Miroslava Kulkova is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Charles University in Prague. Miroslava has studied International Relations at the Charles University and at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Unviersität in Bonn. In her Ph.D. thesis she examines peaceful transitions of regions. She also participated in the research project of Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, for which she studied normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. In VITRI she is part of the Working Group focusing on Security Communities.
Jakub Stauber is Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University. His dissertation research focuses on the institutionalization of political parties in the Czech Republic. The goal of the project is to analyze changes in the Czech party system manifested with the increase in electoral support of genuinely new political parties. The theoretical framework is based on the theory of institutionalization, which provides an explanation of the dynamics of the internal development of political parties.
Vendula Prokupkova is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Sciences at the Institute of Political Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. She has studied Political Science and Gender Studies at Charles University and Ruhr Universität Bochum. The winter semester 2017/2018 she spent as a research fellow at the Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum für europäisch - jüdische Studien e.V. in Potsdam, Germany. The topic of Vendula's dissertation research is the cooperation between Czech and German extreme right parties from 1989 to 2019. Besides her doctoral thesis, she devotes herself to the research of the Czech anti-Islam movement, neo-nazism, and the Skinhead movement.
Marek Jandak in a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Economic and Social History at the Charles University in Prague. In his bachelor and master theses Marek examined Czech reflexion of the Armenian Question and experience of foreign diplomat and missionaries in provincial towns Hapoot and Mezreh (Elaziğ) during the Armenian Genocide. Marek is an author of a synthesis in Czech titled The Armenian genocide: Causes, Development, and Personal Testimonies (1915-1922). The book will come out in Epocha publishing house in summer 2018. His Ph.D. thesis elaborates on issue of shifting centre of territorial legitimacy of political power from traditional monarchical to democratic/ethnic one. The thesis examines how this process led to establishment of a system of national states in areas approximates Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Turkey in course of 20th century, and if it structurally excluded minorities, and incited ethnic cleansing.