General thematic interest, focus and specializations:
Caucasus Studies: Special interests and research topics
Research associate / postdoctoral assistant to professor (South Slavic Studies / Southeast European Studies) at the Institute for Slavic and Caucasian Studies at the University Jena (additionally: research and teaching cooperation with the Department for Caucasian Studies);
tasks: teaching, research, administration and coordination, organising of conferences/ lectures/ cultural events, conceptualising of research projects and fund raising;
Main research project: “The Osmosis between Albanians and Southern Slavs in the Balkans: Testing traditional constructions of 'conflict communities' from cultural, historical and social scientific perspectives”; 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: 23 seminars / 46 credit hours per week);
Administrative, educational and other supporting activities surrounding four student field study excursions to Armenia, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019), organised by the Humboldt-University Berlin and the FSU 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”.
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).
From 2012–2014: 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.
Post-doctoral researcher in 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 Bosniacs 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).
2020 (selection, in edition or print):
September 2019 (12 days)
WS 2018 / 2019
WS 2017 / 2018
September 2017 (2 weeks)
Academic coaching / support for doctoral students
Supervision (second marker) of MA theses / Final State Examination papers in 2019/2020: