Guest Professors

Confirmed Guest Professors

Stef Jansen

Stef Jansen is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (UK). Based on long term ethnographic research in the post-Yugoslav states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia since 1996, his work aims to contribute to the development of a critical anthropology of the making of home and hope with regard to place, nation and postsocialist state transformations. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he has authored Yearnings in the Meantime: 'normal lives' and the state in a Sarajevo apartment complex (Berghahn, 2015) and Antinacionalizam (XX Vek, 2005), and co-edited Negotiating social relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: semiperipheral entanglements (Routledge, 2016, with Čarna Brković and Vanja Čelebičić) and Struggles for home: violence, hope and the movement of people (Berghahn, 2008, with Staffan Löfving). 

Jan Willem Duyvendak

Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His main fields of research currently are the transformation of the welfare state, belonging and ‘feeling at home’, and nativism. His latest books include The Politics of Home. Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States (Palgrave, 2011), European States and Their Muslim Citizens. The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (CUP 2014, co-edited with J. Bowen, C. Bertossi, M. Lena Krook), New York and Amsterdam. Immigration and the New Urban Landscape  (NYU Press 2014, co-edited with N. Foner, J. Rath and R. van Reekum), Players and Arenas. The Interactive Dynamics of Protest (AUP 2015, co-edited with J. Jasper), The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (Macmillan 2016, co-edited with P. Geschiere and E. Tonkens). He is currently the Editor of Ethnography.

Melissa Butcher

Melissa Butcher (Birbeck, University of London) is a social and cultural geographer whose research examines the impact of global mobility and local transformation in urban spaces, focusing on questions of identity and belonging as well as the skills needed to manage cultural change and positions of difference. Using ethnographic, participatory and visual methods, Melissa has led research projects in London, Delhi, Singapore and Sydney, examining the local impacts of globalization, including migration, economic liberalization and urban redevelopment. Her recent books include: New Perspectives in International Development (ed. with T. Papaioannou, Bloomsbury 2013); Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World (Ashgate 2011), and Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia's Cities (ed. with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to urban redevelopment, globalisation, migration, youth cultures, and global human resources management.

Cristina Mattiucci

Cristina Mattiucci is an architect and she is currently contract professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a thesis in Urban Planning about the perception of everyday landscape in planning processes. This topic has been further developed in metropolitan contexts, starting from a Marie Curie research fellowship at the DICAM in Trento and at the AMP-LAVUE of the ENSA Paris – la Villette. Her research concerns the contemporary landscape, focusing on its multiple meanings, both material and symbolic, with a predilection for its feature of inhabited territory and public space, as well as physical outcome of socio-economical processes and tensions at various scales. She actively participates in the international debate about these topics, in the framework of Urban Studies. Among her latest publications: Territoires en débat. Discussing landscape(s) in contemporary metropolitan realities (professionaldreamers, 2015).