Born 1981 in Zagreb (Croatia), MMag. Dr. phil, Privatdoz.
MA in political science and philosophy as well as in translation studies (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English) at the University of Vienna. 2006–2009 PhD fellowship at the Initiativkolleg „Cultures of Difference. Transformation Processes in the Central European Region“. PhD graduation in 2009 at the University of Vienna. Since 2004 lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. 2009-2013 postdoc-coordinator of the PhD program „Austrian Galicia and its Multicultural Heritage“ funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) at the University of Vienna. Visiting professor at Gießen University in Germany in the summer semester 2015: Interdisciplinary professorship for Critical Theory of the Society. Research fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in the winter semester 2016/17. In the summer semester 2017 visiting professor at the Centre for Jewish Studies, Graz University. Since 2013 employed at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History (IKT) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, first within the context of her habilitation project, from 2013—2017 APART post-doc fellowship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2018/19 funded by the Elise-Richter-Program of the Austrian Science Fund — FWF. She was awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant in 2018 and heads the GMM project from 2019 to 2024 as IKT senior research associate and group leader. Since 2019 member of the Young Academy of the ÖAW. Since 2022 vice-director of the IKT. Since 2023 member of the Austrian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Born 1981 in Słupsk (Poland), Mag. Dr. phil
MA in cultural studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, where she also studied philosophy. PhD in cultural studies in 2009 at the same university. 2011-2012 postdoctoral fellowships from the DAAD and Max Planck Forschungspreis (Prof. Aleida Assmann) at the University of Konstanz. 2012 Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin and House of the Wannsee Conference. 2012-2014 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellowship at the University of Konstanz (Research Group ‘Geschichte & Gedächtnis’) and Humboldt University of Berlin. 2013 research fellowship at the Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung, Marburg, in the framework of the research project ‘GEOIMAGINARIES - Digital Atlas of Geopolitical Imaginaries of East Central Europe in the 20th Century’. 2013-2014 Postdoctoral fellowship at the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Europe Research Stay, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellowship. 2014-2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. 2015-2017 Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and research fellow at the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies, the University of Amsterdam, with a position founded by the DAAD/Marie-Curie cofound program P.R.I.M.E. 2016-2019 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam, and Freie University of Berlin, iC-ACCESS /HERA “Uses of the Past” project. 2016-2017 visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg, University of Konstanz. Since 2016 affiliated researcher at the ACCESS EUROPE Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Amsterdam (European Identity and Culture). 2019-2024 senior postdoc in the GMM project with a focus on the "forensic turn".
Born 1972 in Unterseen (Switzerland), Dr. phil, MA
Studied Modern and Contemporary History, Social and Economic History and Japanese Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (Magister Artium). 2004-2005 PhD scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. Subsequently, he began studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Philips University in Marburg (Master of Arts), including a six-month internship at UNICEF and a UN-affiliated NGO in New York. From 2008 to 2011 doctoral fellowship at the International Graduate School "Civil Society in Transition. Japan and Germany in Comparison" conducted by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and University of Tokyo. In winter semester 2010/11 and summer semester 2011 lecturer at MLU's Institute for Political Science and Japanese Studies. In 2012 scholarship holder at the Graduate School "Society and Culture in Motion" at MLU. Professional activity as IT and ERP administrator at a pharmaceutical wholesaler. 2016-2019 cumulative dissertation "War and War Crimes in Japanese Military Museums" in Japanese Studies at the University of Hamburg. 2019-2024 postdoc in the GMM project with a focus on Japanese museums.
