Veronika Pfeilschifter

Veronika Pfeilschifter
Doctoral candidate and research associate
Pfeilschifter Veronika
+49 3641 9-44878
+49 3641 9-44702
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07743 Jena

Research interests

  • Political sociology and comparative politics
  • Youth, non-state actors and societal resilience in the contemporary South Caucasus
  • Political ideologies and the post-Soviet left
  • Human rights, transitional justice and judicial politics in post-Soviet South Caucasus
  • Labour politics, social tension, inequality and democratization
  • Social science methodology, discourse theory, critical theory and decolonial epistemology
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Since 05/2021

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena (Germany), Doctoral candidate and research associate for the project Resilience in the South Caucasus: prospects and challenges of a new EU foreign policy concept (Jena-Cauc); Dissertation topic: Ideology, utopia and decolonial resilience: The ‘new’ post-Soviet left in the South Caucasus (Working title)


University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom)/University of Tartu, Tartu (Estonia)/Ilia State University, Tbilisi (Georgia), International Master (IntM, MA, MSSc), Central, Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IMCEERES); Thesis: Righting the wrong? Illustrating and understanding post-authoritarian transitional justice in Georgia and Armenia (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai, Giorgi Meladze)


American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, (Kyrgyzstan), Summer Practicum; Final project: Transitional justice and women’s rights in post-2010 Kyrgyzstan


Catholic University Eichstätt, Tufts University and University of Maryland, Herrsching, (Germany); Summer Institute for Civic Studies


Bard College, New York, (USA); Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA)


Jagiellonian University, Kraków, (Poland); Erasmus + Bachelor semester


University of Regensburg, Regensburg, (Germany), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political science and European ethnology; Thesis: Russian foreign policy in the South Caucasus 2000-2017 (supervisor: Dr. Gerlinde Groitl)


Additional experience

Short-term writer and intern at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus, Tbilisi, Georgia (2019-2021) ; Intern at FES Warsaw, Poland (2018); Consultant at PEN America Eurasia department, New York, USA (2020); Intern at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Student Research Assistant at Europeaeum, East-West-Centre Regensburg, Germany (2015-2017); Student Assistant at Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (ios) Regensburg, Germany (2017)

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15 June 2021, Ideology, utopia and resilience - The new post-Soviet left in the South Caucasus, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Graduate Seminar 

25 March 2021 Neighbourhood Ambiguity - On Inclusion and Exclusion of the EU's Foreign Policy Resilience Approach in the South Caucasus (with Prof. Dr. Diana Forker and Dr. Bidzina Lebanidze), ZOiS Caucasus Network, Center for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS) Berlin, Germany 

8 January 2021 Transitional justice in post-2012 Georgia and post-2018 Armenia, Caucasus Colloquium, Institute for Caucasus Studies Jena, Germany

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  • (Young) German Association for East European Studies (DGO e.V. & Junge DGO)
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • CES Critical European Studies Research Network
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)
Awards & honors Show content
  • Grant ‘Black Sea Region in the Times of Crises: New Theoretical Approaches and Research Methodologies’, awarded by Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (2021)
  • Multiple award and triple distinction for Master’s Degree, awarded by University of Glasgow, University of Tartu and Ilia State University (2021)
  • Full scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, awarded by German Academic Scholarship Foundation and Max-Weber-Programm Bavaria (2015-2021)
  • Full Scholarship for IMCEERES graduate program, awarded by the European Commission (2018-2021)
  • Scholarships for short-term studies at Bard College New York, USA and at American University of Central Asia Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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