Andrey Maidansky is Professor in Philosophy at Belgorod National Research University, and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences. After doing his graduate work at Rostov-on-Don University, he wrote his doctoral thesis at Moscow State University (1993) and his habilitation thesis at the Institute of Philosophy (2000). His work focuses on the history of modern philosophy, most notably on Spinoza, Marx and Russian Marxism. Also, he has done a number of studies in historical theory and cultural-historical psychology. He made the first Russian commentary to Spinoza’s Ethics (2019) and edited the anthology Spinoza: Pro et Contra (2012, in Russian), the collected volume The Practical Essence of Man: The ‘Activity Approach’ in Late Soviet Philosophy (with Vesa Oittinen, 2015). He was the guest editor of Studies in East European Thought issue on Mikhail Lifshits (with Vesa Oittinen, 2016), Logos issues on Marx, Spinoza and Evald Ilyenkov, and Russian Studies in Philosophy issue on Lev Vygotsky (forthcoming, 2021). He is currently working on the 10-volume Collected Works of Ilyenkov (since 2018, with Elena Illesh and Vladislav Lektorsky). So far, 5 volumes have been published. He was Kone Foundation Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2010, Visiting Fellow at Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki in 2011–12, and Visiting Scholar in Torino University in 2017. He was awarded research grants from three main Russian scientific foundations. He teaches the general courses on Philosophy of New Age and Philosophy of Science, and the special courses on Classical German Philosophy, Marx and Russian Marxism, Philosophy of Hegel and Neo-Hegelianism.
Patrick Bond, a political economist and political ecologist, teaches at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. He was born in Northern Ireland and pursued doctoral studies in economic geography at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (under David Harvey’s supervision) and also worked at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He learned politics in the anti-apartheid, labour, student and community movements. After moving to Southern Africa in 1989, he initially served as a researcher within urban social movements, and in 1994 and 1996, worked in the Reconstruction and Development Ministry within President Nelson Mandela’s office, drafting the democratic government’s first White Paper and other policies. His best-known work is Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa, but he has authored other books and articles celebrating the traditions of Marxist Africanist scholars including Rosa Luxemburg, Samir Amin, Dani Nabudere and Ben Magubane.
Stuart A. Newman is a professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. His early scientific training was in chemistry (A.B., Columbia, Ph.D., University of Chicago), but he moved into biology, both experimental and theoretical. He has contributed to several fields, including biophysical chemistry, embryonic morphogenesis, and evolutionary theory. He has also written on societal issues related to research in developmental biology. Newman was a member of the original Science for the People organization and was a founding member the Council for Responsible Genetics (Cambridge, Mass.). He is an external faculty member of the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg, Austria, and editor of the institute’s journal Biological Theory. He is co-editor (with Gerd B. Müller) of Origination of Organismal Form: Beyond the Gene in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology (MIT, 2003), (with Karl J. Niklas) of Multicellularity: Origins and Evolution (MIT, 2016), coauthor (with Gabor Forgacs) of the textbook Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo (Cambridge, 2005), and coauthor (with Tina Stevens of Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience (Routledge, 2019).
Joost Kircz has a PhD in molecular physics and studied and worked at the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht in The Netherlands. After his academic carrier he started working for the international science publisher North-Holland /Elsevier. Among his roles were Publisher of the renowned physics list and researcher in digital publishing. Hereafter he started his own research company in digital knowledge transfer: Kircz Research Amsterdam. From 2006-2014 he was a part time research professor/ program leader on electronic publishing at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. As from his early student years, as part of the national leadership of the student movement of 1968/9, he is involved in socialist politics and activism. He was a board member of the International Institute for Research and Education (1982-2019), founded by the Marxists economist Ernest Mandel: www.iire.org. At present he is in the board of the Dutch Stichting Socialistisch Onderzoekscollectief / Socialist Research Collective Foundation: Socialism in the 21st century. www.soc21.nl. He was chairman of the parliamentary fraction of the local radical party Amsterdam Anders (Different Amsterdam), in the central Amsterdam borough 2004-2010. His present interests are mainly in the interplay of Marxism and Science, and the study in to what extent the contemporary sciences can deepen the understanding and development of so-called scientific socialism, set out by Marx & Engels, now more than a century ago. His publications can be found on the website www.kra.nl
Korkut Boratav began his academic carrier as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University. He completed his PhD in economics in 1964 and conducted post-doctoral research at the Cambridge University between 1964 and 1966. He became an associate professor in 1972, and acquired his full professorship in 1982. He was purged from the university by the Martial Law Command in 1983. He then became a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe between 1984 and 1986. He was reinstated to his position at the Faculty of Political Sciences in 1989 upon the verdict of the Council of the State and retired from this faculty in 2002. Boratav has received the Service Award from the Academy of Sciences of Turkey in 1997. He also worked as a consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) between 1997 and 2002. He was the President of the Turkish Social Sciences Association between 2004 and 2006. Boratav was among the founders of the Independent Social Scientists Group established in the year 2000. He has 31 books published as of 2021.
İzge Gunal is professor of orthopedics and traumatology in medical sciences. He published hundreds of articles and authored or co-authored several books in his field. He worked as the president of the University Councils Association for five years and won the “labor prize of 2006”. In 2018, he was purged from university for signing a “peace petition” along with other 405 academicians.
Corinna Lotz. Her principal interest is in the development of a Marxist theory of knowledge that can contribute to a materialist dialectical approach to thought, political transformation and artistic creativity. She published the first article about the Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov to appear on the internet in English in 1996. She is co-founder of the International Friends of Ilyenkov, which has been holding symposia and discussions since 2012. She co-organises the Real Democracy Movement, which campaigns for a democratic revolution. Books and pamphlets include: Finding Evald Ilyenkov: How a Soviet Philosopher who stood up for dialectics continues to inspire (Lupus Books, 2019); Time’s Up for Neoliberalism: manifesto for a transition to a real democracy (co-author, 2018); Seeds of Bullets (co-editor, 2016); Revolution 1968 (2008); A World to Win: A Rough Guide to a Future without Global Capitalism (co-author 2004); The Right to Self-determination (1996). She holds a degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London University, and works as an art critic, contributing to contemporary artists’ books and magazines. She is fluent in English, German, Italian and French, with a working knowledge of Spanish. She lives in London.
Keti Chukhrov is ScD in philosophy, an associate professor at the School of Philosophy and Сultural Studies at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). In 2017-2019 she has been a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow in UK, Wolverhampton University. In 2012-2017 she was the head of Theory and Research department at the National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow. She has authored numerous texts on art theory and philosophy. Her latest book Practicing the Good. Desire and Boredom in Soviet Socialism (University of Minnesota Press, e-flux 2020) deals with the impact of socialist political economy on the epistemes of historical socialism. Her full-length books include: To Be—To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophic Critique of Art (European Un-ty, 2011), and Pound &£ (Logos, 1999), and a volume of dramatic writing: Merely Humans (2010). Her research interests and publications deal with 1. Philosophy of performativity, 2. Soviet Marxist philosophy and communist epistemologies 3. Art as the Institute of global contemporaneity.
Katarina Kolozova is senior researcher and full professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje. She is also a professor of philosophy of law at the doctoral school of the University American College, Skopje. At the Faculty of Media and Communications-Belgrade, she teaches contemporary political philosophy. Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California-Berkeley in 2009 (program of Critical Theory), and a Columbia University NY-SIPA Visiting Scholar at its Paris Global Centre in 2019. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Centre for Research and Practice – Seattle WA. Kolozova is the first co-director and founder of the Regional Network for Gender and Women’s Studies in Southeast Europe (2004- ). She is the author of Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy, published by Columbia University Press-NY in 2014 and Capitalism’s Holocaust of Animals: A Non-Marxist Critique of Capital, Philosophy and Patriarchy published by Bloomsbury Academic-UK in 2019 and a number of articles including “Subjectivity without physicality: machine, body and the signifying automaton”. Subjectivity 12 (Pallgrave Mcmillan), 49–64 (2019).
Gianna Katsiampoura is Assistant Professor of History of Science and Critical Education at the Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has graduated from the Department of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and has gained her MSc degree on History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the National Technical University of Athens. She has been awarded her PhD from the Department of Sociology, Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Athens. Her research interests include history of science and Critical Education, Gender and the history of science and, also, Marxist feminist studies of science. Her last book, Sciences and political commitment. Histories of the 20th century examines the lives and activism of prominent radical scientists and the radical science movement of the long 20th century, in an attempt to highlight a critical history of science. She is assistant editor of Almagest, International Journal for the History of Scientific Ideas, Corresponding Member of the International Academy of History of Science (Paris), member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies and of the journal Critical Education (Greece). She, also, is secretary/treasurer of the Inter-divisional Teaching Commission, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science.
Sascha Freyberg works and publications concern mainly the history and philosophy of science and culture. After studying cultural sciences in Hagen and philosophy in Berlin, Sascha is finishing up a PhD thesis at the University of Heidelberg. Currently, he is pursuing several editorial projects and collaborations on a critical theory of science, political epistemology, and open access initiatives to bring wider attention to the “communism of science”. He is Research Fellow at Ca’ Foscari Università Venezia in the ERC-project Early Modern Cosmology and managing Editor for Verum Factum: Studies and Sources on Political Epistemology, as well as collaborating with the KIM group (critical AI studies) of Matteo Pasquinelli at HfG Karlsruhe and is a Visiting Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
Glenn Rikowski is a Visiting Fellow in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln, UK. He was previously a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK (2014-15). To October 2013, Rikowski was a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. Prior to that, he was a supply teacher in east London (2001), a Senior Research Fellow in Lifelong Learning at Birmingham City University (1999-2001) and a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Birmingham (1994-1999). Glenn taught in further education colleges and schools in Essex and London (1985-1989), and at Epping Forest College (1989-1994). Dr. Rikowski’s PhD thesis (University of Warwick, 1989) was on the recruitment of engineering apprentices in Coventry. His publications include: The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education (2001), and (with Dave Hill, Peter McLaren and Mike Cole) the edited collection, Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory (2002) – which won an American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Award for 2004. Dr. Rikowski has conducted empirical research on a number of topics: e.g. continuing vocational education, further education college finance, working students, and the UK horological industry. His writings include works on the social production of labour-power, social time, Marxism and transhumanism, crises in capitalism, and the business takeover of education. Rikowski was a member of the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators from 1994-2001. With Anthony Green (UCL Institute of Education), Dr. Rikowski co-founded and organised the Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues seminars twice-yearly from 2002-2007. Also with Green, he co-founded the world’s first book series on Marxism and Education with Palgrave Macmillan in 2004. He lives in Forest Gate, London.
Alexander Surmava is an independent researcher. From 1967 to 1988 he studied physics, political economy and psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1971 he became acquainted with Ilyenkov’s philosophy and with him personally. In 1975 he participated in the organization of a philosophical seminar on dialectical logic under the leadership of Ilyenkov, which lasted until 1979, i.e., until the death of its leader. In 1988 he wrote the theoretical work “Principles of the Theory of Reflexive Activity”, in which he formulated a theoretical understanding of the essence of life, which represented a further development of the ideas of Spinoza, Marx, and Ilyenkov. He is currently working with Alexander Simakin on a study of the theoretical contradictions in Marx’s and Ilyenkov’s philosophy and the possibility of their sublation in terms of Spinoza’s activistic materialism (deiatel`nostnogo materializma). Being formally, according to his university degree, a “psychologist”, he is convinced that psychology as a science is fundamentally impossible, since the so-called “psyche” or “soul” is not something substantial (not causa sui) and, regardless of the good intentions of the authors, is a totally idealistic discipline, fundamentally hostile to Marxism. In Marxist theory he is an advocate of a return to the Marxian antithesis of science and ideology. He is convinced that the community of theorists who stand on consistently democratic, left-wing positions today faces the urgent task of reviving Marxism as a science, which is possible only through an uncompromising self-criticism of Marxist theory.
Alisson Slider do N. de Paula. PhD in Education at the State University of Ceará (PPGE-UECE). Post-Doctor in Education by the Graduate Program in Education at the State University of Ceará (PPGE / UECE) developing research in the field of educational policy. Master in Education from the Federal University of Ceará (PPGE / UFC), concentration area: Labor and Education. Graduated in Pedagogy from Centro Universitário Internacional, and graduated in Physical Education from Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú (UVA). Research Productivity Scholarship, Encouraging Interiorization and Technological Innovation by the Ceará Foundation for Support to Scientific and Technological Development (BPI-FUNCAP – 2021-2023). Professor at Inta University Center (UNINTA). Coordinates the Research Group on Labor and Educational Policy (GPTPOED) linked to the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (PROPESP / UNINTA), develops research in the lines of research: a) Work, Praxis and Education; b) Educational Management and Evaluation Policy; c) State and Educational Policies. Researcher at the Research and Study Group Work, History, Education and Arts (GPETHEA) linked to the Regional University of Cariri (URCA), developing research in the Research Line: State and Higher Education. Researcher of the Research Group of Social Being Ontology, History, Education and Human Emancipation (GPOSSHE) linked to the State University of Ceará (UECE), developing his investigations in the research line: Education, Teaching Praxis, Bourgeois Sociability and Human Emancipation. Scientific editor of the GPOSSHE Notebooks On-line. Member of the Editorial Board of Revista de Educação Popular. Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. His research is directed to the area of Politics and financialization of Higher Education; Labor and Education, as well as studies referring to the Capital Crisis, State Reform and educational policies
Simon Boxley is senior lecturer in Education Studies at Liberal Arts at the University of Winchester, and Director of the Centre for Climate Change Education & Action. He researches and teaches in the areas of Marxist and Ecosophical theory of education, and has published articles on these and other subjects, some of which were collected in the book Schooling and Value. He is also an elected officer of the academic workers union in the UK, UCU. Simon was previously a school teacher and teachers’ union activist.
Constantine-(Kostas) Skordoulis is Professor of Epistemology and Didactical Methodology of Physics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Academic Director of Postgraduate Programs focusing on “Science Teachers Education” both at a primary and secondary level. He has studied Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and has worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Universities of Oxford and Groningen. He is a Member of the International Academy of History of Science, co-Editor of “Almagest: International Journal for the History of Scientific Ideas” and Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals: “Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies”, “International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences”, “Advances in Historical Studies” and “Green Theory and Praxis”. He has published extensively on issues of History of Science, Science Education and Socio-Scientific Issues with a critical perspective. A substantial component of his research is focused on Marxism and Science highlighting the ontological objectivity of science in conjunction with the social character of scientific practice. Kostas is involved in organizing the International Conferences on Critical Education with Prof. Dave Hill. He is the Director of the Institute of Social and Political Research “Pandelis Pouliopoulos”. The Institute carries the name of Pandelis Pouliopoulos, one of the most important figures of Greek Marxism and founder of the Trotskyist movement in Greece.
Immanuel Ness, PhD is Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and has served as a senior researcher at University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His work focuses on Marxist political economy, migration, labour and social movements, and imperialism. He is the author of numerous works on class mobilization in the Global South, including: Organizing Insurgency: Workers Movements in the Global South; Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class; Immigrants Unions and the New U.S. Labor Market, Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism; and numerous other works. He is editor or co-editor of numerous works, including: The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises; Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration; The Oxford Handbook of Economic Imperialism; The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism; The Routledge Handbook of the Gig Economy; The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Ness is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor and Society, and Series editor of Wildcat (Pluto) and Studies in the Political Economy of Global Labour and Work (Brill).
Sahotra Sarkar is Professor of Philosophy and of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He grew up in Darjeeling, India but then emigrated to the United States to attend Columbia University in the City of New York (BA in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics) and the University of Chicago (MA, PhD in Philosophy). He has previously taught at McGill University and has held Fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MIT, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and senior appointments at the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. A specialist in Marxism and the philosophy and history of science, he has also worked in conservation biology, disease epidemiology, and mathematical biology. He was a leader of the student anti-apartheid movement in the United States in the 1980s and is associated with Black Lives Matter. He is the author of six books, editor of another twenty, and author of over two hundred papers in philosophical and scientific journals (sahotra-sarkar.org).
Ravi Kumar teaches Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi. His works include ‘Organising Against Capitalism: Remembering Rosa Luxemburg’, Aakar Books: New Delhi (2020); ‘Against The Nation: Thinking Like South Asian’, New Delhi: Bloomsbury [co-authored, 2019]; ‘Sociology and Social Anthropology in South Asia: Histories and Practices’, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan (co-edited, 2018); ‘Contemporary Readings in Marxism: A Critical Introduction’, New Delhi: Aakar Books (edited, 2016); ‘Neoliberalism, Critical Pedagogy and Education’, New Delhi and London: Routledge [edited, 2015]; ‘Social Movements: Transformative Shifts and Turning Points’, New Delhi: Routledge [co-edited, 2014]; ‘Education and the Reproduction of Capital: Neoliberal Knowledge and Counterstrategies’, New York: Palgrave Macmillan [edited, 2012]; ‘Global Neoliberalism and Education and its Consequences’, New York & London: Routledge (co-edited, 2009). His area of research includes political economy of identity politics, social movements, neoliberal impact on education and processes of knowledge production. He co-edits book series titled ‘Social Movements, Dissent and Transformative Action’ (Routledge: Delhi).
Zeyad el Nabolsy is a PhD student in Africana Studies at Cornell University. He works on African philosophy of culture, African Marxism, the history and philosophy of science in the context of modern African intellectual history, and history and sociology of philosophy in the context of global intellectual history. His work has appeared in Science & Society, The Journal of African Cultural Studies, The Journal of Historical Sociology, Problemata: Revista Internacional de Filosofía, Kant Studies Online, among others.
Saladdin Ahmed is the author of Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura (SUNY Press, 2019). Currently, he is a visiting assistant professor of Political Science at Union College, Schenectady, New York. He specializes in political philosophy, social space, and Critical Theory.
Senthil Babu is a historian of science based at the French Institute of Pondicherry, India. He is involved in building a programme in the social history of mathematical practices in India, studied through diverse regional language sources in different parts of the subcontinent. He did his PhD on the same theme from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his book will soon by published by the Oxford University Press, India. He is part of the Politically Mathematics Collective in India, which as a group is engaged in producing pedagogic resources for social movements on the role that contemporary mathematical practices in classrooms and at work play in re-configuring labour and facilitate accumulation. He is also part of the Political Epistemology working group which involves a group of scholars working to produce collaborative curriculum sets on the different histories of political economies of scientific practice across cultures.
Aylin Topal is an Associate Professor of Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University. She served as the Chairperson of Latin and North American Studies Program between 2010 and 2019 at the same university. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York. Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Area Studies Latin American Centre (Hillary and Trinity 2020); Harvard University, Sociology Department (Sping 2015) and Pittsburgh University, Department European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center (Summer 2015). Aylin Topal’s research interests lie in the political economy of development and agrarian change. She is the author of Boosting Competitiveness through Decentralization: A Subnational Comparison of Local Development in Mexico, (Ashgate Publishing, 2012; Routledge 2016). She has published several articles and chapters in edited volumes on regional, urban and rural development in Mexico and state-capital-labour relations under neoliberalism in Turkey. Her articles were published in high ranking SSCI journals such as Journal of Urban Affairs, Critical Sociology, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Climate and Development, Women’s Studies International Forum.
Pınar Bedirhanoğlu is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She has published in English and Turkish, and also have articles translated to German and French on neoliberal state transformation, state-capital relations, privatizations and financialization in Turkey; political economy of corruption and neoliberal anti-corruption policies; and politics of capitalist transformation in Russia. Her most recent research addresses the neoliberal transformation of state security structures, and state transformation within and through financialization processes. She is one of the editors of Turkey’s New State in the Making: Transformations in Legality, Economy and Coercion (2020) published by ZED Books.
Attila Aytekin has studied in METU (BSc), Bilkent University (MA) and State University of New York-Binghamton (PhD). He has published on a wide range of topics including workers and peasants in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, urban history, Turkish political history, deindustrialization and poverty in contemporary Turkey, and economic crisis and resilience of households. His recent research has focused on space theory, late Ottoman urban history and the concept of cosmopolitanism. Aytekin was involved as a researcher, international coordinator and national coordinator in the FP7 collaborative research projects SPHERE and RESCuE. He was a fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) in 2018-19. He served in the board of directors of the History Foundation for several years and has been a member of the editorial board of Praksis since the journal’s inception. Aytekin is currently an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at METU. His recent publications include, “A ‘magic and poetic’ moment of dissensus: Aesthetics and politics in the June 2013 (Gezi Park) protests in Turkey” (2017); “The Production of Space during the Period of Autonomy: Notes on Belgrade Urban Space, 1817-1867” (2016); “Space and Resilience: A Scalar Analysis of Household Resilience in Europe” (2020, with Tarık Şengül); “Transformed Landscapes and a Transnational Identity of Class: Narratives on (Post-) Industrial Landscapes in Europe” (2019, with Lars Meier).
