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Jeffrey C. Alexander (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1978) is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at the University of Yale. He works in the areas of theory, culture, and politics. He is the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (Oxford, 2003), Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (with Eyerman, Giesen, Smelser, and Sztompka, University of California Press, 2004), and The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim (2005), which he has edited with Philip Smith. With Bernhard Giesen and Jason Mast, he is the editor of Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual, which is forthcoming with Cambridge.

Stefan Auer works at the  UCD School of Politics and International Relations, Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin. His book, Liberal Nationalism in Central Europe (Routledge, 2004) received prize for `most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of European Studies´ by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. Recent publications include, `The Paradoxes of the Revolutions of 1989 in Central Europe,´ Critical Horizons 4, no. 1-2 (2004): 361-90 and `Macht und Gewalt: 1989, die Ukraine und die Idee der gewaltfreien Revolution,´ Osteuropa 55, no. 9 (2005): 3-19.

Mary Evans has taught Sociology and Womens Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury for over thirty years. Her academic interests have always been in narratives and at present she is working on a study of narratives about illness and - quite separately - a discussion of the work of Jane Austen, provisonally entitled 'In Praise of Fanny Praise'.

Tom Garvin is Head of the Department of Politics, UCD College. After BA, MA (NUI) and  PhD (Georgia) he currently is Professor of Politics, whereby his main research interests are: nationalism as an international phenomenon, Irish political history and development and  democratisation. Publications include The Irish Senate (IPA, 1969), The Evolution of Irish Nationalist Politics (Gill and Macmillan, 1981; 2nd ed 1983), Mythical Thinking in Political Life (Maunsel, 2001). Preventing the Future: why was Ireland so poor for so long? (Gill and Macmillan, 2004).

Stefan Müller-Doohm is Professor of Sociology at Oldenburg University, Germany and head of the research group `Culture and Communication`. His main focus is on social theory, sociology of culture and theory of media and communication. In 2003 he published his comprehensive biography of Theodor W. Adorno. With his research group he now extends this biographic work into the domain of sociology of intellectuals to gain understanding of intellectual styles of thought.

The talk was held by Jascha Rohr, a member of his research group.

William Outhwaite  is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex.  His most recent books are The Future of Society (Blackwell, 2005) and (with Larry Ray) Social Theory and Postcommunism, Blackwell, 2005). He is currently working on a book on society and culture in Europe.

Anson Rabinbach is Professor of modern European history and Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies at Princeton University where he has taught since 1995. He studied modern European history at the University of Wisconsin with George L. Mosse and Georges Haupt where he received his Ph. D.  He spent two years in Vienna researching his dissertation published as The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War (1981). In 1973 he co-founded New German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies.  Germans and Jews Since the Holocaust:The Changing Situation in West Germany, (with Jack Zipes) appeared in 1986.  The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity (1991) was hailed as the "new cultural history of science."  In 1996 he completed  In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals Between Apocalypse and Enlightenment. In 1998 (Spring) he was Director d´etude, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social, Paris.  He is currently JP Morgan Fellow at the American Academy, Berlin.

Werner Reichmann is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck. After studying sociology (1996-2002) and being research assistant at the Department of Sociology in Graz he is now finishing his PhD in the field of sociology of academic sciences.

Markus Schweiger studied Sociology at the University of Graz. He is currently working on his PhD and a scientific fellow at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Graz.

John Torpey is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  He is co-editor (with D. Levy and M. Pensky) of Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (Verso, 2005), and author of Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (Harvard UP, 2006).

Joseba Zulaika received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University. He is currently Director of the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno. His research topics include Basque culture and politics, the international discourse of terrorism, various traditional occupations, the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, and theories of symbolism, ritual and discourse. He is the author, among other books, of Basque Violence: Metaphor and Sacrament, Terror and Taboo (with William Douglass), Enemigos, no hay enemigo!


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