YURG seminar: Heritage Scholars, Power, and Knowledge Production in (Post-)Yugoslav Studies

(Press release by Yugo-Region Research Group)

Monday, March 7, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The event will take place on Monday, March 7 at 18.00 CET at the Vienna Campus Vienna Campus (A-211) and on Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 977 7417 4162
Passcode: 412216


Based on semi-structured interviews with heritage scholars in German-speaking academia, we investigate how existing critical accounts of Southeast European Studies fail to effectively translate into its conceptual apparatus and research methods. Traditional assumptions – which are perpetuated in ready-made categories such as nation, ethnicity, and culture – continue to resonate within the field. In what relation, however, does the field stand to the people in and from (Post-)Yugoslavia? What questions and issues can we as heritage scholars put forward when studying the history of (Post-)Yugoslavia? How can we assure that research and teaching take place in greater proximity to relevant communities in the German-speaking area but also to people in and from the region? We would like to suggest alternative approaches to existing academic practices in (Post-)Yugoslav Studies from a postmigrant and postcolonial perspective. Our intervention aims at establishing a continuing conversation among heritage and non-heritage scholars.


Lea Horvat (*1990, Zagreb) holds a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg and an MA in Art History and Comparative Literature from the University of Zagreb. Her dissertation project "A cultural history of socialist mass housing in(Ex-)Yugoslavia between the 1950s and the 2000s" (grade: summa cum laude) was supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She was a teaching fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Leipzig, and the Center for Women’s Studies in Zagreb. Her habilitation project at the University of Jena focuses on coffee, gender, and taste in the Habsburg Empire.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of the modern built environment, feminism, everyday life in Southeast Europe, food studies, and popular culture.

Recent publication:
“From Mass Housing to Celebrity Homes: Socialist Domesticities in Yugoslav Popular Magazines”, in: Irene Nierhaus et al. (eds.): WohnSeiten: Ins Bild gesetzt und  durchgeblättert. Zeigestrategien des Wohnens in Zeitschriften, transcript, Bielefeld, 2021, pp. 358-377.

Aleksandar Ranković is a PhD student at the University of Vienna where he deals with the history of LGBT+ movements in (Post-)Yugoslavia as well as with queer archives and processes of archivization. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris (France) and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UK). He holds a PhD fellowship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

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