Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century as well as global history. He studied history, economics and political sciences in at the University of Hamburg and at Columbia University. On completing his Ph.D. at Columbia in 1995, he spent a year as Newcomen Fellow in Business History at the Harvard Business School, and immediately thereafter accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of History at Harvard University. Sven Beckert was promoted to Dunwalke Associate Professor in 2000 and became a tenured full professor in 2003. He has held the Laird Bell Professorship in History since 2008. His 2014 book Empire of Cotton: A Global History was awarded the Bancroft Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other publications have focused on the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, on labour, on democracy, on global history and on the connections between slavery and capitalism.
Gurminder K. Bhambra is Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. Previously, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and also Guest Professor of Sociology and History at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden. In 2017, she was Visiting Professor at EHESS, Paris; for the academic year 2014 to 2015, she was Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Princeton University and Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Gurminder K. Bhambra has also held a Visiting Position at the Department of Sociology, University of Brasilia, Brazil and is affiliated with REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden. Her latest book is Connected Sociologies (2014). Her first monograph, Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (2007), won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in Sociology.
Marie-Janine Calic has been Professor of Eastern and South Eastern European History at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich since 2004. Between 2010 and 2013 she was Dean of the Faculty of History and the Arts. Between 1992 and 2004, she worked as a research assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen and Berlin. From there she was sent on several international missions. From 1999 to 2002 she worked as political advisor to the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe in Brussels and in 1995 for the UN Special Envoy for former Yugoslavia in Zagreb. She was an expert for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the European Commission and numerous European scientific organisations. Marie-Janine Calic is co-editor of several journals and author of over 100 publications. Her most recent monographs are Südosteuropa. Weltgeschichte einer Region (South Eastern Europe. World History of a Region, 2016) and Geschichte Jugoslawiens im 20. Jahrhundert (History of Yugoslavia in the 20th Century, 2014).
Carlos Collado Seidel studied modern and contemporary history, political science, social and economic history at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at the Complutense University in Madrid. After visiting professorships in Germany and abroad, he became Associate Professor in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg in 2011. Carlos Collado Seidel is also Secretary General of the PEN Centre Germany. His research focuses on Spanish contemporary history, comparative European history, national identity, nationalism and the process of coming to terms with one’s past. He most recently published the updated new edition of his book Der Spanische Bürgerkrieg. Geschichte eines europäischen Konflikts (The Spanish Civil War. History of a European Conflict, 2016) and Franco. General, Diktator, Mythos (Franco. General, Dictator, Myth, 2015). In 2018, an updated edition of his historical overview A Brief History of Catalonia will be published.
Violeta Davoliūtė is Professor at Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, and Fellow at Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. Recently, she was Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2016) and an Associate Research Scholar at Yale University (2015 to 2016). Violeta Davoliūtė completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and is the author of The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania: Memory and Modernity in the Wake of War (2013). A specialist in matters of historical trauma, the politics of memory and national identity, she has co-edited three volumes and has published many articles in leading journals like Osteuropa, Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, the Journal of Baltic Studies and Ab Imperio.
Judy Dempsey is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe and Editor-in-Chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book Das Phänomen Merkel (The Merkel Phenomenon, 2013). She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (1985).
Veronica Frenzel is a freelance journalist and reporter in Berlin and has been writing mainly for Stern and Tagesspiegel since 2011. After studying history and political science in Munich, she attended the German School of Journalism. As a scholarship holder of the Otto Brenner Prize, she concerned herself with restrictions and modern mechanisms of exploitation of workers in Andalusia. For several years, she lived in Spain, most recently in Barcelona. In 2014 Veronica Frenzel was awarded the Axel Springer Prize, the most important German prize for young journalists, for her report "Der Preiskampf" (The Price War). She was nominated for the German Reporter Award and the Theodeor Wolff Award. Her book Ein Jahr in Andalusien. Reise in den Alltag (One Year in Andalusia. Journey into Everyday Life) was published in 2010.
Ansgar Graw is a journalist and author. He studied history and political science at the University of Hamburg, worked for the Burda-Verlag publishing house and as personal advisor to Günther von Lojewski in the directorship of Sender Freies Berlin. Ansgar Graw has been travelling throughout Africa as a foreign correspondent since the mid-1980s. He documented the situation of SWAPO prisoners in Zambia and Angola for the International Society for Human Rights. From 2009 to 2017 he wrote as Senior Political Correspondent from Washington, D.C. for Die Welt publishing group. In the summer of 2017, Ansgar Graw became chief reporter in the Domestic Politics department at the Berlin editorial office of Die Welt. His book Trump verrückt die Welt (Trump is Rearranging the World) was published in July 2017.
Matthias Greffrath studied sociology, history and psychology at the Free University (FU) of Berlin. After his studies he became a lecturer at the FU Berlin and worked as a freelance journalist for the broadcaster ARD and in the feature section of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. From 1991 to 1994 he was editor-in-chief of Wochenpost magazine in Berlin. Since 1995 he has written as a freelance journalist for Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the German edition of Le Monde diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (taz), and the magazines GEO and Theater heute, mainly on the future of work and the effects of globalisation on culture and society. He regularly contributed essays for the taz column Das Schlagloch. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of Attac and the PEN Centre Germany. His most recent publications are Das Kapital: Politische Ökonomie im 21. Jahrhundert (Capital: Political Economy in the 21st Century, 2017) and Die Arbeit im Anthropozän. Eine knappe Weltgeschichte der Arbeit in praktischer Absicht (Work in the Anthropocene. A Brief World History of Work with a Practical Purpose, 2016).
Ulrike Herrmann studied history and philosophy and works as a business journalist and author. Since 2000 Hermann has been an editor at Die Tageszeitung (taz) in Berlin, where she was initially head of the editorial office and parliamentary correspondent, then moved to the business desk in 2006. From 2008 to 2014 she was a member of the board of taz-Verlagsgenossenschaft. Her most recent publications are Kein Kapitalismus ist auch keine Lösung. Was wir heute von Adam Smith, Karl Marx und John Maynard Keynes lernen können (No capitalism is not a solution either. What we can learn today from Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes) (2016) und Der Sieg des Kapitals. Wie der Reichtum in die Welt kam (The Victory of Capital. How wealth came into the world) (2015).
Uwe Jean Heuser studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn and Berkeley CA. He holds a doctorate from the University of Cologne and received an MBA at Harvard University. After working as an economist and journalist for years he became Head of the Economics department of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit in 2000. He is also Honorary Professor at Leuphana University in Lüneburg and lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. Uwe Jean Heuser is one of Germany’s most renowned business journalists. In 2004 he received the Herbert Quandt Media Award for his collection of articles Schöpfer und Zerstörer (Creator and Destroyer), in 2011 he was awarded the Dietrich-Oppenberg-Media Prize by the Lesen Foundation. Two of his latest publications are Kapitalismus inklusive (Capitalism inclusive) (2017) and Anders denken! Warum Ökonomie weiblicher wird (Thinking differently! Why Economy is becoming more female) (2013) with co-author Deborah Steinborn.
Afua Hirsch is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for The Guardian Newspaper, and a presenter on current affairs debate shows “The Pledge” on Sky News and “Talk” on CNN. Afua Hirsch previously held the position of Social Affairs and Education Editor at Sky News, and West Africa Correspondent for The Guardian. She practises law as a human rights barrister and has worked in development across West Africa.
The daughter of a father with Jewish German heritage and Ghanaian mother, she has long explored issues of identity, race and belonging, and her bestselling book on this subject Brit(ish) was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2018. Brit(ish) is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize.
Suat Kınıklıoğlu is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm. He served in the Turkish Parliament from 2007 to 2011. While in parliament Suat Kınıklıoğlu was Chairman of the Turkey – U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and Spokesman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He also served as Deputy Chairman of External Affairs of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) but parted ways with the AKP in 2012. Suat Kınıklıoğlu became a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago in 2014 to 2015. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his political career he was Founding Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.’s Ankara office, Turkey & Caucasus Representative of the Canadian International Development Agency and served as Communications Officer in the Turkish Air Force. Mr. Kınıklıoğlu’s research interests include Turkish foreign and security policy especially as it relates to the Middle East, Russia and the U.S. He holds a B.Sc. from the Turkish Air Force Academy, a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a Master in International Relations degree from Bilkent University, Ankara.
Abdulhamit Kırmızı is Professor of History at Istanbul Şehir University and teaches historiography, late Ottoman history, formations of Modern Turkey, (Auto-)Biography, psychology, history and memory. Born in Germany, he visited primary, middle and high schools in Marl, Germany, and Zonguldak, Turkey, before he studied Public Administration at the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University. He received his MA degree from Hacettepe University and his PhD from Boğaziçi University. He was Visiting Fellow at SOAS, University of London in 2009, with a postdoctoral scholarship from the The British Academy. His publications include four books and dozens of articles, mostly on late Ottoman history, its public and provincial administration, and prosopographical and biographical studies. He is a founding co-editor of TALID (Türkiye Arastirmalari Literatür Dergisi) for Turkish Studies).
Éva Kovács studied sociology and economics at the Universities of Economics in Pécs and Budapest. She is Head of the Department of Methodology and History of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her research fields are the history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, research on memory and remembrance, and Jewish identity in Hungary and Slovakia. She has authored five monographs, edited eight volumes, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She co-founded the audio-visual archive “Voices of the Twentieth Century” and was a member of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies’ International Academic Advisory Board from 2010 to September 2012.
Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His latest books in English are After Europe (2017), Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest (2014) as well as In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders? (2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
Mirko Kruppa has been Head of Politics of the European Union Delegation in Moscow since September 2017. Prior to that, he has worked at the Federal Foreign Office since 2001, where he was responsible for the content of projects in Russia, Central Asia, China/Taiwan, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Eurasian integration. Mirko Kruppa is a member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy of the Körber Foundation.
Lotte Leicht is Director of the Brussels Office and European Union advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. A lawyer by training who specialised in international human rights and humanitarian law, Lotte Leicht frequently testifies before international intergovernmental organisations, has conducted human rights and humanitarian law investigations in various conflict zones and written extensively on human rights issues for major publications. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1994, she was Programme Director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights in Vienna and a staff member at the Danish Centre for Human Rights.
Agnieszka Łada is Director of the European Programme at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. She graduated in political sciences at Warsaw University and studied public administration at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin as well as organisational psychology in Dortmund. She was Visiting Fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels (2011), Research Fellow at Sussex University (2012), Visiting Scholar at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin (2013) as well as Research Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin (2016/17). She is a Munich Young Leader 2018, a member of the "Team Europe" network supported by the European Commission Representation in Poland, as well as member of numerous German-Polish expert groups.
Per Molander is a Swedish political advisor, analyst and author. His research and publications focus on public policy and the role of the state. Per Molander received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Lund Institute of Technology in 1979. From 1980 until 1988 he worked as a systems analyst for the national Swedish Defence Research Institute. In the late 1980s, he became advisor to the Swedish government, focusing on agricultural reform, budgetary institutions and welfare policy. He also advised the World Bank, the IMF, the European Commission and other organisations. After five years as Research Director at the Swedish Centre for Business and Policy Studies and seven years as a self-employed adviser, he was entrusted by the Swedish government with the creation of a new agency, the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate, in 2009, and was its Director General until 2015. Per Molander has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2013. Among his recent publications are The Anatomy of Inequality: Its Social and Economic Origins- and Solutions (2016), Everything is Waves – Virginia Woolf and Modern Physics (2016) and Condorcet’s Error – State and Democracy under Threat (2017) (the latter two in Swedish).
Andrzej Nowak is a historian and public intellectual as well as Professor of Eastern European History at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. From 1980 to 1989 he was collaborator of several underground, anti-Communist periodicals in Poland and for 18 years (1995 to 2012) editor-in-chief of the conservative political-cultural bi-monthly ARCANA. Andrzej Nowak is the author of more than twenty books on Eastern European political and intellectual history. He was visiting professor and lecturer at many universities (Columbia, Rice, Duke, Harvard and the University of Virginia, as well as Cambridge, University of Toronto, Masaryk University in Brno, University of Tokyo, and others). He is currently a member of the National Development Council, as well as the President of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.
René Nyberg studied political science at the University of Helsinki. As of 1971, he worked for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working with the Soviet Union throughout the 1970s. He served as the Assistant Secretary for the Finnish-Soviet Economic Commission (1977 to 1979). Upon returning to the foreign ministry’s political department, he got involved in Nordic Security policy. As Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Security Policy Department, he launched an initiative in 1990 to abolish the sovereignty restrictions of Finland’s 1947 Paris Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union. René Nyberg served as Finland’s Ambassador in Vienna, Head of Finland’s CSCE delegation (1992 to 1995), Ambassador in Moscow (2000–2004) and Ambassador in Berlin (2004 to 2008). He left the diplomatic service in 2008 after having been invited to lead a newly formed organization for promoting the interests of Finnish industry in Russia, the East Office of Finnish Industries. He served as East Office CEO from 2008 until 2013. He holds the rank of Major (reserve) in the Finnish Army, and has been granted the Cross of Liberty, 1st class. His latest books include Trump, Putin Merkel ja Suomi (Trump, Putin Merkel and Finland, 2017) and Viimeinen juna Moskovaan (“The last Train to Moscow”, 2015) which has been published in Estonian, Latvian and Russian. German and Swedish editions are forthcoming.
İlber Ortaylı is a Turkish historian and Professor of History at the Galatasaray University in Istanbul and at Bilkent University in Ankara. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Topkapı Museum in Istanbul, until he retired in 2012. For his postgraduate studies, he earned his master's degree under the supervision of professor Halil İnalcık at the University of Chicago. He obtained his doctorate at the faculty of political sciences at Ankara University. His doctoral thesis was Local Administration in the Tanzimat Period (1978). Following his doctorate, he was a faculty member at the School of Political Sciences of Ankara University. In 1979, he was appointed as Associate Professor. In 1982, he resigned from his position in protest of the academic policy of the government established after the 1980 Turkish coup d'état. After teaching at several universities in Turkey, Europe and Russia, he returned to Ankara University in 1989 and became Professor of History and the Head of the Section of Administrative History. İlber Ortaylı has published articles on diplomatic, cultural and intellectual history that touch on the topics of Ottoman history, Russian history as well as the German influence in the 19th century Ottoman Empire. He is a member of the Foundation for International Studies, the Societas Iranologica Europeae, the Austrian-Turkish Academy of Sciences and the Economic and Social History Institute of Turkey.
Esra Özyürek is Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics. She received her BA in Sociology and Political Science at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and her MA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before joining the London School of Economics, she taught at the Anthropology Department of the University of California, San Diego. Esra Özyürek is a political anthropologist who seeks to understand how Islam, Christianity, secularism, and nationalism are dynamically positioned in relation to each other in Turkey and in Europe. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service and the Institute for Turkish Studies. She was a resident fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She is the recipient of the Barkan Prize for best article in the field of Turkish Studies. Her most recent books are Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in the New Europe (2014) and Nostalgia for the Modern: State Secularism and Everyday Politics in Turkey (2007).
Andrii Portnov is a Ukrainian historian and publicist with a focus on Historiography, Genocide Studies and Remembrance Studies in Central and Eastern Europe. He is currently working at the Berlin-based Forum Tansregionale Studien and holds the Chair for Entangled History of Ukraine at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). His publications are mostly related to historiographical topics and the culture of remembrance and include Historians' histories. Faces and images of Ukrainian historiography in the 20th century (2011) and Histories for home use. Essays about the Polish-Russian-Ukrainian memory triangle (2013). Andrii Portnov is currently preparing a history of his home town Dnipro, the former Dnipropetrovsk.
Gergely Prőhle is currently Director of the Petőfi Literary Museum in Budapest. Before that, he served as Hungarian Ambassador to Berlin from 2000 to 2002. He went on to represent his country as Ambassador to Switzerland from 2003 to 2005 and then became Deputy Head of the Press and PR Department at the Hungarian Foreign Ministry. In June 2010 Gergely Prőhle became Deputy State Secretary at the Hungarian Foreign Ministry responsible for bilateral relations with the EU member states. In 2014 he was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Human Resources – the Education Ministry in Budapest -, and again became responsible for international and EU affairs.
Joachim von Puttkamer has been Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg "Europe's East in the 20th Century" since October 2010 and has held the Chair of Eastern European History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena since 2002. From 1994 to 2002 he was Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Modern and Eastern European History in Freiburg, where he received his doctorate in 1994 and his professorship in 2000. From 1986 to 1994, Joachim von Puttkamer studied Modern and Eastern European History and Economics at the Universities of Freiburg and London. Joachim von Puttkamer's main areas of research include state formation and statehood in Eastern Europe, nationalism in Eastern Central and South Eastern Europe, the history of schools and education, and the commemorative cultures of Eastern Europe.
Eugene Rogan is Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. He took his M.A. and PhD in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University. Eugene Rogan taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East. He became a member of the British Academy of Sciences in 2017. His latest book is The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (2015). Eugene Rogan is author of The Arabs: A History (2009), which has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.
Miriam Rürup has been Director of the Institute for the History of the German Jews (IGdJ) in Hamburg since 2012. After studying history, sociology and European ethnology in Göttingen, Tel Aviv and Berlin, she did research at the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin, the Franz Rosenzweig Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the German Historical Institute in Washington. Miriam Rürup is particularly concerned with the German-Jewish history of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Nazi persecution politics, the politics of history and commemorative culture post-1945 as well as the history of citizenship and statelessness in the 20th century. Since 2002, she has been editor and still is co-editor of WerkstattGeschichte and since 2013 co-editor of the specialist journal Aschkenas. She is also special editor for Jewish History on the Internet forum H-Soz-Kult. Most recently published works by her are Space and Spatiality in Modern German-Jewish History (2017) and Alltag und Gesellschaft (Everyday Life and Society, 2017).
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum studied medieval and modern history, ethnology and political science at the University of Göttingen and the Universidad Central de Barcelona. She received her doctorate summa cum laude from the Ruhr University Bochum in 1993. She subsequently worked under Reinhard Rürup as a research assistant at the "Topography of Terror" Foundation in Berlin. In the following three years, her research focused on the history of the non-Zionist, left-wing German-Jewish youth movement. In 2001 she was appointed Director of the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg. In 2007 she was appointed Professor at the University of Hamburg. In June 2011 she took over as Head of the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the TU Berlin. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum has been a member of the scientific working group of the Leo Baeck Institute in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1996 and its Chairperson since 2009. Since 2012 has represented the TU on the board of directors of the Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg.
Miodrag Soric is Senior Correspondent of Deutsche Welle in Moscow, having previously headed the DW office in Washington from 2009 to 2017. From 2002 to July 2009, he was Editor-in-Chief of the combined radio and online divisions of Deutsche Welle. Miodrag Soric studied Slavonic studies, political science and German at the universities of Cologne, Kiev, Moscow and Munich. After his traineeship at Deutsche Welle in 1988 and 1989, Miodrag Soric worked in the radio editorial department Politics/Economics, from 1993 as programme advisor to the director and from 1995 as head of the Russian editorial department. Three years later he took over the management of the Central and Eastern European programmes.
Winfried Sträter is editor at Deutschlandradio Kultur focusing on history. He studied history and political science in Bochum and Münster from 1976 to1983 and completed his Master's degree with a local history study on the November Revolution in Werl (Westphalia). From 1983 he worked as a freelance journalist for the West Berlin radio station RIAS, several ARD institutions and daily newspapers. He was an editor at Deutschlandradio from 1997. He was responsible for the publication of the Deutschlandradio audio book series Geschichte zum Hören (History to listen to) and is co-author of the book Potsdam – Der historische Reiseführer (Potsdam – The Historical Guide, 2015).
Philipp Ther has been Professor of History of Eastern Central Europe at the University of Vienna since 2010, where he heads the Institute of Eastern European History. Previously, he held a professorship in comparative European history at the European University Institute in Florence. The monograph Die Außenseiter. Flucht, Flüchtlinge und Integration im modernen Europa (The outsiders. Flight, refugees and integration in modern Europe) was published in autumn 2017. His book Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent. Eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa (The New Order on the Old Continent. A History of Neoliberal Europe) (2014) was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Non-Fiction and translated into seven languages. Earlier publications include Die dunkle Seite der Nationalstaaten. Ethnische Säuberungen im Europa des 20. Jahrhunderts (The Dark Side of the Nation States. Ethnic cleansing in 20th century Europe) (German 2011, English 2014) and Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in 19th Century Central Europe (2014).
