Project – title: “Unexpected Challenges to Trans Freedom: Transphobia in Serbian Leftist Activism”
Bojan Bilić is a psychologist and political sociologist doing research on LGBTQ activisms and the anthropology of non-heterosexual sexualities and gender variance in the post-Yugoslav space. He holds a PhD in East European Studies from University College London and works as adjunct professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna. He is the author of We Were Gasping for Air: (Post-)Yugoslav Anti-War Activism and Its Legacy (2012) and Building Better Times: Trauma, Violence, and Lesbian Agency in Croatia and Serbia (2020), editor of On the Rainbow Way to Europe: LGBT Activism and Europeanisation in the Post-Yugoslav Space(2016), and co-editor of Resisting the Evil: (Post-)Yugoslav Anti-War Contention (with Vesna Janković, 2012), Multiple Others in Croatia and Serbia: Intersectionality and LGBT Activist Politics (with Sanja Kajinić, 2016), Sisterhood and Unity: Lesbian Activism in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space (with Marija Radoman, 2019), and In Transition: Trans Lives, Activisms, and Culture in the Post-Yugoslav Space (with Iwo Nord and Aleksa Milanović, 2022).
Project – title: “The Impact of Judicial Reform and New Judicial Institutions in the Rule of Law and EU Integration in Albania”
Short bio: Dr. Desara Dushi currently works as lecturer at the Law Department of Epoka University, in Tirana. She holds a Double PhD Degree in Law, Science and Technology from University of Bologna and University of Luxembourg as an Erasmus+ Joint PhDs Fellowship holder. During her PhD studies Desara has been working as a researcher at CIRSFID, University of Bologna. She also holds a M.Sc. in Criminal Law and a MA in Human Rights and Democracy. Before joining Epoka University as a full-time staff member, she served as advisor to the Minister of Justice of Albania as part of the LEAD Albania Fellowship Programme, while also teaching at Epoka University. Desara is specialized in criminal justice, ICT law, cybercrime, human rights, judicial reform, online child protection, and Internet Governance. Desara also serves as Executive Committee Member of the South East Europe Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG). Since 2016, Desara contributes in shaping various international and regional Internet Governance conferences annually.
Project – title: “Red Trash. The Concept of Waste in Communist Eastern Europe”
Viktor Pál is Grant-funded Researcher at the Department of Cultures at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also serves as Coordinator at the Helsinki Environmental Humanities Hub. His first book “Technology and the Environment in State-Socialist Hungary. An Economic History” was published in 2017.
Project – title: “The Genie Out of the Bottle: Engagement of the Argentinean-Croat Diaspora in Homeland Politics (1990-today)”
Nikolina Židek is Adjunct Professor at IE University Madrid, School of Global and Public Affairs and member of Research Group Places, marks and territories of memory, at the Memory Studies Nucleus, at IDES, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her PhD in political science from the Complutense University. Her research interests fall in the field of diaspora studies, memory politics, transitional justice, and processes of democratization. Her current research is focused on the Croatian post- World War 2 diaspora in Latin America and Spain. She regularly collaborates and publishes with research groups and journals from Argentina, Spain and Southeast Europe. Her most recent articles were published in Memory Studies Journal and two volumes published by Routledge.
Project – title: EU Accession and Energy Competition: The Future of the Western Balkans in the “Laboratory of Conditionality”
Tanja Anđić completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Minnesota in 2020. There, she worked as a research assistant for the Minnesota Population Center IPUMS-DHS project and taught courses in Social Theory. Her current research interest is in imaginations of the future, and how these imagined futures shape contemporary social action. She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on everyday life in Belgrade, among Serbian immigrants in Germany, and in syringe exchanges in the United States, as well as working on quantitative projects using Demographic and Health Surveys data. Her broad topics of research on emigration, social welfare, futures, the state, transitions to adulthood, and energy markets are driven by a fascination with late capitalism and its effects on all aspects of social life.
Valentina Faggiani (University of Granada, Spain)
Project – title: The Reform of the Common European Asylum System
Valentina Faggiani is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law (Profesora Ayudante Doctora de Derecho Constitucional) at the University of Granada (Spain). She obtained her Ph.D. in Law at the University of Granada in the framework of a co-tutela agreement with the University of Ferrara (Italy). She has published numerous articles in peer reviews and collective books in Spain and abroad on the following topics: the protection of fundamental rights from a multilevel perspective, European judicial dialogue, the judicial cooperation in criminal matters, immigration and asylum, international criminal law and European Constitutional Law.
Project – title: The Fresh Air of Eco-Mobilizations in Former Yugoslavia: Systemic Critique or (another) Narrow Field of Contestation?
Filip Balunovic received a PhD from the department of Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. His research interest includes political economy, social movements, Marxism, political philosophy and political theory. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received his MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from the European Institute in Nice. He received his second MA degree in Human Rights and Democracy from Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna. Balunovic is the executive editor of the Serbian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique and author of the book “Freedom Notebooks” (Mediteran, 2014) (Serbian “Beleske sa slobode”). He is lecturing at the Department of Politics, at the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade. He is a research fellow at the CAS SEE in Rijeka.
Project – title: READ, THINK, FEEL, ACT: Can reading literature be a path to becoming empathic and critical individuals, ready for social change?
Marija Ott Franolić is an independent researcher and currently a fellow at CAS SEE in Rijeka. She completed her PhD studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, with the thesis dedicated to exploring women’s everyday lives, based on their diaries and autobiographies. She is actively involved in the projects of the NGO Blaberon, aimed at encouraging reading and critical thinking. Her interests include the development of reading habits in younger children, the connection between reading and critical thinking, the influence of reading on our personality, feminism, women’s history, cultural studies, and women’s literature. She is the author of several scientific and popular articles, and has published the book Dnevnik ustremljen nedostižnom (A Diary of the Unattainable) about women’s everyday lives and their autobiographical texts.
Project – title: Digital Humanities: How (a Bit of) Programming Can Make us Better Researchers
Guglielmo Feis is a philosopher (BA, MA) with a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law (i.e. Faculty of Law) experiencing first hand how to conduct interdisciplinary research and getting bashed from both sides. “At least it is harder to get bored, working this way.” He has worked on impossibility in the legal domain, Ought implies Can, Social Ontology, normativity conflicts and a bunch of other topics (see on Academia or Research Gate for more). He’s been lucky to have wonderful co-authors. Nowadays he is actively engaging in working on blockchain and the law (and their philosophical relevance) plus the artifactual thesis of law.
Valentina Moro (University of Padova, Italy)
Project – title: Feminist Movements Embodied in the Structure of Liberal Democracies
Valentina Moro obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Padua in 2018, after spending two semesters at Brown University (U.S.) as a visiting research fellow. In 2019, she was a research fellow at the Istituto italiano per gli studi filosofici in Naples and she obtained her first fellowship at the CAS SEE, where she held the seminar Staging Gender in Antiquity: why is this archive still crucial for feminist theory? The case of the study of kinship, in December. Her research intersects the fields of political theory, classics, and feminist studies. She collaborates with the Hannah Arendt research center in Verona. She co-edited the book Polis, Erōs, Parrēsia. Letture etico-politiche contemporanee della tragedia greca (Padova University Press, 2018) and she is a member of the editorial board of the journal Materiali foucaultiani.
Project – title: Changing Climate: Varieties of Environmental Political Mobilization
Ondřej Císař is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague and is also affiliated to the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of the Czech edition of Czech Sociological Review. His research focus is on political mobilization, social movements, and political sociology. He is the author or co-author of several books and numerous research papers.
Project – title: Instituting the Rights of Nature: A Fictional and Casuistic Approach to Law and Social Movements
Xenia Chiaramonte is a jurist and a sociologist of law. Her work deals with social movements and critical legal theories. Her recent research monograph “Governare il conflitto. La criminalizzazione del movimento No Tav” (Meltemi, 2019) is an ethnography of the judicial power and constitutes the first step of her epistemology of penal law. As a CAS SEE fellow, she is developing a radical ecologic perspective through legal strategies. Her innovative project aims at instituting the rights of nature through a fictional and material approach to the legal technique.
She completed the Ph.D. in Law and Society (University of Milan) and a master at the Oñati International Institute (IISJ). She was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society. She currently teaches Critical Criminology at the University of Padua and Bologna and is an online editor of the journal “Studi sulla questione criminale”. She is also part of the Osservatorio Pop, an observatory on the reentry from prison and public opinion instituted by the University of Roma Tre.
Project – title: From a Bodily Ecology to an Environmental Ethic. Merleau-Ponty’s Legacy in Ecological Thinking
Alessandra Scotti is Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at the Department of Humanities of University of Naples “Federico II”. She got her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2015, defending a thesis titled: “Nature and new ontologies. Bergson’s heritage in Maurice Merleau-Ponty” (advisor prof. P. Amodio). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal “S&F_scienzaefilosofia.it” and Chiasmi International. She is also a member of the Italian Society of Moral Philosophy (SIFM). Her scientific interests, expressed in several kinds of research, publications, and participation in national and international conferences, are focused on the Contemporary French Philosophy and Philosophical Anthropology, with particular reference to Merleau-Ponty. She is the author of the monograph “Il mondo del silenzio. Natura e vita in Maurice Merleau-Ponty” [The world of silence. Nature and life in Maurice Merleau-Ponty] ETS 2015 and translator into Italian of Merleau-Ponty’s work Structure of Behavior, Mimesis 2019.
Project – title: Food Sovereignty: A Challenge to the Global Food Regime
Federica Porcheddu is the Italian referent for the Cahiers d’études lévinassiennes. She studied philosophy at the University of Sassari. In the first period of her studies were dedicated to German philosophy, especially to German idealism. She lived in Tübingen for a year, thanks to the Erasmus project and she wrote my first thesis on the Hegelian critique of Fichte’s doctrine of science. In the second period of her studies, she focused on the concept of limit (Grenze / Schranke) in the philosophy of Kant, Fichte, and Hegel. In recent years she has dedicated herself to contemporary French philosophy, in particular Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricœur, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Her main thematic areas of interest are intersubjectivity, community, ethics, and politics. In 2015 Porcheddu passed the doctorate competition at the University of Macerata and in 2019 she received the Ph.D. degree with a thesis entitled: “Starting from Levinas: Rethinking the Third, for an Ethic of Reciprocity”. During her doctorate, she also did a research period at the Fonds Ricœur in Paris.
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).
Project–title: Emancipatory Learning: New Schools and Artistic Platforms for Social Change
Daniela Brasil has initiated and coordinated various transdisciplinary and participatory projects that use playfulness and radical imagination as exercises for active citizenship and tools for people’s empowerment. Her research interests lie mainly on pedagogic, artistic and spatial practices that focus on horizontal forms of exchanging/creating knowledge and know-how; while searching for ways to (un)learn colonized thoughts, behaviours and representations. She studied Architecture and Urbanism in Rio de Janeiro, Environmental Urban Design in Lisbon and Barcelona, Social Sculpture in Oxford and received her PhD and her Master of Fine Arts in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. For the past 6 years, she was Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Graz University of Technology, and from 2011-14 she was a member of the ADRIART consortium for the creation of the Master of Media Arts and Practices in the Universities of Rijeka, Croatia and of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Daniela is based in Graz, Austria, where she works as an artist and researcher in collaborative settings, especially with the Daily Rhythms Collective on feminist actions and with Studio Magic on experimental architecture since 2013.
Project–title: Rythmòs in Acting Together. Reinforcing Joint Actions, Improving Stability, and Orienting Power Hierarchies
Francesca Forlè is CAS SEE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rijeka and Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. Previously, she has been Post-doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences and Philosophy of Mind. She is mainly interested in phenomenology, philosophy of mind and social ontology. She is Managing Editor of the journal Phenomenology and Mind and member of the Research Centre PERSONA at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan. Francesca published several papers on peer-review international journals and edited volumes. She is also co-editor of three special issues of the journal Phenomenology and Mind. Francesca has also recently published the book Qualità terziarie. Saggio sulla fenomenologia sperimentale, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2017 (Tertiary Qualities. An essay on experimental phenomenology).
Project–title: The emergence of identity politics cleavage and its effect on social movements
Filip Milacic studied Political science and History of Eastern Europe at the University of Heidelberg and obtained the PhD at the Humboldt University (Supervisor Professor Wolfgang Merkel). Milacic was a fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Currently he is a lecturer at the University of Montenegro, Faculty of Political Science and a CAS SEE Fellow.
Polona Sitar (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Project–title: Global Menstrual Movements as New Forms of Social Engagement
Polona Sitar has obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana and a bachelor’s degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Arts and also in Communication Sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. She holds a title Assistant with a doctorate which she received while working at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies. Her main research interest focuses on anthropology of consumption, gender studies, memory studies and anthropology of postsocialism. In 2017 her first book titled “Not just Bread, Roses too!”: Consumption, Technological Development and Female Emancipation in Socialist Slovenia was published by a leading Slovenian scientific publishing house ZRC SAZU.
Project–title: Metamorphosis of Labour. The Movement for a Basic Income in the Light of the Modern Paradigm of Labour.
Tiziano Toracca is graduated in Law (Pisa, 2005) and in Italian Language and Literature (Pisa, 2011). He got a Joint PhD in Italian Studies, Comparative Literature and Literary Studies (Perugia-Ghent, 2017). He coordinated the Jean Monnet Project I work therefore I am European (http://www.iworkthereforeiam.eu/) at the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences of the University of Torino. Currently he is research fellow at CAS SEE in Rijeka with a project on the universal basic income in relation with the conception and representation of modern labour. His research focuses on the Italian contemporary narrative, Modernism and Neomodernism, Law and Literature with specific attention to the issue of Labour. He is member of the Center for European Modernism Studies and of the Italian Society for Law and Literature and he is editor of «Allegoria». Since 2012 he teaches humanities in the high school and a course of creative writing in a psychiatric center.
Project–title: “Life is all about work”: Growing Food as Lifestyle Politics.
Barbara Turk Niskač received her PhD in Ethnology, Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana (2016), where she worked as a Junior Researcher, and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor. She was a Visiting PhD Student at the University of Sarajevo, Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Rutgers University. Her doctoral dissertation Playing at Work, Working at Play: An Ethnographic Study of Learning in Early Childhood examined the relationship between play, work and learning in early childhood in Slovenia. Her main research interests include anthropology of childhood, anthropology of education, anthropology of work, migration and ethnic studies, sensory ethnography and visual anthropology. She is particularly interested in employing participatory visual methods in research with children and youth. Apart from academia, she also worked for International Organization for Migration (IOM – UN Agency).
Project – Title: Ultramodern Man as a State of Consciousness.
Pavao Žitko is a Post-doc Fellow at the CAS-SEE of Rijeka in collaboration with Italian Umbria Research Agency. From the beginnings of his academic career, after graduating in Philosophy at the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2012 and even before obtaining the PhD in Human Sciences with a specialization in Philosophy at the University of Perugia in 2017, the fellow also had the opportunity to exercise his research skills as the assistant at the University of Perugia, for the class of Prof. Marco Moschini (Philosophy). As a disciple of Italian critical ontology, a philosophical and academic movement originated in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century in the work of Pantaleo Carabellese (1877-1948) which is still being taught and investigated at the University of Perugia in the philosophical thought of the most influent living critical ontologists and university professors, the intention is to open up the ontological arguments to an interdisciplinary research in a fruitful dialogue with the modern philosophies of environment and environmental science.
Project–title: Non-Alignment and Youth’s Political Engagement in Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia
Arianna Piacentini obtained her PhD in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milan, Italy, in March 2018. Her research project dealt with the process of national identity formation in the post-Yugoslav contexts of Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia, and she performed a study adopting a two generations’ perspective. Her research interests concern nationalism and populism, power-sharing in post-conflict and divided societies, as well as ethnopolitics and ethnic-clientelism in ethnically diverse societies. Since 2012, Piacentini is studying and researching post-Yugoslav and post-conflict divided societies: she lived in Sarajevo, where she studied the generation born during the war and nationalism’s influences in the ethnic boundaries-making processes among the youth. Developing an interest also for the role religion plays in the Bosnian social and political scenario, she obtained a Diploma in Islamic Studies at the University of Sarajevo. In 2015 she has been Visiting PhD student at the Woolf Institute for Abrahamic Faiths in Cambridge (UK) while, in the years 2016 and 2017, she has been Visiting PhD student at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, and at the University of Sarajevo. Currently she is Research Assistant in the project CoHERE Critical Heritages (Horizon 2020 – Reflective Societies) and working on populist parties’ supporters and their perception over the existence of a shared European heritage and culture.
