Kirsty Kay is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, a member of the ‘Statehood, Nationhood and Identity’ research group in the Department of Central and East European Studies. Her dissertation looks at ethnocultural forms of minority-kin state nationalism in contemporary Hungary. Through an ethnographic study of the táncház (dance house) folk dance revival in Hungary and Romania, she is investigating how the historical and contemporary political protection of minority cultural forms by the Hungarian state fosters an enduring ethnonational identity based on these processes of minority integration and cultural reproduction.
Stefan Morar is a Ph.D. student in political science at University of Montreal. He studied post-graduate studies at College of Europe, specializing in the European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership of the European Union. He holds a MA in Political Science at Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and a BA degree in European Studies and International Relations at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania. His research focuses on nationalism in the post-Soviet states, working under the supervision of Magdalena Dembinska. He is also interested in Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe, and the external action of the European Union, namely the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the European Neighborhood Policy, and the Eastern Partnership.
Ognen Vangelov is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada where he has also been honoured with the Canada Vanier Fellowship. He has completed his BA in linguistics at the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia, and MA in International and Intercultural Communication at the University of Denver in the USA as a Ron Brown Scholar. His work experience includes lecturing at three different universities, the ELTE in Budapest, Inalco in Paris and Indiana University-Bloomington, from 2005-2013. He has also worked as an analyst in an international think-tank organization. He has experience in journalism and has worked as a translator/interpreter. His current research focuses on processes of democratic recession in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the way in which nationalism and informal institutions feature in such processes.