Markéta Bajgerová Verly
Born 1995 in Prague (Czech Republic), MA, MA
MA in Politics and History at the University of Glasgow. 2017-2019 research associate at the Institute of International Relations in Prague: research and publications on the topic of emotions in International Relations. Simultaneously, in 2018, research on Northeast Asian politics at the institute’s Center for EU-Asia Relations. 2018-2020, Yenching Academy scholar at Peking University and recipient of its full scholarship. Mandarin intensive language enrichment scholarship at Peking University. 2018-2019 leading of a Yenching Academy funded Dean’s Grant project mapping 30 museums and memorial sites across China devoted to the memorialization of China’s WWII experience under Japanese occupation. Further expansion of the research on China's WWII museums in her MA thesis. 2020 obtaining MA in China Studies with a focus on Politics and International Relations at Peking University. Since 2020 PhD student focusing on museums and memorials in China - employed in the GMM project and enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Born 1982 in Southern Province (Rwanda), MA
MA in Genocide Studies and Prevention, BA in Translation and Interpretation Studies (Kinyarwanda-French-English), both at the University of Rwanda. 2011-2012, internship at the Center for Conflict Management (CCM) of the University of Rwanda. 2013-2015, teacher of languages at Gisagara High school. 2015-2016, employed on a joint project by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) and two professors from the University of Minnesota and Ohio State University, USA. 2016-2019, participation in countrywide research projects tackling multiple topics on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, mainly the "History of the genocide against the Tutsi"; "Re-entry and reintegration of the former genocidaires" – a three-year country-wide project by a professor from the Ohio State University, USA; "Rescue effort" – a joint project by two professors, one from the Ohio State University and California State University Sacramento. 2019-2020, research associate of the African Leadership Center (ALC/Nairobi, Kenya). Since 2020 PhD student focusing on Rwandan memory and musealization politics - employed in the GMM project and enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Born 1991 in Landshut (Germany), MA
2011-2019 student of Political Science, Philosophy, History, Jewish Studies and Austrian Studies at the University of Vienna and the University of Maryland (USA). 2012-2015 program coordinator and leader of educational programs in Germany and Israel with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace focusing on coming to terms with the past. 2013 associate at the Moshe Kantor Database on Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University (Israel). 2013-2017 organization of lectures, workshops and conferences on antisemitism, antiziganism and politics of memory as student representative at the University of Vienna. 2016-2019 web editor of the scholarly network H-Antisemitism. Since 2016 guide for American-Jewish students and young professionals in Germany with Germany Close Up - American Jews meet Modern Germany in cooperation with Centrum Judaicum Berlin. Lectures and publications on antisemitism, the history and impact of Nazism and the Shoah, as well as on political theory and intellectual history. Since 2019 GMM project manager.
Born 1977 in Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany), Dr. phil
MA in Japanese Studies, European and East-Asian Art History at Trier University and Berlin Free University 1997-2004. 1999-2000 university scholarship at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan. 2001-2002 DAAD scholarship at Tokyo University. 2004-2007 professional experience as a Coordinator for International Relations with Bungoono City Hall/ Japan supported by the JET-Programme on behalf of the Japanese Ministry for Education. 2007-2011 doctoral fellowship at the International Graduate School "Civil Society in Transition. Japan and Germany in Comparison" at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and University of Tokyo. In summer semester 2009 lecturer at MLU's Institute for Political Science and Japanese Studies. Receiving Martin-Luther-Certification for her Ph.D.-thesis in 2012. Since 2013 professional activity as Japan-related specialist for a Munich-based private company. Lecturer with Institute for Political Science at Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen/ Germany in winter semester 2019/20 and summer semester 2021. Since 2019 associated researcher in the GMM project with a focus on Japanese museums.
Born 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), MA
BA and MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia. Two years studying and working in the PRC and a year studying in Taiwan, taking classes at Nanjing University and National Taiwan Normal University. Internship in Kunming for a company that built museum exhibits on ethnic minorities. Boren Scholarship for one year in China. Flagship Fellowship for two years, one of those years which was spent in China. Advanced Mandarin Scholarship by the Taiwanese government in 2013. FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Award and Global Oregon Award. Internship at The Economist. Since 2014 PhD in Chinese at the University of Oregon on how the concept of the museum migrated to East Asia, and how museums in the PRC compare to those in Taiwan, contrasting the distinct forms that museums and their narratives take. Since 2020 associated researcher in the GMM project with a focus on Chinese and Taiwanese museums.
Born 1971 in Kharkiv (Ukraine), Prof. Dr. Phil
Studied history and political science at the Kharkiv National University. PhD graduation (Kandidat Nauk) in 2001, PhD thesis “Identification of the subject in historical cultural studies”. Since 1995 lecturer, associate professor (2004), and professor (2022) at the Department of History and Cultural Science at O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv. 1997–2000, a PhD fellowship at the Department of Theory of Culture and Philosophy of Science at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Research stay at the School Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) within Erasmus Mundus Programme in the spring semester 2015/2016, with a research project “Culture of memory at the national and local levels”. In 2018, defended a doctoral thesis “The Cultural and Philosophical Discourses of Urban Landscapes” at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and received a degree as a Doctor of Philosophical Science (Doktor Nauk 2019). In 2022, research stay at the Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History (IKT) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences on a “Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities” (JESH) grant (for research about the “Freedom square in Kharkiv: localization of national and local memory”). Since October 2022, associated researcher in the ERC project “Globalized Memorial Museums”, funded by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), researching memorial museums in Ukraine.
The GMM Team from left to right: Zuzanna Dziuban, André Hertrich, Marlene Gallner, Ljiljana Radonić, Eric Sibomana and Markéta Bajgerová Verly. © IKT | Stefan Csáky