Yanli He is an Assistant Professor in the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University in China, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University (2018-2019). She has published thirty journal articles and a book. Her research interests include Soviet Socialist Realism, Stalinism and Sots-Art. She is the author of “Boris Groys and the Total Art of Stalinism” (Thesis Eleven, Fall, 2019), “Rethinking Minor/Small Literature as Secondary Zone Literature” (Territories: A Trans-Cultural Journal of Regional Studies, forthcoming), “Erasing the Pink on World Atlas: Mapping African American Literature” (Space and Culture, forthcoming). Together with Robert T.Tally, she is editing a special issue “Periphery and Center: Mapping Minor/Small and World Literatures” for Space and Culture. Meanwhile, she is currently co-editing a special issue “(Ultra) Minor/Small Literatures on the Brink: Historiographies of the 20th Century Revisited” with Iker Arranz Otaegui from University of California, Santa Barbra, and another special issue “Socialism, Socialist Realism and World Literature” with Daniel Webster Pratt from McGill University.
Song Ha Joo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Zhejiang University, China. She received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2019. In 2016-2017, she was a visiting researcher at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia and the Academy of Public Administration in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Her research focuses on authoritarian politics and migration with a regional emphasis on post-communist Europe and Eurasia. Currently, she is working on a project that analyzes the impact of electoral politics on immigration policies in Russia and Kazakhstan at the federal and regional level. In other projects, she investigates the causes of closed refugee policies and open labor immigration policies in Eastern Europe and the role of the state in shaping civil society under the Putin regime.
Dmytro Koval is an Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. His current research focuses on the international criminal courts' influence on post-conflict societies’ collective memory. In 2014 Dmytro defended a PhD thesis on “International Law Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”. During 2012-2013 he was engaged in the research project “Restitution of Cultural Property: International Law Regulation and National Experience” at Jagiellonian University, Krakow. In 2015-2017 he served as a member of the Ministry of Justice Expert Committee on International Humanitarian Law Implementation. He also contributed to the monitoring reports of the Truth Hounds, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, CrimeasSOS and other NGOs on the compliance of the parties in armed conflict in Ukraine with the international humanitarian law provisions. Earlier Dmytro consulted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on the cultural property protection in the event of armed conflict.
Sergiu Musteata is a Professor in the Faculty of History and Geography at the Ion Creangă State Pedagogical University of Moldova. He holds his Ph.D. in history from Al.I. Cuza University, Iași, Romania (1999). Musteata is a former Fulbright research fellow at the University of Maryland, an OSI scholar at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He was a DAAD and Humboldt Foundation fellow and visiting professor at Frankfurt am Main, Bonn, Freiburg im Breisgau, Braunschweig universities. In 2017 he was hosted by Uppsala University Campus Gotland as a senior scientist of the Swedish Institute’s Visby Programme in 2016. He is the author of 8 monographs, more than 300 scientific publications, editor of over 20 books, and editor of two journals. His major academic interests are history of Eastern Europe, cultural heritage preservation and textbooks analysis.
David L. Ransel is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published nine books, including four monographs, and several dozen articles on topics in Russian political, social and oral history. Ransel served as editor-in-chief of the Slavic Review 1980-85 and editor-in-chief of the American Historical Review 1985-95. From 1995 to 2009 he was director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University. He served as president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2004. He is currently at work on an oral history study of civic identity and social attachments of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations of workers in the industrial suburbs of Moscow.
Klaus Segbers is a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and East European Politics at the Free University of Berlin (FUB) since 1996. In the winters of 2008-9, 2011-2 as well as 2015-6, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s SIPA and guest scholar at Stanford University. From 1985 to 1990, he was a research fellow at the Universities of Bremen and Frankfurt am Main, and from 1990 to 1996 he was the Head of Department at the biggest German think tank, the Foundation for Science and Politics (SWP). He subsequently oversaw various research projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Dr. Segbers has published two edited books: Making Global City Regions (Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore, 2007) and Public Challenges, Private Solutions? (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2005). Among his many articles are “Everything Flows – Approaches Toward a New Understanding of Politics”, in: J. Braml, T. Risse, E. Sandschneider (eds.), Yearbook of International Politics, vol. 28, München, 2010, pp. 30-34, and. “Global Cities in the New Global Landscape”, in: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, July, 2015. Dr. Segbers’ current research emphasis is on the levels and forms of global governance, in the patterns of institutional change in different societies, and changing styles of policymaking. He also analyzes the current waves of populism.