Dr Klaus Kowalke

Dr Klaus Kowalke

Klaus Kowalke was born in 1967 in Helmstedt, Brunswick Land, where he also grew up. He trained in business, did professional studies in economics and doctoral studies in philosophy and history in Berlin and Hamburg, and worked as a publisher at Kowalke & Co. in Berlin (1995–2001), a lecturer in philosophy (2001–2007) and a bookseller at “Lessing und Kompanie” in Chemnitz (since 2008).

Tania Martini

Tania Martini

Tania Martini, born in 1972, is political books and humanities editor at taz. She teaches sociology and cultural studies at various universities and regularly moderates discussions. She is a juror for the ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Die Zeit best non-fiction list and lives in Berlin.

Dr Jeanne Rubner

Dr Jeanne Rubner

Jeanne Rubner, born in 1961, is head of the “Wissen und Bildung aktuell” (Current Knowledge and Education) department at Bayrischer Rundfunk. Previously, she worked at Süddeutsche Zeitung on the topics of science and domestic and foreign policy. She studied physics and history of science in Regensburg, Strasbourg and Seattle and did her doctorate in theoretical biophysics at the Technical University of Munich, where she now has a teaching position. She is the author of numerous books about science, energy and educational policy. She has been awarded the Universitas-Preis für Wissenschaftsjournalismus der Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Stiftung (Universitas Prize for Science Journalism of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation) and the Medaille für Naturwissenschaftliche Publizistik der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (Medal for Natural Science Journalism of the German Physical Society).

Denis Scheck

Denis Scheck

Denis Scheck, born in 1964, is a literary critic, television presenter (“Druckfrisch” on ARD, “lesenswert” on SWR) and author. His book “Schecks Kanon” was recently published by Piper.

Hilal Sezgin

Hilal Sezgin

Hilal Sezgin studied philosophy in Frankfurt/Main, was in charge of the non-fiction section of the feature pages of the Frankfurter Rundschau for several years and now works as a freelance writer and speaker for various national media. She is the author of three novels and several non-fiction books with a focus on the topics of philosophy, inclusion/xenophobia, feminism and animal rights. She is a member of the jury for the non-fiction bestseller list of ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Die Zeit as well as a juror for the NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis (NDR Kultur non-fiction book award).

Prof Dr Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Prof Dr Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger is a professor of early modern history at the University of Münster and has been rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study) since 2018. Her field of research is the constitutional, political and cultural history of Europe from the 16th to 18th century, in particular the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Her main focus is on rituals and procedures, metaphors and symbols. Her recent books include “Maria Theresia. Die Kaiserin in ihrer Zeit” (4th edition, Munich 2018) and “Rituale” (2nd edition, Frankfurt/Main 2019).

Dr Kia Vahland

Dr Kia Vahland

Dr Kia Vahland is an art historian, culture journalist and opinion editor for Süddeutsche Zeitung. She teaches at Ludwig Maximilian University and at the Deutsche Journalistenschule (German School of Journalism) in Munich. Her work has received, amongst other awards, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Michael-Althen-Preis für Kritik (Michael Althen Prize for Criticism). She is the author of numerous essays and non-fiction books. Most recently, Insel Verlag published her biography of the artist “Leonardo da Vinci und die Frauen” (“Leonardo da Vinci and Women”), which was nominated for the Leipziger Buchpreis (Leipzig Book Award) 2019 and has been translated into several languages.

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