CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

Editors, Source Committee Members, Contributors

Workbook editors
Costa Carras, Board of Directors -- JHP Supervisor, Athens
Prof. Christina Koulouri, Series editor and co-editor of Volume II (1989-2008), Athens
Prof. Repe Božo, co-editor Volume II (1989-2008), Ljubiljana
Prof. Neven Budak, co-editor of Volume I (1945-1988), Zagreb
Prof. Alexei Kalionski, co-editor of Volume I (1945-1988), Sofia
Prof. Dubravka Stojanović, Editorial Consultant, Belgrade
Niyazi Kizilyurek, Editorial Consultant, Nicosia

Source Committee Members  Project Contributors
Prof. Vangelis Karamanolakis, Athens
Dr. Radmila Radic, Belgrade
Dr. Catalina Mihalache, Iasi
Dr. Kornelija Ajlec, Ljubljana
Dr.George Limantzakis, Athens
Dr. Pavlos Pavlou, Nicosia
Dr. Dragutin Papović, Podgorica
Prof. Demaj Frashër, Pristina
Dr. Vera Katz, Sarajevo
Dr. Irena Stefoska, Skopje
Prof. Galina Goncharova, Sofia
Prof. Valentina Duka, Tirana
Prof. Hamit Bozarslan, Turkey
Prof. Hrvoje Klasić, Zagreb
Dr. Philip Carabott, Athens
Sanja Radovic, Belgrade
Dumitru-Alexandru Aioanei, Iasi
Marian-Ionut Hariuc, Iasi
Admir Ibričić, Sarajevo
Vuk Bacanović, Sarajevo
Prof. Todor Chepreganov, Skopje
Prof. Ivan Elenkov, Sofia
Prof. Artan Puto, Tirana
Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj, Tirana

 

Editorial Team

Costa CarrasCosta Carras

Costa Carras, a co-founder both of the Center and of the Association for Democracy in the Balkans, has had long and varied experience in a variety of fields, having at various times been active in business, politics, conservation, cultural matters, and religion.

His political activity dates from the years of the opposition to the Greek dictatorship and continued with the founding of ''Friends of Cyprus'' in London in 1974. He has attended Wilton Park and Ditchley Park conferences of Turkey, Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus problem, and was for 18 years a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Meetings. An initiator of contacts between the Greek and Turkish business communities in 1985, he is currently the Greek Coordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum.

Since 1997, Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Council of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), he had earlier been a Board member of the Union of Greek Shipowners (1975-1984) and Vice-Chairman of the Greek Shipping Cooperation committee in London, where he lived until 1995, and where he also served a s first Chairman of the Hellenic Foundation.

His involvement in conservation and the ecology movement began in 1972 when he co-founded Greece's leading environmental organization, Elliniki Etairia, yia tin Prostasia tou Perivallontos kai tis Politistikis Klironomias (Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage). He served as its first chairman and is today again a Board Member, also representing the Society in Europa Nostra, the Federation of European Conservation Organizations, where he is a Vice-Chairman. Mr. Carras also founded and remains Vice-Chairman of the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage, USA.

The organizer of the ground-breaking 1998 meeting on Religion and the Environment in Patmos, Mr. Carras served as the Co-Chairman of the British Council of Churches' Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine. His paper on The Doctrine of the Trinity in Relation to Political Action and Thought is published in the volume of papers presented to the Commission. He co-edited Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World (SPGU, 1996), which includes his article, ''The Holy Trinity, the Church and Politics in a Secular World.'' He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He served since its inception in 1978 on the Assembly of the Diocese of Sourozh, Britain, whose Chairmanship he left in 1999.

His published works include 3,000 Years of Greek Identity - Myth or Reality (1984) and contributions to Democracy and Civil Society in the Balkans (1996). Mr. Carras holds a Double First in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature; and in Philosophy and Ancient History from Trinity College, Oxford. He also studied economics for a year at the Littauer School of Public Administration, Harvard. He is married with two children.

Christina KoulouriChristina Koulouri

Christina Koulouri, Chair of the History Education Committee of the CDRSEE, is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Director of the Research Center on Modern History (KENI) and Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences (Athens, Greece). She is also a research fellow at the UMR-IRICE : Unité Mixte de Recherche IRICE (Identités, Relations Internationales et Civilisations en Europe), Paris I & CNRS, Paris. In January 1990, she received her Ph.D. at Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne. She was a member of the project group of the Council of Europe on "Learning and Teaching the History of Europe of the 20th Century" (1996-2000). She served as historical advisor to documentaries like Silent Balkans (on the Balkan Wars) and War and Peace in The Balkans (on the First World War), funded by Goethe Institute. She also served as a member of scientific committees for the authorisation of history textbooks in Greek secondary schools, and the co-ordinator of projects on the history of textbooks and on the history of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. She has authored several books on memory and national identity, and on the history of sports and the Olympic Games.

Neven Budak

Neven Budak, is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Zagreb, from where he also obtained his undergraduate degree and doctorate. Until recently, he was also the Special Advisor for Science to the Prime Minister of Croatia and Head of the Team for the Implementation of the Strategy of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia. His expertise is in the field of social, urban and cultural history, and he is especially interested in the Early Middle Ages. He has held lectures and attended conferences at several European universities, as well as in Canada, Japan and Australia. He is an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow.

 

Bozo RepeBozo Repe

Bozo Repe (1956) graduated and received his Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana (1992) and is now a Full Professor at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. From 1999 to 2000, he was Head of the Department of History. Since 2009, he has been the project manager of the Slovene History Group. His research area includes contemporary Slovene, Southern Slavic and Central European history, and he addresses issues of history lessons in schools. He was a visiting professor at Vytatus Magnus University in Kaunas, and he delivered guest lectures at other universities and institutes, such as the Universities of Vienna, Bratislava and Graz, Charles University in Prague and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He has carried out research at Österreichisches Ost-und Südosteuropa-Institut in Vienna and Institut d’histoire du temps présent (IHTP) in Paris.

Alexei KalionskiAlexei Kalionski

Alexei Kalionski is an Associate Professor at the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of History, in Bulgaria. He teaches BA and MA courses in Balkan and Ottoman history; pre-modern and early modern history of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia; minorities; migrations; and nomadic societies. He earned his Ph.D. in history in 2002 from the University of Sofia. He has also lectured at the Uludağ University in Bursa, Turkey; the Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies in Bergen, Norway; and CNRS-EHESS in Paris, France. In 2013, he was given the Gipson Award for outstanding Bulgarian dissertation on the Ottoman Period in the Balkans from the American Research Center in Sofia. He has some 40 publications, among them three books: on the Yürük community in the Ottoman Balkans; on Turks and Muslims in Bulgaria (1944-1989), in Bulgarian; and Communities, Identities and Migrations in Southeast Europe: Collected Articles (Sofia, Anamnesis, 2014), in English.

Dubravka StojanovicDubravka Stojanovic

Dubravka Stojanovic, Vice President of the History Education Committee of CDRSEE, is an associate professor. She is also a consultant for the United Nations, working on issues of history and memory, and misuses of history in education. She is a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action ”In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe”.
In 2015, she received the award Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite of the Republic of France, and in 2004, she received the prestigious Belgrade City Award for Social Sciences for her book Srbija i demokratija 1903-1914. In 2011, she was awarded the Peace Prize from the Belgrade Center for Peace and Democracy for her engagement in the reconciliation process through history teaching in Southeast Europe, and in 2012 the Winning of Freedom prize for women engaged in human rights activism.

With Prof Milan Ristovic, she edited the book of additional teaching materials for secondary schools, Childhood in the past, which is now in use in 11 countries of Southeast Europe. She was the editor of the Serbian edition of the first four JHP workbooks. Her fields of interest are processes of modernisation and Europeanisation in Southeast Europe, processes of democratisation in Serbia, history of urbanisation, history of Belgrade, history-memory relation, and the presentation of history in history textbooks.

