Wendy M. K. Shaw (Ph.D. UCLA, 1999) is Professor of the Art History of Islamic cultures at the Free University Berlin. Her work focuses on the impact of coloniality on art-related institutions, modern art and pre-modern discourses of perception, with emphasis on the Ottoman Empire and regions of Islamic hegemony. She has written Possessors and Possessed: Museums, Archaeology, and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire (2003), Ottoman Painting: Reflections of Western Art from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (2011),  What is “Islamic” Art: Between Religion and Perception (2019), and Loving Writing (2021).

Georges Khalil is the Academic Coordinator of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and of its research programme Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), that seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East.  He co-edited Di/Visions. Kultur und Politik des Nahen Ostens (2009), Islamic Art and the Museum. Approaches to Art and Archeology of the Muslim World in the Twenty-First Century (2012) and Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s (2015).

Alice von Bieberstein holds a Ph.D in Social Anthropology, from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a project researcher at CARMAH. Her main research interests include the various legacies of the Armenian genocide. As part of a research-based MA module at the Institute for European Ethnology (HU), Bieberstein will be collaborating and co-teaching a course at the institute for social sciences at Rojava University.

Leyla Dakhli is a full-time researcher in the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) currently affiliated with the Center Marc Bloch (Berlin). Her research interests include the study of Arab intellectuals, specifically women, and the cultural and entangled history of the Arab Mediterranean. She is the P.I. of ERC DREAM - Drafting and Enacting the revolution in the Arab Mediterranean (2018-2023).