Barbara Piatti is an independent scholar and publisher, holding a PhD in German studies. After various research stays abroad (Stanford University, USA; Charles University, Prague, and others) she was appointed as Fellow at the renowned Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute of Advanced Study (2010/2011). From 2006-2014 she worked as a research group leader at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, ETH Zurich. The project she initiated and conceived is entitled A Literary Atlas of Europe. Literary geography and literary cartography and the cultural history of the Alps are among her central research interests. She is the author of several books, dealing with landscape and literature, among them Lake Lucerne and Mount Gotthard – like you have never seen this landscape before (2016). In 2013 she founded her own company, specialized on cultural mediation, producing thematic maps, exhibitions, festivals, digital platforms, radio plays, performances and much more. She remains connected to the academic research networks, through teaching assignments, consulting mandates and publication activities.
Thomas Streifeneder is a habilitated economic geographer. He heads the Institute for Regional Development at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Italy. As part of his doctorate and habilitation at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, he did research on the agricultural and socio-economic transformations in rural areas from various perspectives and wrote several articles about this topic (www.eurac.edu). Through his scientific career he became an expert in the development of the agricultural and socioeconomic structures in mountain areas, in particular in the Alps and their driving forces. His main fields of research are: Economic & Agricultural Geography, Agricultural and socioeconomic development in mountain areas, Transformation processes in rural areas, Agritourism, Literary Geography & Spatial Literary Studies.