Judit Niran Frigyesi is a teacher, musicologist, ethnomusicologist, and writer, associate professor of Bar Ilan and emeritus professor of Princeton, Brown and Tel Aviv Universities. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century music and literature, the music of Béla Bartók, music cultures, especially ritual music practices, outside of the European tradition, and the prayer chant of the East-European Jews. Her artistic works include short stories, poems, photographs and photomontages, film and multi-media. Her latest book is Writing on Water. The Sounds of Jewish Prayer published by CEU Press in 2018.
Diane Geraci is the Director of the CEU Library. She has expertise in collection development of digital and print information resources, traditional library operations and technologies, as well as in institutional repositories and archives, large-scale social science data archives, open access, and the changing scholarly communication environment. Before coming to CEU she had worked, among others, at MIT, Harvard University and the University of Michigan.
Anna Hájková is associate professor of history at the University of Warwick. Her research interest includes the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and modern Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the history of genocides, history of gender and sexualities, and history of everyday life in general.
Ivan Krastev is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM). He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the global advisory board of Open Society Foundations, New York, and a member of the advisory council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and Transit – Europäische Revue.
Gerd Koenen is a historian and freelance writer based in Frankfurt am Main. He has worked as a publishing editor and journalist, has authored a number of books on the German-Russian relations in the 20th century, on the history of communism and the New Left. Between 1992-1997 he was scientific research assistant of Lew Kopelew at the “Wuppertal Project”, a research project, that analyzed the German image of Russia and the Russian image of Germany. His latest book, the Die Farbe Rot. Ursprünge und Geschichte des Kommunismus (The Color Red. The Origins and History of Communism) was published by C.H. Beck in 2017. In 2007 he received the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding.
Liladhar Pendse is the UC Berkeley librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies, Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, and the Head of International Exchanges-Collections. He holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies, an M.A. in Latin American Studies, and a MLIS, all from UCLA. Before joining UC Berkeley in 2012, Dr. Pendse worked at several academic libraries, including UCLA and Princeton University.
Nenad Popović is a publisher, publicist and translator. Studied German, Croatian and Yugoslav literature. He wrote numerous articles in magazines and feature pages of weekly and daily newspapers, worked as a translator and editor. In 1990, he co-founded the Publishing House Durieux, where he was editor-in-chief until 2013. In 1999, he co-founded the literary group “Gruppe 99”, and in 2002 he was one of the co-founders of the Croatian Writers' Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Leipzig Literary Prize for European Understanding (1999), with Freimut Duve, the Bruno-Kreisky-Prize for Political Book (1999), the Hermann-Kesten-Medal of the German P.E.N. Center (2000). In 2000 he was awarded the Honorary Citizenship of the City of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is member of the Croatian P.E.N. Center, Croatian Writers' Association, Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Journalists help Journalists (JhJ), Munich; International Forum Bosnia, Sarajevo; Society of Croatian Literary Translators. He lives in Pula.
Iulius Rostas is a Visiting Professor at the Romani Studies Program. Between August 2016 and July 2019, he served as Chair of Romani Studies/Assistant Professor at Central European University in Budapest. He was an Affiliated Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU, Senior Fellow with the Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office and Visiting Lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. He has worked for the Open Society Foundations, the European Roma Rights Center and the Government of Romania and consulted the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Roma Education Fund.
Professor Maria Todorova is the Gutgsell Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She specializes in the history of the Balkans in the modern period. Her influential book Imagining the Balkans has been translated into fourteen languages.