Meet the Team

Margrit Pernau, Editor

Margrit Pernau is Senior Researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

She studied History and Public Law at the University of Saarland and University of Heidelberg where she took her PhD in 1991, published as The Passing of Patrimonialism. Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad, 1911-48, (Delhi,    Manohar, 2000). 1997-2003 Margrit Pernau conducted research in Delhi on the history of the Muslims of Delhi in the 19th century, which has resulted in the book Ashraf into Middle Classes. Muslims in 19th century Delhi came out with OUP in 2013. She has been research fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin, the Modern Orient Centre in Berlin, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Freiburg and the EHESS in Paris.

She has published a number of edited volumes, among which The Delhi College. Traditional Elites, the Colonial State and Education before 1857 (Delhi, OUP 2006), an edition of translated Persian newsletters from early 19th century Delhi (with Yunus Jaffery, Delhi, OUP, 2009). Her most recent book (with Helge Jordheim et al.), Civilizing Emotions. Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe, came out with OUP Oxford in 2015. Besides, she has written numerous articles on the history of emotions, modern Indian history, historical semantics, comparative studies, and translation studies.

Jani Marjanen, Editor

Jani Marjanen received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2013 with a dissertation on the language of economic patriotism in  eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Sweden and Finland. He currently  works on the reception of political concepts in nineteenth-century Finland, in particular regarding debates of nationhood, constitution  and political isms. His theoretical interests focus on the reception  and appropriation of concepts as well as the use of large scale  digital text sets to quantify trends in the use of concepts. In  2014–2015 he was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for  Human Development in Berlin, and has since then had an interest in the  history of emotions.

For a list of publications, see the publication database of the  
University of Helsinki

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). 

Ilana Brown, Managing Director

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.

Gabriel Entin, Book Reviews 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.

Luc Wodzicki & Frederik Schröer, Social Media Editors

Luc Wodzicki is a doctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin’s Graduate School Global Intellectual History. Frederik Schröer is a PhD candidate at the International Max Planck Research School “Moral Economies of Modern Societies” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Together, they are in charge of Contribution’s web presence and social media strategy.