UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Losing the global?

13 November 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Anna Calori

Losing the global? Corporate cultures, contested development and de-globalisation in a (post)Yugoslav enterprise. South East Europe Seminar with Anna Calori (University of Konstanz and Leipzig)

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







South East Europe Seminar Series


Masaryk Room
16 Taviton Street

This talk will chart the rise and fall of Yugoslavia’s “globalist economic dream” through the case of a large enterprise in Yugoslavia’s semi-periphery, embedded in economic exchanges with the Global South. After a “leap outwards” as a protagonist of development projects in partnering non-aligned countries, this company became centre of two clashing visions of economic reconstruction in the post-war context. Should the country rely on its previous socialist-global giants, or should it turn to Small and Medium Enterprises for development? This debate reveals a complex and long-term discussion about the prospects of post-socialist semi-peripheries in the global economy, about notions, visions, and expectations of “globality”, and about the legacies of socialist globalization after the collapse of state socialism.

About the Speaker

Anna Calori

at University of Konstanz and Leipzig

Anna has recently completed her PhD in contemporary History at the University of Exeter, as part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project “1989 after 1989 – Rethinking the Fall of State Socialism in Global Perspective”. She is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig. Her current post-doctoral project “Bringing the global back home: Developing ‘socialist entrepreneurialism’ and (re)making the workplace in a global perspective (1961-2008)” seeks to analyse Yugoslavia’s engagement in the global economy from the perspective of large industrial workplaces and their workers. She has also worked in the NGO-sector in Kosovo, and more recently at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.

Other events in this series