3 May, 2012

Karim Amellal, a French writer of Algerian descent and professor of political science who lives and works in Paris, is a founding member of the group “Qui Fait la France?” His work explores multiculturalism, minorities, and discrimination. He is the author of the essay Discriminez-moi!: Enquête sur nos inégalités (Flammarion, Paris, 2006), as well as a novel, Cités à comparaître (Éditions Stock, Paris, 2006). His work also appears in Chroniques d’une société annoncée (Éditions Stock, Paris, 2007), an anthology of short stories.

A philosopher and cultural theorist, Christoph Brunner is currently an associate researcher at the Institute of Critical Theory in the Hochschule der Künste (Zurich). He is completing a doctoral thesis on creativity, research, and the politics of aesthetics at Concordia University in Montreal. He is on the editorial staff of Inflexions: A Journal for Research Creation ( and is a member of SenseLab inMontreal( His most recent publications include “On digital mattering, thought and immediation” in Journal for Aesthetics and Culture (forthcoming), “Research-Creation: The Invention of Novel Textures” in Acoustic Space 9 (May 2011), and, as co-editor, Practices of Experimentation: Research and Teaching in the Arts Today (Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2011).


Born in Marseilles, Pierre Bruno lives and works in Paris. He is professor of psychoanalysis at the University of Toulouse II and in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII. He is author of the recently published books Antonin Artaud, réalité et poésie (L’Harmattan, Paris, 1999), Papiers psychanalytiques, structure et expérience (Presses Universitaires du Mirail, Toulouse, 2004), La passe (Presses Universitaires du Mirail, Toulouse, 2003), and Lacan passeur de Marx (Éditions Érès, Paris, 2010). He has directed the magazines Barca!, devoted to poetry, politics, and psychoanalysis, and Psychanalyse.


Amador Fernández-Savater lives and works in Madrid. He works as an editor at Acuarela Libros ( For many years he has directed the magazine Archipiélago and has played an active role in various collective actions in Madrid, including the student, anti-globalization, copyleft, “No to war,” V de Vivienda, and 15-M movements. He is the author of Filosofía y acción (Editorial Límite, Santander, 1999), co-author of Red ciudadana tras el 11-M: cuando el sufrimiento no impide pensar ni actuar (Acuarela Libros, Madrid, 2008), and the coordinator of Con y contra el cine: en torno a Mayo del 68 (UNIA, Seville, 2008). He currently broadcasts the programme “Una línea sobre el mar” (, which deals with garage philosophy on Radio Círculo.


Claire Fontaine describes herself as a “readymade artist,” whose works frequently propose open, choral explorations with an emphasis on social critique, and who is known for her textual installations, making use of messages, billboards, and neon or fluorescent signs situated either in city spaces or art venues. Some of these devices question the onlooker, as is the case of Extranjeros en todas partes and Please, Come Back. Since its inception, Claire Fontaine’s oeuvre has obtained major recognition, and has been featured in exhibitions in institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, PS1 in New York, and, more recently, the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.


A visual artist and net activist, Daniel G. Andújar was born in Almoradí, Spain, in 1966, and lives and works in Barcelona. His artistic work deals with control mechanisms and social inequality. In Technologies to the People, he invented a fictitious virtual corporation which seeks to make technological advances accessible to the socially disadvantaged. The project reproduces the imprecision, dissuasive language, mannerisms, and visual archetypes associated with businesses in the digital field. In X-Devian: The New Technologies to the People System (2003), he provided an example within contemporary art of an exploration of the critical and imaginative potential of the world of freeware. In 2005, he created Postcapital Archive (1989-2001), a project, consisting of more than 250,000 Internet documents, that traces geopolitical transformations and the situation of communist and capitalist ideologies in the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attack on New York’s Twin Towers. In 2011 he performed A vuelo de pájaro, a series of flights around the Spanish coasts trailing a banner printed with the slogan “Let’s democratize Democracy.”


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Néstor Kohan is assistant researcher at CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas), doctor in social science (Faculty of Social Science, University of Buenos Aires) and assistant professor in sociology in the same faculty. He has published more than fifteen books on social theory. His research, books, articles, and essays have been translated into English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Basque, Arabic, and Hebrew.


