Magdalena M. Baran
Magdalena M. Baran is historian of idea, philosopher, columnist. She studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow and received her PhD in philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. She wrote her PhD thesis on the theory of just war, entitled: „Asking about just war – from strategy of Carl von Clausewitz to Michael Walzer's idea of ius post bellum”. Her research interests include the following topics: philosophy of war, applied ethics, political and social philosophy, history of idea. She also deals with issues in the fields of aesthetics and history of art. As a columnist she is a member of the Editorial Board of “Liberté!” quarterly, and one of the co-founders of “Kultura Liberalna” weekly. She also works with “Res Publica Nowa” and “Visegrad Insight”.
Vladimír Bartovic is the director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. He graduated in international trade and international politics at the University of Economics in Prague. From 2011 to 2012 he served as a director of Strategic Planning and Analysis at the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. He also worked as an editor in the magazine Integrace. He has been lecturing at the Institute of Public Administration and the Czech National Bank. Moreover, he cooperated with OSCE election missions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Kosovo.
Ivo Budil is a Professor of History at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, where he teaches at the Department of Historical Sciences as well as at the Department of Anthropology. He is a former dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts and a former vice-rector of the UWB. His main research disciplines are anthropology and history, particularly in relation to the Central European region.
Břetislav Dančák is the recently re-elected dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Masaryk University in Brno, where he also works at the Department of International Relations and European Studies. He graduated in political science and since 2008 he has been an Associate Professor at this faculty. From 2004 to 2009 he served as a director of the International Institute of Political Science of MU in Brno. His main research focuses are Central and Eastern European countries, their energy security and foreign and security policies.
Gábor Egry is a research fellow at the Institute of Political History in Budapest and Bolyai János Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He received a Ph.D. from the Eötvös Loránd University and he was a visiting lecturer also at universities in Miskolc, Riga and Bucharest. Moreover, he is an editor in chief of political history journal Múltunk (Our Past). His primary research topic is the history of minorities and nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe from the 19th century, with a focus on the inter-war Transylvania and its regionalist political currents.
Paul Gradvohl is the director of the Centre for French Civilization and Francophone studies at the University of Warsaw. He received his Ph.D. at the Paris-Sorbonne University and between 2002 and 2012 he was also a senior lecturer at the University of Lorraine in Nancy. In his research he focuses on cultural history, social history and civilizations of Central Europe.
Lukasz Jasina is a Polish historian and journalist, who works at the Museum of Polish History. He concluded his MA studies in Law, History and Journalism and received his Ph.D. in Film Studies at the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a chief of the Eastern Branch and columnist at Kultura Liberalna, commentator at Instytut Obywatelski (Civic Institute) and a Radio commentator at Polish Radio Lublin. His primary focus is on Russia and Ukraine.
Michel Henri Kowalewicz
Michel Henri Kowalewicz is a historian of ideas and philosophy and professor at Jagellonian University in Cracow. He founded the History of Ideas Research Centre and he is also the head of the European History of Ideas Research Network. His primary research focus is European thinking and culture of the 18th century and he completed his habilitation on the dissemination of ideas and texts in the 18th century at the University of Amiens in 2004. Before teaching at the Jagellonian University, he also taught at the University of Gdansk and at the Warsaw School of Social Psychology.
Michal Kšiňan is a historian working at the Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Science. He graduated from the Comenius University in Bratislava and also from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, where he focused on the contemporary history of Central Europe. Moreover he obtained his PhD. there in co-supervision with the Slovak Institute of History. In his work he focuses primarily on Slovak historical figure M. R. Štefánik, identity, collective memory and French and Slovak historiography.
Jiří Němec is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno. His main research discipline is the inter-war period. He analyzed for example the history of German science in Czechoslovakia and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia or the Hungarian argumentation against the Treaty of Trianon.
Andrea Petö is a professor at the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, where she is teaching courses on social and cultural history of Europe. Her other research areas include European comparative social and gender history, gender and politics or Holocaust. Moreover she works as a consultant to the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs and she has also experiences with projects addressing History and Citizenship education. Throughout her carrier she concluded several fellowships worldwide, for instance at the USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, University of Frankfurt or at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.
Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves is Associate Professor of political philosophy at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Wales, a stipendiary fellow of the Foundation of Polish Science and the Foundation of Brzezia Lanckoronskich, and Visiting Scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford, and she also held position of a visiting lecturer at several institutions in Europe including University of Hull, Oxford, Lumsa University in Rome and Central European University in Budapest. Her research interests include contemporary political philosophy, classical and Polish republican tradition, theories of citizenship, civil society and democracy, nation-state and nationalism, political education and neo-Aristotelianism. Currently she is working on a book project Civil Society, Democracy and Democratization and a serious of articles on civic unity and the rule of law.
Petr Pithart is a politician, lawyer and political scientist. He was one of the most prominent dissidents and leaders of the Civic Forum that played an important role during the regime change in 1989. Later he served as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic between 1990 and 1992 and was elected to the upper chamber of the Parliament in 1996. He was re-elected in 2000 and 2006 and appointed the President of the Senate twice. Moreover, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague.
Wojciech Przybylski is the editor in chief of Res Publica Nowa and Visegrad Insight. He studied Sociology and graduated from the University of Warsaw and the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. His main specialisation is Sociology and History of Ideas and he is a research assistant at the Erasmus Chair at the University of Warsaw. He received several scholarships from, among others, the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna, CEFRES in Prague, the Polish Minister of Science and the Goldman Sachs Global Leader honoured by the Institute of International Education (U.S.).
Nadège Ragaru is a research fellow at the Center for International Studies, the largest of Sciences Po’s research units. She is a historian and political scientist, and she holds a Ph.D. in Political Science. She teaches about Balkan and Eastern European history. Her current research focuses on the cultural history of socialism in Bulgaria and Macedonia, as well as on the history and the historiography of the Holocaust in South-Eastern Europe.
Jan Rydel is a historian concerned with Central and Eastern European history of 19th and 20th century. Until 2010 he was a researcher and professor at the Jagiellonian University and currently he is a professor at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. Between 2001 and 2005 he headed the Office of Culture, Science and Information of the Polish Embassy in Berlin and since 2008 he is the Polish representative on the board of the Polish-German Foundation for Science.
Louisa Slavkova is the executive director and one of the founding members of Sofia Platform in Bulgaria. She studied Political Science, History and English at the University of Cologne and she worked with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education on the development of the European network for civic education. She was also a political advisor to the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Environment. Her main area of expertise is comparative politics of transition in South-East Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.
Tamás Stark is a senior research fellow at the Center for Research in the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a senior fellow at the House of Terror museum in Budapest. His main research interest is in Hungarian history of the 1940s and 50s. In his scientific work he focused for example on Hungary’s involvement in the World War II, the Holocaust in Hungary, or the Soviet occupation and Stalinization of Hungary in the wake of the war.
Michal Vašečka is a sociologist, he works at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. Michal Vašečka is a founder of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture, he served a director of the CVEK in the period from 2006 to 2012. He has been a consultant of the World Bank in 2000-2008 and in 2011-2012. In 1999 - 2005 he has worked at the Slovak think-tank Institute of Public Affairs as a researcher and since 2000 as a program director.
Since 2010 Dr. Vašečka is a member of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Slovakia (chairman of the Board since 2012). In 2010-2012 he was a member of the APVV Board for social sciences. Since 2007 he is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor Bonn. Since 2010 Dr. Vašečka serves as a non-resident research associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, since 2014 also as a member of the Advisory Board of the ECMI Flensburg. In 2012-2013 he served as an external advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak republic in human rights issues. Since 2012 he serves as a representative of the Slovak republic in the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), human rights body of the Council of Europe. Since 2013 he is a member of the Executive Board of the Platform for Improvement of Health Status of Disadvantaged Groups, chairman of the Platform since June 2015.
Petr Vokřál is the mayor of Brno. He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Technology in Brno and at the beginning of his career he worked at the Research Institute of Engineering Structures. Not long thereafter he moved into the private sector and joined the company .A.S.A., where he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. After he left the company in 2013, he entered politics and became the mayor of Brno as a leader of ANO 2011 list of candidates in the municipal elections in 2014. Since February 2015 he is also a deputy chairman of the party.
Miklos Zeidler is a researcher at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where he also received his Ph.D. in History. His main research area is Hungarian foreign policy between 1918-1945. He wrote a book about territorial revision in Hungary 1920–1945 and he also wrote about one of the Hungarian historical personalities of the Right, Gyula Gömbös.