Marian Burchardt is a sociologist and research associate in Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig where he also received his PhD. His research interests include the sociology and anthropology of religion, transnationalism, social and political theory as well as the interface of religion and medicine. The Irmgard Coninx Grant allowed him to complete his PhD titled Religion and AIDS in South Africa: A Cultural Sociology, to contribute to a research proposal and to work on journal articles. His articles appeared in Oxford Development Studies and Forum Qualitative Social Research. He is currently working in the research project “Multiple Secularities” which explores contemporary controversies about religion in the public sphere in various national settings.
Akachi Odoemene holds a Ph.D. in African History (2008). He was trained at the University of Ibadan, and currently lectures in the Department of History and International Relations, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. A 2009 African Humanities Program (AHP) Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), his research interests include the areas of African Social and Cultural History, Urban History, Ethnic Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies. He used the period of his stay in Berlin for the completion of four journal articles, all of which have been accepted for publication in Armed Forces and Society, Journal of African Conflict Resolution, Journal of Urban History and Social Dynamics. Another paper which he commenced while in Berlin is in its final stages of correction with the Journal of Modern African Studies. He is currently working on Indigenous Conflict Management Mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa, and their possibilities in effectively regulating contemporary conflicts in the continent.
Daniela Vicherat Mattar is a sociologist formed in Chile, the UK, Spain and Italy. Her research focuses on the socio-political and cultural dimensions of the urban experience, with emphasis on the normative and empirical issues rising from the private/public divide and its implications to revolutionize current democracies. She has undertaken her research stage at the Coninx Foundation after finishing her Marie-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research project addresses walls in contemporary Europe as elements of conflict resolution, but also devices to promote a European model of social integration (and segregation) in the multicultural urban landscape after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Daniela used her time at the Foundation to complete a number of publications based on this research.