Speakers and Chairs


Marek Eby (PhD Candidate in History, New York University) studies the interrelated histories of epidemic disease, state power, and transnational science in the Soviet Union. His dissertation research focuses on Soviet malaria control efforts during the interwar and postwar periods. Drawing on archival research in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Switzerland, his work aims to draw connections between local, national, and international contexts of scientific knowledge and practice.


Artemy Kalinovsky is Professor of Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet studies at Temple University and PI of the ERC-funded project Building a Better Tomorrow: Development Knowledge and Practice in Central Asia and Beyond, at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan (Cornell, 2018) and A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard, 2011).


Chair: David Webster is a History Professor at Bishop's University, in Quebec, Canada. His latest book is Challenge the Strong Wind: Canada and East Timor 1975-99. He co-edited Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Development Aid, and coordinates the Canadian Development History Project at Bishop's. His current research concentrates on development advisors in the global South, 1945-65.


Bérénice Guyot-Réchard is a historian of South Asia and the Indian Ocean and iscurrently Associate Professor in contemporary international history at King's College London. Her work focuses on the legacies of decolonization on the world as we know it today, particularly in terms of international politics. She has written extensively on Sino-Indian relations and on the strategic borderlands between India, Tibet and Burma, most notably in Shadow States: India, China and the Himalayas, 1910-62 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She is currently working on geopolitics of the Indian Ocean since 1945 and on the sea as a sovereignty, geopolitical, and economic frontier in the late 20th century.


Ned Richardson-Little leads the research group "The Other Global Germany: Deviant Globalization and Transnational Criminality in the 20th Century,” at the University of Erfurt, supported by the Volkswagen Stiftung’s Freigeist program. He completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and previously held a post-doc at the University of Exeter. He has published on narcotics trafficking and the GDR in a special issue of the Journal of the History of International Law that he also edited on the role of the Eastern Bloc in post-war international legal systems. His first monograph The Human Rights Dictatorship: Socialism, Global Solidarity and Revolution in East Germany, was released with Cambridge University Press in 2020.


Chair: Monika Baar is professor by special appointment of Central European Studies at Leiden University (Netherlands). She holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford (2002) and subsequently held a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a two-year Teaching Fellowship at the University of Essex. She also held fellowships at the Centro Incontri Umani, Ascona (Switzerland), the Free University Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study in Edinburgh, Collegium Budapest and the National Humanities Centre, Canberra. Before joining the Institute for History at Leiden University in 2015 she was Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen between 2009 and 2015. In June 2017 she was appointed as the holder of the Special Chair for Central European Studies at the Leiden University Institute for History. Please find more information here.


Marcia C. Schenck (professor of Global History at the University of Potsdam, Germany, https://www.marciacschenck.com) has been investigating mobilities between Africa and Europe through the lens of memories of labor and education migrants from Angola and Mozambique to the German Democratic Republic. More recently, she has been embarking on the study of the Organization of African Unity's refugee management. Her latest publication is a co-edited volume Navigating Socialist Encounters: Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War (https://www.degruyter.com/document/isbn/9783110623543/html). She is also the founder of the History Dialogues Project, https://globalhistorydialogues.org and the co-founder of the H-Net Refugees in African History network https://networks.h-net.org/african-refugees-crossroads.


Bogdan C. Iacob is a researcher at the Institute of History (Bucharest) at the Romanian Academy. His work centres on the role of Eastern European expert knowledge (e.g., historians or doctors) in international organizations during the twentieth century. He focuses in particular on trans-regional connections between state socialist countries and post-colonial spaces. He recently co-authored a history of 1989 in global context. He is currently completing a monograph entitled Balkan Imaginations, UNESCO, and the Global Cold War.


Chair: Professor Alanna O’Malley is Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden Univerisity in The Netherlands. She has a PhD in history from the European University Institute and her first book The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo Crisis 1960-1964 was published in 2018. Currently, she is the Principle Investigator of a new project: 'Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South (INVISIHIST) funded by a Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council in 2019.  Please find more information here.


Katja Doose is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Her research focuses on the history of climate research from the late 19th to the 20th century including climate sciences, glaciology and permafrost studies. Please find more information here.


Dr Agata Ignaciuk is an assistant professor at the Department of the History of Science, University of Granada (Spain). Between 2017 and 2018, she was a Polish National Science Center Polonez (Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND) research fellow at the University of Warsaw's Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. Her research focuses on the history of sexual and reproductive health and rights from a transnational perspective, and dialogues with gender studies, the history of technology, international studies, anthropology and sociology. Her first book (co-authored with Teresa Ortiz Gómez) examined the cultural history of the oral contraceptive pill in Spain and Poland. She has also published on gender and the popularization of contraception in state-socialist Poland; Spanish women's reproductive and contraceptive decision-making during late Francoism and the democratic transition and the history of Spanish women's abortion travel.


Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska is a historian and Associate Professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. She specializes in 20th-century social and cultural history of the United States and Poland. Her areas of research include women’s and gender history, transnational history of reproduction and public health, and history of social movements (particularly birth control, eugenic, and anti-abortion movement).


Chair: Federico Romero (professor of History of Post-War European Cooperation and Integration at the European University Institute) has studied various aspects of 20th century international and transnational history, particularly Cold Warhistory. He has recently edited with Ulrich Krotz and Kiran Klaus Patel Europe's Cold War Relations. The European Community Towards a Global Role (London: Bloomsbury, 2019) and concluded an ERC project with the volume: Angela Romano and Federico Romero (eds.), European Socialist Regimes' Fateful Engagement with the West: National Strategies in the long 1970s (London: Routledge, 2021)DOI: doi.org/10.4324/9780429340703