Prof. dr. Huub Dijstelbloem, University of Amsterdam

The border as vehicle: On the multiple movements of Europe’s boundaries


Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague. He works on the intersection of philosophy of science and technology and political philosophy. His research engages with questions concerning democracy and technology and the politics of border control and migration policies. Dijstelbloem has been affiliated to University of California San Diego and the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Centre for Policy Analysis, Mozambique. He is one of the initiators of Science in Transition, a movement that aims to reflect on the organization of quality assessment and social impact of the sciences and on science policy. 

Prof. dr. Payal Arora, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Amplified activism from afar: Diasporas and social movements in the digital age


Payal Arora is the author of several journal articles and monographs including the upcoming book The Next Billion Users: Digital Life beyond the West with Harvard University Press. Much of her research focuses on digital cultures, social inequality and online activism. She has consulted for both public and private sector organizations such as Hewlett Packard, World Bank, General Electric, Kellogg, Siemens, and UNESCO. She has given talks across 75 cities in 30 countries, including a TEDx talk on the future of the internet. Arora sits on several boards and advisory committees including the Facebook Advisory Committee, Earth Institute’s Connect to Learn at Columbia University, Technology, Knowledge & Society Association, Soteryx, Makeosity, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She is the Media and Communication Section Editor for the upcoming Global Perspective Journal with University of California Press. She has held Fellow positions at NYU Steinhardt, GE, Rio’s Institute of Technology and Society and ZeMKI at the University of Bremen. She has degrees from Harvard University (International Development Policy) andColumbia University (Language, Literacy & Technology). She is the Founder andExecutive Director of a digital activism organization, Catalyst Lab, and is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Prof. dr. Myria Georgiou, London School of Economics and Political Science

Digital Border: The symbolic and material order of Fortress Europe


Myria Georgiou is Professor of Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She holds a PhD in Sociology from LSE, an MSc in Journalism from Boston University and a BA in Sociology from Panteion University, Athens. Her research focuses on media and the city; urban technologies and politics of connection; and the ways in which migration and diaspora are politically, culturally and morally constituted in the context of mediation. For more than 20 years she has been conducting and leading cross-national and transurban research across Europe and between British and American cities. She has also worked as a journalist for BBC World Service, Greek press, and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.