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Albert DOJA

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University Professor,
Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Lille.
Clersé CNRS UMR 8019,
Cité Scientifique SH2-205, 59650 Lille, France.
Phone : +33(0)3 20 43 48 74. +33(0)6 66 36 23 04. Email

*Professor Doja will be on leave 2017-2018 as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University*

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- Academic Leadership and Awards
- Research themes
- Research projects
- Education
- Career
- Teaching
- Recent communications
- PUBLICATIONS
- Recent articles

68 Articles published in peer-reviewed international journals
of which 47 in indexed international journals
of which 38 indexed in Web of Science [of which 12 after publication]
of which 22 republished or translated in other languages

Academic Leadership and Awards

- Ordinary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Albania, First Chairholder of Anthropology, elected in August 2008.

- Appointed Member of Expert Panel G&M4 : Social, Political and Communication Sciences, Flanders Research Fund, Belgium (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen), since 2009.

- Subject Leader, Anthropology Section, Undergraduate Programme, Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Lille Sciences and Technologies, since 2012.

- Program design of a new Research Master (M2) : Anthropology of global transformations and regional implications, Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Lille Sciences and Technologies, started in 2015.

- Honorary Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London, 2004-2011.

- UNDP temporary assignment, Founding Deputy Rector, University of Durres, Albania, 2006-2008.

- Editorial Board Member : Ethnologia Balkanica. The Journal for Southeast European Anthropology, since 2000.

- Refereed reviewer for a significant number of international peer-reviewed journals, including Theory Culture & Society ; International Sociology ; Anthropological Theory ; Social Anthropology ; Anthropology Today ; Ethnologia Balkanica ; Anthropology Notebooks ; National Identities ; Sociology of Religion ; Religion State & Society ; Journal of Family & Marriage ; History of the Family ; Polis ; etc.

Research themes

- French structural legacy in current anthropology, social sciences and the humanities

- European integration and identity transformations

- Identity politics : cultural dynamics, interethnic relations, international migrations, global transformations

- Religious politics : faith, belief, spirituality, ethics and morality, theology, power and ideology

- Collective representations : knowledge production and cultural transmission

- Political technologies of the self : gender construction, kinship organization, reproduction activism

Research projects

- Heroic anthropology : Toward a neo-structural constructivism

- Cultural encounters and migration challenges to European integration : Morphodynamics of core values and identity transformations in Europe

- Collective representations as a form of power and hegemony in international relations

- The politics of socio-anthropological knowledge production in East European history

- Islamic mysticisms, Christian heresies, Millenarian cults and New political-religious movements

- Post-communist transformations and instrumental folklorism of cultural traditions : identity politics, ethnic conflict and sexual violence

Education

- PhD in Social Anthropology, with distinction, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, 1993. (Funded by the High Level Scholarship of the French Ministry of Research and Technology). (Naitre et Grandir : Essai d’anthropologie de la socialisation dans la société traditionnelle albanaise)

- Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Sociology and Anthropology, Paris Descartes University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sorbonne, 2004. (Construction des identités sociales : relations interethniques et dynamique des valeurs culturelles)

Career

- Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology, School of Comparative and Applied Social Sciences, University of Hull, U.K. 2000-2001.

- Senior Research Scholar, College of Humanities, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2002-2007.

- Professor of Social Sciences and Deputy Rector, University of Durres, Albania, 2006-2008. (Temporary assignment to the United Nations Development Program),

- Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, Head of Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Dean of Graduate Programs, State University of New York (Tirana Campus), 2007–2009.

- Senior Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, European University of Tirana, 2007–2011.

Teaching

- Séminaire de méthodologie comparative en sciences sociales, Programme des études doctorales, ED-SESAM, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014.

- Séminaire de méthodologie qualitative, Programme des études doctorales, ED-SESAM, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2011-2013.

- Frontières ethniques et multiculturalisme, Cours magistral, Master 2 Sociologie et Anthropologie des Enjeux Urbains, Institut de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2013-2015.

- Pratiques de l’observation et de l’entretien, Cours magistral, Master de sociologie-anthropologie, Institut de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2011-2017.

- Séminaire de préparation à la recherche, Master de sociologie-anthropologie, Institut de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2011-2012.

