Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (University of Bournemouth)

Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (PhD London 2012, MA Berlin 1994), Bournemouth University (BU), is a social anthropologist with a long track-record of ethnographic research in post-socialist Albania, post-war Kosovo and in the Albanian diaspora. Her research has focused on local and national identity politics and dealing with local pasts; the cultural production of militancy at post-war memorial sites; on nationalism and populism; on local sources of resistance to international efforts of peace- and state-building; on local knowledge for appeasement and social healing; and on the anthropology of Human Rights. At BU, she teaches the ‘Anthropology of International Policy and Interventions; ‘Controversial Cultures’; ‘Growing Up and Growing Old’ and ‘Troubling Gender’. Previously, she taught at Bologna University (2003 – 2013); served as the first Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies at University College London (1997 – 2003) and directed an academic consultancy company, Anthropology Applied Limited (2005 – 2013), which produced background reports for the International Crimes Tribunal, the World Bank, criminal and immigration courts in the UK, Germany and elsewhere. At BU, she founded the Conflict Transformation Studies Group and co-leads the ‘Seldom-Heard Voices’ research initiative, both including a focus on innovate methods of engaging young people in co-creative projects.

Stephanie is the Co-Investigator of the Phase 1 Kosovo project ‘ACT: Arts, critical thinking and active citizenship.’

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