[New Book] Islam and Nationhood in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Based on substantial fieldwork and thorough knowledge of written sources, Xavier Bougarel offers an innovative analysis of the post-Ottoman and post-Communist history of Bosnian Muslims. Islam and Nationhood in Bosnia-Herzegovina explores little-known aspects of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, unravels the paradoxes of Bosniak national identity, and retraces the transformations of Bosnian Islam from the end of the Ottoman period to today. It offers fresh perspectives on the wars and post-war periods of the Yugoslav space, the forming of national identities and the strength of imperial legacies in Eastern Europe, and Islam’s presence in Europe.… Read the rest

[UK] – Translating Feminism: Multi -disciplinary Perspectives on Text, Place and Agency


Translating Feminism: Multi -disciplinary Perspectives on Text, Place and Agency

International Conference Organized by the Leverhulme Trust International Network

‘Translating Feminism: Transfer, Transgression, Transformation’

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
13-15 June 2018

The transformation of women’s sense of self – individually and collectively – is one of the most significant socio-cultural events of the past 50 years to have occurred around the globe.

Western-focused historiographies of ‘second-wave’ feminisms have only made the first few steps in addressing the geographical biases in their self-narration and in the very definition of feminism.… Read the rest

[CRO] Atlantic to Adriatic: Contact points and historical parallels between Ireland and Southeast Europe

Call for papers

Atlantic to Adriatic: Contact points and historical parallels between Ireland and Southeast Europe

University of Rijeka, 26-27 April 2018

In the lead up to the 2020 European Capital of Culture which shall be held by Rijeka, Croatia and Galway, Ireland, a workshop is being convened to explore contact points, historical parallels and comparisons between Ireland and Southeast Europe. This two day workshop envisages contributions from history, cultural studies, area studies and other (inter)disciplinary approaches that focus on links between Ireland and Southeast Europe.… Read the rest

[CFP] Health Sciences in Communist Europe

Special Issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers / Revue canadienne des slavistes:

Health Sciences in Communist Europe


Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes invites contributions to a special issue that focuses on the health sciences in communist Europe.  The history of health, wellness and illness has been neglected in this context, despite the unique contributions and approaches of the communist regimes. From close collaboration with Western scholars beyond the iron curtain and negotiation with the political requirements, to aggressive interventions and alternative approaches to public and community health, the study of the health sciences opens up numerous multi-disciplinary questions regarding the complexities of public health and health sciences in communist Europe.… Read the rest

[UK] Symposium Revisiting Yugoslavia in the shadow of the present: Continuities and discontinuities

We are pleased to invite you to attend South East European Studies at Oxford’s (SEESOX) upcoming symposium entitled „Revisiting Yugoslavia in the shadow of the present: Continuities and discontinuities“, which will take place on 23 November 2017 at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Yugoslavia existed for 70 years, survived many existential crises, and played a considerable role in the history of the 20th century. Now it no longer exists and several independent states have emerged. But seeing the end of Yugoslavia as a permanent rupture means forgetting that countries are more than their physical and institutional setup.… Read the rest

[SLO] Laboratory of Yugoslav Political Innovation: The Origins, Synthesis and International Influences of Self-Management Socialism


International Conference

Koper, 10–11th May 2018

After the split with the Cominform in 1948, the Yugoslav system confronted different agents and traditions of European leftist thought: on the one side, it was seen by Western left-wing circles as a laboratory of socialist innovation, while on the other, for East European politicians and intellectuals, it posed as a model of resistance toward Soviet hegemony. For that reason, we can observe an interesting, but until now scarcely researched and discussed, transnational political experiment that, as an attempt to organise society from the bottom up, attracted a lot of attention globally: from representatives of socialist and social-democrat parties adhering to the Third International, progressive movements, experts in different areas of social organisation, as well as supporters of the New Left.… Read the rest

[FRA] The Break-up of the K.U.K “Contract” in Austria-Hungary During WWI: Clues and Signs


Place: Maison de la Recherche, Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne.
Date: 22-23 March 2018
Organizers: UMR-SIRICE (CNRS, Paris I-IV, Sorbonne), CREE-Inalco, LABEX EHNE.


This conference is the third and last part of a cycle en2tled “Wri2ng at War, wri2ng the War. Austria-Hungary’s Soldiers and Civilians in WWI”. It aims to contribute to a reflexion “from below”, mostly through non- governmental and private sources. It favours a local or regional approach and intends to take into account the diverse situa2ons the local popula2ons faced, as soldiers or as civilians at the rear.… Read the rest

[New Book] Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern Europe

Editors: Djurić Milovanović, Aleksandra, Radić, Radmila (Eds.)

Orthodox Christian Renewal Movements in Eastern | Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović | Springer

Book description
This book explores the changes underwent by the Orthodox Churches of Eastern and Southeastern Europe as they came into contact with modernity. The movements of religious renewal among Orthodox believers appeared almost simultaneously in different areas of Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth and during the first decades of the twentieth century. This volume examines what could be defined as renewal movement in Eastern Orthodox traditions.… Read the rest

[New Book] Stefano Bottoni: Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944

Stefano Bottoni: Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, October 2017)

What is Eastern Europe and why does this large regions feel nowadays distant from the European core?

This book tells the story of how Central and Eastern Europe became part of the Soviet empire. It explains how did this strange empire consolidate, how did it start declining and how it did fall apart in 1989. Even most importantly, this book explores how Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe strove to develop and implement its own pattern of modernization, and then, following the fall of the Iron Curtain, spent some two and a half decades posing as a kind of pupil of the West.
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[CZE] Balkan Express 2017: The Invisible, the Overlooked, the Forgotten

Call for papers:
Conference “Balkan Express 2017: The Invisible, the Overlooked, the Forgotten”

December 1-2, 2017

Location: Dum narodnostnich mensin (The House of National Minorities), Vocelova 602/3, Prague 2, Czech Republic

Organized by the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in cooperation with the Institute of International Relaions, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague

Languages: English, Czech, Slovak (simultaneous translation will be provided)

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Online application: https://goo.gl/forms/RDVBNBX9Z77xRRE42
Email: konference.balkan@gmail.com
Website: www.rakijatour.cz/balkan-express/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KonferenceBalkan

Organising committee:
PhDr. Mirjam Moravcova, DrSc.; PhDr.… Read the rest

[EST] Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia

Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia
10-12 June 2018, Tartu, Estonia
Scholars working in all subfields of area studies, including comparative politics, international relations, economics, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and related disciplines, are invited to submit proposals for panels, roundtables and papers for the Third Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.
The Tartu Conference is a venue for academic discussion of the fundamental cultural, social, economic and political trends affecting all aspects of people’s life in Russia and Eastern Europe. … Read the rest

[New Book] Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research

Sexuality after War Rape
From Narrative to Embodied Research
By Nena Močnik

This book examines the potential impact of rape survivors’ traumatic experiences in post-conflict zones. With specific attention given to the experiences of women who were sexually abused during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, it addresses the sexuality of survivors, which has so far been inadequately researched, and challenges the stereotypical and victimized images and narrations that have so far prevailed in academic and public discourse about women survivors while exploring the effects of those narratives on the political, social and economic status of the survivors themselves.… Read the rest

[POL] EAJS Congress Section on Southeastern European Jewish History and Culture


KRAKOW, POLAND, JULY 15-19, 2018

The history and cultural heritage of Jews living in the territories of Southeastern Europe is an understudied area in both Jewish and European Studies. Although this fascinating multi-ethnic and -religious region is located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern European World, part of the Ottoman Empire, and including Ashkenazi-Sephardi fault line, it hasn’t received sufficient scholarly attention so far. Compared to the research of Jewish communities of Poland, Romania or Hungary, for instance, the geo-political complexity of the Southeastern European Jewry frequently resulted in fragmented scholarship, often of local character, and dealing with narrowly defined linguistic, historical, or social aspects.… Read the rest

[NEW BOOK] Managing Ambiguity. How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Managing Ambiguity. How Clientelism, Citizenship, and Power Shape Personhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Berghahn Books. 2017

Carna Brkovic


Why do people turn to personal connections to get things done? Exploring the role of favors in social welfare systems in postwar, postsocialist Bosnia and Herzegovina, this volume provides a new theoretical angle on links between ambiguity and power. It demonstrates that favors were not an instrumental tactic of survival, nor a way to reproduce oneself as a moral person. Instead, favors enabled the insertion of personal compassion into the heart of the organization of welfare.… Read the rest

[New Book] Im Namen der Nation. Der politische Aufwertungsprozess der Muslime im sozialistischen Jugoslawien (1956-1971)

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my book:

Lucic, Iva: Im Namen der Nation. Der politische Aufwertungsprozess der Muslime im sozialistischen Jugoslawien (1956-1971). 2016. 335p. (Studia Historica Upsaliensia, Bd. 256).
ISBN 978-91-554-9547-3
The book is on sale from the publisher

You can also order it via email:
About the book (in German):

Als im Jahr 1945 das sozialistische Jugoslawien gegr¸ndet wurde, ging die Kommunistische Partei Jugoslawiens davon aus, dass die Muslime als “national unbestimmte” Gruppe sich im Laufe der Zeit als Serben oder Kroaten national deklarieren w¸rden.… Read the rest

[CHE] Cities on the Move: Turkey and Yugoslavia in the Interwar Period

Cities on the Move:
Turkey and Yugoslavia in the Interwar Period
(Third Balkan Visual Meeting)

14 –16 September 2017
University of Basel, Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 7/9, seminar room (201)

Yugoslavia and Turkey are two nation states that emerged at the end of World War I out of the remains of the Ottoman (and in case of Yugoslavia, partly of the Habsburg) Empire. One was a monarchy founded in December 1918, with the former King of Serbia becoming the King of a ‘three-named nation’ of South-Slavs.… Read the rest

[GER] Free and Equal – Equal and Free? Human Rights and Communism in the 20th Century

Free and Equal – Equal and Free? Human Rights and Communism in the 20th Century

International Workshop at Humboldt University, Berlin

Janis Nalbadidacis (South East European History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jochen Krüger (History of Eastern Europe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Date: November 23-25, 2017

Venue: Berlin

Deadline for Applications: August 27, 2017

Not many ideas had such a deep impact on the world as the one of communism. Numerous states tried in many different ways to follow the concept of communism and to restructure the entire society according to its postulated ideals.… Read the rest

[CAN] The Russian Revolution Symposium

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Symposium

Political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century was crucially influenced by the Russian Revolutions 1917. The symposium will feature presentations from a variety of disciplines: history, film, fine arts, religion, political science, literature, and culture. The questions that the symposium will explore include (but are not limited to) the following: What was the Russian Revolution? Was it a realization of a utopia? How are the events of 1917 interpreted in different contexts and by different voices in contemporary academic and public debates?… Read the rest

[CAN] Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality

Call for Papers – Memory at the Intersection of Mass Violence and Socioeconomic Inequality

Saint Paul University, Ottawa
School of Conflict Studies
April 13-14, 2018


Workshop Convener: Dr. Anna Sheftel, Saint Paul University

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Sean Field, University of Cape Town, Dr. Heather Howard, Michigan State University

Scholars who study testimony and collective memory have long been interested in how individuals, communities and societies remember and commemorate mass violence and atrocity. Memory of violence and atrocity raises questions of trauma and distress; political uses and abuses of violent pasts; the ethics and dynamics of representation and communication; and concerns about the hegemonization of dominant narratives and making space for the diverse ways in which people experience, understand and remember violence, among other issues.… Read the rest

[ROM] Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

Call for Papers
Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

The Winter Academy “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe” will be held from 26 February to 7 March 2018 in Bukarest. It will be concerned with the conditions and implications of nation building in Eastern Europe.
Closing date: 30 August 2017


Ever since Mark von Hagen asked “Does Ukraine Have a History?” in 1995, there has been much debate about what constitutes Ukraine as a nation.… Read the rest