Yazid Anani is a scholar, artist and curator. He has researched on issues of urban transformation, neocolonialism, public art and education. Yazid Anani has served as a scholar at the Department of Architecture, Birzeit University from 1997–2016, and chaired the Academic Council of the International Art Academy Palestine from 2010–12. He has curated many exhibitions including five editions of the Cities Exhibition. He is currently the Head Curator and Director of Public Programmes at the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.
Nadi Abusaada is an architect and a historian. He is currently ETH Zürich Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA) at ETH Zürich. Last year, Nadi was an Aga Khan Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Architecture + Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Nadi completed his Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees at the University of Cambridge and his B.A. (Hons) at the University of Toronto.
Nadi is also the co-founder of Arab Urbanism, a global network dedicated to historical and contemporary urban issues in the Arab region. His writings have been featured in a number of international publications, including The Architectural Review, The International Journal of Islamic Architecture, and the Jerusalem Quarterly, among others.
Kjersti G. Berg
Kjersti G. Berg is a Postdoctoral research fellow at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and an historian and Assistant Professor at NLA University College, Norway. She works on Palestine, displacement, aid, and humanitarianism in the Middle East, and in particular on UNRWA, Palestinian refugees and encampment.
Kjersti’s most recent article is “Mu’askar and Shu ́fat: Retracing the Histories of Two Palestinian Refugee Camps in Jerusalem”, in Jerusalem Quarterly (2021). The edited volume (co-edited with Are J. Knudsen) Continental Encampment: Genealogies of Humanitarian containment in the Middle East and Europe (Berghahn) and her book Palestine. Facts on the ground (in Norwegian, Scandinavia University Press) will be published in early 2023.
Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. Her research focuses on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of historic Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.
She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67; Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule; Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics; and co-editor (with Miriam Ticktin) of In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care.
Sanabel Adbel Rahman
Sanabel Abdel Rahman is a writer and a PhD candidate researching magical realism in Palestinian literature. She is interested in folktales, surrealism, Gothicism, and the study of literary spaces. She writes essays in Arabic and English on arts and culture as well as fiction.
Joe Sacco is known for his groundbreaking, global comics journalism in books from conflicted and war-torn areas, including Palestine (first published serially, then collectively in 1996), Safe Area Goražde (2000), Footnotes in Gaza (2009) and most recently Paying the Land (2020). Palestine won him the American Book Award, and in 2001 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Øyvind Vågnes is Professor of Visual Culture at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, and has published widely on comics, including several journal and anthology articles on Sacco’s work. Vågnes is an editor at the Journal of Visual Culture (Sage) and the author of several novels in Norwegian, most recently Ei verd utan hestar (2022).
Mezna Qato is Margaret Anstee Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is a historian of Palestine and Palestinians, and is writing a book on the pedagogical worlds of Palestinians after the Nakba. She co-leads the Archives of the Disappeared Research Programme at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge. Her collaborative artist work with ‘A Future Collective’ was in the 16th Venice Architecture Biennial (2018) and Performance Space in New York (2018).