- Socio-anthropologie appliquée aux organisations, Cours magistral, Master de Management et Sciences Sociales, Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2013-2018.

- Théories sociales contemporaines, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2014-2017.

- Anthropologie politique, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2012-2018.

- Anthropologie du symbolisme et de la religion, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2012-2018.

- Socio-anthropologie critique de l’ethnicité, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Institut de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2011-2014.

- Anthropologie structurale, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2012-2014.

- Séminaire de projet d’enquête, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2014-2015.

- Histoire de la pensée sociologique, Cours magistral, Licence de sociologie-anthropologie, Institut de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université de Lille, 2011-2012.

- Pensée Sociale et Politique Moderne et Contemporaine, Programmes de Premier Cycle (Licence) en Sociologie, Science Politique, Relations Internationales et Études de Communication, Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Université Européenne de Tirana, 2010-2011.

- Théorie Sociale, Programme de Troisième Cycle (Master-2 et Doctorat) en Sociologie, Science Politique et Relations Internationales, École Doctorale des Sciences Sociales et Politiques, Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Université Européenne de Tirana, 2009-2011.

- Introduction à l’Anthropologie Social-Culturelle, Cours de Premier Cycle (Licence), Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Université Européenne de Tirana, 2007-2011 ; Foundation Programme (en anglais), University of New York in Tirana, 2007-2009 ; Université de Durres, 2006-2007 ; Faculté des Sciences de l’Éducation, Université Fan Noli de Korça, 2010-2011.

- Introduction à la Sociologie, Cours de Premier Cycle (Licence), Faculté des Sciences Sociales, Université Européenne de Tirana, 2007-2009 ; Foundation Programme (en anglais), University of New York in Tirana, 2007-2009.

Recent communications

- “The Morphodynamics of Social Reality : Mapping Identity Transformations, Cultural Encounters, Core Values and other Challenges to European Integration”, Project Proposal presented at the Visiting Scholars Seminar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), 20 September 2017. (Video)

- “Post-Imperial Truth Claims and Postcolonial Knowledge Production in the Post-Communist Balkans”, Paper presented at the Princeton Conjunction on Imperial Reverb : Exploring the Postcolonies of Communism, Princeton University, 13-15 May 2016. (Video)

- “Raw madness and cooked evil : the unspeakable politics of mass rapes as a military strategy and instrument of ethnic cleansing”, Paper presented at the International Conference on War and Sexual Violence, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 28-29 April 2016. (Video)

- “Exchange and Reciprocity : on words, goods, women, and other technologies of communication”, Keynote Lecture at the 3rd ASSE International Conference of British and American Studies In the Beginning was the Word and then Technology, Tirana (Albania), 26-28 November 2015.

- “The Politics of Pride and Prejudice : Hooliganism, Nationalism and Racism in a Football Match between Serbia and Albania” [with Enika Abazi], Paper presented at the 20th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York (U.S.A.), 23–25 April 2015.

- “Would-become Albanians before Modernity : the Politics of Identity from Pre-Modern Times in Modern Perspectives” [with Enika Abazi], Paper delivered in print at the Conference on Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood before Modernity : Old Debates and New Perspectives, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford (U.K.), 24–26 April 2015.

- “Le prix de l’amour : circulation des richesses et technologie de communication des relations sociales : une immersion dans les structures anthropologiques de l’échange et de la réciprocité”, La Richesse : 6e Printemps des sciences humaines et sociales, Maison européenne des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société, Lille Nord de France, 14 avril 2014. [Video]

- “From the German-speaking point of view : Unholy Empire, Balkanism, and the culture circle particularism of Albanian studies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland”, Seminar für Socialanthropologie, Universität Freiburg (Switzerland), 26 March 2014.

