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Academic Staff

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.
David Florian Bieber

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6822
E-Mail: florian.bieber(at)uni-graz.at

Consultation: Dienstags/Tuesdays 9.00-11.00 by appointment

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Florian Bieber is a Professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He holds a Jean Monnet Chair in the Europeanisation of Southeastern Europe. He is the coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). He has worked for the European Centre for Minority Issues and taught at Kent University (UK). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the LSE and New York University, and held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University. Recent publications include Negotiating Unity and Diversity in the European Union (Palgrave 2021, with Roland Bieber), Debating Nationalism (Bloomsbury 2020) and The Rise of Authoritarianism in the Western Balkans (Palgrave 2020). 

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Assoz. Prof. Mag.iur. Dr.iur.
Emma Lantschner

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 7413
Email: emma.lantschner(at)uni-graz.at

Consultations: by arrangement

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Emma Lantschner is Associate Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz. In her research and teaching she focuses on the protection of national minorities and the right to equality and non-discrimination, and in this context on algorithmic discrimination. Before coming to Graz, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights at EURAC Research in Bolzano/South Tyrol. She served as expert on minority issues for the OSCE and the European Commission. Since 2020, she is the Italian member of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.


Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Bilgin Ayata

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6827
E-Mail: bilgin.ayata(at)uni-graz.at

Consultations:Email appointments only, Skype

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Bilgin Ayata joined the Centre for Southeast European Studies at Graz University in October 2020. Previously she taught Political Sociology at the University of Basel. She obtained her PhD at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) and her MA degree from York University (Toronto, Canada). Her teaching and research focusses on migration, infrastructure, citizenship, postcolonial and intersectional studies. Her regional expertise includes Europe and the MENA region. She has published widely on (forced) migration, transnationalism, urban protest, affective politics, memory and violence. 


M.E.S. Dr.iur.
Marko Kmezić

Tel.:+43 316 380 - 6706
Email: marko.kmezic(at)uni-graz.at
Web: http://suedosteuropa.uni-graz.at/en

Consultations: Mondays 13.00 - 15.00 

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Marko Kmezić (PhD, University of Graz) is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, and BiEPAG Blog Editor. He has studied law at the University of Belgrade, and European integrations and regionalism at the University of Graz. He is the author of “EU Rule of Law Promotion: Judiciary Reform in the Western Balkans” (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor of “Europeanisation of the Western Balkans: The Failure of Conditionality?” (Palgrave 2020) and “Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans” (Peter Lang, 2013).


Dr. des.
Derya Özkaya

Tel.: +43 (0)316 380 - 6831
Email: derya.oezkaya(at)uni-graz.at

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Derya Özkaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) at the University of Graz. She received her Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin with her dissertation entitled “The Affective and Emotional Dynamics of Collective Action in Turkey's Gezi Uprisings and Their Aftermath” in November 2020. Her academic research interests are primarily centered on political emotions and affect, political ethnography of collective action and resistance, social movements and contentious politics, and collective memory with a particular focus on Turkey.


Dr.phil. M.A.
Armina Galijas

Tel.:+43 316 380 - 6825
Email: armina.galijas(at)uni-graz.at

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Johanna Sophie Mainz

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6703
Email: sophie.mainz(at)uni-graz.at

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Sophie Mainz is university assistant in the team of Bilgin Ayata working on the topics of migration, social cohesion, digitalisation and AI. She obtained her MSc in Political Science from Uppsala University and holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. Her research interests focus on social cohesion in post-migrant societies, attitudes and values of and towards people with a migration experience, digitalisation and artificial intelligence, (national) identification and quantitative research methods. Besides her academic work, Sophie is active in the non-formal education Youth Peace Ambassador Network (YPAN), as a member of the Refugee Law Clinic Berlin and promotes the education of women in quantitative research.


Hrvoje Paic

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6824
Email: h.paic(at)uni-graz.at

Sprechstunde: Montag, Mittwoch 9.30 - 10.30

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Branimir Staletovic

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6694
Email: branimir.staletovik(at)uni-graz.at

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