2019 – 2021

Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University, Belgium, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative. His research interests lie in twentieth-century and contemporary literature and culture, memory and trauma studies, postcolonial theory, and ecocriticism and environmental humanities. He is the author of Postcolonial Witnessing: Trauma Out of Bounds(2013) and Trauma and Ethics in the Novels of Graham Swift: No Short-Cuts to Salvation(2005), and a co-editor of Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies(2017). He has also co-edited two special issues of Studies in the Novel, on climate change fiction and postcolonial trauma novels, and one of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, on transcultural Holocaust memory. He has recently co-authored an introductory guide to the concept of trauma, which is forthcoming in Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series, and is currently guest-editing a special issue of American Imagoon ecological grief.

For more information, visit his personal website at https://www.stefcraps.com/

Francisco Ferrándiz (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) is Associate Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley (1996). His research focuses on the anthropology of the body, violence and social memory. Around these topics, he conducted long term ethnographic research on Venezuelan spiritism. Since 2002, he has conducted research on the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, analyzing the contemporary exhumations of mass graves from the Civil War (1936‒1939). Since 2007, he leads a CSIC-based multidisciplinary and comparative research team funded by the Spanish Government. He has also participated in a number of European projects, being UNREST the latest of them (http://www.unrest.eu/). His main books on this topic are El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil (Anthropos/Siglo XXI 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMeCs5XbqAA), and Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2015, coedited with A. C.G.M Robben).

For more information, see: https://politicasdelamemoria.org/en

Alicia Salomone is Full Professor at the Centre for Latin American Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, Universidad de Chile. She is a founding member of RIEMS-Red Interdisciplinaria de Estudios sobre Memoria Social [Interdisciplinary Networks on Social Memories Studies]. As a cultural historian and a literary critic, Alicia’s research has focused on memories, identities and cultural production in Latin America. She has edited the volume Memory and poetic imagination in the Southern Cone, 1960-2010(2015) and the dossier of Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos2 (2014) in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the coup d’état in Chile. She has published articles and chapters on literary and artistic representation of social memories in the Southern Cone of America. At present, she is the academic adviser of the Diploma Political Violence, Memory and Cultural Production in Latin America, Universidad de Chile.

For more information, see: http://www.uchile.cl/portafolio-academico/impresion.jsf?username=alicia.salomone

Tea Sindbæk Andersen is Assistant Professor of Balkan Studies at the Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Tea’s research focuses on the contemporary history of Southeastern Europe, especially on issues related to uses of history, cultural memory, identity politics and popular culture in the Yugoslav area. She is the author of Usable History? Representations of Yugoslavia’s difficult past from 1945 to 2002 (Aarhus University Press 2012) and, with Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, editor of Disputed Memory. Emotions and memory politics in Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe (De Gruyter 2016)

2017-2019

Jonathan Bach is a Professor of Global Studies at The New School in New York. His work looks at social transformation in Germany and China with a focus on questions of memory, material culture, urban change, and space and identity. He is the author most recently of What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press 2017), (German edition: Die Spuren der DDR: Von Ostprodukten bis zu den Resten der Berliner Mauer, Reclam Verlag, 2019), and co-editor of Re-Centering the City: Global Mutations of Socialist Modernity (UCL Press 2020) and Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City (University of Chicago Press, 2017). His articles have appeared in, among others, Cultural Anthropology, British Journal of Sociology, Cultural Politics, Public Culture, Theory, Culture and Society, Cultural Politics, German Politics and Society, and Philosophy and Social Science. He previously served as the co-chair of the German Studies Association Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Network.

Wulf Kansteiner is professor of history at Aarhus University, Denmark. A cultural and intellectual historian of twentieth-century Europe, Kansteiner has published widely in the fields of media history, memory studies, historical theory, and Holocaust studies. He is the author of In Pursuit of German Memory: History, Television, and Politics after Auschwitz (2006) and coeditor of The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (2006), Historical Representation and Historical Truth (2009), Den Holocaust erzählen: Historiographie zwischen wissenschaftlicher Empirie und narrative Kreativität (2013), and Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture (2016)He is also co-editor of the journal Memory Studies.

Małgorzata Pakier is Head of the Research Department at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and advisor for scholarly programs at the European Network Remembrance and solidarity. Since 2011 she has coordinated, jointly with Joanna Wawrzyniak, the ‘Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe’ program at ENRS. She is a member of the Social Memory Laboratory at Warsaw University. Pakier’s academic interests include social and cultural remembrance in Eastern Europe, the concept of Europeanization of memory, and Holocaust memory and representation. Her most important publications include: The Construction of European Holocaust Memory: German and Polish Cinema after 1989 (2013); A European Memory? Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (ed. with Bo Stråth; 2010, 2012); Memory and Change in Europe. Eastern Perspectives (ed. with Joanna Wawrzyniak, 2015).