Patricia Gherovici

Patricia Gherovici is a world-renowned psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate FacultyPsychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), Honorary Member at IPTAR the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City,  and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) winner of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize,  Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference  ​(Routledge: 2017). She has published two edited volumes (both with Manya Steinkoler) Lacan On Madness: Madness Yes You Can’t (Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016).  Most recently, she published a collection (with Chris Christian) Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious  (Routledge: 2019). Visit her website.


John Paetsch

John Paetsch received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. His dissertation—The Texture of Foliated Time—explores why Gilles Deleuze, Henri Bergson, and G.W. Leibniz all entwine “continuity” with “heterogeneity”—whether considering how a life dissipates time or a body diffuses force. Sad to say, it spares neither philosophy nor aesthetics nor physics nor mathematics—blame his confidante, O.B. Bassler! A portion of it will appear soon in Deleuze and Guattari Studies. He is presently translating the rudely neglected essays of the philosopher-mathematician Gilles Châtelet for Urbanomic. He has published anomalous poetry with Gauss PDF (text here, review here) and Make Now Books. He has a Master’s of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a minor in mathematics, and a tendency to disregard the distinctions between genres. He teaches at Temple University.


Scott Ritner

Scott Ritner’s research focuses on the critique of social oppression in its various contemporary forms. His scholarship is methodologically rooted in critical theory and Marxian political thought. His current work focuses on the writings of the 20th Century French radical philosopher and mystic Simone Weil. He is currently developing a book manuscript on Weil’s thought, entitled Revolutionary Pessimism: Simone Weil on Politics. Additionally, Professor Ritner is writing several independent journal articles and book chapters on the politics of listening, refugee subjectivities, precarious labor, and Simone Weil’s relationships to Marxism and feminism.

Scott received his B.A. in Government and International Relations from Clark University (2005), an M.A. in Russian Studies from the European University of Saint-Petersburg (2006), and his Ph.D. in Politics from The New School for Social Research (2018). He joined the Department of Political Science at Temple in 2018, after holding teaching positions at Clark University and Hunter College (CUNY). [From his Temple University faculty page. Read more.]


Alexander Wilson

Alexander Wilson is a Canadian researcher in philosophy of science, technology, and aesthetics conversing with cultural studies, environmental humanities, and media theory. He is author of Aesthesis and Perceptronium: On the Entanglement of Sensation, Cognition, and Matter (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). He has held a postdoctoral research position in communication and culture at Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as an assistant professorship in intermedia at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and is currently affiliated to Institute of Research and Innovation, Paris, France. Also an accomplished artist, he has created installations, films, music, and works for the stage. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Visit his personal website.


Branko Marcetic

Branko Marcetic’s new book exposes the forgotten history of Joe Biden, one of the United States’ longest-serving politicians, and one of its least scrutinized. Over nearly fifty years in politics, the man called “Middle-Class Joe” served as a key architect of the Democratic Party’s rightward turn, ushering in the end of the liberal New Deal order and assisting the political takeover of the radical right.

Branko Marcetic is a staff writer for Jacobin magazine and a 2019–2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Fellow at In These Times.


Joshua Ramey

Joshua Ramey ( is Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights at Haverford College.  He is the author of Politics of Divination:  Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency ( and is currently working on a book entitled For the Remains:  Undoing Economic Sovereignty.

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Saifullah Muhammad

Saifullah Muhammad is a Rohingya youth human rights activist in Canada. He is a Journalism graduate and currently a Master’s student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. He is a co-founder of the ‘Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative’ a leading Rohingya organization that works with the government of Canada and civil society groups to bring an end of the Rohingya genocide and to promote innovative education for the Rohingya and community development. Muhammad currently works as an assistant researcher in collaboration with the UNHCR Canada and St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia on the social behavior of Rohingya refugee children in India and Bangladesh.

Muhammad was born in Burma (Myanmar) and brought up in refugee camps in Bangladesh. His parent still lives in the same refugee camp. Muhammad witnessed first-hand devastating outcomes of the Rohingya crisis. He studied in Bangladesh and received a scholarship from the Nottingham University in Malaysia through the UNHCR scholarship program.  He worked as a reporter for various news agencies such as the Kaladan Press Network, Rohingya Vision, Reuters, AFP, New York Times and different local media in Malaysia to highlight the Rohingya crisis.

Muhammad regularly attends and speaks at international conferences organized by UNICEF, United Nations, civil society groups and governments. He testified before the Human Rights Committee at the House of Commons on the Rohingya crisis. He often appears on Canadian televisions, newspapers and writes Op-Eds and articles. Muhammad has recently awarded the most dedicated journalist by Waterloo Region Record.

