General thematic interest, focus and specializations:
Research associate at the Institute for Slavic and Caucasian Studies at the University Jena; Feb.–Sept. 2018: acquisition of grant money from non-/ government sources for and design of the research project “Language strategies in the Black Sea region”; since Oct. 2018: Research associate / postdoctoral assistant to professor; tasks: teaching, research, administration and coordination; research project: “Osmosis between Albanians and Slavs in the Balkan region: Constructs of community built on shared experiences of ethno-political conflict and their critical analysis from the viewpoint of cultural and social anthropology; continuation and broadening of “Habilitation” project (see below, years 2014–2016).
University lecturer at the Institute for Slavic and Caucasian Studies and the Institute for Political Science at the FSU Jena (in total: 21 seminars / 42 credit hours per week); administrative, educational and other activities surrounding four student field studies in Armenia, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey, organised by the Humboldt-University Berlin and the University Jena.
Post-doctoral Researcher in the DFG-funded Graduate School 1412 “Cultural Orientations and Institutional Order in Southeastern Europe” at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany), research focus on Alevism and Sufism in the contemporary Balkan region; research for a “Habilitation” (postdoctoral lecture qualification) thesis about “The role of the factors ethnicity and religion within the dynamics of cognitive (psychological), social, lingual, cultural and political group-, identity- and minority-building processes in the post-Ottoman space in the 21th century” with a comparative, inversional focus on a) Muslim groups in the Balkans and the Caucasus and b) non-Muslim groups in Turkey and the Middle East”.
Additional studies and field research on the current situation of selected Christian groups in Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt as well as religious minority groups in Tunisia.
Academic contractor (researcher, consultant, supervisor, author) in the EU-funded international research project “Religious minorities in Turkey in the context of the EU accession process“ at the universities FSU Jena, Amsterdam and Gediz Izmir (including field research on Armenians, Syriacs, Jews and Alevi).
Post-doctoral researcher within the research project “Muslims in the Southern Balkans and Turkey in the 21th century. Between Re-Ethnification and Transnationalism” at the Humboldt-University Berlin (part of the special framework programme “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements” funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation).
PhD (Dr. phil.) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany); Topic: “Processes and dynamics of language use, identity, assimilation and ethnic revival within the Balkan-Muslim Slavic migrant group of the Bosniaks in Turkey” (winner of the award for the best doctoral theses of the Faculty of Philosophy issued by the University Jena in 2011).
Magister Artium in South Slavic Studies, Southeast European Studies and Political Sciences and Certificate in Caucasian Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany) as well as at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and Belgrade University (Serbia).
2019 (in edition / print):
WS 2019/ 2020
WS 2018 / 2019
WS 2017 / 2018