Franziska Baum studies Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany, where she is writing her master’s thesis on issues of precarity and masculinity. Her research interests include new forms of work within digital capitalism and logistics, labor struggles and gender relations. She currently works as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität. Franziska was born in West Berlin in 1984 as the daughter of a West German journalist who worked as a correspondent in the GDR and an East German librarian who had applied to immigrate to the FRG in 1980. She was able to travel between the two German states in her youth, which makes her question her belonging to this day.
Daniel Kubiak holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany, where he is currently writing his dissertation on matters of West and East German identity and identification. He also works and teaches at Humboldt-Universität. In 2012 and 2013, he and Sandra Matthäus organized a discussion series about East Germany. One outcome was their publication of the anthology Der Osten – Neue sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf einen Gegenstand jenseits von Verurteilung und Verklärung in 2016 with Springer VS.
Stephan Ehrig is a Teaching Fellow in German at Durham University, UK. Before joining Durham, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Modern Language Research, University of London. He wrote his PhD thesis on the reception of Heinrich von Kleist in GDR literature and theatre at the University of Bristol. He is part of the network ‘Literature in divided Germany’ based at Berlin’s Humboldt University. His monograph Der dialektische Kleist will be published in February 2018, and the co-edited volume The GDR Today – New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on East German History, Memory and Culture will be coming out in spring 2018.