Barbara Christophe (Germany) is a researcher, PD Dr. phil. and coordinator of the memory cultures research forum at the Georg Eckert Institute for School Book Research in Braunschweig. She studied history and Slavonic Studies and received her PhD from the University of Bremen in 1996 with a sociological study on contemporary Lithuania. For her habilitation she conducted an ethnographic study of corruption in Georgia at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Her research focuses on transition studies, peace and conflict research and memory cultures. Her regional research focus has been on the post-Soviet area, in particular on the Baltic States, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Recently she has also been involved with projects examining Germany and Eastern Europe. She uses textbook research as an instrument in a wide range of projects, reflecting a cultural studies-based approach but principally a practice-theoretical approach to research into memory practices.