The collegial management, made up of former fellows, is a singular and innovative model that will serve the challenges of interdisciplinarity and integration of the AIS in the landscape of higher education and research in the region. Pascale Vielle, director and deputy directors : Luis Mora Rodriguez and Mustafa Abdalla will make up this collegial body, appointed by the Board of Directors on July 1. They will take turns to be present in Nantes for four months of the year to lead the scientific life of the Institute. It is thus a new page of the Institute that will be written collegially.
Pascale Vielle, Director
Pascale Vielle is a professor of social law at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL-Iacchos, ESPO and DROI) since 1998. Of Belgian and Swiss nationality, she holds a law degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a doctorate in law from the European University Institute in Florence. She worked as a researcher at the ULB (1988-1989) - where she is still a scientific collaborator - and at the University of Geneva (1994-1998). She was the first director of the Federal Institute for the Equality of Women and Men from 2004 to 2006 (similar to the Halde in France). She worked at the European Commission (1989-1990), at the International Labour Organization (1992-1994), and was a member of the Belgian High Council of Justice from 2008 to 2016. Pascale Vielle is a member of the scientific committees/boards of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Ange-Guépin, in Nantes; of the European Trade Union Institute; of the Belgian Social Security Review; and of the SH2 Panel (starting grants) at the European Research Council (2010-2018). She commits her scientific expertise to several initiatives and citizen movements in Belgium and worldwide. Her research and teaching focus on international and European social protection law and policy, as well as on the gender approach to law. She is currently working on the articulation of social and environmental policies from an ecofeminist perspective.
Mustafa Abdalla, Deputy Director
Mustafa Abdalla is a research associate at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin. He received his MA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo and his PhD from the Free University of Berlin. His research interests include gender, sexuality, masculinity, medical education, changing perceptions of illness and migration. He has conducted research in both Egypt and Mali. His current research project in Egypt focuses on the emerging phenomenon of professional patients and their use of their suffering bodies to restore their social roles and achieve economic gains.
Luis Mora Rodríguez, Deputy Director
Luis Mora Rodriguez is an associate professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica (Central America) and also directs the Doctorate in Latin American Studies at the National University, Costa Rica. He holds a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University René Descartes, (Paris), as well as a Master in Management (MIM) from the ESSEC Business School (Cergy-Pointoise), and is currently a researcher in the ConnecCaribbean Project (European Union’s Horizon 2020), focusing on Latin American and Caribbean philosophy. His research focuses on European political thought during the conquest of America (discourse on otherness, emergence of modern imperial practices, theories of just war). Since 2017, Luis Mora Rodríguez has been a member of the Board of Directors of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies.