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Research fellows

Andras L. Pap
Andras is a constitutional scholar and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Sociology between January 2016 and December 2018.
His works on an interdisciplinary project—on comparative constitutional law, human rights and sociology—scrutinizing the theoretical and practical difficulties that concern the legal and political definition-making for ethnic categories and identification.
Between 2000 and 2002 Andras was visiting scholar at New York University Law School. In the past years he has worked as Research Chair and Head of Department for the Study of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies, as Professor of Law at the Law Enforcement Faculty of the National Public Administration University, as Associate Professor at Eötvös University Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Philosophy, and Recurrent Visiting Professor at Central European University’s Nationalism Studies Program in Budapest, Hungary.
Andras received his JD and Ph.D. from Eötvös University, and MA and M.Phil. degrees from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded the Doctor of Sciences title by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Selected recent publications:
Pap, A. L. (2015) Racial, Ethnic, or National Minority? Legal Discourses and Policy Frameworks on the Roma—In Hungary and Beyond. Social Inclusion 2015, Volume 3, Issue 5, 78–89.
Is there a Legal Right to Free Choice of Ethno-racial Identity? Legal and Political Difficulties in Defining Minority Communities and Membership Boundaries. Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Winter 2015, Volume 46. No. 2. (46.2:73 2015) 153–232.
Pap, A. L. (2012) Dogmatism, Hypocrisy and the Inadequacy of Legal and Social Responses Combating Hate Crimes and Extremism: The CEE Experience. In: Michael Stewart (ed.) The Gypsy 'Menace'. Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics. London: Hurst & Co. / Columbia University Press, 2012, 295–311.
Pap, A. L. (2012) Constitutional Exceptionalism: Efficacy, Proportionality and the Attenuation of Balancing Standards. In: Synnøve Ugelvik and Barbara Hudson (eds.) Justice and Security in the 21st Century: Liberty, Risks, Rights and the Rule of Law. London and New York: Routledge 2012, 157–178.

Myrto Tsilimpounidi
Myrto is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Sociology between October 2015 and September 2018 and the co-director of the organisation Ministry of Untold Stories. Her research focuses on the interface between migration, urbanism, and culture. Past work explores empirical investigation of cosmopolitan theory in Southern Europe. Current projects focus on street politics, landscapes of belonging, and the new aesthetics of crisis in Europe. One strand of the research explores the notion of ‘democracy’ and ‘civil society’ in the face of extreme austerity. A second strand considers the dynamics of migration, the untold stories of marginal subjectivities, and their correlation to social policy.
Myrto has been working towards a critical engagement with public sociology and in partnership with a range of state officials, NGOs and CBOs developing critical and collaborative approaches to research in diverse environments (UK, Thailand, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Greece).
DPhil – Social and Political Thought (Sep 2007 – Dec 2011) Graduated 2012
School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
Thesis Title: Remapping Athens: An Analysis of Urban Cosmopolitan Milieus.

MA – Critical Global Studies (Sep 2006 – Sep 2007) Critical Global Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.
Dissertation Title: Can Cosmopolitanism be put into Practice? The Zapatistas’ Alternatve.

BSc – Economic and Regional Development (Sep 2000 – Sep 2004) Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece.

Selected Publications:
Tsilimpounidi, M. (2017) Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity. London: Routledge.
Tsilimpounidi, M. & Avramidis, K. (eds.) (2017) Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Farnham: Ashgate.
Tsilimpounidi, M. & Walsh, A. (eds.) (2014) Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens. London: Zero Books. ISBN: 978 – 78099 – 605 – 9.

Simon Smith
Simon Smith was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute for Sociology between May 2013 and December 2015. He investigated the transformations of journalism in the light of virtual communication. He focused particularly on the organisation of discussion under news articles: what discursive practices predominate there, and what kinds of information get produced? Who watches over who in the hybrid space between professional and amateur knowledge production? The heart of the study is a pair of case studies of Slovak daily newspapers, using a combination of ethnographic observation, interviews and discourse analysis.
In the past Simon worked at the Universities of Leeds, Salford and the West of Scotland. He has published on many topics including organisational sociology, knowledge production, research evaluation, political participation and regional development. He gained his PhD at the University of Bradford (UK) for a study on independent cultural spaces in 1970s and 1980s Czechoslovakia.

He is the author/editor of:
Jana Dvořáčková, Petr Pabian, Simon Smith, Tereza Stöckelová, Karel Šima, Tereza Virtová (2014) Politika a každodennost na českých vysokých školách : etnografické pohledy na vzdělávání a výzkum. [Politics and everydayness in Czech universities: ethnographic perspectives on education and research]. Prague: SLON.
Simon Smith (ed.) (2003) Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation. Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, London & New York: RoutledgeCurzon.
Institute for Sociology of SAS, Klemensova 19, 813 64 Bratislava, Slovak Republic