© Prof. Hannes Grandits
Hannes Grandits, born in 1966, has been professor of South-Eastern European History at the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2010. He was lecturer of South-Eastern European History at the Historical Institute of the University of Graz (2003-2008) – teaching and leading the following research programmes: “Kinship and Social Security in Europe” (6th Framework Programme of the EU); “Tourism and Leisure Cultures in Socialist Yugoslavia” (Austrian Research Fund – FWF); “Ambiguous Nation-Building in South-Eastern Europe” (VW Foundation/FWF). In 2008/09 he served as interim professor of South-Eastern European history at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich.
During the fundamental social upheavals of the 1990’s, discursively enacted nostalgias for an historical or cultural situation in the past took on a surprisingly great significance in the political rivalries for a new direction following the end of the socialist system of rule and knowledge. This evinced a different specificity and situative potency from one case to another. This potency was closely connected with what situations people in the respective societies were compelled to master simultaneously. However, the ways in which the current situation in the present could be explained by means of recourse to historical experiences existing in the society were always of relevance.
© Prof. Johannes Grotzky
Johannes Grotzky is a journalist and honorary professor of Eastern European studies, culture and media at the University of Bamberg. From 2002 until 2014 he served as radio director of the Bayerischer Rundfunk and previously held a number of positions, among them director of the division of politics, chief radio correspondent and chief editor for Central and Eastern Europe in Munich. From 1989 until 2002 he directed the ARD radio studio for South-Eastern Europe in Vienna. As an ARD correspondent he lived for over six years, from August 1983 – July 1989, in Moscow. He studied Slavic and Balkan area studies and the history of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe at the Universities of Munich and Zagreb.
In addition to his journalistic activities Grotzky has published numerous essays and books about the nations of South-Eastern Europe. He also wrote for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung for many years.
Anatoly Golubovskiy is a historian, sociologist, museum planner, curator and documentary and radio producer. He is co-founder of the Independent Historical Society (2014). Co-founder and first editor-in-chief of the State Kultura Radio (91.6 FM in Moscow, 2003-2007), editor-in-chief of Kino FM Radio (2007-2008) and STREAM Television Company (9 cable channels, 2008-2014). Curator of museum projects and art exhibitions. Producer, scriptwriter and host of television programmes and documentaries on arts and culture, such as “The Island and the Treasure. The Berlin Museum Island” (supported by the Goethe-Institute, Moscow, 2012 – broadcast by the State Kultura Channel).
© Prof. Gasan Gusejnov
Gasan Guseynov is professor at the Faculty of Philology of the National Research University, “Higher School of Economics”, (Moscow) and visiting professor at the University of Basel. Author of books, dictionaries, articles and university courses on the Russian Political Rhetoric and Discourse in the 20th and 21st centuries. As a columnist at the Novaya Gazeta and Radio France International (Russian Service) he is mainly devoted to critical analysis of the speech practices of the Russian media and political actors.
© Prof. Ivo Banac
Ivo Banac is Bradford Durfee Emeritus Professor of History at Yale University and Professor of History at the University of Zagreb. From 1995 to 1999 he was the University Professor of History at the Central European University at Budapest, where he also directed the OSI/CEU Institute on Southeastern Europe. Two of his books were especially honoured, The National Question in Yugoslavia: Origins, History, Politics (1984, Wayne S. Vucinich Prize) and With Stalin against Tito: Cominformist Splits in Yugoslav Communism (1988, Strossmayer Prize). He served as the co-chair of the Open Society Institute (Croatia) and as the Director General of the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik. He was also minister of environmental protection and urban planning in the government of Croatia, a member of the Croatian parliament (Sabor), president of the Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, and editor of East European Politics and Societies. He is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU).
© Bojan Munjin
A reporter working as an editor at the Croatian Radio Channel Three in Zagreb. The topics he deals with and his fields of interest are culture and social issues in a broader sense, and the theatre in a narrow sense, the latter often being the subject of his radio reports and texts in various periodicals in Croatia and the region. One of the professional media he engages into and is intensively involved with are public discussions he leads as a radio editor. They include the Cultural and Information Centre Zagreb (Cro. Kulturno-informativni centar, KIC), where he once worked, as well as other institutions and gatherings where he has moderated discussions on various topical issues.