Alexander Bielicki is a Research Fellow on the Red-Letter Days in Transition project. He received his MA in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University and his BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh (US). His present research focuses on the multiple interpretations of contemporary national pilgrimage in Slovakia.
  Biljana Dragisic is an MA student engaged on the project. She received her BA from the University of Oslo, European and American studies, with focus on Balkan. From 2000-2004 she studied at University of Belgrade at the institute of Scandinavian languages and literature. She was engaged as a research assistant on several projects at UiO and currently works at the Department of Student and Academic Affairs at UiO.
  Karen Gammelgaard – Coordinator in 2009, is Professor of Czech in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. Since 2005, she has also been the Department’s Head of Research. An expert in Czech studies, her main research interests have been directed at the intersection of language and its historical context, and she has led and is leading interdisciplinary projects on text and history. She is at present head of an inter-Scandinavian project analyzing changes in Czech text culture during the transition from democracy to communism, and she is participating in the international project, Imagining the West, which analyzes the construction of identity in Central and East Europe and Turkey. Her publications include several articles, two monographs and various edited and co-edited volumes. At present, she is supervising three doctoral dissertations at Scandinavian universities.
  Knut Andreas Grimstad is Associate Professor and Head of Polish Studies in the Department of Literature and European Languages, University of Oslo. He has published extensively on Russian prose, Polish Baroque literature, Polish Modernist prose, as well as contemporary Polish poetry. Among his other interests are popular culture and Jewish-Polish relations in independent Poland191839. He is co-editor of Celebrating Creativity: Essays in Honour of Jostein Børtnes (1997) and of Gender and Sexuality in Ethical Context: Ten Essays on Polish Prose (2005). He is also a founding member of the Programme on East European Cultures and Societies (PEECS) at the University of Trondheim (NTNU), as well as a member of the advisory board of Slavica Bergensiaand of Trondheim Studies in East European Culture and Societies.
  Kjetil Rå Hauge, Associate Professor and scholar of Bulgarian, Vice President of the Bulgarian Studies Association and a member of the editorial board of the journal Scando-Slavica. He has published several textbooks and scholarly articles within the field of Bulgarian linguistics, and his latest research has concentrated on discourse markers and their borrowability into Bulgarian. Hauge also has a long record of activity in computer-aided instruction. He has published articles within this field and has conducted projects in cooperation with Bulgarian partners.
  Betine Huflåtten is an MA student engaged with the project. She received her BA in history from the University of Trondheim (NTNU). In 2005-2006 and during the winter semester in 2008 she studied Czech language at Charles University in Prague.
  Dragana Kovačević is a research assistant on the project. She received MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University in Budapest and BA in Philosophy from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy.
  Svein Mønnesland – Coordinator in 2008, is Professor of Slavic Studies in the Department of Literature, Area studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. He is a specialist on South Slavic languages, especially Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, whose long lasting effort in the field of Balkan cultural studies has produced several research-projects and collections of studies of the area. Currently he is engaged in two international projects on the language situation in the former Yugoslav lands, and he is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and of the Academyof Sciences and Arts of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mønneslands book, Før Jugoslavia – og etter, is now available in its fifth reprint. 
  Marko Soldić recently completed his master’s thesis on Croatian veterans of the “Homeland War”, and is now employed in the Research Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. During 2009, he worked at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Skopje, where he, among other things, did research on ethnical, political and economical issues in the Republic of Macedonia, and reported on findings to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also acted as an election observer with OSCE/ODIHR during the 2009 Macedonian presidential- and local elections. 
  Ljiljana Šarić - Coordinator in 2010, is a Professor of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages at the University of Oslo. Her research areas are discourse analysis (specifically, discursive construction of cultural identity), cognitive linguistics, and South Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures. As a coordinator and participant, she has been and is engaged in several international research projects (e.g., Media Constructions of Images of the Self and the Other, and Intercultural Identities – Cross-National Discourses in Europe). She has authored, coauthored, and edited several books, including the forthcoming volume Contesting Europe’s Eastern Rim: Cultural Identities in Public Discourse, and her bibliography includes numerous articles.
Irfan Turković is an MA student engaged with the project. He completed BA in European and American studies, Balkan section in the spring of 2008. He is currently working on a master thesis named “The marking of Islamic religious holidays, from communism to war and exile, among Bosnian Muslims in Norway. He participated as an assistant researcher in the Red Letter Days in Transition project in Belgrade and Sarajevo, most recently in December 2009. He was a visiting student at the Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo from August until December 2009.


Agnes Banach
Aleksandra Bartoszko
Sanja Burzić
Maria Holmene

External Participants


Titus Ensink (University of Groningen)
Tatjana Felberg (Oslo University College)
Albena Georgieva-Angelova (Bulgarian Academy of Science)
Elżbieta Hałas (University of Warszaw)
Ana Hofman (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Bozidar Jezernik (University of Ljubljana)
Vjeran Pavlaković (University of Rijeka)
Svenka Savić (University of Novi Sad)
Christoph Sauer (University of Groningen)


Eva Batista (Slovenia)
Tomas Bokor (Slovakia)
Dorota Krawczynska (Poland)
Milena Valentinova Lyubenova (Bulgaria)
Aleksandra Zamareyewa (Poland)




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