Maurizio Ferraris

An Italian philosopher and scholar, a Full Professor at Department of Literature and Philosophy, University of Turin, where he also runs the CTAO (Inter-University Centre for Theoretical and Applied Ontology) and the LabOnt (Laboratory for Ontology). One of the leading figures of the Italian philosophical current named new realism and author of Manifesto of New Realism. Author on numerous articles in the cultural section of La Repubblica and winner of many philosophical awards, including Ringrose Prize awarded by Berkeley University. His main areas of expertise are hermeneutics, aesthetics and ontology.

Peter Eisenman

An American architect whose professional work is often referred to as formalist, deconstructive, late avant-garde or high modernist. Eisenman currently teaches theory seminars and advanced design studios at the Yale School of Architecture. He is Professor Emeritus at the Cooper Union School of Architecture, and he formerly taught at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the Ohio State University. Eisenman has embarked on a larger series of building projects in his career, including the recently completed Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and the new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. His largest project to date is the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Margarethe von Trotta

German film director, often referred to as a “leading force” of the New German Cinema movement. She boasts an impressive body of work that has won her awards all over the world in the last forty years. Von Trotta is also regarded as “the world’s leading feminist filmmaker” since the predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films feature strong female protagonists, and are usually set against an important political background.  Her rich filmography include more than 20 films among among which L’honneur perdu de Katharina Blum (1975); Les années de plomb (1981); Rosa Luxemburg (1986); Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (2009); La fuga di Teresa (2012) and Hannah Arendt (2012) take special place.

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramovic, born in 1946 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is one of the most enduring artists of our time. She began her career in the early 1970s when she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, and after formative explorations in painting, drawing, text, and sound art, she pioneered the use of performance as an art form.. As a vital member of the generation of seminal performance artists that includes Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden, Abramovic created some of the most well regarded early performance art pieces and is the only artist of her generation still making important works of long durational performance.

The body has always been both Abramovic’s subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being—from her earliest pieces such as Rhythm 5(1974), where she lay in the center of a burning 5-point star to the point of losing consciousness, to The Artist Is Present (2010), where for three months she spent eight to ten hours per day sitting motionless, engaged in silent eye-contact with hundreds of strangers one by one.

Michael Walzer

A prominent American political philosopher, polemicist and public intellectual. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey and co-editor of an intellectual magazine Dissent, as well as contributing editor to The New Republic. He has written 27 books and published over 300 articles, essays, and book reviews on a wide range of topics, many in political ethics, including just and unjust wars, nationalism, ethnicity, Zionism, economic justice, social criticism, radicalism, tolerance, and political obligation.

Nenad Miščević

A Croatian philosopher whose work focuses on epistemology, political philosophy and philosophy of mind. He works as a Professor at University of Maribor and University of Rijeka, and he is also Director of Doctorate Support Program at Central European University. He is an expert in both continental and analytical philosophy, and has published numerous books, articles, essays, and book reviews on a wide range of topics, many in philosophy of language and philosophy of psychology. He started researching on the idea of nationalism after the Breakup of Yugoslavia and has published few books and many articles on this topic.

Alenka Zupančič

A Slovenian philosopher whose work focuses on psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. She is currently a full-time researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School. Zupančič belongs to the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis, which is known for its predominantly Lacanian foundations. Zupančič has written on several topics including ethics, literature, comedy, and love, and she is most renowned as a Nietzsche scholar, though many other continental philosophers are also referenced in her work.

Rade Šerbedžija

A Croatian actor, director, and musician  known for his portrayals of imposing figures on both sides of the law. One of the most popular Yugoslav actors in the 1970s and 1980s, now internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films starting in the early 1990s to the present. He has founded postgraduate course “Acting, media, culture” at University of Rijeka where he works as a professor.

Dubravka Ugrešić

Over the past three decades, Dubravka Ugresic has established herself as one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. From her early postmodernist excursions, to her elegiac reckonings in fiction and the essay with the disintegration of her Yugoslav homeland and the fall of the Berlin Wall, through to her more recent writings on popular and literary culture, Ugresic’s work is marked by a rare combination of irony, polemic, and compassion. Following degrees in Comparative and Russian Literature, Ugresic worked for many years at the University of Zagreb’s Institute for Theory of Literature, successfully pursuing parallel careers as both a writer and as a scholar. She is the winner of several major literary prizes, her recent work, Karaoke Culture (2011), being awarded the Jean Améry Essay Prize, and also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her most recent writings appear in Salmagundi,The Baffler (USA), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), and other prominent international periodicals. She lives in Amsterdam.