ERIKA FISCHER-LICHTE, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c., Professor of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Member of the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Sciences at Göttingen, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, she also holds the chair of the Institute for Advanced Studies on “Interweaving Cultures in Performance”. She has published widely in the fields of aesthetics, theory of literature, art and theatre, in particular on semiotics and performativity, theatre history and contemporary theatre. Publications include Global Ibsen. Performing Multiple Modernities (2010), The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics (2008, German 2004), Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual. Exploring Forms of Political Theatre (2005), History of European Drama and Theatre (2002, German 1990), The Show and the Gaze of Theatre: A European Perspective (1997), The Semiotics of Theatre (1992, German 1983), and The Dramatic Touch of Difference: Theatre, Own and Foreign (1990).
JORUNN S. GJERDEN, Associate Professor of French Literature, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway. Recent publication: Éthique et esthétique dans l’æuvre de Nathalie Sarraute. Le paradoxe du sujet, Paris/ Oslo: L’Harmattan/Solum, 2007.