Çağatay Tarhan is an assistant professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics department at İstanbul University. He graduated from Hacettepe University Biology department and completed MSc. and received his PhD degree in cell molecular biology from İstanbul University. His current research is on biology of aging. He has translated many books from English to Turkish covering different disciplines including science anf philosophy.
Ates Uslu is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Istanbul. He got a degree in International Relations at Galatasaray University (Istanbul), and he earned a Master’s Degree in history at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Pierre Renouvin Institute of Modern History. He obtained his doctorate in modern history within a joint PhD program between Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). His main area of interest is the history of political thought, and his particular passion is for the history of Marxism. He authored a variety of articles and book chapters in Turkish, English, French, and Hungarian on the aforementioned topics, as well as an intellectual biography of György Lukács (2006), and an Introduction to the History of Political Thought (2017).
Özgür Narin is Associate Professor of Economics at Ordu University. He graduated from the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University. He completed his Ph.D. in Development Economics Department of Marmara University. He studied on the capitalist production of Science and Technology, particularly innovation and the changing scientific labour process. As a visiting scholar at New York University, he studied on changing labour processes under crisis and technological development. Some of his past works address the transformation of the higher education system, the transformation of mental labour, and the history of workers’ management in Turkey. You can see some of his articles (mostly in Turkish) here: https://nyu.academia.edu/OzgurNarin. His current research is on the digital technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence, political economy of Cybernetics and change in the labour process.
Kaan Kangal is Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department of Nanjing University, PR China. His research interests include the history of modern German philosophy and aesthetics between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, Soviet Marxism and Marx–Engels (MEGA) studies. He is the winner of the 2019 David Riazanov Prize. Most recently, he published Friedrich Engels and the Dialectics of Nature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He is currently working on politics, ideology, aesthetics, philosophy and theology in the young Marx and Young Hegelianism.
Ali Rıza Güngen is a political scientist and visiting assistant professor at York University, Canada. Dr. Güngen’s research currently focuses on dependent financialization, financial inclusion, and sovereign debt management across the global South and public banks. His articles appeared in The Journal of Peasant Studies, New Political Economy and Praksis. Dr. Güngen co-edited the 2019 book The Political Economy of Financial Transformation in Turkey, published by Routledge, and is the co-author of Financialization, Debt Crisis and Collapse: The Future of Global Capitalism (in Turkish, 3rd edition, 2019). His new book Politics of Debt: Financial Inclusion in Turkey (in Turkish) is in-press.
Alp Yücel Kaya is a professor of Economic History and Political Economy at the Department of Economics, Ege University, İzmir. He studied at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His research focuses on the conflictual world of property and labour relations in the Mediterranean from 18th to 21st centuries. He has recently edited with Ulaş Karakoç, İktisat Tarihinin Dönüşü: Yeni Yaklaşımlar, Yeni Tartışmalar (The Return of Economic History: New Approaches, New Discussions, 2021).
Melda Yaman graduated from METU Electrical and Electronics Engineering and completed her Ph.D. in Development Economics at Marmara University. She works on women’s labour, political economy, and capitalist crises, and has many articles published in national and international journals and books on these topics. She has a book that examined Turkey’s 1979 crisis within the framework of Marxist theories of crises under the title of Geç Kapitalistleşme Sürecinde Kriz (Crisis in the Late Development Process). She is co-author (with Özgür Öztürk) of Metaların Kerameti (The Miracle of Commodities), and (with Ö. Öztürk and Ö. Narin) of Grundrisse’den Kapital’e Patikalar (Pathways from the Grundrisse to Capital), and (with N. E. Keskin) of Tütün: Reji’den TEKEL’e TEKEL’den Bugüne (Tobacco: From Regié to TEKEL and From TEKEL to Nowadays). She is also one of the editors (with Saniye Dedeoğlu) of Kapitalizm, Ataerkillik ve Kadın Emeği (Capitalism, Patriarchy and Female Labour), and (with G. Tuna, G. Yarkın and F. Ercan) of Emeğin Kitabı (The Book of Labour). She collected her articles on women’s labour in her book titled Ataerkil Kapitalist Tahakküm Altında Kadın Emeği Kadın Bedeni (Female Labour and Female Body Under Patriarchal and Capitalist Domination).
