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Former Visiting Fellows as of 2019

Danilo Šarenac

Danilo Šarenac (1980) is a senior researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade. He defended his thesis in 2011 at the Belgrade University. His research has been focused on cultural and social impacts of the 1912–1918 wars in the Balkans. He also deals with the themes related to culture of memory and history of technology.

Brown Bag: How to Historicize a Paranoia: Serbia’s defense against the Revision of History (2014-2018)


Samantha Guzman

Guzman received an MA in Comparative History from Central European University in 2016 and a second MA in Military History and Strategic Studies from National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2018. She is a PhD candidate at the History Institute, University of Bern in Switzerland and is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz. The topic of her PhD dissertation focuses on the formation of Kosovar Albanian political and nationalist organisations in Central Europe during the twentieth century.

Brown Bag: The War Back Home: Kosovo Albanian Political and Nationalist Organisations in Central Europe, 1968-1998


Vladimir Vučković

Vučković is a visiting lecturer in the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Masaryk University with a research interest focusing on the European Union, populism in Europe, and Western Balkan political and socioeconomic developments. He has held a visiting fellowship at the Department of Political Science at the University of Stockholm in 2017. He is the author of the monograph Europeanizing Montenegro: The European Union, the Rule of Law, and Regional Cooperation (2021) and editor of the volume Balkanizing Europeanization: Fight against Corruption and Regional Relations in the Western Balkans (2019). His publications have appeared in the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Romanian Journal of European Affairs, and Europe-Asia Studies and Political Studies Review, among others.

Brown Bag: Colliding Neighbors: Serbia and Montenegro in Post-Yugoslav Context - Identity and Interest Representation


Dimitra Mareta

Mareta holds a PhD in Political Science from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She currently teaches at Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she is also a post-doc researcher, and she was a Visiting Research Fellow in Political Science at the University of Peloponnese for the academic year 2018-2019. Her research and teaching interests include state theory and theory of sovereignty, counterrevolution, Greek politics, right-wing politics, liberalism and neoliberalism. She has published academic articles on state, sovereignty and liberalism, and has participated in national and international conferences.

Brown Bag: The Neoliberal Transformation of Higher Education in Greece


Martina Plantak

Plantak is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at the joint Ph.D. program between Andrassy University Budapest and Danube University Krems. She completed a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in Zagreb, Croatia.  Her main research interests are nationalism, media, Europeanization, and Western Balkans. Currently, she is working on her thesis concerning the nationalism and identity policies of the second generation of migrants from former Yugoslav countries in Slovenia. Plantak has written articles on Europeanization and regionalization of media in Western Balkans, and the role of music as a tool of political propaganda.

Brown Bag: Everyday Nationalism in Slovenia towards the Second Generation of Migrants from Former Yugoslav Countries


Aslı Aygüneş

Aygüneş received her B.A. in American Culture and Literature from Bilkent University and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from University of South Florida. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies PhD Program at Sabanci University. Her research interests are feminist organizing, activism, and transnational feminism. Her recent published work is: Aygüneş A., & Golombisky, K. (2020). “Shifting Subjectivities, Cultivating Safe Spaces: Mothers’ Perspectives on Women’s Virginity in Contemporary Turkey” Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 10(1), 23-42.

Brown Bag: Reflections on Volunteering and Civic Participation in Gender NGOs in Turkey


Jovana Papovic

Papovic is currently pursuing a PhD in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS-CETOBaC) where she conducts research on the political, cultural and social impact of the Sokol movement in interwar Yugoslavia. Previously, she completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology at EHESS and a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. She has also conducted research and published articles and book chapters on youth cultures and activism in contemporary Serbia.

Brown Bag: The Manufacture of a Yugoslav Culture : the Sokol Movement in Interwar Yugoslavia


Maria Adamopoulou

Adamopoulou is a PhD candidate in History at the European University Institute (Florence). She is a historian by training, but always open to interdisciplinary debates. Currently, she is working on her thesis concerning Greek labor migration to the Federal Republic of Germany in the period 1960-1989. Her thesis focuses on the initiatives of the Greek government towards the guest workers in West Germany and their response and counter-initiatives. Her main research interests are social and cultural history, oral history and memory, and migration studies.

Brown Bag: Greek Gastarbeiter in the Federal Republic of Germany: 30 Years in 30 Minutes


Karlo Kralj

Kralj is a PhD candidate in political science and sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Scuola Normale Superiore and a member of Center on Social Movement Studies. As part of his doctoral project, Karlo is investigating recent cases of radical left movement parties in postYugoslav context. His main research interests are social movement studies and left-wing activism in postsocialist Europe. Before starting his doctoral studies, Karlo used to be active in Zagreb-based organizations, mainly Croatian Youth Network and Centre for Peace Studies, where he took part in organizing advocacy and protest campaigns.

