Elife Krasniqi is anthropologist, feminist activist and writer.
From November 2018, Krasniqi joined Southeast European History and Anthropology at the University of Graz working as a University Assistant.
Elife Krasniqi finished her BA studies (Prishtina University, Kosovo) and her MA (The New School for Social Research, New York) in Sociology. From 2010 – 2013 she was employed as Associate Researcher at the Southeast European History and Anthropology, University of Graz in a multidisciplinary project ‘Family in Kosovo-revisited’. This project also outlined the first contours of her PhD research project - ‘Family and Patriarchy in Kosovo: changes and continuities from mid 20th to early 21st century’, (defended in 2018). For two decades now Krasniqi has been engaged as a feminist activist in various civil society projects in Kosovo. She founded and led (2009-2010; 2016-2018) Alter Habitus Feminist Institute for Studies in Society and Culture.
Areas of Research and Teaching.
Broadly speaking, Krasniqi’s research interest and curiosity focus on social and visual anthropology, and social history in SEE. Trajectories of feminist thinking and activism during socialism and feminisms in Islam in SEE have been main topics of her courses.
Krasniqi’s current research deals with issues of race, power and family in the Balkans. In this very early stage, she is looking at the presence of the African origin communities from the end of 19th to early 20th century, in various cities in the Balkans, with special attention to the lives of household servants and nannies.
Krasniqi, Elife (2016): ‘Didarja – një rrëfim i munguar’ [Didarja – a missing story] -Afterword of‘Didarja, rrëfimi jetësor i një prizrenase’ [Didarja, the life story of a woman from Prizren], Masha Mallesheviq, Qendra Multimedia, Prishtinë.
Krasniqi, Elife (2015): ‘Social Change in Relation to Patriarchy after 1999 war in Opoja, Kosovo’. In: Culture of Crisis in Southeast Europe, Part I, Ethnologia Balcanica, Vol. 18, (eds.) Klaus Roth an Asker Kartari, International Association for Southeast European Anthropology (InASEA), pp. 191-206.