Wulf Kansteiner is Professor of Memory Studies and Historical Theory at Aarhus University in Denmark. He studied at UCLA and Ruhr University Bochum and was for 15 years a faculty member at Binghamton University (SUNY). Kansteiner’s work addresses four overarching themes: the methods and theories of memory studies; the role of visual media, TV, film, digital culture in the formation of cultural memory; post-narrativist historical theory; Holocaust history, memory & historiography; Contemporary European and especially contemporary German history.

Kansteiner is co-founder and co-editor of the Sage-journal Memory Studies. He served on the executive committee of the MSA from 2017 through 2019 and is a member of the advisory board of the MSA, Mnemonics, the International Network for the Theory of History, and the Leibniz Research Consortium Value of the Past, among others. He is a member of the editorial board of the DeGruyter series Media and Cultural Memory and the Cambridge UP journal Memory, Mind & Media.


Joanna Wawrzyniak is an associate professor of sociology and the founding director of the Center for Research on Social Memory at the University of Warsaw. She has a long standing experience in oral history and museum research. Her current projects relate to the memories of socialism, neoliberal transformation, and deindustrialization in Poland as well as to cultural heritage, decolonization, and memory processes in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Caucasus and South Asia. She co-edited special issues for, among others, Memory Studies, Contemporary European History, East European Politics and Societies and Polish Sociological Review. Her books in English include coedited Remembering the Neoliberal Turn (forthcoming with Routledge); Regions of Memory: Transnational Formations (Palgrave 2022); Memory and Change in Europe (Berghahn Books 2016); coauthored The Enemy on Display: The Second World War in Eastern European Museums (Berghahn Books 2015); and a monograph Veterans, Victims and Memory: The Politics of the Second World War in Communist Poland (Peter Lang 2015). Her most recent co-authored book in Polish is Cuts: Oral History of Transformation (Krytyka Polityczna 2020). Her work was supported by grants of the European Commission, national agencies, and fellowships at several European universities. She has been a visiting scholar at the EUI (Florence), EHESS, Sorbonne and CNRS (Paris), Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Imre Kertesz Kolleg (Jena), Herder Institute (Marburg), New School for Social Research (NYC), and most recently at the Newcastle University, Forman Christian College (Lahore), and ‘Educational and Cultural Bridges ’NGO (Yerevan). She has leadership experience in several research projects and other initiatives but her work style is profoundly collaborative. For more information see:


Sarah Gensburger is a research full professor in social sciences at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). She works at the intersection of memory studies, public policy analysis and micro-history. Her dissertation in sociology aimed at putting Halbwachs theory to the empirical test. Her habilitation introduced mainstream political science into memory studies.
She has also been exploring new ways to practice memory studies, also reaching beyond academia: by using blogs, podcasts and collaborative projects. Her most recent books include Beyond Memory. Can we really learn from the past? (with S. Lefranc, Palgrave, 2020, also in French and Arabic) and Memory on my doorstep. Chronicles of the Bataclan Neighborhood (LUP, 2019). In 2021, she was elected President of the Memory Studies Association.
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Ruramisai Charumbira is an associate professor of History at Western University (Canada). She is keen to participate in transformative inclusivity within the MSA and beyond, as well as bringing indigenous studies in conversation with memory studies in matters of nature (and climate crises). She has served on the Advisory Board of the MSA and started the Memory and Nature Working Group (M&NWG) as well as the initiative on “Transformative Inclusivity.” She is the author of the monograph Imagining a Nation: History and Memory in Making Zimbabwe, peer-reviewed articles, and chapters, as well as public humanities essays. She is also on the editorial advisory board of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History and recently joined the editorial team of the journal Safundi. Her scholarly work can be found at: and her nature-focused poetry blog in the traditions of southern Africa can be found at:

Catherine Gilbert is an Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University, UK. Her research interests span postcolonial African literatures and cultures, with a particular focus on cultural memory, trauma and narrative. Her current project examines genocide commemoration and education in the Rwandan diaspora, working with communities in Belgium, France and the UK to explore questions of locatedness and the intergenerational transmission of memory. Her first monograph, From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing (Pulm, 2018), received the Memory Studies Association Outstanding First Book Award in 2019. She has recently co-edited, with Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro, the volume On Commemoration: Global Reflections upon Remembering War (Peter Lang, 2020). For more information, see:

María Eugenia Ulfe is a senior professor and researcher in Anthropology at the Department of Social Sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She holds an MA in the Arts of the Americas, Oceania, and Africa at the University of East Anglia (UK, 1995) and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences at George Washington University (Washington DC, 2005). She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga and an Honorary Professor in the School of Arts, Media, and American Studies at the University of East Anglia (2022-2027). She directs the Interdisciplinary Research Group Memory and Democracy at PUCP. And has been the Director of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Film Festival in 2020 and 2021. Among her recent publications, there is with Ximena Málaga Sabogal, Reparando Mundos: Víctimas y Estado en los Andes peruanos (PUCP, 2021), which received an Honorary award from the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2022.

Johanna Vollmeyer is a research associate at Complutense University in Madrid. She holds a Phd from the department of German Studies and an M.A. degree in German Studies, Journalism and Political Science (Universität Leipzig). Her doctoral thesis engages with the motif of the enemy brothers as representatives of competing memory discourses in the Spanish and German literature of the 20th century. During her doctoral studies she was a member of the Phd-Net “(Kon)figurationen des interkulturellen Wissens” ((Con)figurations of intercultural knowledge), a binational promotional program of Humboldt-University Berlin and Complutense University Madrid. In 2019 she was one of the co-organizers of the Annual Memory Studies conference and co-editor of the Memory Studies Special Issue 2020. Her current research focuses on cultural recycling in the postdigital age. She is a member of the research group REC-Lit: Cultural Recycling: Transliterature in the Postdigital Age (Ref: RTI2018-094607-B-I00).

Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska is a cultural scholar and sociologist. Her research focus is on cultural memory and visual history in Poland and Germany. Currently, she works on a project on the infrastructures of mediatized memories. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Lodz and completed her habilitation in 2016 at the University of Warsaw. Since 2008 Magdalena has been assistant professor at the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the University of Lodz. From 2010 to 2015, she coordinated the project “Modi Memorandi. Lexicon of Memory Culture” (in Polish) at the Center for Historical Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Since 2015, she has been a research fellow at the German Historical Institute Warsaw. From 2018 to 2020, she was a visiting professor and Humboldt Research Fellow at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität-Mainz. She is the Ambassador Scientist of the Humboldt Foundation in Poland. Her contributions include articles in “German Studies Review”, “The Public Historian” and “Participations. Journal of Audience and Reception Studies”. She published four monographs in Polish and German, edited ten collected volumes and authored more than fifty articles and chapters which appeared in Polish, German, English, Ukrainian and Croatian. Magdalena attaches great importance to academic transfer which is why she published numerous Polish translations of international literature in memory studies and visual history.


Lana Đaković is an administrative manager for the Memory Studies Association located at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University (NL). She has a wide range of responsibilities that are essential for the smooth operation of the organisation. Her role includes providing communication material, secretarial tasks, advising on competitive proposals, marketing research and maintaining online presence. After receiving her MA in Art History and Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, she was teaching art history and professional art subjects at the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, and mentoring MA students from the courses Practicum and Teaching at the Department of Art History at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.


Clarissa Bigasz Mascarenhas holds an MSc. in European Studies from Maastricht University, with a specialization in Histories of European Integration, and a BA in International Relations from Laureate International Universities – Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. Her interests include the memory of Europe, contested history sites, the history of EU-Brazil and Mercosur relations, and global history.

Pablo Merayo Montes holds a BA. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University College Maastricht and is currently an RMA History student at Utrecht University. His interests include the memory of traumatic pasts such as that of the Spanish Civil War and dictatorship and the democratic history of Spain.


Sakiru Adebayo (University of the Witwatersrand)
Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Silke Arnold-de Simine (University of London)
Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz)
Jonathan Bach (New School)
Ruramisai Charumbira (University of Western Ontario)
Stef Craps (Ghent University)
Fionnuala Dillane (University College Dublin)
Astrid Erll (University of Frankfurt)
Francisco Ferrándiz (CSIC)
Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University)
William Hirst (New School for Social Research)
Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow)
Marije Hristova (University of Warwick)
Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu)
Erica Lehrer (Concordia University)
Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University)
Jie-Hyun Lim (Sogang University)
MemoriAL Group – Interdisciplinary Latin American Memory Research Network (Lena Voigtländer)
Jocelyn S. Martin (Ateneo de Manila University)

Sharon Macdonald (Humboldt University Berlin)
Wayne Modest (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dirk Moses (University of North Carolina)
Klaus Neumann (Hamburger Institut zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur)
Jessica Ortner (University of Copenhagen)
Olivette Otele (University of Bristol)
Avishek Parui (Indian Institute of Technology Madras)
Emilie Pine (University College Dublin)
Susannah Radstone (University of South Australia & Monash University)
Anna Reading (King’s College London)
Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)
Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Ihab Saloul (University of Amsterdam)
Alicia Salomone (Universidad de Chile)
Tea Sindbæk Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Hanna Teichler (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Barbara Törnquist Plewa (Lund University)
Rebekah Vince (Queen Anne University London)
Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)
Jay Winter (Yale University)

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