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Nora Didkowsky

Dr. Nora Didkowsky

Rotary Peace Fellow 2020

Dr. Didkowsky is a researcher, development practitioner, and leadership facilitator in the fields of child and youth development, socio-ecological resilience, and participatory community development. For the past 20 years, she has had the privilege of partnering with multi-sectoral teams, communities, and populations made vulnerable, to understand and foster environments that enable peace and resilience. She uses participative, visually-based methods to understand youths’ experiences of trauma, risk and resilience, and how they make meaning from these experiences. Most recently she has collaborated with humanitarian practitioners, refugee partners, developmental scientists, and families living in refugee settlements, toward tailoring culturally-responsive play-based supports that enhance the positive development of refugee children and youth. She is passionate about research and community development that values local knowledge; prioritizes community participation and ownership in planning, design, and delivery; uses place-based assets to address problems; takes a proactive approach to community change; creates multilevel, collaborative governance structures; and advances cooperation and understanding locally and globally.


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Asia President for CONIFA Motoko Jitsukawa

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Dr. Ezgi Güner

Dr. Ezgi Guner has completed her PhD in Anthropology with a graduate minor in African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the articulation of race and religion with global capitalism in the context of Turkey’s contemporary relations with Africa south of the Sahara. She conducted multisited ethnographic research in Turkey, Tanzania, Senegal, Gambia and Benin. Guner was a visiting fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University in 2018, and an Ernst Mach fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz in 2019-2020.


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Dr. Micheal Ralph

Michael Ralph teaches in the School of Medicine and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His research integrates medical, political, and economic anthropology with sustained attention to forensics, debt, slavery, incarceration, insurance, and sports. Michael is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as well as Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in US History and W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship.


Michael’s 2015 book Forensics of Capital demonstrates that the social profile of an individual or country is a credit profile as well as a forensic profile. At present, he is writing, directing, and producing a short animated film, Fishing, about how ingenuity cannot be incarcerated.


Can Evren

Can Evren is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and works on sport, culture, politics, globalization, and nationalism.


Gerard Akindes

Dr. Gerard Akindes combines a wealth of experience in sports as athlete and coach, a former manager of a sportswear company, a scholar and a researcher. As athlete, he captained the Benin basketball national team and played professional basket-ball. He coached the Belgian youth, women and men in Belgium.

Dr. Akindes earned a Masters in Sports Administration and PH.D. in Sports Media Studies at Ohio University where he taught Sport Management in the College of Business. His research focuses on international sport management, the economy of sports, television broadcasting, and athlete migration.

He has co-edited a book titled “Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Communities and Clubs” published several journal articles and made numerous presentations at learned conferences. He has also co-created an annual conference on sports in Africa (the 14th was held in Senegal in July 2019). At the Josoor Institute, a legacy program of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, he was senior research manager.

Dr. Akindes currently adjunct faculty at the University of Salford, Manchester. He is an independent researcher and sport management consultant for sport governing bodies, and mentors the National Paralympic Committee of the Central African Republic for the as one of the International Paralympic committee (IPC).


Sarah Murray

Sarah has spent her career making the world a more just and equitable place, using sport and play as her unlikely tool of choice. In reality, sport is often the last frontier of unapologetic misogyny and racism. In her work, she has proven that if you can achieve inclusion and advancement in these environments, you can transform communities and societies more broadly. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in over 65 countries on strategies that leverage the power of play for social justice.


Sarah is currently the Executive Director at Women’s Wilderness, a nonprofit organization

based in Boulder, Colorado aiming to transform outdoor culture so it’s a place where girls,’

women and non-gender conforming people can build their confidence, courage and connectedness in the same way that men with dominant identities have always done. She was previously the Executive Director of Women Win Foundation USA, a global NGO dedicated to equipping adolescent girls to achieve their rights using sport and play based strategies. In this role, she spent 10 years supporting the work of grassroots practitioners and activists from Bolivia to Bangladesh and impacting the lives of over 3 million girls.

Sarah spent a decade with the Women’s Sports Foundation, working on issues of health, access and equity from a U.S. perspective. She is a Master trainer with the THNK School of Innovation and provides cross-sector consultancy to influential organizations globally to employ systems thinking, human-centered design, gender analysis and play-based methodologies to address the most pressing social issues of our time. In these capacities, she led projects across sectors with Nike, FIFA, Gap, Vital Voices, the U.S. Department of State and DFID.

A mountain woman at heart, Sarah spends her free time riding, sliding and running on trails and enjoying the outdoors with her wife, Signe and their baby girl, Tallulah.

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Mahfoud Amara

Mahfoud Amara joined Qatar University in the fall of 2015. He is currently, Associate Professor in Sport Policy and Management, the Director of Sport Science Program at the College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. Before joining Qatar University, he was Assistant Professor in Sport Policy and Management and Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Amara published a number of papers and chapters on sport business, culture, and politics in Arab and Muslim contexts. He undertook research for a range national of international bodies. Invited speaker to a number of national and international conferences, workshops and symposia for his work on sport in the Middle East and North African region and sport and multiculturalism debates in Europe.  He is co-editor with Alberto Testa of a book on “Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities” (Routledge, 2015) and John Nauright “Sport in the African World” (Routledge, 2018). More recently he edited The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North Africa Region (Routledge, 2019)

Annie Tagoe

Annie Tagoe

Annie Tagoe is a professional athlete and model based in London, England. Tagoe competes in Track & Field for the United Kingdom. She was born in Ghana and moved to the UK at the age of 7.

