Associate Lecturers

Dr. Maxine David

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Dr Maxine David has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Surrey, UK and is a Lecturer in the Institute for History, Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. She is a Foreign Policy analyst, specialising in the EU-Russia and Russia-US foreign policy relationships.

Maxine has recently completed work with Dr Tatiana Romanova as co-editor and contributor to: Handbook on EU-Russian Relations: Structures, Actors, Issues, to be published by Routledge in 2020. Previous works include ‘Learning in and from International Relations’ in Political. ‘Russia’s Challenge to US Hegemony and the Implications for Europe’, in Global Cooperation or Conflict? Emerging Powers and the Future of American Hegemony. Open access online publications include: ‘Eclipsed by Russia: Trump’s First 100 Days’ in Critical Studies on Security; ‘Transitional Times. Russian Agency and International Intervention’, in Comillas Journal of International Relations. ‘The EU in Russia’s House of Mirrors’, in JCMS Annual Review. Further information can be found at:

Maxine has an extensive teaching portfolio, incorporating courses related to: the EU, its policies and relations with others; International Relations theory; and International Intervention. She is currently Leiden’s Academic Coordinator for its joint, two year MA programme, European Politics and Society. She has been one of the course convenors for the CFCCS Summer School for nine of the ten years it has (so far) run and, as in all her teaching, employs an experiential, student-centred approach to learning there, making room for all students to have their voices heard. Thus, students can expect to be encouraged to engage actively in the course and to reflect on their experiences there, especially in relation to listening to their peer’s experiences with conflict and its aftermath. As ever in Maxine’s classes, students will be stimulated to think and conceptualise in a critical fashion, to challenge their own preconceptions and opinions and to challenge others on theirs.

Dr. Olivera Simić

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Olivera Simić is Associate Professor with the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia and Visiting Fellow with Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, Belfast. Olivera published numerous articles, book chapters and books. In 2017, with a group of transitional justice experts, she published the first textbook in transitional justice, “An Introduction to Transitional Justice” (Routledge). Her latest monograph “Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence” was published by Rutledge in 2017. After working for many years with survivors of mass atrocities, Olivera is currently working on a project that looks at what happens to individuals who served their sentence for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanities. In 2018 together with Assoc/Prof Barbora Hola, Olivera co-edited a special issue titled "ICTY Celebrities: War Criminals Coming Home" which analysis the accused and how these individuals define and carry on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) legacies. At the moment, she is working on a monograph about Biljana Plavsic, the only woman prosecuted for crimes against humanity by the ICTY.




Dr. Igor Štiks

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Dr. Igor Štiks earned his PhD at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and Northwestern University and later worked and taught at the University of Edinburgh and the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade. He is the author of Nations and Citizens in Yugoslavia and the Post-Yugoslav States: One Hundred Years of Citizenship (Bloomsbury, 2015). Together with Jo Shaw he edited the collections Citizenship after Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2013) and Citizenship Rights (Ashgate, 2013), and, with Srećko Horvat, Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (Verso, 2015). He is also the author of two novels, A Castle in Romagna and The Judgment of Richard Richter (originally published as Elijah’s Chair), which have won numerous awards and have been translated into 15 languages. He was honored with the prestigious French distinction Chevalier des arts et des lettres for his literary and intellectual achievements.

Dr. Jelena Tošić

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Jelena Tošić is Assistant Professor of Transcultural Studies at the University of St.Gallen and a research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology,  (Vienna, Erasmus+ Project TRANSCA). She is a research fellow at Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS), FMK Belgrade. Her research interests include (forced) migration and border studies, political anthropology, diversity and multiculturalism, anthropology and history/memory, and religion. In her current research she explores the history and socio-cultural diversity of the Albanian-Montenegrin borderland through the lens of migration; the transformation of moral economies and debates on “deservingness” in Europe and “Anti-Extremism/Deradicalization” in Europe.

She is the co-editor of “African-European Trajectories of (Im)mobility: Exploring Entanglements of Experiences, Legacies and Regimes of Contemporary Migration” (Special Theme in Migration and Society, forthcoming 2019) and “Memories on the Move. Experiencing Mobility, Remembering the Past” (Palgrave MacMillan 2017). Her recent publications further include “The relational ethics of “never (…) too much”: Situating and scaling intimate uncertainties in an Adriatic harbor” (Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 2018 27(2)) and “From a Transit Route to the “’Backyard of Europe’? Tracing the Past, Present and Future of the ‘Balkan Route’” (Facultas 2017).

Dr. Orli Fridman

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Dr. Orli Fridman is an associate professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS). She also is the academic director of the School for International Training (SIT) Learning Center in Serbia. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on critical peace and conflict studies, memory politics and digital memory activism. Since 1994, Dr. Fridman has been involved in political education. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and worked with groups from Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia.

Her most recent publications include: Memory Activism and Digital Practices after Conflict: Unwanted Memories. Amsterdam University Press. 2022 (In Print); “Online Transnational Memory Activism and Commemoration: The Case of the White Armband Day.” In Agency in Transnational Memory Politics, Berghahn Books, 2020 (with Katarina Ristić); “Peace formation from below: The “mirëdita, dobardan!” festival as an alternative to everyday nationalism, 2020. Nations and Nationalism; “Conflict, Memory, and Memory Activism: Dealing with Difficult Pasts.” In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. 2020.



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