Marcello Barison (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Naples; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Project – title: Types of Spaces. Philosophy of Architecture.
Marcello Barison received his BA and MA at the University of Padua. His thesis (MA dissertation), which then turned into his first book (La Costituzione metafisica del Mondo), concerns the concept of world in the contemporary German thought. From that work, also owing to an annual stay at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, he explored the twentieth century German philosophy more and more thoroughly, especially devoting his attention to the figure of Martin Heidegger, the thinker on which he then conducted also his doctoral dissertation. He completed his doctoral studies at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) in Naples in collaboration with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. In addition to lectures and publications focusing on 20th century continental philosophy, he has written on contemporary art, literature and architecture.
Project – title: Integrating Rijeka into Socialist Yugoslavia: the Politics of National Identity and the New City’s Image (1947-1955)
Marco Abram has obtained a PhD in History at the University of Udine and a Master’s degree in History of Europe at the University of Bologna. His research interests mainly focus on the national question in Yugoslavia and he devoted his doctoral thesis to the study of Socialist Yugoslavism in Belgrade after the Second World War. He worked as a researcher at the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, where he was involved in a project aimed at studying the Italian civil society activism during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990’s. He has published several articles in academic journals and collective volumes and has been part of the editorial board of the historical journal “Diacronie. Studi di Storia contemporanea” since 2009.
Project – title: In the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire. Postwar crisis, National Conflicts and New Fascist Order.
Marco Bresciani is a former fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka. He was educated at the Scuola Normale Superiore and at the University of Pisa, where he obtained his PhD. He was post-doc fellow at the Istituto per la Storia del Movimento di Liberazione Nazionale in Italia, at the Remarque Institute (NYU), at the Centre de Recherches Politiques R. Aron (EHESS). So far, his interests have focused on the global and European history of socialism, antifascism and anti-totalitarianism, with special regard to intellectual networks in Italy, France and US, from the 1930s to the 1970s. His current project deals with the transition from the imperial to the national sovereignty, the subsequent political, social and cultural crisis and conflicts and their persistent legacies in the former Oesterreiches Küstenland, annexed by Italy in 1918.
Project – title: The East European Dissidence in Transnational Perspective
Tamara Caraus is a Researcher at New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania. Her current area of research includes political theory of cosmopolitanism, dissidence, civil disobedience, global resistance, and agonistic/radical democracy. Tamara Caraus has undertaken research projects in political philosophy at Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria; University of Uppsala, Sweden; University of Groningen, The Netherland; Oxford University, UK; Palacky University of Olomouc, Czech Republic and others. She contributed with articles to various academic journals and edited volumes, published Tzara mea (2001), Ethical Perspectives on the Postmodern Rewriting (2003), Traps of Identity (2011), and co-edited Cosmopolitanism and the Legacy of Dissent (Routledge, 2014).
Project – title: Economic Development and Ethnopolitics. Study of Dependency.
Jan Muś works as an adjunct at the Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW) and as a lecturer at the Catholic University of Lublin. His research interest concerns nationalism and ethnopolitics as well as the contemporary political and social developments in the Southeastern Europe. Jan’s project at the CAS SEE combines economic development and ethnopolitical claims in culturally plural societies of the Hapsburg and the Ottoman empires and in this sense it refers to the critical theory. It aims at further development of theoretical framework on ethnicity and nationalism by studying dependency between economic development and rise of nationalism. By referring to domestic and international economic features, such as dynamics of agro-, trade-, and economic cycles, cultural division of labour within the given society and subsequently existing socio-economic inequalities and their consequences, this project will cast new light on mechanisms and institutions of ethnopolitics.
Project – title: Evolutionary Aesthetics. A bridging discipline between the life and human sciences
Mariagrazia Portera is a former fellow researcher of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. She holds a PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the University of Florence. Her research interests lie in Aesthetics, History of Philosophy, Evolutionary BIOlogy. She has published papers and book chapters on the evolutionary genesis of human aesthetic attitude, on the origin of the arts, on the epistemology and research methodology of Evolutionary Aesthetics. She has spent several research stays in European Universities, such as in Berlin, London, Vienna, Stuttgart, Freiburg i.B.
Project – title: How to Research Like a Dog: Kafka’s New Science
Aaron Schuster received his BA from Amherst College (USA), where he specialized in legal theory, and MA and PhD in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). His doctoral dissertation, The Trouble With Pleasure: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, examined the concept of pleasure in the history of philosophy, concluding with Freud and Lacan. He was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2005-2006, and has taught at PARTS (Performing Arts Research Training Studios) in Brussels. He is a currently the theory instructor at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. In addition to lectures and publications focusing on 20th century continental philosophy, he has written on contemporary art and culture for Cabinet, Metropolis M, Frieze, and others, and has collaborated as a writer with artists on a number of projects and performances.
Project – title: The Ties That (un) Bind: Affect and Organization in the Bosnia-Herzegovina Protests, 2014
Giulia Carabelli holds a PhD in sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and a Masters in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College. Her PhD thesis, developed as part of the “Conflict in Cities and the Contested State” project, examined the process of reconstructing Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina). Giulia’s research interest is located at the intersection of urban sociology, art practice, and political theory. In particular, she is interested in analysis of urban space production in relation to notions of political resistance, social change, and modes of criticality. Giulia mainly works as an ethnographer in exploring the roles and potential of grassroots movements and civil society actors in the making of urban spaces in contested and politically fragile environments.
Project – title: Rethinking large-scale development projects in Belgrade and Zagreb
Aleksandra Djurasovic obtained her Ph.D. at the Institute for Urban Planning and Regional Development, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Davis in Landscape Architecture and Psychology and her Graduate degree in Urban Planning from the City College of New York. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Djurasovic’s academic interests lie in post-socialist, neoliberal and war-to-peace transition in Southeast Europe, urban planning, urban sustainability, urban division, etc.
Project – title: The Social Organization of Migrant Smuggling from Libya to Italy
Francesco Marone holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pavia, Italy. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia, where he is also member of the research group on migration and security. Moreover, he is an Adjunct Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University Institute Ciels – Umanitaria in Milan, Italy. Francesco is also a Non-resident Research Associate at the Center for International Studies (CEI) of the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal. He was a Visiting Fellow at Aberystwyth University, Wales, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests include political violence, migration and security, and clandestine organizations. Francesco is author of a monograph and numerous journal articles, book chapters and analyses. His current project deals with the connection between migration flows in the Mediterranean area and security threats.
Project – title: Unmapping Islam in Eastern Europe: Periodization and Muslim Subjectivities in the Balkans
Dr. Piro Rexhepi is a scholar of East European Studies currently teaching at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde, UK (2013). His research is located in the Queer and Feminist Theories in International Relations with special interest in Islam and Southeastern Europe. He is fluent in Albanian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.
Project – title: Acts of Citizenship from the Margins: Romani Minorities and Social Movements in Southeastern Europe
Julija Sardelic holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana and MA in Nationalism Studies with Distinction from the Central European University. She has previously worked as a Research Fellow on a CITSEE Research Project (Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia, more info: www.citsee.eu) at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and is also affiliated with the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her research interests encompass broader topics of citizenship and migration, but she is particularly focusing on the position of post-Yugoslav Roma as citizens and migrants. In addition to her academic endeavors, she has more then a decade of experience in working as a civil society activist in different Romani communities in the post-Yugoslav space. As a CAS SEE Fellow, Julija conducted a research on Romani activists engaging in different protests and movements with their co-citizens in the post-Yugoslav space.
Project – title: Epistemic Injustice, Prejudice and Inequalities of Social Power
Postdoctoral Fellow Research at the University of Turin, where she works on a project on gender categories and social kinds. She received her Ph.D. in Logic and Epistemology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2007. Before taking up her post in Turin, she was a Post-doctoral Researcher with the Logos Group at the University of Barcelona. Before that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow Research at STK (Centre for Gender Research) at the University of Oslo and a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York. She specializes in feminist philosophy, metaphysics of gender, and philosophy of language. She also has research interests in gender biases and the underrepresentation of women in philosophy.
Project – title: Spatial Practices of Muslim Minoritization in Turkey and Croatia
Jeremy F. Walton will join the Centre for Advanced Studies of South Eastern Europe at the University of Rijeka as a research fellow in Autumn 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the CETREN Transregional Research Network at Georg August University of Göttingen, based in the pilot program, “The Politics of Secularism and the Emergence of New Religiosities.” During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was a Jamal Daniel Levant Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in New York University’s Religious Studies Program (2009-2012). He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2009), and his book manuscript, Siting Islam: Sovereignty, Governmentality, and the Civil Society Effect in Turkey, is currently under review with Oxford University Press.
Project – title: “For the Homeland Ready!” Émigré Croat Separatism and Transnational Political Violence in the Cold War
Mate Nikola Tokić received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after earning an M.A. from the London School of Economics. Presently, Dr. Tokić is Humanities Visiting Professor in the Department of International Relations at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Prior to coming to the CEU, Dr. Tokić was Assistant Professor of European and East European History at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Tokić has also served as a research fellow at numerous academic institutes, including at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena, Germany, the Institute for Advanced Study at the CEU in Budapest, the Freie Universität’s Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies and at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study in Florence, where Dr. Tokić was a Jean Monnet Research Fellow. In addition to several articles on political violence and radicalization among émigré Croats, he has worked extensively on the relationship between social memory and political legitimacy in socialist Yugoslavia.
Nuri Ali Tahir (University of Trieste, Italy)
Project – title: Controlling the Borders of “Borderless” Europe in the Age of Migration
Nuri Ali Tahir holds a PhD degree from the University of Trieste, Italy. He obtained his BA and MA degrees in International Relations from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. His research interests are minorities, ethnicity and nationalism in Southeast Europe, Cross-border cooperation, Border Studies, Migration and European Integration. He was Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Previously, he has been visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz; Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark and visiting scholar at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the University of Texas at Austin.
Project – title: Towards a more just Common European Asylum System: A social choice approach
Ali Emre Benli holds a PhD. in Political Theory from LUISS Guido Carli, Rome. He has obtained his M.A. in Philosophy from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and B.A. in Philosophy from Bogazici University in Istanbul. His research interests include methodology of contemporary theorizing of justice, theories of global and domestic distributive justice, migration and citizenship. His current project concerns assessing proposals for reforming the Common European Asylum System in terms of contemporary theorizing of justice.
Project – title: From the crisis to a “Third Yugoslavia”. The political project of Ante Marković and the Alliance of Reformist Forces (1989-1991)
Alfredo Sasso holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; MA and BA in International Relations and Cooperation from the University of Torino. He is fellow at the Research Group in Actual History based in Barcelona (GReHA-UAB) and a co-editor of the academic journal Tiempo Devorado published by the same group. He was a visiting researcher at the Institute for History in Sarajevo in 2012 and 2014, during his PhD studies. The dissertation analysed the role of non-ethnic political actors in late- and post-communist transition in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His current research interests lie in political history of the (post-)Yugoslav area, with special interest in the interrelation between political systems, parties, movements, and the national question.
Project – title: City Partnerships in the Cold War: Twinning Zagreb and Bologna, 1963-1991
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica is Lecturer in Legacies of Communism at the School of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Glasgow. Previously, Vladimir held posts at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. His book, The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-alignment (IB Tauris, forthcoming, summer 2016), is the culmination of many years of research on the complex interactions between ideology, geopolitics, federalism and global political economy which gave rise to Yugoslavia’s unique non-aligned developmental model in the early Cold War. Vladimir has already published several articles dealing with different aspects of this problem in leading journals.
Project – title: From Armed Boots to Polished Suits: A Precarious Predicament for Peacebuilding and Democratization?
Dane Taleski received his PhD in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest. His research interests are post-conflict democratization, transformation of rebel groups, political parties and ethnic politics, regional cooperation, EU integration and Southeast Europe. His work has been published in Democratization, Ethnopolitics, Suedosteuropa and New Balkan Politics, and various edited volumes. In 2014, he received a Civil Society Scholar Award from Open Society Institute in New York. From October, 2015 he is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University in Graz, and from March, 2016, he is also a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe at the University of Rijeka, Croatia.
Project – title: Social Inequalities on the Urban Periphery? Vocational Education, Ultras’ Participation and Cultures of Resistance in the Classroom
Andrew Hodges completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, with a focus on political anthropological themes in post-Yugoslav higher education. His main research interests are in the sociology of football fan cultures in Zagreb, and on the relationship between language policy and social change in Croatia. He has published a number of articles on politically progressive football fan cultures in Zagreb, and is currently guest co-editor for a special issue of the Journal Soccer & Society. He has also participated in a number of leftist movements in Serbia and Croatia over the past ten years and continues to occasionally write for antifascist magazines in Zagreb and Split, and is a qualified legal translator for the Croatian-English language combination.
Project – title: Industrial Urban Spaces: after Yugoslavia
Deana holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester. She researches urban, political, and environmental anthropology. Her research focused on anticipations of futures, hope and risk in everyday lives, and ways in which people live with urban infrastructure in deindustrialised and reindustrialised urban environments across former Yugoslavia and East Europe. Currently, she is working on her book which is based upon but extends from her PhD thesis which will contribute to debates within anthropology of the state.
Project – title: The Slovene Reaction to the European Migrant Crisis: Class and Ideology at the edge of Schengen
Carlos González Villa is a former fellow at the CAS SEE (University of Rijeka) and member of the Research Group on Current History. He completed his PhD in Political Science in 2014 at the Complutense University of Madrid, with a thesis that addressed the process of Independence of Slovenia and its international implications. He has a strong research interest in the foreign policy of the United States towards Yugoslavia during the crisis of the dissolution. He has recently started a new research line on the ideological drift of Eastern European elites. He has been a visiting scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (Washington DC) and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.
Project – title: It’s Not the Thought that Counts: The Irrelevance of Intentions to the Moral Blameworthiness of Actions
Anton Markoč is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka. He holds a PhD and an MA in Philosophy from Central European University and BSc and specialist degrees in Political Science from University of Montenegro. He specializes in moral and political philosophy, broadly construed, and has competence in similar fields, including the history of moral and political thought, moral psychology, and philosophy of action. His PhD dissertation, “It’s Not the Thought that Counts: An Essay on the Irrelevance of Intentions to the Moral Permissibility of Actions”, was supervised by János Kis and it defended the view that intentions are non-derivatively irrelevant to the moral permissibility of actions. In 2015, he was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University, where he was supervised by T. M. Scanlon. In 2015-2016, he was an adjunct lecturer at University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro, where he taught courses in moral and political philosophy, while in 2014, he worked as a tutor in philosophy at CEU’s Roma Graduate Preparation Program.
Project – title: Walls and bodies: a philosophical research on the material government of human mobility
Ernesto C. Sferrazza Papa is a former postdoctoral fellow at the CAS SEE (University of Rijeka) and a teaching assistant at the University of Turin. He is also member of Labont (Laboratory for Ontology). In 2016 he has completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Turin, discussing a thesis on the relation between space and power in modern and postmodern theories. He has strong research interests in political philosophy and social ontology. He has published several papers, both in italian and english, focusing on contemporary continental philosophy (especially Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger and Giorgio Agamben). In 2014 he has been a visiting scholar at Vilnius University. Currently, his main project is a monograph on a philosophical and political history of the wall.
Gregor Moder (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Project – title: Truth in Politics
“According to Spinoza, rights of individuals or groups are identical to their physical or psychical capabilities. If contemporary theory, including in its Marxist variations, explains political and social relations as the relations of power and domination, of ideology and hegemony, then one could say that it follows the basic premises of Spinoza’s Political Treatise. However, while there is little doubt that power relations are a required condition of any sensible political theory, do they also constitute its sufficient condition? The assumption of the proposed project is that this is not the case, and that one must indeed study not only power relations, but also a category which we shall call the truth. One cannot explain contemporary phenomena in politics without an explicit theory of truth. Let us take a typical proposition of the day, “We will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it”. It is obviously an untrue proposition. No one is fooled by it. How come, then, that it is politically successful? What if the obvious falseness of this claim is precisely that which makes it so effective? What if the fact that everyone immediately recognizes it as a lie is precisely the precondition of its success?”
Marek Szilvasi (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Project – title: Between Commodity and Common Public Good: Access to Water and its Relevance for Roma People in Europe
Marek Szilvasi an independent scholar-activist. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen, the United Kingdom, MA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, and MA in the European Studies (Europe in the Wider World) from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. His PhD research has been sponsored by the interdisciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL).
His primary research interests lie in the fields of sociology of (human) rights, political philosophy, socio-legal and post-colonial theories, citizenship, social inclusion and equality paradigms, and environmental justice, all these with a particular focus on the situation of Roma in European societies.
Marek teaches at the Institute of Politics and International Studies of the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary, and works as Head of research and human rights education of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). He is also a board member of the PAD Foundation advocating environmental justice in CEE. He has been awarded the Martin Alexandersson Research Scholarship of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for 2017.
Olimpia Giuliana Loddo (University of Cagliari, Italy)
Project – title: Investigation on the Ontology of Normative Pictures
Olimpia G. Loddo earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from the University of Milan in 2012 and cooperates as postdoctoral volunteer research assistant with the Department of Law of the University of Cagliari. She is assistant editor in “Argumenta. Italian Journal of Analytic Philosophy”. Her current research interests include general theory of law, social ontology, customary law, philosophy of norms, deontic logic, phenomenology of law. She is the author of several articles published in (national and international) peer reviewed journals. Essays and translations (from English and German) by Olimpia Loddo have also been published in edited collections on phenomenology of law, anthropology of revenge, philosophy of images. She is co-editor (with Pier Luigi Lecis, Giuseppe Lorini, Vinicio Busacchi, and Pietro Salis) of the edited collection “Truth, Image and Normativity”. She edited (with Roberto Pusceddu) the book “Anancastico in Deontica” [The Anankastic in Deontics], LED, 2017 (auth. Giuseppe Lorini). She is the author of the book “Ideologie e concetti in azienda. Un’analisi filosofica degli usi aziendali” [Ideology and concepts in the Firm. A philosophical analysis of company customs], ESI, 2017.
Gerrit Wegener (Technical University Berlin, Germany)
Project – title: Continuous architecture. The most living act of memory.
After studying Architecture (Diploma) and Art History (Master’s of Art) at the Technische Universität Berlin, Gerrit Wegener has been conducting research projects at the crossroads of Philosophy, Art History and Theory of Architecture. His doctoral thesis was on Jacques Derrida and his writings on architecture. While seeking to identify and assess the contribution of Derrida to the Theory of Architecture, he further explored the possible contribution of mainly 20th century French philosophy to architectural discourse. In parallel to his academic work, Gerrit Wegener has been working as a freelance architect, art historian and professional project manager with a focus on design and construction within existing structures, taking into account aspects of heritage and historical preservation.
Carlo Burelli (University of Milan, Italy)
Project – title: A Theory of Order
Carlo Burelli is a former CAS SEE fellow. Previously, he had a two year Post-Doc Fellowship in the ERC Project REScEU where he investigated political conflicts and realistic forms of solidarity. He received his PhD in 2015 from Università Statale di Milano defending the thesis: “The Normative Power of Necessity: Making Sense of Political Realism”. In 2014, he was a visiting PhD at the University of Cambridge under Raymond Geuss. He has written articles on Political Realism (Towards a Realistic Conception of Politics, 2017), Solidarity (Realistic Solidarity for the Real EU, 2016) and the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (Lex Facit Veritatem, 2015; Subjectivity is Objective, 2017). He is also the author of a short monograph on game theoretic interpretations of Hobbes’s “state of nature” (E fu lo Stato, 2010).