RIJK VAN DIJK is a Professor in the study of religion in contemporary Africa and its Diaspora at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. He is the former Editor-in-chief of the Brill-published journal ‘African Diaspora’. He coedited The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma (2000), with R. Reis and M. Spierenburg; The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa (2012), with M. de Bruijn; and Religion and aids Treatment in Africa (2014), with H. Dilger, M. Burchardt, and Th. Rasing. His current research is on Pentecostalism, consumerism, and marriage in Botswana, on which he recently published; “The Tent versus Lobola : Marriage, Monetary Intimacies and the New Face of Responsibility in Botswana”, Anthropology Southern Africa 2017, 40 (1): 29-41.
HIROSHI MOTOMURA is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A leading scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship, he is the author of many influential articles and two award-winning books: Americans in Waiting (Oxford 2006) and Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014), and a co-author of two casebooks widely used in U.S. law school courses: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. He is now at work on a new book, The New Migration Law, with the support of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.
KATARZYNA (Kasia) GRABSKA – is a social anthropologist and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University in the Hague, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refuges, return, and identities, access to rights for refugees in urban settings. She has researched on
displacement and forced migration issues in Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan,
and Vietnam. Kasia works with visual media, art-based research, feminist methodologies, and participatory methodologies. Since 2002, she has been carrying out a longitudinal study of gender relation transformations among Nuer from South Sudan in Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and in Sudan, Khartoum. Her most recent research focuses on adolescent refugee girls’ experiences in Sudan, and on refugees’ involvement in civic change and hosting refugees in Sudan and in Switzerland. She collaborates often with artists in her research, and engages with art-based research to understand issues of belonging, displacement, mobilities and identities. She also is a film-maker. In 2016, in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, she produced a film based on her collaborative research project Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The long version of the film, 2 Girls, has been shown at over 30 film festivals and awarded 10 first prizes. She is also the writer, producer and co-director of the film Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary (2018). She has published extensively on issues of gender relations and displacement. Kasia is the author of Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer repatriation to South Sudan (2014) which received the Armory Talbot Prize in 2015, co-editor of Forced Migration: Why Rights Matter? (2008), and a co-writer of Adolescent Girls’ Migration in the Global South: Transitions into Adulthood (2019).
FILIPPO OSELLA is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at the University of Sussex (UK). Since3 1989 he has conducted research in Kerala (India), Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and in a number countries in the Gulf. His recent books include Islam, Politics and Anthropology (with B. Soares, 2010), Islamic Reforms in South Asia (with C. Osella, 2012), Religion and the Morality of the Market (with D. Rudnyckyj, 2017). Last year he has co-edited (with S. Ramaswamy) a special issue of Modern Asian Studies on “Charity and Philanthropy in South Asia” (2018). His current research focuses on trading networks between China, India and West Asia, and he has recently begun research on a two years, ESRC-funded project on artisanal fishers’ attitudes towards risk in Kerala (India).
YANG SHEN is a cultural anthropologist focusing on religion and secularism. Her work examines how humans become the ways they are at the intersection of political history, religious institutions, and cultural traditions.
ARNDT EMMERICH is a Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity. As part of his new project, he will analyse the role of local mosque activism during the German refugee crisis through a comparative neighbourhood perspective.
EIJIRO HAZAMA specializes in South Asian intellectual history and historical anthropology, particularly the contemporary “post-enlightenment” issues revolving around nationalism, secularism, and the epistemological modernization in India.
NASAR MEER is Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh, and is the Principle Investigator of the JPI ERA Net / Horizon 2020 GLIMER project, examining the governance and local integration of migrants and Europe’s refugees.