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Past Visiting Scholars

Anastasiya Halauniova

CREES Visiting Scholar, Winter 2019

Anastasiya Halauniova is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests lay at the intersection of cultural sociology, urban studies, and science and technology studies. Anastasiya's recent studies focus on the practices of valuation of aesthetics of architecture: how particular architectural spaces gain their aesthetic and non-aesthetic value especially in the context of a complex, multilayered history of repossession and transition from socialism. In other words, how is architecture evaluated and considered "beautiful" or "ugly," "authentic" or "fake"? These relations between urban materialities, aesthetic judgments, and their political meanings are the major focus of the comparative research Anastasiya is conducting in Wroclaw, Poland and Klaipeda, Lithuania. A graduate of European University at St. Petersburg, she received her MA in sociology, and studied waste collection and recycling systems from the perspective of responsibilization of users and non-users of the systems.

Roman Hutter

CREES Visiting Scholar, Winter 2019

Roman Hutter is a PhD candidate in contemporary history at the University of Vienna and a Botstiber-Fellow/Visiting Graduate Student at the German Department of the University of Michigan. His research focuses on Central and Eastern European history of the twentieth century, with particular attention to politics of history and cultural policy. His dissertation focuses on Romanian-German poet Oskar Pastior and seeks to frame the correlation of identity and cultural politics in (East)-Central Europe during the Cold War. Utilizing Pastior’s biography and escape story his thesis aims to critically evaluate the concept of intermediation. Hutter received his bachelor’s degree in history and his master’s degree in Eastern European history at the University of Vienna.  

Agata Zysiak

WCEE Visiting Scholar, Winter 2019

Agata Zysiak, assistant professor at Warsaw University, is a sociologist of culture. Her research interests include historical sociology, biography, and modernity in Eastern Europe. She is the author of the award-winning book about the socialist university and upward mobility in postwar Poland, Punkty za pochodzenie (Points for Social Origin) (2016), and co-author of the recent volume From Cotton and Smoke: The Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994 (2018). She has been a visiting scholar at Wayne State University (Detroit), Free University (Berlin), Central European University (Budapest), and the University of Vienna (Austria). She held a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, in 2017-18. At the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, she continues her comparative research on the working class in Detroit and Lodz.

Irina Khutsieva

CREES Visiting Scholar, Fall 2018

Irina Khutsieva, stage director and acting instructor in Moscow, will be an Artist in Residence at the Residential College as well as a CREES Visiting Scholar for Fall 2018.  Dr. Khutsieva will direct two short plays—one in Russian, one in English—which will be performed in the Residential College’s Keene Theatre in early December. Trained at “GITIS,” the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art, Dr. Khutsieva has more than 30 years of experience in Russian theater. She now directs her own studio theater, the Chamber Theater, Moscow, founded in 2004. Dr. Khutsieva has staged more than 50 plays in Russia, Germany, and the U.S. She has worked at one of Russia’s most distinguished theater academies—the Shchepkin Higher Theatre Institute, associated with the State Academic Maly Theatre of Russia. She also has extensive experience teaching college drama majors. A specialist and practitioner of the Stanislavski Method, she incorporates the principles and traditions of Russian psychological theater and has also developed her own staging and teaching methods. In recent years, she has directed a major gala performance shown on Russian national TV and has run workshops for professional actors in regional towns throughout Russia.     

Viacheslav Morozov

CREES Visiting Scholar, Fall 2018

Viacheslav Morozov is professor of EU-Russia studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. He chairs the council of UT’s Centre for EU­–Russia Studies (CEURUS) and the programme committee of the Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies. Before moving to Estonia in 2010, he taught for 13 years at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. Professor Morozov works on issues of Russian national identity and foreign policy. His book Russia and the Others: Identity and Boundaries of a Political Community (NLO Books, 2009) introduces neo-Gramscian theory of hegemony to Russian identity studies. His more recent research aims to reveal how Russia’s political and social development has been conditioned by the country’s position in the international system, topics explored in Russia’s Postcolonial Identity: A Subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric World (Palgrave, 2015). Professor Morozov is a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), based at George Washington University. In 2007-10, he was a member of the Executive Council of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA).

Muriel Darmon

CES Visiting Scholar, Winter 2018

Muriel Darmon is a sociologist and a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at the CESSP-CSE (EHESS, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). She studies socialization processes in various contexts (weight-loss groups, hospitals and schools). She is the author of Becoming anorexic: a sociological study (Routledge), La Socialisation (Armand Colin) and Classes préparatoires: la fabrique d’une jeunesse dominante (La Découverte).

Jean-François Laniel

CES Visiting Scholar, Winter 2018

Jean-François Laniel was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the University of Michigan Department of Sociology, and a research fellow at the Center for European Studies in Winter 2018 He received his PhD in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2018. Following his time at U-M, Laniel was appointed to a tenure-track position at Laval University in Quebec City.

Laniel’s research focuses on the dynamics between tradition and modernity; religion, culture, and politics; and Christianity and nationalism in small nations. His postdoctoral research compares Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Finland—three small nations of different Christian traditions—focusing on the ways in which these societies define pluralism and secularism, and the role of nationalism in that process.

He is widely published in French-language outlets. His work in English has been published in Nations and Nationalism, Social Compass, and Religious Studies.

Chanelle Reinhardt

CES Visiting Scholar, Winter 2018

Chanelle Reinhardt is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Cinema Studies at the Université de Montréal and a research fellow at the Center for European Studies in 2018-19. She studies the staging of power in the era of mass politics. Her dissertation explores the intersection between war, science, art, and technology through an analysis of propaganda mechanisms of the 1798 French revolutionary festival “l’Entrée triomphale des objets de sciences et d’arts.” Her research interests include material culture, vision and visuality, and multiple forms of representations.