Yugoslav studies

Yugoslav studies or Yugoslavistics (Serbo-Croatian: Jugoslavistika; Slovene: Jugoslovanske študije; Macedonian: Југословенски студии; Albanian: Studime Jugosllave; German: Jugoslawistik; Latin: Iugoslavistica) is an academic discipline within Slavic studies and historical studies which is concerned with the study of the XIX century or earlier origins of the Yugoslav idea, creation of Yugoslavia, history of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, World War II in Yugoslavia, SFR Yugoslavia and breakup of Yugoslavia including Yugoslav Wars as well as the Yugoslavs either as an umbrella term or exclusive identification. In contemporary period the discipline is also focused on the post-Yugoslav remembrance of Yugoslavia.[1] Historically, the term was also used as an umbrella term for Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Slovenian and Montenegrin studies. During the 1990s the discipline was closely intertwined with the field of security studies due to the conflicts in the region.[2]

The collapse of the Yugoslav state in early 1990's brought the existence of the discipline into question with multiple institutions changing their names or closing down. The field needed to redefine its new position in relation to closely related South Slavic studies (which alongside post-Yugoslav space include Bulgaria as well) and Serbo-Croatian studies (further differentiated into Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin studies).[3] In his 1993 essay The Phantom of Yugoslavistics (German: Das Phantom der Jugoslavistik) German Slavist Reinhard Lauer [de] stated that the field was based on the historical coincidence of the existence of a Yugoslav state and on the “fading out of the Bulgarian components and interests" concluding that the South Slavic studies should take its place.[3] The conflict in the area of former Yugoslavia nevertheless attracted significant academic attention with over 130 books being published on it and with multiple authors analyzing it in the framework of Yugoslav or Post-Yugoslav studies.[4] Today the field is dealing with transdisciplinary analysis of various Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav phenomena, social relations and practices.[5]


After her exile from South Africa AnnMarie Wolpe gained a post at the Department of Yugoslav Studies of the University of Bradford in 1963.[6]

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  1. ^ Ana Petrov; Andrija Filipović (2017). "Introduction: Towards Yugoslav Studies". AM Journal of Art and Media Studies (13): 1–4.
  2. ^ James Gow (1993). "Yugoslav studies and security studies: The future". Journal of Area Studies. 1 (3): 169–176.
  3. ^ a b Elena Messner (2008). "Die Frage der Südslawistik/Jugoslawistik/Serbokroatistik nach 1991". Kakanien Revisited. 27 (2): 1–6.
  4. ^ Sabrina P. Ramet (2005). Thinking about Yugoslavia: Scholarly Debates about the Yugoslav Breakup and the Wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-85151-0.
  5. ^ "Разговори о Југославији: увод у (пост) југословенске студије (19)". Museum of Yugoslavia. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  6. ^ Maxine Molyneux (2018). "AnnMarie Wolpe: 1930–2018". Feminist Review (120): 121–122.
  7. ^ Vesna Drapac (2012). "Reviewed Work: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies by Dejan Djokić, James Ker-Lindsay". The English Historical Review. 127 (528): 1272–1274.
  8. ^ "Stories about the Otherness, Identity and Housing". Blesok. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Fred Singleton Archive". University of Bradford. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Atanas Vangelov". Struga Poetry Evenings Website. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  11. ^ "T11 Gradska kavana Imotski". Udruga "Ujević". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Jasna Hadžiselimović". Udruženje muzičkih umjetnika. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Mgr. Pavla Loucká". Vesmír. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Miroljub Todorović". Miroljub Todorović Website. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  15. ^ Tanja Petrič; Katja Stergar (eds.). Dušan Šarotar: Billiards at the Hotel Dobray Novel (PDF). Slovenian Book Agency. p. 54. ISBN 978-961-93270-2-9. Retrieved 30 April 2022.

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