Veronika Pfeilschifter

Veronika Pfeilschifter
Doctoral candidate and research associate
Pfeilschifter Veronika
Accouchierhaus, Room 203
Jenergasse 8
07743 Jena

Research interests

  • Political sociology, social philosophy and comparative politics
  • Youth in the contemporary South Caucasus
  • Political ideologies and the post-Soviet left
  • Human rights and transitional justice in post-Soviet South Caucasus
  • Social science methodology (qualitative), discourse theory and critical theory

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: New left youth in the South Caucasus: Political ideologies, conceptualizations of justice and intergenerationality


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)


Articles in refereed journals

‘Transitional Justice, Societal Resilience and the European Union’s Role in Armenia (2018-2022)’External link, Caucasus Analytical Digest, no. 127, pp.3-9.


Other publications

In print 2022. ‘Discussing the contemporary left in Georgia: a conversation with Bakar Berekashvili’, New Eastern Europe, issue 5.

‘Russia’s war in Ukraine. Perspectives from the South Caucasus’External link, New Eastern Europe, issue 3, with Bidzina Lebanidze and Irena Gonashvili.

'Righting the wrong. Illustrating and understanding post-authoritarian transitional justice in Georgia and Armenia'External link, University of Tartu, MA thesis.


18 February 2022, Comment on study Dual Vulnerability and Security: A case study of Azerbaijani and Armenian Ethnic Minority Women in GeorgiaExternal link (Eva Modebadze), invited by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Caucasus

30 September 2021, Ideology, utopia and decolonial resilience: On the new post-Soviet left in the South Caucasus, 28th JOE Tagung, Young German Association for Eastern Europe (Junge DGO), Zürich, Switzerland

6 August 2021, Presentation of PhD project, Applying Discourse Theory - Politics, Ideology, Populism, Digital Summer School, University of Essex

6 August 2021, Political logics and disruptions of transitional justice in Georgia and Armenia, Digital Summer School, Transitional justice in Central and Eastern Europe - Coping with the Communist past, Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

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

  • (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
  • 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