Organisers of the ReNEW Summer University 2020
Norbert Götz is a professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. He has also a background in Nordic studies and social sciences from Berlin. His experience includes statistical, conceptual history, institutional, diplomatic, and many other comparisons. In his latest work he proposes a new periodisation of humanitarian efforts, based on the comparison (and contextualisation) of famine relief in the 1840s, 1920s, and 1980s (forthcoming 2020 with Cambridge University Press). Recently, he has been highly engaged in graduate schools and work with emerging scholars in Sweden and internationally.
Norbert is an advocate of the cautious comparison between apples and oranges – depending on season preferring a slice of one or the other.
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Kazimierz Musiał is a professor at the University of Gdańsk (Scandinavian Studies), specialising in area studies of Northern and Baltic Europe. He has researched images of the Nordic welfare states in Roots of the Scandinavian Model (2002) and transformations of higher education in Northern Europe in University in the frame of its time (2013). His current research interests include transnational modalities of integration in the Nordic–Baltic area, with particular focus on the role of epistemic communities and knowledge regimes in the making of the Baltic Sea region.
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Joakim Ekman is a Professor of Political Science, with a special focus on the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe, and the Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Stockholm. He is also the Director of the Swedish National Centre in the Baltic University Network (BUP).
Ekman's research interests comprise democratisation, public opinion and political participation. His most recent work is Political Culture in the Baltic States: Between National and European Integration (by Kjetil Duvold, Sten Berglund and Joakim Ekman, Palgrave 2019).
Marta Grzechnik, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Gdansk, Poland. She is a historian with research interests in the twentieth century history of the Baltic Sea region and north-eastern Europe, regional history, history of historiography and history of colonialism. She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2010. In 2018/2019, she was a German Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
Mary Hilson is a professor of history at Aarhus University, Denmark. She moved to Denmark in 2015, having previously worked in the UK at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London. She has also spent time as a guest researcher in both Sweden and Finland. She has taught and researched on different aspects of Nordic and transnational history, including the ‘Nordic model’ in the twentieth century, and the co-operative movement in the Nordic countries and internationally.
Mary has another long-term project, which is to cycle Norway’s ‘kystruta’, a long-distance cycle route that goes all the way from the Swedish border in the south to the border with Russia in the north. It’s about 4500 km – so her summer holidays are planned for quite a few years ahead.
Andrey Makarychev is visiting professor at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science, University of Tartu. He is also a guest professor at the Center for Global Politics, Free University in Berlin and a senior associate with the CIDOB thinktank in Barcelona. His previous institutional affiliations included George Mason University (US), Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research (ETH Zurich), and the Danish Institute of International Studies. He teaches courses on "Globalization", "Regime Change in post-Soviet Eurasia", "EU-Russia Relations", "Regionalism and Integration in the post-Soviet Area", "Media in Russia". In recent years he has co-authored two monographs, Celebrating Borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nations and Identities in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia (Nomos, 2016), and Lotman's Cultural Semiotics and the Political (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He has co-edited (all with Alexandra Yatsyk) a number of academic volumes, Mega Events in post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlands of Inclusion and Exclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Vocabularies of International Relations after the Crisis in Ukraine (Routledge, 2017); Borders in the Baltic Sea Region: Suturing the Ruptures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Irina Sandomirskaja is a professor of cultural studies at Södertörn University’s Centre for Baltic and East European Studies. A graduate of theoretical linguistics in Moscow, 1992, she has since developed her research in a variety of directions within language, literature, and film studies, with a focus on Russian cultural history of the Soviet period. She is known for her book on the language of Russian and Soviet collective identity, Kniga o Rodine: opyt analiza diskursivnykh praktik (A Book about the Motherland: Analyzing Discursive Practices, 1999) and a critical theory of language in its relation to Stalinist biopolitics, Blokada v slove: ocherki kriticheskoi teorii i biopolitiki iazyka (Besiegment in Language: A Critical Theory and Biopolitics of Language", 2013). She is the author of over 50 articles and anthology chapters in Russian, English, German, and Swedish.
Irina’s motto is a quote from Mikhail Bakhtin, “Everything could have been different”.
Tomasz Zarycki is a professor at and director of the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He holds a PhD in sociology and a “habilitation” degree from the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His main fields of interest include the sociology of politics, culture, knowledge and memory, as well as the social and political geography of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on Poland and Russia. His latest book in English is Ideologies of Eastness in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2014).
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Mark Bassin (to be confirmed)
Mark Bassin is Baltic Sea Professor at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, Visiting Professor of Eurasian Studies at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University, and an Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. His academic background is in the history of ideology, political geography and geopolitics, with a regional focus on Russia-Eurasia and Central Europe.
Mark has been a resident fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, the Remarque Institute for European Studies at New York University, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington DC, and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz. He has also been awarded major research grants from the Fulbright-Hays programme, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the DAAD, the Foundation for Baltic and East European Research, and the Slavic Research Center (Hokkaido).