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Dr. Theo van der Meer is specialized in the legal and social history of homosexuality. His work (several books and many articles) covers both the early modern and modern period, including World War II.

Van der Meer is biographer of dr. Jacob Anton Schorer, founder of the first homosexual rights organization (the Dutch chapter of Magnus Hirschfeld’s Scientific Humanitarian Committee, 1912-1940). Subtitled ‘A biography of homosexuality’ it analyses the rise of the homosexual character in 20th C. Holland.

Van der Meer is currently completing the biography of P.J. Meertens, founder of the Meertens Institute of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and protagonist in the 7-volume roman à clef The Bureau (1995-2000).


Edwin Nasr is a writer and cultural practitioner based between Amsterdam (NL) and Beirut (LB). He is currently completing the 2020-21 Curatorial Programme at De Appel.

Nasr is the Assistant to the Director at Ashkal Alwan, a non-profit organization based in Beirut and committed to contemporary artistic practice and research, where he takes part in the curatorial development of public programmes and publishing platforms.

He writes regularly on cultural production and political mobilizations in the Arab region; recent essays can be found in Afterall Journal (forthcoming), Bidoun, The Funambulist, Jadaliyya, and n+1.


Guinevere Ras graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s from the Reinwardt Academy. In her thesis, she researched the narrative representation of the heritage of Curaçao in the Tropenmuseum. As an outcome she developed a guide for museum employees to implement multivocality.

She currently works as a curator at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. She previously made exhibitions for the National Museum of World Cultures (Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum).

In between jobs Guinevere gives lectures, workshops and advice to museums that struggle with questions of inclusion. She specialises in the facilitation of inclusion by means of multivocality. To achieve this, she is actively committed to breaking stereotypes by improving the representation of marginalised groups in the museum space.


Sary Zananiri is an artist and cultural historian.  He completed a PhD in Fine Arts at Monash University in 2014 looking at the biblified colonial imaging of the Palestinian landscape from 1839 to 1948.  His research interests sit at the intersection of colonialism, indigeneity, religious narrative and visual culture.

He exhibits and curates widely most recently Frank Scholten: Archaeology and Tourism in the ‘Holy Land’ at the Rijksmuseum Oudheden (May-October 2020). He has co-edited two volumes with Karène Sanchez Summerer European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine: Between Contention and Connection (Palgrave McMillan, 2021) and Imaging and Imagining Palestine: Photography, Modernity and the Biblical Lens (Brill, forthcoming Spring 2021).

He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher on the NWO funded project CrossRoads: European Cultural Diplomacy and Arab Christians in Palestine 1918-1948 and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East at Leiden University Frank Scholten collection.


Vivian Ziherl is a critic, curator and researcher of contemporary art, raised in Australia and working in the Netherlands. She currently is research and program manager at Kunstinstituut Melly.

From 2016 – 2019 she was the founder and director of art and research foundation Frontier Imaginaries that staged internationally mobile thematic editions through exhibitions, art-commissions and symposium projects together with programme partners including Columbia University, e-flux Projects, the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), the QUT Art Museum and the Van Abbemuseum among others.

In 2017 she co-convened Humans of the Institution with Anne Szefer Karlsen, a project dedicated to mobilising international action on the conditions of the freelancer, presented together with the University of Bergen, Veem Huis voor Performance, Amsterdam Art Weekend and Dutch Art Institute.

She was curator of Jerusalem Show VIII (2016) with the Al Ma’mal Foundation and as part of the 3rd Qalandiya International, was nominated for the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award (2016), and received curatorial fellowships from the IMA Brisbane (2015-16), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art together with Natasha Ginwala (2013).

From 2012 to 2014 she was a Curator with performance based institution If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, and in 2012 and 2013 she was a guest curator of Stage It! Parts 1 & 2 which launched the performance programme of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam upon its re-opening.

Ziherl is a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, Melbourne.

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