Current Visiting Fellows

Kyriaki Topidi

Dr. Topidi holds a degree in law from the Robert Schuman Faculty of Law in Strasbourg, an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in European Studies from Queen’s University Belfast.

She has lectured extensively and researched in the areas of Public International Law, European Law, Human Rights and Comparative Law. In the past, she has occupied research positions in the European Parliament and the European Centre for Minority Issues and since 2006 was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Luzern in Switzerland. She has also worked as managing director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion at the same institution.  She has been a guest scholar at Fordham University (US), the IDC (Israel) and the Max Planck Institute (Halle) as well as the National Law School Delhi (India).

Her research interests focus on diversity management, minority protection rights and mechanisms (with a special interest in religion) and human rights law. Her current research project deals with religious diversity in education through the interplay between the rights to religious freedom, equality and education. The project considers possible novel legal responses to religious diversity within pluralist frameworks. It argues for a high degree of impact of religious diversity in education on inter-group societal relations and critically reflects on regulatory attempts by the state and the international community to promote new ways for the majority and minorities of ‘living together’.

She is the author and editor of a number of volumes, including EU law, Minorities and Enlargement (Intersentia, 2010), Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe: Expansion and Integration in the EU (Ashgate, 2011), Transnational Legal Process and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2013) and Religion as Empowerment: Global Legal Perspectives (Routledge, 2016). She has recently edited a collection on Normative Pluralism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2018). Her next book will focus on her individual comparative research project on religious diversity in education (Routledge, forthcoming).

Oana Buta

Oana Buta is a PhD Fellow at Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. Her project deals with candidate selection. Namely, it explains Roma nomination on the lists of mainstream political parties in the context of 2016 local elections in Romania, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. She holds a double degree in European Studies from the Europa-Universität Flensburg and University of Southern Denmark and a BA in Political Science from University of Bucharest. Her research interests include: political parties, candidate selection, minority groups, intersectionality, critical race theory, political representation.

Previously, she was a Project Assistant at the European Centre for Minority Issues, being involved in the development of the Minority Map and Timeline of Europe ( MMTE) project, organisation of workshops and conferences and handling different ECMI publications. 



Ieva Tihovska

Dr. Ieva Tihovska earned her doctorate in ethnomusicology at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga in 2015 with a thesis on authenticity and ethnicity in the music of Latvian Roma. She also holds an M.A. in musicology from the same institution (2005) with a thesis written on musical legacy of Roma in the city Ventspils, Latvia.

Her research on Latvian Romani music is published in a book “True Gypsy music. Authenticity and ethnicity in the music of Latvian Roma” (2017, in Latvian, www.lfk.lv/ista-ciganu-muzika). At present Ieva is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. Ieva’s research interests include style and functions of music and dance of the Latvian ethnic groups, nationalism, representation.

Her current research is focused on uses of music and folklore in the institutional and public representation of several Latvian ethnic groups (Germans, Russians, Belarussians, Roma, Jews) combining methods of historical research and social anthropology. Since 2009 Ieva is also employed as a lecturer at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, department of ethnomusicology. Her teaching subjects include analysis of traditional and popular music, fieldwork, academic and journalistic writing, and acoustic ecology.

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