Rosi Braidotti

Utrecht University

Rosi Braidotti is a feminist Continental philosopher and Distinguished University Professor Emerita at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She holds degrees in philosophy from the ANU and the Sorbonne and Honorary Degrees from Helsinki (2007) and Linköping (2013). She is a Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA) and also a Member of the Academia Europaea. In 2022 she received the Humboldt Research Award for life-long contribution to scholarship.

Braidotti’s publications have consistently been placed in continental philosophy, at the intersection with social and political theory, cultural politics, gender, feminist theory and ethnicity studies. The core of her interdisciplinary work consists of four interconnected monographs on the constitution of contemporary subjectivity, with special emphasis on the concept of difference within the history of European philosophy and political theory. Braidotti’s philosophical project investigates how to think difference positively, which means moving beyond the dialectics that both opposes it and thus links it by negation to the notion of sameness. Her work has been translated in more than 20 languages and all the main books in at least three languages other than English.

Influenced by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and especially “French feminist” thinker Luce Irigaray, Braidotti has brought postmodern feminism into the Information Age with her considerations of cyberspace, prosthesis, and the materiality of difference. Braidotti also considers how ideas of gender difference can affect our sense of the human/animal and human/machine divides. Braidotti has also pioneered European perspectives in feminist philosophy and practice and has been influential on third-wave and post-secular feminisms as well as emerging posthumanist thought.

Georg Rehm

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm works as a Principal Researcher in the Speech and Language Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in Berlin. He is also an adjunct professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and deputy spokesperson of the DFKI Lab Berlin. Currently, Georg Rehm is the Coordinator of the EU-funded project Language Data Space (LDS; 2023-2025), Co-coordinator of the EU-funded project European Language Equality (ELE and ELE2; 2021-2022 and 2022-2023) and involved, as a principal investigator, in the projects OpenGPT-X (BMWK, 2022-2024), DataBri-X (EU, 2022-2025), SciLake (EU, 2023-2025) and NFDI4DS (DFG, 2021-2026). Since 2013, Georg Rehm has been the Head of the German/Austrian Chapter of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), hosted at DFKI in Berlin. Also related to ICT and standardisation, Georg Rehm is a member of the DIN strategy group In the 2021/2022 and 2023/2024 terms, Georg Rehm serves as the Secretary of the EACL (European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics). Georg Rehm holds an M.A. in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics and Computer Science from the University of Osnabrück. After completing his PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Gießen, he worked at the University of Tübingen, leading projects on the sustainability of language resources and technologies. Georg Rehm has extensive industry experience, leading the language technology development at the award-winning internet startup vionto GmbH (2008-2010) and serving as Head of Research and AI at the company Field 33 GmbH (2022-2023). Georg Rehm has authored, co-authored or edited more than 250 research publications.

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