Nikolina Židek

CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Mate Nikola Tokić

On Thursday, June 3rd at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Mate Nikola Tokić, presented by our fellow Nikolina Židek. The seminar was dedicated to the presentation of Tokić’s new book – Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War.

Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War examines one of the most active but least remembered groups of terrorists of the Cold War: radical anti-Yugoslav Croatian separatists. Operating in countries as widely dispersed as Sweden, Australia, Argentina, West Germany, and the United States, Croatian extremists were responsible for scores of bombings, numerous attempted and successful assassinations, two guerilla incursions into socialist Yugoslavia, and two airplane hijackings during the height of the Cold War. In Australia alone, Croatian separatists carried out no less than sixty-five significant acts of violence in one ten-year period. Diaspora Croats developed one of the most far-reaching terrorist networks of the Cold War and, in total, committed on average one act of terror every five weeks worldwide between 1962 and 1980.
Tokić focuses on the social and political factors that radicalized certain segments of the Croatian diaspora population during the Cold War and the conditions that led them to embrace terrorism as an acceptable form of political expression. At its core, this book is concerned with the discourses and practices of radicalization—the ways in which both individuals and groups who engage in terrorism construct a particular image of the world to justify their actions. Drawing on exhaustive evidence from seventeen archives in ten countries on three continents—including diplomatic communiqués, political pamphlets and manifestos, manuals on bomb- making, transcripts of police interrogations of terror suspects, and personal letters among terrorists—Tokić tells the comprehensive story of one of the Cold War’s most compelling global political movements.

Mate Nikola Tokić is Humanities Initiative Visiting Professor in the Department of History and School of Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after earning an M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the CEU, Dr. Tokić was Assistant Professor of European and East European History at the American University in Cairo. Professor Tokić has held a number of positions at some of Europe’s most highly respected research institutes, including at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence, the Berlin Program for Advanced European and German Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest, the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, and, most recently, the Center for Advanced Study – South East Europe at the University of Rijeka.His first monograph—entitled Croatian Radical Separatism and Diaspora Terrorism During the Cold War—was published with Purdue University Press in 2020. In addition to several articles on political violence and radicalization among émigré Croats, he has worked extensively on the relationship between social memory and political legitimacy in socialist Yugoslavia.


CAS SEE Seminars With Guests: Christian Axboe Nielsen

On Thursday, May 13th at 1 pm (CET) we hosted  CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Christian Axboe Nielsen, presented by our fellow Nikolina Židek. 

This talk will present Nielsen’s book Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations, which covers the Yugoslav State Security Service’s decades-long campaign against émigrés around the world. Both the Yugoslav state leadership and the émigrés believed themselves to be locked in an existential struggle stretching far beyond the borders of Yugoslavia. Using one of the cases from his book as a case study, Nielsen will discuss how the Yugoslav State Security Service operated abroad, and why it regarded the use of assassinations as a legitimate component of the struggle against “the hostile fascist emigration.”

Christian Axboe Nielsen is an Associate Professor of History and Human Security at Aarhus University in Denmark. He received his Ph.D. in Eastern European history with distinction from Columbia University in 2002, and also holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His books include Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar’s Yugoslavia (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and Yugoslavia and Political Assassinations: The History and Legacy of Tito’s Campaign Against the Émigrés (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris, 2020).  



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”