bijoux, a South African artist, makes visible the work that she has engaged with for many years: observing, challenging, documenting life in a transitioning world amidst political and social upheavals, quiet moments and life experiences. An auto-ethnographic focus draws near her ideas and concepts through a visual language which is fecund with metaphor and…

Setareh Ghoreishi

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Setareh Ghoreishi is a graphic designer and multidisciplinary digital media artist. After receiving her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Art in Tehran, Iran, she moved to the United States where she currently lives. In her work, she investigates cultural disparities, most specifically between the United States and Iran. She acquired her MFA…

Deondre Smiles

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Deondre Smiles (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) is an Indigenous geographer whose ongoing research agenda is centered in the argument that tribal protection of remains, burial grounds, and more-than-human environments represents an effective form of ‘quotidian’ resistance against the settler-colonial state. This is in continuation of his dissertation work, which centered around Indigenous/settler contestations over…

Sara Musaifer

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Sara was raised along the shores of two archipelagoes, Bahrain and the Philippines, with songs and stories of moon-swallowing whales, mountains bursting into flames, and giants reigning over ancient plains. Focusing on K-12 education in Bahrain, Sara’s research crosses multiple borders to bring into question the intertwining histories and structural conditions producing a particular knowledge…

Josinelma Rolande

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Josinelma Rolande is a doctoral student in Anthropology from the University of Brasilia and Professor at IFMA – Maranhão Institute of Education, Science and Technology. She holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a degree in Artistic Education, with a degree in Fine Arts, from the Federal University of Maranhão. She has been doing research…

Agléška Cohen-Rencountre

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Agléška Cohen-Rencountre is enrolled in Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. Their work is on Indigenous Urbanism, from a Critical Native Feminism perspective. They are a PhD Fellow in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. They grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Tamilarasi Anandavalli

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Tamilarasi Anandavalli is currently pursuing her studies in theatre at the National School of Drama. Sports, yoga and theatre give her the space to explore her body, emotions and thoughts.  She has been acting in plays and short films for the past seven years.

Suzanne Chew

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Suzanne Chew is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary, researching environmental decision-making and inclusive participation, and learning from Inuit communities in western Nunavut. Chew is an international student from Singapore, with a diasporic life–she grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived and worked in three continents.…

Pramila Vasudevan

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Choreographer, Founder and Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts Pramila Vasudevan is a choreographer and a creator of community rooted/routed transdisciplinary work. Vasudevan is the founder and Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts (2004), an experimental arts collaborative producing site-specific performances that examine agency, voice, and group dynamics within community histories, institutions, and systems. Vasudevan is a…

Daanish Mustafa

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Daanish Mustafa is a Professor in Critical Geography, at the Department of Geography, King’s College, London. His research interests have been in water resources, environmental hazards, development and critical geographies of violence and terror. He has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as in popular publication outlets. He has in…

Ritika Ganguly

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Ritika Ganguly, PhD., is a Minneapolis-based composer, anthropologist, and grants consultant, born and raised in New Delhi, India. Her consulting practice and artistic practice both strive for an equality based on difference, rather than on the similarity of things, people, and knowledges.  Ritika was commissioned as a composer by The Cedar Cultural Center in 2016,…

Efadul Huq

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Efadul Huq is a poet and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Policy at Smith College, Massachusetts. Huq’s research and teaching span areas of environmental justice, international community development, urban sustainability and political ecology with a geographic focus on South Asia and the United States. Huq co-founded a community-based archive called Queer Archives of the…

Dia Da Costa

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Professor of Social Justice and International Studies in Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta Dia Da Costa’s research analyzes the complex relationship of activism in contemporary India to state violence and development discourses. She is the author of Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger called Theatre (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and Development…

Janani Eswar

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Janani is the co-founder of GRIN, a social enterprise that plays to connect children to nature. At the age of 12, Janani stepped out of mainstream education and started homeschooling with her family. In the journey of unlearning, she explored the philosophies of Nai Talim, J. Krishnamurthy, John Holt and many more. She spent the…

Alia Jeraj

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Alia Jeraj (she/they) is a Twin Cities based artist and educator. Though her background is in Western classical vocal music, Alia has shifted her musical focus towards folk musics, especially songs of Gujarat. She currently studies with Ritika Ganguly. In 2018 Alia was awarded a Next Step Fund to pursue research on the music and stories…

Wafa Alsayed

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Wafa Alsayed obtained her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her thesis analyses the material and ideational origins of Bahrain and Kuwait’s foreign policies. She tweets @wafaalsayed

Jordan Starck

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Jordan Starck is a scholar of race and racism, particularly the psychology of American anti-Blackness.