Elton Meka

Eltion Meka, designated by the university as the academic coordinator/Module leader for this Jean Monnet application, is the youngest faculty member at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. In May of 2015, Eltion was awarded his Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA where he completed his dissertation in which he attempted to understand the way in which the European integration process of Central and Eastern Europe effected political competition in the candidate states.  Part of Eltion’s dissertation has been published in reputable international journals (such as the Journal of European Integration and Europe-Asia Studies), while another part remains under review.  For the academic year of 2016-17 Eltion was awarder his first international grant in a Jean Monnet Module.

Ilir Kalemaj

Dr. Ilir Kalemaj, holds a PhD from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He has published a myriad of scholarly papers in international and national peer-reviewed journals and has participated in more than 30 national and international conferences. Moreover, he has recently published books Contested Borders: Territorialization of National Identity and Shifts of “Imagined Geographies” in Albania, by Peter Lang Ltd. Oxford 2014; ”Kosovo and Albania: Quo Vadis?, by Friedrich Ebert Siftung; My kind of NATO: Perceptions from Albania, by the Centre for European and Security Affairs/ Institute for Democracy and Mediation with support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division etc. Kalemaj is dealing now with issues about democratic transition & democratic consolidation, political culture and question of nationalism, as well as EU Integration processes in Albania and Western Balkans.

Fatos Tarifa

With a PhD in Political Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Tirana, Prof. Fatos Tarifa is a renowned social scientist and a prolific author. He teaches political sociology, international relations, and geopolitics. His books include (in English): Europe Adrift on the Wine Dark Sea (2007), The Balkans: A Mission neither Accomplished nor Impossible (2002), The Quest for Legitimacy and the Withering Away of Utopia (2001), The Breakdown of State Socialism and the Emerging Post-Socialist Order (2001), The First Decade and After: Albania’s Democratic Transition and Consolidation in the Context of Southeast Europe (2000), Open-Ended History: Dangers and Dilemmas of Transition (1998. His numerous articles have been published in journals with impact factor, such as Social Forces (Oxford University Press), Policy Review (Stanford University/Hoover Institution), Mediterranean Quarterly (Duke University Press), Studies in Comparative International Development (Springer), East European Politics and Societies (Sage), Development and Change (Wiley-Blackwell), Communist and Post-Communist Studies (Elsevier) etc. Professor Tarifa is currently President of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Stefano Bianchini

Stefano Bianchini is Professor of Politics and History of Eastern Europe, University of Bologna, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Forlì Campus. Vice-Rector’s Delegate for the relations with East European Countries and Director of the Organizational Unit of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Forlì Campus, the coordinator of the two-years Master in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Studies (MIREES), an international MA in English awarding a joint diploma of  the Universities of  Bologna, Vytautas Magnus (Kaunas), St. Petersburg, and Corvinus of Budapest. He is also the co-director of the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights in SEE (Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna).

As an expert of Balkan issues, particularly on Yugoslavia and its successor states in politics, contemporary history and international relations, he published several books and articles in Italian, French, English and other languages. He was an advisor of the ICTY, in the Hague. Editor in Chief of the English Series on the Balkan and East-Central Europe (Longo Publ., Ravenna), he is the Executive Editor of «Southeastern Europe», Brill, Leiden.

Marco Borraccetti

Researcher of European Union Law, Faculty of Political Science “Roberto Ruffilli”, University of Bologna – Forlì Campus

Sanja Kajinić

Sanja Kajinić, PhD (CEU, Budapest, 2014) has been teaching Bosnian Croatian Serbian language since 2012 at the university level, as well as teaching a module on Gender and Popular Culture in Southeast Europe as part of the MA MIREES at the University of Bologna, campus of Forli. Her research and teaching have oriented her towards the field of European Union studies as well as the issues of democratisation in the SEE region, but this was also accomplished through her previous activist experience in new social movements in Croatia.  

Prof. Giuliana Laschi

JM Module at the University of Florence (1998-2005). JM Chair at the School of

Political Sciences of the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus (2005-2010). JM Chair ad personam (2010-2013), JM Chair (2014-2017). As President of Scientific Committee of Punto Europa Europe Direct Forlì (granted as JM Centre of Excellence 2014-2017), she cooperates with many institutions in the organization of awareness events on EU. Her didactic activity includes: teachings, lectures and seminars held in several EU and non-EU universities; several updating and training activities for teachers and employees; the participation to many Conferences both in Italy and abroad. Her scientific activity concerns the historical analysis of EC policies (in particular the CAP as a case study) in order to assess in which way these have been contributing to the development of the integration process, becoming among the first Italian academics in this field. Her researches lead to high value academic results: being policies de facto at the base of specific external relations with third countries (her new research field).

