On Thursday, February 9th at 12 PM (CET), we are hosting the CAS SEE Seminar with Gorazd Bajc on the topic of The issue of minorities and Kosovo. Problem or opportunity? What does history teach us?, presented by our Fellow Christian Costamagna.

Yorgos Christidis


Full Professor of European History and History of the Balkans at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Maribor where he is also the Vice‐dean for Science and Research. Head of the research program Slovenska identiteta in kulturna zavest v jezikovno in etnično stičnih prostorih v preteklosti in sedanjosti (Slovene identity and cultural awareness in linguistic and ethnic contact areas in past and present).

His main fields of research and teaching are the history of international relations, of intelligence services, of anti-fascism, of the Balkans, of Slovenian‐Italian relations and the Slovene minority in Italy, and of the violence against women in Venezia Giulia. Author of 5 monographs (2 of them as coauthor), 41 scientific articles, 37 scientific treatises and 3 textbooks. He has done research in the archives of London, College Park MD (US), Rome, Prague, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Trieste, Udine and Koper. Participated at several conferences and lectured at various universities (including: Columbia University, New York; Universität Wien; Russian Academy of Science, Moscow; Northwestern University, Illinois; National University, Odessa; Università degli Studi di Bari A. Moro; Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti SANU, Belgrade; Universität Innsbruck; Ca’ Foscari, Venezia; Università degli Studi di Trieste; University of Ferrara; University of Chieti‐Pescara).

He is member of the board of editors (since 2005) and editor (since 2014) of the high-impact scientific journal Acta Histriae and editor (since 2014) of the hight impact scientific journal Annales – Series Historia et Sociologia. In 2017 the European Commission awarded him the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence.

About the Seminar

How can we, as historians, understand the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the events that followed, in particular the Kosovo question?

There are various ways, and among these, the speaker proposes to take into account one of the most complicated issues in Yugoslav events: that of national minorities, or rather the problem of nationalities.

The speaker will also propose a comparison with some other past situations of interethnic conflicts in the history of the former Yugoslavia, in particular, related to border events.

The basic question was and still is very relevant in the conflicts of minorities and diversity in general: are they problems or opportunities?

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Fellowships are enabled by the ERSTE Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund in the framework of supporting brain circulation for democratic development in Southeast Europe.

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