Residential Fellow in East European Labor History
Goran holds a doctoral degree in History at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. His fields of interest include Global Labor History, Comparative History of Workers under State Socialism, and Everyday History of Socialist Yugoslavia.
The current research project at the CEU, entitled “Between class and nation: Working class communities in 1980s Serbia and Montenegro”, poses the question whether there are discernible ways in which social demands or discontent became “nationally” framed (or vice versa) in late Yugoslav socialism. The so-called ‘Anti-bureaucratic revolution’, a movement spurred by the Serbian communist party leadership, which reinterpreted the dominant notion of a dichotomy between the ‘exploiter and exploited’ in nationalist terms, stands at the fore of the research. The transition from “worker” to “Serb” in the context of the ‘Anti-bureaucratic revolution’ is rather crudely assumed, but insufficiently theorised, often based on the superficial tropes about workers’ inherent inclination to follow authoritarian leadership and nationalist politics. The research therefore seeks to uncover the meaning of concepts widely used by elites in late Yugoslav socialism once they filtered down to the factory shop floor.
During his tenure at the CEU Goran will also organize a conference entitled “Workers beyond Socialist Glorification and Post-Socialist Disavowal: New Perspectives in the Research of Eastern European Labour”. The aim of the conference is to map out the state of the art with regard to the study of labour in different countries of Eastern Europe and provide a platform for the presentation of recent and on-going research in a quickly expanding field of study. The conference seeks to bring the study of labour under state socialism into dialogue with the theoretical postulates of global labour history by looking for common themes and trends including but also transcending classical wage work as the most obvious model of employment under state socialism.