Yulia Aksenova is the curator of Young Turks. After graduating from the Russian State University of the Humanities in history of art (2002), Yulia Aksenova worked at the Department of Current Trends at the State Tretyakov Gallery from 2004 to 2007. She attended the international Curatorial Programme of de Appel in Amsterdam in 2007, and held a curatorial position at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art from 2010 to 2014.
Her recent curatorial projects include Sots Art. Political Art in Russia, Tretyakov Gallery, 2007; Masters Hamfrey’s Clock, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2008; New/Old Cold War, Red October, 2009; Russian Utopias, Garage, 2010; The Phantom Monuments, Garage, 2011; Necessary Art, Gorky Park, 2011; 33 Fragments of Russian Performance, Performa, NYC, 2011; Nathalie Djurberg Jan Švankmajer, Garage, 2013; Personal Choice, Garage, 2014; Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History, 2014; Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Theory, Garage, 2015; Our Land/ Alien Territory, Moscow Manege, 2015.
Arif Dirlik is a former professor at Duke University (United States). He has written extensively on historical and political thought in 20th Century China, as well as issues in globalization, postcolonial criticism, and cultural studies. His most recent book-length publication is Culture and History in Postrevolutionary China: The Perspective of Global Modernity (Chinese tr., 2015).
İştar Gözaydın is a professor at Gediz University, Izmir specializing in legal and political theory. The main focus of her research is on the relations between the state and religion, the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and European secularism, and the formation of modern religious groups. She is a founder of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, a human rights organization in Turkey. Gözaydın was a research fellow at the University of London, Birkbeck College in 2009. Her recent publications include “Management of Religion in Turkey: the Diyanet and Beyond” in Özgür Heval Çınar and Mine Yıldırım (eds.): Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014, 10-35; “Ahmet Davutoğlu: Role as an Islamic Scholar Shaping Turkey’s Foreign Policy” in Nassef Manabilang Adiong (ed.): Islam and International Relations, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013; “Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı” in John L. Esposito (ed): Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Oxford University Press 2009.
Ayşe Çavdar is an independent anthropologist and journalist specializing in the questions of religion, secularism, urbanism, and social justice. She received a degree in communications from Ankara University, followed by an MA degree from Bosphorus University and a PhD from the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She is a frequent contributor to several periodicals.
Konstantin Bogdanov is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House), a doctor of philology, and the author of many publications on the history of culture, sciences and humanities, including O krokodilakh v Rossii. Ocherki iz istorii zaimstvovaniy I ekzotizmov [Crocodiles in Russia. Essays on the History of Loans and Exoticism] (2006); Vox Populi. Folklorniye zhanry sovetskoi kultury [Vox Populi. Folklore Genres in Soviet Culture] (2009); Iz istorii klyaks. Filologicheskiye nablyudeniya [From the History of Blots. Philological Observations] (2012); and Peremenniye Velichiny. Pogoda russkoi istorii I drugiye syuzhety [Variables. The Weather in Russian History and Other Stories] (2014).
Vyacheslav Morozov is a historian and political theorist, and professor at the Political Science Institute of the University of Tartu. He is the author of Rossiya I drugiye: identichnost I granitsy politicheskogo soobshestva [Russia and the Others: Identity and the Borders of a Political Community] (2009). His main area of interest lies in postcolonial theory, ideology and political discourses in modern Russia. He also conducts comparative studies of political processes in Russia and Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.
Natela Piliya is a student at the History Department of Moscow State University. She lives and works in Moscow. As a member of Garage Teens Team, she took part in the preparation of the Points of Intersection exhibition. She also took part in Dozhd TV’s President-2042 project. Natela Piliya is interested in contemporary art's political potential and its possible use in mitigating today's most urgent problems.
Viktor Shnirelman is a doctor of history, and the head of research at the Ethnology and Anthropology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of over 400 publications, including over 300 books on sociocultural anthropology and contemporary ethnic politics. Recently, he has been specializing in the questions of ethnicity and nationalism, ethnocentric histories, ethnic conflict ideologies, racism and xenophobia in modern Russian.