Aleida Assmann is Emeritus Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Konstanz and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She was a visiting professors at Rice University in Houston (2000), at Princeton University in 2001, at Yale University in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and at the University of Vienna in 2005. She was visiting professor at the University of Chicago in 2007. Assmann's early works were about English literature and the history of literary communication. Since the 1990s her focus has been on cultural anthropology, especially Cultural and Communicative Memory. Her specific interest centers on the history of German memory since 1945, the role of generations in literature and society, and theories of memory.
Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. His early research concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II, analyzed in his books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 (1985) and Hitler’s Army (1991). He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in his books Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), and Germany’s War and the Holocaust (2003), as well as to the role of stereotypes in representations of violence, leading to his study, The “Jew” in Cinema (2005). Bartov’s growing interest in Eastern Europe is reflected in his study Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007), which investigates the politics of memory in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. His most recent book is Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz (2018), where he reconstructs the transition of an interethnic community from long-term coexistence to genocidal violence. The book has been translated into Polish, Hebrew, German, and French. He has just completed a monograph titled "Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Past." Bartov directed the project “Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples” at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University in 2015-2018, and a student exchange program between Brown and the Hebrew University in 2019-2020. He is in the early stages of researching a book tentatively titled “Remaking the Past: A Personal Political History.”
Kirk A. Denton is a professor of Chinese literature at The Ohio State University. He specializes in the fiction and literary criticism of the Republican period (1911-1949), but has also published extensively on Chinese museums and issues of historical memory. Denton’s edited collection, Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature. 1893-1945 (1996) and his The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling (1998) were both published by Stanford University Press. He is co-editor, with Michel Hockx, of Literary Societies in Republican China (Lexington, 2008) and, with Eileen Cheng, of Jottings under Lamplight: Lu Xun (Harvard 2018). He is also the editor of The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature (2016). In addition to his book Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China (Hawaii, 2014), Denton has published several articles and book chapters on museum culture in China. He recently completed a manuscript on the politics of museums and historical representations in Taiwan. Denton is editor of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and manager of the MCLC Resource Center (http://u.osu.edu/mclc/).
Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History in the Department of History and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. A founding member and now Chair of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought, she specializes in the history of modern Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with writings in modern social and cultural history, international relations, World War II, history-writing and public memory in Japan and the West. She has a B.A. from Wellesley and a Ph.D. from Columbia, and has taught at the Universities of Tokyo, Venice, and Leiden, Harvard, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. Her publications include Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period; Showa: The Japan of Hirohito, Asia in Western and World History, Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, and her most recent Japanese publication is Senso no kioku [War Memory], 2019. Forthcoming are Thinking with the Past: Japan and Modern History and Past Obsessions: World War Two in History and Memory.
Rachel Ibreck is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London and an associate of the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol (2009). Her research centres on memory politics in Rwanda and the politics of human rights, justice and civil society in Eastern Africa. Her book, South Sudan's Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline (London: Zed Books, 2019) explores the power of law, and tenacious struggles for justice during a protracted violent conflict. Her expertise is based on over twenty years of interdisciplinary academic research and activist engagement relating to human rights violations, mass atrocities, and international human rights, peacebuilding and transitional justice interventions in African settings, principally Rwanda and South Sudan. Rachel has published findings from PhD research on the politics of memory in post-genocide Rwanda, and is continuing to explore the relationship between mourning, identity and rights after genocide and atrocities.
David Mwambari is a lecturer in African Security and Leadership Studies at The African Leadership Centre (ALC) in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London (UK). He is a by-fellow at Churchill College Cambridge University (for academic year 2019-2020). He was an FWO postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at Ghent University in Belgium (2017-2019). He was previously an assistant professor of international relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, United States International University–Africa in Nairobi Kenya (2015-2017). He was a tutor at La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) as a teaching assistant in History (2011–2012). He has also taught at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH, USA as a visiting assistant professor of international relations (2010–2011), as a teaching assistant at Syracuse University, New York, USA in the department of African and African American Studies and given seminars at Maxwell School of Citizenship (2008–2010). His research interests include memory politics, leadership and peacebuilding in Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Kenya and South Sudan.
Listen to the audio recording of the kick-off panel discussion with the advidory board on October 25, 2019 on "Globalized Remembrance? Conflicting Memories in the Era of Claims for Moral Universals".