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An associate professor of sociology at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic), and Faculty Fellow at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology. She is a cultural sociologist in the tradition of the Strong Program, who focuses on the meaning-making process in her research on international migration. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A., M.Phil. and PhD from Yale University. Recent books include The Courage for Civil Repair: Narrating the Righteous in International Migration (with Carlo Tognato and Jeffrey C. Alexander, eds., Palgrave, 2020) and Historicizing Roma in Central Europe: Between Critical Whiteness and Epistemic Injustice (with Victoria Shmidt, Routledge 2021), Her current research focuses on in-depth cultural sociological analysis and reconstruction of public issues such as perceptions of migration, and the cultural sociology of conspiracy theories.

Researcher at the Faculty of Social Studies at MUNI and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Administration at MENDELU. Her student internship in a refugee camp initiated a long-term research interest in migration, immigrant reception and integration that she has studied mainly from the perspective of immigrants. Her book The Brother of the Other: Immigration from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to the Czech Republic and the boundaries of belonging (2017) examined how symbolic boundaries of belonging are constituted in everyday encounters in the social and cultural context of immigration in the Czech Republic. Besides the project “Thirtheent Immigrant”, she is currently involved in a project “Smart Migration to the Czech Republic” (TAČR) where she focuses on identification of main challenges of Czech migration policies.

Mgr. Ivana Rapoš Božič, Ph.D.


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Researcher at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Her professional interests encompass the topics of migration, civically engaged art, and civil society. In her PhD, she explored the phenomenon of civically engaged festivals reacting to growing ethnic diversity of Central European cities. In her research, she relies on the perspective of cultural and pragmatic sociology and is interested in the perspective of social actors. Besides her academic activities, she works as an independent researcher and consultant and cooperates with a number of non-governmental organizations working in the field of minority issues, participatory planning, and cultivation of public space.

Researcher and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, where she is also currently finishing her doctoral studies. She focuses on cultural and political sociology and study of civil society. In her dissertation thesis, she analyses a conflict between progressive and conservative sector of the civil society in Slovakia in the topic of family rights. In all her research activities, her interest lies in understanding how people make sense of the world and their actions. Besides the project “Thirteenth immigrant”, she is currently involved in the project “Systematic support of professional development of teachers and school principals” at the National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic.

Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. In his dissertation thesis, he focuses on the position of the European Parliament, members of the European Parliament, political parties/groups towards migration. His recent research results have been published in the Czech Journal of Political Science and the international journal European Security. He further works in the project “A guide to current events in the EU for secondary schools” (TAČR), in which he participates in developing educational materials about the EU for the high schools. Besides the activity at the university, he focuses on the integration of foreigners at the local level.

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