Join us for our (Re)Thinking Yugoslav Internationalism Conference in Graz, 29 September – 1 October

Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of the Belgrade summit and the foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement, this conference will address...

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Human Rights after 1945 Conference Report Published

  The conference Human Rights after 1945 in the Socialist and Post-Socialist World took place on the 3 – 5 March 2016...


CFP: State Socialism, Legal Experts & the Genesis of International Criminal & Humanitarian Law after 1945

Humboldt University of Berlin The University of Exeter, the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East-Central Europe (GWZO),...


The Future of the Past: Why the End of Yugoslavia is Still Important

By Ljubica Spaskovska A new socialist model is emerging in the western Balkans. Can its political vocabulary transcend the ethno-national dividing...

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Writing Human Rights into the History of State Socialism

By Ned Richardson-Little The collapse of the Communist Bloc in 1989-1991 is viewed as one of the great triumphs of...

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Rethinking 1989

This five-year Leverhulme Trust-funded research (2014-18) aims to connect the decline, collapse and transformation of state socialism in the Soviet Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to broader global processes. It supports a range of projects which explore both the global entanglements which informed this transition, and the way in which global, regional and local processes have shaped the way we have come to understand the decline and end of state socialism.


Projects supported here address the post-socialist transformation of cities, the ‘Fall’ and human rights between the global and local, criminal justice and the production of history across regional transitions, the ‘globally entangled history’ of cultures of transformation, late and post-socialist elites and the rise of neo-liberalism, and the global story of Yugoslavia’s collapse.

We also seek to create links with those interested in understanding this moment of major political, economic and cultural transformation from different regional perspectives.

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