Niyazi KizilyurekNiyazi Kizilyurek

Niyazi Kizilyurek was born in Potamia, a village inhabited by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots. During the 1963-64 inter-communal conflicts, his family became refugees and relocated to the Turkish Cypriot ghetto of Louroujina.  He studied Social and Political Science at the University of Bremen in Germany and conducted his dissertation on the Cyprus Problem and International Relations. Since 1995, he has worked in the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Cyprus, and since 2013 he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. He was honoured with the 1997 Ipekci Peace and Friendship Prize, for his contribution to the rapprochement efforts between the two communities in Cyprus, as well as between Greece and Turkey. In 2006, the French government awarded him the Order of Academic Palms distinction for his contribution to science and his work for peace in Cyprus. He has authored several books in Greek and Turkish, as well as numerous academic articles in various scientific journals. His main research interests are the History of Modern Turkey, the Cyprus Problem and Nationalism, and Nationalistic Disputes.

Source Committee and Source Contributors

Kornelija AjlecKornelija Ajlec

Kornelija Ajlec is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary World History at the Faculty of Arts, Department of History in Ljubljana. She defended her Ph.D. thesis in 2013 and is a co-author of a monograph and an author of several articles on Second World War refugee issues and humanitarian activity (UNRRA), as well as welfare during the First World War. Her latest research interest focuses on reconstruction efforts after the end of the Second World War. She is also a member of the International Consortium for the Study of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation at the University of Nottingham.

Philip CarabottPhilip Carabott

Philip Carabott is a Research Associate at King’s College London, where he taught modern and contemporary Greek history from 1990 to 2011. He has published on politics, society and minorities in Greece of the modern era. He has edited, and contributed to, Greece and Europe in the Modern Period: Aspects of a Troubled Relationship (London, 1995); Greek Society in the Making, 1863-1913: Realities, Symbols and Visions (Farnham, 1997); The Greek Civil War: Essays on a Conflict of Exceptionalism and Silences (Farnham, 2004); Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities (Farnham, 2015).

Frashër DemajFrashër Demaj

Frashër Demaj is scientific advisor in the Institute of History in Pristina. He is a full professor at the FAMA College, and currently teaches Scientific Research Methods as a Master's degree course in Law, Security Sciences, Public Administration and International Relations and Diplomacy, as well as Leadership Skills, in the Master's degree programme in International Relations and Diplomacy. In May 2014, he was elected Rector of the FAMA College. From 2010 to 2013, he taught History of State and Law, from 2007 to 2012, he was the scientific secretary at the Institute of History, and from 2012 to 2013, he was director of Institute of History. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” in Italy and at Northern Illinois University in Chicago, USA. In 2009, he defended his Doctoral thesis entitled, "Great Britain and the Albanian question, 1875-1913" at the History and Philology Faculty of the University of Tirana, and in 2005 he earned a Master's degree at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Pristina on the topic, "The attitude of Italy to Albania’s Cause, 1875-1881". He has published several studies such as "Great Britain and the Albanian question, 1875-1913", Prishtinë 2011 and "Albanians in International diplomacy, XIX - XX centuries". He co-authored "European Union law, history, institutions, legislation and policies", Prishtinë 2015 and "Il diritto europeo e le politiche di integrazione", Bari 2015. He also published 43 scientific research articles in local and international scientific magazines and 13 school texts for primary and secondary schools. He has worked in several primary and secondary schools in Pristina. He is originally from Kosovo.

