Nino Chikovani, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, director of the Institute of Cultural Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her main research interests: problems of cultural identity, collective memory and memory politics, cultural trauma, intercultural communication. She leaded and/or participated in the research projects on the construction of identity in multicultural environment, Jewish identity in Georgia, trauma and triumph in Georgia after independence, formation of the Georgian historical master narrative and principles of history teaching, etc. These are: Georgia: trauma and triumph on the way to independence; Georgian national identity and sites of memory: Construction of the past from dominant and alternative perspectives; Jewish identity in Georgia at the dawn of globalization; Development of international model for curricular reform in multicultural education and cultural diversity training;Identity narratives in Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century: Origins of the multiethnic Georgian nation; Mechanisms of identity formation and its variations: “Alien” and “autochthonous” in the Francophone societies of sub-Sahara, North Africa and Eastern Europe; Myths and conflicts in the South Caucasus.
Results of her research are reflected in the teaching courses and publications, among them: Georgia: trauma and triumph on the way to independence (co-author, Tbilisi, 2022); The Mtatsminda Pantheon: a Memory Site and Symbol of Identity (Caucasus Survey, volume 9, No 3, November 2021, p. 235-249); New Memory – New Identity: Active Forgetting in the Process of the Formation of New Memory (Georgia in the 1990s and 2000s) (Eastern Europe-Regional Studies, 2019, 1); Georiga(Chapter 18) (The Palgrave Handbook of Conflict and History Education in the Post-Cold-War Era. 2019); Tbilisi as a Center of Cross-cultural Interactions in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (La Montagne des Langues et des Peuples. Imbrications et Transferts dans L’Espace du Caucase. Paris, 2019; Jewish Identity in Georgia in Light of the European Cultural-Political Tradition at the Turn of the 20th Century (Frankfurt Jewish Studies Bulletin, 42, 2018); Soviet Time in Post-Soviet Memory: How the New Memory has been Constructed in Georgia (Time and Culture/Temps et Culture, Bucharest, 2017); Formation du narratif d’identité en Géorgie à la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe siècle (Les Constructions Identitaires dans les Espaces Francophones D’Europe Orientale et D’afrique. Publications de l’Institut des Etudes Africaines, Rabat, 2016); Ethnic Minorities in the History of Georgia: the Post-Soviet History Textbooks(Exchange, Dialogue, New Divisions? Ethnic Groups and Political Cultures in Eastern Europe. Fribourg Studies in Social Anthropology, 45. Zürich, 2016.
Frank Jacob is Professor of Global History (19th and 20th centuries) at the faculty of Social Sciences, Nord University, Norway. Before he held academic positions at the City University of New York, USA and Würzburg University, Germany. His main fields of research include post-Imperial transformations, nation-building and nationalism, comparative history, populism, war related identities, military history, Holocaust studies, Cold war, modern German and Japanese history, transnational anarchism, the comparative study of revolutions.
Frank Jacob is engaged in multiple research activities, implementing several projects, editing numerous journals and series including Global Humanities, Genocide and Mass Violence in the Age of Extremes, Global Military Studies Review. He has published more than 80 works and is currently redefining the field of revolution theory.
Frank Jacob's latest publications include the monographs Emma Goldman: Identitäten einer Anarchistin (Hentrich&Hentrich, 2022), East Asia and the First World War (De Gruyter, 2022) and Revolution: Wer, warum, wann und wie viele? (Büchner, 2022) as well as the two co-edited anthologies Nationalism in a Transnational Age and Nationalism and Populism (both co-ed. with Carsten Schapkow, De Gruyter 2021 and 2022).
As for teaching, he has been offering a series of courses drawing on his diverse and rich experience and research interests. Frank Jacob has taught number of classes including global history, modern history covering the last two centuries, historical theory and methods, the Cold war and international politics, the Russian revolution, the Holocaust, Daily Life in World Wars etc.
Svetlana Suveica PD Dr., is a Privatdozent at the University of Regensburg and a research fellow at the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European History (IOS) in Regensburg, Germany. Previously, she was a professor-substitute of Modern History of Eastern Europe at the University of Göttingen and associate professor at the State University of Moldova in Chisinau, Moldova. She holds prestigious fellowships, such as the Humboldt Fellowship at the IOS Regensburg (2012-2014) and the Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Stanford (2009-2010). Her field of research interest is the History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe with a focus on Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine; Empire history (Russian Empire); Transnational and entangled history of the border regions (Bessarabia, Transnistria); Occupation and war research (First and Second World War); History of violence (Second World War and Holocaust); Culture of Remembrance and Politics of History in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the 20th-21st Centuries.
Publications: Post-imperial Encounters. Transnational Designs of Bessarabia in Paris and Elsewhere, 1917–1922, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2022; Deutsche Parlamentarierreden in Zwischenkriegsrumänien. Protokolle aus Abgeordnetenhaus und Senat (1919-1940), Paul Șeulean, Natali Stegmann, Svetlana Suveica und Albert Weber Eds., Berlin: Frank& Timme, 2021; Pianos and Paintings from Transnistria: Plunder of “Cultural Trophies” and Jewish Cultural Assets during the Romanian Occupation (1941-1944), Journal of Holocaust Research, Nr. 3, November 2022, 261-280; Basarabia în primul deceniu interbelic: modernisare prin reforme (1918-1928) (Bessarabia in the First Interwar Decade: Modernization by Means of Reforms (1918-1928), Chisinau: Pontos 2010.
Dr. Mitja Velikonja is a Professor for Cultural Studies and head of Center for Cultural and Religious Studies at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Main areas of his research include contemporary Central-European and Balkan political ideologies, subcultures and graffiti culture, collective memory and post-socialist nostalgia. He was a full-time visiting professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2002 and 2003), at Columbia University in New York (2009 and 2014), at University of Rijeka (2015), at New York Institute in St. Petersburg (2015 and 2016), at Yale University (2020), Fulbright visiting researcher in Philadelphia (2004/2005), and visiting researcher at The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (2012) and at the Remarque Institute of the New York University (2018). For his achievements he received six national and one international award (Erasmus EuroMedia Award by European Society for Education and Communication, 2008).
Monographs: Post-Socialist Political Graffiti in the Balkans and Central Europe (London and New York: Routledge, 2020, translated into Serbian, Albanian, Slovenian, Macedonian and Ukrainian); The Chosen Few – Aesthetics and Ideology in Football-Fan Graffiti and Street Art (Los Angeles: Doppelhouse Press, 2021), a finalist for the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Rock'n'Retro - New Yugoslavism in Contemporary Popular Music in Slovenia (Sophia; Ljubljana, 2013); Titostalgia – A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz (Ljubljana, 2008); Eurosis – A Critique of the New Eurocentrism (Ljubljana, 2005); Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina (College Station: Texas A&M UP, 2003).