UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Third Joint PhD Symposium on South East Europe

13 June 2014, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

Event Information


SSEES building, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW
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In cooperation with the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths, and LSEE-Research on South East Europe, European Institute, LSE

Following the success of the first two joint PhD symposia on South East Europe, held at the LSE in June 2010 and Goldsmiths in June 2012, the organisers invite submissions for the Third Joint PhD Symposium, to be hosted by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) on Friday 13 June 2014.

The main objective of the symposium is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between scholars currently undertaking doctoral research on the Balkan region in UK or elsewhere. Doctoral researchers will have the chance to engage with the wider academic community, including academic members of staff at the three institutions, and also a number of other distinguished scholars on the region who will be involved with the symposium.



Panel I
Room 345
Empires and Cultural Legacies (Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov)

Kristina Nikolovska (Kent): ‘Let it be known’ – Waiting for the End of Times in the Church Slavonic Paratexts of South-Eastern Europe (1371-1711)

Yasin Arslantaş (LSE): Ottoman Imperial Seizure of Wealth, or Musadere, (1453 – 1839): Why did it persist so long?

Verica Grmuša (Goldsmiths): Circulation of Konjović’s and Milojević’s Songs in Early 20th Century: The Double Life of an Artwork and a Symbol of National identity

Panel II
Room 346 
Security and Foreign Policy (Chair: Dr Adam Fagan)

Madalina Dobrescu (LSE): The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM); contributing the conflict resolution or perpetuating the status quo?

Julia Himmrich (LSE): The Western Balkans – Deflating Germany’s foreign policy identity?

Blaise Nkfunkoh Ndamnsah (Ljubljana): Cultural Awareness Training in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Panel III
Room 345 
New Research in History of Yugoslavia (Chair: Dr Dejan Đokić)

Leonard Kukić (LSE): Economic Development in Yugoslavia, 1945-1990

Stefan Nikolić (York): The Determinants of Industrial Location in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the Interwar Period of the 20th Century

Vlatka Jakir (Essex): The Decontestation of Yugoslavia’s 1974 Constitutional Identity: Unity through Hierarchy

Panel IV
Room 431 
Postwar Institutions and Justice (Chair: Dr Jasna Dragović Soso, Goldsmiths)

Jessie Hronesova (Oxford): Obsessed with Legalism: Post-1995 Transitional Justice and Community Reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seb Bytyçi (York): Post-war institution building in Kosovo: Picking favorites

Dženeta Karabegović (Warwick): Local Matters and Transitional Justice: Disaspora Mobilization for Education and Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panel V
Room 346 
Southeast Europe and EU institutions (Chair: Dr James Ker-Lindsay)

Viktorija Mano (Roehampton): ‘The vulnerability of a small, open economy in a situation of global fiscal crisis: the impact of the Greek debt crisis on the foreign direct investments to Macedonia

Aleksandra Dragojlov (Cardiff): Serbia, the EU and the dynamics of elite opinion: a rational institutionalist perspective

Natasha Wunsch (UCL SSEES): Lesson-drawing in EU Accession: Civil society organisations in Croatia and Serbia

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch in Masaryk Senior Common Room on the 4th Floor
Panel VI
Room 431
Social Capital, Representations and Identities (Chair: Dr Eric Gordy)

Maja Kovač (Lancashire): The Nature of Social Capital in Established and Emerging Sports in Serbia

Piotr Goldstein (Novi Sad): Novi Sad’s Bookshop-cafes as Discreet Civil Society Actors: Preliminary Research Findings

Nikolina Jozanc (Zagreb): Surrogate political representation: bridging the gap between descriptive and substational political representation

Irena Myzeqari (Tirana): Are there women, really? Tracing the feminist identity in the literary work of Ismail Kadare

Panel VII
Room 345
Postwar Institutions and Change (Chair: Dr Neven Andjelić)

Marika Djolai (Sussex): Who cooperates and why in the post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina? Violence and communal change

Sean Parramore (QMUL): Public sector reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: when politics and the constitution get in the way

Aleksandra Zdeb (Krakow): Prud and Butmir Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: informal institutions from perspective of game theory

Panel VIII
Room 346
Cultures, Ethnicities and Communication (Chair: Dr Armanda Hysa)

Irena Shehu (Tirana): Intercultural communication: A comparison between Albanians and Americans

Slobodan Vasić (Novi Sad): Contextualization of ethnic identity: Banat Bulgarians (Paulicians) in the Intercultural and Interreligious Rural Contexts of Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria

Sebahattin Abdurrahman (SOAS): Why minority education: The case of Western Thrace Turks

Chelsi West (Austin): Concepts and categories: On questions of race and belonging in post-communist Tirana, Albania

16:00 Concluding Remarks and Reception
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There may be a chance for you to join “Balkan Day – A Celebration of Creativity and Identity” at British Library. More information can be found here:

Balkan Day at the British Library

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For information regarding the venue and other practical issues, please contact Michael Kelly (History Programme Administrator, SSEES) (michael.kelly@ucl.ac.uk).