Christoph Wulf is professor for anthropology and education, member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Historical Anthropology, of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Cultures of the Performative” (1999-2011) the center of excellence “Languages of Emotions” (2007-1014), the graduate school “InterArt/Interart Studies” (2006-2015) at Free University of Berlin. For more than 30 years, Wulf has been working on questions of historical anthropology and educational anthropology. The focus of his research is on people’s knowledge in a globalized world characterized by cultural diversities and commonalities. The objective of this research is to use historical and ethnographic methods as well as philosophical reflections to make a contribution to the self-understanding of people today. His books have been translated in more than 15 languages. He has had visiting professorships and research stays in many parts of the word, he is currently vice-president of German Commission for UNESCO. Latest publication (selection): Anthropology. A continental perspective. Chicago: Chicago University Press 2013; Bilder des Menschen. Imaginäre und performative Grundlagen der Kultur. Bielefeld; transcript 2014; (with Capeloa Gil, Isabel) (Eds.): Hazardous Future. Disaster, Representation and the Assessment of Risk. Berlin et al.: De Gruyter 2015; (Eds.) Exploring alterity in a globalized world. London et al.: Routledge, 2016; (with Kontopodis, Michalis/Varvantakis, Christos (Eds.) (2017): Global Youth in Digital Trajectories. London et al: Routledge.


Emily Achieng’ Akuno trained as a performer-educator in Kenya, USA and UK. She is Professor of music at the Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya while serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the Co-operative University of Kenya.  A past board member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and chair of the Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC), her research and publications focus on cultural relevance and its implications for music education, and music making in enhancing children’s literacy skill development. Emily is past Treasurer and current President of the Internal Music Council – IMC.

Elise v. Bernstorff (Dipl. Theatr.) is a scientific associate in the research project »Transcultural Practices in Postmigrant Theatre and in School« at Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany (project leader is Prof. Dr. Birgit Althans). She studied Applied Theatre studies at JLU Gießen and further received a scholarship at the artistic-academic postgraduate programme »Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance« (HCU Hamburg, Forschungstheater / FUNDUS Theater, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg). In this context, she developed with children the artistic research projects »Das jüngste Gericht« (»The Last Judgement«) and »The Last Judgement – an extra-juridical assembly«). Since 2010, v. Bernstorff has been working as a freelance dramaturg, performance artist and academic writer.

Ralph Buck (PhD) is Head of Dance Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching focuses on dance education curriculum, dance pedagogy and community dance. Ralph is currently working within several international dance research and service organisations such as, World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE); World Dance Alliance (WDA); UNESCO Unitwin Arts Education Research (Singapore); and, ArtsEqual (Finland). Ralph’s teaching and leadership has been recognised by The University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award, 2008; Award for Leadership, 2010; Excellence Award for Equal Opportunities 2006; and, Creative Arts and Industries Research Excellence Award, 2016. His research in dance education is published in international journals and he has delivered invited key notes and master classes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Columbia, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, China, Denmark, New Zealand and Fiji.

Teunis IJdens is a sociologist. His work has long been focused on cultural policy and the labor market for artists. Since 2013, he has been working as a researcher, consultant, analyst, and publicist at the National Expertise Centre for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) in the Netherlands. He is a founding member of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO), which is linked to UNESCO.

Benjamin Jörissen holds the Chair of Pedagogy with a focus on Culture and Aesthetic Education at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. His recent research especially focuses on meta-research in the fields of arts education, on international perspectives of research in arts education, and on the educational meanings and impacts of postdigital culture and media and on the transformations of cultural and aesthetic education.

Twardzik Ching Chor Leng is currently Senior Lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As a Contemporary Artist and Art Educator, her research interest is in looking at effective Teacher Professional Development models for teaching Contemporary Art in schools, with an emphasis on local art practices. She has served at the National Arts Council Scholarship Committee, Lasalle College of the Arts Faculty of Fine Arts Industry Advisory Board Committee, Ministry of Education Art Syllabus Development Committee, Singapore Youth Festival Judging and Curatorial Committee, as well as the Singapore Art Museum’s President’s Young Talent Curatorial Committee. She has been commissioned to exhibit at the Istana, Esplanade, Singapore Art Show, Singapore Management University, National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, National Gallery Singapore, Google Asia Pacific, and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. Internationally, she has exhibited in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany and Canada.

Bo-Wah Leung is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, and Director of Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese opera at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council in 2011 for his leadership in a research project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Schools. He has founded the Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera and developed a bilingual website titled Hong Kong Cantonese Opera to disseminate knowledge and news about the genre in Hong Kong.
Professor Leung is at present Chair of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), Adjunct Professor of Music at the Northeast Normal University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and Guangzhou University, co-editor of the International Journal of Music Education and Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, Subject Specialist (Education and Performing Arts) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications, and Arts Education Consultant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He was elected thrice as Board Member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and was elected as Chair of the Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission, and Co-chair of the Research Commission of ISME.

Catarina Silva Martins is the Head of the Research Institute in Art, Design and Society and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Her research interest lies in rethinking arts education curriculum studies in the present from a historical approach focusing on the systems of reason that govern policy and research. Her previous work has examined the historical intersection of art education with cultural distinctions and divisions inscribed in notions of the artist, inventiveness, and genius that emerged at the turn of the century in Portugal.

Carla J. Maier currently holds a postdoc position in the research project »Transcultural Practices in Postmigrant Theatre and in School« at Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany (project leader is Prof. Dr. Birgit Althans). Her research is located at the intersection of sound studies, cultural studies and postcolonial studies. Recent publications include: »The Sound of Skateboarding: Aspects of a Transcultural Anthropology of Sound«. In: The Senses & Society, 2016; Sound Practices. In: Schulze H, Papenburg J (Eds.), Sound As Popular Culture: A Companion. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2016; »Sound Cultures«. In: Merten K, Krämer L (Eds.), Postcolonial Studies Meets Media Studies. Bielefeld: Transcript; (with Holger Schulze) »Situative Signals in Sonic Conflicts: An Anthropology of Sound Design«. In: Bull M, Back L (Eds.), The Auditory Culture Reader, 2nd Edition. London, New York: Bloomsbury.

Christoph Richter is a psychologist and researcher at the department of Media Education/Educational Computer Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. His recent research has been concerned with the explication and cultivation of design practices and the impact of technology on processes of sketching and conceptual design. In a current research project, he is focusing on the cultural dimension of digital technologies as well as the development of participatory research methods aimed to elicit significant moments in processes of aesthetic articulation.

Claudia Roßkopf studied Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Linguistics and Romance Linguistics in the City of Mainz and Vienna. Her final thesis for M.A. degree is about »The power of culture« – foreign cultural policy between claim and reality, using the example of the Goethe-Institut La Paz, based on qualitative research, participatory observation and guideline-based interviews. She has gained competence in museology and museum management, e.g. at the Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany and the German Emigration Center. Most recently she was in charge of the development of the exhibition and the education program at GRIMM WORLD Kassel. Currently she works in the education department of Museum Friedland and since December 2017 as academic associate at the Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim Foundation. She participates in the interdisciplinary research project Rez@Kultur about digitization in arts education, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Main interests are potentials of arts education in digital and in museum spaces, curatorial theory and practice and forms of participation.