Aleksandr Etkind, Mikhail M. Bakhtin Professor of History of Russia-Europe Relations at the European University Institute of Florence. Alexander Etkind has Pa hD in Psychology from Bekhterev Institute, Leningrad, and another in Slavonic Literatures from the University of Helsinki. He taught at the European University at St. Petersburg, as well as Cambridge University before coming to the European University Institute. He was a visiting professor at New York University and Georgetown University, and a resident fellow at Harvard, Princeton, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire, comparative studies of cultural memory, and the dynamics of the protest movement in Russia. In 2010-2013, he directed the European research project, Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.
Dirk Uffelmann, (email@example.com) Chair of Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Passau, studied Russian, Polish, Czech and German Literature at the Universities of Tübingen, Vienna, Warsaw, and Constance. He obtained his PhH from the University of Constance in 1999 and defended his second thesis (Habilitation) at the University of Bremen in 2005 before teaching as a Lecturer in Russian at the University of Edinburgh. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Bergen, Norway, Western Michigan University, USA and visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and the University of Munich. At present, he is full professor of Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Passau and research fellow of the joint Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies of the Universities of Munich and Regensburg. From 2011 to 2014 he served as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. His research interests are Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Central Asian literature, philosophy, religion, migration, masculinity and internet studies. He is co-editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie as well as of the book series Postcolonial Perspectives on Eastern Europe and Polonistik im Kontext.
Ellen Rutten: Ellen is professor of Literature (with a focus on Slavonic literature and culture) & chair of the Slavonic Department at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include post-Soviet culture, literature, design and art, social media, and memory discourse. She is a founding editor of the peer-reviewed new-media journal Digital Icons. Rutten recently finalized a HERA research project on what she calls “web wars”: discussions of the Soviet past in post-socialist media. Together with Julie Fedor and Vera Zvereva, she published the edited volume Memory, Conflict & New Media (Routledge 2013). She is also the author of Unattainable Bride Russia (Northwestern UP 2010), a study of Russian political gender metaphors. At the moment Rutten studies a trend to embrace imperfection in contemporary (Russian) culture and she is finalizing a book on post-Soviet sincerity rhetoric.
Marijeta Bozovic, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. A specialist in Russian and Balkan modernism, Marijeta completed her Ph.D. in Russian Literature at Columbia University in 2011. After two years at Colgate University as an Assistant Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, she joined the Yale Slavic Department in 2013. Her first book project, From Onegin to Ada: Nabokov’s Canon, examines canon formation, transcultural literatures, and struggles with other media. Her current research is on contemporary politically engaged poetry in Moscow and St. Petersburg; that new project is entitled Avant-Garde Post–: Radical Poetics After the Soviet Union.