BEYOND EDUCIDE is the result of the International Seminar on the Situation of Iraqi Academics The autors of this booklet are all those who participated in this seminar.
Professor at Ghent University, Coordinator Middle East and North Africa Research Group at the Center of Third World Studies. Sami Zemni is a social scientist and public speaker. His area of expertise is politics within the Middle East and North Africa region, with special reference to political Islam. He focuses mainly on developments in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, democratization in the Arab World as well as conflict in the Arab world. As a former director of the Center for Islam in Europe (CIE, 2002-2007), he has also written on issues of migration, integration, racism and Islamophobia.
LIEVEN DE CAUTER
Philosopher, writer and activist, Lieven de Cauter is professor at University of Leuven, RITS, Berlage Institute, P.A.R.T.S and he is founder and president of The BRussells Tribunal. He teaches philosophy of culture in Leuven, Brussels and Rotterdam He published several books: on contemporary art, experience and modernity, on Walter Benjamin, architecture, the city and politics. Beside this he published poems, columns, statements, pamphlets and opinion pieces. His latest books: The Capsular Civilization: On the City in the Age of Fear (2004) and, as co-author, Heterotopia and the city (2008) and Art and activism in the Age of globalization (2010).
Christopher Parker is Professor of Political and Social Science at Ghent University, Belgium. Drawing on fieldwork at sites of (neoliberal) policy innovation, Parker's recent work calls into question the tropes and practices through which academics and policymakers represent Arab political life as a field of inquiry and intervention. Recent publications include (inter alia): "Tunnel-Bypasses and Minarets of Capitalism: Amman as Neoliberal Assemblage" Political Geography 28(2), 2009; and "The War Economy of Iraq" (with Pete Moore) Middle East Report (243), 2007.
Coordinator of SOS Iraq, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal. Since 1990 Dirk Adriaensens is following the situation in Iraq closely. Between 1992 and 2003 he led several delegations to Iraq, to observe the terrible effects of the sanctions. He is co-founder of the BRussells Tribunal, and he is one of the coordinators of the Global Campaign Against The assassination of Iraqi Academics. He wrote several articles on Iraq and is co-author of the book Cultural Cleansing in Iraq (Pluto Press, London, 2010).
Former TV-producer, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and coordinator of the monthly Newsletter. Technical Director of the International Seminar on Iraqi Academics.
An Iraqi-born novelist and artist, is the author of Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Her latest book is City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance. (Seven Stories Press, 2007). She is a weekly columnist for al-Quds newspaper and a commentator for The Guardian, Red Pepper, and al-Ahram Weekly. She's a member of the organization Women Solidarity for an Independent & Unified Iraq. She lives in London.
LUDO DE BRABANDER
Spokesperson of Vrede, a Belgian peace organization. Ludo De Brabander is an editor for several magazines and e-zines on international policy, war, and peace and author of several books, the last one on NATO entitled "Als de NAVO de passie preekt" (EPO publishers). His area of expertise is politics in the Middle East (Palestine), NATO and European security and defense policy. He is also lecturer in the Department of Social Work Education at the University College Artevelde Hogeschool.
RUDY DE MEYER
Head of the policy department of 11.11.11 (coordination of the Flemish north south movement). In recent years he is primarily engaged in political work on development financing, regulation of the financial sector and the policy and practice of international institutions.