Junior Scholars Training Seminar

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The Center For Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) Junior Scholars Training Seminar provides an opportunity for graduate students enrolled in an advanced academic degree, currently conducting academic research or in the writing stages, in the fields of Post-conflict Transformation, Peace and Conflict Studies, South Eastern European Studies and Post-Yugoslav Balkans Studies, to present their work and engage in an exchange of feedback and knowledge with other students and scholars. The CFCCS Junior Scholars Training Seminar, interdisciplinary in its nature, is dedicated to fostering research and academic exchange among young scholars in the Balkans.

The seminar was led by 4 scholars and professors currently active in teaching and research in the fields of Balkan Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Post-conflict Transformation, Migration Studies etc.

Dr. Sabina Čehajić-Clancy (Sarajevo School of Science and Technology)

Dr. Jelena Tošić (University of Vienna)  

Dr. Jelisaveta Blagojević (FMK, Belgrade)

Dr. Orli Fridman (FMK & SIT Study Abroad, Belgrade)

January 2013 Seminar participants and working titles: 

Nidžara Ahmetešević, University of Graz 
Media as Tool of Democratization: Promoting Free Media in Protectorate

Tamara Banjeglav, University of Graz
(Re)membering the past in post-war Croatia: Commemorative practices, competing narratives and contested histories

Marija Grujić, Goethe University Frankfurt 
Serbian nationalism and the status of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo in Serbia

Athanasia Hadjigeorgiou, Kings College London 
The right to vote and politico-identity conflicts in ethnically divided societies: a comparative analysis of three case studies

Alma Jeftić, University of Belgrade 
Cognitive Aspects of War Memories: Experience of Divided City

Milorad Kapetanović, University of Ljubljana 
Road Architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Consumerism and vernacular as a negotiation of modernity

Dragana Kovačević, University of Oslo 
1,5. Generation Immigrants from former Yugoslavia in Norway: Migration, Integration and Ethnic Identity

Ana Ljubojević, Institute for Advanced Studies IMT Lucca, Italy 
What’s the story? Transitional justice and creation of historical narratives in Croatia and Serbia

Krisztina Rácz, University of Ljubljana 
Discourses and Practices of Multiculturalism: Hungarian Youth in Vojvodina and Prekmurje

Marjan Stepanovski, Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje 
Different, but (how) equal!? The Macedonian model of Multiculturalism

Kalina Yordanova, University of London 
Intergenerational transmission of trauma in the families of war survivors from the former Yugoslavia


Graduate students from all countries currently working on their PhD dissertation in the above mentioned fields are eligible to apply. Graduate students, citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, enrolled in an advanced academic degree currently working on their PhD dissertation (enrolled in any university) are eligible to apply for full scholarship to cover the cost of their participation (including travel, accommodation and meal costs). For scholarship eligibility, applicants citizens of the countries mentioned above may be enrolled in any academic institution worldwide. 

We are accepting proposals from applicants working on the following themes: (comparative research with other case studies may be considered as well)

  • Post-conflict Transformation, Reconciliation, Peace-building
  • Education for Peace, Civil Society, Transitional Justice 
  • Transitions and EU Integration in the Context of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Memory studies as related to post-Conflict and Post-Yugoslav studies 
  • Politics of Otherness and Differences
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism
  • Migration and Forced Migration studies
  • Post-Conflict Inter and/or Intra Group Relations in the Successor States of the former Yugoslavia – Social Psychology and Peace

Working language of the seminar is English.

Program description: 

Students taking part in the training seminar are offered the opportunity to present their work and engage in an exchange of feedback and knowledge with other students and scholars. Thematically the group is exploring ways to bridge theory and practice and make more direct connections and interactions between academia and civil society sector.



  • Karadjordjeva 65
    11000 Belgrade, Serbia


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