Ewa Atanassow


Ewa Atanassow is a Professor of Political Thought at Bard College Berlin. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of ethics and psychology in the liberal tradition of political  thought, with emphasis on Tocqueville. She is the co-editor of Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Her current project examines the varieties of modern liberalism and its global outreach.

Roger Berkowitz

Roger_BerkowitzRoger Berkowitz is Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College and Associate Professor of Political Studies, Philosophy, and Human Rights at Bard College. He is a specialist in German philosophy and in the work of Hannah Arendt. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition (Harvard, 2005), an account of how the rise of science has led to the divorce of law and justice. He is an editor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics, amongst other titles. He edits HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center and is editor of the forthcoming essay collection, Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch.

Kerry Bystrom


Kerry Bystrom is Professor of Literature and Human Rights and Associate Dean at Bard College Berlin. She previously taught at Bard College Annandale, the University of Connecticut, and the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the author of Democracy at Home in South Africa: Family Fictions and Transitional Culture (Palgrave MacMillan) and is co-editor, among other publications, of the special issue of Journal of Human Rights entitled “Humanitarianism and Responsibility.” She has published numerous articles and book chapters on literature, human rights, humanitarianism, transitional justice and postcolonial studies.

Gerhard Casper

gerhard_casper-smallphoto-official-ConvertImagePrior to his presidency at the American Academy in Berlin since 2015, Gerhard Casper has held positions at multiple universities such the University of Chicago, Yale, and Stanford, where he served as the University President from 1992-2000. As a fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (Stanford) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, his focus lies on constitutional law and history as well as comparative law. His latest publication has the title The winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University (February 2014).

Jeffrey Champlin


Jeffrey Champlin, Associate Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, has been a professor at multiple campuses of the Bard Network, teaching primarily literature in New York, Al Quds, and currently Berlin. He has also taught at NYU, where he received his PhD, and Middlebury College. He is the author of The Making of a Terrorist: On Classic German Rogues (Northwestern University Press, 2015) and the editor of Terror and the Roots of Poetics (Atropos, 2013).

Marion Detjen

detjen_web_gr-ConvertImageMarion Detjen is a research associate at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam. As a publicist and historian, she focuses on the recapitulation of German history with regards to the wall between east and west, as well as the history of 20th century publishing and the borders between private and public sphere. As a columnist for Die Zeit, she regularly publishes articles that deal with contemporary political issues. Publications include Ein Loch in der Mauer. Die Geschichte der Fluchthilfe im geteilten Deutschland 1961-1989“ (2005) and „Die Deutschen und das Grundgesetz. Geschichte und Grenzen unserer Verfassung (with Max Steinbeis and Stephan Detjen, 2009).

 Stephan Detjen

f8hfhbhPd12921P2b00d-ConvertImageStephan Detjen is a German journalist who currently works as a correspondent for Deutschlandradio in Berlin. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of Deutschlandfunk. After studying law and history, he started working for Bayrischer Rundfunk and also reported on the German Federal Supreme Court and the Federal Constitutional Court for ARD and Deutschlandradio. Publications include Die Sprache des Politischen in Der Ort des Politischen. Politik, Medien und Öffentlichkeit in Zeiten der Digitalisierung (2012) as well as Die Deutschen und das Grundgesetz. Geschichte und Grenzen unserer Verfassung (with Maximilian Steinbeis und Marion Detjen, 2009).

Ines Kappert

ines_kappert-ConvertImageAt the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Berlin, Ines Kappert leads the Gunda-Werner-Institute for feminism and gender democracy. Her primary interest lies on exclusion and privilege in society, focusing on feminism, masculinity, and refugees as well as their portrayal in the media. As the director of the “Meinungsressort” of the Hamburg-based newspaper “taz”, she published articles on these topics between 2007 and 2015. Publications include “Der Mann in der Krise, oder, Kapitalismuskritik in der Mainstreamkultur “(2008), and “Sprung in die Stadt. Chisinau, Sofia, Pristina, Sarajevo, Warschau, Zagreb, Ljubljana: Kulturelle Positionen, politische Verhältnisse. Sieben Szenen aus Europa (with Katrin Klingan, 2006).

