Carolin Emcke (born 1967) studied philosophy, politics and history in London, Frankfurt and Harvard and earned her doctorate with a dissertation on the concept of ‘collective identities’. She was an editor at Der Spiegel from 1998 to 2006 and travelled to many of the world’s crisis zones — in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Colombia and Lebanon — as a foreign correspondent. Between 2007 and 2014 she worked as a writer and international reporter for Die Zeit. In the time since, she has been active as a freelance journalist. Her recent book publications include Against Hate (2016), Because We Can Speak (2013) and How We Desire (2012). Alongside other numerous awards, she was honoured with the Johann Heinrich Merck Prize of the German Academy for Language and Literature in 2014, the Lessing Prize of the Free State of Saxony in 2015 and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2016.