Professor of Social Anthropology with focus on Southeastern and Eastern Europe.

He did extensive research on the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and is now studying urban transformations in post-socialist cities. He published widely on these topics, amongst others 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.


Assistant Professor at the Chair of Southeast and East European History.

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.

His 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, grammaticalization, 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).

He 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.

She 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, he 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 archives and libraries of Russia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic.


Student Assistants

Claudia Hempel

Master student in East-West Studies.

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. In seeFField, she is responsible for producing multimedia content for #SciComm. 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 the youth about political and historical events.

Katalin Kósza

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

She is particularly interested in topics like the politics of remembrance, gendered processes, and the role of marginalized groups. In seeFField, she is responsible for editing the student-led blog, producing podcasts, and content for other social media channels used in #SciComm. Apart from focusing on her studies, she likes to engage with culture and literature from around the world.

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