Notes on Contributors

In: The Romance-Speaking Balkans
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Notes on Contributors

Michael Studemund-Halévy is research associate at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Studies, University of Hamburg. In 2013 he was awarded the Prix Alberto Benveniste (Paris) for his contributions to Sephardic Studies. He studied Psycholinguistics, Balkan and Romance Linguistics and Jewish Studies at the universities of Bucharest, Lisbon, Lausanne, Perugia and Hamburg. He has researched and published extensively on the cultural and linguistic history of the Balkan Sephardim, Jewish Interlinguistics, Judezmo, Jewish epigraphy and iconography.

Cătălin Mamali received his PhD in 1976 at the University of Bucharest. Between 1990–1991 he has been a Fulbright scholar at the University of Iowa. Since 1992 he is independent scholar associated with Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry—University of Iowa and he is a member of APS, EASP and other scientific organizations. His areas of research include motivation and values, interpersonal cognitive behavior (interknowledge), dynamics of questioning and answering potential across life-span and cultures, iconic social metaphors (social autograph), civil disobedience and political genealogies, participatory methodologies (self-inquiry, symmetrical situations), Armenian Genocide.

Anna-Christine Weirich is a research assistant at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. She holds a PhD in Romanian language and literature which she obtained in 2017 with her PhD thesis on societal and individual multilingualism in the Republic of Moldova. Her current research project deals with digital multilingual literacies of Moldovan immigrants in Montréal (Québec/Canada).

Ewa Nowicka is a social anthropologist and sociologist, founder of the Department of Social Anthropology at the Institute of Sociology in the University of Warsaw, and member of the Committee of Migration and Polonia Studies, Committee of Ethnological Sciences and Balkan Studies Commission (Polish Academy of Sciences). She has authored handbooks of social anthropology and numerous books and articles on familiarity and strangeness, culture contact, the emergence of modern nations in Siberia (e.g. Buryats) and situation of Polish minority in the areas of the former Soviet Union and minority groups in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe (particularly Roma and Vlach).

Daniela-Carmen Stoica is a lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages of “Fan S. Noli” University of Korçë, Albania. In her doctoral thesis she explored the bilingualism of the Aromanian community of Korçë. She is the founder of the Romanian Language Lectorate at the University of Korçë, and also teaches Romanian at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Tirana. Her areas of interest and research include second language acquisition, English as a foreign language, minority languages.

Mircea Măran is Head of the Department for Philosophy and Social Sciences of the College for Preschool Education in Vršac, Serbia. He is a historian dedicated to the study of culture, religion, migrations and identity of the Romanians in Vojvodina in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has published over 20 monographs on the Romanians in Serbia, Serbian-Romanian relationships, the multiculturalism and religious pluralism of the Banat region, and a series of studies in the field of history, pedagogy, and anthropology.

Zvjezdana Vrzić teaches sociolinguistics at the University of Rijeka and New York University. She was the first director of the Center for Language Research at the University of Rijeka between 2015 and 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University. Her research interests include minority languages, language endangerment, language shift, language and identity, language description, constraints on language contact in the area of syntax, and collaborative language documentation and corpus building, focusing on the areas of Istria and Kvarner in Croatia.

Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković is a Senior Resеаrch Associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade. She holds a Ph.D. in the anthropology of folklore at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She is a linguist and anthropologist dedicated to the study of the Romance-speaking populations in the Balkans, and a member of the Gypsy Lore Society, European Academic Network on Romani Studies, Folklore Association of Serbia and Balkan History Association (Scientific Board). Her research interests are related to sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, language acquisition, Romance and Balkan linguistics, migration studies, Balkan and Romani studies.

Monica Huțanu is Assistant Professor at the Romanian Studies Department at the West University of Timișoara, Romania, and, since 2012, lecturer of the Romanian language at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Her areas of interest and research include writing systems (which she explored in her doctoral thesis on the place and importance of the etymological orthographic principle in Romanian), sociolinguistics, second language acquisition.

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