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Research Focus

My research explores the construction and contestation of national identities in Europe, especially in relation to imperial legacies, contemporary nationalist movements, ethnic conflicts, and the emergence of grassroots urban activism in South-East Europe. Theoretically, my work advances debates in contemporary social theories. It builds on critical, post-structuralist, and Lefebvrian theories with a sustained attention to developing debates in affect theory. My research is largely ethnographic; it makes often use of art practice as a research tool and remains open to experimenting with qualitative methodologies that challenge representational modes of knowledge production.

My publications contribute to two main streams of research;

(1) Ethnically Divided Cities. In particular, the process of re-building Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after the wars of the 1990s. It offers an original contribution to the study of ethno-national contestation and contributes to debates in urban and political sociology focusing on the roles of grassroots and youth activism in relation to social change.

(2) Empire. My second and developing line of research seeks to interrogate how memories of the Habsburg empire reverberate in the present, within cities that were key to imperial expansion, and from the vantage point of the most popular spaces inherited from the Habsburgs: the Viennese coffeehouse. It contributes to debates in memory studies, cultural and urban sociology, and decolonial/post-colonial theory.


I currently convene the following modules:

SOC3050 Norms and Social Change

SOC3005 Issues in Contemporary Irish Society

 SOC9062 Conflict and Change in NI: New Sociological Research

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 7 Article
  • 5 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Book

Challenging the representation of ethnically divided cities: perspectives from Mostar

Carabelli, G., Djurasovic, A. & Summa, R., 17 Sep 2019, In : Space and Polity. 23, 2, p. 116-124

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ethnic identity
social justice
everyday life

Edible memories: Habsburg imperial cities and their sustained coffee-culture

Carabelli, G., 2019, Kosmos Kaffee. Jahreis, M., Marquart, S. & Möllers, N. (eds.). Deutsches Museum, p. 58 62 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Habsburg coffeehouses in the shadow of the empire: nostalgia in Trieste revisited

Carabelli, G., 06 May 2019, In : History and Anthropology. 30, 4, p. 382-392

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
political relations
cultural geography
cultural relations

Love, activism, and the possibility of radical social change in Mostar

Carabelli, G., 27 Jun 2019, In : Space and Polity. 23, 2, p. 182-196

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social change
national division
political movement


Higginson Leadership Award

Giulia Carabelli (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Invited talk

The Centre for Public History Annual Conference

Giulia Carabelli (Participant)
17 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

De-Sectarianization in Urban Spaces

Giulia Carabelli (Participant)
09 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Empire Off-Center

Giulia Carabelli (Organiser), Miloš Jovanović (Organiser), Annika Kirbis (Organiser)
31 Oct 2018

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Thinking Yugoslavia, Building Bosnia and Herzegovina

Giulia Carabelli (Invited speaker)
17 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk