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Körber History Forum 2019: Speakers and Moderators

Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe is the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History at Michigan State University. As a historian and feminist, her research interests include the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. After completing studies at the History Department of the University of Nigeria in 1996 and 1998, Nwando Achebe received her PhD from the University of California in 2000. Achebe was Visiting Professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China in the summers of 2014 and 2017. Nwando Achebe is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History, member of the African Studies Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors and member of the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of the World Wide African Diaspora (ASWAD). She has published several award-winning books, including Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960 (2005), The Female King of Colonial Nigeria (2011) and co-edited A Companion to African History (2019) as well as Holding the World Together: African Women in Changing Perspective (2019).

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’s Institute of Global Affairs where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. She is also a columnist for the Washington Post. Her essays on US, UK and European politics have appeared in publications such as The New York Review of Books, The Spectator and Foreign Affairs. Anne Applebaum has published numerous books on the history of the twentieth century, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps (2003) won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction; like Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (2012) it was finalist for the National Book Award and was published in more than 20 languages. She has recently published the award-winning book Red Famine. Stalin’s War on Ukraine (2017).

Zoltán Balog

Zoltán Balog studied Theology in Debrecen, Budapest, in East Berlin, Halle / Saale, Tübingen und Bonn. Since 2018 he has been Special Envoy of the Minister President of Hungary for Roma Issues and since 2007 President of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary (PMA). From 2012 to 2018 he was Minister for Human Resources as well as Member of the Hungarian Parliament from 2006 to 2018. Zolán Balog was Chairman of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Centennial of the First World War (2014 to 2018) and of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Revolution and the Fight for Freedom of 1956 (2015 to 2017). Through his personal commitment, the European Commission accepted the European Roma Strategy during the Hungarian Presidency 2011. In September 1989, Zolán Balog was pastor by order of the World Council of Churches, caring for the refugees from East Germany in Hungary at the refugee camp Csillebérc. In 2013, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic for his contribution to the German-Hungarian relations and in recognition of his commitment for minorities and the protection of human rights. In 2018, he became honorary member of the German-Hungarian Society in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ian Bateson

Ian Bateson is a foreign correspondent based in Ukraine and Fulbright Scholar. His work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Economist and The Atlantic. He is working on a book about Ukrainian identity after the Maidan revolution.

Frank Bösch

Frank Bösch has been Director of the Centre for Contemporary Historical Research (ZZF) in Potsdam and Professor of 20th Century German and European History at the University of Potsdam since 2011. Since 2016 he has been Deputy Chairman of the Association of German Historians. Having completed his doctorate in Göttingen, he taught as a junior professor at the Historical Institute of the Ruhr University Bochum until 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he was professor at the Historical Institute of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. Frank Bösch has published a wide range of works from the history of the late 19th century to most recent contemporary history. They include "Media and Society. Germany in international perspective" (2015), A History Shared and Divided. East and West Germany since the 1970s (ed., 2018) and Guardians of Order. The Interior Ministries in Bonn and East Berlin after National Socialism (2018). His latest monograph, Turning Point 1979. When the World of Today Began (January 2019), which has been on the Spiegel bestseller list since its publication, also addresses international handling of the Holocaust.

Elisabeth Braw

Elisabeth Braw is Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. She directs the Modern Deterrence Programme that focuses on how governments, business and civil society can work together to strengthen the defence against existing and emerging threats. Prior to RUSI, she worked at Control Risks following a career as a journalist where she reported from the United States, Germany, Italy and other countries. She regularly contributes to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, focusing on European defence and security. Ms Braw has also been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She attended university in Germany, graduating with an MA in political science and literature; her dissertation dealt with nuclear weapons reduction in Europe.

Daniel Brössler

Daniel Brössler is a member of the parliamentary editorial staff of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and reports, among other things, on German foreign policy. He studied journalism in Munich and Washington and graduated from the German School of Journalism. In 1993 he reported from Bratislava for the German Press Agency. In 1996 he took over the management of the dpa office in Warsaw and in 1999 moved to the foreign affairs editorial office of Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, where he was in charge of reporting from Central and Eastern Europe. He went on to work as a correspondent in Moscow, Berlin and Brussels.

Archie Brown

Archie Brown is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1991, an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2003, and he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2005. Brown taught at Glasgow University from 1964 to 1971 when he moved to the University of Oxford as Lecturer in Soviet Institutions (1971-1989). He was appointed Professor of Politics at Oxford in 1989 and held that post until his retirement from teaching in 2005. He has been a Visiting Professor at Yale, Columbia, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Notre Dame (Indiana). Brown’s most recently published book, The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, was named by Bill Gates as one of the four best books he read in 2016. It was published in German (by Propyläen) in 2018. He is the author also of a forthcoming book, Personality and Power: Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War, which will be published early in 2020.  Two of Archie Brown’s earlier works, The Gorbachev Factor (1996) and The Rise and Fall of Communism (2009) won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize of the Political Studies Association of the UK for best politics book of the year.

Eckart Conze

Eckart Conze holds the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Marburg. He studied history, political science and public law at the Universities of Erlangen, Bonn and Cologne and at the London School of Economics. He completed his doctorate at the University of Erlangen and his habilitation at the Department of Contemporary History of the University of Tübingen. He has taught as a visiting professor at the universities of Bologna, Cambridge, Toronto and Utrecht. Eckart Conze is the author and editor of numerous publications on German, European and international history in the 19th to 21st centuries, including The Search for Security, A History of the Federal Republic of Germany from its Beginnings to the Present (2009), The Office and the Past. German Diplomats in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic (2010), Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s (2017) and History of Security. Development-Topics-Perspectives (2018). His most recent publication is the monograph The Great Illusion. Versailles 1919 and the Reorganisation of the World (2018).

Markus Engels

Markus Engels is Secretary-General of the Berlin-based Global Solutions Initiative, which provides policy advice to the G20. He studied social sciences in Duisburg, Portsmouth/UK and Berlin and obtained his doctorate at the faculty of law at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He worked as senior scientific advisor at the German Federal Parliament, the European Parliament and the Executive Board of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Markus Engels headed the office of Deputy Party Chairman Frank-Walter Steinmeier and served as spokesman and campaign manager for Martin Schulz, during his tenure as President of the European Parliament and SPD Chairman. He participated in the drafting of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the charter of fundamental rights for the digital age, initiated by charitable foundations.

Jo Fox

Jo Fox is Professor of Modern History at the Institute of Historical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Previously, she was Professor of Modern History at Durham University, where she began her academic career in 1999. As a specialist in the history of propaganda and psychological warfare in twentieth-century Europe she is a known consultant for the British and international media. Jo Fox has published on propaganda in Britain and Germany during the First and Second World Wars, exploring the connections between propaganda and popular opinion. Her latest publications include Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age (2013) and Propaganda, Conflict and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century (forthcoming, 2019).

Christine Gerberding

Christine Gerberding studied German literature, history and art history at the Free University of Berlin and graduated with an M.A. from the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1991 to 1993 she worked as assistant director at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Schauspiel Frankfurt; from 1994 as an author at the publisher Axel Springer Verlag and the radio broadcaster Sender Freies Berlin/rbb. In 1999 she joined the Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR (Northern German Broadcasting). After completing her traineeship, she worked as a freelance author for Das Erste, ARTE and NDR Fernsehen. Since 2005 she has been an editor in the Culture and Documentation Department of NDR Television. In 2013 she took over the editorial management of the "Kulturjournal". Her focus is on the fine arts and architecture, cultural policy and contemporary history. She has accompanied the debate on restitution since the Washington Declaration and initiated the research project "Museum Detectives" at NDR.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Wolfgang Ischinger is a German lawyer and diplomat. After studying law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva, he studied international law and international business relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School (both in the US). In 1973, Ischinger became an advisor with the UN Secretary-General’s cabinet in New York. Two years later, he joined the German Foreign Service where he has held numerous leadership positions at home and abroad, including a directorship of the policy planning staff in the Federal Foreign Office, and head of the policy department. In 1998, Ischinger was appointed state secretary. In 2008, the German government asked him to chair the Munich Security Conference. He is also senior professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance.

Andres Kasekamp

Andres Kasekamp is Professor & Elmar Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he was Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu in Estonia and Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. He has also been a visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin and a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. His research interests include populist radical right parties, memory politics, European foreign and security policy, and cooperation and conflict in the Baltic Sea region. Andres Kasekamp has served as the editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies, and is currently the president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. He has appeared as an expert in the foreign affairs committee of the parliaments of Canada, Estonia, Finland and the European Union, as well as the Baltic Assembly. His book, A History of the Baltic States (2017, 2. edition), has been translated into nine languages.

Sylvie Kauffmann

Sylvie Kauffmann is a French journalist, the editorial director of Le Monde and columnist for the New York Times. She reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union as Eastern and Central Europe correspondent from 1988 to 1993, having joined Le Monde in 1987 as Moscow correspondent. She then moved to the United States, first as Washington correspondent and then, from 1996 to 2001, as New York bureau chief. Subsequently based in Paris, she frequently returned to report on the United States after the September 11 attacks in an award-winning series of articles titled “Chronicle of America at War”. After heading the in-depth reporting section of Le Monde, she was managing editor of the newspaper from 2004 to 2006, followed by the position as senior correspondent for Southeast Asia, China and India, based in Singapore. From 2010 to 2011, she was Le Monde’s Editor-in-Chief. Before joining Le Monde, Kauffmann worked for Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent in London, New Caledonia, Warsaw and Moscow. She is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques and of the Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique d’Aix-Marseille, as well as the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, in Paris.

Bronisław Komorowski

Bronisław Komorowski – (born on 4 June 1952 in Oborniki Śląskie) – historian, activist of the anti-communist opposition movement. In free Poland, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Poland, Minister of National Defence, Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. Between 2010 and 2015, President of the Republic of Poland. Already as a secondary school student he became active in the opposition movement and was arrested for the first time at the age of 19. Throughout the years of his opposition activity, he continued to be persecuted and was arrested repeatedly.

In free Poland, Bronisław Komorowski became engaged in public service activity. Between 1989 and 1990, he was head of staff of minister Aleksander Hall at the Office of the Council of Ministers. From 1991 to 2010, he was Member of Parliament of the Republic of Poland. He worked at the Poles Abroad Committee, the Committee for National Defence and at the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Between 1990 and 1993 – in governments led by Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki and Hanna Suchocka – he was Deputy Minister of National Defence. Between 2000 and 2001, in Jerzy Buzek’s cabinet, he headed the Ministry of National Defence.

In October 2005, he was elected Deputy Speaker of the Sejm of the 5th term, and in November 2007 – Speaker of the Sejm of the 6th term.

After the death of President Lech Kaczyński in the Smolensk plane crash on 10 April 2010, Bronisław Komorowski – as the Speaker of the Sejm – became the Acting President of the Republic of Poland, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland. He held this function until 8 July 2010, when he stepped down as the Speaker of the Sejm. He won the presidential election on 4 July 2010 and held the office of the President of the Republic of Poland until August 2015.

In 2015, he founded the Bronisław Komorowski Institute, a non-governmental organisation active in promoting efforts to enhance political, military, economic and energy security in Poland and Europe, supporting Poland’s active participation in EU and NATO as well as fostering international cooperation.

Nikolay Koposov

Nikolay Koposov is a Visiting Research Fellow at Emory University, Atlanta. From 1998 to 2009 he was Founding Dean of Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a joint venture of Saint-Petersburg State University and Bard College, New York. Nikolay Koposov is an internationally renowned historian and expert on modern European intellectual history, comparative politics of memory, historiography and historical memory. After teaching for three decades in Russia, he was a Visiting Professor at several universities, including Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, as well as research director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Nikolay Koposov has authored and edited ten books including De l’imagination historique (2009), Pamyat’ strogogo regima: Istoriya i politika v Rossii (A Strict-Security Memory: History and Politics in Russia, 2011), and Memory Laws, Memory Wars: The Politics of the Past in Europe and Russia (2017). He is a critic of Vladimir Putin’s history politics and has been living abroad with his family since 2009.

Dirk Kurbjuweit

Dirk Kurbjuweit is a journalist and writer. From 1990 to 1999 he was an editor at Die Zeit, after which he worked first as a reporter, deputy head of the Berlin office and then as deputy editor-in-chief for the news magazine Der Spiegel. Kurbjuweit studied economics and attended the Cologne School of Journalism. His first book, The Solitude of Crocodiles, was published in 1995 and also filmed. His last two books, Without Alternative - Merkel, the Germans and the End of Politics (2014) and The Freedom of Emma Herwegh (2017) were published by Hanser Verlag. In the course of his career, Kurbjuweit has won several prestigious prizes, including the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize (1998 and 2002), the Media Prize of the German Bundestag (2009), the Roman Herzog Media Prize (2011) and the German Reporter Prize (2012).

Antje Leendertse

Antje Leendertse is State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, where she was Political Director from 2018 to April 2019 and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva from 2017 to 2018. From 2015 to 2017, she headed the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship. From 2014 to 2015, she was the Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office and, between 2012 and March 2014, the Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. From 2009 to 2012 she was Head of Division for the Western Balkans at the Federal Foreign Office. She served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Finland between 2007 and 2009; previously she worked in the political division of the German Embassy to the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2006. Antje Leendertse studied Medieval and Modern History, Romance Languages, Economics and Philosophy at the University of Cologne.

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi chairs the European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where she teaches democratization and comparative public policy. She was the principal investigator of a 2015 EU Dutch Presidency report on trust and public integrity in EU-28 and the designer and coprincipal investigator of the 10 million euro ANTICORRP, a FP7 research project on anticorruption policy and of DIGIWHIST, a Horizon 20-20 project on transparency of public procurement and accountability in the European Union. Her corruption theory was published in various journal articles, most notably ‘Becoming Denmark: How Societies Build Control of Corruption (2014) and Corruption: Good Governance Needed to Power Innovation (2015) and at greater length in the 2015 book A Quest for Good Governance. In earlier years she wrote on post-communist transition, nationalism, ethnic conflict and Europeanisation. Her book A Tale of Two Villages (2010) received a favourable review in The Economist. She is also the author of policy film documentaries, one of which was screened by the BBC (A Tale of Two Villages), another showing the policy implications of EU’s Eastern border (Where Europe Ends). For many years she has been the leader of the civil society anticorruption coalitions in Romania and her good governance collective action designs were replicated in the Balkans, Ukraine and Latin America. She consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, NORAD, DFID, OECD, IMF, WTO, but also by some EU governments (Sweden, Netherlands, Austria) and the European Commission. She designed several good governance assessment methodologies, most notably one to evaluate integrity in public universities published in Times Higher Education Supplement.

Philip Murphy

Philip Murphy is director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Professor of British and Commonwealth History at the University of London. Since 2007, he is also co-editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. His research interests and expertise cover twentieth-century British and Commonwealth history, including aspects of post-war British decolonisation particularly in Africa, and post-war African politics. Philip Murphy is the author of the recently published book The Empire’s New Clothes: The Myth of the Commonwealth (2018). Other publications include Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government and the Postwar Commonwealth (2013).

Natalie Nougayrède

Natalie Nougayrède is an editorial board member at The Guardian and a columnist. She is also the editor of The Guardian's “Europe Now” project, which offers a platform for citizens' views from across the continent and likes to focus on collective memories and historical perceptions. She was previously the editor-in-chief of Le Monde, and before that, its diplomatic correspondent (2006 to 2013) and Moscow bureau chief (2001 to 2005). She was awarded the Albert Londres journalism prize in 2005 for her coverage of Putin's war in Chechnya. In the 1990s, she was a correspondent and reporter in Central Europe (based in Prague) and the former Soviet Union (Kiev, Moscow, Tbilisi) for the BBC French service, Libération and Le Monde. Natalie Nougayrede currently focuses on European affairs, international security and human rights. She serves on the board of the Primo Levi Centre in Paris, an NGO that helps refugees who have been victims of torture. From December 2016 to February 2017, she was a Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin. She is an ECFR Council member.

Thomas Paulsen

Thomas Paulsen is member of the Executive Board and CFO of Körber-Stiftung, one of Germany’s largest private foundations. He is responsible for the areas of International Affairs; History and Politics; Democracy, Engagement, Cohesion as well as Administration, Finances and IT. Former positions included Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy Research, Munich; Visiting Professor at the Institute for European Studies, Hebrew University; analyst for Strategy & Trend Research at HypoVereinsbank AG, Munich and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2004, he joined the Körber-Stiftung and served as Executive Director International Affairs in Berlin until 2014. Thomas studied Political Science, Sociology and History at LMU Munich and the University of Freiburg. He holds a PhD in Political Science. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) and of the Berlin Bosphorus Initiative (BBI).

Hedwig Richter

Hedwig Richter has been a researcher at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research since 2016 and writes regularly for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit. In 2016, she received her habilitation in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Greifswald. For her thesis Modern Elections. A History of Democracy in Prussia and the USA in the 19th Century, she was awarded the Democracy Prize of the Democracy Foundation of the University of Cologne in 2018. From 2011 to 2016 she was assistant professor in the Department of History, Chair of General Contemporary History at the University of Greifswald. Hedwig Richter is the author and editor of numerous publications on European and American history in the 19th and 20th centuries, election and democracy research, as well as migration, gender and religion, including Women's Suffrage. Democratisation of Democracy in Germany and Europe (2018, with Kerstin Wolff) and Tales of Democracy (2018, with Tim Müller).

Mary Elise Sarotte

Mary Elise Sarotte is the inaugural holder of the Kravis Chair in Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. She earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University. After graduate school, she served as a White House Fellow and subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge. She received tenure in Britain in 2004 before returning to the United States to teach, until last academic year, at University of Southern California as the Dean's Professor of History. Mary Elise Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting faculty member of Harvard's Center for European Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her books include The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (2014) and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (2009, updated edition 2014), both of which were named Financial Times Books of the Year, along with receiving other awards. Most recently, she co-edited German Reunification. A Multinational History (2018).

Géraldine Schwarz

Géraldine Schwarz is a German-French writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. After working for a long time as German correspondent for the news agency AFP, she now publishes in various international media. Her novel The Amnesics (secession 2017) has been translated into eight languages and gained her the European Book Prize as well as the Winfried Price for International Understanding. Following three generations of her own family, Géraldine Schwarz depicts the painful process of dealing with the past in Germany, which she considers a cornerstone of democracy and which she compares to memory work in France. She describes herself as a "child of Europe". Géraldine Schwarz lives and works in Berlin.

James Shikwati

James Shikwati is an economist as well as founder and director of the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), an independent African think-tank that focuses on ideas and strategies geared towards causing prosperity in Africa. He is also founder and chair of the online magazine The African Executive and Country Director of Enactus Kenya. James Shikwati mainly works on trade, environment & resources and development cooperation. He has published several monographies, such as Do Intellectual Property Rights Harm Africa? (2004) and is co-editor of the books Geological Resources and Good Governance in Sub Saharan Africa (together with Jürgen Runge, 2011) and China – Africa Partnership, The quest for a win win relationship (2012). In 2015, James Shikwati won the Walter Scheel Prize of the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation for his work on development cooperation. James Shikwati graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BA in Education Sciences in 1995.

