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Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Florian Bieber is a professor for Southeast European Studies and History at the CSEES. He is a political scientist and historian working on ethnicity, democracy, and nationalism in the post-Yugoslav space. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair in the Europeanization of Southeastern Europe (2019-2022), is editor of the journal Contemporary SEE and the book series Southeast European Studies (Routledge). He has published extensively, including in Europe-Asia Studies, Ethnopolitics, and Social Science Quarterly. He coordinates the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and is president of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (mult.) Karl Kaser is professor for Southeast European History at the Institute of History and head of the unit of Southeast European History and Anthropology. He is an internationally renowned historian with expertise in gender relations, family history, kinship structures, and visual cultures in the Balkans. He has led numerous research projects, including the recent FWF projects “Visualizing Family, Gender Relations, and the Body: The Balkans, approx. 1860-1950” and “The Kosovar Family Revisited.” He recently published “Hollywood in the Balkans: Visual Modernity in the European Periphery (1900-1970)” (Böhlau).

Univ.-Prof. DDr. Pablo Argárate is professor and the director of the Institute of Ecumenical and Orthodox Theology, and Patristics with a focused interest on current developments in Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam, and Roman Christianity. He is a theologian and historian working on the period of Late Antiquity in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. He is editor of the bilingual journal Ökumenisches Forum, and the Journal for Ecumenical and Patristic Studies. He has published extensively, including titles Word and Icon, Exploring the New Testament with Early Christian Art, Iconography, Commentary and Prayer.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata is a professor for Southeast European Studies at the CSEES. She is a political scientist working on migration, conflict, religion, mobilization, emotions, and politics in Europe and Turkey. She is leading a SNF Project on Religion, Migration, and Belonging in Europe as well a SNIS Project on the Role of Infrastructure in European migration management. She is also co-directing a DFG research project on protest, emotions, and political transformation in Turkey and Egypt.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Ulrich Ermann is a professor of Human Geography at the Institute of Geography. He is a human geographer, working in the intersection of economic geography and (new) cultural geography. His research is focused on commodities, consumption, and markets and deals with nature-culture and human-nonhuman dichotomies as well as with regional geographies of SEE. In recent research projects he has investigated agricultural transitions, meat markets, fashion brands, environmental protection, and sharing economies. He is member of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) in Horizon2020 framework CORAL - exploring the impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas in the EU.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. BA. MA. Sonja Koroliov is professor of Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Graz. Previously, she held the Erika Cremer Prize Scholarship at the University of Innsbruck, where she taught Slavic literatures and cultures at the Department of Slavic Studies. She studied Classics at the University of Oxford and Modern Languages and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. She has worked at the Classical Department of the University of Münster, the Centre for Research on the European Enlightenment in Halle an der Saale, and at the Slavic department of the University of Innsbruck. Her research interests are in South Slavic literature and Russian, with special attention to contact zones between literature and philosophy.

Assoz. Prof. Mag.iur. Dr.iur. Emma Lantschner is an associate professor at the CSEES. She is a lawyer dealing primarily with questions of European integration and its implications for minority protection in Southeastern European societies. She is intensively engaged with minority protection systems at national, bilateral, and European levels with a focus on the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. She has dealt with the standard setting and conflict preventive potential of monitoring mechanisms of bi- and multilateral instruments for the protection of national minorities as well as with reflexive governance approaches in the enforcement and promotion of the right to equality.

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Andreas Leben is a professor of Slovenian Literature and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Slavic Studies. His research focuses on autobiographical discourse, literary multilingualism, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian literature of the 20th and 21st century, especially modernist prose and war narratives, memory cultures and identity, transcultural literary studies, literature, and theatre of the Slovene minority in Austria and Slovenian-Austrian cultural transfer. Regarding the literature and theatre of the Slovene minority in Austria, he is currently heading the FWF project Bilingual literary practice of the Carinthian Slovenes.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. PhD Libora Oates-Indruchová is the chair of Sociology of Gender at the Department of Sociology. She has internationally acknowledged expertise in Gender Studies and her research focuses on cultural representations of gender as well as gender, social change, and censorship – all with a special focus on East Central Europe, based on narrative research. She has published a number of articles in this field in journals such as in Signs, Slavic Review, Europe-Asia Studies, and Men & Masculinities.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Renate Ortlieb is a professor of Human Resource Management and head of the Institute of Human Resource Management since 2009. Her research focuses on firms’ human resource strategies, especially regarding migrant employees, the interplay of firms’ internationalization strategies with human resource strategies, labor migration especially regarding SEE, gender, and diversity management. Her research projects include diversity in organizations, youth labor migration in the EU, and the labor market integration of refugees. She is co-editor in chief of the German Journal of Human Resource Management.

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. Klaus Poier is a professor of Public Law and Political Sciences at the Institute of Public Law and Political Sciences (as of September 2020). He is a lawyer and political scientist working on constitutional law, democracy, especially party and electoral systems as well as direct democracy and populism at the national and the European level. He is co-editor of the book series Studien zu Politik und Verwaltung as well as Steirisches Jahrbuch für Politik, both Vandenhoeck& Ruprecht. He has led many research projects, recently a project dedicated to the populist parties in Europe (Die Themen der “Populisten”, Nomos 2017).

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.soc.oec Katharina Scherke is a professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology. She has a background in sociology and art history with extensive research experience, publications, and teaching experience in the fields of the cultural sociology of European societies and sociology of arts. Her latest research relates to the everyday lives of women, gender roles, stereotypes, women and leadership, as well as relations between nationalism and migration in Europe. Her research activities in the last decade focused on sociology of emotions, and she recently studied the social impact of nostalgia and its relevance for politics (e.g. populism) as well as for pop culture (e.g. retro-trends).

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Anita Ziegerhofer is an associate professor and head of the Department of Legal History and European Legal Development at the Institute for the Foundations of Law, and also serves as an academic advisor to the research platform Gender Studies at the University of Graz. She is a legal historian with a research focus on the history of European integration, pan-European movements, borders in contemporary European history and the legitimacy problem of the EU.

In addition to core faculty members, associated faculty members who participate in the Field of Excellence Dimensions of Europeanization support the PhD researchers with their expertise and network. Univ.-Prof. PhD Boban Arsenijević (Institut for Slavic Studies), Univ.-Prof. Mag. Mag.phil. Dr.iur. Tomislav Borić (Institute for Corporate and International Commercial Law), Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr.phil. Klaus-Jürgen Hermanik (Centre for Southeast European Studies), Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Jörn Kleinert (Institute of Economics), Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Ulla Kriebernegg (Department for American Studies), Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Gerald Lamprecht (Centre for Jewish Studies), Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Stephan Moebius (Department for Sociology), Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. Gerd Oberleitner (Insitute of International Law and International Relations), Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil. Wolfgang Spickermann (Institute of Antiquity), and Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. M.A. Georg Vogeler (Centre for Digital Humanities).

In addition to the core faculty and associated faculty members, a group of ten researchers with extensive research and publication experience in different aspects of Europeanization provide support for each individual PhD research projects. These are: Dr.phil. MA Rory Archer, anthropologist; Dr.phil. M.A. Armina Galijaš, historian; PhD Oana Hergenröther, literary scientist; E.MA Mag. Dr.iur. Lisa Heschl, lawyer; M.E.S. Dr.iur. Marko Kmezić, lawyer; MMag. Dr.phil. M.A. Maximilian Lakitsch, philosopher; PhD Ana Ljubojević, political scientist; Dr.phil. Hrvoje Paić, political scientist; Dr. Ana Podvršič, political economist; M.A. Ph.D Guido Schwellnus, political scientist; Dr. MA Zorica Siročić, sociologist; and Dr.phil. Vasileios Symeonidis, education researcher.


Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Florian Bieber

Zentrum für Südosteuropastudien
Schubertstraße 21/I, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 6822

Academic Coordination


Hrvoje Paić

Zentrum für Südosteuropastudien
Schubertstraße 21/I, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 6824

Administrative Coordination


Tanja Bilaver

Zentrum für Südosteuropastudien
Schubertstraße 21/I, 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 6823

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