Verena Ines Kasper-Marienberg is a professor of History at North Carolina State University.
Her research focuses on the intersection of Jewish and Christian communities in the early modern period. She is especially interested in questions of legal practice, gender relations, and socio-economic structures in early modern societies. In her teaching, she focuses on Jewish religion and culture, minority history, early modern autobiographies, the history of museums, and the rhetorical structures of political texts.
Els Bogaerts is an experienced lecturer and researcher, and coordinator of academic programmes on Indonesian culture. She performs classical Javanese dance, and has given talks on Indonesian performing arts at the main fora in the Netherlands.
Charles Manekin is Professor of Philosophy at the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland.
He specializes in the history of philosophy, specifically medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy. He is also interested in the history of science among Muslims and Jews. The focus of Manekin's research has been Aristotelian and humanist logic in Hebrew, the philosophy of Levi Gersonides, and the free will problem in Jewish philosophy.
Tsevi Mazeh is Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Tel Aviv University.
Throughout his career, he has functioned as both theorist and observer, and is a popular writer and public speaker on Astronomy, History of Science, and Science and Religion. Currently, Mazeh is leading an international effort to detect planets and brown-dwarfs by novel relativistic effects.
Debra Kaplan is a faculty member of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University. A social historian, her research focuses on the daily life in premodern Ashkenaz. Kaplan has also written several articles about Jewish women and economics, about Jewish autobiographical texts, and about Jews and the Reformation.
Nancy K. Florida is a professor of Javanese and Islamic Studies at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is a historian of colonial Java and postcolonial Indonesia. Her current and future research concerns problems of history, politics, and Islam in the manuscript literature of colonial Java along with narratives of violence and trauma in postcolonial Indonesia.
Andrew Cameron is Professor of Astronomy at St Andrews. His research is in stellar magnetic fields and the discovery and characterisation of extrasolar planets.
He is a founding Co-I of the WASP collaboration, which has discovered more than 170 gas-giant planets in close orbits about their host stars. He is also a member of the Science Team for the Swiss-led ESA S-class CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS; launch expected 2019), for which he leads the Working Group on data analysis.
Stephan Wendehorst is a lecturer at the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna.He researches international law history, law & empire with a focus on Jewish law, and politics, society, constitutional and international law beyond the classical models of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Edward Fram is a professor and senior lecturer in the department of history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His major area of interest is the history of Jewish culture in eastern Europe in the pre-modern age, with a focus on the history of Jewish law and how it was adapted to face new situations.
Yehuda Halper is a senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish Thought, at Bar-Ilan University.
His research examines topics at the intersections of philosophy and religion and of Judaism and Islam in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is particularly interested in the philosophical background underlying Zionist thought and the intellectual movements that drew from religious and philosophical sources to form the Zionist enterprise.
Bernard Arps is a professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
His research centres on Indonesia and the Malay world, with a core interest in Java and its diasporas. He teaches about Southeast Asia. He has particular interests in the theory and methods of philology (conceived as the artefact-focused study of worldmaking); the theory and methods of Area Studies; narrativity in culture; Islam; audio media and audioscapes; and the relevance of the past in and for the present.
Tony Street is the assistant director of research in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research interests focus on the intellectual history of the Islamic world through the twelfth and thirteenth centuries CE, a period of fruitful tension between Aristotelian philosophy and the Islamic sciences. He concentrates above all on the logical texts which developed through this period, and the reasons for their growing independence from the Aristotelian tradition.