Susanne Koelbl


Susanne Koelbl works as a foreign correspondent for the German news magazine “Der Spiegel” and has reported from war and conflict areas such as the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran). She has travelled North Korea to explore and report about the people and politics of the country from within. She studied languages in France, Anger,  and politics and history at LMU in Munich. She is an award winning reporter and a Knight Wallace Fellow of the University of Michigan ´12. In 2009, she published her book “Krieg am Hindukusch – Menschen und Mächte in Afghanistan” (mit Olaf Ihlau). She also works at the Berlin cultural venue “BOX Freiraum” as a poetry mentor and moderator.

Carolina Mojto

11062358_10153345192736535_3496245267858015616_n-ConvertImageArchitect Carolina Mojto is the founder of BOX Freiraum in Berlin. After obtaining her degree in Architecture at ETH Zurich, she worked on the Olympic stadium in Beijing as part of the firm Herzog & Demeuron before focusing on the renovation of buildings in East Berlin. In 2008, she started campaigning to turn the space in Friedrichshain that is now known as BOX Freiraum into an accessible place for artists to display their work ranging across the different artistic disciplines and share it with the public. She is the director of the BOX Freiraum.

Orwa Nyrabia

Orwa_nyrabia_by_razan_ghazzawi_2014.tiff-ConvertImageOrwa Nyrabia is an acclaimed Syrian producer and filmmaker who currently resides in Berlin. After studying dramatic arts and acting in Damascus, he trained as a film producer at the INA/Sorbonne in France and co-founded Proaction Films, the first independent film production company in Syria, in 2002. As an activist and filmmaker, he has won multiple awards, including The Polk Award (2015) as well as the HRW Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking (2015). His 2013 documentary “Return to Homs” about two young adults living in a war-torn Syrian town, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Patrice Poutrus

poutrus-portrait-ConvertImagePatrice G. Poutrus has been a Lise-Meitner-Fellow at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte at the University of Vienna since 2013. His focus lies on social history, specifically with regards to war and migration in 20th century Germany. Currently, he is working on a research project titled “Ein-, durch-, auswandern: Eine vergleichende Studie zur massenmedialen Repräsentation von Migration in den Metropolen Wien und Berlin, 1919-1933/34“. His numerous publications include journal articles such as „Ankunft – Alltag – Abreise: Migration und interkulturelle Begegnung in der DDR-Gesellschaft“ (with Christian Th. Müller, 2005).

Aarash D. Spanta

IMG_2366-1024x683-ConvertImageAarash D. Spanta is a Berlin-Based lawyer with a focus on copyright and media, as well as a philosophical and political thinker.  He earned his degree at Freie Universität Berlin and was a trainee at the Court of Appeal in Berlin. Aside from his work as a lawyer, he has also been involved in the film and television business as a technician and camera assistant for the German broadcaster WDR and as a documentary film author.  He was also instrumental in setting up the poetry program at BOX Freiraum.

Annette Vowinckel

_6010_7x10_webAnnette Vowinckel has been a part of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam since 2006, where he currently functions as the director of the department “Zeitgeschichte der Medien- und Informationsgesellschaft”. Furthermore, she lectures on modern history at Humboldt University Berlin. Her current research focus lies on photojournalism and the political and public sphere in the 20th century. Her publications include “Das Relationale Zeitalter. Individualität, Normalität und Mittelmaß in der Kultur der Renaissance“ (2011) as well as „European Cold War Cultures? Societies, Media, and Cold War Experiences in East and West, New York“ (2012, with Marcus M. Payk, Thomas Lindenberger and Bernd Stöver).

Ulrich Wilhelm

ulrich-wilhelm-110-_v-img__16__9__l_-1dc0e8f74459dd04c91a0d45af4972b9069f1135-ConvertImageUlrich Wilhelm has been the director of Bayrischer Rundfunk (Bavarian radio and television broadcast) in Munich since 2010. With degrees in journalism and law, he has worked for the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts as well as the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government. Since 2011, he has been an adjunct head of the department for cinema and television direction at the University for Television and Film in Munich. He is a member of the senate of the Max Planck Society as well as the University Council of Munich University.