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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

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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    58 Downloads (Pure)

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

    Translated title of the contribution: Essbare Geschichte - Die Reichsstädte der Habsburgermonarchie und ihre überlieferte KaffeekulturCarabelli, 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
  • 35 Downloads (Pure)

    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
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    Higginson Leadership Award

    Giulia Carabelli (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    The Centre for Public History Annual Conference

    Giulia Carabelli (Participant)
    17 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-Sectarianisation), Richardson Institute, Lancaster University (External organisation)

    Giulia Carabelli (Member)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    De-Sectarianization in Urban Spaces

    Giulia Carabelli (Participant)
    09 Dec 2019

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

    Thinking Yugoslavia, Building Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Giulia Carabelli (Invited speaker)
    17 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Empire Off-Center

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

    Activity: Other activity typesOther