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Past in the Making

Michal Kopeček

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1Eva Hahn was a research fellow at the Collegium Carolinum in Munich until 1999. Since then she has worked as an independent historian in Oldenburg, Germany. She is the author of numerous studies on the intellectual history of Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, see​evahahn.

2Hans Henning Hahn is Professor of East European History at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. He specializes in Polish and Czech history, concentrating on historical research on national stereotypes and German attitudes to East European nations. Among his recent publications are Politische Mythen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Heidi Hein-Kircher and Hans Henning Hahn, eds., (Marburg: Verlag Herder-Institut, 2006) and Nationale Wahrnehmungen und ihre Stereotypisierung. Beiträge zur Historischen Stereotypenforschung, Hans Henning Hahn, Elena Mannová, eds., (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag, 2007)

3Owen V. Johnson is Associate Professor of Journalism and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University. He is writing a book on media and nation in 20th-century Slovakia. He previously wrote Slovakia 1918– 1938: Education & the Making of a Nation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985).

4Georgiy Kasianov is the Head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics, Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

5Katya A. M. Kocourek studied the contemporary history of East-Central Europe and Russia at the universities of London and Oxford. Her current research concerns the political legitimacy of Czechoslovak state ideology, particularly in interwar Czechoslovakia (1918–38). She has published essays and articles on themes of Czechoslovak and Russian history in the 20th century. She was founder-editor of the journal Central Europe (2002–04) at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London.

6Michal Kopeček is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History, Prague. He has specialized in modern intellectual history and nationalism in East Central Europe, Communism and transition studies, and the history and theory of historiography. Apart from publishing various articles he is one of the editors of the series of volumes Bolševismus, komunismus a radikální socialismus v Československu [Bolshevism, Communism and Radical Socialism in Czechoslovakia] (Prague: ÚSDDokořán, 2003–2005) and of the Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1770–1945): Text and Commentaries (Budapest, New York: CEU Press, 2006ff)

7Ferenc Laczó is a doctoral student at the History Department of Central European University, Budapest. His main research interests are political ideologies and nationalism, modernity and urbanism in East Central Europe (more specifically the symbolism and perceptions of capital cities), and the history of Communism in East Central Europe (especially cultural life, dissidence and opposition, and the legacy and memory of Communism)

8Ingo Loose studied contemporary history and Slavonic languages in Hamburg, Warsaw, Moscow and Berlin. He is a lecturer in the department of Contemporary History, Humboldt University of Berlin. His fields of interest are contemporary Polish history and the history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe; in 2005 he received the Prix de la Fondation Auschwitz—Jacques Rozenberg, Brussels. His recent publications include “Credit Banks and the Holocaust in the Generalgouvernement, 1939– 1945,” in: Yad Vashem Studies 34 (2006), pp. 177–218; Credits for Nazi Crimes. German credit banks in Poland and the looting of the Polish and Jewish population, 1939–1945 (Munich: 2007) (forthcoming).

9András Mink, historian and journalist, is Senior Research Archivist at the Open Society Archives, Budapest, and editor-in-chief of the liberal monthly Beszélő. His areas of interest are the history of Hungary after 1945 and historiography. He has authored a number of articles and edited several volumes on Hungarian history, most recently The Defendant: the State. The Story of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. (Budapest: Hungarian Helsinki Committee, 2005)

10Vladimir Petrović is a research associate of the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade and doctoral candidate at the History Department of the Central European University in Budapest. Currently he is researching the nexus between historical narratives and legal procedures.

11Rafał Stobiecki is Professor at the Chair of the History of Historiography of Łódź University. His fields of interest include the history of modern historical thought with special emphasis on the historiography of the communist period and Polish historiography in exile. Author of numerous books, most recently Bolszewizm a Historia. Próba rekonstrukcji bolszewickiej filozofii dziejów [Bolshevism versus history. An attempt to reconstruct the Bolshevik philosophy of history] (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 1998); Klio na wygnaniu. Z dziejów polskiej historiografii na uchodźstwie w Wielkiej Brytanii po II wojnie światowej po 1945 r. [Clio in exile. On Polish émigré historiography in Great Britain after 1945] (Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 2005); co-author with Jarosław Kita of Słownik biograficzny historyków łódzkich [Biographical dictionary of Łódź historians] (Łódź: Ibidem, 2000); Jerzego Giedroycia rozrachunki z historią i polityką [Jerzy Giedroyc’s coming to terms with history and politics] (Łódź: Ibidem, 2005).

12Aviezer Tucker teaches philosophy at Queens University, Belfast. His main fields of interest are the philosophy of historiography, epistemology, philosophy of science, and social and political philosophy and theory. He has published Our Knoweldge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004) and The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 2000). He is now editing The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophies of Historiography and History.

13Meike Wulf is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London (UCL SSEES). She received a BA from the University of Münster, a MA from SSEES, and a PhD from the Government Department (LSE). She studied and taught at the Universities of Münster, Uppsala, Konstanz, Tallinn, as well as at BEEGS (Stockholm), and the KWI (Essen). Her research interests center on memory studies, life story research, generations, nationalism, civil society, multiculturalism, identity politics and contemporary East European history and politics (i.e., the Baltic States).

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