Rogers Brubaker, University of California, Los Angeles
Florian Bieber, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz
Montserrat Guibernau, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge
Reinhard Mehring, The College of Education, Heidelberg
Nuria Sánchez Madrid, Complutense University of Madrid



Rogers BrubakerRogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He has written widely on social theory, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and ethnicity. Brubaker has taught at UCLA since 1991. Before coming to UCLA, he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows of Harvard University (1988-1991). He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (1994-99), a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1994-99), and Fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1995-96), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999-2000), and the Wissenschaftskolleg of Berlin (2016-2017).  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. Brubaker is a Senior Editor of Theory and Society and a member of the Editorial Board of numerous journals.

Brubaker’s most recent books Grounds for Difference (2015) emerged from three new lines of work, engaging three increasingly salient contexts for the contemporary politics of difference: the return of inequality, the return of biology, and the return of the sacred. The introduction can be read here.  The seminar on this book will be organized in the framework of the conference.


Florian BieberFlorian Bieber is a political scientist and historian working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European History and Politics and director of the Center for South East European Studies at the University of Graz. He coordinates the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and is the editor of the book series Southeast European Studies, published with Routledge (formerly Ashgate) and edits the open access journal Contemporary Southeastern Europe.

His work includes expert advice on minorities and minority rights for the European Commission, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe and has provided advice to governments and international organizations on the Balkans. He has extensive training experience in the field of diversity and minority rights.

His research interests include institutional design in multiethnic states, nationalism and ethnic conflict, as well as the political systems of South-eastern Europe. He published articles on institutional design, nationalism and politics in many renown journals. He is the author of Nationalism in Serbia from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milošević (Münster: Lit Verlag, 2005, in German) and Post-War Bosnia: Ethnic Structure, Inequality and Governance of the Public Sector (London: Palgrave, 2006) and edited and co-edited four books on South-eastern Europe.


Montserrat GuibernauMontserrat Guibernau holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Cambridge (POLIS). She works with the Forum on Geopolitics on activities relating to state unity and secessionism, with particular reference to Catalonia and Europe. Her current research focuses upon wider multidisciplinary intellectual agenda in Politics and Sociology, it concerns key academic and policy debates about migration, nationalism and ethnic diversity in the EU and the US as well as the study of challenges posed by secessionism and ethnic violence.

Guibernau holds a PhD in Social and Political Theory, King’s College, Cambridge and a BA in Philosophy, University of Barcelona. At present she She is also a Member of the Management Council at the Canada Blanch Centre, London School of Economics. In 2012-2014 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on: ‘Identity, Emotions and Political Mobilization’.

Her recent publications include Belonging: Solidarity and Division in Modern Societies (Polity, 2013), The Identity of Nations (Polity, 2007) and Catalan Nationalism (Routledge, 2004).


Reinhard Mehring is Professor of Political Science at the College of Education in Heidelberg form 2007. He has studied Philosophy, German Philology and Political Science in Bonn and Freiburg, followed by an internship in Education at several secondary schools in Karlsruhe. He attained his PhD in Freiburg 1988, under Wilhelm Hennis. Between 1989 and 2000 he has taught at the universities of Düsseldorf and Würzburg, as well as at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was promoted to professor (habilitation). After this, he taught as associate professor (Privatdozent) in Berlin, and at various secondary schools in Düsseldorf.

He has authored numerous publications, predominantly in the field of history of political thought, and gained recognition as an expert on the work of Carl Schmitt. He is co-editor of the Jahrbuch Politisches Denken.


Nuria MadridNuria Sánchez Madrid is Senior Lecturer at the University Complutense of Madrid from 2000 (PhD in Philosophy, she prepares her PhD in Classical Philology at the same university). Her main research lines are Classical German Thought, History of Ancient Philosophy and History of Political Ideas, specially focusing on Aristotle, Kant, Arendt and Butler.

She is associated member of the Center of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon and of the IREPH Group of the University of Paris Ouest. She has been visiting professor and researcher at universities in Brasil. Chile, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy and Turkey and is author of more than 180 publications, editions and translations. She was Vice-Chancellor of International Relations and Erasmus Coordinator at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University Complutense of Madrid from 2010 to 2014, collaborates with different assessment academical agencies and is member of the board of the Philosophy Academical Society of Spain.