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages. Timothy Snyder is author of numerous relevant books on Central and Eastern Europe. Known to a wide audience are i.a. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010), Thinking the Twentieth Century (with Tony Judt, 2012); Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015); On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017); and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018). Timothy Snyder's work has appeared in forty languages and has received a number of prizes, incuding the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Václav Havel Foundation prize, the Foundation for Polish Science Prize in the Social Sciences, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, the Dutch Auschwitz Committee Award, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. Timothy Snyder was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and has received the Carnegie and Guggenheim fellowships, and holds state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. He has appeared in documentaries, on network television, and in major films. His words are quoted in political demonstrations around the world. He is currently researching a family history of nationalism and writing a philosophical book about freedom.

Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before joining Yale University in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has also been a Professor at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2004 and Cornell University from 1995 to 2000. He completed his PhD at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015, Jason Stanley published How Propaganda Works, winner of the 2016 PROSE award in philosophy. His latest book is How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (2018). Currently, he completing The Politics of Language, co-authored with David Beaver.

Pavel Tereshkovich

Pavel Tereshkovich was Professor (2005 to 2014) and Director of the Department of History at the European Humanities University (EHU) in Vilnius from 2009 to 2013. From 2003 to 2014, Pavel Tereshkovich supervised the international study center for social transformations in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Prior to that, he was the founding Chair of Ethnology, Museology and Art History at the Belarusian State University (2001). He is currently working to establish the non-governmental Nil Hilevich University, the first institution of higher education to offer training in Belarusian within Belarus, initiated by the Francysk Skaryna Society for the Belarusian Language. Pavel Tereshkovich focuses on the theory and history of nationalism in Belarus and Central Eastern Europe. He has published numerous scientific papers including Etnicheskaya istoriya Belarusi XIX–nachala XXV (Ethnic history of Belarus in the 19th and the beginning of 20th centuries, 2004).

Giuseppe Veltri

Giuseppe Veltri is Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion, Director of the Academy of World Religions and the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Hamburg and Honorary Professor at the University of Leipzig. His research fields include Religion of the antique Judaism, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Jewish Culture and Philosophy, Science of Judaism and as well as Jewish Scepticism. Following his studies in philosophy, theology and biblical studies in Italy, he studied at Freie Universität Berlin from 1988, where he completed is dissertation in 1991 and received his habilitation in Jewish Studies in 1996. Giuseppe Veltri was a visiting professor in Antwerp, London, Paris, Rome and Bologna. During his professorship at Halle University (1997 to 2014), he facilitated the establishment of the seminar for Judaism / Jewish Studies as academic discipline. In 2010 Giuseppe Veltri was awarded the Emil-Fackenheim Prize for Tolerance and Understanding. Most recently he published the book Alienated Wisdom. Enquiry into Jewish Philosophy and Scepticism (2018).

Bernd Vogenbeck

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.

Joachim von Puttkamer

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 completed his doctorate in 1994 and received his habilitation 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.

Gabriele Woidelko

Gabriele Woidelko is Head of the “History and Politics” Department of the Körber-Stiftung. A historian, Slavist and Turkologist by training, she initially worked as a lecturer at the University of Hamburg before joining the Körber-Stiftung in 1996. At first, she worked as a Programme Manager in the German-Turkish projects of the foundation, then as Executive Director of the European History Network EUSTORY, and became Programm Director of FutureLab Europe and other European activities. From 2016 to 2018, she has been responsible for the focus topic “Russia in Europe” while at the same time taking the lead of the newly established Körber History Forum.

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