1. Anya Topolski, Principal Investigator 
  2. Josias Tembo, Doctoral Candidate
  3. Patricia Schor, Postdoctoral Researcher
  4. Margreet Van Es, Postdoctoral Researcher 
  5. Anna Sophie Lauwers, Doctoral Candidate at University of Aberdeen

Anya Topolski is an associate professor in ethics and political philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She obtained two bachelor degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Canada: BSc in Biochemistry (1999) and an BA Honours in Philosophy (2000). After a brief but memorable experience teaching in Korea, Anya moved to Belgium to complete a Masters in Continental Philosophy (Magna Cum Laude) specialising in the political thought of Hannah Arendt. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the KU Leuven, for which she was awarded the 2008 Auschwitz Foundation Stichting Prize , with a focus on the political thought of Hannah Arendt, the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas and contemporary Jewish thought.

In 2009, she joined an interdisciplinary NWO project as a post-doctoral researcher to consider the application of her theory of relationality in the field of military ethics where she engaged in post-Srebrenica research on responsibility and judgment. In 2012 her research on European Identity and Exclusion, antisemitism and islamophobia, was funded by FWO – Flanders. In addition she was a lecturer at the University of Kent in Brussels in political rhetoric and communication. In 2015 she became an assistant professor in political theory at the Faculty of Management at Radboud University, Nijmegen. In 2017 she received tenured as an assistant professor in ethics and political philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Her most recent books are: Arendt, Levinas and a Politics of Relationality (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) and Is there a Judeo-Christian Tradition? A European Perspective (De Gruyter, 2016). Recent articles are: The Race-Religion Intersection: A European Contribution to the Critical Philosophy of Race (Critical Philosophy of Race, 2017); The Islamophobic Inheritance of the Resurrected Saint Paul: From F.C. Baur’s Judeo-Christianity to Badiou and Žižek’s Event. (ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies. Vol II, No. 1, Spring 2017); and Tzedakah: The True Religion of Spinoza’s Tractatus? (History of Political Thought, 2016, 37(1), pp. 78-106).

Her areas of expertise are: political philosophy, ethics, European identity and exclusion, racism, gender, antisemitism and islamophobia, political theology, Jewish thought, Arendt, Levinas, ‘Judeo-Christianity’.

Josias Tembo has a master degree in African philosophy from the University of Pretoria and he is interested in Postcolonial Political Theory and Critical Philosophy of Race. He is also a research associate in the department of philosophy at the University of Pretoria. He has published an article: Tembo, J., 2018, “Mbembe at the Lekgotla of Foucault’s Self-Styling and African Identity”, Phronimon 19. 25159/2413-3086/2121. And he has a forthcoming book chapter: Tembo, J. & Gerber, S. “Towards a Postcolonial Social Ontology” In: The Othering of the Other: Philosophical Perspectives on the African Context of Difference (ed) Elvis Imafidon (Springer).

Patricia Schor is a postdoctoral fellow at Radboud University with the project entitled “Figures of Race in Modernity: Blacks, Jews and Muslims,” and a lecturer at Amsterdam University College. She received her PhD from Utrecht University on the afterlife of colonialism in Portuguese postcolonial literature and theory. In her dissertation she critically analysed the imagination of Portuguese colonialism as a benevolent encounter with “the African” (racialised other). Her recent publications address the Dutch biopolitical colonial regime, gendered anti-Black racism and colonial heritages across the Atlantic.

Margreet van Es is a religious studies scholar and social historian, whose specialisation lies at the intersection of religious and cultural diversity, gender, citizenship and media. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2015. A book based on her PhD research project, titled ‘Stereotypes and Self-Representations of Women with a Muslim Background: The Stigma of Being Oppressed’ was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Having been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, she continued as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University, where she analysed statements made by Dutch and Norwegian Muslims against violent extremism. In 2018-2019 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen.

Anna Sophie Lauwers is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD candidate at the Center for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen. She has a master’s degree in Political Science from Radboud University Nijmegen and a research master’s in Political Philosophy from KU Leuven and is interested in the themes of political community, multiculturalism, Islamophobia, racism and secularism. In her work, she aims to bridge ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ approaches to philosophy and political theory. Her PhD project explores whether and how political secularism in Europe is influenced by its Christian past, and privileges (secular) Christians. Sophie recently published her article “Is Islamophobia (Always) Racism?” in Critical Philosophy of Race (2019).