- “How to build identity in the Adriatic-Ionian Region : Cultural, Regional, and European Perspectives between civic ideas and nation-state motivations”, EUSAIR - how to say it ? University Forum on Building a macro-regional awareness in Adriatic-Ionian territories, Bologna University, Emilia-Romagna Region, Bologna (Italy), 5-6 December 2013. [Video]

- “From the German point of view : a critical view of cultural particularism in Albanian studies”, Mainstream and Dissident Scientific Networks between the Balkans and Germany, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 20-22 September 2012. [Video]

- “The politics of religion and the construction of instrumental realities and identities against an imagined future of the Balkans”, Faiths in Kosovo : Past, Present, Future, International Conference Commemorating the 1,700th anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge and the Conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity, American University in Kosovo, Prishtina, 15-17 May 2012. [Video]

- “Gender in the Albanian world : anthropological approach”, Sex selection from Asia to Europe, Centre Population & Development, Paris Descartes University, 2 December 2011. [Video]

- “Folklorist Exegesis, Ethnographic Fieldwork and Anthropological Analysis in Albanian context”, The Rise of Anthropology ‘on the Margins of Europe’ 1945-1991, Conference held at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany, 9–11 March 2011. [Video]

- “Morphodynamics and Agency : From Post-Structuralism to Neo-Structuralism”, Invited Presidential Session : Lévi-Strauss, Europe and the Ends of Anthropology, American Anthropological Association 108th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, December 2–6, 2009. [Video].

- “Democracy securitization and interventionism : local and global challenges to stability and peace in the Western Balkans”, European Peace Architecture : Integration, Cooperation and Engagement, 6th EuPRA bi-annual Congress, European Peace Research Association & European University, Tirana, Albania, 23–25 July 2009.

- “International schema of intervention in a parochial village : Challenges to the Democratisation of the Western Balkans”, International Conference on Central Europe – Two Decades After, Political Science Institute, University of Opole, Kamien Slaski, Poland, 26–27 November 2009.

- “From Confraternal Religion to Instrumental Theology : ideological reversal between heterodoxy and orthodoxy in the political history of Bektashism (Keynote Lecture)”, International Symposium on Bektashism between religious movement and established religion, European University, Tirana, Albania, 23–24 October 2009.

PUBLICATIONS

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Recent Monograph

- Albert Doja (2013) Invitation au Terrain : Mémoire personnel de la construction du projet socio-anthropologique, Bruxelles : Peter Lang, 2013, doi:10.3726/978-3-0352-6299-5. ISBN 978-2-87574-023-6, 9783035262995. (Extraits). (open access).

Recent articles in peer-reviewed international journals

- Enika Abazi & Albert Doja (2016) “Time and Narrative : Temporality, Memory, and Instant History of Balkan Wars”, Time & Society, pp. 1-34. doi:10.1177/0961463X16678249. <open access>.

- Enika Abazi & Albert Doja (2017) "The past in the present : time and narrative of Balkan wars in media industry and international politics." Third World Quarterly, vol. 38 (4), pp. 1012–1042. doi:10.1080/01436597.2016.1191345. (open access).

- Enika Abazi & Albert Doja (2016) “International Representations of Balkan Wars : A Socio-Anthropological Account in International Relations Perspective”, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2016, vol. 29 (2), pp. 581–610, doi:10.1080/09557571.2015.1118998. (open access).

- Enika Abazi & Albert Doja (2016) "From the communist point of view : Cultural hegemony and folkloric manipulation in Albanian studies under socialism", Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 49 (2), 2016, pp. 163-178, doi:10.1016/j.postcomstud.2016.04.002. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2015) “From the native point of view : An insider/outsider perspective on folkloric archaism and modern anthropology in Albania”, History of the Human Sciences, vol. 28 (2), 2015, pp. 44-75, doi:10.1177/0952695115594099. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2014) “From the German-speaking point of view : Unholy Empire, Balkanism, and the culture circle particularism of Albanian studies”, Critique of Anthropology, vol. 34 (3), 2014, pp. 290-326, doi:10.1177/0308275X14531834. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2014) “The Beautiful Blue Danube and the Accursed Black Mountain Wreath : German and Austrian Kulturpolitik of Knowledge on Southeast Europe and Albania”, Soziale Welt : Zeitschrift für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Praxis, vol. 65 (3), 2014, pp. 317-343, doi:10.5771/0038-6073-2014-3-317. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2014) “Socializing enchantment : a socio-anthropological approach to infant-directed singing, music education and cultural socialization”, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 45 (1), 2014, pp. 115-147 (Jstor ; open access).

