YugoLab brings together researchers from various disciplinary fields, including historiography, anthropology, linguistics, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and political science. They are engaged in (post) Yugoslav studies, democratic socialism, and contemporary identity politics. YugoLab strongly advocates for the social engagement of researchers through media involvement, participation in public debates and forums, and working groups focusing on public policies. Members of YugoLab believe that scientific research and professional knowledge should contribute to creating a fairer and more solidary society, while also addressing inequality and discrimination.

Members of YugoLab are actively involved in scientific research, publishing and presenting scientific results, as well as in public engagement, such as media appearance, public forums, panel discussions, or debates on relevant social topics. Members of YugoLab particularly focus on three thematic areas: 1) (Post) Yugoslav studies; 2) Democratic socialism; 3) Identity politics.

1. (Post) Yugoslav studies
YugoLab’s (Post) Yugoslav studies concentrate on the cultural, political, and social dimensions of Yugoslavia and its heritage, aiming to illuminate the complexities of the Yugoslav experience and its enduring impact on contemporary social structures. The empirical research is interdisciplinary, employing theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches from the humanities and social sciences, drawing from critical theory, identity theories, feminist theory, and memory studies. YugoLab initiated a series of regional dialogues beginning in 2022.
2. Democratic socialism
YugoLab examines democratic socialism, exploring how the ideals of social justice, solidarity, and economic equality can be harmonized with institutions and practices grounded in participatory democracy, freedom, and political pluralism. The conference “Democratic Socialism: Yugoslav experience and contemporary reflections” along with the special issue of the journal Philosophy and Society (34 (4), 2023) titled “Democratic Socialism’ Reassessed: Insights from Yugoslavia’s Experience to Global Trends” (edited by Ivica Mladenović and Petar Žarković) summarize our most significant insights on democratic socialism.
3. Identity politics
YugoLab begins with the understanding that identities are complex and dynamic, with individuals experiencing identification with multiple (imagined) communities, such as country, nation, region, homeland, religion, gender, sexuality, class, language, culture, and profession. These identities may overlap, intersect, and sometimes be exclusive. Identity politics emerge from both top-down and bottom-up processes, influencing each other. Therefore, we investigate the (dis)continuities and mutual correlations of various identifications. YugoLab leads the project “Imagining the Nation: Contesting Serbian National Narratives (XX-XXI century)” coordinated by Milivoj Bešlin and funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia through the Prisma Program (2024-2027).

External associates:

Božić Marko (Faculty of Law, Union University)
Čakardić Ankica (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Đureinović Jelena (University of Vienna)
Gužvica Stefan (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Sankt-Petersburg)
Hasanović Jasmin (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo)
Jakovina Tvrtko (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Kamberović Husnija (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo)
Kirn Gal (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana)
Klasić Hrvoje (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Marković Dušan (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade)
Marković Goran (Faculty of Law, University of East Sarajevo)
Miletić Aleksandar R. (Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade)
Milošević Srđan (Faculty of Law, Union University)
Pantelić Ivana (Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade)
Prekić Adnan (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro)
Radović Srđan (Institute of Ethnography, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade)
Stanić Veljko (Sorbonne University – PhD student)
Stefanov Nenad (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Štiks Igor (Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade)
Todorov Petar (Institute of National History, The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje)
Velikonja Mitja (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana)
  • Bešlin, Milivoj (2022), Ideja moderne Srbije u socijalističkoj Jugoslaviji, 1, Novi Sad, Beograd: Akademska knjiga, Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju.
  • Vasiljević, Jelena, Bojana Radovanović (2022), Lokalne fondacije u Srbiji: Osnaživanje odozdo – uloga, izazovi i perspektive za razvoj lokalnih fondacija. Beograd: Trag fondacija, Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju.
  • Antonijević, Pavle (2023), „AVNOJ u srpskim udžbenicima istorije: Od ideologizovane slike srećne budućnosti do nacionalističkog revizionizma“, Historia Moderna Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4 (4): 155–176.
  • Balunović, Filip (2023), Beda ljudskih prava: Desnica, pandemija i nauka kao novo polje političke borbe, Belgrade: Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University.
  • Kostić, Ivan Ejub (2023), „Osnivanje organizacije Mladi muslimani i njen razlaz sa ilmijskim udruženjima el Hidaje 1943. godine“, Tokovi istorije 31 (2): 133–166.
  • Mandić Marija, Krisztina Rácz (2023), “Learning the language of social environment: The case of Hungarian in Vojvodina (Serbia)”, Current Issues in Language Planning 24 (4): 460–480. https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2022.2145541
  • Mladenović, Ivica (2023), Sva naša (ne)razumevanja. Francuski intelektualci i ratovi za jugoslovensko nasleđe (1991–1999), Beograd: Službeni glasnik.
  • Žarković, Petar (2023), „Zabeleška Veljka Mićunovića – prilog istoriji jugoslovenske diplomatije“, Tokovi Istorije, 31 (1): 243–260. https://doi.org/10.31212/tokovi.2023.1.zar.243-260
  • Matijević, Tijana (2023), “The Age of Skin and the Epoch of an Author: A Eulogy to Dubravka Ugrešić”, Comparative Southeast European Studies, 71 (3): 434–447.
  • Cvetković, Vladimir (2024), “Saint-Savahood (Svetosavlje) between Political Theology and Ideology of Nationalism”, In: Orthodoxy in the Agora: Orthodox Christian Political Theologies Across History, Mihai-D. Grigore, Vasilios N. Makrides (Eds.), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Brill, pp. 203–219.
  • Branković, Marija, Ninković, Milica (2024), “Impact of political instability and wars on the mental health of people in European countries: Lessons from the war in the Balkans”, In: Social Determinants of Health in Europe: Direct and Indirect Consequences of War: The Wickedb Issue of War, Adrian Bonner (Ed.), Bristol University Press, /in print/
  • Zejnulahović, Damir, Sara Nikolić, Miloš Janković (2024), “I’d Rather Bite My Tongue Off Than Stand With Them: Paralysis of Political Engagement in Serbia”, Etnoantropološki problemi 19 (1): 239–263. https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v19i1.10
EVENTS
ABOUT

Members of YugoLab are actively involved in scientific research, publishing and presenting scientific results, as well as in public engagement, such as media appearance, public forums, panel discussions, or debates on relevant social topics. Members of YugoLab particularly focus on three thematic areas: 1) (Post) Yugoslav studies; 2) Democratic socialism; 3) Identity politics.

1. (Post) Yugoslav studies
YugoLab’s (Post) Yugoslav studies concentrate on the cultural, political, and social dimensions of Yugoslavia and its heritage, aiming to illuminate the complexities of the Yugoslav experience and its enduring impact on contemporary social structures. The empirical research is interdisciplinary, employing theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches from the humanities and social sciences, drawing from critical theory, identity theories, feminist theory, and memory studies. YugoLab initiated a series of regional dialogues beginning in 2022.
2. Democratic socialism
YugoLab examines democratic socialism, exploring how the ideals of social justice, solidarity, and economic equality can be harmonized with institutions and practices grounded in participatory democracy, freedom, and political pluralism. The conference “Democratic Socialism: Yugoslav experience and contemporary reflections” along with the special issue of the journal Philosophy and Society (34 (4), 2023) titled “Democratic Socialism’ Reassessed: Insights from Yugoslavia’s Experience to Global Trends” (edited by Ivica Mladenović and Petar Žarković) summarize our most significant insights on democratic socialism.
3. Identity politics
YugoLab begins with the understanding that identities are complex and dynamic, with individuals experiencing identification with multiple (imagined) communities, such as country, nation, region, homeland, religion, gender, sexuality, class, language, culture, and profession. These identities may overlap, intersect, and sometimes be exclusive. Identity politics emerge from both top-down and bottom-up processes, influencing each other. Therefore, we investigate the (dis)continuities and mutual correlations of various identifications. YugoLab leads the project “Imagining the Nation: Contesting Serbian National Narratives (XX-XXI century)” coordinated by Milivoj Bešlin and funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia through the Prisma Program (2024-2027).
MEMBERS

External associates:

Božić Marko (Faculty of Law, Union University)
Čakardić Ankica (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Đureinović Jelena (University of Vienna)
Gužvica Stefan (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Sankt-Petersburg)
Hasanović Jasmin (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo)
Jakovina Tvrtko (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Kamberović Husnija (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo)
Kirn Gal (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana)
Klasić Hrvoje (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb)
Marković Dušan (Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade)
Marković Goran (Faculty of Law, University of East Sarajevo)
Miletić Aleksandar R. (Institute for Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade)
Milošević Srđan (Faculty of Law, Union University)
Pantelić Ivana (Institute of Contemporary History, Belgrade)
Prekić Adnan (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Montenegro)
Radović Srđan (Institute of Ethnography, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade)
Stanić Veljko (Sorbonne University – PhD student)
Stefanov Nenad (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Štiks Igor (Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade)
Todorov Petar (Institute of National History, The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje)
Velikonja Mitja (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana)
PUBLICATIONS
  • Bešlin, Milivoj (2022), Ideja moderne Srbije u socijalističkoj Jugoslaviji, 1, Novi Sad, Beograd: Akademska knjiga, Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju.
  • Vasiljević, Jelena, Bojana Radovanović (2022), Lokalne fondacije u Srbiji: Osnaživanje odozdo – uloga, izazovi i perspektive za razvoj lokalnih fondacija. Beograd: Trag fondacija, Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju.
  • Antonijević, Pavle (2023), „AVNOJ u srpskim udžbenicima istorije: Od ideologizovane slike srećne budućnosti do nacionalističkog revizionizma“, Historia Moderna Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4 (4): 155–176.
  • Balunović, Filip (2023), Beda ljudskih prava: Desnica, pandemija i nauka kao novo polje političke borbe, Belgrade: Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University.
  • Kostić, Ivan Ejub (2023), „Osnivanje organizacije Mladi muslimani i njen razlaz sa ilmijskim udruženjima el Hidaje 1943. godine“, Tokovi istorije 31 (2): 133–166.
  • Mandić Marija, Krisztina Rácz (2023), “Learning the language of social environment: The case of Hungarian in Vojvodina (Serbia)”, Current Issues in Language Planning 24 (4): 460–480. https://doi.org/10.1080/14664208.2022.2145541
  • Mladenović, Ivica (2023), Sva naša (ne)razumevanja. Francuski intelektualci i ratovi za jugoslovensko nasleđe (1991–1999), Beograd: Službeni glasnik.
  • Žarković, Petar (2023), „Zabeleška Veljka Mićunovića – prilog istoriji jugoslovenske diplomatije“, Tokovi Istorije, 31 (1): 243–260. https://doi.org/10.31212/tokovi.2023.1.zar.243-260
  • Matijević, Tijana (2023), “The Age of Skin and the Epoch of an Author: A Eulogy to Dubravka Ugrešić”, Comparative Southeast European Studies, 71 (3): 434–447.
  • Cvetković, Vladimir (2024), “Saint-Savahood (Svetosavlje) between Political Theology and Ideology of Nationalism”, In: Orthodoxy in the Agora: Orthodox Christian Political Theologies Across History, Mihai-D. Grigore, Vasilios N. Makrides (Eds.), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Brill, pp. 203–219.
  • Branković, Marija, Ninković, Milica (2024), “Impact of political instability and wars on the mental health of people in European countries: Lessons from the war in the Balkans”, In: Social Determinants of Health in Europe: Direct and Indirect Consequences of War: The Wickedb Issue of War, Adrian Bonner (Ed.), Bristol University Press, /in print/
  • Zejnulahović, Damir, Sara Nikolić, Miloš Janković (2024), “I’d Rather Bite My Tongue Off Than Stand With Them: Paralysis of Political Engagement in Serbia”, Etnoantropološki problemi 19 (1): 239–263. https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v19i1.10
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