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”.

The programme

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’.  

Conference programme

Miloš Vojinović, research assistant of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, gave a talk “From Mazzinito Kropotkin: Political Role Models of Young Bosnia”. The lecture was part of a series of talks“Berliner Forschungskolloquium Südosteuropa”, which is organized by Chair for South-East European History of the Humboldt University of Berlin. List of lectures can be seen here.

Dr Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović, research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, attended international training and seminar organized in Vienna from 19th to 25th of January 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.

For details, see website.

At the invitation of the Society of Young Linguists from Belgrade, on Monday, December 11th 2017, Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, gave the lecture Romanian varieties in the linguistic landscape of Serbia, together with Monica Hutanu from the Philology Faculty of the Belgrade University. The lecture was organized at the Centre for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade with the aim of informing students about current linguistic research and initiating a constructive dialogue among young linguists.

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Ognjen Krešić, research assistant of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, attended the scientific conference Južni srpski krajevi u XIX i XX veku. Društveno-ekonomski i politički aspekt organized in Vranje from 8th to 9th December 2017 by National Museum in Vranje, National Museum in Leskovac, Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Vranje, and Faculty of Pedagogy in Vranje. The title of the conference paper was Two 18th-Century Huccets of a Niš Kadi. A Contribution to the Socio-Economic History of 18th-Century Niš.


At the invitation of professors Giuseppe Capriotti and Francesca Coltrinari (Dipartimento di scienze della formazione dei beni culturali e del turismo, Università di Macerata, Italia),Valentina Živković, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, on November 14, gave the lecture Il culto dei santi patroni a Cattaro. Le immagini e la venerazione, on the history of the veneration of patron saints of the commune of Kotor, based on the study of written and visual sources. The lecture was a part of the seminar on artistic and cultural relations between two coasts of Adriatic Sea (La cultura artistica nel bacino dellAdriatico in età moderna) organised within the courses Artistic geography and History of modern art.

What language do we speak?

At the invitation of the Center for Baltic and East European Studies, CBEES, Södertörn University, Sweden, on Monday, November 27th 2017, Annemarie Sorescu Marinković, senior research associate of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA, gave the lecture What language do we speak?”. Language ideology and planning among the Bayash Roma, within the frame of CBEES Advanced Seminar Series. These academic seminars are at the heart of the centre’s activities and are sometimes referred to as the laboratory of the humanities and social sciences. The seminars are held every other Monday and are open to researchers, both at the university and external, as well as to the general public, and the lecturers are prominent researchers all over the world with a special interest in Eastern Europe and the Baltic area.

For details, see this link.

Research assistant Dušan Fundić gave two lectures

Dušan Fundić, research assistant of the Institute for Balkan Studies SASA gave two lectures, on Novembar 9 and 23 at the Center for Theory of History, Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade as a part of the lecture series Mosaics of Nations: Nationalisms, memories and cultural identities. The lectures were titled Nation: key concepts and Nationalisms and National Identities: from revolutionary idea to the new legitimacy.

Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts will play host to the international academic conference South-East Europe in the Great War: History, Memory, Legacy which will take place on 7 and 8 December 2017 in the conference room on the 6th floor of the Palace Hotel in Belgrade. The International Committee of the International Association for South-East European Studies (AIESEE) accepted the proposal of the Institute for Balkan Studies to devote its 2017 annual conference to the First World War, and the International Programme Committee has accepted 36 papers which will be presented in English and French and subsequently published as a separate volume. The papers discuss topics concerning history, politics, tradition and memory of the Great War in each of the Balkan countries, with a special emphasis on fresh research and insights. The Conference is thematically structured into four main sections: diplomatic and military topics; historiography and literature; legacy and memory. Apart from bilateral topics and those relating to the attitude of the great powers towards the Balkans, considerable attention will be paid to cultural history, the literary portrayal of the Great War and the culture of memory. The Conference is dedicated to the memory of the late director of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Dušan T. Bataković, who was its prime mover and driving force.