Taner Akçam is a historian and sociologist, and holds the Kaloosdian & Mugar Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University (USA). Taner Akçam, born in Ardahan, Turkey, was imprisoned for political speech and later adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 1976. He earned a PhD from the University of Hannover. Taner Akçam is widely recognized as one of the first Turkish scholars to write extensively on the Ottoman-Turkish Genocide of the Armenians in the early 20th century. He has published more than 10 scholarly books, in several languages. His most well-known are A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility (Metropolitan Books, 2006); Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials, with Vahakn Dadrian (Berghahn Books, New York 2011) and “Young Turks” Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire, (Princeton University Press, 2012). His book (co-authored with Ümit Kurt), The Spirit of the Laws: The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide, is forthcoming in May 2015. His book Young Turks won the MESA Albert Hourani Book Award 2013, best book of the year and the journal Foreign Affairs chose the same title as one of the best books on the Middle East in 2012.
Assmann Studied English Literature and Egyptology at the universities Heidelberg and Tübingen (Germany). Since 1993 she holds the chair of English Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Konstanz, Germany. She taught as a guest professor at various universities (Princeton, Yale, Chicago and Vienna). In 2008 she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Oslo, in 2014 the Heineken Price for History of the Royal Netherland Academy of Sciences. The Max Planck Research Award (2009) allowed her to establish a research group on memory and history (2009-2015). Her main areas of research are historical anthropology, history of media, history and theory of reading and writing, cultural memory, with special emphasis on Holocaust and trauma. Her more recent Publications include: Memory in a Global Age. Discourses, Practices and Trajectories (ed. with Sebastian Conrad, 2010), Cultural Memory and Western Civilization: Functions, Media, Archives (2012), Memory and Political Change (ed. with Linda Shortt, 2012), Introduction to Cultural Studies: Topics, Concepts, Issues (2012), Das neue Unbehagen an der Erinnerungskultur. Eine Intervention (2013); Ist die Zeit aus den Fugen? Aufstieg und Fall des Zeitregimes der Moderne (2013).
Julie Cazier had personal experiences of national differences in culture and education at an early age. A native of France, she attended schools in France, the United States and Germany, former West Berlin, where she grew up from the age of 10 onwards and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. She studied Political Sciences in Berlin and Paris and had her first working experiences in the field of Public Affairs, working for French, German and European companies and institutions. Particularly interested in educational matters, in 2013 she created the publishing company “TintenTrinker Verlag” in Cologne and developed a French-German publication on First World War for young readers. The Graphic Novel Tagebuch 14/18: Vier Geschichten aus Deutschland und Frankreich narrates the authentic stories and First World War experiences of two French and two Germans, providing young French and German readers with a common memorial approach, in spite of the very different national commemoration culture in their respective countries.
Daniel Cremer is an artist-assemblage, established in West Germany in 1983. He has practised theatre, opera and social sculpture at various renowned theatres since 2003, most recently as a director at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, HAU Eins and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. Collaborations as a dramaturg with René Pollesch and Martin Wuttke at Volksbühne Berlin and Schauspiel Köln. Daniel’s work as a performance artist is at the intersection of theatre and reality. He uses simulation, re-enactment, travesty and the distortion of language, seeking to examine, alienate and challenge seemingly familiar situations and established social institutions. Under the label Talking Straight, Daniel has been disassembling coaching sessions, conferences, seminars, theatre festivals, religious rituals, school books and guided tours in broken English, misspelled German and Fremdsprache, an invented foreign language. Venues include Dockville Kunstcamp Hamburg, Berlinische Galerie, Theater Bremen and academic contexts like TU Berlin and Viadrina University Frankfurt (Oder). Plays published by Verlag der Autoren.
Pim den Boer
Pim den Boer is chair of European Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam, studied history at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris; fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study at Wassenaar (1994-1995); visiting fellow at the Remarque Institute for European history, New York University (2006). He received the Prix Descartes- Huygens for his oeuvre (Institut de France, Paris 2008). Among his publications: History as a profession. The study of history in France 1818-1914 (Princeton University Press 1998) and Europa. De geschiedenis van een idee (Bert Bakker Amsterdam 6th ed. 2009). With H. Duchhardt, G. Kreis & W. Schmale he coedited Europäische Erinnerungsorte 3 vol. (Oldenbourg Verlag München 2012).