Galina GoncharovaGalina Goncharova

Galina Goncharova graduated from Sofia University, with a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies. The title of her Ph.D. thesis (defended in 2011 at the same department) was: Generations, Generational Discourses and Collective Times. She is now an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, Sofia University. She has held research fellowships at the Maison des Sciences de L’homme – Sofia and the Centre for Advanced Studies - Sofia. She earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Her major academic interests are in the field of Bulgarian contemporary history, oral history, sociology of youth cultures and sociology of religion. She participated as a team member in the international research project, "Marking Transitions and Meaning across the Life Course: Memories of Religious and Secular Ceremonies in Eastern and Western Europe" (2010-2011), funded by AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society – Third Phase, and with MICROCON (A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict), a five-year research programme funded by the European Commission. She has published articles on the social role of the Bulgarian church, death and dying during socialism, generational discourses, and Bulgarian folk medicine, among others. She is a member of ISTME (In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe) – a COST Action, supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme.

Hamit BozarslanHamit Bozarslan

Hamit Bozarslan has taught at EHESS since 1999. He earned a Ph.D. in history (EHESS) in 1992 and in political sciences (IEP-Paris) in 1994. His publications include, namely: Moyen-Orient 2011-2015: révolutions et état de violence (Paris, CNRS, 2015); Le luxe et la violence: Domination et contestation chez Ibn Khaldûn (Paris, CNRS, 2014); Histoire de la Turquie de l’Empire à nos jours (Paris, Tallandier, 2013); Sociologie politique du Moyen-Orient (Paris, La Découverte, 2011); and Une histoire de la violence au Moyen-Orient. De la fin de l’Empire ottoman à Al-Qaïda From Political Contest to Self-Sacrifice, Violence in the Middle East (Princeton, Markus Wiener, 2004).

Vera KatzVera Katz

Vera Katz is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for History at the University of Sarajevo. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in history at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo (1978), then received a master’s degree (1986) and Ph.D. (2006) at the same university. Her main research interests are in the political, social and economic development in Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 20th century. She is editor-in-chief of Historical Searches, the review of the Institute for History.   

Vangelis KaramanolakisVangelis Karamanolakis

Vangelis Karamanolakis is Assistant Professor in Theory and History of Historiography at the University of Athens. He is also Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Contemporary Social History Archives. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Athens in 2004. He has taught at the Universities of Crete, Athens and Panteion (Greece). He is the author of the book, The Formation of Historical Science and History Teaching at the University of Athens (1837-1932), 2006, and the co-author of the volume: The University of Athens and its History (1837-1937), 2014. He has edited collective volumes about the military dictatorship (1967-1974), Greek youth in the 20th century, memory studies and the memory and public history of the 1940s decade (in Greek). He has also published several articles in Greek and international historical journals about Greek historiography, history of institutions, archival research and psychiatric institutions. He is a member of the editorial committee of the historical journals Mnemon, Historein and Archeiotaxeio.

Hrvoje KlasićHrvoje Klasić

Hrvoje Klasić is an assistant professor in the Department of History, in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Zagreb. He holds a number of optional courses related to world and national history of the 20th century, and holds lectures and seminars on European and world history since 1945. In 1997, he graduated from the Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Zagreb and defended his master's thesis entitled "Socio - Political changes in Sisak, 1970-1972" and his dissertation entitled “1968 in Yugoslavia. Socio – economic changes in international context”, also at the University of Zagreb. He won the Annual Award of the Association of University Teachers and other Scholars in Zagreb in 2006. That same year he won the Annual Award of Sisak City for the book, Croatian Spring in Sisak. He is co-author of the documentary series "Croatian Spring", shown on Croatian Television in 2010/2011. His book Jugoslavija i svijet 1968 (Yugoslavia and World in 1968) was published in 2012.

Pavlos M. PavlouPavlos M. Pavlou

Pavlos M. Pavlou has been a lecturer of History and History of Education at the European University of Cyprus, since 2014. After his graduation from the University of Athens in 1984, he held a permanent position as a Press Attaché of Greece (in Athens and Nicosia) till 1995. In 1995 he started teaching History in Greek-Cypriot lyceums. He pursued post-graduate studies in Modern History, at the University of Cyprus. In 2014, he successfully completed his Ph.D. studies at the Aegean University, in Modern History and History of Education. His Ph.D. thesis was published by the Papazisi Publishers (Athens) in 2015. He is the author and co-author of several books and scientific articles on history, education, and politics, and he is a regular contributor to the Cypriot newspaper “Politis”. Pavlos M. Pavlou is a member of the CDRSEE's History Education Committee. He is also a co-founder and an active member of several NGOs in Cyprus, which are aiming to modernise society and political life, to achieve educational progress, and to facilitate bi-communal collaboration.

Cătălina MihalacheCătălina Mihalache

Cătălina Mihalache did her post-graduate studies on “Romanians in International Relations” within the Faculty of History, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iaşi, from where she also received her Ph. D. in 2008, with a dissertation on History and Educational Policies in the 20thCentury Romania: Models, Innovations, Practices. Now she serves as a researcher at the A.D. Xenopol History Institute of the Romanian Academy, in Romania. Her research topics are cultural history, social history, history of school and education, and history of history didactics (late 19th and 20th century). Her recently published books are entitled: Teaching the Feeling of Belonging. History Schoolbooks in 20th Century Romania (Iaşi, Institut European 2012), and Public education and its conditioning, 19th and 20th centuries (Iasi 2015).

Artan PutoArtan Puto

Artan Puto received his Ph.D. from the Department of History and Civilization, at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He is currently a professor of History at the Department of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, in the Faculty of History and Philology at University of Tirana. His field of interest is the cultural transformations during the communist regime in Albania (1944-1990). His most recent publication (together with Maurizio Isabella) is the chapter “From Southern Italy to Istanbul: Trajectories of Albanian Nationalism in the Writings of Girolamo De Rada and Shemseddin Sami Frashëri, 1848-1903”, in Mediterranean Diasporas. Politics and Ideas in the Long 19th Century, (Maurizio Isabella and Kostantina Zanou eds), Bloomsbury, London 2016.

Radmila RadićRadmila Radić

Radmila Radić is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for the Recent History of Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Belgrade in 1992. Her research has focused on social history, religious organisations and state relations in the former Yugoslav state, and the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church. She is the author or co-author of eight books and a number of scientific articles. Some of her works are: "Serbian Christianity", in: Ken Parry (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity, Vol. 31 of Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion, John Wiley & Sons, 2010; co-author with Milan Vukomanovic, "Religion and Democracy in Serbia since 1989: The Case of the Serbian Orthodox Church", in: Sabrina P. Ramet (ed.), Religion and Politics in Post-Socialist Central and Southeastern Europe Challenges since 1989, Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, (2013); "Der serbische Kosovomythos", in: Joachim Bahlcke,  Stefan Rohdewald, Thomas Wünsch (eds.), Religiöse Erinnerungsorte in Ostmitteleuropa, Konstitution und Konkurrenz im nationen-und epochenübergreifenden Zugriff (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, Dezember 2013); "Monasticism in Serbia in the Modern Period: Development, Influence, Importance", in: Ines Angeli Murzaku (ed.), Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics, New York and Oxford, 2015; and various others.

Irena StefoskaIrena Stefoska

Irena Stefoska is a professor at the Department of History at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. She has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, and an M.A. in Byzantine Studies from the University of Belgrade. Since 1994, Ms Stefoska has been working as a research assistant at the Instituteof National History, Department of Ancient and Medieval History, University, "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. For this phase of the JHP, she will investigate the key role of the Institute of National History in the national building process in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Dragutin PapovicDragutin Papovic

Dragutin Papovic has worked since 2015 as the General Director of the Directorate for Relations with Religious Communities, in the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Montenegro. From 2003 to 2013, he was a teaching assistant, and since 2014 he has been working as a part-time lecturer at the History Study Programme at the Faculty of Philosophy, in the University of Montenegro in Niksic. He graduated in 2003, from the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic (in history and geography), and received his Master of Arts degree in 2007 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, in the field of History. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2013 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic on the topic, “Intellectuals and power in Montenegro, 1945-1990”.

Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj (Shehaj)Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj (Shehaj)

Fatmiroshe Xhemalaj (Shehaj) is an expert on history, one of the founders and the president of the HTA, ALBNA. She was the Secretary of Scientific Commission of History and Geography for the approval of history and geography textbooks (MOE-ALBANIA), and the Secretary of History Commission charged with reviewing the history textbooks in Albania and Greece. Moreover, she has participated in several conferences and seminars organized by the Ministry of Education and Sport as well as international institutions.  She has been Albania's national co-coordinator in Euroclio's project "Understanding the shared past learning for the future", and also co-author for the book Understanding the shared past learning for the future. Finally, she is the author and co-author of several history textbooks and articles. She has a undergraduate degree in History, from the Faculty of History and Philology, University of Tirana (UT), and a Master’s degree in History, and has experience in teaching history and training teachers.

Valentina DukaValentina Duka

Valentina Duka is currently the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary History of the Albanian People. Additionally, she has gathered experience and a specialisation at European universities in the field of curricula and syllabi of university-level history, and at American universities as well, while carrying out post-Ph.D. studies in Albanian and Balkan History at the University of Washington within the Fulbright Program. Regarding her professional experience, she had been a researcher at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences (Tirana), and a professor of History of the Albanian People at the University of Tirana. She has also held the following administrative positions: Vice-Rector of the University of Tirana, Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology, and Head of the Department of History. She has won scientific awards and titles, and authored several books and articles. She has also participated and given speeches in, as well as been the coordinator of, numerous seminars and workshops.

Ivan ElenkovIvan Elenkov

Ivan Elenkov graduated from the Faculty of History at Sofia University, and the title of his post-doctoral thesis was "Bulgarian Culture during the Communist Era ­ - Political Manegement, Ideological Basis, Institutional Regimes". He now serves as Professor of History of Culture at the Department of History and Theory of Culture, Sofia University, where he teaches courses on Modern and Contemporary Bulgarian History and Socialist Everyday Life. His academic research focuses on cultural identities, everyday life, socialism, and Bulgarian modernisation. He has held two research fellowships at the Centre for Advanced Studies – Sofia and has numerous publications on the construction of interwar cultural identities in Bulgaria and on institutional and popular culture during socialism. He is the author of many articles and several books, including Populism and Right Wing (1998), The Cultural Front (2008) and Labour, Joy, Recreation and Culture (2013). For the most recent, he received in 2014 the Kultura Portal award for best research in the humanities. He is a member of the Advisory Council of The Institute for Studies of the Recent Past. He is working on a new book, dedicated to socialist everyday life.

George LimantzakisGeorge Limantzakis

George Limantzakis is a graduate of the Turkish and Modern Asian Studies Department of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master of Arts degree in International and European Studies from the same university. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Panteio University, Athens, and his research focuses on identity formation among the Muslim/Turkish communities of Crete and Cyprus from later Ottoman rule to self-government. He works as a Researcher for the Joint History Project, a programme of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, aiming to change the way history is taught across the Balkans, and has worked on projects funded by Yale University related to the civil wars of the Greek Struggle for Independence (1821-1829) and the impact of Interethnic Violence in Cyprus before and after 1974. He has also worked as a Research Assistant for EKEM (Hellenic Centre on European Studies) as part of a joint Greek-American team with CSIS, focusing primarily on political events in the Western Balkans. His research and academic interests include Greece, Turkey, the Balkans and the Middle East. He speaks Greek, English, Turkish, French and Spanish.

Todor CepreganovTodor Cepreganov

Todor Cepreganov is a professor at the University "Goce Delchev" in Stip, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Before Stip, as of 1979, he was an employee at the Institute of National History and served as Director from 2001 to 2012. He was named Assistant Professor in 1994, Senior Research Fellow in 1997 and Full Professor in 2001. He received his Master's degree on the topic, "The Response to the National Liberation War in Yugoslavia in the Press of the United States of America" (1941 – 1945), and his Ph.D. on the topic, “Great Britain and the Macedonian National Question (August 1944-1948)." His field of interest is the role of the Great Powers toward the Balkans and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the period 1918 – 1950 and contemporary history. He is author or co-author of 22 collections of documents and 26 monographs. He has participated in more than 100 conferences in the country and abroad and published over 100 articles in domestic and foreign journals. He has guided nine projects of which one was international, and was a collaborator in five projects of which two were international. He has delivered more than 20 lectures at home and abroad, authored seven television scripts, and acted as mentor of doctoral and master's theses.

Marian-Ionut HariucMarian-Ionut Hariuc

Marian-Ionut Hariuc is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iași, Faculty of History, in Romania. His research project focuses on academic itineraries and political engagement, and he has carried out case studies on Andrei Oțetea and Grigore T. Popa. He earned a Master’s degree in History of Communism in Romania, with a dissertation titled, "Romanian Historiography during the Communist Detente". His areas of interest are intellectual history, political history, Romanian historiography in the communist regime and the Romanian academic field in the interwar period. He was the beneficiary of a research position on the project team of Paprik@2F (Portail Archives Politiques Recherches Indexation Komintern et Fonds Français), Maison des Sciences de L'homme (MSH), Dijon (France), in 2015.

Vuk BačanovićVuk Bačanović

Vuk Bačanović, served as a history teacher at Obala Gymnasium in Sarajevo and is now editor of the Novi.ba web portal. Previously, he was Deputy to the Editor in Chief of "Dani" magazine, writing foreign and domestic political analyses, investigative stories and historical articles. He has worked as a journalist for other publications and radio stations as well, including Buka, Radio Sarajevo and Radio 202, and his articles appeared in the Bosnian daily "Oslobođenje" and in the Zagreb-based magazine "Fantom slobode", as well as in Internet magazines "Le Courrier des Balkans" and "L'Osservatorio sui Balcani". Mr Bakanovic received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 from the Faculty of Philosophy (Department for History) in Sarajevo, and his final work was "Svarožić i Hristos – hristijanizirano paganstvo starih slovena (Svarozic and Christ – Christianity and Slavic Paganism)".

Admir IbričićAdmir Ibričić

Admir Ibričić is a history teacher from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo, History Department, in 2008. Since then, he has worked in high schools in Sarajevo (High School for Enviroment and Wooden Design, High School for Tourism and Catering, and The First Gymnasium of Sarajevo). He studies archeology at the University of Sarajevo. He has participated in numerous seminars, meetings, and educational programs organized by CDRSEE, Euroclio HIP BIH, OSCE, Centropa, etc. He also serves as president of Association of History Teachers of Canton Sarajevo.

Sanja RadovićSanja Radović

Sanja Radović is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of General Contemporary History. She is a teaching assistant for the courses "World History in the 20th Century" and "Global Social Phenomena during the 20th Century". The topic of her dissertation is "Chinese Opening-up Policy and Yugoslavia (1969-1980)". Her main field of research is foreign policy of Socialist Yugoslavia during the Cold War and particularly during détente, with special emphasis on relations between Yugoslavia and China.

Dumitru-Alexandru AioaneiDumitru-Alexandru Aioanei

Dumitru-Alexandru Aioanei is a Ph.D. candidate at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Faculty of History, in Romania. His research project focuses on industrialization, urbanization and social change in the eastern part of the country, between 1945 and 1965. He earned a Master’s degree in History of Communism in Romania, with a dissertation titled, "The Iasi city. From reconstruction to industrialization.1945-1965". His areas of interest are economic history, social history and international affairs after 1944. He was the beneficiary of a research position on the project team of  ”The construction of the communist regime: political violence and the class struggle in collectivization of agriculture in Romania, 1949-1962”, funded by the Romania government, and on the project team of "Memory and history at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, in Iași (1949-1989)”, funded by the university. He was the beneficiary of a research mobility grant to Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany).