Presentations

2017

  • ‘Music, media and culture 25 years after Yugoslavia: do we still need “nostalgia”?’ Revisiting Yugoslavia in the Shadow of the Present: Continuities and Discontinuities, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 23 November 2017.
  • ‘”Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic looking at things”: embodied militarism, public diplomacy and the gendered construction of celebrity political personas’. Militarization 2.0 research workshop, Stockholm University, 26-7 October 2017.
  • ‘”Why does nobody talk about female military masculinities?”: assembling a queer aesthetic curiosity’. European International Studies Association conference, Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017.
  • ‘Militarised masculinities, political violence and the “epic imagination”: an audiovisual aesthetic approach’. European International Studies Association conference, Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017.
  • ‘Is Eurovision the biggest Pride parade in Europe?’ Pride in Hull Tea Time Talks, University of Hull, 27 July 2017.
  • ‘”The place of penetration”: sublimating and revealing a queer Coriolanus on film’. ‘Show Thy Queere Substance’: the Queer, the Early Modern and the Now, University of Westminster, 8 July 2017.
  • ‘Breaking the silence: gender and genocide in the Bosnian War’. Remembering Srebrenica workshop, Wiener Library, London, 6 July 2017.
  • ‘Queer spectatorship, masculinities and the gaze’. Rethinking the Gaze: Feminism, Fashion and the Female Body, Chelsea College of Arts, 28-29 June 2017.
  • ‘Tracing transnational imaginative circuits of popular militarism’. Men and Masculinities in Conflict and Society Research Network workshop, University of Bristol, 19 June 2017.
  • ‘Militarised masculinities, political violence and the “epic imagination”‘. British International Studies Association conference, Brighton, 14-16 June 2017.
  • ‘A queer aesthetic curiosity towards popular culture, peace and conflict: popular music and women’s identifications with post-war masculinities in Croatia’. Critical Peace and Conflict Studies: Feminist Interventions, British International Studies Association pre-conference workshop, Brighton, 13 June 2017.
  • ‘Imaginative circuits of audiovisuality and the sensuous politics of war’. Feeling War workshop, University of Warwick, 10 May 2017.
  • ”The queer geopolitics of Eurovision: LGBT politics, state homophobia and transnational spectatorship’. The Spectacle of an Expanded Europe: the Eurovision Song Contest as a Scene of Nation Branding, Cultural Frictions and European Unity, University of Copenhagen, 28 April 2017.
  • ‘The queer geopolitics of Eurovision: LGBT politics, state homophobia and transnational spectatorship’. The Eurovision Song Contest in a Changing World: Culture, Geography and Politics, University of Maynooth, 11 April 2017.
  • ‘The gendered experience of justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. Remembering Srebrenica conference, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 7 March 2017.
  • ‘”Why don’t you put your voting shades on?”: the militarism-aesthetics-embodiment nexus after the US election’. International Studies Association conference, 22-5 February 2017.
  • ‘How does “fake news” polarise the public?: myths, lies and truths before the Yugoslav wars’. Hull People’s Politics, 9 February 2017.
  • ‘Translation, interpreting and peacebuilding after ethnopolitical conflict’. Translating in Danger Zones seminar series, University of Reading, 25 January 2017.

2016

  • ‘Celebrating “Europe” in crisis?: the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016’. Guest lecture, University of Cincinnati, 22 November 2016.
  • ‘Popular culture and global formations of race in eastern Europe’. Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati, 21 November 2016.
  • ‘Popular music and the “cultural archive”: the post-Yugoslav region in global racial formations’. Millennium Annual Conference, London School of Economics and Political Science, 22-3 October 2016 / Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies conference, Washington DC, 17-20 November 2016.
  • ‘The Black Adriatic?: historicising Yugoslav internationalism and global racial formations’. (Re)Thinking Yugoslav Internationalism: Cold War Global Entanglements and Their Legacies, University of Graz, 29 September-1 October 2016.
  • ‘”It’s a revolution, we’re gonna keep on fighting”: transnational aesthetics of militarisation and music video after the Cold War’. Transnational Screens Conference: Volatility and Compounding Transnational Traffic, De Montfort University, 15-16 September 2016.
  • ‘”Couture military”: imagining dystopia, evoking war and regendering violence in post-Cold-War music video’. Nine Worlds COnvention academic track, 14 August 2016.
  • ‘Contemporary histories of women, war and peace: the Yugoslav wars’. Talk accompanying Poppies: Women, War, Peace exhibition, University of Hull, 9 August 2016.
  • ‘”Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic looking at things”: embodied militarism, public diplomacy and the gendered construction of celebrity political personas’. British International Studies Association conference, 15-17 June 2016.
  • ‘Teaching transgender histories: student perceptions of an “inclusive” curriculum’. British International Studies Association conference, 15-17 June 2016.
  • ‘Yugoslav exceptionalism?: researching “race” and popular culture in the post-Yugoslav successor states’. School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures research seminar, University of Hull, 13 April 2016.
  • ‘How do they militarise a music video?’ European Workshops in International Studies, Tubingen, 6-8 April 2016.
  • ‘Teaching the Yugoslav wars, two decades on’. Roundtable organised at International Studies Association conference, Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016.
  • ‘Does transitional justice translate? A critical perspective on transitional justice and peacebuilding discourse’. International Studies Association conference, Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016.
  • ‘Trans and non-binary inclusive gender histories: do we have the readings we need, and is that enough?’. ‘What Is and How To Do LGBT History?: Methods, Subjects, Approaches’ conference, Manchester, 27-28 February 2016.
  • Presentation of The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. Central European University, Budapest, 26 February 2016.
  • Workshop on ‘race’ and racialisation in south-east Europe. Central European University, 26 February 2016.
  • ‘Gender and geopolitics in the Eurovision Song Contest’. Gender Studies public lecture, Central European University, 25 February 2016.
  • ‘Are we unstoppable? Conchita Wurst and the politics of LGBT rights at the Eurovision Song Contest’. LGBT+ History Month, University of Hull, 18 February 2016.

2015

  • ‘Political musical theatre: Marko Perković Thompson, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and narratives of Croatian national unity twenty years after the Homeland War’. Association for Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies conference, Philadelphia, 19-22 November 2015.
  • ‘The view from further down the corridor: other disciplines and the politics of (not) teaching and learning languages’. ‘SSEES @ 100: the Politics of Teaching and Learning Languages’ conference, UCL SSEES, 17-18 September 2015.
  • ‘The language politics of peace-building’. ‘Rethinking Territoriality: Between Independence and Interdependence’ conference, University of Edinburgh, 16-18 September 2015.
  • ‘Between democratisation and disempowerment: “the political” in oral histories of peace support operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. ‘Democratizing History in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings Across Central and Eastern Europe’ workshop, University of Strathclyde, 12 September 2015.
  • ‘Writing trans-inclusive gender histories of eastern Europe’. ‘Representation: Gender Minority Groups in Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro’ workshop, UCL SSEES, 3-4 September 2015.
  • ‘Postsocialist international intervention in a postcolonial framework? “Balkanism”, peace operations and the former Yugoslavia’. ‘Narratives of Intervention: Reflections from North and South’ conference, University of Surrey, 22-3 July 2015.
  • ‘”Second star to the right, and straight on till Sochi”: the Eurovision/Olympics convergence’. ‘Musical Diversity and Cultural Identities in the History of the Eurovision Song Contest’, University of Graz, 19-20 June 2015. Invited presentation.
  • ‘Constructions of nationality, ethnicity and trust in language support for peace operations: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina’, ‘Language, Security and Otherness’ colloquium, King’s College London, 1 June 2015.
  • ‘Beyond peacekeeping masculinities?: accommodating language support within military masculinities in narratives of peace operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, ‘Masculinities at the Margins: Conceptualising War Beyond Hypermasculinity’ workshop, University of Newcastle, 23-24 April 2015.
  • ‘Sounds of the borderland: popular music, war and nationalism in Croatia since 1991’, guest lecture at Centre for South-East European Studies, University of Graz, 25 March 2015.
  • ‘The Black Adriatic: rethinking and researching race in the ex-Yugoslav region’, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies research seminar, University of Nottingham, 4 March 2015. Invited talk.
  • ‘Revisiting (and remixing?) the ‘image of the warrior’: translating, writing and recirculating militarised embodiment’, International Studies Association conference, New Orleans, 18-21 February 2015.

2014

  • ‘Peacekeepers and their interpreters during and after the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Hull and East Riding Historical Association, 18 October 2014.
  • ‘Revisiting the ‘image of the warrior’: translation and the process of writing militarised embodiment’, ‘Embodying Militarism’ workshop, St Michael’s College, Cardiff, 27-28 September 2014.
  • ‘”And it will be for everyone”: the London 2012 opening ceremony and the public history of immigration in the UK’, ‘Immigration, Nation and Public History’ symposium, King’s College London, 18 June 2014.
  • ‘The end of nation-building? Eurovision and the global financial crisis’, ‘Visions of Europe in the Eurovision Song Contest’ conference, University of Copenhagen, 5-7 May 2014. Keynote speech.
  • ‘The employable self and the ideal researcher: reflections on interviewing whilst queer’, International Studies Association conference, Toronto, 26-29 March 2014.
  • ‘The Gay World Cup? LGBT equality and the Eurovision Song Contest’, University of Hull LGBT History Month, 27 February 2014. Invited lecture.
  • Address on the Bosnian Genocide to Hull Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, 27 January 2014. Invited speech.
  • ‘The local workforce of international intervention in the Yugoslav successor states: “precariat” or “projectariat”?’ LSEE: Research on South Eastern Europe research seminar, LSE, 21 January 2014. Invited lecture.

2013

  • ‘Beyond the island story: the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as public history’. Research seminar, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2 December 2013. Invited lecture.
  • ‘The local workforce of international intervention in the Yugoslav successor states: “precariat” or “projectariat”?’. Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies annual convention, Boston, 21-24 November 2013.
  • ‘The problem of knowing what we don’t know’. Closing speech, Huddersfield History Postgraduate Conference, University of Huddersfield, 11 October 2013. Invited lecture.
  • ‘After building a new Jerusalem, where next? The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and British public history’, Unofficial Histories, Manchester, 13-14 June 2013.
  • ‘Visualising masculinity and discipline in the Balkans: representations of space and contemporary conflict in Ralph Fiennes’s Coriolanus‘, International Feminist Journal of Politics conference, University of Sussex, 17-19 May 2013.
  • ‘Gender, translation/interpreting, and the exercise of power in peace support operations’, International Studies Association conference, San Francisco,  3-6 April 2013.
  • Participant in ‘Critical Pedagogy in World Politics’ roundtable, International Studies Association conference, San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013.
  • ‘Unpacking the ‘baggage’: citizenship, ethnicity and security in the employment of language intermediaries by foreign military forces’, University of Newcastle, 6 February 2013. Invited lecture.
  • ‘Popular music and the break-up of Yugoslavia: making meaning from the Other after ethnopolitical violence and conflict’, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, 22/24 January 2013. Invited lectures.

2012

  • ‘Subtitling “Balkan Voices” and “Croatian Memories”: perspectives from oral history and translation studies’, Balkan Voices/Croatian Memories workshop, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 20-21 December 2012.
  • ‘The local workforce of international intervention in former Yugoslavia: ‘precariat’ or ‘projectariat’?’, ‘Bringing Class Back In: the Dynamics of Social Change in (Post) Yugoslavia’, Marija Bistrica, 7-9 December 2012.
  • ‘Unpacking “baggage”: citizenship, ethnicity and security in the employment of language intermediaries by foreign military forces’, Humanitarianism: Past, Present and Future conference, University of Manchester, 8–10 November 2012.
  • ‘Uncertainty and the undermining of working identities: insights from post-socialist precarity in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Canadian Sociological Association annual meeting, Waterloo, ON, 26 May–2 June 2012.
  • “We interpreters were the first ones to cross the lines”: dealing with oral histories of language, conflict and work in 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Beyond Testimony and Trauma conference, Concordia University, Montreal, 22–25 March 2012.
  • ‘Where is the seventh republic?: popular music and the memory of Yugoslavia’, Twenty Years of Memory: Prosecuting, Memorializing and Remembering the Wars of Yugoslav Succession, University of Aarhus (NEMMA), 30–31 January 2012. Invited presentation.
  • ‘LGBT rights and nationalism in the Western Balkans’, Twenty Years after the Wars of Yugoslav Succession: the Path towards Europe, Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen, 27 January 2012. Invited presentation.

2011

  • ‘Becoming a conflict interpreter: the language learning life histories of local interpreters employed by peacekeeping forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Portsmouth Translation Conference, University of Portsmouth, 5 November 2011.
  • ‘English as the language of international intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1992’, State Traditions and Linguistic Regimes: State of the Art, University of Ottawa, 9–10 September 2011.
  • ‘Popular music in the “Yugosphere” and “ethnosphere”: layers of musical belonging since the break-up of Yugoslavia’, Reinventing the Balkans, Sciences-Po, Paris, 27 June 2011. Invited presentation.
  • ‘Zar učiš hrvatski? (Are you really learning Serbo-Croat?): politics, crisis and the demand for language knowledge in the British response to the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, New Ways of War?: Insurgencies, ‘Small Wars’ and the Past and Future of Conflict, University College Dublin, 1–2 June 2011.
  • ‘Interviewing the protagonists: new evidence from oral history interviews with interpreters and their users’, Research Models in Translation Studies II, University of Manchester, 29 April–2 May 2011.
  • ‘When Bosnia was a Commonwealth country: British forces and their interpreters in Republika Srpska, 1995-2007’, Languages at War Colloquium, Imperial War Museum, London, 7–9 April 2011.
  • ‘‘What if I die tomorrow? At least I earned some money’: employment, risk and the situation of locally-employed interpreters in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, American Association for Applied Linguistics conference, Chicago, 26–29 March 2011.
  • ‘Sympathy without policy: power, informality and language in the multi-national military force in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Remaking Borders: EastBordNet Conference 2011, Catania, 20–22 January 2011.

2010

  • ‘The music of the spheres: popular music in the “Yugosphere” and ethnospheres’, presented at launch of Sounds of the Borderland, UCL-SSEES, 14 December 2010.
  • ‘The view from the back of the Warrior: mobility, privilege and power during the international intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Travelling Languages: Culture, Communication and Translation in a Mobile World, Leeds Metropolitan University, 3–5 December 2010.
  • Participant in roundtable ‘Beyond War, Nationalists, and Turbofolk: Challenging How We Research the Western Balkans’, American Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Convention, Los Angeles, 18–21 November 2010.
  • ‘“Softening the situation”: the interpreting strategies of local interpreters employed by the multinational military force in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1992’, Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, University of Southampton, 2–4 September 2010.
  • ‘To arms with languages: making sense of distance in oral histories by peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia’, International Oral History Association conference, Prague, 7–11 July 2010.
  • ‘“Don’t worry about your shoes, this isn’t Bosnia”: remembering and reproducing intimacy in narratives of international peacekeeping’, International Auto/Biography Association conference, University of Sussex, 28 June–1 July 2010.
  • ‘Prosperity without security: locally employed interpreters in the Bosnian economy’, Languages at War 2nd Annual Workshop, 28 May 2010.
  • ‘Peacekeepers’ narratives of language encounters in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, 13–16 April 2010.
  • ‘Have you ever been in Bosnia?: British military travellers in the Balkans since 1992’, From the Grand Tour to Mass Tourism: the Modern History of the British Abroad, Newcastle University, 1–3 April 2010.
  • ‘“Turbo Serbo”: plurilingualism and military language instruction for peacekeeping missions to Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo’, Plurilingual and Pluricultural Education: Focus on ‘Languages of the Wider World’, SOAS, 19–20 February 2010.

2009

  • ‘Oral histories of the multinational force and its interpreters in 1990s Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Centre for South-East European Studies seminar, UCL SSEES, 27 November 2009.
  • ‘The inter-cultural encounters of peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Centre for Life History and Life Writing seminar, University of Sussex, 10 November 2009.
  • ‘“We don’t understand this letter”: “multilingual” document production and the international military force in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Portsmouth Translation Conference, University of Portsmouth, 7 November 2009.
  • ‘Second among equals?: the status of French during peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995–2000)’, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France conference, University of Portsmouth, 4 September 2009.
  • ‘The care and feeding of linguists: the working environment of interpreters, translators and linguists during peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Languages at War 1st Annual Workshop / Imperial War Museum History Group, 29 May 2009 / 24 June 2009.
  • ‘Tuđman’s children?: youth, social change and popular music in contemporary Croatia’, Youth and Social Change across Borders: Emerging Identities and Divisions in Eastern and Western Europe, University of Cambridge, 27–28 March 2009.
  • ‘It’s all the same, only he’s not here?: popular music and political change in post-Tuđman Croatia’, Croatia: Dealing with Consequences of Conflicts and Authoritarianisms, University of Stirling, 27 February 2009. Invited presentation.

2008

  • ‘We know what we’re singing’ (‘Znamo kaj… pevamo’): language, politics and identity in Croatian popular music’, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK/Ireland) conference, University of Glasgow, 12–14 September 2008.
  • ‘The truth about the Homeland War?: Croatian popular music and the Hague Tribunal protests’, Reconsidering Conflict, Terror and Resolution, University of Strathclyde, 11–12 September 2008.
  • ‘Dismantling and reassembling the socialist past: Croatian popular music and the memory of Yugoslavia’, Memory, History, Morality: the Socialist Past Today, Newcastle University, 11–12 September 2008.
  • ‘A public square, a stadium, a theatre: experiencing the nation through popular music in Croatia’, Experiencing Diversity and Mutuality: European Association of Social Anthropologists conference, Ljubljana, 26–29 August 2008.
  • ‘Backwards and Balkan’ or ‘glamorous and global’: locating the ‘east’ in Croatian popular music’, Association for the Study of Nationalities Europe conference, Sciences-Po, Paris, 3–5 July 2008.
  • ‘Popular music and the “soldier hero” in post-conflict Croatia’, Centuries of Celebrity conference, University of East London, 27 June 2008.
  • ‘Dancing at the gates of Europe: statehood, boundaries, and Croatian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest’, Singing Europe: Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest, University of Thessaly, Volos, 29 February–2 March 2008.

2007

  • ‘“They tore down our houses, we built them up again”: Croatian popular music and representations of Homeland War memory’, Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory conference, Swansea University, 10–12 September 2007.

2006

  • ‘The afterlife of Neda Ukraden: negotiating space and memory through popular music after the fall of Yugoslavia’, Identities: Negotiations in Contemporary Space(s), University of Warwick, 2 December 2006.
  • ‘When Seve met Bregović: folklore, turbofolk and the boundaries of Croatian musical identity’, American Association for the Advancement of Slavonic Studies annual conference, Washington DC, 16–19 November 2006.
  • ‘Wild dances and dying wolves: essentialised national heritage in the Eurovision Song Contest’, International Communications Association Annual Conference, Dresden, 19–23 June 2006.
  •  ‘From Thompson to turbofolk: contesting Croatian cultural boundaries through popular music’, Musical Culture and Memory, 8th Annual Symposium of the Department for Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Arts, Belgrade, 11–14 April 2006.
  • Once upon a time in Croatia: popular music and myths of Croatian nationhood’, UCL SSEES, 22 March 2006.
  • ‘Politicised showbusiness in Croatia: constructing the nation through popular music and myth’, Inclusion/Exclusion: 7th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe, UCL SSEES, 16–18 February 2006.

2005

  • ‘Popular music in former Yugoslavia: crossing frontiers and creating borders’, Oxford Symposium on (Trans-)Nationalism in South-East Europe, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 17–19 June 2005.
  • Dajem ti srce, zemljo moja: popular music and nationalist ideology in post-Yugoslav Croatia’, British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 2–4 April 2005.

2004

  • ‘From Yugo-nostalgia to Seve trans/nazionale: transnationalism in former Yugoslavian popular music’, Transnationalism in the Balkans: the Emergence, Nature and Impact of Cross-National Linkages on an Enlarged and Enlarging Europe, London School of Economics and Political Science, 26–27 November 2004.
  • ‘Showbusiness historiography in Croatia: myth, war memory and Marko Perković Thompson’, Historical Myths and Historical Narratives in the Yugoslav Successor States, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, 16–18 September 2004.
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