Brown Bag: Pathways to Politics: Radical Left Electoral Turn in Southeast Europe


Boshko Stankovski

Stankovski was awarded the Partnership for Peace Fellowship for 2020 at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge focuses on peace agreements on self-determination and secession disputes, and international community’s engagement in the process. He holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge. Boshko Stankovski was a 2014/2015 research fellow at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, where he studied the complexities of secession negotiations and the role of international law. He has worked as an expert consultant, producing reports for the Danish Refugee Council and the Council of Europe, as well as a case study on the Ohrid Frmework Agreement for the Berghof Foundation from Berlin and the UN Mediation Support Unit. He was the McCloskey Fellow at the Institute of Russian and East European Studies in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (2010), and a visiting scholar at the Sydney Law School, Australia (2012). He is a member of Core Team of the Conflict Analysis Lab, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, as well as a senior collaborator of NNEdPro, University of Cambridge.

Brown Bag: Dissolution of Former Yugoslavia Seen from the Perspectives of SEE Countries: From Competing Narratives to Fuelling Future Conflicts


Ivo Bosilkov

Bosilkov is a joint-degree PhD candidate in Political Sciences at the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies based at the University of Milan, and the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, based at the University of Amsterdam. His doctoral thesis deals with the effects of media coverage of the migrant crisis on populist attitudes of Macedonian citizens. Currently he is working on developing the tenets of illiberaltransformative populism, a central concept in his thesis. Apart from populism, his research interests include media framing, European identity, and political psychology. His preferred research methodology are the experimental designs.

Brown Bag: The Dimensions of Illiberal-Transformative Populism


Ivana Polić

Polić is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at University of California San Diego, where she also works as a Teaching Assistant for the Making of the Modern World program. She holds a Master’s Degree in History and English Language and Literature (Teaching Track) from University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research interests focus on post-1945 history of Southeastern Europe, with emphasis on the history of childhood. Her dissertation project deals with the importance of children for nation building in Croatia and Serbia after independence, and it was supported by the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant, University of California’s Frontiers of Innovation Scholars’ Program, and a few others.

Brown Bag: The (Re)Making of Young Patriots: Children and Nation-building in Croatia and Republic of Srpska Krajina (1990-1995)


Ezgi Guner

Guner received her BA degree in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University, Istanbul. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation research focuses on the articulation of race and religion with global capital accumulation in the context of Turkey's contemporary relations with sub-Saharan Africa. With support from SSRC, Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Graduate College at UIUC, Guner conducted a multisited ethnography with business organizations, state institutions, faith-based NGOs and Islamic schools in Turkey, Tanzania, Senegal, Benin and Gambia. She was a visiting fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University in 2018. Her research interests are critical race theory, humanitarianism, ethnography of the state, Islamic education, Turkey, West Africa.

Brown Bag: Rethinking Race in Turkey in and through 'Sub-Saharan Africa'


Dimitrios Kosmopoulos

Kosmopoulos obtained a MA in Political Science and History at the Panteion University of Social and Political Science in Greece and holds a PhD in Political Science from the Paris-Dauphine University-PSL. His doctoral research focuses on the political upheaval in Greece between 2010 and 2014, a period marked by economical crisis and the implementation of structural and economic adjustment programs. His research interests include the study of party systems and political crisis, the sociology of political parties and political elites, as well as the European politics in a comparative perspective. He is also interested in the fabric of politics and policies in South-East Europe.

Brown Bag: Migration policies in Greece since 2014 : Framing Migrant Crisis as a Transnational Issue


Marina Vulović

Vulović is a doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki (2017-2020) in the Doctoral programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes (PSRC). She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and an M.A. degree from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her PhD project focuses on Serbian-Kosovar relations and looks at how hegemonic narratives around political myths have been renegotiated in Serbia since 2012, specifically focusing on the importance of Kosovo for the Serbian nationalist project. Her publications (current and upcoming) deal with the Brussels dialogue, performative statehood in Northern Kosovo etc. She is also working on a series of articles for a local NGO in Kosovo, in order to bring the Brussels dialogue closer to the public. She has been a visiting researcher/graduate student at the University of Oxford, UK (2018), the University of Graz, Austria (2019) and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany (2020).

Brown Bag: The Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue since 2012: From Community to Partition


Slavka Karakusheva

Karakusheva is a doctoral candidate at the Department of History and Theory of Culture, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She holds a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology and a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies from the same institution. Her research focuses on the interconnections between migration processes, identification strategies and nation-building politics related to the Turks in/from Bulgaria. Research interests in the fields of: migration, mobility and transnationalism; nationbuilding, minorities, identity and belonging in the Balkans; memory studies; anthropology of media; Ottoman heritage.

Brown Bag: Migrations of the Turks from Bulgaria to Turkey: Ethnic and Demographic Engineering of the Nation States



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