BAKIC, AsjaCroatia (Hrvatska)
(Tuzla, 1982) She is a Bosnian poet, writer and translator. She graduated from University of Tuzla where she obtained a degree in Bosnian Language and Literature. She has published It Can Be a Cactus, as Long as it Stings (2009) poetry book, which was nominated for literary award Kiklop in the category of first book in 2010. She writes a blog In the Realm of Melancholy (asjaba.com) and is one of the editors and authors of Muff (muf.com.hr), web page dedicated to feminist reading of popular culture. She has translated Emily Dickinson, Henri Michaux and Alejandra Pizarnik among others from English, French, German and Spanish into Croatian. In addition to poetry, non-fiction texts and essays, Asja Bakić writes short stories. Her second book a collection of short stories entitled Mars (2015), was shortlisted for the Edo Budiša Award for young writers.
Zsófia Bán is a writer, critic and scholar. Her fiction has appeared in both Hungarian and foreign language translations, including German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Slovenian and others. She has been the recipient of a number of prizes for fiction, essay writing and criticism. Her most recent book of essays on the visual representation of historical memory is Der Sommer unsres Missvergnügens, ([The Summer of Our Discontent], Matthes und Seitz and DAADMarch 2019, translated by Terézia Mora), while her most recent book of short stories Lehet lélegezni! [You Can Breathe Now] is forthcoming in German in spring, 2020 (Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, translated by Terézia Mora). Her book of fiction Night School: A Reader for Grownups has been nominated Book of the Month by Asymptote (Open Letter Books, January 2019, translated by Jim Tucker). Zsófia Bán was a writer-in-residence with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 2015/16. She lives and works in Budapest where she is Associate Professor of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University.
Annelies Beck (Belgium, 1973) is a writer and journalist. She has lived in the Netherlands, Brazil, the UK and Belgium. Annelies Beck read History at Ghent and obtained an MA in Brazilian Studies at ILAS, University of London. As a journalist she reported on and from Brazil during the years of the boom and bust. She presently anchors the daily current affairs TV programme TerZake at the VRT (Belgian public broadcasting). She is a regular contributor, with columns, reviews and essays, to the daily newspapers De Standaard and De Morgen. In 2009 she made a television documentary about her great-grandfather’s stay in Glasgow during the Great War. In 2011 she published her first and widely acclaimed novel Over het Kanaal (“Across the Channel”, De Geus) about the plight of the Belgian refugees in Glasgow during the First World War. In 2015, a philosophical short story for children, “Toen de zee stil was” (“When the sea was silent”, Lannoo), followed. Her most recent novel, Toekomstkoorts ("Frenzy", De Geus), is set in Brazil and came out in January 2019.
Silvia Bencivelli is a science journalist, writer and radio and TV broadcaster. She has been working for RAI, the Italian national public broadcasting company, for fifteen years as a presenter on Radio3 (Pagina3, cultural magazine, and Radio3 scienza, a daily scientific content programme), as well as working on various Radio3 programmes (the most recent, Tutta Salute, on health topics) and on Rai Scuola (for example, the programme Memex Doc - Donne di scienza). She writes about science and publishes in media such as La Repubblica, Le Scienze and Focus. She teaches on a Master’s programme in Science Journalism at La Sapienza - University of Rome and at the University of Bari, and teaches courses on Communication and Science Journalism at various institutions. She has published several works, including the novel Le mie amiche streghe (Einaudi, 2017) and the essays Why We Like Music: Ear, Emotion, Evolution (Music Word Media Group), È la medicina, bellezza! - Perché è difficile parlare di salute (with Daniela Ovadia, Carocci, 2016) and Comunicare la scienza (with Francesco Paolo De Ceglia, Carocci, 2013). Her latest essay is entitled Sospettosi (Einaudi, May 2019). She has received numerous awards for her work as a journalist and editor.
COTTAM, HilaryUnited Kingdom
Lisa Dwan is an Irish performer, director & writer. Having originally trained in the UK as a ballet dancer, including dancing with Rudolf Nureyev in Coppelia in Dublin, & The London Lewis Ballet Company she began acting professionally in her teens. She has worked extensively in theatre, film, and television, both internationally and in her native Ireland. She is currently shooting a new T.V series for Netflix called TOP BOY produced by Drake & Lebron James. She has just completed staring in Harold Pinters ‘The Lover & The Collection’ at STC in Washington DC where she won the 2018 - 2019 Emery Battis award for outstanding contribution to acting.
Dwan writes, presents, lectures and teaches regularly on theatre, culture, gender and Beckett (BBC radio and television, NPR, the Guardian, the Telegraph, École Normale Supérieure, Trinity College Dublin , Reading University, MIT, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Princeton, NYU and has held a teaching position at Columbia University for the past two years. She recently completed a documentary for the BBC on Beckett and Dante and has been commissioned to write a book on Beckett for Virago. In 2017 she held the Atelier residency in Princeton University teaching a course on Becketts prose work.
Lisa is currently a fellow at MIT Arts and was a fellow at the School of Art and Ballet at New York University in 2017-2018. In 2018-2019, she was alos a distinguished artist in residence at Columbia University, where she is teaching at the Institute of Women and Gender studies and developing a new theatre piece with Colm Toibin based on Antigone. It will have its world premiere at The Gate Theatre in Dublin this November, as well as a new version of Medea which she is co-writing with Margaret Atwood.
(1966) Jurist and essayist, she began her career in information technology in 1999 as a product manager for distributed artificial intelligence systems. In 2001, Hofstetter joined the staff of EXE Technologies, a company that optimized the value chains of internationally active companies with the help of artificial intelligence. After a company merger in 2004, Hofstetter left the American company and took over the management of the German branch of an Irish fintech company that specialized in algorithmic currency trading. On the occasion of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, a management buyout took place and TERAMARK Technologies GmbH was founded in the north of Munich, a cognitive assistance systems company that Hofstetter managed until 2019. Hofstetter is a sought-after keynote speaker on the subject of digitalisation. In 2014 she published Sie wissen alles, followed by Das Ende der Demokratie in 2016, both books became bestsellers. Hofstetter received the 53rd Theodor Heuss Prize in 2018 for her democratic commitment and for her commitment to artificial intelligence with guard rails. Hofstetter lives in Freising near Munich, and in Vienna.
Nora Ikstena stepped onto the literary stage in 1993 with her biography of Anna Rūmane Ķeniņa – a writer and one of the first to introduce feminist ideas to Latvia, followed by two short story collections, and in 1998 the noteworthy publication of Ikstena’s novel Dzīves svinēšana (“Celebration of Life”), which made extensive copy sales, thus qualifying as a Latvian bestseller with subsequent translation into several languages. Since then the author has written a book almost every year – either short stories, fairy tales, novels or biographical work. Alongside her own creative work, she has organized the publication of the collected works of her literary mentor and teacher Dzintars Sodums – an accomplished American Latvian poet, writer and translator. Ikstena brought Sodums from the United States to his homeland Latvia, took him into her home when his health was failing and together with her family selflessly took care of him until his death. The Latvian Literature Centre, the International Writers’ and Translators’ House in Ventspils and the annual festival Prose Readings were created thanks to Ikstena’s initiative. Since 2003 Nora Ikstena has been a member of the National Culture Council and for a period served as its Chair. She is also a scenario and concept author for films, music projects and large-scale events, and writes travel columns in the largest daily newspaper Diena (Today). In sum, her activities make her one of the most noteworthy personalities in the cultural life of Latvia. Ikstena’s most recent novel, Soviet Milk, is now a national bestseller in Latvia, and tells the story of a mother and daughter’s existential life struggle which transcends the dramatic time period from 1969 to 1989 in Soviet Latvia it is set in to take on a universal, timeless relevance. The book is already published in more than 20 countries. It has been nominated for 2 prestigious British Literary Awards: the British Council’s EBRD Prize and The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019. Ikstena is the recipient of the prestigious Baltic Assembly Award, as well as the Three Star Order of Latvia.
