Victor Friedman is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the
University of Chicago and Honorary Adjunct at La Trobe University. His Ph.D. in both Linguistics and Slavic Languages and
Literatures is from the University of Chicago, and he holds the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from Sts. Cyril and Methodius
University of Skopje. He is a foreign member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of North Macedonia, the Academy of Arts and
Sciences of Kosova, and the Academy of Sciences of Albania, and he holds the "1300 years of Bulgaria" jubilee medal from the
Republic of Bulgaria as well as the Medal of Merit from the Republic of Macedonia. He has received awards for outstanding
contributions to scholarship from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies and from the Association
of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. His research deals with all aspects of the languages of the Balkans as
well as Daghestanian and Kartvelian linguistics.
Goran Janev is professor of social anthropology at the "Sts Cyril and Methodius" University, Skopje, Macedonia.
He is employed as a research fellow at the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research at the same University.
He has completed a DPhil in Social Anthropology at the Oxford University. He has written about the interethnic relations and
the rise of ethnocracy in Macedonia and the symbolic landscape transformations in the construction of the national identity.
His current research interests focus on urban studies, public space, symbolic landscapes, socialist monuments, cultural heritage,
George Vlahov is an academic at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia in the Department of Humanities
and Social Sciences and a PhD candidate who specialises in social theory. He has previously written about Arnason's social
theory and the "Macedonian Question".