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Estelle Ferrarese

Centre Marc Bloch; CURAPP-ESS, UMR 7319, Université de Picardie-Jules Verne 

Estelle Ferrarese is a full-professor of moral and political philosophy at Picardie-Jules-Verne University (France). She has been a Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York, an Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation fellow at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, and a research fellow at the Marc Bloch Franco-German Center of Social Science Research, in Berlin.

Her books include : Vulnerability, Brill, 2018 (forthcoming), The Politics of Vulnerability (ed.), Routledge, 2017 ; Ethique et politique de l'espace public. Habermas et la discussion, Paris, Vrin, 2015 ; Qu’est-ce que lutter pour la reconnaissance ? Lormont, Editions Le Bord de l’Eau, 2013. She is also the author of numerous articles on Critical Theory, deliberative democracy, and vulnerability as a political category.

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Céline Hervet

Université de Picardie-Jules Verne

Céline Hervet (PhD) is Associate Professor in Early Modern Philosophy at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne. Her work focuses on Spinoza's philosophy and its contemporary uses in social and political philosophy. She is also interested in aesthetics and politics of sound.


Ada Reichhart

Université de Picardie-Jules Verne

Ada Reichhart is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Picardie (France) supervised by Pr. E. Ferrarese. She graduated with a Master degree in political sciences and economics from Sciences Po Strasbourg (France; third year spent in Boston, USA). Her thesis focuses on the  concept of emancipation and experiences of participatory democracy developed by workers’ cooperatives. Her broader research interests are participatory democracy, critical theory, gender studies and forms of life.


Salima NAït Ahmed

Centre Marc Bloch

Salima Naït Ahmed taught philosophy six years in France before starting a PhD at Jules Verne's University of Picardy in Amiens (France). She is currently conducting her research at the Centre Marc Bloch of Berlin, a Franco-German Research Center for the Social Sciences.

Her work discusses the "woman question" in the writings of the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, against the background of the debates within the first generation of the Frankfurt School. 
She tries to understand the way human forms of life are determined by gender in the present capitalist context, leading to the adornian description of a typical feminine alienated form of life.



Centre de philosophie contemporaine de la Sorbonne

Sandra Laugier is Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France, and Senior member of Institut Universitaire de France. Visiting Professor at JHU, Humanities Center, in 2008, 2009, 2011.

She is Director of the Sorbonne Center for Contemporary Philosophy, Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne, CNRS Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

Her recent books include:
Wittgenstein. Les sens de l’usage, Vrin, Paris, 2009. Wittgenstein. Le mythe de l’inexpressivité, Vrin, Paris, 2010. Tous vulnérables ? Le care, les animaux, l’environnement (éd.), Payot, Paris, 2012. Face aux désastres. Le care, la folie et les grandes détresses collectives (with A. Lovell, S. Pandolfo, V. Das), Ithaque, Paris, 2013. Recommencer la philosophie. Stanley Cavell et la philosophie en Amérique, Vrin, Paris, 2014. Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2013.

She is also a columnist at the French Journal Libération.


Piergiorgio Donatelli

Sapienza Università di Roma

Piergiorgio Donatelli is Professor of Philosophy at Sapienza Università di Roma. He has written on the history of ethics, contemporary moral theory, bioethics and on issues related to human life, as well as on J.S. Mill, Wittgenstein, Foucault, and Stanley Cavell.


Sarin Marchetti

Sapienza Università di Roma

Sarin Marchetti is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Sapienza University, where he teaches Moral Theories. He has written on Ethics, Metaphilosophy, Pragmatism, and the History of Analytic Philosophy. He is the author of Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and he co-edited, with Giancarlo Marchetti, Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity (Routledge 2016) and, with Maria Baghramian, Pragmatism and the European Traditions: Encounters with Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology Before the Great Divide (Routledge, 2017).


Caterina Botti

Sapienza Università di Roma

Caterina Botti is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where she runs courses on Bioethics and on Feminist philosophies and gender studies. Her fields of research are: moral philosophy, applied ethics, feminist philosophy. Author of many scientific papers, among her books: Etica e bioetica delle donne (Zadig, Milano, 2000), Bioetica discipline a confronto (edited with Fabrizio Rufo, Ediesse, Roma, 2002), Madri cattive (Saggiatore Milnao, 2007), Etiche della diversità culturale (editor, Le lettere, Firenze, 2013), Prospettive femministe (Mimesis, Milano 2014), Cura e differenza (LED, Milano, in press)


Rahel Jaeggi

Humboldt Universität

Rahel Jaeggi is a Professor for Practical Philosophy and Social Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She taught as a Theodor Heuss Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York during the academic year of 2015/16. Rahel Jaeggi’s research areas are in Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophical Anthropology, Social Ontology, Critical Theory and the enhancement of Critical Theory (in a broad sense).

