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 | John Mussington
Line Algoed | Koen Schoors | …
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.
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 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 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 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).
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 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 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 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.
John Mussington is involved with increasing public awareness on conservation issues, taking ideas and concerns to the larger media outlets in Antigua and Barbuda, he advocates to formulate public policy in Barbuda, he is a leader in on-island organizations such as the Barbuda Farming Co-Op and the Barbuda Land Rights Committee. Mussington actively agitates to promote awareness of resource management issues, he actively promotes and develops policies that seek to conserve the natural and built environment.
Line Algoed is an urban anthropologist specialized in participatory urban planning, affordable housing, and community development. She is affiliated with Cosmopolis, the Center for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, studying collective forms of land tenure in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on Puerto Rico and Antigua & Barbuda. She works with the Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust in Puerto Rico on international exchanges among communities involved in land struggles. She is also co-editor of the book “On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust”.
Koen Schoors is a Belgian economist and professor at Ghent University. Schoors is ranked in the top 10% of the IDEAS top economists worldwide. His main research areas include banking and finance, corporate finance and foreign direct investment. He is the director of CERISE (Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies) and deals with corporate restructuring both academically and practically. He is also an expert in the field of economic crises.
Anne Berquin works at the UCL St Luc University Clinics, where she coordinates the Interdisciplinary Centre for Complex Pain. This activity of accompanying people suffering from chronic pain makes her particularly sensitive to the questions raised by an increasingly technical and organ-centred medicine. At the same time, her concern for ecological and environmental issues has led her to become interested in the transitional city movement and permaculture. This led her to become aware of the environmental impact of health care, and then to look further into the questions that arise from this – and which often coincide with those arising from her clinical practice.
Eric Boydens is a doctor, now primarily a court physician in the movement towards personal and communal transition, creating a place (the Droomgaard) of encounter, inspiration and deepening. Looking for doctors who look like gardeners, and gardeners who repair the erosion of the soil, and coaches who facilitate this process. Nature and Health are inextricably linked here.
Kopano Maroga (they/them) is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-founding director of the arts organization ANY BODY ZINE. They are currently living in Brussels, Belgium and working as a curator and guest-dramaturge at Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium. Their debut anthology of poetry, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations, was released through uHlanga press in December of 2020. They don’t believe love will save us but very much believe in the power of love as a weapon of mass construction.
Mieke Vogels was the Flemish Minister of Welfare, Health, Equal Opportunities and Development Cooperation from 1999 to 2003. From 2004 until 2014 she was member of the Flemish Parliament, member of the committee on welfare, public health and family and of the committee on housing. Since 2018, she has been Chairwoman at GroenPlus and a member of the Federal advisory council for the elderly (FAVO).
Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse
Annabelle Van Nieuwenhuyse is the hostess of Ecopolis. She has worked for many years as a journalist and moderator, with a preference for artistic and cultural events. With her association Point.Five she wants to give a positive interpretation to the next generation of world citizens in Brussels. One of the ways she does this is by meeting weekly with young adolescents who need personal support and coaching.
Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer from University College London and doctor in political philosophy from Université Paris Diderot. He is now a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). At the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, his research focuses on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. He recently published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking of Ecology from the Caribbean World.