UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


South-East European Studies Seminar Series

Through this seminar series, we promote the study of Balkan politics and societies through an interdisciplinary lens

Our activities are supported by the SSEES Library, whose holdings on South-East Europe comprise some 50,000 volumes including, notably, the Moses Gaster collection of old Romanian books, the collection bequeathed by Sir Arthur Evans, the Seton-Watson archive, and the wartime archive of King Zog of Albania.

We also play host to the Alexander Nash Albanian Studies Programme. 

Day/Time: Wednesday, 18:00-19:30
Venue: In-person

(unless otherwise specified)

Upcoming events
11 October 2023

Colours and Rhythms of Unrest

25 October 2023

An Evening in Memory of Dubravka Ugešić

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Recent Events

Spring Term 2023
25 January 2023

White enclosures: Racial capitalism and coloniality along the Balkan route

'White enclosure' book cover
10 March 2023

Socialist Yugoslavia & the Non-Aligned Movement: Social, Cultural, Political & Economic Imaginaries

Cover of the book Socialist Yugoslavia and the Non-Aligned Movement
26 June 2023

Albania revisited: Xan Smiley reports on Albania

Xan Smiley
Autumn Term 2022
19 October 2022

"Special" relations between Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina poster
26 October 2022

Srebrenica Calling

A collage of pics of Srebrenica
Spring Term 2022
12 January 2022

Archives and Memory in Southeast Europe

A photo of archives
2 February 2022

The Cold War from the Margins: Bulgaria on the Global Cultural Scene

Cold War from the Margins book cover
23 February 2022

Emotions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A woman walking through Sarajevo
04 May 2022

World Literature and the Limits of Theory: A Conversation with Professor Galin Tihanov

Old books
Autumn Term 2021
20 October 2021

Rethinking 1821: Greek Independence and its Transnational Contexts

Preziosi - Trecerea Oltului
17 November 2021

Art and Politics in Southeast Europe

Spring Term 2021
26 May 2021, 4:00pmLanguage policy and linguistic activism: who meddles in matters of language in Croatia?
Autumn Term 2020 
14 October, 1600h:

Six-Decades looking for Justice: Nationalised Jewish property in Slovenia

Dr Hannah Starman

21 October, 1600h

The rise of left politics and solidarity in SEE.

Danijela Dolenec (University of Zagreb)

Vjollca Krasniqi (University of Prishtina)

Dragan Popović (Policy Center) 

18 November, 1600h

Covid-19 in the Balkans

Chelsi West Ohueri (University of Texas)

Adnan Ćerimagić (European Stability Initiative)

Spring Term 2020
5 February, 2020, 6pmAndi Hoxhaj (University of Warwick)
Book Launch: “The EU Anti-Corruption Report: A Reflexive Governance Approach”
26 February, 2020, 6pmCANCELLED Natasha Wunsch (SciencesPo, Paris, France)

Democratic Backsliding and the Authoritarian Challenge

4 March, 2020, 6pm


Aleksandar Bošković (City University of New York, US)
Šišmiš radio: Underground radio art in 1990s’ Belgrade, Serbia

18 March, 2020, 6pm


Raul Carstocea (University of Leicester)
Corruption and colonial anxieties: Anti-Semitism in interwar Romania

Autumn Term 2019
1 November 2019


Kapka Kassabova (Independent fiction writer, based in Scotland)

 “Borders and Lives”

19 November 2019

Anna Calori (Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Konstanz, Germany)
‘Losing the global? Corporate cultures, contested development and de-globalisation in a (post)Yugoslav enterprise'


4 December 2019

(Room 347)


Orlanda Obad (post-doctoral researcher, sociology), Institute of Ethnology and Folklore, Zagreb

"The Legacy of the Workers'  State: Class Compromise versus Class Struggle in Croatia?”

Spring Term 2019
16 January 2019

Geoffrey Pugh (Staffordshire) :

“The effects of ethnic diversity on income: an empirical investigation using survey data from Bosnia-Herzegovina”

6 February 2019, 3pm

LG11, Bentham House

Jelena Obradović-Wochnik (Birmingham):

“Urban geographies of the refugee crisis: biopolitics, neoliberalism and contestation over public space in Belgrade”


20 February 2019


Roman Kuhar (University of Ljubljana):

“Stop Gender! Anti-gender movements in Europe”

25 February 2019

Renata J. Kirin (the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore )

Women Professional Revolutionaries between Party's Fears and Leftist Forgetfulness

6 March 2019

Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer LT

Michael Pugh (Bradford):

“What about the Workers? Precarity in post-conflict Yugoslavia.”

11 March 2019Jill Massino (UNC Charlotte):

“To fight for their rights, against U.S. aggression”: Romania and the Vietnam War

15 March 2019Klarita Gërxhani (European University Institute):
“Formal and informal institutions in the Western Balkans: who does what and why”
24 April 2019 CANCELLEDCANCELLED Justin Elliott (University of Prishtina):
"Socialist in form, national in content: nation-building and Albanian language politics in Kosovo"

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