Eva-Maria Walther, M.Sc.


Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
Universität Regensburg
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D-93047 Regensburg
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Entangled Opponents: Tolerance and Nationalism in Slovakia

This dissertation examines actors who actively engage for minorities, migrants, and diversity in Slovakia and thereby stand up to the dominant discourse which prioritizes security and national homogeneity over tolerance. Why do these actors choose to confront popular opinion, and how do they resolve the tension between the (seemingly opposing) objectives of protecting national identity and embracing difference?

In order to disentangle the various commitments of tolerance proponents, I will carry out ethnographic fieldwork within church-affiliated and civic associations, consisting of interviews and participant observation. I take an individual approach to the emergence of engaged subjects, assuming that individual agency and personhood always includes elements of bricolage and heteroglossia which allows people to hold contradictory views at the same time. This ambiguity ultimately leads to the coexistence of distinct, but intricately linked discourses in the public sphere.

The project aims to enhance the current debate on the rise of populism and nationalist movements in formerly socialist countries.

Curriculum Vitae

Eva-Maria Walther wurde 1990 in Karlsruhe geboren. Nach einem Europäischen Freiwilligendienst in Brno, Tschechien, studierte sie Empirische Kulturwissenschaft und Slavistik an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen und der Universität Pécs, Ungarn. Danach absolvierte sie den Masterstudiengang in Sozialanthropologie an der Universität Stockholm. Dort war sie auch Mitbegründerin des studentischen Podcasts "Anthrotalking". 2016 erhielt sie ihren Masterabschluss für eine Arbeit mit dem Titel "Caring Agents: Balancing profit and moral integrity in transnational care work agencies in Slovakia". Seit November 2016 ist sie Stipendiatin der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Regensburg.

Funktionen und Mitgliedschaften


Aufsätze in Zeitschriften und Sammelbänden

Caring agents. How Slovak job agencies sell care work abroad. In: Irish Journal of Anthropology 19 (1), 2016, S. 66-73.

Weitere Veröffentlichungen

Zus. mit Patrick Ralph: The End of the Liberal Order? Central, East, and Southeast European Populism in Comparative Perspective (Tagungsbericht). In: H-Soz-Kult-Bericht, 2017.

Dissertationsbegleitender Blog: http://evamariawalther.de/evamariawalther.de/

Vorträge (Auswahl)


"Who wants to go to Slovakia? Frustration and success in Slovakia’s refugee admission program" (Virtual Conference "Displacements. The 2018 biennial meeting of the society for cultural anthropology", 19.-21.04.2018).

"Complicated matches: personal relationships between refugees and their supporters in Slovakia." (IUAES World Congress, 16.-20.07.2018, Florianopolis, Brazil).

"Welcome with open arms or with reservations? Personal relationships between Slovak refugee supporters and their clients." (EASA biennial conference, 14.-17.08.2018, Stockholm, Sweden).

"Anthropological Approaches to Engaged Subjects. Studying Actors in Slovak Refugee Care Services" (Jahrestagung der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien "Studying East and Southeast Europe as Area Studies: Paradigms - Themes - Methods for the 21st Century", München, 25.-27.10.2018)


'Slovakia's tolerance proponents: Challenging a hegemonic discourse on migration.' (Konferenz "City, Community and the Transformation of Space in Post-Eastern Block societies", Lazarski University, Warsaw, 24.06.2017)

"Entangled Opponents: Tolerance and Nationalism in Slovakia." (JOE-Tagung „Verflechtungen, Transfer und Kontakt in und mit Osteuropa“, Köln, 14.-16.07.2017)

"Whose realm, whose culture? Challenges and opportunities for anthropologists within area studies". (SIEF Young Scholars Working Group Conference "Coming of age. Young scholars in the field of Folkloristics, Ethnology and Anthropology", Göttingen, 26.03.2017)


"Caring Agents? The impact of transnational job agencies on life trajectories of migrants from Central Europe" (Young Scholars Forum on Central- and South East Europe at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Wien, Dezember 2016).

"Selling care and workers: How transnational job agencies in Slovakia commodify care work" (Annual Conference of the Czech Association of Social Anthropology "Ambiguity", Prag, September 2016).

"Caring agents – Agents of care? How Slovak job agencies sell care work abroad" (Swedish Anthropology Association Conference "Inside and Outside Anthropology", Gothenburg, April 2016).

"Care crossing borders – Transnational job agencies in Slovakia and the commodification of care work" (Annual Conference of the Anthropology Association of Ireland "Caring Cultures-Cultures of Care", Maynooth, März 2016).

Eva-Maria Walther, M.A.