Mihai-Dan Cirjan is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of the Central European University (Budapest). His work focuses on the history of capitalism in Eastern Europe. At the moment he deals with the restructuring of the Romanian financial system after 1929, with an emphasis on the state’s sovereign debt and the private debt of Romanian citizens.
Konstantin Kilibarda is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University. His dissertation addresses neoliberal restructuring in Montenegro and its impact on working lives and notions of citizenship in the newly independent state. His work also explores the links between postsocialist and postcolonial spaces. You can also follow him at @kolekili
Mariya Ivancheva is a Lecturer in Higher Education Studies at the University of Liverpool. She has done research on the Bolivarian higher education reform in Venezuela (CEU, 2007-2013), the casualisation of labour in the post-2008 university sector in Ireland (UCD 2014-2017), and the impact of digital technologies on academic inequalities in South Africa and the UK (University of Leeds 2017-2018). She has published and presented widely on legacy and present of social/ist movements and the role of universities and academics in processes of social change. She is a founding member of the LeftEast platform and is active in the Bulgarian Left-feminist group LevFem. You can follow her at @mivanche.
Mary Taylor is Assistant Director at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Mary received her PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research focuses on sites, technologies and politics of civic cultivation, social movement, and cultural management; the relationship of ethics and aesthetics to nationalism, cultural differentiation, and people’s movements in socialist and post-socialist East-Central Europe and the United States. She specializes in studying, theorizing, and organizing radical and alternative pedagogical activities under different conditions of urbanization.
Matan Kaminer is a political activist and anthropologist. He has been active in the Israeli conscientious objection movement and Palestine solidarity work, in national and municipal electoral politics, and in organizing with migrants and refugees. He has a PhD from the University of Michigan, with a dissertation on settler-farmers and migrant farm-workers from Thailand in Israel’s Arabah region, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Haifa. Matan is a member of the board of Academia for Equality, an organization for the democratization of Israeli academia and society.
Alex Ghit is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University. She’s finishing a PhD on gendered welfare provision in interwar Bucharest placed in a global context. Her work contributes to historicizing socially reproductive labour by analysing how credentialed and lay women social experts shaped understandings of the paid and unpaid intimacy work performed in the city’s households by precariously-employed women, thereby influencing such women’s access to the patchily-available forms of local social assistance.She also writes histories about communists and women in Transylvania (sometimes both at once). Otherwise, she tries to understand and keep up with feminisms in Eastern Europe and will be contributing especially to LeftEasts’s FeminEasts section.
Philippe Alcoy researches and writes regularly on news and the history of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Recently, he published “Hongrie 1956: les jours où les travailleurs ont défié le stalinisme” about the Council Revolution of 1956 in Hungary. He is member of the editorial board of the French website RevolutionPermanente.fr and of the Revolutionary Communist Current of the New Anticapitalist Party.
Rossen Djagalov is an Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the New York University. Formerly an organizer for Yale’s graduate student union (GESO), he works on representations of labor and international leftist culture in general.
Vladimir Unkovski-Korica is a member of Marks21 in Serbia. He is a historian and researcher who is currently Lecturer in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. His upcoming book entitled “The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment” will be released soon.
Adela Gjorgjioska is a researcher based in Skopje. She has a Phd in Social Representations and Communications, with a dissertation on the ideological functions of positivist social psychology. Her research interests include international political economy in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, social representations of China and the BRI amongst the Western left and critical (social) psychology.
Agnes Gagyi is a social movements researcher focusing on Eastern European politics and social movements in long-term global historical perspective. She is member of the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet”.
Andreja Živković is a sociologist and member of Marx21 in Serbia. He is the author and editor of ‘The Balkan Socialist Tradition’ (special issue, Revolutionary History Journal, 2003) and Revolution in the Making of the Modern World (Routledge 2007); and is contributing a chapter on the political economy of the debt economy in ex- and post-Yugoslavia to Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia, Verso, 2015.
Márton Czirfusz is an economic geographer based in Budapest. He is a member of the Public Sociology Working Group “Helyzet” and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Volodymyr Ishchenko is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. He is the Deputy Director of the the Center for Social and Labor Research (Kiev), an editor of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism, and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
James Robertson is originally from Tamworth, Australia. He is Assistant Professor of Politics and History at Woodbury University, California. His research concerns the intellectual and cultural history of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.