Christa Ebert, Ramin Jahanbegloo
Heroes in Resistance
Christa Ebert studied Roman Languages, Literature and Slavic Studies in Berlin and Rostov-on-Don. She received her doctorate in 1977 and completed her habilitation on Russian symbolism in 1990, both in Berlin. Initially Ebert worked for the Academy of Sciences of the DDR. Since 1994 she has been Professor for Literature und Eastern European Literature at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder). She has held visiting appointments in Moscow, Leningrad, Prague, and New York. Selected publications: Sinaida Hippius, Seltsame Nähe. Ein Porträt (2004); Die Seele hat kein Geschlecht. Studien zum Genderdiskurs in der russischen Kultur (2004); and most recently Ideen und Bilder von Gemeinschaftlichkeit in Ost und West (edited together with Brigitte Sändig, 2008). Christa Ebert is also co-editor of the series Ost-West Diskurse.
Ramin Jahanbegloo, born in Tehran, studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne University, Paris. After his doctorate, he became Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Between 1997 and 2001, Jahanbegloo was Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto in Canada. In 2001 he served at the National Endowment for Democracy in the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. Upon returning to Tehran, he was appointed head of the Contemporary Philosophy Department of the Cultural Research Center. In April 2006 Jahanbegloo was arrested for political reasons and imprisoned for four months by the Iranian authorities. In 2006 and 2007 he was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. In 2008 he returned to the University of Toronto as a Professor of Political Science, Massey College Scholar-at-Risk, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics at Trinity College. His many publications include: Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (2000); Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (Ed., 2004); and The Spirit of India (2008).