THE EWC BOARD (2018-2019)


EWC PRESIDENT: Gunnar Ardelius (Sweden)




Gunnar Ardelius was born in 1981 and made his debut with the YA novel
I Need You More Than I Love You and I Love You To Bits (Rabén & Sjögren).
The book has been translated into many languages including English, French and German.
It was nominated to the August Prize and won the Slangbellan prize for best debut.
The book has also been made into a film making its première at the 2012 Gothenburg Film Festival,
and has also been aired on Swedish television.
Friheten förde oss hit/The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here is GunnarArdelius’ fourth book,
the first aimed at adult readers, and takes place in Liberia in the 1960s.
It was nominated to the  Magazine Vi’s Literature Prize 2012 with the following words from the Jury:
"Quietly and with great conciseness Gunnar Ardelius portrays an intense human drama that revolves
around closeness, distance and power."

Since 2012 Gunnar Ardelius is also the chairman of the Swedish Writers’ Union.


Gerlinde Schermer-Rauwolf (Germany) - Vice-President


Born in the Rhineland-Palatinate, she moved to Munich more than
thirty years ago to study German literature, art history and philosophy.
She also worked there as a freelance editor for different magazines,
in the management of an environmental institute and as an assistant
for the Goethe-Institute. Apart from that she was co-organizer of several
transregional music festivals.
She is a founding member of the Kollektiv Druck-Reif, a team of literary translators
established in 1987 and has translated numerous works of English fiction and non-fiction
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Beyond that she helped colleagues as a member of the “mediafon”-team,
a help-line organized by the German trade union ver.di for freelancers in the media and arts.
Since 2003 member of the supervisory board of the collecting society VG WORT
and since 2011 of the "Copyright-Expert-Panel" of the "German Council for Culture".
Schermer-Rauwolf was president of the German translators' association “VdÜ”
om 2005 till 2008; board member of the German Writers Union “VS” from 2005 till 2015;
regular board member of the EWC 2013-2015, and EWC Vice-President 2015-2019.



Regular Board Members:


Tiit Aleksjev (Estonia)

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Tiit Aleksejev, born in 1968, graduated in history from the University of Tartu,
where he also obtained a master’s degree in medieval history.
He is a writer of historical fiction and a dramatist.
He has written about the crusades and about the recent history of Estonia.
He is a member of the board of Estonian Writer’s Union and Estonian Centre PEN International.   


Ružica Cindori (Croatia)


Ružica works as Secretary General of the Croatian Writers’ Association and
lives in Zagreb (Croatia). Worked as a librarian (1985-2009).
She graduated in Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of Zagreb, and
attended postgraduate studies in Library sciences at the same University.
She has published ten poetry collections.
Her poetry has been translated into several languages and published in
many anthologies (in Croatia and abroad).
She also writes articles and essays, and translates poetry.


EWC Secretary-General: Myriam Diocaretz (The Netherlands)



EWC Secretary-General since April 2006.

Myriam is the author, editor, or co-editor of 22 studies, published in The Netherlands

(Amsterdam/New York), Spain, France, Italy, and the United States; she has also

published over fifty scholarly chapters and essays in English, French or Spanish on

poetics, translation studies, gender, and dialogical criticism. Selections of her poetry

(published in Spain and New York/USA) have been translated into English, Croatian,

Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, and Romanian.

She has conducted research and published reports on ICT innovation, e-publishing,

e-content, mobile Internet services, rich media authoring tools, uses of the Internet in

Higher Education, and broadband innovation (case study: Finland).

In 2007-2013, she held the Extraordinary Professorship 

“Socrates Chair in Humanism in the Digital Society”at Maastricht University, and

at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. 

Her research combines philosophy and humanistics, including Artificial Intelligence and

Future and Emerging Technology, i.e. The Human ( , ) The Digital: Being in the 21st Century”, 

ISBN: 978-90-78886-99-0; in this field she guest-edited "Rhythms and Robot Relations" with

J. van den Herik, a special issue of the International Journal of Social Robotics (Springer 2009).

As an academic editor she established five book series in French, English and Spanish respectively, 

including Critical Studies which she directs since 1989 (Brill/Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York).

Since 2004, she has been selected as Independent Expert by the European Commission in three DGs.  

Studies: PhD.  in Comparative Studies, State University of New York at Stony-Brook; M.A. in

English Literature, Stanford University. 

Previous positions: 2001-2006 Senior Researcher, European Centre for Digital Communication/

Infonomics, Maastricht University. Earlier: Worldwide Training Manager at WorldCom, Amsterdam;

Training Coordinator at Stream International, Amsterdam; International publishing consultant.

Researcher at the Universities of Amsterdam, and Utrecht.Myriam has lectured at many universities in the 

USA and Europe. She held two Fulbright Fellowships. More information: