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Bridging Cold War Borders: Yugoslavia and Municipal Internationalism



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Speaker: Dr Vladimir Unkovski-Korica (University of Glasgow)


Vladimir will present work on a new project, exploring Yugoslav participation in municipal internationalist practices in the Cold War.

Municipal internationalism originally took root in Europe before the Cold War in an attempt at overcoming national borders by putting citizens in direct contact with each other. The Cold War experience showed that municipal internationalism could as often be about enforcing differences, as overcoming them. Thus, forms of governance, techniques and knowledge often circulated across the Iron Curtain and indeed the Third World. Nonetheless, municipalities in East and West also competed in terms of showcasing different forms of urban governance, forming different transnational networks and institutions to globalise their own model.

Yugoslavia’s non-aligned foreign policy saw Yugoslav cities try to play a bridging role across Cold War borders. Relying on a plethora of local, republic and federal archives, Vladimir will trace the opportunities and difficulties opened up for Yugoslav municipal authorities in their (para-)diplomatic activities in the Cold War.

Speaker Bio:

Vladimir Unkovski-Korica is a lecturer in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (Tauris, 2016) explored the deep contradictions and tensions of trying to build a participatory developmental model while playing catch-up with the advanced world. His work has appeared in Europe-Asia Studies, Cold War History and Revue d'Études Comparatives Est-Ouest.

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When and where

6.00pm - 8.00pmTuesday 18th February 2020

D220 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom