Gregory Asmolov is a PhD candidate at the Media and Communication department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a visiting lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).
Tatiana Barandova is a senior lecturer at the Department of Applied Political Study, The National Research University - Higher School of Economics (Campus St.-Petersburg).
Gabriella Bianco is a member of the International Network of Women Philosophers – UNESCO. Her latest book is Tiempos de cambio, tiempos de revolución. Para un humanismo revolucionario, Buenos Aires (2013).
Marc Botha is a full-time research associate on the Leverhulme Tipping Points project in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.
James Carney holds a Marie Curie Fellowship in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford; he also holds a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College, Oxford.
Robert P. Crease holds a professorship in the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University in New York State. He is a columnist for Physics World and the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Physics in Perspective.
Arianna Dagnino conducts research on transcultural practices at The University of British Columbia. Her book Transcultural writers and novels in the age of global mobility is in press at Purdue University Press.
Edward V. Demenchonok is a Professor of Foreign Languages and Philosophy at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, USA. He is the editor and contributor of Between Global Violence and Ethics of Peace: Philosophical Perspectives (2009) and Philosophy after Hiroshima (2010).
Thomas Docherty (Keynote)
Thomas Docherty is Professor and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies programme at Warwick University. He has published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the renaissance to the present day. Some of his recent work has focused on matters of cultural policy related to international higher education. His most recent book is Confessions: the Philosophy of Transparency (Bloomsbury 2012). He is working on two new books, one on the University and Globalisation, and a second on Memory.
Frank Donoghue (Keynote)
Frank Donoghue holds a professorship in the Department of English at Ohio State University in the United States. He is the author of The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities, published in 2008, and The Fame Machine: Book-Reviewing and Eighteenth-Century Literary Careers, published in 1996.
Robert Eaglestone (Keynote)
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as Deputy Director of the Holocaust Research Centre. He was formerly Deputy Dean of Arts and Humanities at RHUL. He is a fellow of the HEA; editor of the Routledge Critical Thinkers series; Literary Advisor to the British Council; a member of the Executive Committee of the Forum for European Philosophy, and consultant to the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency. He is currently completing a manuscript on the Holocaust and genocide in contemporary literature and culture, and a volume of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (Volume 2 1966 to Present day).
Christophe is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Speaker of the Stefan George Study Group at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, and Managing Director of the Leipzig-based Knowledge Assurance Provider NIMIRUM.
Sander Gilman (Keynote)
Sander Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over eighty books. His book Obesity: The Biography appeared with Oxford University Press in 2010; his most recent edited volume, The Third Reich Sourcebook was published with the University of California Press in 2013. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in North America, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, China, and New Zealand. He has served as president of the Modern Language Association and has been awarded a Doctorate of Laws by the University of Toronto, elected an honorary professor of the Free University in Berlin, and is an honorary member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Simon James is a Professor of English Studies at Durham University. He serves as editor of The Wellsian, the journal of the H.G. Wells Society, and has co-edited the volume George Gissing and the Woman Question: Convention and Dissent (forthcoming).
Catherine Moir is a teaching bye-fellow at Magdalene College and Temporary Lecturer in German at the University of Cambridge. She contributed an article to the volume The Privatisation of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia, Duke University Press, December 2013.
Marko Pajevic is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway University London. He has authored books on the poetics of Paul Celan, on Franz Kafka and on Poetic Thinking and the anthropological question.
Johan Siebers is a Reader in Philosophy and Critical Theory at the University of Central Lancashire and a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Middlesex University.
Dr Gang Sui currently conducts interdisciplinary research at the School of Language, Literature and International Studies, University of Central Lancashire.
Jonathan Sutton is a lecturer in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at Leeds. He teaches the Russian-to-English element of Leeds’s M.A. course in Translation Studies.
Martin Swales is Emeritus Professor of German at UCL and has written extensively on German literature.
Emily T. Troscianko is a Junior Research Fellow in Modern Languages at St John’s College, Oxford. Her monograph Kafka’s Cognitive Realism came out with Routledge in 2014.
James Walker is the Chair of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, Literature Editor at LeftLion magazine and a lecturer in media and journalism at Nottingham Trent University.
Seán Williams (ШАН)
Seán Williams is a DPhil student at Jesus College, Oxford. He is Co-editor of Post-War Literature and Institutions (Special Issue, Oxford German Studies, 43.1 (2014)).
Julian Wright is Senior Lecturer in History and Head of Research at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University. He is senior co-editor of the journal French History.
Zhicang Zhang holds a professorship in the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China.