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Mae Caralde

Mae is currently pursuing Phd in Media Studies at the College of Mass Communications, University of the Philippines and received her MA in Media Studies major in Film in the same university. Her current research project investigates how media is implicated in the production and circulation of historico-political personalities and messages such as the constant revival of the “Cory/Aquino Magic” phenomenon that greatly influence Philippine political narratives in terms of how we make sense of the past and of the future. Mae is also a lecturer at the Mapua Institute of Technology and an independent filmmaker.

Felix Doege

Felix has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Politics of East Asia from the Ruhr University Bochum and is currently pursuing a Master degree in East Asian Politics. He has worked as a tutor and research assistant and gained further work experience as an intern for the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg as well as for the German Embassy in Tokyo. Specializing in Japan and international relations, Felix is writing his M.A. thesis on energy security in East Asia with a focus on Japan, thereby combining market-based approaches with insights from theories of collective action and international climate negotiations.

Sibylle Duhautois

Sibylle Duhautois graduated from Sciences Po. After having obtained her agrégation in history in 2013, she started her Phd thesis at the Centre for History at Sciences Po, under the supervision of Jenny Andersson. Her research focuses on how, after the Second World War, the future was constructed as a global issue that needed specific forms of expertise and international governance. It involves case studies about key publications such as The image of the future (Polak, 1955) or the activity of organisations such as the Club of Rome and UNESCO. This research is part of a European project: Futurepol.

Tim Glogan

Three years ago, I graduated with a M.Soc.Sc. degree in East Asian Studies from the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. I also have B.A. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds, England, which I gained all the way back in the 1980s. I worked in China for five years in the 1980s as an interpreter for British Aerospace supporting a fleet of civil airliners and more recently have operated by own China business consultancy in Finland. I currently own and run a pub in Turku, Finland!

Chen Li

I am currently working on my PhD thesis on the The Discourse on political freedom in Late Qing Chinese intellectual circles. In it, I try to explore the transformation of Western concepts of political freedom in Chinese debates by studying this discourse in its social, discursive, institutional and rhetorical contexts. Before starting my PhD, I studied german literatur at Beijing Foreign Studies University and finished my my interdisciplinary M.A. Degree in German Classical Studies in the European Context with empasis on history of political ideas at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena.

Vania Ludmila Sandoval Rosales

Vania is from Caracas, Venezuela and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Ethnology of the Heidelberg University. She previously received her MA in ethnology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Her current research focuses on a comparison of lifestyle, in particular leisure time organization, among migrant and non-migrant women in the city of Mannheim. She has done practical work in the areas of migrant and refugees counseling, as well as assisted repatriation programmes. Her general research interests are urban lives, migration and identity.

Sandhya Devesan Nambiar

Sandhya Devesan Nambiar has studied English Literature and Philosophy at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral thesis was an exploration of conceptual structures in Continental Philosophy, and of Deleuzean modes of philosophical thought in particular. She currently teaches in the Department of English at LSR. Her recent research areas attempt to diagnose the contemporary notions of the human and post-human, posing thereby questions concerning bio-ethics, especially the question of animality; attempting to extend the philosophical framework of the philosophers like Gilles Deleuze (his ideas of “becoming animal”), Jacques Derrida’s recent works (on animality and sovereignty), Giorgio Agamben (on his questions concerning sovereignty and bare life, “Bio” and “Zöö” ) in order to address some of the crucial scholarly and existential concerns of our time.

Gelek Namgyal

I was born in Tibet , studied for master in social works at the st. Joseph 's college , Bangalore in India. I did master in social work with specialised in counselling. Then I worked as a voluntary teacher for ten months at Tibetan school in exile. Currently looking forward to do PhD , and my area of the research topics are tremendous Contribution of Tibetan Buddhist culture in western countries and also similarities of the cultures between china and Tibet in the context of religion and it's culture.

Carman Ng

Carman Ng, a doctoral student from the Department of English of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, investigates the semiotics and ideologies of popular media: digital games, anime, and graphic novels. Her research centers on a war-themed videogame series Metal Gear Solid (Kojima 1998-2008). She combines multisemiotic and narrative analyses to examine representations of such socioethical issues as war and posthumanity; and the gameplay-cinematic cutscenes configuration of the immersive and hybridized medium. She is working with Universität Bremen on a diachronic study of superhero comics (1930s-2000s). Apart from academic head-bashing, she participates in the community theater as a performer and techie.

Dimitry Okropiridze

Dimitry has studied Religion, Classical Indology, and Transcultural Studies at the University of Heidelberg where he has received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  In his studies he has focused on transcultural entities such as the global discourse on Yoga, and analyzed them applying poststructuralist theory and material culture. Dimitry is currently preparing for his PhD program, which is about to commence in October 2014. In his doctoral thesis, Dimitry will historicize the Kuṇḍalinī-Phenomenon as a floating signifier connecting the religious and therapeutic discourses from the 19th to the 21st centuries and creating a non-cartesian ontological object.

Mehnaz Parveen

I am Mehnaz Parveen. I studied Journalism at Fatima Jinnah Women University. I finished the degree in Mach 2014. I got a scholarship to study a one year non-degree course from a Community College in the United States. I am planning to do my research on Land Migration in Upper Hunza. The main focus will be on the future concerns about the land and mental health of the people there. The growing mental health issues like ‘Anxiety’ and ‘loneliness’ are of huge concern for future the area. The idea came to me when i got a chance to work with a PhD student from the University of Heidelberg; who is writing her PhD on Organic Farming in Pakistan. I was working with her as a research assistant. We visited several small villages in Hunza/ Upper Hunza. It’s then when I realized that how rapidly things are changing in the area, and how seriously it needs to be addressed.

Kirill Repin

Kirill Repin is an MA student of the program “Roads to Democracy(-ies)” at the University of Siegen in Germany. This is an interdisciplinary program in History, Sociology and Political Science. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University in Russia. The main focus of his scientific interest is concentrated on the problem of democratic governance on international level and more precisely on the concept of cosmopolitan/transnational democracy. Currently Kirill’s research is devoted to examining the mechanisms of reconciling particularistic and universalist values and interests as devised in the existing theories of cosmopolitan democracy.

Eirik Frøhaug Swensen

I am a Norwegian PhD candidate working on a project related to new energy solutions funded by Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) and NTNU, Trondheim. My focus within the project is the role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Norway. CCS has for a long time been important in the Norwegian strategy to mitigate climate change. Reluctant to implement domestic climate initiatives that may affect people’s everyday life here and now, it is tempting for politicians to rely on technological fixes with future potential. In my thesis I am critically assessing different parts of the CCS complex, through interviews with engineers, ENGOs and politicians.

Lin Yi-Hui

I am Lin Yi-Hui, a Taiwanese who is currently a MA student in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. My current research project is about a conceptual circus which is proposed to function as a conflict identifier, as well as an universal act to our everyday life. As previously trained as a designer, I made up a game book as a outcome in which reader is no longer a passive audience but an active participant. Also, the story in the game book is a mixture of fiction and fact, through character-playing and decision-making process, it leads to different ends. However I wish to develop this project further into theatre space. Currently I am particularly interested in the viewpoints of duality in theatre (i. e. Panopticon), or the notion of total theatre.

Ximena Moreno

Born 1980 (Santiago, Chile) lives and works in London.  She studied Visual Arts at the Finis Terrae University in Santiago and then she did a Master in Stylist per lo Specttacolo in Rome, Italy.  She has worked as an art director and wardrobe stylist for five years in Chile for movies and TV series. She has also worked as a collaborator for two Chilean art magazines (La Panera and Artishock.cl) writing about contemporary art. While in London she worked as the assistant curator at Cecilia Brunson Projects, a project room in London. Now she is studying a Master in Global Arts in Goldsmiths University. Her main research interest is contemporary arts, specifically, the Antropocene in the contemporary art.

Franziska Oswald

I studied environmental and cultural psychology as well as comparing religious science at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
After my studies I worked for health promotion and HIV prevention with women and migrants. In the following job I was responsible for health promotion and sustainability education at the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education.
Because I was so inspired by their work I made a fellowship at the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York and work since then independently with my own company "sprouts for the planet". I do project work and teaching/lecturing in sustainability education as well as environmental and cultural psychology. In the last years my focus has been on cultural transformation through the means of different art forms as films, stories, performance etc. As a Tai Ji teacher I am vividly involved in the intercommunion between Asia and Europe.

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All participants

Divyaraj Amiya
Mae Caralde
Felix Doege
Sibylle Duhautois
Timothy Glogan
Valentina Heck
Chen Li
Yi-hui Lin
Ximena Moreno
Sandhy Devesan Nambiar
Gelek Namgyal
Carman Ng
Dimitry Okropiridze
Franziska Oswald
Mehnaz Parveen
Kirill Repin
Vania Ludmila Sandoval Rosales
Eirik Frøhaug Swensen