Geert Buelens is professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and guest professor at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (USA) in 2008 and is editor of Avant-Garde Critical Studies. He has published widely on First World War poetry and film. He is a poet and the author of “Europas Dichter und der Erste Weltkrieg” (Suhrkamp, 2014), which will also be published in English by VERSO in 2015. He is one of the Principal Investigators of the HERA-funded project “Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War” and has lectured and given public talks about different cultural, artistic and political aspects of the First World War for many years in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Gunnar Dedio has been managing partner of “Looks” since its inception in 1995. He studied philology, physics and law at the universities of Avignon and Rostock and worked for a multitude of German publishers as of 1990. Looks, which has branches in Rostock, Leipzig (Germany), owns its complete state-of-the-art technical equipment for production and postproduction. It counts among its clients and coproduction partners ARTE, ZDF, NDR, BR, RBB, WDR, VOX, DSF, France 5, Discovery, Botswana Television, DaimlerChrysler, the United Nations and Bouygues.Efforts to produce quality documentary films for an international audience have been awarded with several prestigious prizes and films regularly receive excellent ratings.
Hayk Demoyan has been the Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, since 2006. The Museum-Institute’s aim is to accurately document and illustrate all materials related to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Hayk Demoyan was born in the city of Leninakan (now Gyumri) in Soviet Armenia in 1975. From 2002 till 2005 he was a lecturer at the History Department of Yerevan State University. He is a graduate of Yerevan State University and received his PhD from the Institute of Oriental Studies and Institute of History of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Hayk Demoyan is also a researcher and has written several books on such topics as the Armenian Genocide, Turkish foreign policy and Turkey’s involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 1991-1994. In addition to being the Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, he is also the secretary of the state commission tasked with preparing the worldwide commemoration of the Armenian Genocide’s centenary in 2015. Hayk Demoyan is author of 12 books and 40 academic articles.
Dr. Axel Doßmann
PhD, historian, lecturer in History in the Media and in the Public Sphere at Jena University. Research interests: testimonies as artifacts, online resources for history and civic education, history as a montage of images and sounds, exhibiting European twentieth-century history. Recent publications: „Wir sind das Volk!“. Von der Stimmgewalt im Herbst 1989 – und von Volker, in: Gerhard Paul, Ralph Schock (Hg.); Sound des Jahrhunderts. Geräusche, Töne, Stimmen – 1889 bis heute, Bonn 2013, pp. 518–523; Häftlingsbilder verstehen. Harun Farockis Montagen mit Filmmaterial aus dem NS-Lager Westerbork, in: Fotogeschichte vol. 32 (2012), issue 125, pp. 49–60; An der innerdeutschen Grenze: Die Saalebrücke auf der Autobahn München-Berlin, 1936–2006, Erfurt 2012; radio documentary „B. L. – Wiedervorlage einer Mordsache“, Die Transitautobahn, in: Martin Sabrow (ed.); Erinnerungsorte der DDR, Bonn 2010, pp. 411–421 www.mit-stempel-und-unterschrift.de
Frank Drauschke studied Modern History, South Asian Studies and International Relations in Asia at Humboldt University in Berlin and at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. In 1999 he became one of the founding partners of Facts & Files – Historical Research Institute Berlin. He has a long standing experience in management of international research, PR and exhibition projects. Travelled broadly he can draw on a wide international network. He is specialised in archival research. From 2000-2004 he coordinated archival research projects for the International Commission of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC) in 55 archives in 11 countries. Similar projects were conducted for other institutions. Since 2011 he is actively involved in international projects in the framework of Europeana. He coordinated Europeana 1914-1918 and Europeana 1989 collection day campaigns in 15 countries.
