Institute for Balkan Studies has released the 51th issue of its annual BALCANICA





The 52st Annual  Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention was held on November 5-8 and 14-15, 2020, and its theme was “Anxiety and Rebellion”. Marija Mandić, research associate, took part at the panel “Rebelion against the Monoglot Standard” on November 15th, when she presented the paper “Translanguaging in the Schools of Vojvodina”.

Convention program

The Institute for Balkan Studies has published in its Special Editions series (no. 146) the book Genealogies of Belgrade Families of its senior research associate, Dr Boris Milosavljevic. The book contains many important genealogies, some of which cover the period from the Great Turkish War (1683–1699) until this day. The reference to Belgrade in the title has been chosen because Belgrade is the capital of Serbia since the beginnings of the modern Serbian state under Karadjordje (1804). Even though particular families, including the ruling ones, had special ties with particular parts of the country or served in different places, the elite strata of society increasingly tied themselves to Belgrade as the capital city. Resulting from decades of research, the monograph is a reliable point of reference and contributes to a better understanding of social and political life in the Principality and Kingdom of Serbia, as well as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and Yugoslavia.

The Institute for Balkan Studies of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts has published a new book in its Special Editions Series: Days of the Week in Folk Culture of South Slavs and East Slavs by Dragana Djurić, PhD, research assistant at the Institute. The monograph provides a comprehensive insight into folk perception of the days of the week among South Slavs and East Slavs. While discussing the question of the origin of the week, the perception of time among Slavic peoples was also tackled. Special attention was paid to the significance of each day in the folk calendar, also in rituals and magical practices among the mentioned groups of Slavic peoples, while the characters of personified days were researched both in folk beliefs and literature.



Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part in the online workshop “Minority Identities and Social Inclusion” on 30 September 2020. The organizor of the workshop was the University of Novi Sad – Faculty of Philosophy. Dr. Djurić Milovanović presented a paper together entitled: Double Minorities: Understanding Ethnic and Religious Identity of Minority Communities in Serbia.

Book of Abstract

Dragana Đurić

Dragana Đurić, a research assistant at the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, participated in the international scientific conference entitled “Contemporary Serbian Folkloristics IX“ which was held in Tršić from October 2-4, 2020. The conference was organized by the Association of Folklorists of Serbia, Belgrade University Library “Svetozar Marković“ and the Educational and Cultural Center „Vuk Karadzić“.

Dragana Đurić presented her paper “Moon in folk beliefs and practice among Serbs – tradition and contemporaneity“ at the conference.

The 14th International Conference on Romani Linguistics organized by the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA and the Board for the Study of the Life and Customs of the Roma SASA is postponed for 2021. In order to bridge the time gap from 2018 when the 13th conference was held in Paris, the Institute for Balkan Studies organized an online conference meeting on 10th and 11th September 2020. During the meeting, 18 European researchers presented their research concerning phonological, morphological and syntactic levels of Romani, language contact, as well as the studies in interdisciplinary fields such as sociolinguistics, linguistic repertoires, and the history of the Romani language research. Svetlana Ćirković, senior research associate, and Mirjana Mirić, research associate, participated with two co-authored presentations: Serbian Loanwords in Romani-speaking children’s narratives and Balkan features in the Gurbet Romani in Eastern Serbia, which covered the fields of language contact and Balkan linguistics.


Conference information is available on the website:

Program of the online conference meeting

The Special Editions series of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Serbian Academy of Sciences of Arts, now includes the book Legacies Pro Anima: The Wills of the Citizens of Kotor 1326–1337 of its researcher Dr Valentina Zivkovic. This study, the first of the kind in Serbian scholarship, offers a typological classification and analysis of testamentary gifts for the salvation of the soul using the sample of 74 wills of Kotor citizens drawn up between 1326 and 1337. These legacies, classified into four categories – commemorative, charitable, ad pias causas and pro male ablatis – provide the author with a basis for an in-depth analysis of a variety of medieval phenomena.   

The Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) has published a new book in its special editions series: Drobeta A Roman Town on the Danube by Dragana Nikolić, PhD, research associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies of the SASA. Mainly based on the epigraphic research, the book offers a comprehensive overview of history an important Roman town on the Danube, situated on the left bank of the Danube, in the region of the Iron Gates, on the same location as the modern-day Romanian town of Drobeta Turnu Severin; in Roman times, Drobeta was on the border of two provinces: Dacia and Moesia Superior, connected by the famous Trajan’s bridge.

Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, held a visiting lecture on February 27th at the Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. Dr. Djurić Milovanović lecture was entitled “With the Bible in their hands across the Atlantic: The Dynamics of Emergence and Migration of the Nazarenes from Austria-Hungary to the New World” and organized within Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network.