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Martin Albrow

Author of the seminal The Global Age: State and Society beyond Modernity (Stanford 1997), he began his career assisting Norbert Elias in the University of Leicester (UK), becoming President of the British Sociological Association in the 1980s, founder editor of International Sociology, Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and currently senior visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.

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Harald Braun

German diplomat, class of Ambassador, with professional experience in both international diplomacy and business including IBM and Siemens. US-educated economist and historian, he has served over three decades in diplomatic posts on four continents and with the U.N. His posts include rounds as chief political officer in Washington D.C., special envoy for Afghanistan reconstruction, deputy national security adviser to the German chancellor, and minister plenipotentiary in Paris.

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Michael Burawoy

Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. An ethnographer of industrial work in Zambia, U.S., Hungary, and Russia, casting light on the nature of postcolonialism, the organization of consent to advanced capitalism, class-consciousness in state socialism, and the transition from socialism to capitalism. Most recently, he has turned to the study of his own workplace—the university—to consider how sociology is produced and disseminated to diverse publics. As President of the American Sociological Association in 2004, he tried to promote public sociology.

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Craig Calhoun

University Professor of Social Sciences at NYU and President of the Social Science Research Council. He received his doctorate from Oxford University and has taught for 19 years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the University Center for International Studies. He has also been a professor at Columbia University and visiting professor in Asmara, Beijing, Khartoum, Oslo, and Paris. His most recent book is Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (Routledge 2007).

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S. N. Eisenstadt

Born in Warsaw in 1923. Ph. D. Jerusalem 1947. Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Senior Research Fellow at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute. Member of many academies and recipient of honorary doctoral degrees. Areas of interest: Comparative research of modernities and civilizations; the historical experience of Japan from a comparative perspective; patterns of civil society and democracy in different societies and cultures; changing movements and heterodoxy in civilizatory dynamics; sociological and macro-sociological theory.

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Hyun-Chin Lim

Professor of Sociology and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Seoul National University. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from SNU and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, he taught in the U.S. and Korea, was a consultant to the World Bank and served as president of the Korean Sociological Association and the Korean Association for NGO Studies, of which he is the co-founder. His publications include more than 30 books and over 150 scholarly articles on dependency, development, democracy, and civil society in East Asia and Latin America.

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Edward Tiryakian

Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Duke University (Ph.D. Harvard). Having taught at Harvard, Princeton, Laval (Quebec), Institut de Sciences Politiques (Paris), and the Free University of Berlin, he has served as Associate Editor of International Sociology, president of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française, and the American Society for the Study of Religion. His major fields are in comparative aspects of development, sociology of religion, sociological theory, and sociology of nationalism. 250 scholarly publications.

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Gert Schmidt

Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Erlangen. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Munich, he became Director of the “Landesinstitut für Sozialforschung Dortmund” and then Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Bielefeld. Contributing for over three decades to Sociological Theory, Organizational and Industrial Sociology, Globalization, and Culture of Automobilism, his professional activities include co-editor of Zeitschrift für Soziologie, International Sociology, and Soziologische Revue.

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Björn Wittrock

University Professor at Uppsala University and Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea, and was elected President of the International Institute of Sociology in 2005. His publications include: Axial Civilizations and World History (with S.N. Eisenstadt and Johan P. Arnason, 2005), and Frontiers of Sociology (with Peter Hedström, 2009).

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