Arianne Shahvisi is a Kurdish-British academic philosopher. She is a lecturer in ethics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where she conducts research across a range of topics in applied philosophy, with current projects focused on reproductive justice, migration and borders, and global health ethics. Arianne has written commentary for the New Statesman, Jacobin, and The Conversation, has featured on BBC Radio and Channel 4 News, and has advised on policy around abortion provision and women's health. Arianne serves as an advisory board member for Kohl, and is science editor for literary magazine The Offing, which seeks out and supports work by those marginalized in literary spaces.
Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora mobilization; war, conflict and reconstruction; art & cultural studies and food. Professor Al-Ali was President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) from 2009-2011. Recently, she has been elected to the Board of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). She is also a member of the Feminist Review Collective and a founding member of Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq.
Khouloud Mahdhdaoui is a journalist, camerawoman and visual activist. She is a founding member of the feminist LBT organization, Chouf, in Tunisia. She was elected as Women Secretary Alternate of ILGA during the last international submit in Mexico, and she mainly heads many projects, videos and photos, all of which aim to fight against discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Through her work, she constantly questions and deconstructs the roles and norms imposed on women by various patriarchal societies.
Ebtihal Mahadeen is Lecturer in Gender and Media (with a focus on the Middle East) at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include sexual and cultural politics in the Levant, militarism, masculinities, and femininities, and the media as sites of hegemony and resistance. She has a professional background in reporting and online media and continues to publish non-academic opinion pieces in various outlets including 7iber.com, Al Araby Al Jadeed, and Middle East Eye.
Elisabeth Armstrong is Professor of the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, where she teaches courses on gender and movements for social, economic and environmental change, emancipatory cultural studies and feminist archives. Her publications include The Retreat From Organization: U.S. Feminism Reconceptualized (SUNY Press, 2002), and Gender and Neoliberalism in India: The All India Democratic Women’s Association and Globalization Politics (Routledge, 2013). She is also on the executive advisory board of the journal Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism.