Below is the current line-up of speakers.
Dr Shelley Tremain
Dr. Shelley L. Tremain holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, has taught in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and publishes on a range of topics, including (feminist) philosophy of disability, Michel Foucault, ableism in philosophy, social metaphysics and epistemology, and bioethics. Tremain is the author of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2017), the manuscript for which was awarded the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, and the editor of Foucault and the Government of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005; 2015). She was the 2016 recipient of the Tanis Doe Award for Disability Study and Culture in Canada.
Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.
His most recent project – ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences – was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. Boaventura de Sousa Santos has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Romanian.
Professor Gillian Hart
Gillian Hart is a distinguished professor in the Humanities Graduate Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a professor in the Graduate School in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent books include Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony (2014) and a co-edited volume titled Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics (2013). Animated by the need for critical comparative understandings of the current conjuncture, she is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Resurgent Nationalisms and Populist Politics in a Global Frame: South Africa, India, and the United States.