Dr. Béla Filep

Senior Researcher / Lecturer (Oberassistent)

Cultural Geography

Telefon
+41 31 631 88 87
E-Mail
bfilep@giub.unibe.ch
Büro
312
Postadresse
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Kulturgeographie
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Research Interests

Cultural, Political and Social Geography, International Relations, European Studies
Border Studies, Inter-ethnic Relations, Minorities
(Claims for) political self-determination
Migration, Social Movements, Transnational Networks
Citizenship, Identity, Multiculturalism, (Environmental) Governance
East Central and South Eastern Europe, Switzerland, EU, Russia, Central Asia

 

Languages

German (mother tongue), Hungarian (mother tongue)
English (excellent), French (fluent), Italian (good)
Russian (advanced basic knowledge), Slovak, Serbian (basic knowledge)

 

University Service

2017 – present Forum for University and Society, University of Bern
2014 – present Strategic Board, Faculty of Science, University of Bern, Switzerland
2014 – 2015 Appointment Commission for the Professorship in Geography and Sustainable Development, Department of Geography, University of Bern
2013 – 2015 Intermediate Staff (Unterer Mittelbau), Department of Geography, University of Bern
2013 – 2014 Habilitation Commission for Dr. Francisco Klauser, Faculty of Science, University of Bern
2012 – present Commission for the Support of Young Researchers (Nachwuchsförderung), Faculty of Science, University of Bern
2006 – 2007 Elected Member, Student Union Assembly, Central European University (2006/2007)

 

Comissions of Trust

2017 – present Matura-Experte for Geography, Canton of Berne
2016 – present Reviewer, Mitteilungen der Österr. Geographischen Gesellschaft (MÖGG)
2015 – present Reviewer, Springer
2014 – present Reviewer, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund
2014 – present Member, Committee of the Hungarian Science Abroad, Academy of Sciences
2013 – present Reviewer, European Countryside

 

 

Professional Experience
01/17 – present Senior Researcher/Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Bern
02/17 – 06/17 Lecturer, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg
03/17 – 07/17 Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Klagenfurt
09/16 – 12/16 Senior Researcher, Department of History, University of Fribourg
09/16 – 12/16 Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Bern
09/15 – 08/16 Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
03/15 – 07/15 Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Klagenfurt
05/12 – 08/15 Postdoc/Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Bern
02/12 – 12/12 & 01/10 – 08/10 Research Associate and Coordination Assistant, SNSF SCOPES-Project Integrating (trans)national migrants in transition states (TransMig), Department of Geography, University of Bern 
02/11 – 08/11 Visiting Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University and East Central European Center, Columbia University
09/10 – 01/11 Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, Harvard University
07/07 – 02/10 Research Associate, EU 6th FP project Searching for neighbours (SeFoNe) – the dynamics of physical and mental borders in the new Europe, Department of Geography, University of Bern 
07/07 – 08/10 Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Bern
11/04 – 06/06 Junior Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Bern
   
