Karsten Fledelius is an Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses upon Central and East European film culture, Media as part of conflicts in Former Yugoslavia, Eastern and Central European responses to the EU and Europeanisation, Religion and European culture and politics, with particular reference to the Balkans, Turkey, Russia, the Ukraine and the Caucausus region, Islam and Europe with particular reference to the question of secularisation, democracy and culture, Legacies of empire in contemporary Europe (Ottoman Turkey, Austria-Hungary). Karsten was the first IAMHIST Secretary General from 1977 to 1979 and served as IAMHIST President from 1979 to 1985. He served on the council as a past-president.
Christine Whittaker, a former IAMHIST President, graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Modern Languages and joined the BBC’s World Service. After a year she moved to television where she became a researcher on documentary films, eventually finding people and archive footage for historical documentaries. The archive took over, she began to specialise and was responsible for the archive on many award-winning series, such as All Our Working Lives, Out of the Doll’s House, An Ocean Apart, Nippon, Pandora’s Box. She was the Archive Producer on the 26-part series People’s Century, worked as an Archive Consultant on numerous projects for television and cinema, and has lectured and conducted workshops on the use of archive. She was twice the recipient of the BFI’s Archival Achievement Award and received Focal International’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. She was the first IAMHIST President to come from a television, rather than an academic background and continues to encourage and enjoy debate within the organisation.