Linda Gusia, chair
Linda Gusia lectures at the University of Prishtina, Department of Sociology. She is currently working in her PhD theses at University of Prishtina Representation, Gender and Public Space. Her research interests are gender, sexuality, nationalism in the context of conflict and war, memory, city, space, representations, feminist theory, feminist movements, gender and development. As part of her PhD theses she is interrogating gender and nationalism, starting with a visible women activism in peaceful resistance during the 1990 and the sexual violence as a strategy of war, looking closely at the politics of gender representation visually and textually. She graduated from NYU (2003). In Spring 2014 she was visiting research scholar and Fellow at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth Collage. She is also from 2009- currently a fellow of the Academic Fellowship, Open Society Institute. She is member of the Steering Committe of the Programe for Gender Studies and Research and board member at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Philosphy, University of Prishtina.The changing dynamic of gender and women right in Kosovo and her overall interest in feminist politics led her to be one of the co-founders of Feminist Institute in Prishtina, Alter Habitus- Institute for Studies of Society and Culture.
Courses tought: Gender Studies, Public Sociology, Gender and Representation, City and Public Space, Family and Power, assists: Intro to Sociology, Sociology of Family, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Identity.
Her recent publications are: Our men will not have amnesia: Civic Engagement, Emancipation, and Gendered Public in Kosovo (co-author Linda Gusia, CEU Press 2014); Silence versus recognition of survivors of sexual violence in Kosovo.
Vjollca Krasniqi, co-chair
Dr. Vjollca Krasniqi, sociologist. She holds a PhD from the University of Ljubljana. She has an M.Sc. degree in Gender, Development, and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Prishtina. She is a lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prishtina. She teaches Classical and Contemporary Sociology, Philosophy of Education, Re-Education and Re-Socialization. Her research interests are: South Eastern Europe, gender, nation- building and state-building, peacekeeping/ peace building, development, ethnicity, collective memory, war, post-colonial theories, feminist theories, the body, sociology of everyday life, trans-nationalism and representation, ethnography. She has written on political, social, and gender developments in the Balkans.
Her publications include: “Disability, Politics and Culture in Kosovo”, Socialno delo (Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, November 2014); “The Topography of the Construction of the Nation in Kosovo” in Pål Kostø (ed.) Strategies of Symbolic Nation-Building in South Eastern Europe, (London: Ashgate, March 2014); “Another Report on the Banality of Evil: The Cultural Politics of the Milošević Trial in Kosovo,” in Timothy Waters (ed.) The Milošević Trial: An Autopsy, (Oxford University Press, December 2013); Kombformimi Simbolik në Evropën Juglindore [Symbolic Nation-Building in South Eastern Europe] (ed.) (Prishtinë, QHPGJ, September 2013); “Feminism, Globalisation and Capitalism,” in Kasić, B., Petrović, J., Prelenda, S., Slapšak, S. (eds.) Feminist Critical Interventions: Thinking Heritage, Decolonising, Crossings. (Red Athena University Press, Zagreb, September 2013); “Neo-Colonial Regimes, Sexual Politics, and State-Building in Kosova” in Free and Sovereign: Art, Theory and Politics. A Book of Essays and Interviews on Kosovo and Srbija], (Novi Sad, Censura, Kontekst Galerija, May 2013); “The Gender Politics of Post-War Reconstruction in Kosova,” in Christine Eifler and Ruth Seifert (eds.), Gender Dynamics in Post-Conflict Reconstruction (Bern, New York, Oxford: Lang Publishers, 2009); “Imagery, Gender, and Power: The Politics of Representation in Post-War Kosova,”Feminist Review, Vol.86 (July 2007); The Politics of Remembrance and Belonging: Kosovar Women since the War [co-author with Nita Luci] (Prishtina: CRGP, 2006).She has been a fellow of the Academic Fellowship, Open Society Institute since the academic year 2010-2011. She was a British Chevening Scholar in 2004-2005. She has been active in the women’s movement in the Balkans and organized and participated in a number of international conferences on political and gender issues.
Nita Luci, member
Nita Luci holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (thesis: Seeking Independence: Making Nation, Memory and Manhood in Kosovo). Her research has focused on topics of gender and manhood, state, post-socialism, nationalism, contemporary art, military intervention, memory and violence. She teaches at the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Contemporary Art at the University of Prishtina. She also heads the upcoming MA program in Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Department of Anthropology. In Spring 2013 she was visiting research scholar at Dartmouth College and Fellow at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth. She has received numerous research grants and fellowships, and was a Returning Scholar Fellow OSI Academic Fellowship Program from to 2008 – 2014. In addition to her university engagements she also serves on the boards of a number of civil-society organizations in Kosovo focusing on gender, LGBT, gender based-violence, research and activism. She also works with initiatives in the area of contemporary art. She was such editor of four supplements titled “Women n/or Witches: Representation, Feminism and Art,” and managed the Missing Identity art project (2006-2007). She was formerly an adviser for the UNDP project Women’s Safety and Security Initiative. She also co-founded the independent feminist organization Alter Habitus – Institute for Studies in Society and Culture, which has focused on gender perspectives to post-war collective memory in Kosovo.
Courses taught: Anthropology of Europe and South-East Europe, Introduction to Anthropology, Cultural Heritage, Research Methods in Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of Memory and Cultural Production.
Selected publications: “Our men will not have amnesia”: Civic Engagement, Emancipation, and Gendered Public in Kosovo (co-authored with Linda Gusia, CEU Press 2014); Masculine Habitus: How to Think of Men in Kosova (2011); Un/welcomed Guests: NATO Intervention in Kosova (Routledge, 2011); Events and Sites of Difference: Mark-ing Self and Other in Kosovo (co-authored with Predrag Markovic, Ashgate 2009); Superfluity: Cultural Policies and Contemporary Art (2008); Gender Equality and Women’s Position in Society in Kosovo (2006); The Politics of Remembrance and Belonging: Life Histories of Albanian Women in Kosova (co-authored with Vjollca Krasniqi, 2006); Transitions and Tradition: Constructions of Gender, Nation and Family in Kosova (LitVerlang 2005); Das Schweigen der Frauen: Genderkonstruktionen und Genderdynamiken in Kosova vor und nach dem Krieg (Lit-verlang 2004); Endangering Masculinity in Kosovo: Can Albanian Women Say No? (2002).
Jeta Rexha is a Sociology student at the University of Prishtina. She’s engaged as a researcher in Oral History Initiative Kosovo and participates in Memory Mapping Kosovo- the series of workshops organized by Alter Habitus and Forum ZFD.