Zaza Burchuladze

Portrait Zaza Burchuladze

Zaza Burchuladze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1973. He studied painting at the Tbilisi State Academy of the Arts and has worked as a writer, translator and journalist. Burchuladze has translated works by Dostoyevski, Kharms and Sorokin from Russian into Georgian and has himself written numerous novels, stories, essays and movie scripts. His first […]

Ying Chang Compestine

Portrait Ying Chang Compestine

The Chinese-American author Ying Chang Compestine was born in 1963 in Wuhan in the People’s Republic of China and grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Her family was considered »bourgeois«, a socio-economic class shunned by the new government, so the Red Guard seized her family’s belongings and jailed her father twice. Because of her […]

Yan Lianke

Portrait Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Luoyang, Henan, China. His parents were farmers. During his time in the People’s Liberation Army, he wrote propaganda texts. Due to their often grotesque-satirical nature and subversive undertones, some of his novels have been banned in China. He often comments on the process of self-censorship. In his home […]

Will Self

Will Self was born in 1961 in London. From age 10, he was an avid reader of science fiction (Frank Herbert, J. G. Ballard, and Philip K. Dick). At Exeter College, Oxford, he studied philosophy, politics, and economics and was the editor of a left-wing student paper. He later worked as a journalist, cartoonist and cabaret […]

Wiebke Helm

Wiebke Helm born in 1978 in Torgau, studied German literature, education, and psychology in Jena. After several years of working in publishing, she is now researching iconography in 19th-century children’s and young adult literature. She is a first-time guest of the ilb and will speak on the topic »To the Bastille! The French Revolution in […]

Wanda Marasco

Portrait Wanda Marasco

Wanda Marasco was born in Naples in 1953. She studied philosophy and took courses in directing at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico in Rome. After publishing her first poetry collection »Gli strumenti scordati« (tr: Out of tune Instruments) in 1977, she was celebrated as an interesting new voice in Italian poetry and received […]

Vivek Shanbhag

Portrait Vivek Shanbhag

Vivek Shanbhag was born in 1962 in a small coastal city in the Indian state of Karnataka. He trained to be an engineer and became a manager at a consumer goods company. His work for this international company took him on extensive travels throughout his country, from which he gained deep insights into modern India […]

Varujan Vosganian

Portrait Varujan Vosganian

Varujan Vosganian was born in Craiova, Romania in 1958. He studied commerce at the Academy of Economic Studies and mathematics at the University of Bucharest, earning his doctorate in economics from the latter in 1998. He is a conservative politician, has been president of the Union of Armenians in Romania since 1990 and was a […]

Ulrike Guérot

Portrait Ulrike Guérot

studied politics, history and economics. She has worked with various European think tanks. In 2013, she founded the European Democracy Lab. The central idea of the Lab is to constitute Europa as Republic, based on the principle of political equality for all European citizens. Ulrike Guérot is further Head of the Department of European Policy […]

Urs Jaeggi

Portrait Urs Jaeggi

Urs Jaeggi, born in 1931 in Solothurn, was a sociologist, writer, and visual artist. In 1981 he was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In the 1960s he began publishing work on political sociology and was a professor at the Institute for Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1972 to 1992. His conceptual images, installations, […]

Tomasz Rózycki

Portrait Tomasz Rózycki

Tomasz Różycki was born in Opole, Upper Silesia in 1970. He was already singled out for his poetry at school, with an early poem was published in the journal »Polska Miedź«. Różycki studied Romance Languages at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. He then worked as a French teacher at the Foreign Languages Teaching College in […]

Tithi Bhattacharya

Portrait Tithi Bhattacharya

is an Associate Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University in the US. She is the author of »The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal« (Oxford University Press, 2005) and the editor of a volume of essays on gender and labor, »Mapping Social Reproduction Theory« (Pluto Press, 2017). The […]