non-academic  
01/14 – 03/14 Journalist, Foreign Desk, Swiss Newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung
07/07 – 08/10 Freelance Journalist, Infel AG Corporate Publishing
05/06 – 08/10 Freelance Journalist, Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung
10/03 – 03/04 Project Assistant, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG)
2002 – 2006 Assistant, Forum Ost-West Bern
1998 – 2006 Freelance Journalist, Swiss newspaper Der Bund
Education
07/07 – 04/12 University of Bern: PhD of Science in Geography, The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe, fieldwork in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Brussels
09/06 – 06/07 Central European University, Budapest: MA in International Relations and European Studies, Master’s Thesis: Cooperating Regionalist and Autonomy Movements in Europe. The Incentives and Effects of Transnational Networks. Where Do Movements in Transylvania Stand?, fieldwork in Romania
10/01 – 06/06 University of Bern: MSc in Geography, Master’s Thesis: Zur diskursiven Konstruktion des ungarisch-rumänischen Miteinander, Nebeneinander und Gegeneinander in Siebenbürgen fieldwork in Romania
02/04 – 07/04 Minors: Media and Communication Studies, Earth Science.
Erasmus Semester, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest
08/1998 – 08/2001 Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern
Visiting Fellowships/ Research Visits
09/15 – 08/16 Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
09/11 – 01/12 European Commission / European Parliament in Brussels
02/11 – 08/11 Princeton University, Visiting Student Research Collaborator at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Woodrow Wilson School
02/11 – 08/11 Columbia University, East Central European Center, School of International and Public Affairs
09/10 – 01/11 Harvard University, Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Awards & Grants
09/15 – 12/16 Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowship, granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation
09/10 – 01/12 Fellowship for prospective researchers, granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
09/06 – 06/07 Full Tuition Scholarship, granted by the Central European University
Further Education
03/13 – present Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Higher Education, University of Bern
11/12 – 04/13 Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Entrepreneurship, University of Bern
25/26 January 2013 Media Training for Researchers, MAZ, Lucerne, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation
30 July – 10 August 2007 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute, University of Minnesota: Immigration, Citizenship and the Future of Multiculturalism in Europe and North America
12-16 June 2006 Hettner Lecture, University of Heidelberg: Geographies in/of Europe, Geographies of Asylum, Violence Places: Warfare and the Geographical Imagination

Latest

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Filep, Béla (2016). The Politics of Good Neighbourhood. State, Civil Society and the Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe. Border Regions Series. London: Routledge.

Filep  Béla (2016). Geographie: Seminar «Politische Geographie». In: Herweg  K, Lundsgaard Hansen L, Zimmermann AB, Tribelhorn T, Hammer T,Tanner RP, Trechsel L, Kläy A, (Hg.) Nachhaltige Entwicklung in die Hochschullehre integrieren – Ein Leitfaden mit Vertiefungen für die Universität Bern. Vertiefung 2: Fallbeispiele. Bern: Universität Bern, Vizerektorat Qualität, Vizerektorat Lehre, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Bereich Hochschuldidaktik & Lehrentwicklung, und Bern Open Publishing (BOP), pp. 28–31. DOI: 10.7892/boris.82667

Filep, Béla (Hg.) (2015). Grenzen und Minderheiten in Ostmitteleuropa. Feldkursbericht Slowakei/Ukraine. Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern

Takács, Zoltán; Tátrai, Patrik; Erőss, Ágnes; Filep, Béla and Dušan Ristić (2014): Tanulmányi célú migráció: a vajdasági hallgatók esete (educational migration: the case of students from Vojvodina). In: Takács, Zoltán and András Ricz (eds.): Regionális Kaleidoszkóp. Regionális Tudományi Társaság, Szabadka, pp. 279-289.

Filep, Béla (2014): Das Nachleben des Totalitarismus. Eine persönliche Reise in die Seelenlandschaften Osteuropas. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 169, p. 6. Review of: “Der Geschmack von Asche. Das Nachleben des Totalitarismus in Osteuropa” (Marci Shore, 2014) C.H. Beck München. Translation of: “The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe” Broadway Books, New York.


Journal articles

Filep, Béla; Váradi, Monika M.; Takács, Zoltán; Erőss, Ágnes; Nagy, Imre; Tátrai, Patrik and Doris Wastl-Walter (2013): Ungarische Migranten in Ungarn: Deserteure, Studierende und Berufstätige aus der Woiwodina zwischen transnationaler und ethnischer Migration. In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft 155, 148-170.

Váradi, Monika Mária; Wastl-Walter, Doris; Filep, Béla and Irén Gábrity Molnár (2013): Bevezető: utak és úton lévők. Introduction to the Special Issue „Itthonok-otthonok – új otthonok: migráns élethelyzetek a Vajdaságban és Magyarországon a délszláv háború után“. In: Tér és Társadalom 27 (2), 3-34.

Filep, Béla; Wastl-Walter, Doris; Erőss, Ágnes; Tátrai, Patrik and Monika M. Váradi (2012): Stratégie éducative ou stratégie migratoire? Etudiants de Voïvodine en Hongrie. In: Géo-Regards 4, 169-186.

Filep, Béla; Erőss, Ágnes; Tátrai, Patrik; Rácz, Katalin; Váradi; Monika Mária and Doris Wastl-Walter (2011): Tanulmányi célú migráció, migráns élethelyzetek: vajdasági diákok Magyarországon. In: Tér és Társadalom, 25 (4), 3-19.

Filep, Béla (2009): Interview and translation strategies: coping with multilingual settings and data. In: Schlottmann, Antje and Matthew Hannah (eds.): “Lost in translation? Inter-kulturelle Forschungs- und Publikationspraktiken in kritischer Betrachtung – A critical engagement with intercultural research and publication practices”, Social Geography, Special Issue, 4, 59-70.


Monographs

Filep, Béla (2016). The Politics of Good Neighbourhood. State, Civil Society and the Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe. Border Regions Series. London: Routledge.

Filep, Béla (2009): Cooperating Regionalist and Autonomy Movements in Europe: The Incentives and Effects of Transnational Networks. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken.

Filep, Béla (2006): Zur diskursiven Konstruktion des ungarisch-rumänischen Miteinander, Nebeneinander und Gegeneinander in Siebenbürgen. Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern; Forschungsbericht, 222 pages.


Edited volumes

Filep, Béla; Váradi, Monika M.; Walter, Martin and Rudolf Wastl (eds.) (2013): Grenzüberschreitende Nachbarschaften – Festschrift für Doris Wastl-Walter. Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften 29.

Wastl-Walter, Doris (ed.) (2011): The Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies. Ashgate, Farnham. Deputy Editor.

Filep, Béla; Kovács, András; Sikos, Tamás T. and Doris Wastl-Walter (eds.) (2010): Creating economic and social neighbourhoods across political borders. Komárom.


Book chapters

Filep, Béla (2013): The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: On the Role of the State and Civil Society and the Importance of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe. In: Kotolácsi Mikóczy, Ilona (ed.): Reconciliation – the Central European Road to a Prosperous Future. Charta XXI Association, Budapest/Brussels, pp. 76-81.

Filep, Béla (2013): Sprache als Mittel der „Grenzüberschreitung“ – von Hürden und vom „Brücken bauen“ in multikulturellen Regionen der Slowakei und Serbiens. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 114-125.

Filep, Béla; Kocsis, Károly; Erőss, Ágnes and Patrik Tátrai (2011): On Linkages and Barriers: The Dynamics of Neighbourhood along the State Borders of Hungary since EU Enlargement. In: Armbruster, Heidi and Ulrike Hanna Meinhof (eds.): Negotiating Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks and Neighbourhoods. Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, pp. 69-93.

Filep, Béla and Doris Wastl-Walter (2011): Die Vojvodina und ihre Nachbarn auf dem steinigen Weg zu guter Nachbarschaft (The Vojvodina and its Neighbours on the Rocky Road to Good Neighbourhood). In: Wastl-Walter, Doris and Horst Haselsteiner (eds.): Mosaik Europas. Die Vojvodina. Peter Lang, Frankfurt a. Main, 88 pp. 147-174.

Filep, Béla (2011): Ökonomische Transformation in der Vojvodina (Economic Transition in the Vojvodina). In: Wastl-Walter, Doris and Horst Haselsteiner (eds.): Mosaik Europas. Die Vojvodina. Peter Lang, Frankfurt a. Main, pp. 175-204.

Filep, Béla (2010): Fizikai és mentális határok változása az „új” Európa határrégióiban: Komárom és Révkomárom példája. In: Beszteri, Béla; Majoros, Pál and Tamás Zimler (eds.): Magyarország határ menti térségeinek és városainak fejlődése a rendszerváltás és Európai Uniós tagságunk következtében. Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Veszprém.

Filep, Béla and Doris Wastl-Walter (2006): (Re)Constructing the Difference: Hungarian and Romanian Identity in Transylvania. In: Györi, Róbert and Zoltán Hajdú (eds.): Kárpát-medence: Települések, tájak, régiók, térstruktúrák. Dialóg Campus Kiadó, Budapest-Pécs. 214-235.


Other publications

Filep, Béla; Váradi, Monika M.; Wastl, Rudolf and Martin Walter (2013): Einführung der Herausgeber. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 11-14.

Filep, Béla (2012): The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and the Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe. PhD Dissertation. Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern.

Filep, Béla; Wastl-Walter, Doris; Cvetanović, Milan; Erőss, Ágnes; Gábrity, Eszter; Gábrity-Molnár, Irén; Kicošev, Saša; Kocsis, Károly; Nagy, Imre; Rácz, Katalin; Takács, Zoltán; Tátrai, Patrik and Váradi, Monika (2011): Transnationale Migration und grenzüberschreitende Mobilität als Einflussgrössen der Regionalentwicklung im ungarisch-serbischen Grenzraum. In: Grazer Schriften der Geographie und Raumforschung, 46, 247-262.

Wastl-Walter, Doris; Bäschlin, Elisabeth und Béla Filep (eds.) (2006): Slowakei. Exkursionsbericht. Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern.

Riaño, Yvonne; Nadia Baghdadi und Béla Filep (eds.) (2005): Bilder von AusländerInnen in Alltagsdiskursen von SchweizerInnen. Forschungsbericht, Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern.

Bäschlin, Elisabeth und Béla Filep (eds.) (2005): Montenegro. Exkursionsbericht. Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern.

Filep, Béla (2004): LaOla – Prävention im Sportclub (LaOla – Prevention in the Sports Club). In: Bundesamt für Gesundheit, Swiss Olympic Association, Bundesamt für Sport (eds.): Prävention im Sportclub.

Filep, Béla (2003): Ungarn und seine Nachbarn – ein spannungsvolles Verhältnis. In: Wastl-Walter, Doris; Bäschlin, Elisabeth und Markus Schär (eds.): Ungarn – Staat, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft im Umbruch. Exkursionsbericht, Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern. 157 pages.


Translations

Sikos, Tamás T. (2013): Wien – Die Transformation einer traditionsbewussten Stadt und das Erscheinen der Einkaufszentren. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 15-31. Translation from Hungarian (with Zsolt Bottlik, Monika Witeke).

Beluszky, Pál (2013): Flaggschiff oder Wasserkopf? Budapests Bedeutung und Position in Ungarn. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 32-43. Translation from Hungarian.

Berényi, István (2013): Historische Epochen der Raumnutzung im Karpatenbecken. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 44-59. Translation from Hungarian.

Gábrity Molnár, Irén; Kocsis, Károly; Takács, Zoltán and Patrik Tátrai (2013): Migrationsprozesse in der Vojvodina und ihre Vorgeschichte. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 60-77. Translation from Hungarian (with Zsolt Bottlik, Monika Witeke).

Erőss, Ágnes and Monika Mária Váradi (2013): “Kulturell sind wir Ungarn, in der Mentalität Serben” – ungarische Migranten aus der Vojvodina und die Jugopartys. In: Klagenfurter Geographische Schriften, 29, 78-95. Translation from Hungarian (with Zsolt Bottlik, Monika Witeke).


Presentations

16 November 2016
„The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and the Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe.“ Book talk at the Department of History, University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland.

25 April 2016
„The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and the Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe.“ Book talk at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

14 April 2016
„The transnational spaces of mobilization for political self-determination in Europe.“ Paper at the ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York, USA.

1 April 2016
„The transnational spaces of mobilization for political self-determination in Europe.“ Paper at the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco, USA.

8 March 2016
„Geographies of mobilization for political self-determination in Europe: Secession and autonomy movements from domestic to transnational activism.“ Paper at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

1 December 2015
„European Election Monitor: Election outcomes in Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.“ Panel with Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Carlos Jalali and Sebastián Royo at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

13 November 2015
„Rationality, Morality, and the Construction of the Self.“ Discussant for a Senior Thesis Conference at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.

3 December 2014
„The transnationalization of minority claims in Europe.“ Paper at the Symposium „10 years of EU Eastern enlargement. The geographical balance of a courageous step“ at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.

9 October 2014
Opening Address at the international conference „Self-determination in Europe – contemporary challenges of minorities in multinational states“ at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

10 June 2014
„Transnational practices of deserters, students and professionally active persons in the Hungarian-Serbian border region.“ Paper at the ABS World Conference in Joensuu, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.

8 June 2014
„Ethnic mobilization the democratic way: claims for political self-determination in the European Union.“ Paper at the Workshop „From informal to insurgent governance: modes and transformation of social capital in the Caucasus and beyond“at Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

6 August 2013
„Ethnic Minorities in East Central Europe II. Cultural Capital and the Politics of Good Neighbourhood.“ Paper at the Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in Kyoto, Japan.

10 April 2013
„Coming (in), going (away), staying (connected) – multicultural Vojvodina as an ‚old‘ and ’new‘ home in the focus of migration, integration and transnationalism.“ Paper at the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, USA.

4 December 2012
„The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and Enhancement of Cultural Capital in the Serbian-Hungarian Border Region.“ Keynote paper at the Transmig Conference in Subotica, Serbia.

28 February 2012
„The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe.“ Paper at the AAG Annual Meeting in New York, USA.

15 April 2011
„Building good-neighbourly relations in East Central Europe.“ Paper at the AAG Annual Meeting in Seattle, USA.

24 March 2011
„Tuning the ‚Sound of Eastern Europe‘: The building of good-neighbourly relations in Slovakia and Serbia“. Paper in the framework of the LISD Lunch Seminar Series at Princeton University, USA.

27 April 2010
„Fizikai és mentális határok változása az ‚új‘ Európa határrégióiban“ („The dynamics of physical and mental borders in border regions of the ’new‘ Europe“). Paper at the Conference „Magyarország határ menti térségeinek és városainak fejlődése a rendszerváltás és Európai Uniós tagságunk következtében“ in Komárom, Hungary.

16 April 2010
„Re-inforcing mental and physical borders within the European Union.“ Paper at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., USA.

29 January 2010
„Insights from the Austrian-Hungarian, Hungarian- Slowakian, Hungarian – Ukrainian and Hungarian Romanian Border regions.“ Paper at the European Comission in Brussels, Belgium.

3 October 2009
„Re-enforcing mental and physical borders: The Slovak language law and the (almost) visit of the Hungarian president to Slovakia in 2009.“ Paper at the Conference „Searching for Neighbours“ in Catania, Italy.

14 September 2009
„Recent Geopolitical Changes Challenging Neighbourhoods in Culturally Diverse Border Regions.“ Paper at the IGU-PGSG Conference „Borderscapes II – Another brick in the wall?“ in Trapani, Italy.

14 August 2009
„Between Cooperation and Competition – Cross-border and Inter/Intra-ethnic Relations at the Hungarian-Serbian state border.“ Paper at the EUGEO Congress „Challenges for the European Geography in the 21st Century“ in Bratislava, Slovakia.

2 May 2009
„Between Cooperation and Competition – A Comparison of Szentgotthárd-Heiligenkreuz and Komárno-Komárom.“ Paper at the Conference „Creating economic and social neighbourhoods across political borders“ in Komárno, Slovakia.

22 November 2008
„Cross-border Environmental Conflicts: Struggling for Political Participation across Borders.“ Paper at the 6th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Lugano, Switzerland.

30 May 2008
„Interview and Translation Strategies: Coping with Multilingual Settings and Data.“ Paper at the Conference „Questioning the Field“ in Vevey, Switzerland.

2 April 2008
„Managing Majority-Minority Relations: Hungarian and Romanian Autonomists vs. the Central State in Multiethnic Romania.“ Paper at the International Conference of Political Geography „Space of Politics: Concepts and Scales“ in Reims, France.

21 October 2006
„Changes in Public Administration in Multiethnic Romania: Hungarian and Romanian Perspectives.“ Paper at the IGU-GAPP conference „New tasks, approaches and spatial perspectives in public policy“ in Bratislava, Slovakia.


Outreach

 
Talks

27 November 2013
European Parliament: „The politics of good neighbourhood: on the role of the state and civil society and the importance of cultural capital“, guest speaker at the Charta XXI reconciliation movement conference in Brussels

29 January 2010
European Commission: „Insights from the Austrian-Hungarian, Hungarian-Slovakian, Hungarian-Ukrainian and Hungarian-Romanian border regions“, presentation of research results in Brussels


Media

November 29, 2013   Appearance in the Magyar Szó national newspaper (Serbia)
December 5, 2012     Appearance in the Magyar Szó national newspaper (Serbia)
December 4, 2012     Appearance on Pannon TV (regional television in Vojvodina, Serbia)
December 4, 2012     Appearance on YuEco (regional television in Vojvodina, Serbia)

Filep, Béla (2014): Annäherung in Ostmitteleuropa jenseits der Klischees. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung 109, 6.

Filep, Béla (2005): Steiniger Boden für die Ungarn. Die im Nordwesten Rumäniens starke Minderheit bekommt den Anspassungsdruck des Zentralstaats zu spüren. In: Der Bund 183, 2

Filep, Béla (2000): Die Theiss ist wieder blau, der Zyanid-Ruf bleibt. In: Der Bund 203, 2.

Research

 
Nationalist mobilization, civil society and the transnationalization of claims for political self-determination in the European Union
(September 2015 – December 2016)


Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowship)
Role: Principal Investigator
Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 09/15 – 08/16
Visiting Scholar, Department of Historical Sciences, University of Fribourg, 09/16 – 12/16

 
Self-determination in Europe – contemporary challenges of minorities in multinational states
International Conference at the University of Bern (January – October 2014)


Funding: Princely House of Liechtenstein, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/DEZA), Burgergemeinde Bern
Role: Project Coordinator, Conference Organizer
Conference dates: 9-11 October 2014

 
The new geographies of migration, integration and transnationalism in East Central Europe
(November 2012 – August 2013)

 

Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (SCOPES Valorisation Grant)
Role: Investigator (PI: Doris Wastl-Walter), Project Manager
Project in cooperation with the Universities of Novi Sad und Subotica (Serbia) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 
TransMig – integrating (trans)national migrants in transition states
(2010 – 2013)

 

Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (SCOPES Programme)
Role: Investigator (PI: Doris Wastl-Walter), Project Manager
Research project in cooperation with the Universities of Novi Sad and Subotica (Serbia) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 
Building good neighbourhoods in a sphere of political and social tensions
(September 2010 – January 2012)

 

Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation (Fellowship for Prospective Researchers)
Role: Principal Investigator
Visiting Fellowships at the Universities of Harvard, Princeton and Columbia; individual research at the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels

 
SeFoNe – searching for neighbours: dynamics of physical and mental borders in the new Europe
(2007 – 2010)

 

Funding: European Commission (EU 6th Framework Programme)
Role: Investigator (PI: Ulrike H. Meinhof; PI Bern: Doris Wastl-Walter)
Project in cooperation with the Universities of Southampton (UK), Chemnitz (Germany), Nikosia (Cyprus), Catania (Italy) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Website

Organization of Conferences

2014
International conference “Self-determination in Europe – contemporary challenges of minorities in multinational states”, October 9-11, Conference Organizer, University of Bern, Switzerland (2014)
 
2013
“Old and new homes: migrant life trajectories in Vojvodina and Hungary following the Yugoslav Wars”. Conference organized in the framework of the SCOPES project “TransMig”, June 21, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
 
2012
“Integrating (trans)national migrants in transition states”. Conference organized in the framework of the SCOPES project “TransMig”, December 3-4, Szeged, Hungary and Subotica, Serbia
 
2009
“Integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research: forging collective con­cepts, methods and practices – changing structures”. Td-net conference, November 19-21, University of Bern; responsible for conference administration
“Creating economic and social neighbourhoods across political borders”. Conference organized in the framework of the EU project “SeFoNe”, May 1-2, Komárno, Slovakia
Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials
Spring term 17 Lecture “Political Geography” (Bachelor level), Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg
Spring terms 15/17 Lecture “Human Geography”, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Fall terms 12/14/16 Lecture “Political Geography” (Master level), Department of Geography, University of Bern
Fall terms 14/16 Seminar “Political Geography: Geographies of Self-Determination” (Master level), Department of Geography, University of Bern
Spring term 12 Seminar “Political Geography: Governance and Citizenship” (Master level) with Prof. Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter, Department of Geography, University of Bern
Fall terms 08/12/14 Lecture and Tutorial “Globalization of Cultures” (Bachelor level) with Prof. Dr. Doris Wastl-Walter, Department of Geography, University of Bern
Fall term 13 Tutorial “Human Geography” (Bachelor level) with PD Dr. Renate Ruhne and Dominic  Zimmermann, Department of Geography, University of Bern
Spring terms 09/10/12 Lecture and Tutorial “Qualitative Methods in Social Geography” with PD Dr. Yvonne Riaño, Department of Geography, University of Bern
Organization of University Excursions
Vojvodina, 2017 June 12 - 21, Department of Geography, University of Bern - Video
Slovakia/Ukraine, 2015 June 7 - 17, Department of Geography, University of Bern - Video
St. Petersburg/ Novgorod, 2009 June 8 - 17, with Elisabeth Bäschlin and Ekaterina Frolova, Department of Geography, University of Bern.
Slovakia, 2006 May 14 - 21, with Elisabeth Bäschlin, Department of Geography, University of Bern and Department of East European History of the University of Vienna and the Andrássy Gyula University in Budapest.
Montenegro, 2005 June 11 - 24, with Elisabeth Bäschlin, Department of Geography, University of Bern and Department of East European History of the University of Vienna and the Andrássy Gyula University in Budapest.
Supervision of Graduate Students
Imhof, Samuel (current): "Erklärungsansätze junger Fussgängerinnen-Unfälle auf Fuss-gängerstreifen" (working title) (MSc)
Frei, Jasper (current): "Die Konstruktion des 'Abendlandes' in Reden der PEGIDA Dresden" (working title) (BSc)
Stirnemann, Christine (2016): "Schafft Raumplanung Grenzen? Implementierungsprozess von Road Pricing und dessen sozialräumlichen Auswirkungen im städtischen Raum" (MSc)
Hofer, Barbara (2015): "Frontalieri in Ticino - Italienische GrenzgängerInnen im Tessiner Gesundheitswesen" (MSc)
Wollensack, Lea (2014): "A geographical conflict research on fracking in Romania" (BSc)
Benkert, Richard (2013): "Raumproduktion durch die Ultra-Fanszene des BSC YB" (BSc)
Spörri, Dina (2010). "Atlas der sozialen Ungleichheit in der erweiterten EU" (BSc)
Bill, Georg (2009): "Von Deliquenz lebend. Ein Vergleich von historischen Zigeunerstereotypen mit Romabildern im aktuellen politischen Diskurs" (BSc)
Bühlmann, Eva (2009): "Repräsentationen von Roma. Zur diskursiven Konstruktion von Roma in Schweizer Tageszeitungen im Vorfeld der Abstimmung zur erweiterten Personenfreizügigkeit vom 8. Februar 2009" (BSc)
Jost, Cornelia (2008): "Mehr als das Auge sieht: Grenzüberschreitende Begegnungen im Designer Outlet Center Parndorf" (MSc)