Contributor Biographies

Juraj Buzalka is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the Comenius University in Bratislava. His research includes the anthropology of social and political movements, politics of memory and religion, and the anthropology of wine. He recently published The Cultural Economy of Protest in Post-Socialist European Union: Village Fascists and their Rivals (2021). His first monograph was Nation and Religion: The Politics of Commemoration in South-east Poland (2007).

László Fosztó is a Senior Researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His main research interests include Romani studies, ethnicity and nationalism, anthropology of religion, migration and social networks. Most of his research has been carried out in ethnically mixed rural communities in Romania. He is the author of Ritual Revitalisation after Socialism: Community, Personhood, and Conversion among Roma in a Transylvanian Village (2009) and Colecţie de studii despre romii din România [Collected Studies on Roma in Romania] (2009). He is the administrator of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies (

Katerina Ivanova is a postdoctoral scholar at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the Comenius University in Bratislava. Her research interests include industrial labour, post-socialism and ethnicity with a regional focus on Eastern Germany and Bulgaria.

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits is a senior researcher at the interdisciplinary Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION at the European University Viadrina. Her research interests include migration, borders, temporality, social security, and family. She is particularly concerned with the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Selected publications include ‘“We are not Just the Border of Croatia; This is the Border of the European Union…” The Croatian Borderland as “Double Periphery”’, Journal of Borderlands Studies (2022), and Claiming Ownership in Post-War Croatia. The Dynamics of Property Relations and Ethnic Conflict in the Knin Region (2006).

Agata Ładykowska is a research fellow at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague. Her research interests include anthropology of religion and atheism, historical anthropology, anthropological theory, political anthropology, economic anthropology, anthropology of post-socialism/social change, and post-humanist and relational social sciences. Her publications include ‘The shifts between: Multiple secularisms, multiple modernities and the post-Soviet school’, in T. Köllner ed., Orthodox Religion and Politics In Contemporary Eastern Europe: on Multiple Secularisms and Entanglements (2019), pp. 109–122, and ‘The changing scope of religious authority and reconfigurations of social status in postsocialist Russia’, Religion, State, and Society (2018).

Julie McBrien is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and the Director of the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality. Her research interests include religion, secularism, gender, and development. She is the author of From Belonging to Belief: Modern Secularisms and the Construction of Religion in Kyrgyzstan (2017).

Vlad Naumescu is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Eastern Europe and South India looking at practices, institutions and politics that shape Orthodox communities. He is the author of Modes of Religiosity in Eastern Christianity: Religious Processes and Social Change in Ukraine (2007), co-editor of Churches In-between: Greek Catholic Churches in Postsocialist Europe (2008), and a forthcoming monograph on ritual, history and ethics in the Russian Old Belief.

Agnieszka Pasieka is a Visiting Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth and Research Fellow at the University of Vienna. She specialises in anthropology of religion and anthropology of politics. She is the author of Hierarchy and Pluralism: Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland (2015) and co-editor of the forthcoming Rethinking Modern Polish Identities: Transnational Encounters. Her new book focuses on the transnational networking of European far-right movements.

Edyta Roszko is Research Professor at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway and a Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe. She has published articles on ocean-related issues and the politics of religion and heritisation in Anthropological Quarterly, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Nations and Nationalism and others. Her first book, Fishers, Monks and Cadres: Navigating State, Religion and the South China Sea in Central Vietnam, was co-published in 2020 by NIAS and the University of Hawai’i Press and is available in open access format at

Davide Torsello is Professor of Anthropology and Organizational Behavior at the Central European University, Vienna. He has extensive experience of ethnographic field research in organisations and communities in Japan, Italy and Eastern Europe. Davide has studied political and business corruption and has published over sixty journal articles and book chapters and eleven books, the latest (in press) being The Cultural Theory of Corruption. Institutions, Cognition and Organizations. He has consulted for international organisations (UNODC, EU Parliament) and corporates; he is advisor to the nomination committee for the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Tommaso Trevisani is Associate Professor at the Department of African, Asian and Mediterranean Studies, University of Naples L’Orientale, where he teaches Societies and Cultures of Central Asia. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. His research interests include agrarian and environmental change; class and industrial work; ritual, marriage and society.

Powered by Epublius