Project-title: The Financialization of Knowledge and Its Impact on Cityscapes Translocally
Lina Dokuzović is a former research fellow at the UNIRI CAS SEE Rijeka. She is also a member of the eipcp and has been working as a researcher and co-editor of the multilingual web-journal transversal since 2009 (www.transversal.at). She studied Fine Arts and received a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her research, writing, lectures, and artistic work deal with the topics of migration; knowledge production and educational policies; mechanisms of appropriation and privatization of structures such as education, culture, the body, and land; and perspectives for translocal solidarity. She has been actively involved in knowledge-based social movements in Europe and abroad. She has authored numerous articles on these topics, co-edited several anthologies, and is the author of the book Struggles for Living Learning (2016), and most recently co-editor (with Boris Buden) of the book They Will Never Walk Alone: The Life and Afterlife of Gastarbeiters (2018).
Project title: Digitalization of the Marketplace of (Reactionary) Ideas: The Alt-Right as a Political Ideology, Social Movement, and Counter-Culture
“The proposed project explores the emerging phenomenon of the alternative right, or the “Alt-Right”, as a multidimensional phenomenon – that is, as a political ideology, social movement, and counter-culture. By taking a position of critical sociology, which is also informed by numerous interdisciplinary fields, and utilizing a mixed-methods approach of critical discourse analysis, topic modelling, and social network analysis, the proposed project analyzes how the digital has molded and steered the political towards the right on social media platforms. This occurs at the level of various reactionary ideas, through networking of diverse right-wing collectives, as well as through the spread of novel cultural practices of “fighting the PC culture and SJWs”. In the proposed project, the focus is specifically on how the digitalization of the public sphere – fostered by the rapid rise of new technologies and social networking platforms – has increased and shaped political engagement of the reactionary segments of global civil society.”
Project title: Open Science as a Movement of Digital Disruption
“In my CAS-SEE project, I aim to explore Open Science as a disruptive digital movement which targets social conventions that are central to the functioning of the science system. Fundamentally, Open Science advocates are trying to change, by digital means, the institutions that are conduits for their own social dynamics. The movement mixes the discussions of epistemological prescription (what is the proper way of conducting and publishing scientific research?), the current economic reality of doing science (what is the role of corporate stakeholders like publishers on one hand, and government and private funding agencies on the other?), and moral language (what do we owe to the public, the taxpayer funding us, and ultimately, to humanity?). If we take to heart the basic view of contemporary historians and sociologists of science, the social practices of scientists are what science is. A grassroots movement of scientists, then, is a transformative project for changing the nature of science as we know it. And in large part, I would argue, the transformation is conducted and enacted through digital means. I plan to investigate these topics through two case studies: (1) one on the question what predatory Open Access publishers are and the other (2) on the role of Open Science as an answer to psychology’s replicability crisis. Both case studies are a continuation of my doctoral research, expanding the philosophical historical study into contemporary issues.”
Project – title: Highly-Skilled Turkish Migrants’ Search for Alternative Diaspora Spaces in Europe: How They Build (Digital) Social Networks Beyond the ‘Culture of Rejection’
“This research project explores the highly-skilled Turkish migrants’ perceptions of their everyday-life experiences in three spheres: a) at their work places, b) with the wider social community (‘the dominant Other’ in their respective European host society) and, c) the wider Turkish diaspora community (which is a heterogeneous group). The project focuses on the narratives of individual identity vis-à-vis the general group identity (i.e. Turkish diaspora in their respective European host society and the host society) and how they build/maintain alternative social networks (also digital ones) based on such perceptions, their social statuses, professions and lifestyles. The research focuses on the highly-skilled Turkish community in three EU states, namely Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands wherein the Turkish community is one of the largest migrant group. The study explores the production of alternative diaspora spaces in migrants’ social environments (i.e. work spaces) and digital spheres through mixed methods (collecting narrative life-story interviews via Skype or face-to-face and conducting surveys, as well as observing the digital platforms and migrants’ input through digital ethnography). The premise is, highly-skilled migrants experience cultural rejection mainly from the Turkish diaspora groups, hence look for ways to culturally integrate themselves to the wider European society, especially benefitting from digital platforms. Theoretically, the aim is to establish ‘alternative diasporas’ as a concept wherein individuals have more contested feelings and attachments towards their native communities and ‘given’ identities whilst they pursue the interest of connecting with others who share similar interests, lifestyles, ethics etc. (e.g. LGBTQ platforms, arts & culture organisations, academic platforms, Green Party, feminist organisations). Consequently, the overall objective is to explore how these highly-skilled migrants blur or sharpen the boundaries of their in/out-group status with the wider native diaspora community as well as the host society.”