Leslie Hakim-Dowek is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at University of Portsmouth and her work has been widely exhibited here and abroad. She has recently completed a public art commission part of “The World in London” for the Gulbenkian Foundation and The Photographers Gallery to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. She was born in Beirut and her family originated from the Jewish communities of Damascus and Tiberias. Several of her photo-text series are autobiographical and relate to her family history (see: www.lesliehakimdowek.net and http://lhdowek.blogspot.com/)
Dr Gabriel Koureas is lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture at the department of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London. His research concentrates on the memory and representations of conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries. He was born and brought up in the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus and he is currently completing a monograph on the colonial and postcolonial visual culture of the island.
Dr Jay Prosser is Reader in Humanities at the University of Leeds. He is author of books on photography and on autobiography, among other subjects. He is descended, on his mother’s side, from Baghdadi Jews who were part of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. He is completing a memoir about their story, called Love and Empire: A Family Story.
Dr Henghameh Saroukhani completed her PhD at the University of Leeds. Her research examines the neglected intersections between cosmopolitan theory and contemporary black British cultural production. Her latest publication explores the poetic (and paratextual) cosmopolitanism within Linton Kwesi Johnson’s Penguin Modern Classics text Mi Revalueshanary Fren (2014). Dr Saroukhani is also interested in the political nature of impact work in academia. In 2012, she independently organized the ICPS (Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies) Community Event, “Revolutions in the Middle East”, which energized relationships between academics and activists within the larger Leeds community.
Dr Colette Wilson lectures in French Studies at the University of Westminster, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. From 2004-2011, she was also a Fellow of the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London where she used to convene the MA in Cultural Memory (2005-2006 & 2010-2011). She is the author of Paris and the Commune: The Politics of Forgetting (2007) and co-editor of The Photobook from Talbot to Ruscha and Beyond (2012). She was born in Alexandria and her family were part of the city’s cosmopolitan community. She is currently researching French representations of Egypt in the 19th and 20th century.