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On the Frontiers of the Balkans: L. F. Marsigli and the Roman Heritage (1683–1701).

Institute for Balkan Studie SASA has recently published a book of Vladimir V. Mihajlović – On the Frontiers of the Balkans: L. F. Marsigli and the Roman Heritage (1683–1701).

Life of L. F. Marsigli, a soldier, diplomat, virtuoso, is inextricably connected to the Middle Danube Basin. As a member of the Austrian army in the Great Turkish War (1683–1699) and as the Habsburg frontier commissioner after the Peace of Karlowitz, Marsigli literally participated in the making of frontiers of the Balkans. At the same time, lead by his own interests and supported by the imperial army, Marsigli started a comprehensive scientific study of the Balkan/Danubian lands, crowned by his monumental monograph – Danubius Pannonico–Mysicus. Second (of six) volume of Marsigli’s Danubius is dedicated to the Roman heritage, furthermore it is the first modern collection of Roman material culture found along the shores of, in Marsigli’s words, Pannonia and Moesia. Since the second half of 19th century, this antiquarian volume of Danubius has been the first instance for numerous explorers of the Balkan past. Mihajlović’s book On the frontiers of the Balkans, therefore, tells a story about “double receptions” – Marsigli’s reception of the Roman heritage of the Balkans, as well as reception of Marsigli’s work in Serbian archaeology.

Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part, between July 4th and 6th, in the ASN (Association for the Study of Nationalities) European Conference 2018 - Nationalism in the time of Uncertainty at the University of Graz (Austria). Dr. Djurić Milovanović and Dr. Marija Mandić co-organized a panel Migration and (Post-) Trauma in Transnational Perspective: Discourses and Practices of Diasporic Communities. Dr. Djurić Milovanović presented a paper entitled: Religious Community Trauma in Transnational Context: The Nazarene Diaspora in the United States. The ASN conference gathered more than 200 participants from several European countries and the United States of America.

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Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part, between June 26th and 30th, in the SRS Conference (Society for Romanian Studies) Looking forward through the past at the University of Bucharest (Romania). This three annual conference gathers over 400 participants from all over the world working in the field of Romanian studies. With the research team of the ERC Project ‘Hidden Galleries’ in the Secret Police Archives in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe, Dr. Djurić Milovanović took part in the panel Religious Minorities in the Secret Police Archives and presented a paper entitled Researching the Nazarene community in the Yugoslav archives.

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Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA,
took part in the international conference of the Romanian Culture on 15 June in Timişoara
(Romania). The organizor of the workshop was the Romanian Academy of Sciences –
Timilşoara department. Dr. Djurić Milovanović presented co-authored paper together with Dr.
Mircea Măran entitled: Dinamismul vieţii religioase la românii din Banatul sârbesc. This
conference was organized as part of the the CentennialAnniversaryofRomania.

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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