Dr Ljubica Spaskovska
Associate Research Fellow in History
I am currently an Associate Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust funded project '1989 after 1989: Rethinking the Fall of State-Socialism in a Global Perspective', led by Professor James Mark.
My interests are in twentieth-century international and (South/East) European history, the histories of generations/youth, (post) communism and memory.
I am a member of the Balkans Program Committee of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) at Columbia University https://www.asnconvention.com/program-committee
My first monograph The Last Yugoslav Generation: the Rethinking of Youth Politics and Cultures in Late Socialism (Manchester University Press) was published in April 2017
As part of the '1989 after 1989' project I am exploring the history of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) through socialist Yugoslavia's foreign policy as the backdrop for an impressive record of economic, intellectual and cultural exchange. Ultimately, the research project seeks to map the emergence and decline of this transnational alliance and to do so through the lenses of global citizenship and political generations – beyond their strictly elitist core.
Public Engagement (digital media):
- Ljubica Spaskovska, 'Non-Aligned Punk: The Last Yugoslav Generation', Imperial & Global Forum, https://imperialglobalexeter.com/2017/05/30/non-aligned-punk-the-last-yugoslav-generation/
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘Revisiting Non-Alignment and Yugoslavia’s Global Role’, Globalising Southeast Europe Research Blog, http://www.suedosteuropa.uni-graz.at/blog/index.php/2016/10/24/revisiting-non-alignment-and-yugoslavias-global-role/
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘How Macedonia found itself at the centre of Europe’s refugee crisis’, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/how-macedonia-found-itself-at-the-centre-of-europes-refugee-crisis-55590
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘The battle for Skopje – urban citizenship and the legacy of the past’, The New Metropolitan: New Cultures of Urban Citizenship, http://www.newmetropolitan.hss.ed.ac.uk/2014/11/17/the-battle-for-skopje-urban-citizenship-and-the-legacy-of-the-past/
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘The future of the past: why the end of Yugoslavia is still important’, Open Democracy, http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/ljubica-spaskovska/future-of-past-why-end-of-yugoslavia-is-still-important
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘From feudal socialism to feudal democracy - the trials and tribulations of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’, Open Democracy, https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/ljubica-spaskovska/from-feudal-socialism-to-feudal-democracy-trials-and-tribulati
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘”Death to fascism, freedom to expression!” – post-Yugoslav media and freedom of speech, Open Democracy, https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/ljubica-spaskovska/%E2%80%98death-to-fascism-freedom-to-expression%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-postyugoslav-media-
- Ljubica Spaskovska, ‘Urban struggles – activist citizenship in South East Europe’, Citizenship in Southeast Europe, http://citsee.eu/blog/urban-struggles-activist-citizenship-south-east-europe-i
- ‘The Last Yugoslav Generation’ (video written and narrated by L. Spaskovska, directed by Yorgos Karagiannakis), CITSEE, University of Edinburgh, https://vimeo.com/91813413
- HIH2002 - Uses of the Past
- HIH2011A - Forgetting Fascism, Remembering Communism: Memory in Modern Europe
- HISM027 - The Cold War: A Global History
I completed a PhD in History at Exeter University in 2014. Between 2009 and 2014 I was also part - both as a full-time research fellow and as a research collaborator - of the University of Edinburgh based project 'Europeanisation of citizenship in the successor states of the former Yugoslavia' (CITSEE) (http://citsee.eu/) .
I received an MA in Central European History from the Central European University (Hungary) in 2009 and an MA in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe from the Universities of Bologna and Sarajevo in 2007. I did my undergraduate studies in Macedonia and at Duke University (U.S.A.) and I had previsouly worked as a project assistant at the Macedonain Academy of Sciences and Arts, in the civil society sectors in Macedonia and in Kosovo and as a literary translator from French.