Meltem Ahıska is Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She has
written and edited a number of books; the most recent is Occidentalism in Turkey:
Questions of Modernity and National Identity in Turkish Radio Broadcasting (2010).
Her articles and essays on Occidentalism, nationalism, social memory, and gender
have appeared in vari ous journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a
book proj ect on monumentalization and countermonumentalization.
Athena Athanasiou teaches social anthropology and gender theory at Panteion
University of Social and Po litical Sciences in Athens. Her publications include Life at
the Limit: Essays on Gender, Body and Biopolitics (2007); Rewriting Diﬀerence: Luce
Irigaray and “the Greeks” (coedited, 2010); Crisis as a “State of Exception”: Critiques
and Re sis tances (2012); and Dispossession: The Performative in the Po litical (2013),
coauthored with Judith Butler.
Sarah Bracke is Associate Professor in Sociology at Ghent University and Se nior
Researcher at rhea, Center for Gender, Diversity, and Intersectionality, at the Free
University of Brussels, Belgium. She has written extensively about gender, religion,
secularism, and multiculturalism in Eu rope.
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Lit er a-
ture and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She
is the author of several books, including Gender Trou ble, Bodies That Matter, Undoing
Gender, Precarious Life, and Frames of War. Her most recent books are Parting Ways:
Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012); Dispossessions: The Performative in the
Po liti cal (2013), coauthored with Athena Athanasiou; and Notes toward a Performa-
tive Theory of Assembly (2015).
Elsa Dorlin is Professor of Social and Po litical Philosophy in the Department of
Po litical Science at Vincennes- Saint-Denis University (University of Paris VIII) in
France. She is the author of several books and articles in French, including La ma-
trice de la race: Généalogie sexuelle et coloniale de la nation française (2006) and Sexe,
genre et sexualité, (2008), and the editor of Black Feminism: Anthologie du féminisme
africain américain 1975–2000 (2007) and Sexe, race, classe: Pour une épistémologie de la
Başak Ertür is a Lecturer at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of
London. Her current research focuses on trials, performativity, po litical vio lence,