Since 2005 Michael Dreyer has been professor of Political Science at Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany; specialising in Political Theory and History of Ideas. He studied political science, history, and European ethnology at Kiel and Lexington, KY, USA. He has received research grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Friedrich-Thyssen-Foundation. After
receiving his Master’s degree (1982) and his PhD (1986) from Kiel, he served as John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA). Following teaching as a lecturer in Kiel (1990) and as an assistant professor in Mainz (1994), he started teaching as an assistant professor at Jena in 1995. He received his “Habilitation” in 2002, and went on to teach at the Political Science and German Departments of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) as a DAAD Professor. His research focuses on political ideas of the 19th and 20th century, the Weimar Republic, minorities and political theory, political romanticism, and the political system of the United States (esp. the Supreme Court). Recent publications include Romantik und Freiheit (2014, ed. with Klaus Ries), and Die Bildung der Moderne (2013, co-ed.).
Vesna Goldsworthy is professor in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University in London and a former BBC journalist. She has authored a number of much-translated books, including a memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries (2005), serialised in the
Times and on the BBC. Published in German as Heimweh nach Nirgendwo, it was a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) bestseller and a book choice on Elke Heidenreich’s television programme “Lesen!”. Her prize-winning poetry collection,
The Angel of Salonika (2011), was one of the Times’ Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her study of the Balkans, Inventing Ruritania: the Imperialism of the Imagination (1998) is required reading at universities worldwide and has received over two hundred reviews, including lead reviews in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Economist and the Sunday Times. Her first novel, Gorsky, will be published in April 2015 by Random House (UK), Zsolnay Verlag (Germany), Meridiaan (Holland); Mondadori (Italy) and Geopoetika (Serbia).
Maciej Gorny is assistant professor at the Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 2006 and researcher at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw since 2014. He was a research associate at the Centre for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin from 2006 to 2010. Górny’s research interests are Central-Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, history of historiography, discourses on race and the First World War. His publications include The Nation Should Come First Marxism and Historiography in East Central Europe (2013, Polish edition 2007, German edition 2011), Wielka Wojna profesorów. Nauki o człowieku 1912-1923 (2014, English edition forthcoming) and (together with Włodzimierz Borodziej) Nasza wojna, vol. 1: Imperia (2014).
Xu Guqui received his PhD in history from Harvard University and is currently professor of History at the University of Hong Kong. Professor Xu is an expert of Asia and the First World War, international history of modern China, and China’s relations with the world. His most recent works include: Chinese and Americans: A Shared History (Harvard University Press, 2014), Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War (Harvard University Press, February 2011; Chinese edition was published by Shanghai People’s Press, summer 2014), Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008 (Harvard University Press, 2008), and China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2011; Chinese edition by Shanghai Sanlian Shudian, 2008 and 2013). He is currently working on a volume titled Asia and the Great War: a shared journey (under contract for Oxford University Press).
Sophie Kara participated in the commemoration conference “History Campus 14.14” on the First World War in Berlin in May 2014. In a workshop dealing with the creative use of media and commemoration and led by Miriam Menzel from Kooperative Berlin, she worked with a team to produce an audio collage. This audio collage compares the function and appearance of sources from contemporary witnesses in ancient conflicts with those in new conflicts in an artistic way. As a Master’s student of Political Science and Near and Middle East Studies in Heidelberg, Sophie Kara’s interest for the exploration and preservation of first-hand-sources has been evolving over the past few years. Sophie Kara concluded her Bachelor studies with a thesis on the persistence of autocratic regimes in Syria and is currently working as a research intern in a project on constitutional and political changes after the “Arab Spring” at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Heidelberg.
Thilo Kasper is a Berlin-based designer on the brink of journalism. Thilo Kasper is founder of Putsch Berlin, a platform for digital image culture in the political sphere which explores the potentials of new digital graphic phenomena such as memes, GIFs etc. as a modern form of political caricature. Thilo Kasper and his team held a three-day workshop at the HistoryCampus Berlin called “World War I meets Web 2.0”, where teenagers and young adults from all over the world created GIF-pages, videos and a performance around the commemoration of the First World War. He studies Communication Design at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe
and is currently working on his thesis on internet-memes in editorial surroundings. www.putsch-berlin.de
Breda Karun is the founder and director of Jara, Institute for library development (Slovenia) since 2010. Previously she worked as librarian and deputy director in public library and 7 years as a national coordinator of regional library system. She was the executive director of the Consortium Kamra (portal of the local cultural heritage) and since 2011 she is responsible for development of the portal and cooperation with Europeana. She was the programme manager of the EIFL Public Library Development Programme funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation between 2009 and 2012. She has been a coordinator or partner in a number of EU funded projects in the areas of culture, lifelong learning, ICT. Her expertise includes topics like access to local cultural heritage, advocacy, impact assessment, project management, library trends etc.
