Marian Burchardt is Professor of Sociology at Leipzig University. Previously, he worked as research fellow at MMG from 2012 to 2017 and published extensively on “Diversity”. Moreover, he was a senior researcher at the Centre “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”. He is the author of Regulating Difference: Religious Diversity and Nationhood in the Secular West (Rutgers UP, 2020) and Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
Zeynep Kezer is a Professor at the School of Architecture Planning at Newcastle University (UK). She is interested in examining how modern state-formation processes and nationalist ideologies play out in the built environment, informing everyday practices and identity formation.
Fran Meissner is an Assistant Professor of Critical Geodata Studies and Geodata Ethics at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Before starting at Twente, Fran was an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Leiden. Amongst other positions, she has previously held a highly competitive Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship at the TU Delft and a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is also a long-term research partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her research focuses on contemporary urban social configurations and how – in times of datafication – these are transformed through international migration. Based on her expertise in complex urban diversities, her most recent work grapples with questions about how data technologies – specifically geodata applications – shape the way migrants get to access urban spaces and how those technologies exclude migrants from urban life. Her work aims to make visible the migration information infrastructures behind increasingly data-mediated experiences of urban diversity.