Former Fellows

Marco AbramMarco Abram (Rome – Italy)

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.

He is a non-resident fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka.

Marcello BarrisonMarcello Barison (Padova – Italy)

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.

Marco Bresciani Marco Bresciani (Trieste – Italy)

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.

 Tamara Caraus (Buchares – Romania)

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).

jan_musJan Muś (Lubin – Poland)

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.

Placani Adriana Placani (Budapest – Hungary)

Adriana Placani completed her PhD in Political Theory at LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science (Political Theory) from Central European University in Budapest, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economic Relations from The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. In 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University Law School in New York.


Profile_photo_PorteraMariagrazia Portera (Modena – Italy)

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.

Aaron SchusterAron Schuster (Berlin, Germany)

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.

Giulia Profile PicGiulia Carabelli (London – Great Britain)

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.

Aleksandra Djurasovic_photoAleksandra Djurasovic (New York City – USA)

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.

Photo Francesco MaroneFrancesco Marone (Milano – Italy)

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.

Piro Rexhepi PicturePiro Rexhepi (New York City – USA)

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.

JulijaSardelicCASprofile1Julija Sardelić (Florence – Italy)

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: 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 will conduct a research on Romani activists engaging in different protests and movements with their co-citizens in the post-Yugoslav space.

Vera tipodiVera Tripodi (Torino – Italy)

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.

Jeremy by SarahJeremy Walton (Göttingen – Germany)

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.

 Tokic - PhotoMate Nikola Tokić

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

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.

Photo, Ali Emre BenliAli Emre Benli

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.

Alfredo Sasso photo CASAlfredo Sasso

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.

Vladimir_Unkovski_KoricaVladimir Unkovski – Korica

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.

large_dane.taleski-2Dane Taleski

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.