The Institute of Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Siences and Arts has just published a new book in its Special Editions series: Documents of Serbian Medieval Rulers in Dubrovnik Collections: The Nemanjić Period by Nebojša Porčić. The book offers descriptions, text editions and commentaries of 90 documents issued by Serbian rulers of the Nemanjić dynasty, as well as 17 non-royal documents, whose origins and/or current location enable them to be included in the Dubrovnik corpus of Serbian medieval documents. In addition, the book contains two accompanying studies. One deals with the historical context in which the documents were created, namely the relations between the Nemanjić state and the Dubrovnik commune, and the other with the diplomatic features of royal documents, among which it is possible to identify several characteristic document types. The edition is supplemented with images of the treated documents on 92 color plates.


Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, PhD, research fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, took part in the international workshop Materialising Religion in the Secret Police Archive:  Methodological, Ethical and Legal approaches to the Study of Religions in Secret Police Archives held from 10th to 11th September 2017 in Budapest (Hungary). The workshop was organized by the University College Cork (Ireland) and ÁBTL - Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security as part of the ERC „Hidden Galleries“ project.  Aleksandra presented a paper entitled “The Possibility of Research on Religious Minorities in the Secret Police Archives in the Former Yugoslavia”. Participants of the workshop were historians and anthropologists from Ireland, Romania, Hungary and Moldova.

The programee of the workshop

Dr Dragana Grbić, research fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies participated in XVth International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy Languages – Culture of Writing – Identities in Antiquity, 28th August – 1st September 2017 in Vienna, with the paper entitled New epigraphic finds from the Roman province of Dalmatia (coauthored with Anamarija Kurilić).


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The Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts has just published a new book in its Special Editions series: Slobodan Jovanović: Theory by Boris Milosavljević. The author’s objective was to trace in detail what may rightly be called “the genealogy of the intellectual profile and theoretical position of Slobodan Jovanović”. Milosavljević’s conclusions are based on the scrupulous study of ample material from domestic and foreign archives and the views set out in the entire prolific work of Slobodan Jovanović, of his father Vladimir, and a number of important and influential figures of nineteenth-century Serbia. Therefore, the first part of the book offers a history of ideas and political developments in Serbia presented in a new and well-argued manner. Considerable attention is paid to numerous details which in fact form an important integral part of the mosaic about Slobodan Jovanovic, to his political and literary criticisms, and to his language and style of writing.    

Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, PhD, senior research fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies, took part in the Fifth World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non- Dominant Varieties, held in Mainz between 13-16 July 2017. The conference was organized by the University “Johannes Gutenberg” in Mainz. Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, together with Monica Huţanu from the University of Belgrade, delivered an oral presentation entitled Non-dominant varieties of Romanian in Serbia: the case of funeral inscriptions in Vojvodina and Eastern Serbia. The conference was attended by linguists and sociolinguists from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and the two researchers from Belgrade were invited to become members of the working group on pluricentric languages, as specialists for Romanian.

The program of the conference

Dusan T. BatakovicWe are extremely sad to announce that our director, Dušan T. Bataković, passed away on June 27, 2017. Prof. Bataković was a Serbian historian, diplomat and the director of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA. He will be remembered by his numerous scholarly works, enthusiasm, dedication and vision in leading our Institute.

Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, PhD, research fellow of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA and Jovana Koludžija, MA, research assistant, participated at the international conference Patrimoniu și patrimonializare  held from June 22nd to 23rd 2017 in Arad (Romania). Dr Djurić Milovanović presented the paper entitled “Migration of Religious Communities and Tangible Heritage” and MA Kolundžija presented the paper “The Legacy of the Painter Stefan Tenecki in the Eparchy of Srem”. The conference gathered scholars from Hungary, Romania and Serbia. Conference papers will be published next year in a collective volume.

The programee of the conference

In the context of the 5 year long project titled Observer l’Observance Diffusion. réseaux et influences des réformes régulières en Europe (fin XIVe – première moitié du XVIe siècle) at the Ecole française de Rome, the first international conference was held on the 9th and 10th of June in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Dr Valentina Zivkovic, senior research associate at the Institute for Balkan Studies, SASA, as a board member of the Observer l’Observance project, attended the conference and presided the session regarding the historiography of visual arts and the reformed music of the mendicant orders in the late Middle Ages.

The programee of the conference

Dr Vladimir P. Petrović, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies of SASA participated at the International Scientific Conference: Viae Romanae / Roman Roads: New evidence – new perspectives held in Zurich, Switzerland, from 31 May to 3 June 2017. Dr Petrović gave the lecture entitled: Some considerations about the Roman road network in central Balkan provinces.

The Conference was organized by the Universität Zürich, Historisches Seminar and Prof. Dr Anne Kolb.

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The programme of the Conference

At the invitation of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the director of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, Dr. Dušan T. Bataković and research fellow Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović visited Israel from 26th until 31st of May 2017. They participated at the international scientific conference Christian Renewal Movements in the Global South in the 20th and 21st centuries: religious, social and political transformations. Dr. Bataković chaired the session Global Flows, Dialogue and Internationalization of Christianity, while Dr. Djurić Milovanović presented a paper entitled From South-east European Nazarenes to the Apostolic Christian Church: Migration and Transformation of one Christian Renewal Movement in the Global South. The international conference was organized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities. During the visit in Jerusalem, Dr. Bataković met with the acting director of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute Dr. Nissim Otmazgin with whom he signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two institutions in the field of migration and religious studies research.