Prof. Francesco Privitera

Associate Professor Francesco Privitera teaches East European History at the School of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna (Forlì) and is the current Director of IECOB. His research interests include history of the Balkans in the XXth Century, current institutional and political problems of the transition in Eastern Europe, the idea of State, modernization in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. He is author of number of articles, essays and monographs both in Italian and English.

Goran Filic
Native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Goran Filic, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Milan. He earned his bachelor in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from 2007 to 2009 Dr. Filic studied at Columbia University in New York City where he earned a Master of International Affairs. His doctoral research investigated cases of peace, rejection of violence and anti-nationalism during Yugoslav wars. At Columbia, Dr. Filic served as a Research Fellow in the International Affairs Department researching political developments in South Eastern Europe as well as becoming the President of the Balkan Club at the Harriman Institute. Dr. Filic worked and studied across the globe in New York City, London, Dallas, Tokyo, Milan, Dubrovnik etc., and from 2013 to 2017 spent studying and researching on his Doctoral thesis at University of Milan. Most recently Dr. Filic taught classes in Comparative Politics, Geopolitics and Statistics at Dubrovnik International University in Dubrovnik. Dr. Filic has published parts of his thesis in reputable international journals (such as Journal of Peace and Development) while additional articles remain under review. His main research interests are conflict management, democratization, reconciliation and peace sustainability, ethnic mobilization and anti-nationalism in former Yugoslavia. Avid cyclists, soccer, and table tennis player, appreciates Adriatic Dalmatian islands and Italian Trentino Alto Adige region. Dr. Filic is involved with his community and coaches little league soccer and basketball at his local YMCA in Dallas.
Sara Severi
(non-academic staff)

Sara Severi is the Administrative Manager of IECOB. She graduated in Law at university of Bologna. She is in charge of the general administration and accountability of the Institute. She works at IECOB since 2002.

Luciana Moretti
(non-academic staff)

Luciana Moretti is the technical web manager of PECOB, the Portal on Central Eastern and Balkan Europe. She works for IECOB since 2010. She started working as administrative assistant before been assigned, in 2012, to PECOB.

Pero Maldini

Pero Maldini, PhD, is a professor of Political Science at Department of Mass Communication at the University of Dubrovnik. He is the Head of Department of Mass Communication at University of Dubrovnik, Head of Interdisciplinary Doctoral Study of Communication Science at the University of Osijek, and Head of Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences at Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb. His research interests are comparative politics, democratization, democratic transition, political culture and Croatian politics. He has published two books and two edited volumes, and a number of papers and book chapters in the field of comparative politics, democratic theory, political culture, media and politics, political education, and presented his works at more than 20 international conferences. He has received several international grants for research training abroad in the USA, the Netherlands, Hungary and Slovakia. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Croatian Political Science Association and a member of three journal editorial boards. A number of years he continuously cooperates with renowned international academic institutions (DePaul University in Chicago, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences / Department of Political Science, National Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Quality in Higher Education, Ljubljana, inter alia). He is a political commentator of several very distinguish Croatian and international media (Croatian Television, Croatian Radio, Voice of Slavonia, Slobodna Dalmacija, Jutarnji List, Globus, T-portal, Deutsche Welle, SBS etc).

Davor Pauković

Davor Pauković, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication at University of Dubrovnik. He received his Ph.D. in contemporary history in 2010 from the University of Zagreb. He teaches courses in contemporary Croatian and world history. He has published four editors’ books and dozen articles about political transition in Croatia, dealing with the past, dissolution of Yugoslavia, Serbs in Croatia and Serbo-Croatian relations. He has presented paper on numerous international conferences and participated on several national and international scientific projects. His research interests are political transition, memory culture, dissolution of Yugoslavia, dealing with the past, Europeanization and globalization, Serbo-Croatian relations. He is editor in chief of international journal for social sciences & humanities Contemporary Issues and associate researcher at Political Science Research Centre, Zagreb.

