UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


PhD Symposium on South East Europe 2014



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