Team

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Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

Senior researcher and project coordinator​

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits is a social anthropologist who works as scientific coordinator and senior researcher at the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Oder (currently on leave because of an interim professorship). Her research interests include migration, family relations and borders with a special focus on South-eastern Europe.

Marijana Hameršak

Senior researcher and cooperation partner​

Marijana Hameršak is a senior research associate at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research (Zagreb) and her main areas of research and teaching are migration, children’s literature and book history. She is the author of the books Pričalice (Taletellers, 2011) and Uvod u dječju književnost (Introduction to Children’s Literature, with Dubravka Zima).  She has edited several edited collections, within Formation and Disintegration of the Balkan Refugee Corridor (with Emina Bužinkić, 2018).

Vildana Pečenković

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Vildana Pečenković, PhD is an Associate Professor of Literature and the Dean at the Department of Bosnian Language and Literature at the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Bihać. She has published over 30 scientific and professional papers in numerous journals at home and abroad and is the author of Poetics of Sonnets by Skender Kulenović (2018). 

Marta Stojić

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Marta Stojić Mitrović is an ethnologist and anthropologist. She works as a researcher at the Institute of Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In her research, she focuses on discourses and practices related to the topics of migration, citizenship, human rights and discrimination in Serbian, regional, and the EU context.

Duško Petrović

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Duško Petrović works in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, the University of Zagreb, Croatia and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Zagreb. His work spans the fields of philosophy and anthropology with an emphasis on political theory and political anthropology. He published on the politics of migration, identity issues and political theory.

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Elissa Helms

Senior researcher and external project partner

Elissa Helms is a socio-cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University, Budapest/Vienna. Her work focuses on nationalism, gender, activism, and most recently race, gender, borders, and belonging in Bosnia-Herzegovina the wider Balkan Route of migration to the EU. She is the author of Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nationalism, and Women’s Activism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina (U of Wisconsin Press, 2013).

Ildiko Erdei

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Ildiko Erdei is an Associate Professor of
Ethnology and Anthropology at Belgrade University. Her research
interests include issues related to Socialist Modernity, Material
Culture and Consumption Studies, and Anthropological Research and
Writing.

Amira Dervišević

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Amira Dervišević is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pedagogy, University of Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and researches oral literature. She is the author of the book Novelistička i šaljiva priča u bošnjačkoj usmenoj prozi (Sarajevo, 2016) and several scientific and professional papers in the field of oral and written literature.

Snežana Stanković

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Snežana Stanković is currently in the final stage of her Ph.D. studies at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her research concerns funerary and mourning cultures, critical genocide and migration studies. Being particularly interested in (in)tangible landscapes of coexistence, she pays attention to cemeteries/ monuments archives and personal memories in order to question possibilities of translations across different cultural settings.

Azra Hromadžić

Senior researcher and external project partner

Azra Hromadžić is Associate Professor and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Syracuse University. She has research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of state-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her book, Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-making in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina, is an ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed postwar intervention policies and the response of local people to these policy efforts.

Nermina Delić

Senior researcher and cooperation partner

Nermina Delić is a Senior Teaching Assistant of Literature at the Department of Bosnian Language and Literature at the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Bihać. She has published over 10 scientific and professional papers in numerous journals at home and abroad.  From 2019, she activately teaches Bosnian language to migrant and refugee children.

Lara Lemac

Junior researcher and project assistant

Lara Lemac is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in cultural studies at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and focus for her bachelor thesis on the socio-cultural traces of the perception of borders in the countries of former Yugoslavia. As her professional background lies in film, she combines audiovisual media as a research method for a personal approach towards her investigation.

Iva Grubiša

Junior researcher and project participant

Iva Grubiša is as an assistant at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She is currently a second-year PhD student and the areas of her research interest are the anthropology of space, anthropology of migration and urban anthropology. For her PhD she focus on the transformation of homes among refugees and asylum seekers in Zagreb.

Santiago Cuervo Escobar

Junior researcher and project participant

Santiago is in his second semester of the masters degree in socio-cultural studies at the Europa-Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder). After completing his bachelor’s degree in social sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Santiago decided to complement his focus on migration and border research with further studies on urban segregation.

Teodora Jovanović

Junior researcher and project participant

Teodora Jovanović is a research assistant at the Institute of
Ethnography of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a PhD
candidate at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of
Philosophy, University of Belgrade. In her PhD, she focuses on coercive factors in contemporary migration
movements, by analyzing the narratives of asylum seekers from Iran in
Serbia.

Katarina Mitrović

Junior researcher and project participant

Katarina Mitrović is a PhD candidate, a teaching assistant at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology and a research assistant at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Her academic research is focused on youth studies, families and aging, urban anthropology, anthropology of migration, and language and identity.

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Chandra Esser

Junior researcher and project participant

Chandra Esser is a M.A. European Studies  student at Viadrina University. She is part of the Border Violence Monitoring Network since 2018 and has a specific interest in forced migration, refugee transit and grassroot responses to the European Union border complex with focus on the Western Balkans.

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Elena Schmid

Junior researcher and project participant

Elena Schmid is studying the Master’s programme Socio-cultural studies with a special focus on migration at the European University Viadrina since April 2020

Jana Pirlein

Junior researcher and project participant

Jana Pirlein is currently in her first semester of the socio-cultural master studies and particularly interested in the dynamics of cultural, political and individual movements. The history of Balkan region is especially interesting to her since both of her grandmothers were refugees from former Yugoslavia.

 

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Antonia de Castro Burica

Junior researcher and project participant

Antonia de Castro Burica is a PhD student at the Department of Linguistics in the University of Zadar. Her research focuses on the question of linguistic integration of asylum seekers in Croatia, specifically the Arabic speaking community of new migrants who arrived since the refugee crisis of 2015.

Julia Bantouvaki

Junior researcher and project participant

Julia Bantouvaki studies social and cultural Studies in the Master program at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). Her focus point lies on Border and Migration Studies. Her BA theses was about an interview based comparison between Greek work migrants in Berlin from the 60s to today (2008-2015). Since January 2020 she works as a Research Assistant for PD Dr. Leutloff-Grandits.In July Julia had the opportunity to accompany her on a field research to the former German-German border.

Maja Osmančević

Junior researcher and project participant

Maja Osmančević is a double-degree undergraduate student of Sociology and Russian Language and Literature at The Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Her interests include intersectional activism, migration studies and the impact of  (transgenerational) trauma on identity. She’s a certified human rights educator, as well as a member of the Welcome! Initiative and of the organisational team of the Okolišni filmski festival.

Santiago Carrion Arcos

External consultant for audio- visual accompaniment

Santiago is an Ecuadorian born and internationally raised filmmaker and activist. His political motivations led him to create an NGO dedicated to investigative journalism, which exposed hundreds of cases of corruption and human rights abuse around the world. After years of directing the project, he decided to return to his passion for films and photography. He has an MA from Freie Universität Berlin in Visual Anthropology and Media with a focus on the role of post-human imagination.