Keynote speakers

Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian.

Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a Chair in Global Law at Queen Mary University of London. She is a world-renowned scholar and a Palestinian feminist living in the occupied Old city of Jerusalem. 

In her research, Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian has studied the intersections of settler colonialism, law and abuse of power, including violence against women and children and questions of trauma and recovery. Her work has also shed a new light on topics such as Israel’s theologies and ideologies of security, on geopolitics and feminism, and on colonial economic formations.

Her published works include books such as “Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study” published by Cambridge University Press, 2010; “Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear”, published by Cambridge University Press, 2015; “Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding” by Cambridge University Press, 2019. Her work has been featured in leading journals across multiple disciplines including British Journal of Criminology, International Review of Victimology, Feminism and Psychology, Middle East Law and Governance, International Journal of Lifelong Education, American Behavioral Scientist Journal, Social Service Review, Violence Against Women, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy: An International Forum, Social Identities, Social Science and Medicine, Signs, Law & Society Review, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, and more.


Dr. Nikolas Kosmatopoulos.

Dr. Nikolas Kosmatopoulos is an anthropologist currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. He has earned his PhD from the University of Zurich, and his research has tackled, inter alia, peacebuilding and peace expertise in Lebanon and, more recently, the solidarity politics of the sea in the Mediterranean. His work has been published in international journals such as Public Culture, Social Anthropology, Peacebuilding, Third World Quarterly, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Environment and Planning D: Society and Place, and Antipode: A Radical Journal for Geography

Dr. Kosmatopoulos is involved in multidisciplinary initiatives aiming to raise public discussion. He is a “co-navigator” of the research and community work collective FLOATS (Floating Laboratory of Action and Theory at Sea), an international experimental platform involving academics, artists, and activists to “generate, pluralize and popularize social-scientific knowledge of the seas”.  He is also a co-founder of Decolonize Hellas, a platform of academics, researchers, public scholars, artists, activists and civil society actors aiming “to foreground the ambivalent and reciprocal relations between the Greek nation-state and Europe’s colonial genealogies”.

Finnish Institute in the Middle East.