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
Education
  • Dr. rer. soc., Organization Studies, University of St. Gallen, CH, January 2014 – February 2019
  • MA of Arts, Russian and East European Studies, University of Kansas, USA, August 2011 – May 2013
  • BA of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming, USA, August 2007 – December 2010
  • Berufsschule Stans, Switzerland, August 1998 – 2001 

Summer- and Winter Schools Attended

  • Eight International Postgraduate Summer School “Cultures, Migrations, Borders”, 2nd – 11th July 2019, School of Social Sciences – Department of Social Anthropology and History, Plomari Lesvos, Greece
  • 3CI Ph.D. Winter School on Migration and Urban Change, 15th – 19th January 2018, Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies at the University of Liège, Belgium
  • Albania on the Move – Die Albanische Migrationsgesellschaft, 19th August – 1st September 2017 in Tirana and Durrës, Albania
  • Sarajevo 1914 – 2014 Academic Summer Program on War & Peace. Commemorating the centenary of the beginning of WWI and the conflicts that followed, June 16th June 28th 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In progress

  • Certificate Program of Advanced Studies in Migration Law (CAS), University of Bern
  • Certificate Program of Advanced Studies in Higher Education (CAS), teaching certificate, University of St.Gallen 
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
  • History: Immigration, Flight, Expulsion – A History of Migration, 1650 – 2000, a repeating, mandatory assessment course taught every semester in either German or English, Fall 2018 – present, University of St.Gallen
  • Geschichte: Migrationsland Schweiz – Geschichte und Gegenwart der globalen Eidgenossenschaft, MA course, co-teaching with Prof. Dr. Caspar Hirschi, Fall 2020, University of St.Gallen
  • Cultures: Knowledge, Power, Culture – Rethinking (former) Yugoslavia, MA, co-teaching with Dr. Jelena Tosic, Spring 2020, University of St.Gallen
  • Geschichte: Migration und Technologie im Spannungsfeld von Möglichkeit und Kontrolle, BA course, co-teaching with Dr. Jan Horstmann, Fall 2019, University of St.Gallen
  • Culture: Russian and Turkish Soft Power in the Western Balkans, MA study abroad course, co-teaching with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schmid, Fall 2019, University of St.Gallen
  • Geschichte: Imperium-Nation-Kommunismus: Zeitgenössische Interpretation von Nationalismus in Südosteuropa, BA study abroad course, co-teaching with Dr. Partschefeld, Fall 2018, University of St.Gallen  
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: Scientific Exchange Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, January – Mai 2021, competitive full academic scholarship awarded through the Swiss National Foundation (2020)  
  • Grant: City of St.Gallen grant for the realization of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (in cooperation with All might Change, 2020)
  • Grant: City of Zürich grant for the realization of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (in cooperation with All might Change, 2020)     
  • Grant: Convention of the Workshop ““Samo Vjeran Pas”: Workshop on Post-Yugoslav Neoliberal Academic Selves and Possibilities of Knowing the Balkans Otherwise”, awarded through the Forschungskommission at the University of St.Gallen (co-application with Suncana Laketa and Jelena Tosic, 2019)
  • 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 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 in support of 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
  • Chair: “Liberalism in Yugoslavia: before and after the disintegration” 3rd Workshop Basler Arbeitskreis für Südosteuropa (BASO), University of Basel, 15. 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 
  • Chair: “Are we still rocking the boat? Reflections on Gender Research as Critical Enquiry”, Engendering Academia, University of St. Gallen, 5. June 2018
  • Chair: “The Revolution Expands: Now and Then”, One Hundred years that shook the world: Failures, legacies and futures of the Russian Revolution, University of St. Gallen, 6. October 201
  • Presentation: “Voices of the Via Egnatia”, Landis & Gyr Foundation in Support of History and Social Science Projects in Zug, Switzerland, 4. November 2016 

(Co-)Convener of workshops, conferences, panels, and study abroad course

  • Annual GCE conference: Final conference for the second institutional phase: Transnational Contact Zones, planned to be held in Chisinau, Moldova, moved to the University of St.Gallen due to Covid19, 9-12. September 2020 (co-organized with Ania Susak, Oleksii Chebotarov, and Ulrich Schimd
  • Doctoral and Postdoctoral retreat: HSG Doctoral Organization Studies Peer-Group Retreat in Appenzell, Switzerland, 3. – 5. September 2020 (co-organization with the SHSS Gender & Diversity Commission, University of St.Gallen, cancelled due to Covid19)
  • Workshop: ‘Shades of Grey’: Inquiries into Informal Practices in the Black Sea Region since the Eighteenth Century, New Europe College, Bucharest, 8. – 9. June 2020 (co-organization with Constantin Ardeleanu & Katharina Biegger, postponed due to Covid19)
  • Panel on Post-Jugoslav Migration, Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), 6. – 8. May 2020 (co-organization with Miso Kapetanovic, cancelled due to Covid19)
  • Workshop: Basler Arbeitskreis für Südosteuropa, University of St.Gallen, 3 April 2020 (co-organization with Ljiljana Reinkowski, cancelled due to Covid19)
  • 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)
  • Study abroad course: University of St. Gallen course component “Soft Powers in the Western Balkans” in Belgrade, Serbia, Novi Pazar in Serbia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27. October – 3. November 2019 (co-organized with Ulrich Schmid, University of St. Gallen)
  • Symposium: (Post)Totalitarianism? Western Balkan Experiences, University of St. Gallen, 25. October 2019 (co-organized with Jelena Tošic, University of St.Gallen)
  • Annual GCE conference: Second institutional phase: Borderlands and Contact Zones in Ukraine and the Black Sea Region, Vinnytsia, Ukraine, 11. - 14. September 2019 (co-organized with Ania Susak, Oleksii Chebotarov, and Ulrich Schimd)
  • 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 zu Berlin)
  • Study abroad course: University of St. Gallen course component “Empire-Communism-Nation: Nation Building in East and South-eastern Europe” in Belgrade, Serbia; Skopje, Macedonia; and Tirana, Albania, 28. October – 3. November 2018 (co-organized with Yves Partschefeld, University of St.Gallen
  • Annual GCE conference: Second institutional phase: Transnational Contact Zones in Ukraine: Borders, Conflicts, and Multiple Identities, Uzhgorod, Ukraine, 9-11. September 2018 (co-organized with Ania Susak, Oleksii Chebotarov, and Ulrich Schimd)
  • Annual GCE conference: Second institutional phase: Transnational Contact Zones: Redefining Ukrainian Regionalism, Odesa, Ukraine, 14-16. September 2017 (co-organized with Ania Susak, Oleksii Chebotarov, and Ulrich Schimd)
  • 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)
  • Annual GCE conference: Second institutional phase: Contact Zones, Dnipro, Ukraine, 15-16. September 2016 (co-organized with Ania Susak, Oleksii Chebotarov, and Ulrich Schimd)
  • 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, Guatemala)