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Laëtitia Atlani-Duault is a French social anthropologist. She is an IRDe Researcher at CEPED (IRD / Paris Cité University) and a recipient of the CNRS medal for research excellence, awarded by France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Her work focuses on critical analysis of the politics and practices of humanitarian aid on both the local and international levels. She also publishes on diverse subjects such as the governance of the United Nations, organized sexual violence and humanitarian assistance, and social media in times of epidemics. Besides using classical ethnographic research methods, Atlani-Duault has recently opened new lines of investigation by employing online ethnography.
Laurent Bonnefoy is a CNRS researcher at CERI Sciences Po, Paris. A specialist in Islamist movements and politics in the Arabian Peninsula, he is the author of Salafism in Yemen: Transnationalism and Religious Identity, and has published in numerous international academic journals. Bonnefoy was the deputy principal investigator of the WAFAW ERC project between 2013 and 2017 and has a wide fieldwork experience in politically unstable and authoritarian locations (Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia).
Vincent Geisser is a CNRS researcher at the Institut de recherches et d’études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans (IREMAM), Aix-en-Provence. He teaches at the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, where he was the director of the Master of Political Science « Political Developments and Mutations of Societies ». Vincent Geisser has a 30 years’ research experience in the region, mainly in Tunisia and Lebanon, two countries where he has lived for several years, and was a member of the WAFAW ERC project.
Cédric Parizot is a CNRS researcher in anthropology at the Institut de recherches et d’études sur les mondes arabes et musulmans (IREMAM), Aix-en-Provence. His research has recently focused on mobility and bordering mechanisms in the Israeli-Palestinian spaces. Since 2011, he has launched the antiAtlas of Borders program that seeks to provide new perspectives on 21st century borders mutations through an approach that stands at the crossroads of research, art and expertise. He sees the integration of artistic practices and digital technologies into its ethnographic research as a way to reappraise critically his own practices of modelization of knowledge.
Leïla Vignal is Professor of Geography at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Specialised in cities, globalisation and transnational dynamics in the Middle East, since 2011 she has studied the transformations of Syria and of its society through the war. Leila Vignal has in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and a solid experience in using different data collection methods (biographic interviews, ethnographic observations, analysis of data from open sources, and satellite images).