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Pinar Bilgin received a doctorate from the University of Wales in 2000, after which she joined Bilkent University in Ankara, where she now serves as associate professor, teaching and researching Turkish, Middle Eastern and global security policy. Among her publications is Regional Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective (2005); her journal articles have been published in Political Geography, European Journal of Political Research, Third World Quarterly, International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis and Geopolitics. Furthermore she is an associate editor of Security Dialogue. Bilgin is a holder of the Young Scientist Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (2008, TÜBA-GEBİP) and received in 2009 the Young Scientist Incentive Award of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
James Der Derian is professor for International Relations at Brown University’s Watson Institute and has focused on the impact of technology, media, and terrorism on global security. He leads the research initiative “Global Engagement through Innovative Media”, which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. His most recently published books are Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2nd ed. 2009) and Critical Practices in International Theory (2009). Der Derian has produced a number of documentaries, among them After 9/11 (2003) and Human Terrain (2010). As this year’s fellow of the American Academy in Berlin he is researching US military’s campaign to involve America’s leading academics in US military counterinsurgency efforts, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was recently awarded the Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy by the American Academy in Berlin.
Andreas Eckert is chairman of the Forum Transregional Studies, Berlin and has been professor of African History at Humboldt University Berlin since 2007. The focus of his research is the history of Africa and colonialism, on which he has published books as well as numerous papers in journals and in edited collections. He studied history, romance studies and journalism in Hamburg, Aix-en-Provence und Yaoundé (Cameroon) and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University.
Elias Khoury is a novelist, playwright, literary critic and editor, living in Beirut. This year he is fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin), where he is working on the sequel to his novel, Bab Al-Shams (Gate of the Sun). For this novel of the collective uprooting of the Palestinian people he received the Palestine Prize in 1998. Khoury teaches at the New York University as global distinguished professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. He was an activist in the Palestinian resistance organization Fatah and is one of the Arab world’s leading writers and intellectuals, author of numerous novels und three plays. He was the editor of the cultural supplement to the Beirut daily newspaper An-Nahar from 1992 to 2009 and director of the Beirut experimental theatre “Masrah Bayrut” between 1993 and 1998. He is currently deputy editor of the monthly journal Shu'un Filistiniyya (Palestinian Affairs) and co-editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, Beirut. An outspoken intellectual, he has always confronted critically the social and political issues of the day and the politics of the Middle East in his novels, plays and essays. Recently the German translation of his novel Yalo was published by Suhrkamp.
Hans-Ulrich Klose is vice chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag (the federal Parliament) since 2002 and chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Group. He studied law and worked as public prosecutor in Hamburg, where his political career also started; he became mayor of the city in 1974. Having stepped down as mayor in 1981, he was elected to the Bundestag in 1983 and still represents his constituency for the Social Democratic Party (SPD). He has held several offices during his work in the Bundestag, such as SPD treasurer, chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group and vice president of the Bundestag. Klose has published three volumes of poetry.
Stephen Krasner is a faculty member at Stanford University where he is Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, both at Stanford University. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). Between 2005 and 2007 Krasner was director of Policy Planning at the US Department of State, where he was instrumental in drafting the reforms to development aid. His research interests are the influence of politics on international economic relations, the foreign policy of the USA and questions of sovereignty. In 2009 he published the book Power, the State, and Sovereignty: Essays on International Relations (New York: Routledge).
Volker Perthes has, since 2005, been director of the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he had previously been head of the Middle East and Africa Research Division. He rose to prominence through numerous publications on the Middle East. A political scientist holding the highest academic qualification, he has taught in Duisburg, Beirut, Munich and Berlin, and is a member of several scientific advisory councils. His most recent book, Iran: Eine politische Herausforderung, appeared in the autumn of 2008.
Hansjürgen Rosenbauer has been a correspondent for the German public broadcaster ARD in Prague and editor and commentator at the ARD studios in Bonn. He was the presenter of well-known TV programs such as Weltspiegel and Kulturweltspiegel and wrote various television features and documentaries. At WDR he was director of the foreign news desk and of the public broadcaster’s cultural, scientific and educational programming. He was the director of East German Broadcasting Brandenburg (ORB) in Potsdam between 1991 and 2003. He was also professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 1990 to 2008. He is a member of the selection committee of Filmförderung (public film funding) Hamburg/ Schleswig-Holstein, a member of the international programme advisory board at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and deputy chairman of the Media Council Berlin Brandenburg. Rosenbauer studied German Studies, Political Science and Sociology in Frankfurt am Main and New York.
Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She has taught law, political science, public policy, gender studies, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Michigan, Central European University (Budapest) and Yale Law School. After the revolutions of 1989, she focused her attention on the transformation of the countries under Soviet domination into constitutional rule-of-law states. Since 9/11, she has researched the effects of the international “war on terror” on constitutional protections around the world. Her forthcoming book, Judging After 9/11 will be published in 2012 by Harvard University Press. Her many publications include scores of scholarly articles in law reviews and disciplinary journals as well as the award-winning book Legal Secrets.
Bernd M. Scherer is the director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. A philosopher and author of numerous publications on aesthetics and international cultural exchange, he came to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from the Goethe Institute, where he was director of the Goethe Institute Mexico from 1999 to 2004 and subsequently director of the Arts Department at the Institute’s head office in Munich. In taking up the directorship of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, he returns to an institution whose development he had already helped shape decisively between 1994 and 1999 as head of the Department of Humanities and Culture and as deputy director. Since the start of 2011 he has been honorary professor of European Ethnology at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Jürgen Zöllner has been the state of Berlin’s senator for Education, Science and Research since November 2006. He had previously been professor at the University of Mainz from 1977. He became the university’s vice president in 1983 and its president in 1990. His appointment as minister for Science and Further Education of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate followed in May 1991. He served as minister for Education, Science and Further Education from 1994 until 2001 and subsequently as minister for Science, Further Education, Research and Culture until November 2006.
Michael Zürn has been director of the research unit “Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions” at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB) since 2004. Prior to his appointment as dean of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin from 2004 to 2009, Zürn was, between 1993 and 2004, professor of International and Transnational Relations, including Peace and Conflict Studies, within the Political Science department at the University of Bremen. There he was also director of the research centre “Transformations of the State” and co-founded the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Zürn publishes on topics including global governance, peace and conflict studies, the transformation of the state and the world risk society. Aside from his work at the WZB, he also teaches at the Free University of Berlin.
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