Teaching faculty, University of Graz

Teaching faculty, University of Graz

Faculty of the University of Graz (Centre for South-East European Studies)
Most of the compulsory courses in Graz are thought by the staff of the Centre for Southeast European Studies – Florian Bieber, Armina Galijaš, Marko Kmezić.

Florian Bieber is a professor of South-East European studies at the University of Graz, Austria and director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies. He previously taught East European Politics at the University of Kent, UK. He received his M.A. in Political Science and History and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest). Between 2001 and 2006, he has been working in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues. Florian Bieber is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and taught at the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo. In 2010, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and in 2009 he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, USA. His also the editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers. His research interests include institutional design in multiethnic states, nationalism and ethnic conflict, as well as the political systems of South-eastern Europe. He published articles on institutional design, nationalism and politics in South-eastern Europe in Nationalities Papers, Third World Quarterly, Current History, International Peacekeeping, Ethnopolitcs and other journals. He is the author of Nationalism in Serbia from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milošević (Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005, in German) and Post-War Bosnia: Ethnic Structure, Inequality and Governance of the Public Sector (London: Palgrave, 2006) and has edited and co-edited six books and special journal issues on South-eastern Europe.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Introduction to the interdisciplinary approach
• The Political History of South-Eastern Europe
• Constitutional and political systems in South-Eastern Europe
• Democratization and State-Building in Post-Conflict Societies
• Controversies in research on Southeast Europe
• The Disintegration of Yugoslavia
• Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
• Introduction to International Relations
• Current legal and political questions in South-Eastern Europe
• History of Dalmatia

Joseph Marko is a professor of public law at the Institute of Austrian, European and Comparative Public Law and Political Science at the Faculty of Law at the University of Graz. Since 1998 he has been a director of the Minority Rights Institute at the European Academy Bolzano. From May 1997 to May 2002 Prof. Marko served as an international judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, being appointed by the President of the European Court of Human Rights. From 1999 to 2001 he was the vice president of the Court. Prof. Marko has served as a member of the Advisory committee under the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities, being elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Graz.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Human rights: minority protection and conflict management
• Autonomy and Integration: From Minority Protection to Diversity Management - Comparative and Contextual Legal Perspectives

Armina Galijaš has studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich graduating in Eastern and South Eastern European History, Modern History and Economics. From 2003 to 2005 she was a research assistant at the Department of East and South East European History. She also was an Academic collaborator of the Südost-Institut Munich (Regensburg). From 2005 to 2011 she was a research assistant at the Department of East European History of the University of Vienna where she completed her doctorate in history canada generic viagra. From March 2011 she is a research assistant at the Centre for South-East European Studies of the University of Graz. Her research interests and academic teaching are focused on the modern history of the South East Europe.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Political History of SEE
• Music and ex-Yugoslav Societies
• Civil Society and Political Culture in SEE

Marko Kmezić works as senior researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria where he is an academic coordinator for the Joint Master's in Southeast European Studies and teaches a course on EU Integrations and Europeanisation. He studied at the Belgrade University and University of Graz, and currently he is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law at the University of Graz with the thesis Europeanization by Rule of Law Implementation in the Western Balkans. Between 2006 and 2008 he worked in Belgrade for the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. He published extensively an all Western Balkans countries. His research interests are focused on Europeanisation, EU Integrations, rule of law, democratization, human rights and minority protection.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Europeanisation and EU Integration

Emma Lantschner graduated in law at the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck. She attained PhD at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz in June 2007 since when she is associated with the Centre for South-East European Studies of the University of Graz. Since 2000 she has worked as a junior researcher at the European Academy Bolzano, in the Institute for Minority Rights. Her research interests include international law, comparative constitutional law and minority rights.

Hrvoje Paić has graduated Economics at Faculty for Economics in Zagreb. He has graduated Postgraduate Studies of International Politics and International Relation on the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. Simultaneously, he has studied Journalism on the same Faculty. He has graduated also the PhD Program on the Institute for Political Science in Vienna with focus on Political Theory. He was Researcher and Lecturer on the Institute for Political Science as well as on the Austrian Institute for International Politics, bought in Vienna. From 2013 he acts as Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz. His research interest and academic teaching are focused on contemporary Southeastern Europe from different Perspectives of Political Science.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Constitutional and Political Systems in Southeastern Europe
• Film and Societies in Southeastern Europe
• Political Economies in Southeastern Europe

Vladimir Gligorov is a senior economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies with a particular area of interest in the economies of transition countries, particularly the economies of former Yugoslavia. He has worked as a World Bank and OECD consultant and is a prominent authority on economic developments and policies in the former Yugoslav and other post-socialist countries.

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Socio-Economic Development in South-Eastern Europe
• Transition Economics and Regional Development

Sanja Kmezić is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Southeast European Studies. She is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz focusing on fiscal decentralization in Serbia. Sanja holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an LL.B. from the University of Belgrade. Sanja is a co-author of “The Guidebook on Municipal Land Packaging and Marketing (with model ordinances and contracts for municipalities)”, which has been used as a required reading on the World Bank’s Municipal Finance course. Her main research interests include governance and public administration, fiscal decentralization, local economic development .

Courses taught (2014-2015)
• Socio-Economic Development in South-Eastern Europe
• Transition Economics and Regional Development

Other faculty members offering classes on South-eastern Europe and/or contributing to classes in the framework of the MA Programme are Dario Brentin (Culture and Society of SEE), Karl Kaser (History), Harald Heppner (History), Renate Hansen-Kokoruš (Slavic Studies), Wolfgang Benedek (International Law) and Hubert Isak (European Law).