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Meet the Team

Gabriel Entin, Editor

Gabriel Entin is Assistant Researcher at The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Buenos Aires and member of the Center for Intellectual History (UNQ). He also teaches at the National University of San Martin (UNSAM). He holds a Ph.D. in Political History from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales where he wrote a dissertation on republican language during the early nineteenth-century Rio de la Plata revolution. His research interests focus on the study of theological-political languages of community in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ibero-America, and the relations between republicanism, patriotism and cosmopolitanism in this context. He recently edited a dossier in Prismas. Revista de Historia Intelectual (nº20, 2016) on the circulation in Latin America, Spain and the United States of the 1816 Rio de la Plata Declaration of Independence and a volume of essays for the Bicentenary of this Independence (Crear la independencia. Historia de un problema argentino, Capital Intelectual, 2016). He is co-editor with Clément Thibaud,et. al. of L’Atlantique révolutionnaire. Une perspective ibéro-américaine (Rennes, Les Pérseides, 2013) and author and co-editor with Loles González-Ripoll of the volume on the concept of liberty in Diccionario politico y social del mundo iberoamericano. Iberconceptos II, directed by Javier Fernández Sebastián (Madrid, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, 2014). Since 2012 he has been visiting scholar at the UNAM and El Colegio de Mexico, in Mexico city, where he currently coordinates an annual CONCEPTA Summer School on Conceptual History in Ibero-America.

Jan Ifversen, Editor

Jan Ifversen (1955) holds a PhD in cultural studies from Aarhus University. He is currently associate professor in European Studies at the Department of global studies, Aarhus University. From 2004 to 2015, he was head of the Department of History and Area Studies and then vice-dean for internationalization at the same university. He is the author of two books in Danish, a history of current European history (Hjem til Europa, 1992) and a book on power, democracy and discourse (Om magt, demokrati og diskurs, two volumes, 1997).  He has published many articles on conceptual history, intercultural relations, European history, European identity politics, heritage politics and history politics. He is one of the founding members of the international research group on conceptual history, History of Concepts Group. He has led several research projects and is currently the PI of a research project on coastal tourism (The Danish Innovation Fund), and vice PI of ECHOES, (Horizon 2020).

Frederik Schröer, Editor and Book Reviews Editor

Frederik Schröer is a Researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. He completed his PhD in Global History in 2020 with a thesis on the role of emotions in diasporic communities, titled "Reassembling the Feeling Community: Space, Time, and Morality in the Tibetan Diaspora in India, c. 1959–1979." His current research project investigates conceptions of nature and the role of emotions in human-nonhuman relations among Buddhists and Orientalist scholars in colonial South Asia. Together with an international group of researchers in Buddhist studies, Frederik has recently co-edited a double special issue on "The Aesthetics and Emotions of Religious Belonging: Examples from the Buddhist World" (Nvmen 68/5-6, 2021).

Silke Schwandt, Editor

Silke Schwandt has been Professor of Digital History and History of the Middle Ages at Bielefeld University since January 2020. Her research interests lie in the field of digital history, the digitization of practices in the humanities, and the teaching of data literacy skills in the humanities. She also works on late medieval English legal history and conceptual history. Silke Schwandt studied history, Latin, and Protestant theology in Bielefeld and received her PhD from Goethe University Frankfurt in 2010 with a thesis on the semantics of virtus in the political language of the Middle Ages. She currently leads the information infrastructure project in SFB 1288 "Practices of Comparison. Ordering and Changing the World," entitled "Data Infrastructure and Digital Humanities," as well as a project on English legal practice in the Middle Ages, which focuses primarily on practices of law and the logic of precedent. She has published most recently on digital methods in conceptual history, "Digital Methods in the Humanities" (2020) and "Digital Methods for Historical Semantics" (2018).

Florian Zemmin, Editor

Florian Zemmin is Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (florian.zemmin@fu-berlin.de). Previously he was Senior Researcher at the Humanities Center for Advanced Study “Multiple Secularities: Beyond the West, beyond modernities” at the University of Leipzig. His main field of research is religion and society in the modern and contemporary Arab and Islamic world. In that field, more specific topics include Islamic reformism, theories of secularity and Arabic sociologies of religion. Next to sociology of religion and sociology of knowledge, he mainly works with approaches of conceptual history. Programmatic articles on Conceptual History include, together with Henning Sievert, “Conceptual History of the Near East: The Sattelzeit as a Heuristic Tool for Interrogating the Formation of a Multlayered Modernity,“ Contributions to the History of Concepts (2021) and, together with Alp Eren Topal, “Conceptualizing Near Eastern Modernity: Religion, Politics, and Civilization.” Die Welt des Islams (2022). His most recent monograph is “Modernity in Islamic Tradition. The Concept of ‘Society’ in the Journal al-Manar (Cairo, 1898–1940)” (De Gruyter 2018). For an overview of Florian’s other publications, please consult his academia.edu page

Ilana Brown, Managing Editor

With a Master’s Degree in History with a concentration in Archival Administration and Records Management as well as a diverse career path that included many years in fundraising and donor relations, Ilana has returned to the academic realm as a professional copy editor. Her long-time hobby of massage became part of her career path after intense study in Thailand.  In short, she massages words and people.

For Contributions, Ilana makes sure that the publishing process moves forward as smoothly as possible and also has the pleasure of language editing the articles.

Rieke Trimҫev, Book Reviews Editor

Rieke Trimҫev is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Augsburg and teaches Political Theory and the History of Political Ideas at the University of Greifswald. Her doctoral thesis traces the history of the metaphors of play, game and theatre in 20th century political thought, with a particular focus on their impacts on theorizing political order and representation.

In an interdisciplinary research group she is furthermore working on the concept of Europe in contemporary memory discourse from a cross-national comparative perspective.

Michael Götzelmann & Olga Sabelfeld, Social Media Editors

Michael Götzelmann & Olga Sabelfeld are PhD candidates with a focus on Conceptual History working within the SFB 1288 “Practices of Comparing” at Bielefeld University.

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