- Albert Doja (2013) “The Politics of Religious Dualism : Naim Frashëri and his elective affinity to religion in the course of 19th-century Albanian activism”, Social Compass : International Review of Sociology of Religion, vol. 60 (1), 2013, pp. 115–133, doi:10.1177/0037768612471770. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2010) “Fertility Trends, Marriage Patterns and Savant Typologies in Albanian Context”, Journal of Family History : Studies in Family, Kinship, Gender, and Demography, vol. 35 (4), 2010, pp. 346–367, doi:10.1177/0363199010381045 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2010) “Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) : The apotheosis of heroic anthropology”, Anthropology Today, vol. 26 (5), 2010, pp. 18–23, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8322.2010.00758.x (open access).

- Albert Doja (2008) “Claude Lévi-Strauss at his Centennial : toward a future anthropology”, Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 25 (7-8), 2008, pp. 321–340, doi:10.1177/0263276408097810 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2008) “From Neolithic Naturalness to Tristes Tropiques : the emergence of Lévi-Strauss’s new humanism”, Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 25 (1), 2008, pp. 77–100, doi:10.1177/0263276407090015 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “The kind of writing : anthropology and the rhetoric reproduction of post-modernism”, Critique of Anthropology, vol. 26 (2), 2006, pp. 157–180, doi:10.1177/0308275X06064993 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “The predicament of heroic anthropology”, Anthropology Today, vol. 22 (3), 2006, pp. 18–22, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00439.x. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “The shoulders of our giants : Claude Lévi-Strauss and his legacy in current anthropology”. Social Science Information, vol. 45 (1), 2006, pp. 79–107, doi:10.1177/0539018406061104. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2005) “The advent of heroic anthropology in the history of ideas”. Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 66 (4), 2005, pp. 633–650, doi:10.1353/jhi.2005.0054. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2008) “Instrumental borders of gender and religious conversions in the Balkans”, Religion, State & Society, vol. 36 (1), 2008, pp. 55–63, doi:10.1080/09637490701809738 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “Spiritual surrender : from companionship to hierarchy in the history of Bektashism”, Numen : International Review for the History of Religions, vol. 53, 2006, n° 4, pp 448–510, doi:10.1163/156852706778941996 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “A political history of Bektashism from Ottoman Anatolia to Contemporary Turkey”, Journal of Church and State, vol. 48 (2), 2006, pp. 423–450, doi:10.1093/jcs/48.2.423 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2006) “A political history of Bektashism in Albania”, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, vol. 7 (1), 2006, pp. 83–107, doi:10.1080/14690760500477919 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2005) “Social Thought & Commentary : Rethinking the Couvade”, Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 78 (4), 2005, pp. 919–951, doi:10.1353/anq.2005.0053 (open access)

- Albert Doja (2004) “Cultural politics and spiritual making of anthropologists”, Reviews in Anthropology, vol. 33 (1), 2004, pp. 73-94, doi:10.1080/713649341. (open access).

- Albert Doja (2000) “Histoire et dialectique des idéologies et significations religieuses”, European Legacy–Towards New Paradigms : Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, vol. 5 (5), 2000, pp. 663–685, doi:10.1080/713665519 (open access).

- Albert Doja (2000) “The Politics of Religion in the Reconstruction of Identities : The Albanian Situation”, Critique of Anthropology, 20 (4), 2000, pp. 421–438. doi:10.1177/0308275X0002000404 (open access).

- Albert Doja (1999) “Morphologie traditionnelle de la société albanaise”, Social Anthropology : Journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, vol 7 (1), 1999, pp. 37–55, doi:10.1111/j.1469-8676.1999.tb00177.x (open access).

- Albert Doja (2001) “Démocratie et stabilité dans le Sud-Est Européen : facteurs humains, culturels et sociaux”. Les Temps Modernes, vol. 56, 2001, n° 615-616, pp. 147–166, doi:10.3917/ltm.615.0147. (open access).

- Albert Doja (1999) “Ethnicité, construction nationale et nationalisme dans l’aire albanaise : Approche anthropologique du conflit et des relations interethniques”, Ethnologia Balkanica : The Journal for Southeast European Anthropology, vol. 3, 1999, pp. 155–179. (open access).

- Albert Doja (1998) “Évolution et folklorisation des traditions culturelles”, East European Quarterly, 32 (1), 1998, pp. 95–126 (open access).