Early Stage Researcher 10: Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia

The University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, is seeking to appoint a high-calibre Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE).

Position: Early Stage Researcher 10: Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia

Location: University of Belgrade (home institution) and Jagiellonian University, Krakow (secondment)

Working Time: Full Time (36.5 hours per week)

Duration: Fixed-Term until 31 December 2021


€25,041.72 (annual gross salary pro rata – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of €600 – all paid in RSD using an appropriate conversion rate.

If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of €500.



29/10/2019 23:00 – Europe/Athens


Terms of recruitment

The recruitment of the ESR will be conducted according to the internal rules of the host institution and national legislation.


Following the collapse of state socialism, the liberalisation of public life, democratisation of politics, abolition of state-run economies and the introduction of markets commenced in the states of the former Soviet bloc. These necessary yet socially costly transformations never ran smoothly and in the same direction in all the post-communist states but by the mid-2000s the most successful countries, clustered in Central Europe and the Baltic, seemed to have managed to consolidate liberal democracy. Then something snapped. The political trajectory veered off in new directions as populist parties started gaining more support. All populists engage in delegitimising the democratic system in the name of unconstrained majoritarianism. Now we have two cases (Hungary and Poland) where right-wing populists are in power and dismantling the institutions of checks and balances, and cases where the dominance of technocratic or left populists (Czechia, Slovakia) seems to risk democratic erosion. FATIGUE aims to explain and interpret this puzzling U-turn, reflect on its delayed emergence, diagnose its consequences and propose viable policy solutions. ESR10 will be one of 15 ESRs at six partner universities.

For further information about the Programme, visit https://populism-europe.com.

The Role

ESR10 will be employed by the University of Belgrade and enrolled on the PhD programme at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, and will write their thesis on a topic related to Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia, supervised by Prof. Nikola Samardžić and Dr Haris Dajč, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, and Prof. Zdzisław Mach at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Further information about the PhD project is below:

Objectives: ESR10 will investigate the increase in anti-Semitism since the end of the Cold War and the Yugoslav civil wars, particularly the impact on this process of the rise of right-wing populism. The ESR can narrow the topic by focusing on a specific state, region or city of the former Yugoslavia or by conducting comparative research into the anti-Semitic trends in the former Yugoslav states and other European post-communist states.

Expected results: ESR10’s research will demonstrate the influence of nationalism, radical political groups on the extreme left and right, historical revisionism vis-à-vis WWII collaborators, the influence of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the post-Yugoslav states on increased anti-Semitism.

Planned secondment(s): ESR10 will undertake a period of research at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and gain policy-relevant work experience at the Halina Niec Legal Aid Centre, Krakow (TBC).

The ESR’s PhD must be designed and conceived as an integral part of the overall FATIGUE project. The successful candidate will be a team player, prepared to work closely with the Project’s senior staff and other ESRs. By the end of the third year the ESR will be expected to complete a publishable chapter for the volume constituting one of the major deliverables of FATIGUE. This chapter can be a part of the PhD dissertation, which, most likely, will be completed at a later date.

This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a network of leading scholars working on one of the most pressing political issues of the contemporary period. In addition to PhD supervision, the successful candidate will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme, which will encompass:

  1. a) An overseas research trip to one of the partner universities in the FATIGUE consortium;
    b) A secondment to a non-academic training partner;
    c) A ‘Comparative Analysis: Interim Results’ workshop; and
    d) A research-to-policy/stakeholder engagement workshop.

The ESR will help organise and present their research at a major international conference on the themes of the FATIGUE research programme.