Josef Früchtl is a Prof., Dr., born in 1954. Studies of Philosophy, Theory of Literature and Sociology in Frankfurt/M. and Paris; 1985/86 PhD in Frankfurt/M.; 1987-1989 Research Fellowship of the A. v. Humboldt-Stiftung (Pisa/Italy); 1990-1993 Research Fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the University of Frankfurt/M.; 1995 Habilitation in Frankfurt/M.; 1996 Associate Professor of Philosophy (focused on Aesthetics and Theory of Culture) at the University of Münster; from 2002-2005 President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik; since 2003 co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft; 2005, Chair in Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam; September 2007-2012 & September 2017-2018, Head of the Department of Philosophy; 2020, Emeritus Professor.
Marilena Chauí is PhD in Philosophy and Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of São Paulo (USP), where she also received the title of Emeritus Professor. She is expert in modern and contemporary philosophy and in political philosophy, having dedicated herself to the works of Spinoza, Merleau-Ponty and issues concerning democracy, critique of ideology and contemporary culture. She coordinates research groups on Spinoza and Contemporary Philosophy. She is a founder member of the Association des Amis de Spinoza (France), the Assoziazone Italiana degli Amici di Spinoza (Italy) and the journal Studia Spinozana (Germany). She earned titles of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Université de Paris VIII and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentine). She was awarded the Prêmio Jabuti for her books Cultura e democracia (translated into English with the title Between Conformity and Resistance, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2011), Convite à Filosofia (Invitation to Philosophy) e A nervura do real. Imanência e liberdade em Espinosa (The Rib of the Real. Immanency and Freedom in Spinoza — translated into Spanish and published in 2020 by Fondo de Cultura). She was Secretary of Culture of São Paulo City from 1989 to 1992 in the Government of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores).
Rodrigo Duarte earned his PhD at the University of Kassel (Germany) in 1990 and became professor of the Philosophy Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) the same year. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California in Berkeley (USA) in 1997, a visiting professor at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Germany) in 2000, and a visiting professor at the Hochschule Mannheim (Germany) in 2011. He served as president of the Brazilian Association of Aesthetics (ABRE) from May 2006 to October 2014. In addition to numerous articles and chapters of collective works, in Brazil and abroad, his book publications include (amongst others): Teoria crítica da indústria cultural (Ed. UFMG, 2003), Dizer o que não se deixa dizer. Para uma filosofia da expressão (Ed. Argos, 2008), Deplatzierungen. Aufsätze zur Ästhetik und kritischen Theorie (Max Stein Verlag, 2009, second edition: Springer Verlag, 2017), Pós-história de Vilém Flusser. Gênese-anatomia-desdobramentos (Editora Annablume, 2012) and Varia Aesthetica. Ensaios sobre arte & sociedade (Relicário Edições, 2014).
Rachida Triki is emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic at the University of Tunis, writer/curator based in Tunisia. Founding member of Tunisian Aesthetic Association. She was a member of the Committee of Arts festival of Mahres (Tunisia 1998 – 2002). She has curated several exhibitions:” la part du corps” (Palais kheireddine Tunis, 2010), curator for Maghreb artists of exhibition” Contact zone” (museum of Contemporary Art of Bamako, 2007), curator of Dakar Biennale for North Africa, 2010 and curator of Tunisian exhibition Dakar Biennale 2018 .She has written several catalog texts on Tunisian and Arabic artists, and organized international meetings on contemporary problems of creation. She has published: Peintures à Hasdrubal, essai sur la peinture tunisienne et arabe, (livre d’art), éd. Alif, Tunis 2000 L’esthétique et la question du sens, Arcantères, Paris 2000, L’esthétique du temps pictural, CPU, Tunis 2001, l’image,ce que l’on voit,ce que l’on fait, Larousse,Paris 2010. co-autor of L’image, Foucault, Deleuze, Lyotard, (Vrin Paris 1997), Michel Foucault, La peinture de Manet, (Seuil, Paris 2004) et Femmes, culture et créativité en Tunisie, (Crédif, Tunis 2002), L’artiste, Klincksieck, Paris 2005, Art et pouvoir, Klincksieck, Paris 2007. She also co-produced for Tunisian television twenty medium-sized films about Tunisian painters in their studio.
Jacques Poulain is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris 8. UNESCO Chair of Philosophy of Culture and Institutions from 1996 to 2020. He was Vice-president of the College International de philosophie (1985-92) after having taught at the University of Montreal (1968-85). His works include : L’âge pragmatique ou l’expérimentation totale (1991), La loi de vérité (1993), De l’homme. Eléments d’anthropobiologie philosophique du langage (2001), Die neue Moderne (2012) et Peut-on guérir de la mondialisation ?2017). He coordinates in collaboration of Bruno Cany the research group of Transcultural studies (Université Paris 8 and L’Harmattan).
Tania Rivera is a psychoanalyst and essayist who works in a multidisciplinary field of critical reflection regarding the intertwining between subject and culture, moving between psychoanalysis, philosophy, artistic and literary theory as well as practice. Full Professor at the Department of Art at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), holds a Master’s and a PhD in Psychology from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1996). Worked as a visiting professor at the Department of Plastic Arts at Université Paris 8, Vincennes Saint-Denis, in 2016. Author of several books such as Arte e psicanálise (2002), Imagem, cinema e psicanálise (2008), Hélio Oiticica e a arquitetura do sujeito (2012) and Psicanálise antropofágica. Identidade, gênero, arte (2020). Received the Jabuti Prize in the category Psychology/Psychoanalysis (2014) for the book O Avesso do Imaginário, Arte Contemporânea e Psicanálise (The Reverse of Imaginary, Contemporary Art and Psychoanalysis, Cosac Naify, 2013). Has also worked as art curator of the exhibition Lugares do Delírio (Places of Delirium, Rio Art Museum, 2017 and Sesc Pompeia, 2018), among others.
Giselle Beiguelman is Web artist, digital artist, and Art’s critic. Ph.D in Cultural History (1991) at the University of São Paulo (1991), where she is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism since 2011. She investigates the aesthetics of memory and develops projects of artistic interventions in the public space and with digital media. Founded the desVirtual, a Digital Art Studio. Her artworks are in museum collections of Brazil and abroad, such as ZKM (Germany), the Latin American collection of the University of Essex, Jewish Museum Berlin, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, MAC-USP and MAR (Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro), among others. Among her recent projects are Odiolândia (Hateland) (2017), Memories of Amnesia (2015), and the curatorship of Arquinterface: the city expanded by the networks. See website for details: desvirtual.com
Catherine Walsh is Ph.D/Ed.D (1984) at the University of Massachusetts. Since 1997 Full Professor at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar-UASB (Ecuador), where she has founded and is Director of the Afro Andean Graduate Studies. Visiting Professor in Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, US, and others. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Scholar (Duke University, 2011) and recipient of the Premio Illescas de oro (2010) from Organizaciones afroecuatorianas y Secretaria de los Pueblos. Co-Editing the Duke University Press series “On Decoloniality” since 2014. Among a vast number of papers and book chapters, she has recently published the books Lo pedagógico y lo decolonial: Entretejiendo caminos, Querétaro, México: En cortito que’s pa’ largo, 2014, and Pedagogías decoloniales. Prácticas insurgentes de resistir, (re)existir y (re)vivir. Tomo I (editora). Quito: Abya-Yala, 2013. See website for details: catherine-walsh.blogspot.com