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2020-2021

March 24, 6.30 pm GMT – Discussion on the film Homecoming: Marina Abramovic and Her Children (2020) with Boris Miljkovic, director and Jovana Karaulic, producer

Moderation: Dr Nada Zecevic, Department of History/Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths University of London

Panellist: Dr Aleksandar Brkic, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London The screening of the film will be enabled to all attendees who register here before March 20 via a password protected link, so they can see the film prior to the discussion. The details of the access to the film and the discussion will be sent to the registered attendees via a separate email 22-23 March.

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March 23, 6.30 pm GMT – Discussion on the film Exil/Exile (2020) with Visar Morina, film director

Moderation: Dr Nada Zecevic, Department of History/Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths University of London

The screening of the film will be enabled to all attendees who register here before March 20 via a password protected link, so they can see the film prior to the discussion. The details of the access to the film and the discussion will be sent to the registered attendees via a separate email 21-22 March. Watch the trailer here.

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February 10, 7 pm - Diagnosing and Treating Disease in Byzantine Hospitals

Public Lecture by Petros-Bouras Vallianatos
Introduction: Dr Nada Zecevic, Goldsmiths University of London, Department of History
Moderation: Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Goldsmiths University of London, Department of History  

This talk focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disease in Byzantine hospitals (xenōnes). It uses evidence from the corpus of surviving Byzantine hospital recipe books (xenōnika), including all the edited and unedited examples.

It also considers important non-medical sources, such as charters of medical institutions, legal sources, epistolography, and archaeological evidence. In this venture, particular attention will be paid to the role of uroscopy whether in conjunction with the examination of the pulse or not, in the diagnosis and prognostication of disease.

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December 2, 7pm (BST) - Reform and Renewal in Medieval East and Central Europe:  Politics, Law and Society

Edited by Alexandru Simon, Éva B. Halász and Suzana Miljan (Cluj-Napoca – Zagreb – London: Romanian Academy – Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, 2019) – book presentation followed by a discussion on “The Balkans, The South-East Europe, the European East – the entangled histories of a concept?”

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November 18, 7pm (BST) - After we Burnt Villages – Reading Film as History

Discussion on film Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (dir. by Srdjan Dragojević, 1995) by Dr Milja Radović, University of St. Andrews
Respondent: Fedja Štukan, actor, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina 
Special guest: Srdjan Dragojević, film director, Belgrade, Serbia

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October 28, 7pm (BST) - New Identity Politics on Social Media among Serbian Londoners

Public lecture by Dr Sanja Vico, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Respondent: Professor Eric Gordy, School of Slavonic and East European Studies || University College London
Moderator: Dr Maurice Walsh, Department of History, Goldsmiths University of London
Dr Sanja Vico, LSE and Professor Eric Gordy, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL discuss identity politics on the ‘semi-periphery’

In the age when identity politics is being studied on various grounds, very little is known about the lives and experiences of the subjects on the ‘semi-periphery’. The ones who are neither part of the developed West, nor of developing countries and former colonies in the Global South, but those who occupy the space ‘in-between’.

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Dr Nada Zecevic presents at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds

Between July 6 and 10, Dr Nada Zecevic (History) took part in the International Medieval Congress (IMC). Since 1994, this Congress is organized by the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) of the University of Leeds and it represents the largest annual conference in any subject in the UK and the largest conference of its kind in Europe, regularly attracting over 2000 registered participants, and serving as a barometer for trends in Medieval Studies generally. Responding to the global challenges caused by the covid-19 crisis, this year’s Congress was held in a virtual environment, while its special thematic strand dealt with borders, covering a wide range of outlooks on physical boundaries and material borders to dynamic social and spatial relationships. In her paper 'Women with masculine characters'?: The Regencies of Noble Women in the East Adriatic and Latin Greece, 14th and 15th Centuries, Dr Zecevic focused on power relations that challenged gender construction among the elite of the late medieval Balkans. For the full programme of sessions and other events at this year’s v-IMC, see here.

"Making Films in Times of Political and Financial Crises": Workshop with Želimir Žilnik

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 2pm–5pm

Laurie Grove Baths

Making films under financial and political constraints remains an urgent topic in the current social climate. There is perhaps no better European filmmaker to explicate working in this climate than Yugoslav-Serbian director Želimir Žilnik. Žilnik has been active making films since the 1960s, always working with a strong political consciousness and a confrontational attitude to the status quo. From his debut feature film receiving the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1969 to his career retrospective at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2019, Žilnik has constantly been one of the most vital and celebrated filmmakers on the European continent. On the occasion of his first UK survey program, at Close-Up Film Centre in London, he will lead a workshop at Goldsmiths for doctoral candidates working with the moving image and operating on the boundary between theory and practice. The workshop will consist of two parts; the first section involves a lecture with short screenings and discussions integrated, while the second part is student-led, inviting PhDs to contemplate their own research and projects in dialogue with Žilnik. Particular themes of emphasis include navigating political action and creative work, the ethics of filmmaking, working with fiction/nonfiction, and strategies of fundraising and organising. Food and drinks will be served. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited. This workshop is supported by the Centre for the Studies of the Balkans and offered free of charge.

 This event is made possible by the generous support of CHASE.

A special programme of Želimir Žilnik's early documentary shorts will be shown at LUX on 17 November, and affiliated public programs include a symposium at Birkbeck on 15 November and a practice-based workshop at Goldsmiths on 13 November.

Little Pioneers
Želimir Žilnik, 1968, 18 min

Kenedi Goes Back Home
Želimir Žilnik, 2003, 75 min

Kenedi is Getting Married
Želimir Žilnik, 2007, 80 min

The Old School of Capitalism
Želimir Žilnik, 2009, 122 min

One Woman - One Century
Želimir Žilnik, 2011, 110 min

Pirika on Film
Želimir Žilnik, 2013, 53 min

Logbook Serbistan
Želimir Žilnik, 2015, 94 min”

For the events' calendar and booking, see here. Booking for the conference available here.

The Centre for the Studies of the Balkans is delighted to support the discussion on the monograph

The Great Cauldron: A History of Southeastern Europe

By Marie-Janine Calic (LMU Munich)

The discussion is hosted by IHR’s seminar on Rethinking Modern Europe and will take place on:

October 23, 5.30pm-7.30pm at the IRH, Wolfson Room NB02

(Basement, IHR-Senate House, Malet Street, London WC 1E 7HU)

Speakers: Marie-Janine Calic (LMU Munich), Catherine Carmichael (UEA), Alex-Drace Francis (Amsterdam) and Dejan Djokic (Goldsmiths University of London).

For further details.

Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso and Dr Dejan Djokic speak at a conference in New York

Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso (Politics) and Dr Dejan Djokic (History) spoke at an international conference Ex uno plures: Post-Yugoslav Cultural Spaces and Europe, held at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University on Friday 26 March and Saturday 27 March 2010. The goal of the conference was to explore post-Yugoslav cultural spaces by bringing together and facilitating dialogue between an unprecedented concentration of leading intellectuals, both from the former Yugoslav territories and from the West. Alongside opening questions of difference and commonality, the conference also addressed issues such as how can the post-Yugoslav spaces—and even micro-spaces—respond to the challenges of globalization? Dr Dragovic-Soso’s spoke about ‘Collective Responsibility, International Justice and Public Reckoning with the Past’, while Dr Djokic’s talk was entitled ‘Was the Disintegration of Yugoslavia Inevitable? An Historian’s View’. Read full conference programme.