Bella Bello Bitugu

Bella Bello Bitugu

Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, The Director of the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana, Legon is an expert in Development through Sports which uses the strength and power of sports to address development, all forms of discrimination including racism and other societal issues.

Aside his responsibility as the Director of Sports, he also teaches at the University of Ghana and other Universities and Applied Universities in Europe as well as other projects related to development through sports. He worked on FIFA and UEFA sponsored projects and coordinated European activities serving on the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) board untill 2011.

He taught at the University of Innsbruck in Austria for 15 years and coordinated several Sports for Development projects accross Europe and Africa for well over 18 years.

From April 2012 to August 2013, Dr. Bitugu served as the Country Manager of Right To Play, Ghana. He serves on many boards and provides consultancy services to numerous organisations including the United Nations, The AU, The Commonwealth, The European Union, The Government of Ghana, Austria and many other bodies and regional groupings. He is also the Chairman of the International Scientific Network on Sports for Development and Peace.

He is credited with several publications, interventions and contributions relating to development through sports, North-North and South-South Dialogue.

His passion, expertise and intervention in the area of sports, physical activity, wellness, fitness and addressing all forms of discrimination and exclusion know no bounds – Indeed a real global actor and expert.

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore is an award-winning leadership coach, consultant, international speaker and former athlete. Voted as one of the UK’s ’50 Most Influential Women in Sport’. She is a globally recognised executive on inclusive and conscious leadership, strategic partnerships, sport for development and innovation working across government, business and charitable sectors. Michelle works with CEO’s, individuals and senior leadership teams to create solutions steeped in strategic insight and cultural context to find new ways to challenge inequalities. Heading up a consultancy practice with an impressive list of clients from The London Mayor’s Office to The Commonwealth Games Federation. Michelle is the winner of the 2016 UK Precious Award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’, a Football Black List award and an esteemed national Change Maker award. Michelle is a trustee for SportsAid, advisor to the Women’s Sport Trust and a senior honorary lecturer for the University of Worcester. Michelle is a sought after speaker, advisor and coach hired by corporate, government, international sport federations and business to deliver inspiring and dynamic keynotes and programmes on leadership, equity resilience and success.

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Muftawu Nabila Abdulai

Muftawu Nabila Abdulai, a sports journalist with Multimedia Group (Joy FM and Joy News). He worked with Viasat 1 Broadcasting Network, Kwesé TV (Econet Media) and ESPN.


Faruk Arhan

Faruk Arhan, İstanbul Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi Gazetecilik Bölümü’nden mezun oldu. Demokrasi, Ulkede Gündem, Radikal, HaberTurk ve Gazeport kurumlarında muhabirlik ve editörlük yaptı. Geripas ve Diyarbakirspor Düğünde Kalabalik Taziyede Yalnız  kitaplarinin yazarı. Medya Eleştirisi ya da Hermes’i Sorgulamak’ adlı kitaba imza atanlar arasında yer aldı. Red Dergisi, Bianet, Radikal Iki, BBC Türkçe, Courrier İnternational’de yazıları yayınlandı. 2000-2001 döneminde Çağdaş Gazeteciler Derneği Istanbul Şb. Başkanlığı görevinde bulundu. Halen serbest gazeteci.

Bora Isyar

Bora İşyar

Bora İşyar, York Üniversitesi’nde Sosyoloji Doktorasını tamamladıktan sonra Türkiye, İrlanda Cumhuriyeti ve İngiltere’de çeşitli üniversitelerde öğretim görevliliği yaptı. Halen İthaki Yayınları’nda ve Blizzard Türkiye’de editörlük yapan İşyar’ın Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Common Market Studies, When Saturday Comes, Late Tackle, ve The Guardian gibi çeşitli dergi ve gazetelerde çıkan yazılarının yanı sıra Europe after Derrida (Edinburgh UP, 2015) ve Gordon Milne (Mylos Kitap, Kasım 2019) adlı iki de kitabı var. İşyar bu aralar Istanbul, The City of Spies adlı bir kitap üzerine çalışıyor.

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Jacco van Sterkenburg

Dr. Jacco van Sterkenburg is an Associate Professor at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media Communication and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Mulier Institute – Dutch Centre for Social Science Research in Sport, the Netherlands. His research focuses mainly on discourses surrounding race/ethnicity, racism and whiteness in multi-ethnic society, with a particular focus on the case of football media, football and  sport management and leadership.