Nancy Condee is a director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include contemporary Russian culture and cultural politics; Soviet cultural politics; late Soviet and post-Soviet cinema; imperial and postcolonial theory; and popular culture. She is the author of Imperial Trace: Recent Russian Cinema (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht is Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Professor of French and Italian and Comparative Literature, Chair of Graduate Studies, Comparative Literature, Stanford University.
Gumbrecht’s main areas of research, teaching, and publishing are European literatures of the Middle Ages and of the late 18th and 19th centuries; history and pragmatics of communication media; epistemology of everyday culture; and, more recently, the aesthetics of sports. His principal books are Making Sense in Life and Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 1989), In 1926 (Harvard, 1998), The Powers of Philology: Dynamics of Textual Scholarship (University of Illinois Press, 2003), In Praise of Athletic Beauty (Harvard Press, 2007).
Irina Prokhorova, literary critic and cultural historian, is the head of the New Literary Observer magazine and publishing house. She was honored by the government of the Russian Federation for New Literary Observer magazine (2002), and received the independent American award, Liberty, for her contribution to the development of Russian-American cultural relations (2003). In 2005, Ms. Prokhorova became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), and a laureate of the Andrey Belyi prize for literature (2006).
Andrei Zorin is professor of Russian, and a fellow of New College, University of Oxford. Research interests include Russian literature and cultural history of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the European context, Russian literature and ideology, cultural history of emotions, and late Soviet and post-Soviet literature. Professor Zorin is the author of By Fables Alone: Literature and State Ideology in Late-Eighteenth - Early-Nineteenth Century Russia (2014) and editor of Lydia Ginzburg’s Проходящие характеры (Moscow, 2011; with E. van Buskirk).