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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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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. 


Dr.phil. M.A.
Armina Galijas

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

Consultation: Wednesdays 10.00-11.00

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Armina Galijaš is senior scientist at the Centre for Southeast European Studies. Her research interests and academic teaching are focused on the modern history of the Southeastern Europe. She has studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich Eastern and Southeastern European History, Modern History and Economics. From 2003 to 2005 she was a researcher at the same University at the Department of East and Southeast European History. She was also an academic collaborator of the Südost-Institut Munich (today the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg) while she was at university. She was from 2005 to 2011 a researcher and lecturer at the Department of East European History of the University of Vienna and she completed her PhD in history at the same university.


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).


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.


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.


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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Esin Göksoy

Tel.: +43 316 380 - 6703
Email: esin.goeksoy(at)uni-graz.at

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Esin Gizem Göksoy is a PhD candidate at the CSEES and a university assistant in the team of Prof. Bilgin Ayata working on the topics of migration and racism. She has a background in sociology and political anthropology. Before joining the CSEES, Göksoy has been researching and teaching with a focus on intersectional migration at the Institute of Ethnology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (2019-2021). After completing her double B.A. degree in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Trier in 2017, she continued her anthropology focused master’s studies in Intercultural Communication at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. During her studies she worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Intercultural Communication. In her master's thesis titled ‘Migrantisierte (Un-)Sichtbarmachungen. Eine kritische Perspektive auf die Causa Özil als Seismograph gesellschaftlicher Wahrnehmungs- und Darstellungsformen’, which received best grading in 2019, she analyzed the socio-political entanglements, affective (self-)subjectivizations and narratives, drawing on the politics and affects negotiated in Germany around the debates surrounding Mesut Özil’s resignation from Germany’s national football team and the context of the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018. Her research interests include intersectional migration studies, racism, and affective dimensions of migration and politics.


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