Keynote Speakers

Mieke Bal, a cultural theorist and critic, is based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. Her areas of interest range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture. Her many books include A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002) and Narratology (3r d edition 2009). Mieke is also a video artist. Her internationally exhibited documentaries on migration include Separations, State of Suspension, Becoming Vera and the installation Nothing is Missing. With Michelle Williams Gamaker she made feature film Mère Folle, a theoretical fiction about madness, and related exhibitions (2012). Her recent project Madame B: Explorations in Emotional Capitalism, also with Michelle, is exhibited worldwide. She is currently beginning a new film project, Reasonable Doubt. Occasionally she acts as an independent curator. Her co-curated exhibition 2MOVE travelled to four countries.
 The Art of Memories Film

Marita Sturken is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Her work focuses on the relationship of cultural memory to national identity and issues of visual culture. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (California, 1997), Thelma & Louise (British Film Institute, 2000), Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford, 2001, Second Edition, 2009), and co-editor, with Douglas Thomas and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, of Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technology (Temple, 2004). Her writings have been published in a number of journals, including Representations, Public Culture, History and Theory, and Afterimage. She is the former editor of American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association. She teaches courses on cultural studies, visual culture, popular culture, advertising, and global culture. Her most recent book is Tourists of History: Memory, Consumerism, and Kitsch in American Culture, Duke University Press, 2007.

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Tisa Ho is the Vice Chairman of the Association of Asian Performing Arts Festival and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.She worked in arts management, policy and planning, as well as in media and communication, including Radio Television Honk Kong, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Concert Hall. She also served on the Boards of the Substation Arts Centre, the Young Siew Toh Conservatory, and the Necessary Stage Theatre Company. Her NGO work, which has focused on the empowerment of women, has included leadership of several women’s organisations at national and regional levels, and advocacy at national and UN assemblies.  During her tenure at the Hong Kong Arts Festival since 2006, the Festival has presented large scale international productions such as Zingaro’s Battuta from France and Power Plant from the UK; embarked on programmes of exploring new, unconventional venues; and produced and presented new local works.

Igor Štiks is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Edinburgh College of Art since 2014, where he is working on his research project “Citizen-Artist: Creative Citizenship in Occupied Spaces” in which he explores the interaction between occupations of public spaces, inventive forms of self-rule and artistic expression. Drawing inspiration from critical political theory, his research contributes to the fields of citizenship and urban cultural studies, as well as to scholarship on social movements and engaged art. He gained his PhD at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Northwestern University (USA) in 2009. Before joining the ECA, he was a senior research fellow at the CITSEE project (School of Law, University of Edinburgh, 2009-2014). His publications have appeared in the leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Global Studies, Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, and Monthly Review. Together with Jo Shaw he edited the collections Citizenship after Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2013) and Citizenship Rights (Ashgate, 2013), and, with Srecko Horvat, Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (Verso, 2015). As CITSEE senior research fellow, he initiated and edited the CITSEE web magazine Citizenship in Southeast Europe. He also produced 4 animation films (in collaboration with the ECA’s students) and 8 short documentary films based on the project’s research outputs. The films can be viewed here. Igor is also the author of two novels, A Castle in Romagna and Elijah’s Chair, which have won numerous awards and have been translated into a dozen European languages. The theatre play based on his novel ‘Elijah’s Chair’ won the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF).


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Hans Bertens (1945) is currently president of the International Comparative Literature Association. He holds a PhD from Utrecht University (1979), received a Fulbright Grant in 1971 and taught at Utrecht, Radboud University Nijmegen, and the University of Florida. In 1986 he was appointed Professor of American Studies in Utrecht, a position he left ten years later for an appointment as Professor of Comparative Literature, again in Utrecht. In 2007 Utrecht honored him with an appointment as Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, a position he currently still holds. In recent years he has served as a guest professor at Tamkang University (Taiwan), and as “distinguished visitor” at the University of Alberta. He has lectured widely in Europe, North America, and Asia. Bertens served as Chair of the Utrecht Dept. of English from 1989–1996, as Chair of the Dept. of Comparative Literature from 1996–2000, and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and the Humanities at Utrecht from 2000–2006. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Luisa Leal de Faria was, from 2004 to 2012, Vice-Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal, where she is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences. Most of her academic career was developed at the University of Lisbon – Faculty of Letters, where she taught in the Department of English. She was vice-president of the scientific board and head of the Department of English, among other functions. She is currently in charge of a research unit at the “University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies”. She graduated in Germanic Philology with a dissertation on the Industrial Novels, moving from there to a doctoral thesis on Thomas Carlyle. Her interests have been mainly concerned with Victorian Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies. In 1988-9 she was Deputy General Director for Higher Education, and advisor to the Secretary-General of UNESCO. From 1989 to 1995 she was the National Coordinator for the Lingua Programme, and in 1995-6 she was the National Coordinator of the Socrates Programme.Her academic activities at the University of Lisbon, at the Catholic University and as a consultant for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from 1995 to 2005 provided a favorable environment for a refocusing of her research interests into the study of European and American Universities in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the shifting role of disciplines in the field of the “Humanities” in the early 21st. century.
Karl Erik Schøllhammer holds an M.A. in Nordic Literature and a Ph.D. in Semiotics and Latin American Literature from the Aarhus University (Denmark).
He has taught at the Aarhus University, at the Federal University of Brasília. Since 1994 he is associate professor at the Pontifície Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro at the Department of Language and Literature, where he teaches comparative literature, Brazilian literature and literary theory and currently is chair of department. Karl Erik is the Local Academic Coordinator of the exchange program between Brown University and PUC-Rio (Brown-in-Brazil). He is researcher at the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa since 1992. From 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013 to 2016 he receives the premium stipend Cientista do Nosso Estado da Faperj. Currently he is Coordinator in the Area of Language and Linguistics at FAPERJ.
Guilherme de Oliveira Martins is currently President of the Court of Auditors, of the Council for the Prevention of Corruption and of the National Centre for Culture. He is Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of the Lusíada University of Lisbon and of the Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the Lisbon Technical University. He held the positions of Secretary of State for Educational Administration, from 1995 to 1999, Minister of Education until 2000, of Finance between 2001 and 2002 and of the Presidency, between 2000 and 2002. He was also representative of Parliament to the Convention on the Future of Europe, secretary general of the Portuguese Committee of the European Cultural Foundation, SEATS president and member of the Board of Directors of Mário Soares’ Foundation. He is a member of the Lisbon Consortium’s Curators Council.
Paulo Soeiro de Carvalho is General Director for Economy and Innovation in the Lisbon City Council, responsible for the areas of economic development strategy, investment, innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic clusters. He holds a PhD in Management from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), with a thesis entitled: “Scenarios as a tool to give context and sense to Weak Signals in a process of Competitive Intelligence”. He is a Researcher and consultant in the fields of foresight, scenario planning, strategy and innovation with public and private organizations in different industries including telecommunications, electronics, software and tourism. He is a Lecturer in several academic and training activities in the fields of Foresight & Scenario Planning, Strategy and Competitiveness. Scientific coordination of a Post Graduation in “Foresight, Strategy and Innovation”, and an advanced training seminar in “Scenario Planning and Strategic Agility”, both in ISEG – Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (Technical Lisbon University). Coordinator of the advanced course “Trends, Scenarios and Strategy” at INA – Portuguese National Administration Institute. Until June 2011 he was the Foresight Director at the “Foresight and Planning Department” (DPP, Portugal), a public agency that works in the fields of regional foresight and planning, environment and sustainable development.