Maarja Kangro was born in Tallinn where she currently lives. She has been described as one of the most formidable voices of her generation in Estonia: wry, ironic, incisive. Her work gives potent expression to a complex and distinctive take on life, ranging from cynical social comedy, political reportage and intellectual games to profound compassion with physical suffering. She often brings forth the intertwinement of our ethical and aesthetic choices, revealing the inherent political element in every field of our lives. She has published six collections of poetry, four volumes of fiction and an essayistic book on literary awards, and has written five opera librettos. She has won numerous awards, among them, twice, the most important literature prize in Estonia, the Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Literary Award (being so far the youngest author to have won the prize in the categories of both poetry and fiction). Her works have been translated into 15 languages, and she is herself a translator, translating mainly poetry and contemporary philosophy (among others Agamben, Vattimo, Leopardi, Zanzotto, Enzensberger).
KASSABOVA, KapkaBulgaria / United Kingdom
Kapka Kassabova is a cross-genre writer with an interest in deep journeys and human geographies. She is the author of three narrative non-fiction books: Street Without a Name (Granta 2008), Twelve Minutes of Love (Granta 2011), and Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta/ Greywolf 2017) which won the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize, the Saltire Book of the Year, the Stanford-Dolman Book of the Year, the Highland Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Kassabova grew up in Sofia and as a young adult in the 1990s emigrated with her family to New Zealand where she studied French and Russian Literature and published her first poetry and fiction. Since 2005 she has lived in Scotland. Her native Balkans are the location for both Border and her new book, To The Lake: A Journey of War and Peace (Granta/ Greywolf 2020).
Carine Krecké is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Luxembourg and Spain. She holds a PhD degree in Literature and Art from the University of Provence (2006) and a PhD in Economic Science from the Aix Marseille University (1993). She regularly collaborates with her twin sister Elisabeth, (economist and artist), on artistic and non-artistic (legal, economic and social science) projects, which are often intertwined. Krecké relies on photography, drawing, painting, as well as literature (poetry, novel, play, essay) to apprehend issues such as mass surveillance, simulacra and voyeurism in our digital world. A variety of information sources are mobilized in her conceptual works, ranging from onsite investigation to large-scale online database analysis (Google Street View, for instance), allowing her to produce critical narratives, which she calls “forensic poetry”. Over the past 15 years, Carine’s work has been shown at numerous exhibitions and international events such as the European Month of Photography, Rencontres Internationales Paris-Madrid-Berlin, Paris-Photo, Drawing Now and Rencontres Internationales de Photographie d’Arles.
Caroline Muscat is an award-winning investigative journalist and the co-founder and editor of The Shift News, an online news portal launched in November 2017 as an investigative news outlet to address the gap in independent journalism in Malta. She was the former News Editor of The Times of Malta and The Sunday Times of Malta, the country’s leading newspaper. Her main area of focus is corruption and human rights. She contributed to and co-edited the book, Invicta: The Life and Work of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist assassinated in Malta in October 2017. As an activist, Muscat began her career at Greenpeace, where she was Regional Communications and Campaigns Director from 1999 to 2003.
Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning Cypriot poet and writer. She has won prizes and commendations in international competitions, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She has been widely anthologised and translated into several languages.
Best known in Cyprus for her book of short stories Ledra Street (2006), she has had poetry and short fiction published internationally. Her work was included in A River of Stories, an anthology of tales and poems from across the Commonwealth, Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press), Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), Capitals (Bloomsbury, 2017) and The Stony Thursday Book (2018). Her latest books are the collections of short stories Selfie (Roman Books, 2017) and Girl, Wolf, Bones (bilingual English-German edition) (2017).
Her work concentrates on the themes of women, refugees, identity, exile, love and loss, as well as the political situation in Cyprus. Her poems deal with everyday episodes which go beyond reality in their atmospheric concentration, pointing to symbolic interior worlds. The author Anjali Joseph has described Nadjarian's work as '… distilled… abrupt and intense, as invigorating and aromatic as a double shot of literary espresso'.
Bronka Nowicka is an interdisciplinary artist, a Doctor of Fine Art, a writer and a lecturer at the National Film School in Łódź. A graduate from the National Film School in Łódź and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Fields of inspiration, exploration, creation: relations between a human being and a thing, language and image, memory and language. In the area of fine art she reaches for new media – she creates tomographics and tomovideos by using a computer tomography scanner as a graphic and film tool. In the field of literature she builds narratives out of vivid fragments that she calls text modules. She has published in Znak, (Poland), Književna smotra, Sic (Croatia), Literatūra ir menas (Lithuania), Seedings (the USA), Poetry Wales and Modern Poetry in Translation (Great Britain). She has presented her tomographic works, among others, at the Susanne Burmester Galerie in Germany, Trubarjeva Hiša Literature in Slovenia and Kunstnernes Hus in Norway. She has won the Nike Literary Award and the Złoty Środek Poezji (Golden Mean of Poetry) Award for her book Nakarmić Kamień (“To Feed a Stone”). In 2017 she became a laureate of the New Voices From Europe project, carried out as part of the Literary Europe Live platform and offering support to outstanding European writers after their debuts.
NVOTOVÁ, TerezaSlovakia (Slovak Republic)
Tereza Nvotová (1988, Trnava, Czechoslovakia) graduated in direction from the FAMU film academy in Prague. Her feature debut Filthy has been screened at major festivals around the world including Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Cairo, and Santa Barbara. During its distribution Filthy took home more than 20 awards, making it one of the most successful Czech and Slovak films of the year.
Nvotová collaborates with various broadcasting companies, most notably HBO Europe which has co-produced her feature debut and two documentary films. Her latest HBO documentary The Lust for Power has been shortlisted for the European Film Academy Awards 2019. It was critically acclaimed and has caused heated debate about populism and corruption in politics.
Tereza is an alumnus of 2019 Berlinale Talents, a development initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival.
She is currently working on her second feature, The Nightsiren, as well as the television mini-series Convictions based on the Cold War-era autobiography of Jo Langer.
Ana Pessoa (1982) is a Portuguese writer and translator living in Brussels. She has published four novels for young adults which have won prizes in Portugal and abroad: Aqui é um bom lugar (2018 Maria Rosa Colaço Award, Portugal), Mary John (White Ravens Catalogue 2017), Supergigante (White Ravens Catalogue 2015; Shortlisted for the 2018 Cuatrogatos Foundation Prize in Mexico; Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil) and O caderno vermelho da rapariga karateka (Highly Recommended by FNLIJ, Brazil; 2011 Branquinho da Fonseca Prize, Portugal). Her books are published by Planeta Tangerina (winner of the 2012 Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher in Europe). They are also published in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Her books are included in the Portuguese Ministry of Education’s National Reading Plan. Ana is also a blogger (www.belgavista.blogspot.com). She was one of the 39 authors selected to participate in the European Children’s Literature Hay Festival – Aarhus 39 in 2017.
Julya Rabinowich was born in St. Petersburg in 1970, but has lived in Vienna since 1977, where she also studied. She works as a writer and columnist and also worked as an interpreter until 2006. She published Splithead (2008, which won awards including the 2009 Rauriser Literaturpreis), Herznovelle (2011, nominated for the Prix du Livre Européen), Die Erdfresserin (2012) and Krötenliebe (2016) with Deuticke Publisher. Dazwischen: Ich was her first youth book published by Hanser in 2016. She has been awarded the Friedrich-Gerstäcker Prize, the Österreichischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis award and the Luchs Prize (Die Zeit & Radio Bremen), and one of her works was selected among the seven best books for young readers (Deutschlandfunk). In 2019 she has just published the youth book Hinter Glas.
(Gothenburg, 1976). Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation in Sweden. She has written five novels to date and is widely celebrated for her powerful ability to provoke quiet yet fierce questions rather than provide loud and easy answers. In her skilful hands, contemporary issues of sexuality, commercialization, isolation and belonging become highly charged and, at the same time, completely unaffected. Her style is at once stripped down and lyrical, suspenseful yet meditative. In September 2015, Karolina Ramqvist was awarded the prestigious P.O. Enquist Literary Prize for The White City (Den vita staden), and for her “unique and strong position in Swedish literature”. Her latest novel It’s the night is a personal essay about the different roles of the writer. She is currently working on an essayistic novel entitled Bear Woman about a writer whose life becomes intertwined with the forgotten fate of a 16th century noblewoman, Marguerite de La Rocque, who survived harrowing years alone on a deserted island.Photo: © Jasmin Storch
RYCHLIKOVA, ApolenaCzech Republic
Apolena Rychlíková (1989) is a Czech filmmaker, journalist and publicist interested in social and political topics, particularly problems of inequality, housing, racism and gender. She graduated from FAMU (the Film Academy in Prague) and writes for the Czech left-wing website A2larm.cz, public radio and cooperates with Czech public TV Her last work Limits of Work was named Best Czech Documentary in the Czech Joy section at the 21st Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. She has also won a prize for Best Opinion Journalism. She has two daughters and believes that a better world is possible.
Renata Salecl is philosopher and sociologist. She is Professor of Psychology and Psychoanalysis of Law at the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is also Recurring Visiting Professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. Her latest book, Tyranny of Choice (Profile Books 2011), has been translated into 15 languages and was featured at TED Global. Her previous books include: The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism After the Fall of Socialism (Routledge 1994), (Per)versions of Love and Hate (Verso, 1998), and On Anxiety (Routledge 2004). Her forthcoming book is Passion for Ignorance (Princeton UP, 2020). Salecl has also published numerous articles on contemporary art, among them catalogue essays on Jenny Holzer, Anthony Gormley and Sarah Sze.
A graduate of l’Institut d’Études Plitiques in Paris and ESCP Europe, Leïla Slimani is a Franco-Moroccan journalist and writer. She has published two novels with Éditions Gallimard: Dans le jardin de l'ogre, and Chanson douce, and received the Prix Goncourt (2016), being the 12th woman to win that prize. She is also the author of a comic book, Paroles d’honneur, and an essay, Sexe et mensonges, published by Les Arènes. Through her work, she defends women’s rights by addressing, in particular, female sexuality. In 2017, she became the Personal Representative of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
Janne Teller is a critically acclaimed and best-selling Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German family background. She has received numerous literary grants and awards, including the prestigious American Michael L. Printz Honor Award for literary excellency and the Danish Drassow’s Literary Peace Prize. Her literature, which confronts philosophical questions in life and civilization and often sparks controversial debate, is today translated into 30 languages. Janne Teller has published six novels, including the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island about political and religious fanaticism, as well as the existential Nothing that after initially being banned, is today considered a new classic by many critics. Her book, War – What If It Were Here about life as a refugee, is adapted by the author to each country where it is published. Janne Teller is also a human rights activist, and was one of the initiators of the 2013 Writers Against Mass Surveillance campaign. She is a member of the jury of the prestigious German Peace Prize. Originally educated as a macro-economist, in 1995 she dedicated herself full time to writing, Janne Teller has lived and worked with conflict resolution and humanitarian affairs for the EU and UN in Mozambique, Tanzania and many other countries around the world.
Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Turunen is known for her two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster (2015) and The Bystander (2018), but also for her work in theatre. Her plays have garnered brilliant reviews, and have been translated into numerous languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was awarded the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015, and the Finland Prize in 2016, both high-profile awards given annually in Finland.
Zydrune Vitaite’s experience includes business development and operations in technological companies (telco and security industries), team management and leadership roles both in business and NGOs. Former: CEO at MAINSEC, running the operations of a telecoms engineering company in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Curator of WEF Global Shapers for the term 2014-2015. President of AIESEC Lithuania, the national chapter of the world's largest youth-run organization, leading its international team in Lithuania and implementing projects on sustainable NGO development and youth leadership education. Currently: Head of Sales at ELDES (engineering company in the security industry) and Co-founder of Women Go Tech initiative – the first mentorship program in Lithuania to encourage women to choose their career in ICT and engineering. The program is patronized by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, and supported by international corporations recognized in the media (www.womengotech.lt). Zydrune Vitaite is experienced in concept development and agenda building for local and international conferences, a speaker at local and global events (including the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos 2018, OSCE conferences, WPL Gathering in Lithuania) on topics of women’s empowerment, gender equality, women in tech, men’s role in gender parity, community building and youth engagement.
(Paramaribo, 1950) Gloria Wekker is an Afro-Surinamese Dutch anthropologist and writer. She is Professor Emerita in Gender Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, at the University of Utrecht. One part of her research focus has been the study of gender and sexuality in the Afro-Caribbean region and diaspora, while another important theme has been the ways that race still structures life in the Netherlands after 400 years of colonial rule. Among her publications is The Politics of Passion; Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Columbia University Press, 2006), for which she won the American Anthropological Association’s Ruth Benedict Prize (December 2007). More recently, she wrote White Innocence; Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (Duke University Press, 2016), to much critical acclaim.