Jan Levchenko (b. 1974) graduated in 1996 from Tartu University, Estonia, where he also attained his MA and PhD (1999 and 2004)

Ilya Kliger is associate professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is author of The Narrative Shape of Truth: Veridiction in Modern European Literature (Penn State UP, 2011) as well as of articles dealing with the history and theory of the novel in Russia and France, literary theory and narratology. He is currently working on a book on the tragic social imaginary in the age of Russian Realism.

Anthony Iles is a writer of criticism, fiction and theory. He is a contributing editor to Mute magazine and Mute books, http://metamute.org, an Associate Researcher at the UdK Graduate School

Chubarov Igor (born in 1965). Doctor of Philosophy; researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Science; member of the Center for Modern Philosophy and Social Sciences at Moscow State University; Associate Editor of Logos Journal. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Moscow State University. Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin, 2006-2008).

Alexander Dmitriev teaches at the National Research University — Higher School of Economics, Moscow, where he is also a leading researcher in the Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities.

Anke Hennig teaches at the Freie Universität Berlin in the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature and is a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Research Centre 626 ‘Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits’. Her research interests lie in poetics and the philosophy of literature.