Seminar Archive

Goldsmiths is home to scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds with research interests in the Balkans.

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We bring together this expertise and provide a platform for inter-departmental collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue, within Goldsmiths and between the Centre and the College and other academic institutions, in the UK and abroad. Find below an archive of our past events:

Programme of Events 2018/19

Autumn term

Yanni Kotsonis (NYU)

‘Black, Greek, and Imperial: Greekness, Race, and Religion in the Revolutionary Age, 1797-1830’, organised jointly with the Rethinking Modern Europe seminar, Institute of Historical Research

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: RHB 144

Screening of ‘The Legend of the Ugly King’, dir. Hüseyin Tabak (Austria, 2018), 122 mins

Winner: Beyond the Borders Festival prize for best historical documentary, 2018

Synopsis: A young filmmaker sets out to explore the eventful life of the famous Kurdish director, actor, and revolutionary Yilmaz Güney, who achieved international attention by films like Yol (Palme d'Or, 1982) or Sürü (Golden Leopard, 1978). Full details.  

In collaboration with Beyond the Borders: International Documentary Festival, Hellenic History Foundation and Institute of Historical Research, London

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Curzon Goldsmiths
Tickets: £5 student / £7 adults (Tickets may be purchased directly through Curzon Goldsmiths.

Global Yugoslavia: New research on Yugoslavia in transnational

‘Global Yugoslavia: New research on Yugoslavia in transnational, comparative and global perspectives, 1918-2018’, a half-day conference funded byPast&Present, Rethinking Modern Europe seminar (IHR) and CSB.

Date: Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 1.30-7.00pm
Venue: RHB 309
Convener: Dejan Djokić

The conference is organised to coincide with the centenary of the formation of Yugoslavia. Nine academics at different career stages working on the history of Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav region will present their latest research. The papers have been written especially for the event and will benefit from, and contribute to, a range of methodological and disciplinary approaches. Key research questions underpinning the conference include: can we understand the history of Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav region without situating it in a wider, transnational and perhaps even global context? Yugoslavia is usually perceived as unique (or perhaps uniquely unstable) case, an exception that confirms the rule, but does the latest research confirm or challenge such assumptions? What are the current main trends in the historiography of former-Yugoslavia and how do they relate to broader historiographical debates? In other words, how effectively do historians of Yugoslavia speak to scholars working in fields such as global history, transnational history, modern European history, history of the empire, the Holocaust, Cold War, communist and post-communist studies, race and ethnicity, and transitional justice? Free entry, but please register to attend. Full details.

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Programme of Events 2017/18 

Autumn term

Panel discussion: ‘Revisiting Europe’s Debatable Lands: Hubert Butler and Yugoslavia’

Friday 1 Dec, 5.30pm, Room: RHB 325


  • Roy Foster (Oxford/Queen Mary) 
  • Vesna Goldsworthy (Exeter/UEA)
  • Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths)

The legacy of the Holocaust in the post-Yugoslav space: a presentation of new multimedia work on regional Jewish history

Thursday 7 Dec, 5.30 Room RHB 304a


  • Milan Ristović (Belgrade), author of 'Yugoslav Jews fleeing the Holocaust, 1941-45' (2016)
  • Christina Pribićević-Zorić (London), translator of Filip David's novel, 'The House of Remembering and Forgetting' (Istros/Peter Owen, 2017)
  • Jonna Rock (Berlin), director of 'A Sarajevo Jewish Story' (2017)

Spring term

'Re-constructing national identities after wars: Croatia and its Homeland War'

Thursday 1 February 5.30pm, Room RHB 304a

Dejan Jović (University of Zagreb/Goldsmiths)

Discussant: Jasna Dragović-Soso (Goldsmiths)

Official opening of the Stevan K. Pavlowitch Collection

Wednesday 7 February, 5.30pm Goldsmiths Library Special Collections Reading Room

Speakers include Leo Appleton, Kosta St. Pavlowitch, Jasna Dragović-Soso, Dejan Djokić. Refreshments will be provided.

Programme of Events 2016/17

Autumn term

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 5:30-7pm

Venue: RHB 143

Carolin Leutloff-Grandits (Graz)

'Cross-border marriages between citizens of Kosovo and Western Europe: Discourses, aspirations and realities'

Spring term

Chair: Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths)

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 5:30-7pm

Venue: RHB 304a

Tanja Petrović (Slovenian Academy, Ljubljana)

'Military service in socialist Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslav male subjectivities'

Chair: Dejan Djokić

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 5-6:30pm

Venue: RHB 143

Anastasia Stouraiti (Goldsmiths)

'War and religion in the early modern Mediterranean: the Ottoman siege of Corfu (1716)'

(The presentation is part of the Department of History Research Seminar)

Chair: Dejan Djokić

Thursday 16 March 2017, 6-7:30pm

Venue: Humboldt University Berlin

Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths)

'Serbia in History: early 21st century reflections'

(Public lecture, co-sponsored by Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin & Dept of History, Goldsmiths).

Chair: Hannes Grandits (Humboldt University)

Programme of Events 2014/15

Autumn term

Tuesday, 16 September, 6:00pm

Venue: Small Hall (Cinema), Richard Hoggart Building

Film screening: 'Little Buddho' ('Mali Buda', Serbia, 2014), pre-premiere of the film, in Serbian with English subtitles, followed by Q&A with Danilo Bećković, the director 

Moderator: Dejan Djokić

Spring term

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 5.30 pm

Venue: Institute of Historical Research, Peter Marshall Room (204)

Panel: 'New research on popular and everyday culture in Eastern Europe in socialist times'

Diana Georgescu (EUI), The Socialist Nerd: Youth, Ideology and Cultured Life in Late Socialist Romania

Radina Vučetić (Belgrade), Coca-cola Socialism in Yugoslavia: How American Popular Culture Worked for Socialism

Dean Vuletić (Vienna), Eurovision and Intervision: The Cold War Song Contests

Chair: Alex Drace-Francis (Amsterdam) 

(In collaboration with the Rethinking Modern Europe IHR seminar) 

Wednesday, 25 February, 4:00pm

Venue: RHB 143

Elissa Helms (CEU), Innocence and Victimhood:  Gender, Nation and Women’s Activism in Post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chair: Sari Wastell

(A talk and book launch hosted by the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths) 

Tuesday 12 May, 5.00pm

Venue: Professor Stuart Hall Building, Room 326

Panel: 'Of Love, Death and Migration', a discussion on the literature of Danilo Kiš, the first writer from the Balkans to become a Penguin Modern Classic.

Speakers: Vesna Goldsworthy (academic and writer), Tena Štivičić (writer) and Mark Thompson (writer)

Moderator: Jasna Dragović-Soso

(The panel is co-sponsored by Penguin and CSB)

Programme of Events 2012/13

Autumn term

Wednesday, 31 October, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 143, Richard Hoggart Building

Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (Roehampton)
‘Ilegalja: An anthropology of the pre-1999-war Albanian militant organisation of resistance in Kosovo and its contemporary legacies’
Chair: Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths)

Wednesday 14 November, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Holden Room (Room 103), Senate House

Cathie Carmichael (UEA)
‘Imagining Bosnia without Serbs: The Ustaša, the Drina border and exile in Spain’
(Joint CSB / 'Rethinking modern Europe' Institute of Historical Research seminar event)
Chair: Dejan Djokić

Thursday, 22 November, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Great Hall, Richard Hoggart Building

‘The Arhai Project’ – talk and performance by Jovana Backović and Adrian Lever of the London-based Arhai duo. Arhai perform a unique fusion of contemporary electronic music with folk influences from both the UK and the Balkans. The event will mark the 3rd ‘birthday’ of the CSB.
Introduction: Dejan Djokić

Spring term

Wednesday, 20 February, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Cinema (Small Hall), Richard Hoggart Building

Dejan Jović (Chief analyst, Office of the President of Croatia)
‘Croatia, the EU and the Western Balkans’
Chair: Dejan Djokić

Wednesday, 27 February, 5:00-7:30, Cinema (Small Hall), Richard Hoggart Building

Screening of Uspomene 677 - a documentary film which shows the continuing painful legacy of the Bosnian war through the recounting of memories of two generations of Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs trying to come to terms with their experiences. Q&A with Mirko Pincelli, director, and Enrico Tessarin, producer
Chair: Jasna Dragović-Soso (Goldsmiths)

Wednesday, 13 March, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Staff Dining Room, Richard Hoggart Building

‘Revisiting Ruritania’– discussion to mark the publication of the paperback edition of Vesna Goldsworthy’s seminal study Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination (1998/2013). Speakers include journalist and author Neal Ascherson, Michael Dwyer of Hurst & Co. Publishers, and Vesna Goldsworthy.
Introduction: Dejan Djokić

Tuesday, 19 March, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 251, Richard Hoggart Building

Irina Livezeanu (University of Pittsburgh)
'How Can One Write East European History Now?'
Discussant: Alex Drace-Francis (Amsterdam)
Chair: Dejan Djokić

Programme of Events 2011/12

Autumn term

Wednesday, 19 October, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 143, Richard Hoggart Building

Conversations about Djilas: A panel discussion commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Milovan Djilas (1911-1995), Yugoslav revolutionary, dissident, and writer.


