Roberta Maierhofer is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz, Austria. From 1999 to 2011, she held a series of Vice-Rector positions for International Relations (1999-2003), International Relations and Affirmative Action for Women (2003-2007), and International Relations and Interdisciplinary Cooperation (2007-2011). In 2000, she initiated and established the focus area South-Eastern Europe at the University of Graz. This expertise of regional and interregional collaboration was fundamental for her leadership role at the Center for Inter-American Studies, which she has been directing since February 2007, and determined how the University of Graz established a second regional focus area in terms of North-, Central- and South America in 2012. She also acts as a co-advisor in terms of the Joint Degree in English and American Studies. Since 2004, she has been directing the Graz International Summer School Seggau, which was established as an interdisciplinary and intercultural platform in the fields of European and Inter-American Studies.
Don E. Walicek
Don E. Walicek is Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras Campus. He earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded his PhD in English from the University of Puerto Rico. Much of his research has focus on issues of language, migration, and social life in the Caribbean, in particular Anguilla, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. His publications include Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond (2018) and an issue of the Caribbean Studies journal Sargasso titled,“Guantánamo: What’s Next?,”both of which he co-edited with Jessica Adams. In 2019, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has acted as editor of the journal Sargasso since 2009.
Christian Cwik is a historian for Latin American and Caribbean. He graduated from the University of Vienna, where he earned a PhD in history and philosophy with an emphasis on African and Jewish Diaspora, Slave-trade and slavery as well as Shoa-history. Before joining the Center for Inter-American Studies at the University of Graz in 2019 he was lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, invited professor at the University of Havana, the University of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia and professor for Colonial Ibero-American history at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela in Caracas. Furthermore, he was substitute professor at Cologne and Erfurt University in Germany. About interment and repression during the Shoa and aftermath he has published several books and articles among them De Vienna a Barranquilla: huida al exilio caribeno, 1938/39 (with Verena Muth 2012), European refugees in the wider Caribbean in the context of World War II (with Verena Muth 2017), Las relaciones bilaterales en perspectiva histórica, 1504-2017 (2019) and Diktaturen im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges (with Hans-Joachim König and Stefan Rinke 2020).
International Advisory Committee
Jessica Adams graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in English, and Tulane University, where she earned a PhD in English with a focus on US literature, Post-Colonial Studies, and Performance. Before joining the English Department in the College of General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, she taught at Tulane University, the University of Michigan, the University of California–Berkeley, and the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. In addition to publishing essays, short stories, and poetry, she is the coeditor, with Don E. Walicek, of Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond (2018),and a special issue of the journal Sargasso titled,“Guantánamo: What’s Next?”She is author of Wounds of Returning: Race, Memory, and Property on the Post-Slavery Plantation (2007), and coeditor of Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (2007)and Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of Survival, Strength, and Imagination in Haiti (2006), among other works.
Sergio Guerra Vilaboy
Cuban historian, Professor of History of Latin America and Director of the Department of History of the University of Havana, President of the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Historians (ADHILAC) and Full Member of the Academy of History of Cuba and Correspondent of that of Ecuador. Ph. D. in History from the University of Leipzig (Germany). He is director of the doctoral program in History at the University of Havana. Author of more than five hundred articles, essays and books on Latin American history, among them: Paraguay, from independence to imperialist domination (1984), Five centuries of Latin American historiography (2009) and Latin America after independence. From the Capitulation of Ayacucho to the Mexican Revolution (2019). In 2018 he received the National Prize for Social and Humanistic Sciences of the Republic of Cuba.
Eric Jennings is professor of history at the University of Toronto (Victoria College). His books include Escape from Vichy: The Refugee Exodus to the French Caribbean (Harvard UP, 2018), Perspectives on French Colonial Madagascar (Palgrave, 2017); Free French Africa in World War II (Cambridge UP, 2015), Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina (California, 2011), Curing the Colonizers (Duke, 2006), and Vichy in the Tropics (Stanford, 2001). He co-edited L’Empire colonial sous Vichy (Odile Jacob, 2004) with Jacques Cantier. His books have all been translated into French, and one into Vietnamese.
Stefan Manz is Professor of German and Global History at Aston University, Birmingham UK, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His latest monograph was funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and is entitled Enemies in the Empire. Civilian Internment in the British Empire during the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2020). As prinicipal investigator of a related AHRC-funded public engagement project he has recovered and communicated commemoration of internment in the UK, Ireland, Canada, the USA and South Africa. Professor Manz is also concernced with diaspora studies. His monograph Constructing a German Diaspora. The ‘Greater German Empire,’ 1871–1914 (Routledge, 2014) was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title.
Alexandra S. Moore
Alexandra S. Moore is Professor of English and Director of the Human Rights Institute and Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls at Binghamton University. Her most recent publications include the monograph, Vulnerability and Security in Human Rights Literature and Visual Culture (2015) and several edited collections, including Writing Beyond the State: Post-Sovereign Approaches to Human Rights to Literature and Culture (with Samantha Pinto, 2020), Witnessing Torture: Perspectives of Survivors and Human Rights Workers (with Elizabeth Swanson, 2018), and The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights (with Sophia A. McClennen, 2015). She publishes widely on representations of human rights violations in contemporary literature and film. Her current research is on the cultural afterlives of the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program in the war on terror.
Efrén Rivera Ramos
Dr. Efrén Rivera Ramos is a full professor at the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico, where he currently teaches courses and seminars on Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, and Law and Culture. He has been a member of, or a consultant to, several international organizations, such as the World Association of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory (SELA), the Political Department of the U.N., the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (a program of the New York-based Social Science Research Council), the Toledo International Center for Peace (Spain), and the Center for Security Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). He has worked as a professional journalist and publishes a regular column in the main Spanish-language newspaper in Puerto Rico, and is a published poet. Dr. Rivera Ramos has received several awards for his work in legal education, his defense of ethnic and minority groups and his contributions to law and culture.
Alma Simounet is Professor of English and Linguistics in the College of Humanities at the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico since 1968. She has published and still works in the areas of ethnolinguistics, bilingualism, language and identity, and discourse analysis. She was Chair of the Department of English from 2015 to 2018.
Esther Whitfield is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She is author of Cuban Currency: The Dollar and ‘Special Period’ Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2008); co-editor with Jacqueline Loss of New Short Fiction from Cuba (2008); and co-editor with Anke Birkenmaier of a collection of essays on post-1989 Havana, Havana Beyond the Ruins (2011). She has published articles on literary writing in post-Soviet Cuba and borders, visibility and surveillance at the Guantánamo naval base. She is currently writing a book, “The New No-Man’s Land: Guantánamo’s Literary Life,” which proposes reading the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo and the surrounding areas of Eastern Cuba as a borderland region that shares a natural environment, a marking of human lives by isolation, and a body of literature and art privileging survival over political hostility.
Nicole Haring is a PhD candidate at the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz, Austria working on gender and cultural gerontology. She holds two master’s degrees, one in education (ESL/EFL & Geography) and one in English and American Studies both from the University of Graz. Recently, she has finished a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. She currently holds a fellowship at the University of Graz working on masculinity and aging in popular culture. Her research focus lies on North American literature, feminist theory, gender studies, age/ing studies, education, and Inter-American studies. In her dissertation she is working on the intersections of race, class, gender, and age.
Theres Hinterleitner has been part of the C.IAS team since July 2020. Before starting as Project Manager at the Center, she had been working as Director of the Dean´s Office of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Graz for more than 15 years. Her responsibilities included strategic support to the Dean and assistance with the administration and the management of the faculty. Until 2005, Theres Hinterleitner was employed at Lebenshilfe Steiermark, the largest service provider for persons with disabilities in Styria. Her task area was to analyse and coordinate social policies to support disabled people. Earlier in her career she worked as project manager in training and further training programs like EU-Horizon, job.master or STAP youth training projects. Her responsibilities consisted of organization and managing of the project including the planning of content and training methodologies.
Barbara Ratzenböck is a Senior Scientist at the Center for Inter-American Studies of the University of Graz. Her research and teaching focus on media and generations, cultural studies, and Inter-American Studies. Beyond research, Barbara is passionate about facilitating interdisciplinary learning experiences. Serving as academic co-director of the Graz International Summer School Seggau (GUSEGG), she supports intercultural exchange among international students and researchers.
Frederick Reinprecht is a student of English and American Studies at the University of Graz, who supports the Centre of Inter-American Studies in the capacity of a student assistant, mainly as the editor of the Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought publication series. His academic interests revolve around the representation of socio-economic realities and depictions of US-American culture in literature, film and music.
Dagmar Wallenstofer is a PhD candidate at the University of Graz, Austria, and project coordinator for the Graz International Summer School Seggau. From 2016-2018 she worked as a high school teacher for ESL/EFL and Biology in Austria, as well as a German language instructor for adults. Her research focuses on the effects of cultural diversity in classroom settings, the relation between culture and identity, and the question of how teachers can support students in becoming culturally aware members of society.