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> Let us give the future another chance
> The future of human rights and overcoming anthropocentrism
Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.
Laura Basu is a writer and independent scholar affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Utrecht University and Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-founder of the Amsterdam-based project Good Societies, which aims to develop ideas for new social structures. Since 2019, she has been Europe Editor for openDemocracy’s new economics section, ourEconomy.
> The post-pandemic city beyond state and market: a thought experiment
Bob Black is an American social philosopher known for his work on anarchism. The author of various books and numerous political essays, he specializes in the sociology and ethnography of law. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Georgetown Law School. He is most widely known for his 1985 essay «The Abolition of Work,» which has been widely disseminated in at least 13 languages. His most recent publication, «Instead of Work,» includes a compendium of his writings and an update on his 1985 essay.
> Work after coronavirus
Colleen Boland is Research Manager at Common Action Forum. She holds an M.A. from SOAS, University of London and PhD in Sociology of Migration from Complutense University of Madrid. She has previously served as Managing Editor of the International Journal of Health Services. Research areas of interest include international migration, diversity management and religion.
David Bollier is an American activist, scholar, and blogger who is focused on the commons. He is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. He is the author of The Commoner’s Catalog for Changemaking (2021) and coauthor of Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons (2019), among other books.
> Commoning and Changemaking
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Critical Theory programme at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as Hannah Arendt Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School (EGS) and stands out as a key figure in the history of Gender Studies.
A former employment lawyer and magistrate, Manuela Carmena recently governed as mayor of Madrid from 2015 to 2019. She served as a judge for over 30 years, as well as spokesperson for Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary from 1996 to 2001. She co-founded the law firm targeted in an infamous far-right terrorist attack, known as the Atocha massacre. She retired in 2010 and founded an NGO to support underprivileged collectives through local trade. She has also served as Chair-Rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and has authored several books.
Fernando Carrión Mena
Fernando Carrión Mena is an architect with a doctorate in Urban Regional Development. He founded the Organization for Latin American and Caribbean Historical Centers (OLACCHI), is the President of the Research Center CIUDAD and General Coordinator of the Latin American Cities Network. He was recognized by ESGLOBAL one of the top 50 most influential intellectuals in Ibero-America. He is a researcher at FLACSO Ecuador, and teaches and consults at diverse institutions. He also served as representative of the Metropolitan District of Quito.
> The global transurban system: forms it takes and new challenges
> Cultural mediation for social change in pandemic times
Herta Däubler-Gmelin served as Germany’s Minister of Justice (1998 – 2002) and as congresswoman in the Bundestag for over 30 years and SPD vice-president for ten years. She chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. She has written several books, continues to practice law, integrates the board of many civil society organizations and is Honorary Professor of Political Sciences, International Law and Humanitarian Law at the Free University of Berlin.
> The post COVID-19 challenge: a simple reset or a real change?
> Imagination and action: movements between immanence and transcendence
Named one of Spain’s top 100 women, Maysoun Douas is Madrid City Councilwoman and works on Economy, Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. She holds a PhD in Physic and serves as President of the Tamkeen Foundation.
> Towards a New Social Contract for the 21st Century
Mariano Gómez Aranda
> Medieval imaginary and Black Death: pandemic, medicine and religion
> A new, «glocal» social pact for recovery
> Pandemics occasion the rethinking of shared technology
> COVID-19 as a meta crisis and our post-pandemic order
> A modern debt jubilee
Felipe Llamas Sánchez is Madrid City Councilman and Professor at the Social and Juridical Sciences Faculty of Carlos III University, Madrid. He has worked on the World Forums on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace I and II. A founding partner of PHARE Territorios Globales, he is an expert in participatory governance and international collaboration among local governments.
Andrés Lomeña holds degrees in Journalism and Literary Theory, as well as a PhD in Sociology. He teaches philosophy and published Ficcionologia (2016), El Periodista de partículas (2017), Rescoldos Mentales (2018) and the script of the award-winning short-movie Psicopolis. He writes for the Huffington Post.
Emilio Muñoz Ruiz
Emilio Muñoz Ruiz is honorary researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (CTS) of the Institute of Philosophy (IFS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is a partner at the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) and a member of its Advisory Board. He has served as Director General of Scientific Policy, Secretary General of the Spanish Committee on Scientific and Technical Research (CAICYT) and the Spanish National Research and Dissemination Program, as well as President of CSIC. He also forms part of the CSIC research project, «Scientific, philosophical and social analysis of COVID-19: Social impact, ethical implications and culture pandemic prevention.»
Antonio Penedo Picos
Antonio Penedo Picos is a teacher of literary studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His Academic publications are focused on hermeneutics, semiotics and new historicism. In 2020 he published an article in “Seeds of Hope: 12 Perspectives on the COVID Pandemic”.
> New poetics for the digital age
Jesús Rey Rocha
Jesús Rey Rocha is a Doctor of Science and researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (CTS) of the Institute of Philosophy (IFS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is founding member of the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) and a member of its Board of Directors. He also forms part of the CSIC research project, «Scientific, philosophical and social analysis of COVID-19: Social impact, ethical implications and culture pandemic prevention.»
> Science and democracy: institutions in search of a sociopolitical identity
Mary-Jane Rubenstein is a scholar of religion, philosophy, science studies, and gender studies. At Wesleyan University, she is Professor of Religion and Science in Society. She is also affiliated with Environmental Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. From 2014 to 2019, she was co-chair of the Philosophy of Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion. She is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion.
> A tale of two utopias: Musk and Bezos in outer space
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and chaired its Committee on Global Thought from 2009 to 2015, now serving as a member. She is a recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences (2013). A renowned sociologist, she has conducted extensive work on topics including cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, examining inequality, gendering and digitization as variables.
> Urban capabilities: those we want in our cities and those we should avoid
> Roaming noise and other unwanted sounds. Protecting the public domain
Jean Wyllys is a journalist, researcher, former member of the Brazilian Congress and LGBTQIA+ activist. After the victory of Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian general elections of 2018, he resigned from his position and, after receiving death threats, sought exile in Europe, where he continues his work in social justice and the defence of civil rights, especially those of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Alfonso Zegbe currently heads the Strategy and Public Diplomacy Unit at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. He is the former Ambassador of México in Iran, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and is an expert in environmental law and international relations. He has worked on energy and environmental diplomatic agendas for more than 20 years in Mexico City, Washington DC, Ottawa, Paris, Brussels and the OECD.
> Socioemotional wellbeing: a revisited approach