Junior Scientific Faculty
Ljupcho Petkovski is a development policy practitioner with formal training in post-structuralist political theory and international relations (University of Essex, University in Skopje, University in Ljubljana). Petkovski has over a decade long experience with working in think-tanks, including at managerial positions (Director of EuroThink Skopje 2017-2020). He has published tens of academic and policy documents, primarily focusing on political ideologies such as populism, authoritarianism and nationalism. His current academic passions concern the links between technological innovation, digitalization, and growth of regressive ideologies.
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Agon Hamza, Ph.D. in philosophy is Assistant Professor of political philosophy at the graduate program of Institute. He is the author of Reading Marx (Polity, 2018; with Frank Ruda and Slavoj Žižek), Althusser and Pasolini: Philosophy, Marxism, and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo (Kolektivi Materializmi Dialektik, 2013; with Slavoj Žižek). In addition, he is the editor of Althusser and Theology: Religion, Politics and Philosophy (Brill, 2016) and Repeating Žižek (Duke University Press, 2015), as well as coeditor, with Frank Ruda, of Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He is founder and co-editor (with Frank Ruda) of the international philosophy journal Crisis and Critique. Currently he is working on two books, entitled Reading Hegel (with Slavoj Žižek and Frank Ruda, forthcoming with Polity), and Slavoj Žižek and the Reconstruction of Marxism (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan). Dr. Hamza was a political advisor to Albin Kurti, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, and the leader of the political party Vetëvendosje.
Ph.D., Visiting Faculty
Iris van der Tuin is Professor of Theory of Cultural Inquiry in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University and Director of its School of Liberal Arts. Iris is interested in humanities scholarship that traverses the ‘two cultures’ and reaches beyond the boundaries of academia. As such, she contributes to the new and interdisciplinary humanities and to the Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (SoITL). She leads the research group Subjects in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (SILT), a theme under the umbrella of the research initiative Transmission in Motion, and coordinates the special interest group AI in Cultural Inquiry and Art: Thinking and Making in the Algorithmic Condition, a SIG of the focus area Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. With Nanna Verhoeff, she recently initiated the Creative Humanities Academy: an infrastructure for collaboration between academic scholars and creative professionals, post-academic teaching, and consultancy on humanities theories, methodologies, and pedagogies.
Junior Scientific Faculty
Mariglen Demiri, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and is an MA in Contemporary Philosophy at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. Currently he works as an Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities in Skopje. He is the founder of numerous initiatives and political organizations, such as “Lenka”, “Solidarnost”, “Studentski Plenum”, and “Protestiram”.
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PhD, visiting faculty.
Stanimir Panayotov (1982, Sliven, Bulgaria) holds a BA in Philosophy from Sofia University (Sofia, Bulgaria) and MA in Philosophy and Gender Studies from Euro-Balkan Institute (Skopje, North Macedonia), and has defended his Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), with a specialization in Medieval Studies, titled The Problem of Disembodiment: An Approach from Continental Feminist-Realist Philosophy. He works at the intersections of continental and feminist philosophy, non-philosophy, late antique philosophy and new/speculative realism, and has specialized in these fields at Institute of Philosophy, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana (2013); Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje (2015); Linköping University (2016); American Research Center in Sofia (2016/17); Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London (2017); Utrecht University (2018). Panayotov has taught at Euro-Balkan Institute (North Macedonia), Central European University (Hungary) and Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (Palestine), and has lectured internationally at various institutions and festivals. Co-director and co-organizer of Sofia Queer Forum (Sofia, 2012-present), as well as Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics (Skopje/Belgrade, 2012-2017). He has editorial and publishing experience with the publishing projects Anarres and Collective for Social Interventions (Sofia, 2012-2017). Panayotov has worked as a Junior Researcher at Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities – Skopje, and since 2017 is the editorial manager of Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, as well as editorial board member of Oraxiom: A Journal of Non-Philosophy. He has translated into Bulgarian books and texts by authors such as Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, David M. Halperin, McKenzie Wark, Jasna Koteska, to name a few; and intermittently writes about contemporary art practices and theories, as well as experimental music.
Recent and ongoing publications:
O-Zone: Object-Oriented Studies (contracted with Punctum Books, New York City, forthcoming in Fall 2020).