Publications inter alia: Welt und Person – Zum anthropologischen Hintergrund der Gesellschaftskritik Hannah Arendts (World and Person – On the Anthropological Background of Hannah Arendt's Social Critique), Berlin 1997; Entfremdung. Zur Aktualität eines sozialphilosophischen Problems, Frankfurt/ M., 2006/ New York 2014; Translation: Alienation, New York 2014; Was ist Kritik? (What is Critique?) co-edited with Tilo Wesche, Frankfurt/M. 2009; Sozialphilosophie und Kritik. (Social Philosophy and Critique), co-edited with Rainer Forst, Martin Hartmann and Martin Saar, Frankfurt/ M. 2009; Nach Marx: Philosophie, Kritik, Praxis (After Marx: Philosophy, Critique, Practice), co-edited with Daniel Loick, Frankfurt/M. 2013; Kritik von Lebensformen (Critique of Forms of Life/English translation forthcoming), Frankfurt/M. 2013; Sozialphilosophie. Eine Einführung (Social Philosophy. An Introduction), co-authored with Robin Celikates, Munich 2017.

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Anne Gonon

Doshisha University

Anne Gonon is a sociologist, professor in the Graduate School of Global Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto (Japan).She has published a number of papers on vulnerability and human security in times of disasters, especially after Fukushima nuclear plant accident.

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CUNY (The Graduate Center)

Alyson Cole is a professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and American Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Cole’s research and teaching bridge political theory and American politics/culture, linking central questions of political thought—especially formulations of justice, the nature of vulnerability, precarity and subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change—with an examination of concrete political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing gender, sexuality and race/ethnicity.

Cole is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror  (Stanford University Press) and Derangement and Liberalism (Routledge Press). Her articles have appeared in SignsAmerican Studies, Feminist Studies, Michigan Law ReviewGender, Work & OrganizationLes Cahiers du GenreCritical Horizonsthe National Women’s Studies Association JournalJournal of Cultural Research, and WSQ.

Cole is co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism, and is on the editorial boards of Women’s Studies Quarterly, and International Journal of Criminology & Sociological Theory. She is the recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10). She also serves as the Executive Officer of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center.


Clara Han

Johns Hopkins University

Clara Han is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her books include Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile (2012) and Living and Dying in the Contemporary World (2015, co-edited with Veena Das). She is currently preparing two book manuscripts: Echoes of a Death follows the reverberations of a single death in a low-income neighborhood in Santiago, Chile; Through the Eyes of a Child (co-authored with Andrew Brandel) is an experiment in biography and ethnography which explores the ways in which catastrophe and the corrosions of kinship appear in childhood memory. 


Veena Das

Johns Hopkins University

Veena Das is Krieger- Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent books are Affliction: Health, Disease Poverty (2015), Four Lectures in Ethics (2015,co-authored), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World (co-edited with Clara Han). Her forthcoming book is entitled, Textures of the Ordinary: Anthropological Essays: Wittgensteinian Traces). Das is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academy of Scientists from Developing Countries and is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, Bern University, and has been unanimously elected to receive an honorary doctorate from Durham University in June 2018. She has received the Ghurye Award, the Anders Retzius Gold Medal, and the Nessim Habif International Prize , in additional to Distinguished Alumna Awards from Indraprastha College, and from Delhi School of Economics.


Paola Marrati

Johns Hopkins University

Paola Marrati is Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and is affiliated to the Department of Anthropology. From 2007-2011 she was director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2003, she held the Chair of Philosophy of Art and Culture in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and was director of the research program “Concepts of Life in Contemporary French Philosophy: Genealogies and Transformations” at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. She is currently member of the Scientific Board of the Center for the Study of French Contemporary Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris.


Swayam Bagaria

Johns Hopkins university


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Perig Pitrou

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Perig Pitrou is a researcher in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Anthropologogie Sociale, Paris.  He is the author of Le chemin et le champ. Sacrifice et parcours rituel chez les Mixe de Oaxaca (Mexique) and the  co-editor of the book La noción de vida en Mesoamérica (CEMCA-UNAM, 2011). In 2013-14, he conducted the research programme ‘Of Living Beings and Artefacts: The Interrelation of Vital and Technical Processes’ (Fondation Fyssen). He is now Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary programme ‘Domestication and Fabrication of the Living’ (CNRS-PSL)