Professor of Social Anthropology with focus on Southeastern and Eastern Europe

Dr Ger Duijzings has done extensive research on the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and is now studying urban transformations in post-socialist cities. He has published widely on these topics, one publication among others being Religion and the politics of identity in Kosovo (2000). He is one of the authors of the Srebrenica report of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2002) and his publications include several (co-)edited volumes, such as The new Bosnian mosaic (2007), and Engaged urbanism (2016). He is co-editor of the journal Comparative Southeast European Studies (COMPSEES). He has collaborated with artists, being interested in cinema, sound, and performance art.


As of the winter semester 2023, Dr Heike Karge will be Professor of Southeast European History and Anthropology at the University of Graz.

Her main research interests include the cultural and social history of Southeastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth century, especially the history of medicine and psychiatry, interdisciplinary trauma research, post-war politics, remembrance cultures, and transitional justice. Her most recent book is Der Charme der Schizophrenie. Psychiatrie, Krieg und Gesellschaft im serbokroatischen Raum (2021), which is currently being translated into Croatian.


Professor and Chair of Slavonic Linguistics

Dr Björn Hansen’s research focuses on structures of Polish, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian, Russian and Czech, while also having a general interest in areal typology. He has published widely on modality, grammaticalisation, clitics and language change. His recent research focuses on Slavonic-German bilingualism, language indefiniteness and the language of corruption. He currently leads three DFG-funded research projects, dealing with German-Polish bilingual speech, compound indefinite pronouns in the Slavonic languages, and the thematic use of words in Serbian and Croatian press texts. Since 2020 he has been a member of the DFG review board 104 Linguistics.


Academic Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

Dr Ulf Brunnbauer is a social historian of Southeastern Europe. He has a PhD from the University of Graz (1999) and habilitated at the Free University of Berlin (2006). Apart from serving as the IOS Academic Director, he is Professor and Chair of Southeast and East European History. His most recent book, co-authored with Philipp Ther et al., is In den Stürmen der Transformation (2022), a history of global transformations using the example of two shipyards in Croatia and Poland since the 1970s. He is also author of Globalizing Southeastern Europe. Emigrants, America, and the state since the 19th Century (2016). He is co-editor of the Handbuch zur Geschichte Südosteuropas, the book series Südosteuropäische Arbeiten and the journal Südost-Forschungen, published by the IOS.


seeFField Academic Coordinator

Dr Aleksandra Salamurović received her PhD in Southeast European Studies from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. She was the principal investigator in the project Between the nation and Europe: A discourse linguistic account of the communication in the public sphere in the Western Balkans, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at Friedrich Schiller University. Her research interests include pragmatics, public language use (particularly in media and political discourse), sociolinguistics of script, and science communication.


Professor of Southeast and East European History

At the beginning of his academic career, Dr Klaus Buchenau focused primarily on sociolinguistics, and then on the history of religion. Following the financial crisis of 2008, he expanded his research interests to include resource allocation, state distrust, and the history of corruption. So far, he has primarily carried out research in the former Yugoslavia, but he has also worked in the archives and libraries of Russia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic.


Albanian Language Teacher

Ledio focuses on language policies in totalitarian Albania and the development of teaching methods for Albanian as a heritage language. His recent monograph, Censorship of Translated Literature in Totalitarian Albania: The Case of Robinson Crusoe (2023), stands as a significant contribution, offering nuanced insights into the censorship dynamics of the era. A graduate of LMU Munich with a master’s degree in Albanology, he is currently immersed in doctoral studies at the same institution. His academic pursuits reflect a commitment to unraveling the complexities of language history.


Assistant Professor of Southeast European History

Dr Andreea Kaltenbrunner earned her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2019. She was an APART postdoctoral fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and subsequently joined the seeFField team in the fall of 2023. Her research interests focus on the entangled history of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, and in particular on Jewish and Romanian history. She has written extensively on antisemitism and interwar politics in Romania. Currently, she is working on a monograph on transnational antisemitism in late 19th century Europe. She is passionate about teaching, academic writing, and book reviewing.


Student Assistants

Jonas Eiselt

Bachelor student in political science and Southeast European Studies.

Jonas is particularly interested in the post-communist system transformation, politics and culture of remembrance, and government formation. In seeFField, he is responsible for editing the student-led blog, producing podcasts and content for other social media channels used in #SciComm. He also likes to play handball and listen to music.

Jack Broughton

Master student in Multilingualism and Regionality

Jack’s research interests concern the intersection of language and identity, with a particular focus on Linguistic Landscape Studies and the visibility of regional and minority languages in the public space. His further interests include the politics and performance of memory and related issues faced by post-conflict societies. Jack joined seeFField in the winter term 2023/24 and is responsible for editing the student-led blog, producing the seeFField podcast Balkans Calling: Voices from the Region and creating content for the social media channels of #SciComm. In his free time, Jack enjoys international cinema and music, and keeping up with current events.

Moritz-Sylvester Mauderer

Studying to become a high school teacher in the subjects German, History, Philosophy, and German as a Foreign Language

Moritz joined seeFField in the winter term 2023/24. He is responsible for editing the student-led blog and producing multimedia content for #SciComm. In addition to his work as a photographer and videographer, he is also engaged in the university theatre and works as a painter.

Iman Sejrani

Master student in Multilingualism and Regionality

Iman joined seeFField in the summer semester of 2024. Her academic interests include contact linguistics and the sociopolitical foundations of multilingualism in both the German-speaking region and Southeastern Europe. She is particularly fascinated by the linguistic dynamics of Albania and Kosovo, as well as their language policy developments, dialect diversity, and language standardisation. Within seeFField, Iman’s responsibilities extend to editing the student-led blog, crafting innovative #SciComm formats centred around languages, and managing seeFField’s social media. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Viktor Stanić

Master Student in Political Science (Democracy Studies)

Viktor joined seeFField in Spring 2024. Within the project, he is responsible for content creation, blog editing and event organisation/assistance. He describes himself as ‘somewhat acribic’ and almost incompetent at small talk. In his private life, he is an avid enthusiast of football (soccer for our dear friends from North America), history, languages and various cuisines. He has a good knowledge of South Slavic (especially Croatian) politics.

Katalin Kósza

Bachelor student in History and South-East-European Studies.

Katalin was a team member of seeFField from 2022 to 2024She is particularly interested in topics like the politics of remembrance, gendered processes, and the role of marginalised groups. In seeFField, she was responsible for editing the student-led blog and producing content for the project’s social media channels used in #SciComm. She produced three episodes of the project’s podcast series Balkans Calling – Voices from the Region. Apart from focusing on her studies, she likes to engage with culture and literature from around the world.

Tom Drmić

Bachelor student in Political Science and Southeast European Studies.

Tom was a team member of seeFField in the summer term of 2023. He is especially interested in cultural developments over time, the issue of nationalism in Southeastern Europe and the migration out of rural areas to large cities or to Western Europe. In seeFField, he was responsible for producing content for social media and editing the student-led blog, thereby engaging in #SciComm. He enjoys sports from all around the world, large infrastructure projects and geography.

Claudia Hempel

Master student in East-West Studies.

Claudia was a team member of seeFField in the winter term 2022-2023 and was responsible for producing multimedia content for #SciComm. She completed her BA in Intercultural West Slavic Studies at the University of Leipzig. She focuses on linguistics, cultural studies, and political science, being especially interested in Poland and Hungary. She would like to work in the field of political and historical education for young people, sharing her knowledge and getting to know the views of young people regarding political and historical events.

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