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Prof. Mona Harb is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. She has a bachelor degree in Architecture (AUB, 1993), two masters degrees in Urbanism (ALBA, 1995) and Urban Geography (University of Tours, 1996), and a PhD in Political Science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, 2005). She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), and of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (with Lara Deeb, Princeton University Press, 2013). She is currently investigating decentralization, local governments and urban policies in the Arab world, as well as public space practices and urban politics in Beirut. She is the founder and co-editor of the Cities Page on Jadaliyya e-zine. She has provided professional advice on urban development in Lebanon for many international organizations (ESCWA, WB, EU, UNDP).
Prof. Jane Rendell is a writer, art critic and architectural historian/theorist/designer, whose work explores interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, art, feminism and psychoanalysis. She is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, University College London. Her authored books include Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and she is currently working on a new book on transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). She was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2004–2008) and chair of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research (2005–2007).
Prof. Karen Kipphoff was educated as a visual artist, puppeteer and in drama in education in Germany. She worked at Schaubühne Berlin, Kammerspiele Hamburg and Theater am Turm Frankfurt. Karen Kipphoff uses photography, performance and installation as her artistic medium and has exhibited and performed amongst others at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Bergen Kunsthall, The Museum of Novyj Sad, BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen and Uferstudios Berlin. Since 2012 Karen Kipphoff is professor of scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy Fredrikstad. In 2011 Karen Kipphoff co-founded the Performance Art Bergen network and has organized and co-curated several events. Her most recent publications are “Never? Now? Performance Art!” and “Horizon” with Revolver Publishing Berlin in 2012.