Amy Colin (PhD, Yale) conceptualized and established the City for the Cultures of Peace (CCP) as a dynamic international research network. She is the Founding President of the CCP, a Scientific Director at its Institute, and Board Member of the Haut Conseil of the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales (Paris. France). She has also conceptualized and directed the international “Forums on the Cultures of Peace” as well as “Imagine Peace!”, a series of events and master classes with Nobel Laureates.
As a professor of literature, she taught and pursued her research at leading European and North American academic institutions, including the University of Washington, the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University, the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Culture / University of Potsdam (Germany), the University of Paris 7 (France), the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris, France), and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna, Austria). She also held different academic appointments at Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Tübingen, and FU Berlin.
Amy Colin is an expert on modern German literature, European-Jewish writing, and Holocaust poetry, in particular Paul Celan and the Holocaust literature of the Bukowina. In 1984, she organized the first international Paul-Celan-Symposiums in the United States (University of Washington, 1984). She edited and brought out the proceedings in Argumentum e Silentio: Internationales Paul Celan-Symposium (1987). Her publications also include: Paul Celan: Holograms of Darkness (1991, Choice Outstanding Book Award); Versunkene Dichtung der Bukowina: Eine Anthologie deutschsprachiger Lyrik, co-ed. with the Holocaust poet Alfred Kittner (1994); Brücken über dem Abgrund, co-ed. with E. Strenger (1994); Exclusions/Inclusions, co-ed. with Patrick Imbert und Daniel Castillo-Durante (2005); Spuren eines Europäers: Karl Emil Franzos als Mittler zwischen den Kulturen, co-ed. with A.-D. Ludewig and E.-V. Kotowski (2008); Paul Celan-Edith Silbermann: Zeugnisse einer Freundschaft (2010), co-authored and co-edited with Edith Silbermann; essays on the German literature of the Bukowina, women’s writing, Holocaust literature, multiculturalism, and exclusion as cultural phenomenon. Her articles appeared in Literatur und Kritik, Neue Deutsche Literatur, Modern Austrian Literature, Celan-Jahrbuch, Studies in Twentieth Century German Literature, German Quarterly, Crosscurrents, the Yale Handbook of Jewish Culture in German, and in collective volumes.