Mariglen Demiri, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and is an MA student 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”.
Volunteering Junior Researcher
I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Gender Studies, with a specialization in Medieval Studies. My main interests and contributions are in continental and feminist philosophy, gender studies, queer theory, critical theory, and autonomist Marxism in particular. My ongoing work includes more specifically Neoplatonism, non-philosophy, speculative/new realism and new materialism.
My PhD project’s working title is “Disembodiment in Neoplatonism and New Realism.” Since 2009 I have worked mostly on Plato’s Timaeus, Platonist cosmology and the notion of chora and its feminist/poststructuralist reception. I now have moved on to explore how the question of the body arose out of the Middle Platonist and Neoplatonist receptions of the Timaeus, and how chora served as a mediating term that disquieted philosophical materialism and positive notions of matter, corporeality and embodiment. In my project I compare attitudes towards the body in pre-Christian Neoplatonism and Gnosticism with ongoing debates on embodiment in speculative/new realism and new materialism. To this end my interest in new realism and materialism is mediated by Laruelle’s non-philosophy (mostly Philosophy II-III) and his inversion of the Neoplatonic One, allowing for non-hierarchical metaphysics which in turn opens up a new interpretation of chora for feminist poststructuralism. I am also particularly interested in the intersection between Laruelle’s non-philosophy and Iamblichus’ theurgy.
I have co-edited several volumes in the fields of Marxist philosophy and queer and gender theory, and have published in journals and edited volumes internationally.
Currently I am part of ISCH COST Action IS1307 New Materialism:
Networking European Scholarship on “How Matter Comes to Matter,” and I am board member of IPAK.Center – Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities in Belgrade, where I co-organize the Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics (2012-present). I am also co-director of Sofia Queer Forum (2012-present). I have translated several books into Bulgarian and numerous articles by the likes of Butler, Sedgwick, Halperin, W. Brown, M. Wark, etc.
Associate professor / Senior researcher
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.
Visiting professor / Senior Researcher
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.
Researcher / Assistant Professor
Aleksandar Takovski is an Assistant Professor in Discourse Analysis at SEEU and also a researcher and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Skopje. His research interest spans across several areas like political discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, social semiotics, landscape semiotics, multimodality, and pragmatics and interdiscursivity of political and ethnic humor. His research has been presented on several international conferences and published in internationally renown journals like Journal of Language and Politics, Language and Dialogue, HUMOR.
Ph.D. Researcher/Assistant Professor
Irena Cvetkovic holds a PhD in gender studies. As a younger researcher she has worked on many research projects in the fields of sociology, gender studies, and media. She is the author behind the socially engaged blog Fem Guerilla, and afterwards was a columnist in the Dnevnik newspaper. She is an activist for the human rights of marginalized communities, and has a special focus on LGBT people’s rights, drug users and sex workers. She is active in several formal and informal activist associations. At the momenth, she is the Executive Director of Coalition Margini.
Ph.D., Researcher/Assistant Professor
Risto Karajkov holds a PhD in international development from the University of Bologna where he specialized in foreign aid to the Balkans in the period of transition, and an MS from the University of Trento. He holds several fellowship among which with the Centre for Civil Society Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, and UNU-WIDER in Helsinki. His fields of interest include foreign assistance and donor policies with particular focus on EU pre-accession aid, international civil society and NGOs, project development and evaluation, as well as Balkans affairs. He has taught at the Integrated Business Faculty in Skopje. He has contributed as journalist/analyst to a number of international media including but not limited to the Osservatorio Balcani, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, European Voice, Il Riformista. He is the founder and director of DeSo, a development & management consultancy based in Skopje.
Michael O’Rourke is a visiting professor at ISSHS, Dublin Independent Colleges, GCAS and others. He is an author of Queer Insists (Brooklyn NY: Punctum Books, 2014), which appeared on the list of 101 important books in the field of critical theory published by http://www.critical-theory.com/88-critical-theory-books-th…/
Senior Researcher / Full Professor
Jason Adams (born 1975) is Senior Researcher/Full Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and Co-Founder and Co-Director at the The New Centre for Research&Practice, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Conatus Publishing.
In 2002, Adams completed a BA in Political Economy & Social Change at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA, USA. He received an MA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada in 2004, where he studied under critical theory/communication theorists Andrew Feenberg and Ian Angus. In 2010, he completed his first Ph.D in political theory and cultural studies from the University of Hawaii, where he studied with Michael J. Shapiro and Kathy Ferguson. And in 2012, he completed his second Ph.D from the European Graduate School, where he focused on radical cultural and political thought with dissertation advisors Giorgio Agamben and Wolfgang Schirmacher. Following a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Williams College (2011-2012).
Adams works in several fields including Political Theory, Political Economy, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. He is author of Occupy Time: Technoculture, Immediacy and Resistance After Occupy Wall Street (Palgrave Macmillan), the co-editor of Deleuze and Race (Edinburgh University Press) and has written for such journals and periodicals as Radical Philosophy, boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, New Political Science, In These Times, TruthOut and Z Magazine. From 2004-2010, he was Managing Editor for the Johns Hopkins University Press journal Theory & Event, before founding Conatus Publishing.