Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, British Journal of Sociology Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris. His publications include Cosmopolitan Europe (2007, with Edgar Grande), World at Risk (2009), A God of One's Own (2010), Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil (2012), Distant Love (2013, with Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim), and German Europe (2013).
Karl Heinz Bohrer is professor emeritus for Modern German Literary History at the University of Bielefeld and currently Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books including Die gefährdete Phantasie (1970), Die Ästhetik des Schreckens (1978), Das absolute Präsens: die Semantik ästhetischer Zeit (1994), Plötzlichkeit: Zum Augenblick des ästhetischen Scheins (1981; translated as Suddenness:On the Moment of Aesthetic Appearance ), Die Kritik der Romantik: Der Verdacht der Philosophie gegen die literarische Moderne (1989), Der Abschied - Theorie der Trauer (1996), and Das Tragische: Erscheinung, Pathos, Klage (2009).
Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam and from 2006 to 2012 was Visiting Professor at Yale University. Among his most recent books are Terror und Trauma (2007), Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses (2010, with Malte Hagener), and The Persistence of Hollywood (2012).
Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. She is the author of The Forbidden Modern, The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling (1996) and Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism (2010). Currently, she is conducting a European-scale research project, Islam in the Making of a European Public Sphere, funded by European Research Council.
Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She is the coauthor with Ernesto Laclau of Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics (1985) and the author of The Return of the Political (1993), The Democratic Paradox (2000), and On the Political (2005). [End Page 751]
Anca Parvulescu is Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the English Department and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. She is the author of Laughter: Notes on a Passion (2010). She is currently at work on a book project on Eastern European women's mobility in post-1989 Europe.
Ann Rigney holds the Chair of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has published widely in the field of historical theory, narrative theory, and cultural memory studies. Her books include The Rhetoric of Historical Representation (1990), Imperfect Histories (2001), and, most recently, The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move (2012).
Michel Wieviorka is a sociologist, professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and president of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme. He served as president of the International Sociological Association (2006-2010). His main books in English include The Arena of Racism (1995), The Making of Terrorism (2003), Violence: a New Approach (2009), The Lure of Anti-Semitism (2007), and Evil (2012). [End Page 752]