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Advisory Board

Prof. Patrick J. Geary (Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton)

Patrick Geary is Professor of Medieval History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Currently, he is holding the Douglas Southall Freeman Professorship at the Department of History of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. His research focuses broadly on European culture and society between 500 and 1200. He has written on memory, history, and identity as constructed during the Middle Ages as well as on contemporary attempts to ground modern European nations in a mythic medieval past. In his most recent publication he reconsiders female founding myths (Eve, Mary, Amazons) by arguing that the creators of these myths were much more interested in contemporary issues and future developments than in history per se. He is currently researching the relationships between language and power from Antiquity to the fourteenth century.

Major Publications include:
Women at the Beginning: Origin Myths from the Amazons to the Virgin Mary (2006), The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe (2002), Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the end of the first Millennium (1994), Living with the Dead in the Middle Ages (1994)

Prof. Angela Leung (The University of Hong Kong)

Angela Leung is director and chair professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong since January 2011. She was chair professor at the history department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, research fellow at the Academia Sinica of Taipei and has taught in the history department of the National Taiwan University. In July 2010, she was elected Academician of the Academia Sinica. She studied history at the University of Hong Kong and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France). Her research foci include medicine and society in China (c.1200-1911) and ideas and practice of hygiene in Ming-Qing Society.

Major Publications include:
Leprosy in China: A History, Columbia University Press, December 2008; Charity and Moral Transformation: Philanthropic Organizations of the Ming and Qing Periods (in Chinese), 1997; History of Human Diseases - Late Imperial China, in: Cambridge World History of Human Diseases, 1993 and Medical Ethics in China in: Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, 1997

Prof. Hermann Parzinger (Cultural Heritage Foundation)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger is President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin since 2008. He graduated at the University of Munich from where he also received his habilitation. He was associate professor at the Universities of Munich and Frankfurt/Main before he was appointed honorary professor of Prehistory and Early History at the Free University of Berlin. The German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded him with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 1998. In 2003 he became President of the German Archaeological Institute, where he has earlier been founding Director of its Eurasian Department. Prof. Parzinger has directed a number of excavation projects in Turkish Thrace, in the Russian Federation, in Kazakhstan and in Iran.

Prof. Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)

Sumathi Ramaswamy is Professor of History and International Comparative Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. She studied ancient Indian history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, before taking her Ph.D. in History from University of California, Berkeley. She is a cultural historian of South Asia and the British Empire with a research focus on visual studies, the history of cartography, and gender. Her work in popular visual history has led her to co-establish a trans-national digital network for popular South Asian visual culture called Tasveer Ghar.

She is the author of The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India (Duke University Press, 2010), The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories (University of California Press, 2004), and Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970 (University of California Press, 1997). Her edited volumes include Empires of Vision: A Reader (with Martin Jay, Duke University Press, forthcoming in 2013); Barefoot Across the Nation: Maqbool Fida Husain and the Idea of India (Routledge, 2010), and Beyond Appearances? Visual Practices and Ideologies in Modern India (Sage, 2003). She is currently working on a book titled Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe.

Prof. Patricia Spyer (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)

Patricia Spyer is Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) since 2016. Previously, she held the chair of Cultural Anthropology of Contemporary Indonesia at Leiden University (2001-2015) and was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Center for Religion & Media and Department of Anthropology (2008-11).

She is the author of The Memory of Trade: Modernity’s Entanglements on an Eastern Indonesian Island (Duke 2000), editor of Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces (Routledge 1998), and co-editor of the Handbook of Material Culture (Sage 2006). She has published, among other topics, on violence, media and photography, historical consciousness, materiality, and religion. Her current book project Orphaned Landscapes focuses on the mediations of violence and postviolence in the aftermath of the recent religiously-inflected conflict in the Moluccas, Indonesia. A co-edited volume Images That Move with Mary Steedly of Harvard University is forthcoming with the School of American Research Press.

Prof. Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität Berlin)

Christoph Wulf is professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, working in the fields of anthropology and education. He studied at Berlin and Marburg and become visiting professor at the University of Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London and Tokyo as well as at the European Peace University and the Fondazione San Carlo di Modena. Chrisoph Wulf has worked with various research and other institutions such as the German Commission for UNESCO where he held the position of chairman of the education committee.  He, furthermore, acted as expert/evaluator for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit ( German Society for Technical Cooperation, GTZ).

His most recent publications include: with Imai, Yasuo (eds): Concepts of Aesthetic Education. Japanese and European Perspectives, Waxmann Verlag 2007; with Bernd Hüppauf (eds.), Dynamics and Performativity of Imagination: The Image between the Visible and the Invisible, 2009; with Axel Michaels: “The Indian Body: Ritual, Transgression, Performativity”, Paragrana Zeitschrift für historische Anthropologie, Vol.18, Nr.1, Akademie Verlag, 2009.