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Dr Igor Stiks

(Former employee or visitor)

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


Igor Stiks completed his PhD as dual degree in international and intercultural studies at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Northwestern University (USA). Between May 2009 and April 2014 he was a senior research fellow at the CITSEE project (“The Europeanisation of Citizenship in the Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia”) at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. The project was funded by the European Research Council with a €2,24 mil grant. Together with Prof Jo Shaw as Principal Investigator, he was actively involved over 5 years in defining research tools and methods and in implementing the research agenda. He was responsible for the day-to-day management of more than 10 research fellows, and a dozen of external collaborators, as well as for the project’s dissemination strategy. He initiated and edited the CITSEE web magazine Citizenship in Southeast Europe. In April 2014 he was awarded the Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (10% success rate) for early career researchers for 3 years. He joined the Edinburgh College of Art to work on his research project “Citizen-Artist: Creative Citizenship in Occupied Spaces” in which he explores the interaction between occupations of public spaces, inventive forms of self-rule and artistic expression.

He has published with major academic publishers such as Bloomsbury Academic (his single-authored monograph Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States, 2015), Verso (edited volume with Srecko Horvat, Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia, 2015), Routledge (edited volume, with Jo Shaw, Citizenship after Yugoslavia 2013) and Ashgate (anthology, with Jo Shaw, Citizenship Rights, 2013). His articles have appeared in the leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies and Europe-Asia Studies, but also in Global Society, Transitions, Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, and Monthly Review.

He is also the author of two novels, A Castle in Romagnaand Elijah’s Chair, which have won numerous awards and have been translated into 15 languages. The theatre play based on his novel ‘Elijah’s Chair’ won the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF). His play ‘Flour in The Veins’ was staged in Sarajevo in 2015. In addition, he published also a book of poetry and a political essay on student movement and activists ‘The Right to Rebel’ (with Srecko Horvat, in Croatian only, 2010). He served as co-organiser of the Subversive Festival in Zagreb (2011-2013) and still co-organises the Open University Sarajevo (since 2013) dedicated to the international debates on contemporary political, social and artistic practices. For his public, academic and creative engagement, in 2014 he received one of the most prestigious French honours, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.



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