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Crises and Victims


Artner, Annamária

is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute of World Economics and a professor at the King Sigismund College Budapest. Her main fields of study include the pattern and consequences of global capital accumulation, reasons of crises, global labour market, employment policies, social impacts of globalization, globalization-critical movements, competitiveness at macro- and micro level, problems of the development of the (semi)peripheral countries within and outside Europe. Her latest book is “Tőke, munka és válság a globalizáció korában” (Capital, labour and crisis in the era of globalization), Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2014.


Böröcz, József

is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is the author / co-editor of five books, (re-)published in three languages, including, recently, The European Union and Global Social Change: A Critical Geopolitical Economic Analysis (2010, Oxford: Routledge) and, with Ángel Ferrero, Corina Tulbure and Roger Suso (co-editors), El último europeo: Imperialismo, xenofóbia y la derecha radical en la Unión Europea (2014, Madrid: La oveja roja). Currently he works on issues of geopolitical economy, large-scale social change, borders and flows, new forms of dependency, and the historical sociology of socialisms and alternatives. For more information, consult .


Erdoğan, M. Murat

is Director of Hacettepe University Migration and Politics Research Centre, Vice Director of European Union Research Center. Member of UNESCO-Turkey. Erdoğan is a political scientist. He received his PhD degree from University Ankara University and Bonn University in political science with the dissertation "Turkey-EU Relationship after the Cold War: 1990-2005”. He was a scholar at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (1994-1998) and “Junior Fellow” at the Center for European Integration at University of Bonn in Germany (1998-2000). He worked for the Press Department of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin (2001-2003). Since 2004 Lecturer, since 2010 Assoc.Prof. at Hacettepe University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Ankara-Turkey. His fields of interest include the Turkish Migrant in Europe, the EU-Turkey Relationship, Turkish Domestic and Foreign Policy, the EU, Europeanization, Germany, Migration, Islamafobia, European Public Opinion and political cartoons.


Faludi, Julianna

is currently a phd candidate at the University of Trento, Italy and Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary. Along with migration and Russia studies her academic scholarhsip focuses on (open) innovation, organizational studies, and cultural production. Her professional experience stems from design, implementation and evaluation of regional development programs gained within national governance structures and consultancy.


Feischmidt, Margit

is social anthropologist. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Minority Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is also associate professor at the Department of Communication and Media Studies University of Pécs, Hungary. She teaches courses related to ethnicity, nationalism, migration and social memory, as well as qualitative methods. She holds a doctoral degree in European ethnology from Humboldt University for an ethnographic investigation of nationalism and ethnicity in everyday life in a Transylvanian town. She also worked for years in a project on immigrant children in Hungarian schools and investigated strategies of mobility and identification among the Roma youth in Hungary. Her most recent publication is on new forms of nationalism and its relation to racism and xenophobia: Understanding the rise of the far right from a local perspective. Structural and cultural conditions of ethno-traditionalist inclusion and racial exclusion in rural Hungary. (co-author Kristóf Szombati), forthcoming in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Devoted to normative and critical approaches of cultural and ethnic difference she published some years ago the first reader on multiculturalism in Hungarian, and continues to write and teach in this sense.


Gürel, Burak

earned his PhD degree from the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in 2015. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Koç University in Istanbul.


Kováts, András

earned degrees in special education and in social policy at ELTE University, Budapest. He has been a research fellow of the Institute for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His fields of research are immigration and asylum policies, immigrant integration and welfare policy. He has authored or edited 8 books and over 40 book chapters and journal articles. Since 1998 he has been in charge of coordinating the activities of Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants, first as a program coordinator, later as director. He regularly teaches on international migration and immigrant integration at various higher education and other training courses.


Krausz, Tamás

is a historian, Professor at the Russian Studies Centre, Eötvös Loránd University, President of the Editorial Board of Eszmélet, Quarterly Journal for Social Critique. His main field of research is the history of the Soviet Union. Author of more than twenty books. His most recent book, Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography won the Deutscher Memorial Prize of 2015


László, Luca

is a student in political science at Corvinus University Budapest and law at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She works for the Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights (DemNet Hungary) as an assistant mostly in international projects and for the European Parents Association.


Liegey, Vincent

is co-author of A Degrowth Project, Éditions Utopia, 2013, spokesperson of the French Degrowth movement, engineer and interdisciplinary researcher. Coordinator of the Degrowth inspired Cargonomia social cooperative, centre for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution by cargo bikes in Budapest. He is also one of the coordinators of the next international Degrowth conference which will take place in Budapest in September 2016.


Neissl, Lukas

is General Secretary of the International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) and project employee at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna. He also works on issues of asylum and migration in different trade union contextes in Austria.


