Bojan Bilić

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Lura Limani

On Thursday, July 8th at 10 am (CET), we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Lura Limani, presented by our fellow Bojan Bilić. The seminar is entitled: “Tracing Kosovo’s Trans History ”.

Since the early 2000s, when a loosely organized LGBTQ movement emerged in Kosovo, queer activist efforts have focused on sexuality rather than gender. The public coming out of two trans activists in 2016/2017 made way for the discussion about the legal right to change one’s gender identification and access gender confirmation services. However, while their appearance has marked a turn for the contemporary movement, it would be wrong to assume that it also marks the beginning of trans visibility in Kosovo. Research into local media coverage of trans individuals shows that what is often hailed as a ‘historic first’ may not necessarily be so. This perpetual ‘novelty’ implies an erasure of queer history and is indicative of the need for a knowledge production that reclaims ignored and forgotten narratives of queerness.

Lura Limani is a writer, editor, and researcher based in Prishtina, Kosovo. With an extensive background in journalism and research, Limani previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight, an online magazine produced by BIRN Kosovo. She holds an MA in cultural studies from University of Freiburg (Germany) and studied sociology and philosophy during her Bachelor studies at University of Prishtina and New York University. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in New York. Limani is one of the founders of the independent literary zine and publishing house Lirindja as well as the co-founder of the Kosovo Oral History Initiative, a live archive of life stories of people from Kosovo. Her previous research revolved around narratives of displacement, identity, youth culture and feminism. Together with Rina Krasniqi, Limani is the co-author of BOOM(2020), a publication chronicling Kosovo’s pop and rock scene in the 1980s.

Watch the CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Lura Limani:

Spring 2021 CAS SEE Fellowship recipients

The Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE) is pleased to announce the 13th generation of fellows, recipients of the Spring 2021 CAS SEE Fellowship Awards at the University of Rijeka. The purpose of the CAS SEE Fellowship Programme is to further the research and creative work in the fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Balkans and to provide support for early-stage researchers. Inspired by the cooperation of previous generations of CAS SEE Fellows and their creation of long-term thematic synergies among researchers, the upcoming CAS SEE Fellowship will stimulate fellows to present their research in Rijeka and in the Moise Palace, new university premises in Cres, at the Cres Island. Alongside pursuing their independent research interests, fellows will attend regular CAS SEE regional conferences and seminars.

We congratulate the following CAS SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

Valeria Graziano (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Project – title: “Get Along Comrade – Tinkering as Care for Freedom”

Desara Dushi (University of Bologna, Italy and University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

Project – title: “The Impact of Judicial Reform and New Judicial Institutions in the Rule of Law and EU Integration in Albania”

Nikolina Židek (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)

Project – title: “The Genie Out of the Bottle: Engagement of the Argentinean-Croat Diaspora in Homeland Politics (1990-today)”

Bojan Bilić (University College London, UK)

Project – title: “Unexpected Challenges to Trans Freedom: Transphobia in Serbian Leftist Activism”

Viktor Pál (University of Tampere, Finland)

Project – title: “Red Trash. The Concept of Waste in Communist Eastern Europe”

Miloš Ćipranić (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: “The Statutes of Eastern Adriatic Communes in Space”

Marko Luka Zubčić (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Project – title: “Institutional Epistemology of Open Order”

Gabriele Giacomini (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “The Utopia of “Rousseauian Democracy” in the Digital Age: A Liberal Critique”