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Dr Andrew Webber
Deputy Head of Department of German & Dutch
Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Andrew Webber teaches and researches in nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Austrian culture, with special interests in narrative writing and film.

He teaches on Churchill College Department of German and Dutch’s two modern comparative papers, and his book The European Avant Garde 1900-1940 has recently appeared in the Polity Press Cultural History of Literature series.

From October 2004 he holds a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in order to pursue a project on the cultural topography of twentieth-century Berlin.

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Professor Dawn Ades
Department of Art & History
University of Essex

Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a trustee of Tate and was awarded an OBE in 2002 for her services to art history. She has been responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon.

She has published standard works on photomotage, Dada, Surrealism, women artists and Mexican muralists. She is Director of the Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. The Centre brings together the University of Essex and the University of Manchester in partnership with the Tate Gallery, London which holds one of the world’s leading collections of Dada and Surrealist art.

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Dr Günter Berghaus
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television
University of Bristol

Günter Berghaus was formerly a Reader in Theatre History in the Department of Drama at Univ. Bristol and has since become a Senior Research Fellow in the same department. His current research is focussed on aspects of the avant-garde in performance, for which he is collaborating with the University of Edingburgh AHRC project. Avant-garde and Neo Avant-garde , and the University of Ghent/ Belgium on the project, Poetics and Politics of the Historical Avant-garde. He has books forthcoming on Twentieth-Century Avant-garde Performance and the Selected Writing of Marinetti.

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Charlie Leadbetter
Author and Advisor on Innovation Strategy

Charles Leadbetter is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and government around the world on innovation strategy and drawn on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

A past winner of the prestigious David Watt prize for journalism, Charles was profiled by the New York Times in 2005 for generating one of the best ideas of the year, the rise of the activist amateur, outlined in his report The Pro-Am Revolution.

A visiting senior fellow at the British National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, he is also a longstanding senior research associate with the influential London think-tank Demos and a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

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Michael Berkowitz
Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
University College London

Professor Berkowitz has held fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Before joining UCL, he taught at the University of Chicago, Ohio State University , the University of Judaism, and St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York).

Professor Berkowitz;s current research interests include modern Jewish identity formation and political self-representation, 1881-1948; art, politics and culture; the politics of religion in Mandate Palestine; perceptions of social deviance among Jewry from early modern times to the present; Jews and German culture; ties between charity and nationalism; and modes of understanding and mis-understanding the Holocaust.

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Frank Whitford

Author of numerous books on the Avant Garde, including The Bauhaus: Masters and Students by Themselves (22 Oct 1992), Klimt (World of Art) (Sep 1990)and The Berlin of George Grosz: Drawings, Watercolours and Prints, 1912-1930 (July 21, 1997).

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