Svetlana Ćirković, senior research associate, and Mirjana Mirić, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated at the international scientific conference Center for Language Research Conference 2018 (CLARC2018) – Perspectives on Language Diversity, which took part between June 8th and 10th 2018 in Rijeka (Croatia). The conference was organized by The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka and gathered numerous scholars from Europe, Asian and Northern America. Svetlana Ćirković’s contribution entitled Language documentation of Romani in Eastern Serbia (Knjaževac and surroundings) and Mirjana Mirić’s contribution entitled Child language documentation and the role of the community in preserving endangered Romani varieties in Southeast Serbia were presented within the panel Linguistic endangerment in Southeast Europe, which focused on the topics of documentation, revitalization and language planning of minority and endangered languages in Southeast Europe.

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Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part in the organization of the international workshop “Religion and Migration in Eastern Orthodox World” on 7–8 June in Belgarde. The organizor of the workshop was the Aston University from Birmingham, with the support of the British Academy. Dr. Djurić Milovanović presented co-authored paper together with Dr. Marta Stojić Mitrović (Institute of Ethnography SASA) entitled: The Changing Dynamics of Migrants Support in Serbia: The Work of Faith-Based Organizations. This workshop gathered leading migration and religious studies scholars from Europe and the United States.

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Dr. Dragan Bakić, assistant research professor of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated at the conference entitled The Promise of a New Europe: The Paris Peace Treaties of 1919-20 and the International Order in the Interwar Years, held at the Andrássy University in Budapest on 23-24 May 2018, organized by the Center for Diplomacy of the Andrássy University, University of Aberdeen and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, which gathered together distinguished researchers from a number of European countries. Dr. Bakić presented a paper under the title “The Kingdom of Yugoslavia during the Peace Conference and its Aftermath” within the panel International Constellations and Change in the States System: The European World of States during the Interwar Years.

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The 2017 Vuk Foundation (VF) Award for Scholarship was presented to Dr Boris Milosavljević, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), at the ceremony that took place on 28 May 2018. The decision to bestow the Award on Dr Milosavljević for his book Slobodan Jovanović. Theory, published by the Institute for Balkan Studies, had been made unanimously by the VF Awards Committee composed of Prof. Slobodan Grubačić, Corresponding Member of the SASA, President; and members Dinko Davidov, Member of the SASA, Nada Milošević Djordjević, Member of the SASA, Predrag Piper, Member of the SASA, Prof. Boško Suvajdžić, Prof. Ljubinko Radenković, Deputy President of the VF Assembly, and Dr Miloje Vasić.

At the award presentation ceremony, the public filling the VF Hall to capacity was addressed by Professors Grubačić and Radenković. Prof. Grubačić noted: “The book of Boris Milosavljević demonstrates the purpose and significance of such synthetic monographs. It also shows that even an analysis of Serbian politics and literary criticism, its achievements, fervours and wanderings can reveal completely new and, for the history of science, precious horizons of research; that this long suppressed or concealed “darkened side” has, in fact, long awaited a scholar as inspired as this.” Prof. Radenković emphasized that the book sheds light on the life and work of Slobodan Jovanović, one of the most important intellectuals of the first half of the 20th century.

The award was presented by Dr Miodrag Maticki, President of the VF Assembly, and Ljuba Djokić, Deputy Mayor of Loznica.

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Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, attended international training and seminar organized in Jakarta (Indonesia) from 10th to 15th of May 2018 by KAICIID – Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Dr. Djurić Milovanović has been selected as one of the fellows in the KAICIID International Fellows Programme 2018 together with 20 religious leaders, scholars of religion and practitioners. This programme gathers representatives of various religious traditions from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Latin America aiming to promote education and learning in the field of interreligious dialogue.

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Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part, between May 3rd and 6th 2018, in the ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) 23rd Annual World Convention. The organizer of the conference was Harriman Institute, Columbia University in New York. The ASN Annual World Convention is the the largest international and inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of this kind, which takes place yearly in New York, gathers more than 400 participants and covers a wide range of topics related to nationalism, ethnicity, ethnic conflict and national identity in regional sections on the Balkans, Central Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Caucasus, Turkey and Greece, as well as thematic sections on Nationalism Studies, migration and diasporas. Annemarie Sorescu Marinković’s contribution, co-authored with Monica Huţanu, from the Belgrade University, was entitled Creating and Conveying Identity Online: the Case of the Vlachs in Eastern Serbia.

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Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, PhD, research fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part in the international conference of the British Association for Slavic and Eastern European Studies BASEES, held at the University of Cambridge, on 13-15 April 2018. Dr Djurić Milovanović presented a paper entitled “Doing Research in the Secret Police Archives in Serbia and Slovenia: the Case of Religious Minorities” within the panel Secret Police Archives and Religion. This panel was organized by a research team of the “Hidden Galleries” ERC Project from the University College Cork (Ireland).  


Dr Vladimir P. Petrović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies of SASA, was in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15-18 April 2018, within the framework of the inter-academic agreement on scientific cooperation between the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and the interdisciplinary project: Study and Interpretation of Archeological Cultures on the Territories of Bulgaria and Serbia. At the National Archaeological Institute with Museum of BAS, he presented a lecture entitled: Ancient Naissus at the Crossroads of the Roman Transbalkan Communication Lines. In addition to the lecture, an exhibition on twelve roll-up banners was opened and an archaeological film is shown about the researches of ancient Naissus, both translated in French, English and Bulgarian language.


Dr. Dragan Bakić, assistant professor of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, presented a paper at the conference The Balkan States during World War II (1939-1945) held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, on 17-18 March 2018. At the conference which gathered researchers from Balkan countries, within the panel on British policy in the Balkans during WW2, Dr. Bakić’s presentation was entitled “Blind Ambitions or British Intelligence Input?: the 27 March 1941 Coup d’État in Belgrade and Yugoslav Army Officers”.

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As part of celebrating 180 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Serbia, the international conference entitled ‘Serbian (Yugoslav) – British Relations from the 19th to 21st Century’ was held at the Centre for British Studies of the Faculty of Political Sciences (FPN) in Belgrade on 26-27 January 2018. British diplomats, distinguished scholars from five British universities, three faculties of the University of Belgrade, two institutes from Belgrade and the University of Podgorica participated at the conference, the organization of which has largely been the work of Professor Slobodan Marković, FPN, who is also an external associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies. The members of our institute also presented their papers within the panel devoted to the Anglo-Yugoslav relations in the 20th century. Dr. Vojislav Pavlović, Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies, discussed the essence of those relations after the Second World War during his presentation entitled ‘Communist Yugoslavia and Great Britain’, whereas Dr. Dragan Bakić outlined the main features of Anglo-Yugoslav relations in interwar period in his paper entitled ‘Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Great Britain’.  

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