Jesper Clemmensen grew up on the Danish Baltic coast. The author and TV journalist spent seven years researching the individual fates of GDR refugees. His reportage book “Flight Route: Baltic Sea” (Flugtrute: Østersøen, Gyldendal) was awarded “Best Book on History” in Denmark. This book is the basis of the documentary film “The Escape”, of which he is the director.
Dr. Michael C. Bienert studied History, Literary Studies, and German and has a Ph.D. in history. Since 2011 he is the director of the state archive „Stiftung Ernst-Reuter-Archiv“ in Berlin. He is working and researching on the history of German parliamentarian of the 19th and 20th century, the history of the Cold War, and German foreign policy.
Prof. Stefan Creuzberger is a professor for contemporary history and since 2013 chair holder of the department of contemporary history at the University of Rostock as well as the head of the state’s research and documentation center Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the history of dictatorships in Germany. He is working and researching on the German history after 1945, dictatorships, international and transnational relationships in the 20th century and the history of East Europe and the Soviet Union during the 20th century.
Prof. Jörn Dosch has been the chair holder of the department of International Politics and Development cooperation at the University of Rostock since 2013. Further, he is vice dean of the department of economics and social sciences. After his studies of political science and first work experiences in Mainz, he worked as a professor of Asian Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds in Great Britain for 11 years and after that as a professor for international relations and development cooperation at the Monash University in Kuala Lumpur for two years. Prof. Dosch is working and researching on the international relations of the Asian-Pacific region, regional integration, and the foreign politics and cooperation of Germany, Europe, and the USA.
Dr. Michael Heinz gained his Ph.D. researching on agricultural industrialization in the GDR. He is currently head of the department for research, media, and political education of Rostock’s branch office for the documents of the former secret police “Stasi” in the GDR. He is working and researching agriculture and rural life in the GDR as well as the peaceful revolution.
Prof. Dierk Hoffmann is working as a professor of recent and latest history. For the past 12 years, he has been working at the University of Potsdam and is currently as well the vice-leader of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich. He is working and researching on the social politics during the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the history of the GDR and post-war German-German history.
Prof. Thomas Kalinowski has been working at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea for 14 years. He is a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at said university and worked at universities in the United States and Germany beforehand after graduating with his Ph.D. in Political Science in Berlin. He is working and researching on the international political economy with its focus on the East Asian region, global governance, and European integration as well as International Organizations and Development.
Prof. Sei-Wan Kim is the chair holding professor at the Department of Economics at the Graduate School of Political Sciences at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea. After studying, graduating, and teaching in the field of economics at different universities in South Korea and the United States he began working at the Ewha Woman’s University in 2006. He is working and researching financial economics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
Prof. Seok-Hyang Kim is a professor at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and chair holder of the Department of North Korean Studies. She studied Sociology at the Ewha Woman’s University and graduating with a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Georgia in Athens, the USA on “The Juche Ideology of North Korea: Socio-political Roots of Change”. She is currently working and researching North Korean Studies, Inter-Korean relations, minority issues in North Korea, and everyday life in North Korea as well as Defectors’ life after leaving North Korea.
Prof. Gabriele Linke is an emerita professor for British and American culture studies and teaching methodology for English at the University of Rostock. She has studied and worked at a variety of universities in Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom and took the professorship at the University of Rostock in 2002. She is currently working and researching gender in autobiography, film, and English language teaching; transnational and British and American film studies and studies of autobiography, especially contemporary Scottish autobiography.