Matsas, Savas Michael

was born in Athens, Greece in 1947. A writer of  seven books and hundreds of articles and essays on philosophy,  art theory, and politics, some of them translated into English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian and Russian. Currently he teaches philosophy and cultural studies in the Department of Communication and Mass Media Studies in the Athens University. Invited speaker at the London School of Economics, Glasgow University, New York University, Moscow State University, the University of Buenos Aires etc. Member of the Editorial Board of Critique (Glasgow University) He has been a political activist on the Left since the late 1960s .


Melegh, Attila

is a sociologist, economist and historian. He has taught in the United States, Russia, Georgia and Hungary. He is associate professor at Corvinus University, Budapest, professor and head of international studies program at Pal Tomori College, and a senior researcher at the Demographic Research Institute. His research focuses on sociological and historical aspects of globalization, global social change and international migration. Author of three books in English and Hungarian, and he has published over a hundred scholarly publications. He is the president of the European Network for Global and Universal History and the founding director of Karl Polányi Research Center.


Molodikova, Irina

graduated Moscow State University in Russia and European Peace University (Austria). From 2003-2007 was director of “Migration study program” RESET OSI, head of Migration and Security program in CENSE Center (Central European University), expert of Research Council of CIS countries and Baltic States on forced migration. For years she is supervisor of Caucasus Initiative of Open Society Institute (Budapest) for children in risk groups. Currently researcher of the “Project on Migration and Security in the Post-Soviet Space“. She is the author and editor of numerous books, such as “Migration Processes in NIS Countries (Youth Context)” (2008) (eds.); 'Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education', (with A. Watt) UK: Routledge, 2013; “Transit Migration in Europe” (Eds with F. Düvell and M. Collyer), Amsterdam University Press, 2014.


Poenaru, Florin

has a PhD in sociology and social anthropology at Central European University, Budapest, and was recently a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at City University of New York. Currently, he is a visiting teaching fellow at UBB Cluj. He works on issues related to class, Eastern European capitalist modernity and history writing and is a frequent contributor to CriticAtac, Bilten and LeftEast.


Rajaram, Prem Kumar

is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology, Central European University.  His work focuses on refugees and migrants and on histories of the colonial state.  His most recent book is Ruling the Margins: Colonial Power and Administrative Rule in the Past and Present.  New York: Routledge.


Svendova, Dagmar

is a graduate of Nottingham Trend University in the UK, a specialist on EU Law and Legislature. She is a representative of “transform! europe (european network for alternative thinking and political dialogue)” and she is responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. Previously she was the Assistant and a Political Advisor to Mr. Vladimír REMEK, Member of the European Parliament


Tsimouris, Georgios

graduated from the Department of Political Sciences at Panteion University, Athens (1980). He studied Sociology at the University of Essex, UK (M.A. 1994) and Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex, UK (PhD 1998). He has published in Greek and English on forced migration, refugee condition, nationalism, intercultural education and oral history. He is the author of the book “Ίμβριοι: Φυγάδες απ’ τον τόπο μας όμηροι στηνν πατρίδα (Imvrii: Fugitives from our place, hostages in our homeland”)  Athens, 2007 & 2013. He is teaching at the Department of Social Anthropology, Panteion University, Athens.


Walaszkowski, Patryk

studied at the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities, Warsaw University (cultural and oriental studies). Since 2010 he has been working at the "Krytyka Polityczna" as an editor of the Publishing House of Krytyka Polityczna. He is a regular contributor to "Opinion Daily" at "Rzeczpospolita" newspaper.


Zimmermann, Susan

is University Professor at the Central European University, and President of the International Conference of Labour and Social History ( She has published widely on the history of international social and labour policy, women’s organizations, and the politics of global inequality. Her interest in gender and the politics of global inequality has informed publications such as: ‘The Challenge of Multinational Empire for the International Women’s Movement: The Case of the Habsburg Monarchy,’ in: Journal of Women’s History 17 (2005) 2; ‘The Institutionalization of Women and Gender Studies in Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Asymmetric Politics and the Regional-Transnational Configuration,’ in: East-Central Europe/L’Europe du Centre-Est 34-35 (2007–2008) (Hungarian version in: Eszmélet (2007) 73; ‘The Long-term Trajectory of Antislavery in International Politics. From the expansion of the European international system to unequal international development,’ in: M. van der Linden (ed.), Humanitarian Intervention and Changing Labour Relations. The Long-term Consequences of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (Brill, 2011), and a related monograph in German; ‘The Politics of Exclusionary Inclusion. Peace Activism and the Struggle over International and Domestic Order in the International Council of Women, 1899–1914,’ in: T. Hippler, M. Vec (eds), Paradoxes of Peace in Nineteenth Century Europe, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press 2015.


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