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Moya De Feyter | Jason Hickel | Benedikte Zitouni
Sien Volders | Carolina Maciel de França | Tine Hens
Els Hertogen | Amina Belôrf | Olave Nduwanje
Luc Van Gorp | Gaea Schoeters

Moya De Feyter

Moya De Feyter writes poetry, prose and theatre texts. She made her debut in 2018 with Tot iemand eindelijk. A year later, Massastrandingen appeared, a kaleidoscopic collection in which the destruction of our living environment is central. In March 2020, she decided to set up a Dutch-language branch of Poets for the Planet. Thus began the story of the climate poets.

Jason Hickel

The British progressive economist Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist and lecturer at London University College. He is also the author of The Divide and more recently Less Is More. He writes regularly in The Guardian and Foreign Policy. Jason’s research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development and ecological economics. In his ethnographic work, he focuses on labour migration and politics in South Africa.

Benedikte Zitouni

Benedikte Zitouni is a lecturer in Sociology and head of CESIR (Centre for Sociological Intervention and Research) at the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels. She regularly brings the perspective of ecofeminism to the foreground in the media.

Sien Volders

Sien Volders studied art history and anthropology. Her debut novel Noord (2017) was praised by the press and nominated for several awards, including the Bronze Owl and the ANV Debutante Prize. In her novel Oogst (2020) she describes the harrowing fate of East European migrant workers in the vegetable sector in Italy. With this novel she is on the longlist of the Libris Literature Prize 2021.

Carolina Maciel de França

Carolina Maciel de França is an author. She was born in Pernambuco (Brazil), lived in the Netherlands and graduated in Antwerp as a literary translator. Since 2007 she has been active in the Flemish theatre world. In 2019 she graduated from the cultural leadership programme LinC Lage Landen and started her own multidisciplinary art practice. In 2020 her first short story Agatha appeared in the anthology AFROLIT. Modern literature from the African diaspora (Pluim Publishers). (Photo: Karolina Maruczak)

Els Hertogen

Els Hertogen is the director of 11.11.11, the coalition of international solidarity. Since childhood, she has been active around injustice and inequality and an advocate of international solidarity. Van liefdadig naar rechtvaardig. 11 stemmen over de toekomst van internationale solidariteit (From charity to justice. 11 Voices on the Future of International Solidarity) is the title of her first book (LannooCampus, 2021).

Olave Nduwanje

Burundi-born Olave Nduwanje identifies as a non-binary trans femme (pronouns: she/her/hers). She is a published author, legal scholar, activist (anti-racism, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-capitalism, disability rights, anti-ecocide, etc.). Nduwanje has provided literary contributions to the following titles: Zwart-Afro-Europese literatuur uit de Lage Landen (2018), De Goede Immigrant (2020) and Being Imposed Upon (2020).

Amina Belôrf

Amina Belôrf writes poetry and prose. She is a social worker and columnist. Every month, she writes about the world around her for Mo*. Her poetry has appeared in the Poëziekrant, DW B magazine and Het Liegend Konijn, among others. Since 2019, she has been touring with the poetic performance ‘Atlas – Antwerpen (retour)‘, about her father’s life. She made her debut with Zonder het licht te breken (EPO, 2020).

Tine Hens

Tine Hens is a historian, journalist and author of Het is allemaal de schuld van de Chinezen! (EPO, 2021). In this book, as playful as it is serious, Tine Hens turns to all kinds of climate scientists, starting from ten deadly sayings about the climate. A self-help book in case of climate confusion. She has also published Het Klein Verzet (EPO, 2015).

Luc Van Gorp

Luc Van Gorp studied nursing, philosophy, theology and management respectively at KULeuven, Oxford University and Vlerick Management School. In 2015 he was appointed President of CM, transforming it into a modern organisation that aims to care for people, value driven and from a deep respect for human vulnerability. This year, he published his book Mensenmaat. Een pleidooi voor imperfectie (Uitgeverij Pelckmans).

Gaea Schoeters

Gaea Schoeters writes novels, theatre texts and opera librettos. She made her debut as an author with the travel book Meisjes, moslims en motoren (Girls, muslims and motorbikes), followed by the novels De kunst van het vallen (The Art of Falling) and Zonder titel #1 (Without a Title). Her recent publications include the Kate Tempest translation Tiresias (Toneelhuis/Poëziecentrum) and the novel Trofee (Trophy) (Querido), which is an ode to wild nature and a sharp critique of our treatment of Africa.

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