Igor Štiks is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Igor joined the Edinburgh College of Art in April 2014 to work on his research project “Citizen-Artist: Creative Citizenship in Occupied Spaces” in which he explores the interaction between occupations of public spaces, inventive forms of self-rule and artistic expression. Drawing inspiration from critical political theory, his research contributes to the fields of citizenship and urban cultural studies, as well as to scholarship on social movements and engaged art.
He gained his PhD at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Northwestern University (USA) in 2009. Before joining the ECA, he was a senior research fellow at the CITSEE project (School of Law, University of Edinburgh, 2009-2014).
His publications have appeared in the leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, Global Studies, Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, and Monthly Review. Together with Jo Shaw he edited the collections Citizenship after Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2013) and Citizenship Rights (Ashgate, 2013), and, with Srecko Horvat, Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia (Verso, 2015).
As CITSEE senior research fellow, he initiated and edited the CITSEE web magazine Citizenship in Southeast Europe. He also produced 4 animation films (in collaboration with the ECA’s students) and 8 short documentary films based on the project’s research outputs. The films can be viewed here.
Igor is also the author of two novels, A Castle in Romagna and Elijah’s Chair, which have won numerous awards and have been translated into a dozen European languages. The theatre play based on his novel ‘Elijah’s Chair’ won the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF).
Aesthetics and politics, citizenship, social movements, political art, urban cultural studies