  • Pat Loughrey (Warden, Goldsmiths), Welcome & Introduction
  • Sumantra Bose (LSE), 'The Wider Significance of Djilas' Critique of Authoritarianism'
  • Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths), 'Djilas as a Historian and as a Source'
  • Jasna Dragović-Soso (Goldsmiths), 'What Dissidence Meant in Socialist Yugoslavia: The Case of Milovan Djilas'
  • Vesna Goldsworthy (Kingston), 'Djilas as Will and Representation'
  • Stevan K. Pavlowitch (Southampton), 'Remembering Djilas'

Wednesday, 23 November, 7.00 - 9.00pm, TW1.U8, Tower One, Clement's Inn, LSE

'The Long Road Through Balkan History' (2010)
Documentary film screening and Q&A with the film makers (chaired by Dr Dejan Djokic)
Co-organised by Research on South Eastern Europe (LSE), London School of Economics, and Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Goldsmiths, University of London.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
Finding your way around the LSE Campus

Spring term

Wednesday, 1 February, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 274, Richard Hoggart Building

Anastasia Stouraiti (Goldsmiths), 'Marvels of the Levant: Wonder and Empire in Early Modern Venice'

Wednesday, 22 February, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 143, Richard Hoggart Building

Dusan Bjelic (University of Southern Maine)
Discussant: Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay (Goldsmiths)
Chair: Dejan Djokic (Goldsmiths)

Wednesday, 14 March, 5:30 - 7:00pm, ST274, Stewart House, 2nd floor (32, Russell Square, London WC1B 5DN)

Mark Cornwall (Southampton) & Hannes Grandits (Humboldt University, Berlin), 'Shifting Allegiances Among the Nationalities in the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires'
Chair: Dejan Djokic (Goldsmiths)

Jointly sponsored by the IHR ‘Rethinking Modern Europe’ seminar and Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of the Balkans.

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Programme of Events 2010/11

Autumn term

Time: Tuesdays, 5:30 pm (unless otherwise stated)

Venue: Room 274, Richard Hoggart Building (unless otherwise stated)

Tuesday 19 October

Vjeran Pavlaković (University of Rijeka)
‘Red Stars, Black Shirts: Croatia’s Commemorative Culture and Contested Histories of the Second World War’

Tuesday 26 October

Pamela Ballinger (University of Michigan)
‘The Right to be a Refugee: Displaced Persons in Venezia Giulia after the Second World War’

Wednesday 10 November

Antonio D’Alessandri (Roma Tre University)
‘The “Eastern Question” and France: Nationalism, Revolution and Exile after 1848-49’
Venue: Germany Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 6BT 
The event is hosted by the Rethinking Modern Europe IHR seminar

Tuesday 16 November

Peter Mackridge (University of Oxford)
‘Language and National Identity among the Greeks and the South Slavs, 1800 to 2000’

Tuesday 30 November

Book launch: Stefanos Katsikas (ed.), Shifting Identities: Bulgaria and Europe (Anthem Press, 2010). Speakers: Vesselin Dimitrov (LSE), Stefanos Katsikas (Goldsmiths) and Vassilis Monastiriotis (LSE).
Venue: Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 186-188 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HL
The event is organised jointly by the Bulgarian Embassy and the Goldsmiths Balkans Centre

Spring term

Tuesday 18 January

Dejan Djokić (Goldsmiths)
‘Mapping the Nation in New Europe: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919-1920’
Discussant: Alan Sharp (University of Ulster)
The event marks the publication of Dejan Djokić, Pašić and Trumbić: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Haus, 2010), and is co-organised with Haus Publishing.

Tuesday 25 January

Alex Drace-Francis (University of Liverpool)
‘The History Forgotten by Historians: Cultures of Autobiography in Modern Romania'

Thursday 3 February

1pm RHB 306
Jo Shaw and Igor Stiks (University of Edinburgh)
'EU integration and citizenship struggles in Post-Yugoslav States'

Tuesday 15 February

Alice Forbess (Goldsmiths)
‘Founding Fathers: On the Resurrection of Serbian Orthodox Monasteries in Kosovo, Montenegro and Herzegovina’

Tuesday 1st March

Ana Ljubojević (Goldsmiths/University of Lucca)
‘Is Peace Not Just Enough? Transitional Justice and Dealing with the Past in Croatia and Serbia’

Wednesday 9 March

Venue: RHB 256
Richard Clogg (University of Oxford)
‘Defining the Diaspora: The Case of the Greeks’
Event organised jointly with the Rethinking Modern Europe IHR seminar

Tuesday 15 March

Xavier Bougarel (CNRS, Paris)
‘The Political Uses of the Term “Genocide”: The Case of Socialist Yugoslavia’