Walter Schicho, retired professor of African History at the University of Vienna. His main publications include the three-volume Handbuch Afrika (Frankfurt a. M.: Brandes & Apsel), several edited books and dozens of articles and book chapters focussing on his major research areas, African history, discourse analysis and development issues.
The focus of his contributions to our project is on French colonial administration, development discourse and planning between 1919 and 1960.
Martina Kopf, is a scholar of African Studies and Literature Studies. Between 2004 and 2013 she has been a Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of African Studies and the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna. Starting with April 2014 she is Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Kopf’s master and doctoral theses dealt with intersections of narrative, memory and history in African literatures. Outside the academy she has professional experience in the fields of development journalism and literature publishing.
Gerald Hödl is a historian who has published several books and articles on development theory, Austrian foreign policy and development assistance, and on global sports. From 2001 to 2009, he taught extensively on these subjects at the University of Vienna’s development studies programme. His publications include Österreich und die Dritte Welt: Außen- und Entwicklungspolitik der Zweiten Republik bis zum EU-Beitritt 1995 (Vienna: Promedia 2004). He has also translated books by Immanuel Wallerstein and Andre Gunder Frank into German. In 2012 he has moved to become a teacher at a secondary school in Vienna.