Jade Lindgaard lives and works in Paris. She is a journalist for Mediapart, where she writes about ecology, university politics, and research. She has co-authored Le B.A. BA du BHL: Enquête sur le plus grand intellectuel français (Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2004) with Xavier de la Porte and co-directed the volume France Invisible (Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2006) with Stéphane Beaud and Joseph Confavreux. A member of the editorial committee of Mouvements magazine, she has contributed to numerous volumes, including Le dictionnaire des racismes, de l’exclusion et des discriminations (Larousse, Paris, 2010) and La république et ses démons (Éditions Érès, Paris, 2007). She has taken part in numerous critical forums and alterglobalist movements, and since 2007 has played an active role in the Camp Action Climat ( movement.


Frédéric Lordon, who lives and works in Paris, has explored markets and financial crises in numerous research projects over the last 15 years. A researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), he is working on developing a “Spinozist” political economy. He has published L’Intérêt souverain: Essai d’anthropologie économique spinoziste (Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2006, new edition 2011), Spinoza et les sciences sociales [with Yves Citton] (Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2008), Conflits et pouvoirs dans les institutions du capitalisme (Presses de la Fondation des Sciences Politiques,Paris, 2008), Capitalisme, désir et servitud: Marx et Spinoza (La Fabrique Éditions, Paris, 2010), Jusqu’à quand? Pour en finir avec les crises financières (Raisons d’Agir,Paris, 2008), La crise de trop (Fayard, Paris, 2009), as well as a play about the financial crisis, D’un retournement l’autre: Comédie sérieuse en quatre actes et en alexandrins (Éditions Seuil, Paris, 2011).


Born in Italy in 1971, Roberto Nigro works in Zurich and is Head of Studies at the College Internacional de Philosophie in Paris. He studied philosophy at the universities of Bari, Frankfurt, Paris VIII and Nanterre X, and taught at the American University of Paris, the Freie Universität of Berlin, the University of Basel, and Michigan State University before joining the Institute of Critical Theory in the Hochschule der Künste (Zurich). His publications include essays about Foucault, Althusser, Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger. He is the editor of Michel Foucault’s Introduction to Kant´s Anthropology (Semiotexte, Los Angeles, 2008) and, together with Isabell Lorey and Gerald Raunig, of Inventionen: Zur Aktualisierung poststrukturalistischer Theorie (Diaphanes, Berlin and Zurich, 2011). His most recent research projects are two books, one exploring the relationship between Marx and Foucault, and the other with the theory of the coup d’état in modern political thought.


Raqs Media Collective is an arts group, based in New Delhi, consisting of Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Its members have been described variously as artists, media creators, curators, researchers, publishers, and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which usually take the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances, and meetings, and which has been widely exhibited at leading international venues and events, situates them at the crossroads of contemporary art, historical inquiry, philosophical speculation, research, and theory. In 2000 they co-founded Sarai, as part of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDES), in Delhi, and they are members of the editorial staff of the Sarai Reader series. They took part in curating Manifesta 7 (2008). Raqs is a Persian, Arabic, and Urdu word describing the trance state attained by dervishes as they spin. In a more general sense, the word also means “dance.”


A philosopher and art theorist at the Departement Kunst & Medien, Vertiefung Theorie, of the Hochschule der Künste (Zurich), Gerald Raunig is also co-director of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies in Vienna (EIPCP), and coordinator of the transnational research projects Republicart (, 2002-2005), Transform (, 2005-2008) and Creating Worlds (, 2009-2012). In addition, he is a member of the editorial staff of Kulturrisse: Journal for Radical Democratic Cultural Politics ( His most recent books are Producción cultural y prácticas instituyentes: Líneas de ruptura en la crítica institucional [edited with Marcelo Expósito and Transform] (Traficantes de Sueños, Madrid, 2008); and Mil máquinas: Breve filosofía de las máquinas como movimiento social (Traficantes de Sueños, Madrid, 2009).


Mohamed Razane, a novelist of Moroccan descent, lives in Épinay-sur-Seine and works in Paris. His writing mirrors our society and other societies marginalized by it. The author of Dit violent (Gallimard, Paris, 2006) and Bêta et Alpha (Éditions Storylab, Paris, 2011), he has also contributed two stories, Garde à vue and  Abdel Ben Cyrano to the anthology Chroniques d’une société annoncée (Éditions Stock, Paris, 2007). He is a founding member and director of the group “Qui Fait La France?”


William I. Robinson is professor of sociology, global studies, and Latin American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from New York City, he spent nearly two decades in Central and South America and in East and West Africa. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles and commentaries about globalization, global society, politics, international relations, social change, development, and Latin American affairs. His most recent book, Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Globalization Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2008), was awarded the prize for best book about international political economy by the British International Studies Association. His web site is