Christian Alt studied German literature as well as philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Since 2010 he has written for different media on pop and cyber culture. Now he works for Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), mostly for the scene magazine “Zündfunk”, where he has remained true to his areas of interest. He is a columnist at “PULS”, the young program of BR, and a writer for different ARD-broadcasters. For BR he also develops podcasts, among others the story telling podcast “Einfach machen”, which he also presented.
Magda Albrecht was born in 1986 and grew up in Berlin. In 2013 she graduated in American studies and has since worked as a political spokeswoman and as a journalist. She regularly contributes to the blog “Mädchenmannschaft”, carries out research and give talks on body ideals and assumptions on health and fatness, which she questions. She sums up her activism in a short credo: My fat is political.
Safia Monney was born in 1979 in Saarbrücken. She studied acting at the conservatory of the City of Vienna and communication science at the LMU in Munich, sat in on the Bavarian Radio and was an editor at the student radio M94.5. As an actress, she worked at the Munich Kammerspiele, played in several German film and TV productions, gave literary readings and was featured in an audio play. She lives in Paris and at the French Atlantic coast.
Hamed Abdel-Samed was born in 1972 in Giza, Egypt. He studied English and French at Ain Shams University in Cairo, as well as political science, English literature and English linguistics at Augsburg University. From 1999 to 2000 he studied Japanese at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
He worked, among others, at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva and the chair of Islamic studies of the Erfurt University, and has been a research fellow at the chair of Jewish history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich since 2007.
Sophie Albers was born in Hamburg in 1970. She studied film, history and literature and worked as a journalist for various magazines. Since 2008, she is an arts editor at stern.de. She lives in Berlin. Wunderland is her first novel.
Axel Buether was born in Weimar in 1967. He first trained as a stone sculptor and mason, before studying architecture and earning a PhD at the interface of neuropsychology and environmental design. Since then he has realised projects in architecture, design and media art; in 2006 he was elected as chairman of the German Colour Association. From 2006 to 2012 he taught at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in the field of “Colour Light Space”; in 2012 he took up a professorship for didactics of visual communication at the University of Wuppertal where he still teaches. For the last few years he has also been involved in the largest research project worldwide on the effects of light and colour on the health of patients, the confidence and satisfaction of relatives as well as the motivation and identification of staff. Axel Buether is the author of numerous professional publications on the perception and meaning of colour and is a sought-after expert in the media and in medical research.
Jochen Bruchsteiner – born in 1965 – is the FAZ's London correspondent. After graduating in political science and rhetoric he first reported for the ZEIT about the late Kohl years and the first red-green coalition from Bonn and Berlin. He then was sent to Asia by the FAZ where he covered the war in Afghanistan, the developments in India, in the far east and in Australia. In 2005 Die Stunde der Asiaten was published by Rowohlt, where his new book Die Flucht der Briten aus der europäischen Utopie will appear in autumn 2018.