Nina ter Laan is a cultural anthropologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Cologne and the Collaborative Research Center ‘Media of Cooperation’ (CRC) on a project focusing on Digital Public Spheres and Social Transformation in Morocco. Her research focuses on Islam, aesthetic practices, politics of belonging, and mobility. Her regional expertise centers on Morocco.
Marike Minnema-Mahtat is a Dutch theater pedagogue, specialized in socially engaged theater and oral history and has founded AJRU – Theater of the Oppressed in Rabat, Morocco. She has conducted socially-engaged and research-informed theater projects and has given online theater workshops during the pandemic. Through the University of Cologne, she is involved as a freelancer in the project Digital Public Spheres and Social Transformation in Morocco.
Anne Weibert is a research associate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media, University of Siegen. Her research interest is in computer-based collaborative project work and inherent processes of technology appropriation, intercultural learning and community-building. She has conducted participatory design works with children and adults in socially and culturally diverse settings.
Janine Prins is a cultural anthropologist at Leiden University and an independent filmmaker. She operates both practically and theoretically on the intersections between film, art, and anthropology. Her latest multi-screen heritage project ‘Legacy of Silence’ involves installation practices, developed during a stay in Brussels with SIC (www.soundimageculture.org). During 2013-2016 she was engaged in museum practices for RICHES (ERC Seventh Framework Program) at the Dutch Waag Society as a research fellow.
Julia Binter is provenance researcher at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin where she coordinates a collaborative research project on collections from Namibia at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin. She studied cultural anthropology, as well as theatre, film and media studies in Vienna, Paris, Brussels, and Oxford, where she completed her Ph.D. on transatlantic trade, cultural exchange, and memory in the Niger Delta. She worked in numerous museums including the Kunsthalle Bremen, where she curated the exhibition “The Blind Spot. Bremen Colonialism and Art.”
Mike Fortun is a cultural anthropologist and faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine. His research examines the history, cultures, data practices and politics of the life sciences.
Kim Fortun is a cultural anthropologist and faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine. Her research examines environmental and disaster vulnerability and associated data practices and knowledge forms.
Tim Schütz is a cultural anthropologist and faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine. His research examines diverse civic data practices and infrastructures, currently focused on transnational environmental movements.
Konstantin Aal is a PhD student at the chair for Information Systems and New Media at the University of Siegen. His main research focus is fall prevention with older adults and the usage of Social Media. He is also part of come_IN, a research project which founded several computer clubs for children and their relatives.
Volker Wulf is a computer scientist with an interest in in the area of IT system design in real-world contexts, and a special focus on flexible software architecture which can be adapted by end-users, as well as methods of user-oriented software development and introduction processes; he is head of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media at the University of Siegen.
Koen Leurs is Assistant Professor in Gender, Media and Migration Studies at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Leurs research and teaching interests include migration, gender, cities and youth culture as well as research ethics, creative, participatory, and digital methods. He is the chair of the European Communication Research and Education (ECREA), Diaspora, Migration, and the Media section. Relevant publications include the books Digital Passages. Migrant Youth 2.0 (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), and Digital Migration Studies (forthcoming with Sage 2022). He also co-edited the Sage Handbook of Media and Migration (Sage, 2020) and special issues ‘Forced migration and digital connectivity’ for Social Media + Society and ‘Connected migrants’ for Popular Communication.
Badiha Nahhass is a Professor of Social Sciences at the Institute of Scientific Research at the University Mohammed in Rabat, Morocco. Her research focuses on museums, memory practices, and heritage in the Rif, Morocco.
Anna Brus is art historian and lecturer at the University of Cologne. Her research and curatorial work focuses on the intersections between art history and anthropology. She investigates in exhibition practices of modernity, the entangled history of post/colonial collections and their echo in a post-migrant present. She curated the exhibition „Spectral-White. The Appearance of Colonial Europeans“ at HKW, Berlin (2019 – 2020, together with Anselm Franke) and is a member of the DCNtR blog collective (https://boasblogs.org/). Upcoming publications include the journal “The Post/Colonial Museum” (Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, 2022). She is currently working for the Brücke Museum on provenance, polyphonic re-activation and digitization of the colonial collection of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.
Matthias Harbeck is a research librarian at the University Library of the Humboldt University in Berlin. He holds a Master in history, political sciences and cultural anthropology in Hamburg and Leiden, and a Master of library and information sciences at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, where he works as subject librarian for social and cultural anthropology. He is also head of the Specialized Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA). He has been working on a dissertation on images of Germans in US mainstream comic books since 1945 in collaboration with the center for historical stereotype research in Oldenburg.
Martin Zillinger is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on religion, migration and new (media) publics between North Africa and Europe.