Maxim Trudolyubov is a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute and the Editor-at-Large of Vedomosti, an independent Russian daily. He has been a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times since 2013. Maxim Trudolyubov writes “The Russia File” blog for the Kennan Institute and oversees special publications. He has also worked as a librarian for the Synod Library of the Russian Orthodox Church and translated books on art and culture. Maxim Trudolyubov won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11. His recent books include: Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People behind the Fence: Private Space, Power and Property in Russia (2015). He is also co-author of Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine (2015).
Erkki Tuomioja is a Finnish politician and member of the Finnish Parliament. He is currently the Chairman of Historians without Borders and Adjunct Professor in Political History at the University of Helsinki. From 2000 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015, he served as Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2008, he was President of the Nordic Council. When Finland held the rotating EU Presidency in the second half of 2006, Erkki Tuomioja held a prominent role as the spokesman of European Union foreign policy.
Rūta Vanagaitė graduated from the Moscow Theatre Institute (GITIS) with a cum laude degree in theatre criticism in 1978 and later studied theatre science at Helsinki University. She has extensive experience as a journalist, writer, publisher, theatre and TV producer, festival organizer, political PR consultant and producer of large-scale site-specific events.
After the reestablishment of Lithuanian independence in 1991, she served as the Artistic Director of the State Youth Theatre and was co-founder and director of "LIFE", the first and largest theatre festival in the Baltic States. She later served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Lithuania on public relations and was executive director of “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009.” In addition, she ran several successful Lithuanian presidential, parliamentary and municipal election campaigns. In 1993, she was named “Woman of the Year” in Lithuania.
More recently, she has focused on writing. Her first book exposed the sad state of elderly care in Lithuania and her second book, which dealt with the challenges faced by women at fifty, was a bestseller for more than two years with over 40 000 copies sold in two years.
Ruta Vanagaite's third best-selling book, Mūsiškiai (Our People; Journey with an Enemy), co-authored with Efraim Zuroff, deals with the complicity of Lithuanians in Holocaust crimes and the efforts of all Lithuanian governments since independence to hide the role played by local Nazi collaborators. It has affected public discourse on the participation of Lithuanians in the Shoa and has inspired the research of this aspect of Lithuanian history by young Lithuanians. “Our People” is already published in Poland, Israel and Russia.
Rūta Vanagaitė’s new bestselling book Jis (Him) was published in October 2016 and deals with the problems faced by contemporary men. It has been in the TOP 10 list for more than a year. A new authobiographical book was published in October 2017. One day after the launch of this book in October 2017 all of Rūta Vanagaitė’s books were removed from the shelves in Lithuania after her critical public comment about one of Lithuania’s post-war partisan leaders. This decision was made by her publisher - the largest in Lithuania. None of her books are available in Lithuanian book stores any more.
Bernd Vogenbeck is Programme Manager at the History and Politics Department of the Körber Foundation. He studied Cultural History and Political Sciences at the European University Viadrina and Wrocław University. He gained expertise in numerous positions related to historical dialogue between Germany and Eastern Europe before joining the Körber Foundation in 2015.
Almut Wieland-Karimi is an orientalist and received her doctorate at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She worked at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation from 1998 to 2009, first as a consultant for development cooperation, later as head of the foundation in Kabul and Washington, D.C. Almut Wieland-Karimi has been Managing Director of the Berlin-based Centre for International Peace Operations since 2009.
Gabriele Woidelko is Head of the "History and Politics" Department of the Körber Foundation. A historian, Slavist and Turkologist by training, she initially worked as a lecturer at the University of Hamburg before joining the Körber Foundation in 1996. At first she worked as a Programme Manager, then as Executive Director of the European History Network EUSTORY, and became Programm Director of FutureLab Europe and other European activities. Since 2016 she has been responsible for the focus topic "Russia in Europe" as well as the Körber History Forum.