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Normal – Real Stories from the Sex Industry: Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with Prof Nick Mai

Normal is a creative documentary that brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen.

Starts: Feb 3, 2015 6:00:00 PM

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Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Based on her recently published book, Innocence and Victimhood (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) Elissa Helms will discuss narratives of victimhood in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina which often perpetuate dominant images of women as victims and peacemakers in a conflict and political system led by men.

Starts: Feb 24, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Football in Southeastern Europe: From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation

Publication date: Nov 01, 2013 02:13 PM

Start: Nov 11, 2013 01:30 PM

Location: Masaryk Senior Common Room, 4th Floor, UCL SSEES

Football in Southeastern Europe - © Renato Branđolica/Associated Press

Despite the vast and diverse scholarship dealing with political, social and cultural aspects of post-Yugoslav democratic transition, the social field of sport has thus far remained a largely peripheral topic in international research. 

A current special issue of the journal Sport in Society entitled ‘Football in Southeastern Europe: From Ethnic Homogenization to Reconciliation’ aims to bridge this scholarly gap by offering insights into the intriguing interconnection of sport and identity construction since the Yugoslav dissolution. As a follow-up to the publication, this launch event/workshop is conceptualised to promote the topic of (post-) Yugoslav sport as an important and under-researched aspect of South East European Studies as well as to intensify the debate among scholars, students and interested public.


13:30 Introduction John Hughson (University of Central Lancashire) and Dario Brentin (UCL - SSEES) 

14:00 - 15:30 Panel I Chair: John Hughson (University of Central Lancashire)

  • Tamara Pavasović Trošt (University of Ljubljana) – ‘Football, hooliganism and nationalism: the reaction to Serbia’s gay parade in reader commentary online’
  • Christian Axboe Nielsen (Aarhus University) – ‘Stronger than the state? Football, hooliganism, political extremism and the Gay Pride Parades in Serbia’ 
  • Richard Mills (University of East Anglia) – ‘Fighters, footballers and nation builders: wartime football in the Serb-held territories of the former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996’ 

Discussant: Eric Gordy (UCL - SSEES) 

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break 

16:00 - 17:30 Panel II Chair: Dario Brentin (UCL- SSEES) 

  • Tea Sindbæk (University of Copenhagen) – ‘A Croatian champion with a Croatian name: national identity in Croatian football culture – the case of Dinamo Zagreb’
  • Falma Fshazi (ĖHESS Paris) – ‘Football matches or power struggles? The Albanian case within historical and contemporary tensions’ 
  • Davide Sterchele (Leeds Metropolitan University) – ‘Fertile land and mined field? Peace-building and ethnic tensions in post-war Bosnian football’ 

Discussant: Neven Andjelić (Regent’s University London) 

18:00 Wine reception

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