KWI Welcomes 8th Cohort of International Fellows

This April, we are welcoming our 8th Cohort of International Fellows. Over the course of the next six months, we will be joined by the following researchers.

Bojan Baća is a political and cultural sociologist whose research primarily focusses on civil society, social movements, and contentious politics. After receiving his PhD from York University in 2018, he has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Graz, Charles University, Heidelberg University, and most recently at the University of Gothenburg. He is currently a research associate at the University of Montenegro. At KWI, Bojan will concentrate on developing a research grant proposal centred around epistemic practices and evidentiary activism through which mistrust, scepticism, and denial are translated into conspiracist counter-knowledge.

Paul Buckermann is a sociologist whose research and teaching focusses on art, politics, and science. He received his PhD from the University of Lucerne. He has held teaching and research positions at universities and art/music universities in Basel, Lucerne, Bielefeld, Zurich, Vienna, and Paderborn and has been at the University of Heidelberg since 2020. In the winter term 2023/2024, he served as a deputy chair for political sociology at the Max-Weber Institute of Sociology in Heidelberg. Recent publications focus on the history of documenta, literary criticism, cultural policy, and art rankings. As a Thyssen@KWI Fellow, he will work on his project “What is Art Good For? Multiple Justifications in Boundary Work for the Arts“.

Ferenc Hammer has been an associate professor in the Media and Communications Department at ELTE University in Budapest since 1997. His teaching areas, research fields, and project topics comprise disinformation, media representations of inequalities and conflict, cultural history areas such as everyday life in Communism, or the sociology of consumption. He has worked as a scholar in the UK, USA, and Germany. His most recent work addresses certain dimensions of silencing, self-censorship, and intimidation in academia. This approach involves a plan for implementing a mentoring system designed for scholars at risk.

Minwoo Jung is an assistant professor of sociology, women’s studies, and gender studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is a sociologist whose work centres on gender, sexuality, race, and empire, with an emphasis on political activism and knowledge production. His research is situated at the intersection of the sociology of gender and sexualities, political sociology, and global and transnational sociology. At KWI, he will work on his first book project, which examines the conditions and consequences of sexuality politics in Asia from a comparative perspective.

Anca Mandru is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, where she taught modern European history and is part of the project “The Liminality of Failing Democracy: East Central Europe During the Interwar Slump”. She received her PhD in Eastern European History in 2019 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At KWI, she will work on her book project, provisionally entitled Fiction as History: Literature and the Making of a Leftist Culture in Romania (1880–1939). Her research explores the relationship between literature, history, and politics, examining the interplay between literary traditions and political cultures.

Hannah Richter is a lecturer in politics at the University of Sussex, where she researches and teaches contemporary critical political thought. She received her PhD from the University of Kent in 2019. Hannah’s research explores how post foundational philosophy, usually associated with genealogies of knowledge and ontological critique, can help us understand and formulate responses to the practical challenges contemporary democracies face. At KWI, she will continue her research on post-truth populism. Her project comparatively explores the political ideologies of key conspiracies that shaped 20th and 21st-century democratic politics to gain insight into the distinct logic of contemporary conspiratorial populism.