Aleida Assmann

Literature. Universität Konstanz.

Professor Aleida Assmann is one of the most renowned scholars in British and American Studies, Egyptology, Literary and Cultural Studies. She studied English Literature and Egyptology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Tübingen. The main focus of her research since the 1990s has been on cultural anthropology including the topics of cultural memory, remembering, and forgetting. She has dealt with the history of memory in Germany after the Second World War as well as with cultural academic research into, and theories of, memory. Her works on the cultural transmission of memory, as well as her conceptualizations on the difference between communicative and cultural memory (developed also together with her husband, the renowned egyptologist Jan Assmann) had a broad reception in the German and Anglosaxon debate and have become canonical in the study of social and cultural memory. She is the author of several books, among them, Erinnerungsräume. Formen und Wandlungen des kulturellen Gedächtnisses (C. H. Beck, 1999), Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft. Grundbegriffe, Themen, Fragestellungen (Erich Schmidt, 2006), Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit. Erinnerungskultur und Geschichtspolitik ( C. H. Beck, 2006) and Geschichte im Gedächtnis. Von der individuellen Erfahrung zur öffentlichen Inszenierung (C.H.Beck, 2007). Aleida Assman became a fellow of various institutions including Yale University, Princeton University and the University of Chicago and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo. She also received several awards, among them the Paul Watzlawick Ehrenring (2009), the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize (2011) and the Max Planck Research Award (2009), which allowed her to establish the research group "Geschichte+History + Memory" at the University of Konstanz. Prof. Assmann is affiliated with the Cluster of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration" at the University of Konstanz.

Jay Winter

History. Yale University, New Haven.

Jay M. Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History, is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. His other interests include remembrance of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites, European population decline, the causes and institutions of war, British popular culture in the era of the Great War and the Armenian genocide of 1915. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including Socialism and the Challenge of War, Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-1918, The Great War and the British People, The Fear of Population Decline, The Experience of World War I, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, 1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, Remembering War: The Great War Between History and Memory in the 20th Century, and Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century. He has edited or co-edited 13 books and contributed more than 40 book chapters to edited volumes. He is co-director of the project on Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919 (published by Cambridge University in two volumes in 1997 and 2007). Work in preparation includes 'The Degeneration of War,' 'The Social Construction of Silence,' and 'Anxious Futures: Population Politics in the 21st century."
Jay Winter was co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century," which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997. Winter earned BA from Columbia University and his Ph.D. and DLitt degrees from Cambridge University. He taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick and the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 2000 and then the Yale faculty one year later. Winter has presented named lectures at Dartmouth College, Union University, Indiana University and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz in 2010.

Eyal Weizman

Arquitecture. University of London.

Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Visual Cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2011 he also directs the European Research Council funded project Forensic Architecture - on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at the Bartlett (UCL) in London and the Stadel School in Frankfurt. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include The Least of all Possible Evils (Nottetempo 2009, Verso 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003), the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Cabinet and Inflexions. He has worked with a variety of NGOs worldwide and was member of B'Tselem board of directors. He is currently on the advisory boards of the ICA in London, the Human Rights Project at Bard in NY, and of other academic and cultural institutions. Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007, a co-recipient of the 2010 Prince Claus Prize for Architecture (for DAAR) and has delivered the Rusty Bernstein, Paul Hirst and the Edward Said Memorial Lectures amongst others. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium/Birkbeck College.

David Harvey (video interview recorded)

Geography. City University of New York

His theoretical developments in the field of human geography and social theory turned David Harvey one of the most influential Marxist theorists and the most quoted living geographer. Especially since his book Social Justice and the City (1973) his work has orientated towards integrating the urban and geographic dimension into the Marxist thought, whose conception of alienation in the labor space world is thus complemented with the analysis of the “living space” as well as enriched through the study of the impact of capital on the landscape. At the same time, his work contributed to broaden the scope of the geographic science by including the consideration of spatial justice and the effects of capital into its field of research, like in his studies on the unequal geographical development. David Harvey has been professor at the University of Bristol and the John Hopkins University in Baltimore and is currently a distinguished professor at the City University of New York, where he is the director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. Among his many books are The Condition of Postmodernity (1989), The Urban Experience (1989), Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (1996), Spaces of Hope (2000), Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography (2001) and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development (2005). In the last years his work has reached far beyond the academic field and has increasingly become a reference for several political and social movements around the world. David Harvey has been granted many distinctions and awards of Geographical societies and is an honorary doctor of the Universities of Buenos Aires, Roskilde, Uppsala, Ohio State and Lund.

Meltem Ahıska

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Meltem Ahıska is Associate Professor in Sociology at Boğaziçi University (Bosphorus University) Istanbul. She graduated in Sociology in Istanbul and, after receiving her MA degree in communication studies at the University of Westminster, completed her PhD in sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2000. Her articles, essays and poems have appeared in various collective volumes and journals including Toplum ve Bilim, New Perspectives on Turkey and South Atlantic Quarterly. She was a member of the editorial board of Defter, a journal of cultural criticism published in Turkey from 1987-2002. She has published a book of poems, Havalandırma (2002), and curated several exhibitions, the most recent being "Aradığınız Kişiye Şu An Ulaşılamıyor: Türkiye’de Hayat Tarzı Temsilleri, 1980-2005" ("The Person You Are Calling Cannot Be Reached at the Moment: Representations of Lifestyle in Turkey, 1980-2005"). Her last book is Occidentalism in Turkey: Questions of Modernity and National Identity in Turkish Radio Broadcasting (Tauris Academic Studies, 2010). Meltem Ahıska’s current research, funded by Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Projects Centre, is about “The Politics of Archives: the appropriation/destruction of history in Turkey”.

Pilar Calveiro

Political Science. Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.

Born in Argentina, Pilar Calveiro Garrido has completed a Master and a PhD at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and is currently a Professor and Researcher at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla as well as a member of the Mexican National Researchers System. In her several works about violence, politics and memory published in Mexico, Argentina and France, Pilar Calveiro sharply analyzes the dynamics of power relations and their effects of resistance as well as the social context where such disputes take place. Her book Poder y desaparición, los campos de concentración en Argentina (Colihue, 1998) (“Power and Disappearance. The concentracion camps in Argentina”, reedited as Desapariciones: memoria y desmemoria de los campos de concentración argentinos, Taurus, 2002) has since been the most important work and an ineludible reference for the study and understanding of the phenomenon of enforced disappearances of persons in Argentina and the social space where these crimes took place. She is also the author of Política y/o Violencia (“Politics and/or Violence”, Norma, 2005), El Estado y sus otros (“The State and its others”, Libros de la Araucaria, 2006) and of Redes familiares de sumisión y resistencia (“Family networks of submission and resistance” 2004) and Familia y poder (“Family and Power” 2005), where she deals with the power and resistance networks operating in the family relations. Pilar Calveiro was kidnapped by military forces during the Argentinean dictatorship in 1977 and spent a year and a half in several clandestine detention centers as a detainee-disappeared. After a short exile in Spain she established herself in Mexico, where she lives since 1979.

Alejandro Castillejo Cuéllar

Anthropology. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.

Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar finished his B.A. in Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá) and holds an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies (European University for Peace Studies, Austria). He also completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, New York. He was awarded the “Stanley Diamond Memorial Award in the Social Sciences” (2006) and the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Award in the Social Sciences (2010, Colombia). He was a research fellow at Columbia University and the Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, and at the Center for Study of Ethno-political Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Direct Action Center for Peace and Memory (South Africa), a British Academy Fellow and a visiting professor and guest scholar to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London), Zayed University (Dubai), the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa, CODESRIA (Dakar Senegal), and the Giessen International Ph.D. Program in Cultural Studies (Giessen, Germany), among other institutions in Colombia and Latin America. In 2002 he was consultant to the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on behalf of the Danish government and in 2010 he conducted an anthropological research on the “spaces of the law” for the Colombian National Commission of Reparation and Reconciliation. Alejandro Castillejo has been awarded several grants and Fellowships from prestigious institutions in the USA, Austria, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Colombia. In 2008 he was Director of the Ph.D. program in anthropology at the Universidad de los Andes. He is co-founder of Encounters: an International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society (Dubai), the “Africa and Latin America Academic Exchange Initiative,” and the “International Committee for the Study of Violence, Subjectivity and Culture”. He is currently finishing the books Under the Shadows of the Law: Terror, Effacement and the Politics of Truth in Colombia and La Palabra Nómada: Violencia y las Pedagogías de lo Irreparable.

Zuzanna Dziuban

Philosophy/Cultural Studies. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan

Zuzanna Dziuban graduated with honours in Philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, where she also completed a Master and a PhD in Cultural Studies. Her Dissertation was awarded the Second Award for the best doctoral dissertation in aesthetics by the Polish Aesthetic Association (2010). Zuzanna Dziuban has also undertaken advanced studies on Totalitarianism, National-socialism and Holocaust at the International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust in Oświęcim. She has been a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy of the Adam Mickiewicz University since 2009 and has also been a lecturer at the School of Humanities and Journalism in Poznań. Her main research interests are the relation between trauma, memory and place, the questioning of the notion of “place” as well as the challenges of architecture as a means for transmitting cultural trauma and transnational memory. Zuzanna Dziuban has participated in many international conferences and is a member of several scientific associations. She has been a fellow at the Department of Philosophy of the Universtity of Siegen (2004/2005) and is currently a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Francisco Ferrándiz

Anthropology. CCHS-CSIC.

Francisco Ferrándiz is Tenured Researcher at the Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología (ILLA), Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid. He studied anthropology and history at the Universities of Madrid and Berkeley and wrote his PhD at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His areas of interest include medical anthropology, anthropology of the body, visual anthropology, anthropology of violence, memory and identity, social trauma and social suffering, popular religion, youth cultures, Spain and Latin America. His largest ethnographical projects have dealt with the spiritist cult of Maria Lionza in Venezuela and, since 2003, the politics of memory in contemporary Spain through the analysis of the exhumations of mass graves from the civil war (1936-1939). He has been professor and/or researcher at the Universities of Berkeley, Virginia, Central de Venezuela, Utrecht, Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Deusto and Extremadura; and has taught postgraduate courses at the Universities Central de Barcelona, Complutense, Rovira i Virgili and del País Vasco. Moreover, from 2001-2002 he has held the UNESCO endowed Chairmanship on the Formation of Human Resources in Latin America and was between 2002-2006 Director of the PhD Program on Migratinos and conflicts in the global society. Francisco Ferrandiz is also the academic coordinator of the EDEN network (European Doctorate Enhancement on Peace and Conflict Research). He has published several articles in national and international journals and is the author of Escenarios del cuerpo: Espiritismo y sociedad en Venezuela (2004), and coeditor among others of The Emotion and the Truth: Studies in Mass Communication and Conflict (2002), Before Emergency: Conflict Prevention and the Media (2003), Violencias y culturas (2003), Jóvenes sin tregua: Culturas y políticas de la violencia (2005) and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Research (2007).

Gabriel Gatti

Sociology. Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao.

Gabriel Gatti studied Sociology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and received his PhD at the University of the Basque Country, where is since 1998 professor for Contemporary Sociological Theory and Sociology of Identity. He is the coordinator of the Centre for Collective Identity Studies (Centro de Estúdios sobre la Identidad Colectiva - CEIC) and co-responsible for the Research Committee no. 1 (Identity, space and policy) of the International Association of French-Speaking Sociologists (AISLF). He was a guest researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), Nevada University (Reno, USA), IDES - Economic and Social Development Institute (Buenos Aires, Argentine) and a guest lecturer at the University of the Republic - UdelaR (Montevideo, Uruguay), the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and the Centro de Estudios Sociais de la Universidad de Coimbra. His current research interests include sociology theory, identity sociology (including their intersections) and Human Rights sociology. Some of his published works are: La comunidad como pretexto (con I.Irazuzta y P. de Marinis, 2010), El detenido-desaparecido. Narrativas posibles para una catástrofe de la identidad (Trilce, 2008), Identidades débiles (CIS, 2007) and Les nouveaux repères de l’identité collective en Europe (with A. Pérez Agote and W. Dressler, 1999).

Juan Mayorga

Philosophy/Theatre. CCHS-CSIC.

Juan Mayorga is one of the most important Spanish playwrights of his generation. His first play, Siete hombres buenos (Seven Good Men) was awarded second place in the Marqués de Bradomín Prize in 1989. Since this first accolade, Mayorga has won a series of national awards, among them Spain’s National Theatre Prize, which he was awarded in 2007 for services to Spanish theatre. Mayorga's work has been translated into many languages and performed widely throughout the world. In addition to his role as a playwright, Juan Mayorga has adapted versions of classical dramas for the Spanish stage, providing in January 2007 a version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People for Madrid’s Centro Dramático Nacional (CDN), for which he also adapted King Lear in February 2008. He was a founding member of – and continues to collaborate with – the El Astillero theatre company that was established in 1993. In 1998 he began teaching Dramaturgy, History of Thought and Sociology at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid. He currently directs the Seminar Memory and Thought in Contemporary Theatre at the Institute of Philosophy of the CSIC. Mayorga graduated in Mathematics and Philosophy, completed his studies in Münster, Berlin and Paris and received his PhD in Philosophy in 1997 with a thesis on the philosophical thought of Walter Benjamin, whose philosophy has had a huge influence on his theatre. His most important philosophical work is Revolución conservadora y conservación revolucionaria. Política y memoria en Walter Benjamin (Anthropos, 2003).

Silvana Mandolessi

Literature. University of Konstanz.

Silvana Mandolessi specialized in Modern Literatures and Literary Theory at the Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina, where she worked as an Assistant Professor until 2005. She was granted a PhD scholarship by the Research Fund of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and passed there her PhD with honors in the field of Latin-American Literature with the dissertation Anatomy of the Stranger. Abjection as an analytical category in the work of Witold Gombrowicz. Silvina Mandolessi’s interest areas include Argentine and Latin-American literature, identity formation and cultural boundaries in the work of migrant writers, theories of the abject, as well as haunting and trauma in post-dictatorship contexts. In 2007 Silvana Mandolessi was awarded the prize to the best essay in Literature by the European Conference for Latin American Research. She is the author of El juego con los estereotipos. La redefinición de la identidad hispánica en la literatura y el cine posnacionales (Bern: Peter Lang, in press), “Heterotopía y literatura nacional en Diario argentino de Witold Gombrowicz” (Ciberletras N° 18, 2007) and several other articles in specialised journals such as Chasqui, Ciberletras, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos and Confluencia. Among her recent publications are “Cultural Hierarchies, Secondary Nations: The Tension between Europe and “Minor” Cultures in Witold Gombrowicz and Jorge Luis Borges”, in Nele Bemong, Mirjam Truwant and Pieter Vermeulen (eds.) and Rethinking Europe: Literature and (Trans)National Identity (Rodopi 2008). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance” granted by the European Research Council and based at the University of Konstanz. She also directs the organization CONEXX-Europe, specialized in scientific and technical cooperation between Europe and Latin America.

University of Konstanz, Silvana Mandolessi

Mariana Eva Perez

Political Science/Theatre. University of Konstanz

Mariana Eva Perez graduated in Political Science at the Social Sciences School of the University of Buenos Aires. She was granted several research scholarships of this school and of the Antorchas Foundation to develop her studies on memory and identity. She received her training as a playwright with Patricia Zangaro (2002-2007) and participated with her own work in the initial phase of Teatroxlaidentidad (“Theatre for identity”), a cycle sponsored by Argentinean human rights organizations. Her plays have been published in several anthologies and shown in Spain, Belgium, France, Bolivia, Venezuela and Scotland. Her work Peaje was distinguished with the 4th Germán Rozenmacher Prize for New Dramaturgy at the International Festival of Buenos Aires. She is also the author of the plays Ábaco, La Muñeca, Sin voz and Instrucciones para un coleccionista de mariposas and of a forthcoming book based on a fictionalized blog-autobiography. She has also published academic articles and journalistic texts. Mariana Eva Perez is now working on her doctoral dissertation about intertextuality, judicial testimony and dramatic text in post dictatorship Argentine theatre, in the frame of the Research Project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance” at the University of Konstanz.

University of Konstanz, Mariana Eva Perez

Stavros Stavrides

Arquitecture. National Technical University of Athens.

Stavros Stavrides is assistant professor at the Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Programme: Architectural Design - Space – Culture in the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he teaches a graduate course on social housing, as well as a postgraduate course on the meaning of metropolitan experience. His areas of research are Architecture, Sociology, Space Theory, Urban Anthropology and Urban Geography. He has also researched about the memories around Gyaros concentration camp and has developed an architectural proposal for the creation of memory routes in this island. He has published five books (as well as numerous articles) on spatial theory: The Symbolic Relation to Space (Athens, 1990), Advertising and the Meaning of Space (Athens, 1996), The Texture of Things (Athens, 1996) and From the City-as-Screen to the City-as-Stage (Athens, 2002 National Book Award), Suspended Spaces of Alterity (2010) and Towards the City of Thresholds (In English, 2010). His research is currently focused on forms of emancipating spatial practices (characteristically developed in his contribution to Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Public Life, Routledge 2006 K. Franck, Q. Stevens eds.).

James Tyner

Geography. Kent State University, Ohio.

James Tyner completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Southern California in 1995. He is currently a professor at the Kent University in Ohio where he also coordinates the Area of Asia and is a member of the Population Specialty Group at the Association of American Geographers (AAG). His research centers on the intersection of political and population geography. His most recent work has addressed war, violence, and genocide, where he made an important contribution to the comprehension of the spatial dimension as a key factor for understanding the effects of genocide. His regional interest in Southeast Asia has taken him in recent travels to Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and China. He is the author of 13 books, including War, Violence, and Population: Making the Body Count (Guilford, 2009) which received the AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution to Geography, Space, Place, and Violence: Violence and the Embodied Geographies of Race, Sex, and Gender (Routledge, 2011), Military Legacies: A World Made by War (Routledge, 2010), The Philippines: Mobilities, Identities, and Globalization (Routledge, 2009), The Killing of Cambodia: Geography, Genocide and the Unmaking of Space (Ashgate, 2008), The Geography of Malcolm X: Black Radicalism and the Remaking of American Space (Routledge, 2006), and Nonkilling Geography (2011), coedited with Joshua Inwood.


Reyes Mate

Philosophy. Institute of Philosophy, CCHS-CSIC

The Philosopher Manuel Reyes Mate Ruperez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Münster (1972), Germany, and of the Autonomous University of Madrid (1980), Spain. In 1990 he co-founded the Institute of Philosophy in Madrid, of which he was principal until 1998. Today, he heads the moral and political philosophy department and holds a research professorship endowed by Spain's Higher Council for Scientific Research. Reyes Mate is the author of the following books: La razón de los vencidos (Anthropos, 1991 (translated into French as La raison des vaincus, L'Harmattan, 1993); Memoria de Occidente. Actualidad de pensadores judíos olvidados (1997, translated into English as Memory of the West, Rodopi, 2004), Penser en espagnol (Presses Universitaires de France, 2001); Auschwitz. Actualidad moral y política (Trotta, 2003, translated into Portuguese as Memórias de Auschwitz. Atualidade e politica, Nova Harmonia, 2005); Medianoche en la historia. Comentario a la Tesis de Walter Benjamin sobre el concepto de historia (Trotta, 2006, translated into French as Minuit dans l'histoire. Commentaire aux textes de Walter Benjamin sur le concept d'histoire, Mix, 2009) and La herencia del olvido (Errata Naturae, 2008), winner of Spain's National Essay Award 2010). He is the editor of the Enciclopedia Iberoamericana de Filosofía, a 35-volume work (of which 30 volumes have been published so far) that draws together papers contributed by over 500 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking authors. He is also the lead researcher for the project "Philosophy After the Holocaust," and a regular contributor to the pages of El País and El Periódico de Catalunya.

Kirsten Mahlke

Literature/Cultural Theory and Methods. University of Konstanz.

Kirsten Mahlke studied Romanic and Slavic Languages and Cultures as well as Anthropology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where she also received her PhD. Her doctoral dissertation Offenbarung im Westen. Frühe Berichte aus der Neuen Welt (“Revelations in the West. Early reports from the new world“) analyses travel narrations by French protestant travelers to America in the 16th Century and was published by the renowned S.Fisher Verlag. Her second book is an original study of Argentina’s literature and its reception and assimilation of Physics’ quantic theory. Kirsten Mahlke was awarded scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volk and was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz, University of Konstanz and of the WIN-Kolleg Kulturelle Grundlagen der Europäischen Einigung, at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. She was Professor of Romanic Literature at the University of Heidelberg (2009-2010) and is currently tenured Professor in Cultural Theory and Methodology at the University of Konstanz. Kirsten Mahlke integrates several editorial boards as well as advisory boards of German academic institutions. In 2009 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council to direct the research project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance. Fantastic Dimensions of collective memory of the last military dictatorship in Argentina” (2010-2015), which explores the narrative and social elaboration of violence and trauma from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Pamela Colombo

Sociology/Philosophy. Institute of Philosophy, CCHS-CSIC

Pamela Colombo graduated in Sociology at the Social Sciences School of the University of Buenos Aires. She got the Master in Philosophy of History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Actually she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Philosophy at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). In 2009 she received a CSIC doctoral fellowship to work in her doctoral dissertation: “The social construction of time and space after the process of forced disappearance (1974-1983), in Tucumán, Argentina”, under the supervision of Reyes Mate. She was Visiting Scholar at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Freie Universität Berlin, Ibero-Amerikanische Institut Berlin and the City University of New York. She also received grants from Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), University Autónoma de Madrid and the Residencia de Estudiantes (CSIC). Currently she is member of the research group “Philosophy after the Holocaust” (Ministry of Science and Innovation) and also is a research member of the project “Clandestine inhumations (1974-1983) and their symbolic realization in the suburbs of Tucumán City (Argentina)” (University of Buenos Aires). She published several articles related with process of political violence and the reshaped of space: Espacio y desaparición: los campos de concentración en Argentina (Revista Isegoria), Espacios de confrontación y desaparición en Tucumán, Argentina (Revista Iberoamericana).

Estela Schindel

Sociology/Social Anthropology. University of Konstanz.

Estela Schindel graduated in Communications at the Social Sciences School of the University of Buenos Aires, where she was an assistant teacher on Philosophy of Technology, History of the Ideas and the Relation between Art and the Mass Media (1990-1999). As a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship holder she spent a guest research stay at the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism of the Technical University Berlin (1997) and completed her PhD in Sociology (2004) at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. She has taught graduate courses at various German and Argentinean universities and published numerous articles about the relation between art, memory and urban space; the elaboration of the traumatic past in Latin America and the social construction of exclusion. She was appointed by the Ibero-American Institute of Berlin to make a research on the Holocaust Reception in Latin American intellectual field, was in care of the concept and coordination of the international symposium “Urban memory cultures: Berlin and Buenos Aires” (Berlin, 2005) and coedited the volumes based on that encounter (Metropol Verlag, 2009; Buenos Libros/Böll Foundation, 2010). She was a founding member of the artistic collective migrantas, which undertakes interventions in the public space with immigrant women ( and worked as an author and independent consultant for the German cooperation agency InWEnt (GIZ) in a program on historic memory carried out in six Latin American countries. Now a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz, Estela Schindel is studying -in the frame of the project “Narratives of Terror and Disappearance”- spatial practices, pictures and narratives that arise out of the coexistence between former Argentinean clandestine detention centres or sites of illegal inhumation and the “normal” urban life.

University of Konstanz. Estela Schindel

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