The project is headed by Walter Schicho, Professor of African Studies at the University of Vienna. His main publications include the three-volume Handbuch Afrika,
several edited books and dozens of articles and book chapters focussing
on his two major research areas, African history and development issues.
Within the project he will focus on the French colonial administration and the political and academic discourse in France.
Martina Kopf, PhD, is a scholar of
African Studies with extensive practice in development journalism.
Her master and doctoral theses dealt with intersections of narrative,
memory and history in African literature. She has taught francophone
and anglophone African literature at the Department of African Studies,
University of Vienna, since 1998 and was editor of the sections on
Africa, Women, Science and Ecology for the Austrian magazine Südwind
– Magazin für internationale Politik, Kultur und Entwicklung,
Her publications include the books Trauma und Literatur (2005) and Die weibliche Spur Afrikas (1998) as well as journalistic reports and articles on issues of development cooperation, North-South relations and politics in African countries.
Within the project she focuses on French and British colonial literature.
Gerald Hödl, PhD, is a historian who has published several books and articles on development theory, Austrian foreign policy and development assistance, and global sports. Since 2001, he has taught extensively on these subjects at the development studies programme (Projekt Internationale Entwicklung) of the University of Vienna. Within the project, he will cover the British colonial administration (both in the metropolis and in Tanganyika) as well as the political and academic discourse in the United Kingdom.