[with Daniel Lukes] Black Metal Rainbows (contracted with PM Press, Oakland, California, forthcoming in Spring 2021).
“Disembodiment: A Continental Feminist-Realist Approach.” In Alexander Kanev (Ed.), The New Realism (Sofia: Sofia University Press, 2019), 253-277.
[with Katerina Kolozova] “An Atomist Genealogy of New Materialism.” In Felicity Colman and Iris van der Tuin (Eds.), European New Materialisms (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2020).
“Non-Philosophical Education with ‘Philosophical Materials’: The Intersectional Procedures of Non-Philosophy.” In Nina Lykke et al. (Eds.), New Tools for Transnational Analysis in Intersectional Feminist Research (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming in 2020).
“The Dissemination of Capital, Vols. 1-3 in Bulgaria.” In Marcello Musto and Babak Amini (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Marx’s Capital: A Global History of Translation, Dissemination and Reception (London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming in 2020).
Ph.D., Visiting Faculty
Adam Nocek is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also the Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Philosophical Technologies. Nocek has published widely on the philosophy of media and science; speculative philosophy (especially Whitehead); design philosophy, history, and practice; and critical and speculative theories of computational media. He recently published Molecular Capture: The Animation of Biology (Minnesota, 2021), and is working on his next monograph, Governmental Design: On Algorithmic Autonomy. Nocek is the co-editor (with Tony Fry) of Design in Crisis: New Worlds, Philosophies and Practices, The Lure of Whitehead (with Nicholas Gaskill), along with several other collections and special issues, including a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (with Cary Wolfe) titled, “Ontogenesis Beyond Complexity.” He is a visiting researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and previously held the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professorship.
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Katja Kolšek holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenija) and is the author of “Chinese Script and the Semblant as Fetich” (Problemi: Journal of Culture and Societal Questions), “The Repetition of the Void and the Materialistic Dialectic” (Ed.Malden Dolar, et al. The structure of the void), “Democracy as the Philosophical Concept”, Ed. Jelica Šumič-Riha, Philosophy and Ontology: Philosophy and Philosophy), “Philosophy of Late Althusser as the Science of the Void”, (Ed.Mladen Dolar, Althusser, Problemi) and The Shift of the Gaze in Žižek’s Philosophical Writing”, Ed. Agon Hamza, Repeating Žižek, Durham/London: Duke University Press). She is a scientific researcher working in the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy and sinology. She has held teaching positions at the Faculty of Arts University Ljubljana, Slovenija, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenija and Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), Ljubjljana.
Ph.D., Senior researcher / Associate professor
Elizabeta Bakovska (1969). She received her BA and MA from the Faculty of Philology “Blaze Koneski” in Skopje, from the English Language and Literature Department. She received her Ph.D. in gender studies from Euro-Balkan Institute. She is the editor-in-chief of Blesok, an electronic magazine for culture and literature (www.blesok.mk). She translates, writes poetry and prose, as well as literary theory and criticism.
Ph.D., Senior Researcher / Visiting professor
Dimitar Bechev is the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Previously, he held research fellowships at Harvard University, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, and headed the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Dr. Bechev has written extensively on EU’s external relations, the politics and modern history of Turkey and the Balkans, and Russia’s foreign policy. His book Rival Power (Yale University Press, 2017) explores Russia’s role in Southeast Europe (Balkans, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey). He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, the American Interest, Politico, Foreign Policy, and openDemocracy. He holds a D.Phil. (PhD) from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Bechev’s is also a fellow at The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at University of North Carolina, where his research project examines the foreign policy of hybrid regimes, looking at the cases of Russia and Turkey. It inquires into the impact of domestic politics and institutions on external relations.
Ph.D. Researcher/Assistant Professor
Iskra Gerazova Mujchin is researcher at the Institute of Social Studies and Humanities- Skopje. She studied Ethnology on the Institute of Ethology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, University “St.Cyril and Methodius”- Skopje. She holds MPH and PhD in Public Health from the Medical Faculty at the same university. Her diverse professional experience includes working and researching for different entities in the field of migrations, youth, media monitoring, active ageing, improvement of mother and child healthcare etc. She has been public policies researcher associate in few CSO`s and produced policy briefs, studies, manuals. Gerazova Mujchin is actively enrolled in the ISSHS`s projects as a researcher.
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