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Tim Buchen (Dresden)

Tim Buchen is the Junior Professor for German Social and Economic Networks in Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries at the Technical University Dresden. From 2015 to 2017 he was the German Academic Exchange Council (DAAD) Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Author of numerous articles, his 2012 book, Antisemitismus in Galizien: Agitation, Gewalt und Politik gegen Juden in der Habsburgermonarchie um 1900, was officially recognized by the Polish Ambassador to Germany as best dissertation in 2011. His current research focuses on the resettlement of populations (specifically solidiers) at the end of World War I in East Central Europe.


Frank Grelka (Frankfurt Oder)

Frank Grelka is an Academic Research Fellow at the European University Viadrina specializing in twentieth century East Central European political history. He studied theater, film and television studies and history in Cracow and Bochum, where Grelka received his Ph.D. in history in 2005 with his comparative study on the Ukrainian national movement under German occupation in World War I & II. At the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, together with colleagues in Moscow and Kiev he is working on a study about the “Prize Task Force” of the Red Army acquiring art objects from the Soviet Military Administration in Germany, 1944 – 1948. Grelka is also writing a monograph about the significance of non-industrial forced-labor camps for Jews in the context of the Holocaust in the Lublin District.


Ondřej Klípa (Prague)

Ondřej Klípa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and East European Studies at Charles University. Klípa graduated in Slavic Philology (spec. in Polish Language) and Ethnology as well as in Area Studies. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Fulbright-Masaryk Scholarship to the US. He worked at the secretariats of the Government Council for National Minorities and the Government Council for Roma Minority Affairs at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. He also worked in the civil society in the field of development cooperation and human-rights protection. His research focuses on migration, ethnic conflicts, ethnic and religious minorities and social exclusion.


Jannis Panagiotidis (Osnabrück)

Jannis Panagiotidis is a historian of transnational migration history, with an additional interest in post-socialist economic transformations. He is particularly focused on the regions of Germany, East Europe, Israel, and Greece. Since 2014, he has been the Junior Professor for Migration and Integration of “Russlanddeutschen” (ethnic Germans from Russia) at the University of Osnabrück. Prior to that, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Free University of Berlin and the Imre Kertész College of Jena. He received his dissertation in 2012 from the European University Institute in Florence.


Peter Polak-Springer (Qatar)

Peter Polak-Springer is Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary history at Qatar University. His book, Recovered Territory: A German-Polish Conflict over Land and Culture, 1919-1989, examines the processes of re-nationalizing territories based on acculturation and population politics, which followed successive episodes of border redrawing in the industrial Upper Silesian region. He has published articles and chapters on topics, such as the political use of refugees under the Nazis on the eve of World War II, comedy programs in the interwar period Polish-German “radio war” over Upper Silesia, and societal response to German and Polish census taking in interwar Upper Silesia, as well as Arabic-language media “occidentalisms” in discourses on Syrian refugees in Germany. He currently works on topics that compare twentieth century Europe and the Middle East, such as Catholic and Islamic Pilgrimages and politics in twentieth century Poland and Israel/Palestine, as well as the national bordering of Upper Silesia and Zubara (Qatar-Bahrain) during the interwar era.


Julia Reinke (Jena)

Julia Reinke is a PhD candidate and research associate at the Graduate School "Die DDR und die europäischen Diktaturen nach 1945" [The GDR and the European Dictatorships after 1945] in Jena. From July 2016 until June 2017 she was a research assistant at the Leibniz-Institut für die Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO) in Leipzig. Having studied in Freiburg and Poznań, she received her Magister Artium with a final thesis on “West-German Relations towards Poland in the Early 1980s. Reactions to Solidarność and Martial Law against the Background of the Cold War and German-Polish History” (in German, awarded the Scientific Prize of the Polish Ambassador, Munich, 2013). Her research interests include German contemporary history, the history of German-Polish relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and migration history.


Keely Stauter-Halsted (Chicago)

Stauter-Halsted is Stefan and Lucy Hejna Chair in the History of Poland at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stauter-Halsted’s first book, The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914, was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Orbis Prize for the best book on Polish affairs in 2002. Her second book, The Devil’s Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland, explores the everyday life of prostitutes across divided Poland, and in particular the migration of populations from the rural backwaters of Poland to the city. The Devil’s Chain received the American Historical Association’s Joan Kelly Prize for Gender and Women’s History, the Association of Women in Slavic Studies’ Heldt Prize, and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America’s Oskar Halecki Prize. More recently, Stauter-Halsted has turned to the study of refugees and forced migration in Eastern Europe, focusing especially on the period immediately following World War I.