Siyaves Azeri is a professor of philosophy at the School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen; he joined the SAS in August 2020. Previously, from September 2018 till August 2020, he was a visiting researcher at the Université de Lorraine, Archives Henri-Poincaré – Philosophie et Recherches sur les Sciences et les Technologies (AHP-PReST) to pursue the project he had started at the École Normale Supérieure -Paris between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. He is also an associate of “Thesis Twelve: Mardin Value-form Circle” that has been active since the summer of 2015. His current research focuses on Marxian critique of epistemology of science drawing on Evald Ilyenkov’s concepts of the “ideal” and “human activity” and Lev Vygotsky’s theory of the process of concept-formation. Azeri is also interested in (Marxist) political philosophy in relation to contemporary social issues with a special focus on political Islam and Islamism.
Alper Dizdar is an associate professor of physics at İstanbul University. He graduated from İstanbul University Physics department and completed MSc. in high energy physics at Siegen University, Germany. He received his PhD degree in high energy physics from İstanbul University with a thesis titled, ‘The Formation Length Effects on Radiation in Very Thin Targets’ based on an experimental study at CERN. He is the founder of annual meetings Marxist Inquiries on Science and the School of Marxism and Sciences. He is the editor of two books: Marxist Inquiries on Science: Is Marxism Alien to Science? (2014) and Marxist Inquiries on Science: Marxist Interventions to Mainstream Science (2017) both published in Turkish. His current research is on quantum mechanics fundamentals and computation, including their history and philosophy.
Ali C. Gedik is an associate professor of musicology at Dokuz Eylül University (DEU), İzmir. He received B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from Hacettepe University, Ankara, M.Sc. degree in musicology from DEU and Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from Izmir Institute of Technology. His MSc. thesis was based on a research project funded by DEU as a collaboration of ethnomusicology and neuroscience of music for the investigation of musical taste by applying functional magnetic resonance imaging and analysing musical identity. His Ph.D. was based on a on a research project funded by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) as a collaboration of ethnomusicology and music signal processing, entitled ‘Automatic transcription of traditional Turkish art music: A computational ethnomusicology approach’. He is one of the founders of Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (JIMS) with Richard Parncutt published since 2007 and currently acts as sciences editor of the journal. He was the president of Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology (SIM), between 2016-2018. He is the editor-in-chief of yedi: Journal of Art, Design and Science since 2019. Gedik is the secretary of Turkey Branch- International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) since 2009. He is the editor of two books: Marxist Inquiries on Science: Marxism and Two Cultures (2015) in Turkish and Made in Turkey: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge Global Popular Music Series) (2017). He is the author of forthcoming chapter, titled ‘Studying Popular Music in Times of Neo-Liberalism and Beyond: The Case of Turkish Popular Music’ (Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music) and a book, titled ‘Musical World of Karl Marx: Fundamentals of a Marxist Musicology’ (Jenny Stanford Publishing)
Cenk Saraçoğlu is a faculty member in the Faculty of Communication at Ankara University, Turkey. He received his undergraduate diploma from Bilkent University, International Relations department and earned his MA and PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2008. He is interested in migration, nationalism, urban transformation and ethnic relations with a particular focus on Turkey. He is the author of the book Kurds of Modern Turkey: Migration, Neoliberalism and Exclusion (I.B Tauris: 2008) and published several articles on Turkish society and politics in scholarly journals.
Mesut Yüce Yıldız, graduated from Department of Agricultural Engineering at Mustafa Kemal University and earned his MSc. degree in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Ege University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Agricultural Economics at Ege University. He is the coordinator of symposium “Agroecology as Science, Practice and in Movement” organized in Turkey. He is one of the coordinators of several agriculture communities to establish direct relationships between consumer-dominated food organizations living in cities and local producers in rural areas. He is interested in community supported agriculture; production, consumption and trade of landrace; agroecology and food sovereignty agriculture communities; ecological crisis within the framework of Marxist theories.