We are excited to welcome some of the leading voices in their field as keynote speakers to Aberdeen!

Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis Gordon | Photo: Simeon Mark Cofie
Lewis Gordon | Photo: Simeon Mark Cofie

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies, and Honorary Professor in the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Lewis R. Gordon has written extensively on race and racism, postcolonial phenomenology, aesthetics, Africana and black existentialism and the works of W.E.B. DuBois and Frantz Fanon.

Jane Anna Gordon

Jane Anna Gordon
Jane Anna Gordon

Professor of Political Science with affiliations in American Studies, El Instituto, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Jane Anna Gordon is, most recently, author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge 2020) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Frantz Fanon (Fordham University Press 2014) and co-editor (with Drucilla Cornell) of the forthcoming Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg and (with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh) of The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (University Press of Kentucky 2019). President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2014-2016, she continues to direct the CPA Summer School and to co-edit the Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought book series. With Lewis R. Gordon, she edits the new, open-access journal, Philosophy and Global Affairs.

Sabine Hark

Sabine Hark | Photo: www.stephan-roehl.de
Sabine Hark | Photo: stephan-roehl.de

Professor for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies at the TU Berlin.

Sabine Hark is also a prominent public intellectual who regularly intervenes in debates on democracy, racism, sexism, and gender equality. Her books include: deviante Subjekte. Die paradoxe Politik der Identitaet [Deviant Subjects. Paradoxes of the Politics of Identity] (1996, 1999); Dissidente Partizipation. Eine Diskursgeschichte des Feminismus [Dissident Participation. A Discourse History of Feminism] (2005); Vermessene Raeume, gespannte Beziehungen. Unternehmerische Universitaeten und Geschlechterdynamiken [Measured Spaces, Tense Relations. Entrepreneurial Universities and Gender Dynamics], with Johanna Hofbauer (2018), and The Future of Difference: Beyond the Toxic Entanglement of Racism, Sexism and Feminism, with Paula-Irene Villa (2020). She is a member of the editorial board of Germany’s leading feminist theory journal, Feministische Studien. Her current book project is entitled Community of the Unchosen. Notes on a political ethos of cohabitation [Gemeinschaft der Ungewählten. Umrisse eines politischen Ethos der Kohabitation] forthcoming with Suhrkamp fall 2021.

Gurpreet Mahajan

Gurpreet Mahajan at the European University Institute
Gurpreet Mahajan at the European University Institute

Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy of Social Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Gurpreet Mahajan‘s research interests include hermeneutics, democratic theory and multiculturalism.

Anya Topolski

Anya Topolski | Photo: Duncan de Fey
Anya Topolski | Photo: Duncan de Fey

Associate Professor in Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Anya Topolski obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the KU Leuven, for which she was awarded the 2008 Auschwitz Foundation Stichting Prize, with a focus on the political thought of Hannah Arendt, the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas and contemporary Jewish thought. After a diverse range of researcher positions, in 2015 she became an assistant professor in political theory at the Faculty of Management at Radboud University, Nijmegen. As of 2017 she joined the ethics and politics department of the faculty of philosophy where she now is principle investigator for the Race-Religion Constellation Project and coordinator of the Race, Religion, Secularism Network. For more information here is her website and a recent interview. Her current research is in the field of critical philosophy of race and focuses on the race-religion intersection in European. Her areas of expertise are: racism, political philosophy, ethics, European identity and exclusion, gender, antisemitism and Islamophobia, political theology, Jewish thought, Arendt, Levinas, Judeo-Christianity.