Organizational Committee:

Jason Smart (USA) Director

Martina Klicperova (USA/Czech Republic)

Alex Tyson (USA) Public Relations

Anton Galitsky (Russia)



Dr. Martijn Icks (Germany) Co-Chair

Martijn Icks (1981) is a fellow at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. His current research focuses on imperial representation in late antiquity and the (critical) responses from contemporaries it generated, specifically under the emperors Arcadius and Honorius.

Icks has studied at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he earned his PhD cum laude in 2008 on a thesis about the notorious Roman emperor Elagabalus (r. 218-222). His thesis has been published by IB Tauris (UK) and Harvard University Press (USA) under the title “The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor”.



Dr. Eric Shiraev (USA) Co-Chair

Eric Shiraev is a professor and author of twelve books and numerous publications in the fields of comparative studies, international relations, political psychology, and history of science. His books include Russian Government and Politics (2010), A History of Psychology (2011), Counting Every Vote (2008)America: Sovereign Defender or Cowboy Nation?(2005), Cross-Cultural Psychology (2009, Fourth Edition), and The Russian Transformation (1999). In his publications, he develops a multidisciplinary approach to human behavior and experience.

Website Manager & Public Relations:

Alicia Hooper (USA)

Alicia Hooper is a graduate student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.  She earned her B.A. in Government and International Politics in May 2012 currently pursing an M.A. in Political Science.  Her activities as an undergraduate included membership in two honor societies, membership in the George Mason Russian Club, and a position as an orientation leader. As a graduate student, she plans to volunteer in her local community and aspires to pursue a career in the United States federal government.

One Response to Board

  1. victim of caracter assassination says:

    “The Truman Show” in the Facebook age is “Character Assassination”.

    It seems Facebook is by nature a place where a fake “Character Assassination” profile could become permanent and perpetual as a large-scale “hater-fan-club”. By its mere existence creating further haters in a never-ending cycle. Due to the multitude of privacy settings the victim could never find out.

    Hence, an ever-growing endless private joke, behind the victims back, throughout the years. Starting with a specific group and eventually finding its way into every corner of the victims social and professional life.

    Given the premise that those taking part in the joke were hand-piked and the society where they and the ostracized individual lived was small enough for everyone to take part in the joke.

    A modern multidisciplinary phenomenon, ranging from sociology to information technology, from psychology to international law, from group behavior to individual rights.

    “Character Assassination” in a private and continued way behind his back without him ever knowing. Since, if the pictures, recordings, citations, and details of the victim private life, were made private he could never have a legal or verifiable basis to file a complaint neither with Facebook or the courts.

    In this case, the features provided by Facebook enable, amplify and create the phenomenon itself.

    I believe I have been a victim of the above described mechanism for years now.

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