On Thursday, April 4th 2024 at 13:00 (CET), we are hosting the CAS SEE Seminar with Filip Mitričević on „Diplomacy with Memory: The Case of the Communist Yugoslavia“ in conversation with the RECAS Fellow Milica Božić Marojević.

Hana Ćurak

Filip Mitričević

Filip Mitričević is a PhD Candidate in Modern East-European history at Indiana University Bloomington. He completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, from 2009 until 2015. In 2019, he started his Ph.D. studies at IUB’s History Department under Professor Maria Bucur’s supervision. After successfully passing his qualifying exams, he defended his dissertation proposal tentatively titled The Champion of Antifascism: Yugoslav Regime’s Multidirectional Legitimation Discourse in the Early Cold War (1948-1961) in April of 2023. He published several peer-reviewed articles and book reviews and presented at international conferences, including the annual ASEEES convention. He has published several op-eds in Serbian media, including the Danas daily papers.

About the Seminar

Filip Mitričević`s proposed talk will address the theoretical assumptions of historical memory in an international context, the revolution of global history that led to it, as well as how he employed the principle in his research of communist Yugoslavia’s early Cold War history. Stemming from personal research interests and an ongoing doctoral dissertation project, Mitričević will present on the academic acknowledgement of historical legacies and culture of remembrance as a viable diplomatic tool, as well as the necessary historiographical shift that fostered these new perspectives – the expansion of courses of study beyond the national state. The study of historical or collective memory had its start and long life in the domain of national histories as one of the primary elements for the formation of collective identities. However, with the shifting perspectives transcending the limitations of borders, with an increased interest in transnational and international networks, a space has opened for memory/heritage to be observed in its fullest capacity, as both an inward and outward-facing category. His talk will use one of the prime examples of employing diplomacy with memory in modern history – communist Yugoslavia. A “smaller power” in the constellation of the global Cold War, Yugoslavia successfully positioned itself as an unlikely leader of a decolonizing Global South movement as the only European member. He argues that a significant part of that success was managing the country’s World War II legacy in an international context.

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Fellowships are supported by OSF Western Balkans, ERSTE Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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