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.
Claudia Sandberg is a film historian and filmmaker who works at the University of Melbourne in the School of Languages and Linguistics as Senior Research and Teaching Fellow. Her research focuses on German cinema, transnational cinematic relations between Europe and Latin America, women filmmaking and questions of exile and migration in film. One of her most recent projects traces the participation of Chilean film personnel in German cinema East and West during the Cold War era. She made the feature-length Películas escondidas. Un viaje entre el exilio y la memoria (in collaboration with Alejandro Areal Vélez, 2016), a documentary that examines DEFA ‘Chile’ films as part of the audio-visual documentation of the Pinochet dictatorship. Claudia co-edited the volume Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Resisting Neoliberalism? (2018) together with Carolina Rocha and is currently working on a monograph about German-Jewish-Uruguayan filmmaker Peter Lilienthal.
Katrin Bahr is a doctoral candidate in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation focuses on the everyday life of East German citizens in Mozambique during the 1980s. In 2016, Katrin Bahr and Melanie Lorek published the article “Ja wohin gehen sie denn?“: Die “3. Generation Ostdeutscher” zwischen Suchen und Finden am Beispiel des 1.5 Generationskonzepts” in the anthology Die Generation der Wendekinder“: Elaboration eines Forschungsfeldes. In 2018 she curated the exhibition “East Germany in Mozambique: Private Photographs of a Forgotten Time” which was shown at the Centro Cultural Mocambicano-Alemão in Maputo, Mozambique and the Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst, USA.