Sandra King-Savic

Sandra King-Savic

Sandra King-Savic

Dr.
Executive Director GCE
SHSS-HSG
Büro 52-7138
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Social Anthropology
  • Migration
  • Social Transformation
  • Western Balkans
Education

2019 Dr. rer. soc., Organization Studies, University of St. Gallen (HSG)

2013 MA of Arts, Russian and East European Studies, University of Kansas (KU)        

2017 BA of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming (UWYO)

Professional Career

Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (January – May 2021)

International Postdoctoral Fellow, University of St. Gallen, CH (March 2019-present)

Lecturer at the Department of History, University of St. Gallen, CH (January 2018-present)

Executive Director at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen, CH (2016-present)

Human Rights Educator, Amnesty International Switzerland (2017-2019)

Research Associate at the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St. Gallen, CH (2015-2018)

Research Assistant at the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St. Gallen, CH (2014-2018)

Research Assistant, Foreign Language and Area Studies & the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, USA (2012-2013)

Research Assistant, Foreign Military Studies Office & the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, USA (2011-2012)

Internship, Wyoming Women’s Foundation, Laramie Wyoming, USA, (2010)

Assistant at the International Studies Department, University of Wyoming, USA, (2009-2010)

Internship, AMIDEAST Nabeul Language Village, Tunisia (June – August 2008) 

Teaching Activities

Immigration, Flight, Expulsion - A History of Migration 1650 - 2000 | University of St.Gallen, German and English, Spring 2018 - present 

Migration und Technologie im Spannungsfeld von Möglichkeit und Kontrolle | Universität St.Gallen, Deutsch, Herbst 2019

Russian and Turkish Soft Power in the Western Balkans (study abroad) | University of St.Gallen, English, fall 2019

Imperium-Nation-Kommunismus: Zeitgenössische Interpretation von Nationalismus in Südosteuropa (study abroad) | University St. Gallen, fall 2018

Introduction to qualitative data collection | New Europe College in Bucharest, English, Spring 2019

Projects

Post-doctoral research project March 2019 – 2022: “Mediating Belonging in Switzerland: Strategies of Integration Among Labor Migrants and Refugees from Yugosalvia”, University of St. Gallen | International Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Scientific outreach project in cooperation with All might Change 2016, 2019: “Voices of the Via Egnatia”, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Landis & Gyr Foundation

Doctoral research project 2014 – 2019: “Transnational Black-Market Practices between Novi Pazar, Serbia, and Turkey: Re-Constructing Social Relations through the Prism of Šverc (Smuggling), University of St.Gallen | Swiss National Foundation 

MA research project 2011 - 2013: “Social History of Interethnic Relations: A Case Study of Novi Pazar, Serbia”, University of Kansas | Foreign Language & Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) and Foreign Military Studies Office 

Affiliations

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL COHESION (IMISCOE)

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Basler Arbeitsgruppe für Südosteuropa (BASO)

Awards

Fellowship: International Postdoctoral Fellowship (IPF) awarded by the Basic Research Fund (GFF) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), competitive full academic scholarship for the post-doctoral project “Mediating Belonging in Switzerland: Strategies of Integration Among Labor Migrants and Refugees from Yugosalvia” (March 2019-March 2022) 

Grant: Ernst Göhner Foundation grant for the realization of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (2019, in cooperation with All might Change)

Grant: Landis & Gyr Foundation grant to conduct research of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (2016, 2019)

Grant: Science Peer Mentoring awarded by the Basic Research Fund (GFF) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Academic scholarship for the support of young researchers, 2015 – 2016, (co-conceptualized with Alice Froidevaux)  

Fellowship: Swiss National Foundation (SNF) Fellowship awarded through the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St.Gallen (HSG) competitive full academic scholarship for the doctoral project “Transnational Black-Market Practices between Novi Pazar, Serbia, and Turkey: Re-Constructing Social Relations through the Prism of Šverc (Smuggling) (April 2015 – April 2018)

Fellowship: Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship (FLAS) awarded through the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for the MA project “Social History of Interethnic Relations: A Case Study of Novi Pazar, Serbia” (2012-2013)  • Prize: Transitions Online, Winner of the Next in Line.eu Citizen Journalist Contest (2012)

Fellowship: Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) scholarship awarded through the Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for ethnographic fieldwork in Novi Pazar, Serbia (May 2012-July 2012)

Fellowship: Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) awarded through the Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for the MA project “Social History of Interethnic Relations: A Case Study of Novi Pazar, Serbia” (2011-2012)

Grant: Arts & Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship, academic scholarship to cover a Winter School in Brussels, University of Wyoming (March 2010)

Grant: Dick and Lynne Cheney Scholarship academic scholarship to cover a Winter School in Brussels, University of Wyoming (March 2010)  

