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Orli Fridman, PhD
Orli received her PhD at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2006). She also holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Middle Eastern and African History from Tel Aviv University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on peace studies and memory studies with emphasis on comparative conflict studies. She has been writing extensively about memory politics and memory activism in Serbia and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and in the Middle East.
Orli has been involved in political education for the past 20 years. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and facilitated group encounters for participants from Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. She teaches in the Politics Department at the Belgrade-based Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS), an educational organization dedicated to the comparative analysis of societies in conflict. Her recent publications include “‘Hashtag Memory Activism’: Online Commemorations and Online Memory Activism” in Observing Memories (2019); “Conflict Memory and Memory Activism: Dealing with Contested Pasts” (2020) in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies; “Peace formation from below: The ‘mirëdita, dobardan!’ festival as an alternative to everyday nationalism” (2020) in Nations and Nationalism; “Online Transnational Memory Activism and Commemoration: The Case of the White Armband Day” in Agency in Transnational Memory Politics (2020).
- PhD, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- MA, Tel Aviv University
- BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem