Guest Speakers

Nilgün Toker Kılınç

Mekana yerleşme ve yaşamı paylaşma Hakkı: Birarada Yaşam (The Right to Settle and Share Life: Living Together)

Prof. Nilgün Toker Kılınç obtained her Ph.D. from Paris VIII Saint Denis University. Her interest area of research includes history of philosophy, continental philosophy and contemporary political philosophy. Dr. Toker Kılınç is the author of the book titled Politics and the Responsibility (2012), and she has several articles in different journals.

Dr. Toker Kılınç was dismissed from Ege University on January 6, 2017, with the Decree Law No. 675 on the ground that she had signed a statement text called "we will not be a party to this crime", also known as the "Peace Statement”. When she was dismissed, she was serving as the chairperson of the Department of Philosophy. She still carries on her studies within the Solidarity Academy in Izmir and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.

Mugendi K. M’Rithaa

Design for Conviviality: an Afrikan perspective

Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa is an industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He studied in Kenya, the USA, India and South Africa and holds postgraduate qualifications in Industrial Design and Higher Education, as well as a doctorate in Universal Design. He is widely traveled and has taught in Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Sweden, and is passionate about various expressions of socially conscious (and responsible) design, including: Designerly Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change; Design for Social Innovation and sustainability; Distributed Renewable Energy; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Participatory Design; and Universal Design.

Dr. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa has a special interest in the pivotal role of design thinking in advancing the developmental agenda primarily on the African continent. He is associated with a number of international networks focusing on design within industrially developing (or majority world) contexts. Dr. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa is Africa’s first President of the World Design Organization™, who focused on the importance of WDO in supporting the aspirations of younger designers worldwide during his presidency between 2015 and 2017. He is the Convenor of the Senate of WDO.

Serhan Ada

The Culture of Co-living in Izmir

Assoc. Prof. Serhan Ada a faculty member in the Department of Arts and Cultural Management at the Istanbul Bilgi University, which offers BA/MA/PhD programs. Dr. Ada is the director of the Cultural Policy and Management Research Center, and is the head of the newly founded UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policy and Management.

He was previously a board member of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and served as the head of the Committee on Cultural Diversity. In addition, Dr. Ada was the founder of Cultural Industries Development Platform (KEGeP) representing Turkey in the International Federation of Coalitions on Cultural Diversity (IFCCD). Dr. Ada is the editor of the book titled Turkish Cultural Policy: A Civil Perspective (2011) focusing on civil society’s perspective of Turkey’s cultural policy as an alternative to the National Report. He also edited and co-authored the first publication on the Turkish national cultural policy titled Introduction to Cultural Policies in Turkey (2009).

Dr. Ada is currently the executive editor of the Cultural Policy and Management Yearbook, and he is the coordinator of Culture and Arts of Izmir Mediterranean Academy.