Talks

Invited Talks  

Presentation: "Reframing Integration: Building a new Paradigm of Integration Based on the Perspective of those who Experienced Migration. A Case Study of Labor migrants and Refugees from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Switzerland” at the Kompaktkolloquim for Ph.D. candidates and postdocs at the University of Constance, February 10th 2020

Presentation: “Integration’ von Jugoslawischen ‘Gastarbeitern’ und ‘Asyslsuchenden’”, Brownbag Seminars at the University of Graz, 7. January 2020  • Discussant: “Southern steppe frontiers and the Black Sea region”, Borderlands and Contact Zones in Ukraine and the Black Sea Region Conference in Vinnytsa, Ukraine, 12. September 2019

Presentation: “Zur Integration in der Migrationsforschung”, Doctoral Colloquium at the Department of History, University of St. Gallen, 15. May 2019

Presentation: “Mediating Belonging in Switzerland: Strategies of Integration Among Labor Migrants and Refugees from Yugoslavia”, Migration Working Group – Labour Market | Integration of Migrants and Refugees at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, 26 March 2019

Lecture: “Introduction to qualitative data collection”, New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania, 28. February 2019  

Lecture: “Transnational Relations and Informal Markets in Post-Socialist Serbia”, Summer School on Borderland Studies in East-Central Europe and the Black Sea Region, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 25. June – 6. July 2019

Presentation: “Voices of the Via Egnatia”, Landis & Gyr Foundation in Support of History and Social Science Projects in Zug, Switzerland, 4. November 2016  

Convener of Workshops and Conference Panels

Convener of workshop: “Samo vjeran pas?” Workshop on Post-Yugoslav Neoliberal Academic Selves and Possibilities of Knowing the Balkans Otherwise, University of St Gallen (HSG), Switzerland , 5. -7. February 2020 (co-organized with Suncana Laketa, University of Neuchatel, and Jelena Tošic, University of St. Gallen)

Convener of Symposium: (Post)Totalitarianism? Western Balkan Experiences, University of St. Gallen, 25. October 2019 (co-organized with Jelena Tošic, University of St.Gallen)

Convener of winter School: Intensive Winter Course in Modern Research Methods, New Europe College in Bucharest, Romania, 28. February – 2. March 2019 (co-organized with Constantin Ardeleanu, University of Galati, Romania, and Katharina Biegger, Wissenschafts Kolleg Berlin)

Convener of workshop: Transnational Smuggling Networks: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Narratives about Illicit/Black/Second Markets in the Black Sea Region and Southeastern Europe, Center for Advanced Studies in Sofia, Bulgaria, 19. -21. October 2017 (co-organized with Vladan Jovanovic, Institute for Contemporary History, Serbia)

Convener of doctoral retreat: HSG Doctoral Organization Studies Peer-Group Retreat in Appenzell, Switzerland, 19. – 21. May 2016 (co-organized with Alice Froidevaux, HSG/Advisor advocacy and communication at Broederlijk Delen in Guatemala)

Convener of conference panel: “Imagined Facts in the Balkans: Cultural Identity, Geopolitics, and the SFRY” at the 47th Annual ASEEES Convention, Philadelphia 19. – 22. November 2015 (co-organized with Matthew Cotton, University of Washington, Seattle)

Convener of conference panel: “Post-Yugoslav spaces” at the 25th World Convention of the Association of the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, New York, 7. – 9. May 2020 (co-organized with Miso Kapetanovic, University of St.Gallen)

Convener of conference panel: “State Capture and Contemporary Narratives about Illicit Market Practices in Serbia during, and since the 1990s” at the 23rd World Convention of the Association of the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, New York, 2. – 4. May 2018 (co-organized with Vladan Jovanovic, Institute for Contemporary History, Serbia)

Conference Talks

“Theoretical Considerations and Methodological Considerations when researching the Integration of Migrants and Refugees”, Eighth International Postgraduate Summer School on “Cultures, Migrations, Borders”, University of the Aegean, School of Social Sciences – Department of Social Anthropology and History, 8. July 2019

“The Inner Logic of Transnational Relations, a Case Study from Southern Serbia”, IMISCOE Winter School: Migration and Urban Change, Liège Universitè in cooperation with the Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et de Migrations, Belgium, 15. January 2018

“Migratory Routes Across the Green Border between Albania, Macedonia, and Greece”, DAAD Go East-Summer School in Albania, University of Tirana, Albania, 19. August 2017

“Solidarity Networks and Black Markets”, International Symposium on the Informal & the Formal in Times of Crisis: Ethnographic Insights”, University of the Peloponnese, Corinth, 8. July 2017

11th Congress of South-East European Studies, Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria, 31. August – 4. September 2015