Veronika Darida is Associate Professor at the Department of Aesthetics of the ELTE, Budapest, and guest lecturer at the CIPh (Collège International de Philosophie, Paris). She studied at the Hungarian School of Drama and Film and later in Paris for her PhDs (for she has two, one in Philosophy and one in Comparative Literature). Her main research interests are contemporary French phenomenology and theory of the theatre (Színház-utópiák, 2010). She lately investigated the question of nostalgia in art (A nosztalgia művészete / A művészet nosztalgiája, 2015).
Éric Fassin is a prominent sociologist. After teaching at Brandeis University and the NYU until 1994, then at École normale supérieure in Paris until 2014, he has become a Professor of sociology and gender studies at Paris 8 University. His work focuses on sexual and racial politics in France and the United States, with special emphasis on immigration. He published L’Inversion de la question homosexuelle (2005), Droit conjugal et unions de même sexe: mariage, partenariat et concubinage dans neuf pays européens (with Kees Waaldijk, 2008) and Le sexe politique. Genre et sexualité au miroir transatlantique (2009), and Roms & riverains. Une politique municipale de la race (2014). A part of his work investigates the fate of the left wing, as in his last book entitled Gauche, l’avenir d’une désillusion (2014).
See one of his latest articles here.
Jan Bierhanzl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of contemporary philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences and assistant professor of philosophy and french language at Charles University (Prague). His main focus is contemporary French philosophy, especially Emmanuel Levinas, whose ethical thought he explored in his book La rupture du sens. Corps, langage et non-sens dans la pensée de la signifiance éthique d’Emmanuel Levinas (2014), and the relationship between ethics and politics—as in his last article, “Uprchlík, člověk a občan” (Protestant 1/2016).
Pavel Barša combines approaches from philosophy, sociology and political science to think on immigration policies and multiculturalism in Western countries and has published many articles and books about Islam in Western Europe, the Middle Eastern conflict or the American foreign policy, as shown by his last book on the paths to emancipation (Cesty k emancipaci, 2015) .
See his interview in Salon in 2015 here (in Czech).
Famous for his critical stance on the transhumanist utopia (Demain les posthumains : Le futur a-t-il encore besoin de nous ? in 2009 or L’Homme simplifié : Le syndrome de la touche étoile in 2012), Jean-Michel Besnier focuses his work on the philosophical and ethical impact of sciences and technologies on social representations. A member of the Ethics Committee of French National Research Center as well as of the UNESCO commission on ‘Sciences for Society’, he teaches philosophy at the Paris-Sorbonne university. His last book deals with neuro-sciences (Un cerveau très prometteur : Conversation autour des neurosciences, with Francis Brunelle and Florence Gazeau, 2015).
See his latest articles on Human Enhancement
Specialist of Spinoza, translator of Hegel and founder of the political movement Potere Operaio, Toni Negri is a world known political philosopher and sociologist. Born in Italy, where he became professor of “State theory” at a very young age, he has been spending a good part of his life in France, teaching in several universities (École Normale Supérieure, Paris VII, Paris VIII, Collège International de Philosophie). Here philosophers such as Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari took position against his controversial detention for political reasons, and opened a philosophical dialogue with his thought and with the political movements he was leading in Italy (with Guattari he wrote in 1985 Communists like us). He is well known as well as the co-autor with Michael Hardt of Empire, one of the most popular theoretical works of the last decade, where the transition from a “modern” imperialism, grounded on nation-states, to a “post-modern” one, is described as a shift toward a transnational asset of powers leading to a radical change in war policies and class dynamics. First of a trilogy, Empire has been followed by Multitude (2004) and Commonwealth (2009), where the topics of democracy and property at the age of the « Empire » are discussed.
A specialist of French theory, Ivan Buraj investigates political philosophy around questions such as freedom and power, as in his book on Michel Foucault (Foucault a moc, 2000). He has lately written about fanaticism, democracy and civil society. While teaching at the Comenius University, he is a member of a large scientific project on Science, Society, Values: A Philosophical Analysis of Their Mutual Relations and Interactions.
Jaromír Matějek works as a researcher at the Institute of Ethics and Humanities of the 3rd Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague. He started as a paediatrician, and then studied theology, medical ethics and theological ethics in Brno, Prague, Vienna and Bochum. He is a member of the Commission for Ethics of the Ministry of Health, a committee member of the Czech Society for Palliative Medicine, and a member of the Working Group for Palliative Child Care. He specializes in clinical ethics and ethical counselling. As a second field of research interest, he focuses on the previously expressed wishes of patients and substituted judgement in general.