Keynote speakers

Liz Fekete Director of the Institute of Race Relations and head of its European Research Programme. She has worked at the IRR since 1982. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism and fascism, refugee rights, EU counter-radicalisation and anti-terrorism policies and Islamophobia across Europe, and is author of A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto, 2009) and Europe’s Fault Lines: racism and the rise of the Right (Verso, 2018). Liz was part of the CARF Collective, and an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on asylum and the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is currently an associate of the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, and the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University, Australia.

Mimi Sheller She is a professor of sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the past President of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (2014-2017), co-editor of the journal Mobilities, which she co-founded in 2006, and associate editor of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. She is author of twelve books, including most recently Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018); Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014) and Citizenship from Below (Duke University Press, 2012); and the co-edited volumes Mobilities and Complexities (2018); Mobilities Intersections (2018); The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities (2013) and Mobility and Locative Media (2014). She helped established the new interdisciplinary field of mobilities research.

Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology in the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and founding Director of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH). She currently runs the multi-ethnographer research project Making Differences: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century and the Contentious Collections Work Package of the Horizon 2020 TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts) project. And the, project ‘Matters of Activity’, funded by the German Research Foundation. She also directs the Profusion theme of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project, based at the University of York, UK, where in 2012 she was awarded an Anniversary Professorship in Cultural Anthropology within the Department of Sociology. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited many books and articles, especially on the topic of museums, heritage and cultural memory. Recent publications include Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today; the International Handbooks in Museum Studies (managing co-editor); Engaging Anthropological Legacies (co-edited special section of Museum Worlds); and Refugees Welcome? Difference and Diversity in a Changing Germany (co-editor, in press). Recent articles include 2016 ‘Is difficult heritage still difficult? Why public acknowledgement of past perpetration may no longer be so unsettling to collective identities’, in Museum International, ‘New constellations of difference in Europe’s 21st Century Museumscape’, in Museum Anthropology; and the co-authored ‘No Museum is an Island: Ethnography beyond Methodological Containerism’ in Museum and Society and ‘Degrowing Museum Collections for New Heritage Futures’ in the International Journal of Heritage Studies.