Boris Kolonitsky is a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Princeton, and Yale (USA), as well as the universities of Tartu, Helsinki, and Tübingen. Also, he is vice-rector of the European University at St. Petersburg. Kolonitsky is a well-known scholar of the Russian Revolution of 1917. He is a member of the editorial boards of “Kritika” and “Vestnik Permskogo universiteta: Seria istoria [Journal of the University of Perm: A Series History]” as well as a member of the editorial board of the international project “Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal.”
Alan Kramer is professor of European History at the Trinity College Dublin. He has published widely on the cultural history of violence, war crimes, prisoners of war, and economic history in the era of the First World War in a context extending to the Second World War. He is the Founding co-editor of 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of World War I (launched October 2014). His current research interest are the global history of concentration camps. Selected recent publications: Welt der Lager. Zur “Erfolgsgeschichte” einer Institution, Hamburg 2013 (co-editor Bettina Greiner); Dynamic of Destruction. Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War, Oxford 2007; ‘Recent Historiography of the First World War’, Journal Modern European History, 2014.
Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His books in English are Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest (UPenn Press, May 2014); In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013); The Anti-American Century, co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (CEU Press, 2004). Together with Stephen Holmes he has been writing a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
Körte-Braun studied History and Jewish Studies in Berlin and Jerusalem, and has been managing the project “Zeugen der Shoah” to utilize testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust in school education at the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität Berlin since 2008. Currently he is part of the tri-national research project “SISAT – Shoah in school education. Testimonies with survivors in a tabletbased learning environment”. From 2004 to 2008 he was involved in developing, authoring and editing various DVDs for high school history education, centered on the subjects of anti-Semitism and National Socialism. Prior to this, he worked as an academic researcher for the permanent exhibit and the Rafael Roth Learning Center at the Jewish Museum Berlin, where he was involved in developing multimedia stories on German-Jewish history and the computer game “Sansanvis Park” for primary school children. Before beginning his studies, he trained as a bank clerk and pre-school teacher.
Krsto Lazarevic covered the commemoration ceremonies and events connected to the beginning of the First World War, while he was working as editor and reporter for the Bosnian daily newspaper Oslobodjenje. Krsto Lazarevic was born 1989 in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied Political Sciene, Sociology and Gender Studies in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Valencia. He works as a journalist for several media in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Bosnia Hercegovina (die Welt, TagesWoche, Tagesspiegel, Cicero, Jungle World, Oslobodjenje, BH-Dani).
Joke van der Leeuw-Roord
Joke van der Leeuw-Roord is historian, as well as Founder and Special Advisor of EUROCLIO – The European Association of History Educators. She worked from 1972 till 1993 as a history teacher, teacher trainer and history advisor. She was President of the Dutch History Educators Association, and editor of the Magazine on the Learning and Teaching of History in the Netherlands. She chaired the Committee that designed and implemented the innovative Dutch national examinations for history and citizenship in the 1990s. Since 1989 she has initiated and coordinated a multitude of international projects in at least 20 countries. These projects are carried by a clear focus on promoting innovative and responsible history, citizenship and heritage education through professional capacity building, development of educational tools, and the development of independent local networks and organizations. She also worked as consultant for the Council of Europe, UNESCO, OSCE, International Alert and the European Union and is the author of numerous articles. For her work she received several awards, amongst others the Huib de Ruyter Award for History Education.
Felicitas Macgilchrist studied Psychology, Education and Applied Linguistics, and gained her PhD in Cultural Sciences (2009) from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. She has been a visiting scholar at New York University (USA) and Ghent University (Belgium). Since 2007, she has been research associate in the NewsTalk&Text research unit at Ghent University. She has taught discourse analysis, media studies, media ethnography, cultural studies and English in Russia, Germany, Vietnam, Belgium, the UK and the USA. In 2009 Felicitas Macgilchrist joined the Georg Eckert Institute. She is now the Principal Investigator in the research group “Memory Practices: Enacting and Contesting the Curriculum in Contemporary Classrooms” and deputy head of the department “Textbook as Media”.
Miriam Menzel studied Modern and Contemporary History in Berlin and Leicester. Since 2011 she has been working as an (online) editor, workshop teamer and project manager for Kooperative Berlin, a company working in the fields of contemporary history, media, education and culture. Linking technological innovation to political/historical education in order to create activating, up-to-date learning solutions/
experiences and to raise historical awareness is the main objective of Kooperative Berlin’s projects. In doing so, Kooperative Berlin also faces the dimensions, challenges and possibilities of commemoration in a mediatised world, such as the development of mediatised memory based-communities, the extreme expansion of storage capacity, stored data and digitised material, the convergence of both real and virtual “memorial sites” etc. Miriam Menzel is especially involved and interested in projects concerning, addressing and challenging commemoration in a mediatised world such as “DeineGeschichte”, “Die Revolution und ihre Kinder” and “Duet1414”.
Andrea Molesini teaches Comparative Literature at Padua University (Italy). He is a poet and children-stories writer, whose novels are translated in French, Dutch and Japanese. His first novel, Non tutti i bastardi sono di Vienna [Non All Bastards Hail from Vienna] (Sellerio 2010,) was translated in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Slovenian, Norwegian, Hungarian and is going to be published in the US (Grove Atlantic) and UK (Atlantic Books) in 2016. In 2011 he won the Campiello Literary Award for this novel. La primavera del lupo [Wolf in Spring] (Sellerio 2013) was translated in French (Le printemps du loup) and German (Im Winter schläft man auch bei Wölfen). His third novel, Presagio [Omen], has just been published by Sellerio (2014) and is going to be published in France in 2015.
Frank Morawietz works as an intercultural trainer and project manager. Since 2000 he has coordinated the implementation and development of the South East European Initiative of the French-German Youth Office (Deutsch Französisches Jugendwerk / Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse) Before moving to Berlin he worked for 10 years as a project manager for the German-French programmes at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, an academy for political education, conferences and professional training.
Andrea Mork has gained a PhD in History and Political Science (Richard Wagner als politischer Schriftsteller. Weltanschauung und Wirkungsgeschichte, Frankfurt a.M./New York 1990). Since 1993, she is curator in the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; inter alia, project leader of the temporary exhibitions “Unequal Sisters. Women in West and Eastern Germany”, “Verfreundete Nachbarn. The Relationship between Austria and Germany”, “Leni Riefenstahl”, “Scandals in Germany since 1945”. Since 2011, content coordinator for the permanent exhibition in the House of European History, Brussels.
Bogdan Murgescu is professor of Economic History and Director of the Council for Doctoral Studies, University of Bucharest. He has been Roman Herzog Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin (1998-2000; recurring 2006) and Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (2002) and Central European University, Budapest (2004). Currently president of the Romanian Society for Historical Sciences, member of the History Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe and of various other academic boards. Previously, he has been national coordinator of the Romanian EUSTORY competition (2000-2010) and member of the Executive Committee of the EUSTORY network (2001-2008, 2009-2013). His main fields of interest are economic and social history, the methodological and sociological aspects of historical studies, the history of communism and of the post-communist transformation, and the development of human capital.
Imbi Paju is an Estonian-born journalist, writer and filmmaker resident in Finland and Estonia. She has been working in Finland as a correspondent of the Estonian newspapers Eesti Päevaleht and Postimees. Before Estonia’s re-independence, she educated as classical singer and worked in Tartu’s Vanemuine Theatre opera chorus. 1998-2005 she worked for the Finnish TV-station Nelonen, as a specialist for the Baltics. Film director, author and journalist Imbi Paju has won international attention with Memories Denied (2005), her award-winning documentary film and book of the same name. Memories Denied has been translated and published in Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian and, German. In 2009, Imbi Paju and Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen published a collection of essays entitled Fear Was Behind Everything. How Estonia Lost its History and How to Get it Back (WSOY) which further develops the same themes. The year 2009 also saw the premiere of her new documentary film Sisters across the Gulf of Finland.
Tucké Royale is a humanoid hermaphrodite who was brought into the world in Quedlinburg shortly before Perestroika. With a grant from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation he studied Contemporary Puppetry at the acting school Ernst Busch. Royale went on to carry out research into visual and performance art in New York. The diploma, a solo show titled Tucké Royale, was shown in St. Petersburg, Zagreb, Split, Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin and got nominated as “Best International Act/Guest Award” in Amsterdam 2011. The current show Ich beiße mir auf die Zunge und frühstücke den Belag, den meine Rabeneltern hinterließen will be performed in January at
Studio (Maxim Gorki Theater). In February 2014 Tucké Royale was awarded a scholarship from the Elsa-Neumann-Foundation for the upcoming Central Council of ‘Asoziale‘ in Germany. Social exclusion is a central topic in Tucké Royale’s work which often follows autobiographical metabolism and consists of theatre, installation, literature and music. http://tuckeroyale.blogspot.de/
Herbert Ruland studied Business, Political Science, Sociology and Economics in Aachen, where he gained a doctorate (Dr. phil.). In 1982 he became head of the teaching and research department for Regional Labour, Social and Contemporary History at the VHS der Ostkantone, an adult education centre in Eastern Belgium run by the Christian Labour Movement. Since 2007 he has been a researcher and
lecturer at the German-speaking community’s university, the AHS (Autonome Hochschule in der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft) and Research Director of GrenzGeschichteDG (Cross-border History). Since the beginning, the history of everyday life in the region has been the focus of his research; he has written many publications and produced documentaries on this topic. He is currently working on a film project on Jewish life in the Eupen area and on a project on everyday life in the border area during the First World War. Furthermore, Herbert Ruland has been representing Belgium’s German-speaking community in various national and international commemoration committees, such as the Interfederal Belgian Committee on the Commemoration of the Great War.
Edward Serotta is an American-born writer, photographer and filmmaker who has lived and worked in Central and Eastern Europe since the 1980s (Budapest, Berlin and since 1997 in Vienna). He has published three books, among them Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Bosnia, and the Lessons of the Past. He has produced four films for ABC News Nightline, of which Searching for Hope details the legendary Sarajevo Haggadah. In 2000, Edward Serotta founded Centropa, a Jewish historical institute that combines oral history interviews with old family pictures and currently works with 500 teachers in 20 countries.
Ingrid Sharp studied German and Philosophy at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She teaches on a broad range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level (gender, film and translation as well as the language, history and culture of Germany) at the University of Leeds (UK). She was the Principal Investigator for an AHRC international network grant on women’s organisations and female activists in the Aftermaths of War (2011-2013). Since 2005 she has organised a series of four international, interdisciplinary conferences and workshops (e.g. Women’s Movement in Wartime 1914-1919, Aftermaths of War: Women’s Movements and Female Activists, 1918-1923). As leader of the Resistance to War strand within the University’s Legacies of War project, she works with a number of local, national and international academic and community partners and coordinates commemorative activities and research on the First World War between 2014 -2018. She also acts as an external referee for “1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” and has published widely on aspects of gender relations in German history, including sexuality in the GDR and Weimar and cultural and media representations of gender during and after the First World War.
Heidemarie Uhl holds the position of a Senior Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and teaches at the University of Vienna. She held guest professorships at Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel), University of Strasbourg (France) and Andrassy University Budapest (Hungary). She published books and articles on the memory of the Holocaust in Austria and Europe. She is currently a Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Department of History. Her recent research interest focuses on the political, social, cultural and intellectual framework in and through which the Holocaust became the universal watershed event for a common memory of Western civilization at the end of the 20th century.