Nino Chikovani, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, director of the Institute of Cultural Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her main research interests: problems of cultural identity, collective memory and memory politics, cultural trauma, intercultural communication. She leaded and/or participated in the research projects on the construction of identity in multicultural environment, Jewish identity in Georgia, trauma and triumph in Georgia after independence, formation of the Georgian historical master narrative and principles of history teaching, etc. These are: Georgia: trauma and triumph on the way to independence; Georgian national identity and sites of memory: Construction of the past from dominant and alternative perspectives; Jewish identity in Georgia at the dawn of globalization; Development of international model for curricular reform in multicultural education and cultural diversity training;Identity narratives in Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century: Origins of the multiethnic Georgian nation; Mechanisms of identity formation and its variations: “Alien” and “autochthonous” in the Francophone societies of sub-Sahara, North Africa and Eastern Europe; Myths and conflicts in the South Caucasus.
Results of her research are reflected in the teaching courses and publications, among them: Georgia: trauma and triumph on the way to independence (co-author, Tbilisi, 2022); The Mtatsminda Pantheon: a Memory Site and Symbol of Identity (Caucasus Survey, volume 9, No 3, November 2021, p. 235-249); New Memory – New Identity: Active Forgetting in the Process of the Formation of New Memory (Georgia in the 1990s and 2000s) (Eastern Europe-Regional Studies, 2019, 1); Georiga(Chapter 18) (The Palgrave Handbook of Conflict and History Education in the Post-Cold-War Era. 2019); Tbilisi as a Center of Cross-cultural Interactions in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries (La Montagne des Langues et des Peuples. Imbrications et Transferts dans L’Espace du Caucase. Paris, 2019; Jewish Identity in Georgia in Light of the European Cultural-Political Tradition at the Turn of the 20th Century (Frankfurt Jewish Studies Bulletin, 42, 2018); Soviet Time in Post-Soviet Memory: How the New Memory has been Constructed in Georgia (Time and Culture/Temps et Culture, Bucharest, 2017); Formation du narratif d’identité en Géorgie à la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe siècle (Les Constructions Identitaires dans les Espaces Francophones D’Europe Orientale et D’afrique. Publications de l’Institut des Etudes Africaines, Rabat, 2016); Ethnic Minorities in the History of Georgia: the Post-Soviet History Textbooks(Exchange, Dialogue, New Divisions? Ethnic Groups and Political Cultures in Eastern Europe. Fribourg Studies in Social Anthropology, 45. Zürich, 2016.
Balázs Trencsényi is a Professor at the History Department of Central European University. His main field of interest is the history of East Central European political and cultural thought. Prof. Trencsényi aimed at developing a comparative and transnational perspective and participated in many research projects concerning the comparative history of Central and Southeast-European political discourses in a broader framework. He was among the initiators of the research projects such as Regional Identity Discourses in Central and Southeast Europe (1775-1945); We, the People: Visions of National Peculiarity and Political Modernities in the Europe of Small Nations; The Intellectual History of Patriotism and the Legacy of Composite States in East-Central Europe; Regimes of Historicity and Discourses of Modernity and Identity in East-Central, Southeast and Northern Europe, 1900-1945; and European Regions and Boundaries.
Among others, he is the author of the monograph The Politics of “National Character”: A Study in Interwar East European Thought (Routledge, 2012); co-author of A History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe, vols. 1–2 (Oxford University Press, 2016, 2018); as well as co-editor of Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1775–1945), vols. 1–4 (CEU Press, 2006–7, 2014); European Regions and Boundaries: A Conceptual History (Berghahn, 2017); and Brave New Hungary: Mapping the “System of National Cooperation” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).
As for teaching, he has been offering a series of courses drawing on the results of the transnational projects he has been involved in, such as mapping the period of "National Revivals" in Central and Southeast-Europe. He has taught a number of classes linked to methodological questions, both on graduate and postgraduate levels, ranging from introductory courses on interdisciplinary methodologies, to historiographical debates on ethnicity and nationhood in pre-modern and modern contexts, problems of transnational and global history, and the analysis of various paradigms of intellectual history that emerged in the region during the communist and post-communist periods.
Svetlana Suveica is a professor of Modern History of Eastern Europe, Seminar for Medieval and Modern History of University of Göttingen. Her field of research interest is History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe from the 19th to the 21st Century with a focus on Romania, Moldova, Ukraine; Empire history (Russian Empire); Transnational and entangled history of the border regions (Bessarabia, Transnistria); Occupation and war research (First and Second World War); History of violence (Second World War and Holocaust); Culture of Remembrance and Politics of History in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the 20th-21st Centuries.
Research projects: Institutions in a Time of Extremes: Local Administration in Bessarabia and Transnistria (1939-1945) (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), Regensburg); Ambivalent Reconfiguration of the post-Imperial Space: a Transnational Design for the post-World War I Bessarabia (Av-Humboldt Stiftung, Georg Forster Programm für erfahrene Wissenschaftler, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), Regensburg).
Publications: Deutsche Parlamentarierreden in Zwischenkriegsrumänien. Protokolle aus Abgeordnetenhaus und Senat (1919-1940), Paul Șeulean, unter Mitarbeit von Natali Stegmann, Svetlana Suveica und Albert Weber (Hgg.), DigiOst Band 13, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung Regensburg. Berlin: Frank &Timme, 2021; Between Science, Politics and Propaganda: Em. de Martonne and the Debates on the Status of Bessarabia (1919-1920), in: Cahiers du monde russe 58/4, Octobre-decembre 2017, S. 589-614; From Heroisation to Competing Victimhoods. History Writing on the Second World War in Moldova, in: Comparative Southeast European Studies (ehem. Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society), special issue „The Second World War in Historiography and Public Debate,“ Sabine Rutar ed., 65, Nr. 2, 2017, S. 388-412; Local Agency and the Appropriation of Jewish Property in Romania’s Eastern Borderland: Public Employees during the Holocaust in Bessarabia (1941-1944), in: The Holocaust in the Borderlands. Interethnic Relations and the Dynamics of Violence in Occupied Eastern Europe, Gaëlle Fischer / Caroline Metzger (Eds.). Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2019, S. 133-156.