Aleksandar Pavlović

Aleksandar Pavlović is a researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade and distinguished EMinS member. He obtained his BA and MA from the University of Belgrade, and received his PhD in Southeast European Studies from the University of Nottingham. He was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies in Graz and New Europe College in Bucharest, and a lecturer at the University of Nottingham. He received a number of scholarships and awards for his scholarly and civil work, such as: Civil Society Scholar Award, Stipendien der Republik Österreich, Global Supplementary Grant, Overseas Research Students Award for England... He was an initiator and coordinator at the international project Figuring out the Enemy: Re-imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations, a pioneering effort in promoting regional scholarly cooperation, co-editor and contributor in a ground-breaking publication on Serbian-Albanian relations published in both languages.

Jelica Minić

Jelica Minić Ph.D. has research and policy making background in the European integration affairs and regional cooperation. She is president of EMinS Forum for International Relations. She was the Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, in Sarajevo (2008-2013) and had high management positions in the state administration (Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000-2004), NGO (Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, 1994-2000) and academia (1971-2000 and 2006-2008) as consultant or team leader for projects of the UNDP, German Marshall Fund in Serbia, and European Integration Fund of the European Agency for Reconstruction. Besides lecturing on regional integration and EU Enlargement Policy at the Economic Faculty of the University of Podgorica (2000-2004), she gives lectures on regional cooperation in South East Europe at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. She published over 180 articles, essays and book chapters, around 60 conference papers and edited several books and reviews.

Gazela Pudar Draško

Gazela Pudar Draško (1982) obtained her BA, MA and PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She is working as a researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Her fields of interest are political sociology, particularly social engagement. She writes on the intellectual engagement, social engagement and ideologies, social exclusion and gender.

Gazela Pudar Draško is actively involved into the policy research and activities of the civil society sector in Serbia, but also in the region of South East Europe. She was engaged as a consultant/researcher in numerous projects with Council of Europe, UNHCR, UNDP, Group for development initiative SeConS, Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy and European Youth Center Serbia. She coordinated several international projects, the latest being “Engaging Reflexivity, Reflecting Engagement”, funded by RRPP program and SDC.

Mato Brautović

Dr. Mato Brautović is associate professor at the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Dubrovnik (Croatia). Dr. Brautović improved his professional skills as an adjunct lecturer at College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Florida (USA) and guest professor at the University of Montenegro (Montenegro) and Linnaeus University (Sweden). Dr. Brautović is the president of the organising committee of Dubrovnik Media Days, an international scientific conference that has been organised at the University of Dubrovnik for the past twelve years. He is also author or co-author of many books, book chapters, and scientific papers in professional journals in field of his expertise - online journalism, digital methods, social media, and mobile technologies.

Dr. Sabina Čehajić-Clancy

Sabina Čehajić-Clancy received her PhD (“Responsibility and Denial: Antecedents of Acknowledgment, Collective Responsibility and Guilt”) in social psychology from the University of Sussex in 2008.  Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI) has awarded her with the Dissertation Award for 2008. Besides this, she has received the Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for her dissertation. At the same university, she has also received her Master of Science degree in applied social psychology as a British Chevening scholar. She works in the field of intergroup relations, more specifically on reconciliation in post-conflict societies, emotions and emotion regulation, moral responsibility, intergroup contact, and identity. She has received funding for her work from UK, USA and Swiss governments, Guggenheim and Soros foundations as well as EU and UN agencies. She has published numerous research articles on the issues of acknowledgment, intergroup forgiveness, group-based emotionsč two books and numerous book chapters. In the last ten years, she has coordinated and supervised twenty scientific projects, presented her work on over fifty national and international conferences, and worked as a consultant for various NGO’s such as the UNICEF, UNDP, Post-conflict Research Centre, Save the Children UK, USAID, CRS, etc.

Dr. Maja Savić - Bojanić

She holds a PhD from the University of Buckingham. In addition, Maja Savic - Bojanic holds a BA degree in International Relations from Kent State University (USA) and a Master's degree in European Politics and Institutions from the University of Bologna. She has over seven years of experience in government work. She has worked at the Directorate for European Integrations of BiH, the Embassy of Italy in BiH and the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH. She has been employed as a lecturer and then as an assistant professor at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology since October 2010. She also coordinates a postgraduate program in diplomacy and runs the SSST Model UN Club. During her career at SSST she has taught six courses in international relations and diplomacy. She was a fellow of the Open Society Institute and developed a public policy program on cultural politics in BiH.

Maja Pulic de Sanctis, PhDc

Maja Pulic de Sanctis is currently a PhD student at the University of Birmingham and a lecturer at the SSST University. The focus of her research lies in the areas of branding, marketing, public diplomacy and environmental politics. She teaches courses in the EU diplomacy, democratization, and political philosophy.