History as Democracy: Historian as an Enemy – History Between Professionalism and Patriotism


The Democracy in History Workgroup of the CEU Democracy Institute invites you to a conversation with Dubravka Stojanović.

Moderators: Marko Milošev, Ivana Mihaela Žimbrek, PhD candidates, Department of History, CEU

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Meeting ID: 966 0717 6447

Passcode: 234093


The imperative that historians intellectually participate in the public sphere and contribute to the wider community often comes with risks when their interpretations are at odds with the broader political framework and dominant historical narratives. In her active career as an academic historian and public intellectual in Serbia, Dubravka Stojanović has dealt with issues of democracy in Serbia and the Balkans and (mis)uses of history in education and public discourse. In conversation with her, we will examine the position of historians in the academic and public sphere in Serbia and Southeastern Europe as well as the benefits and dangers that this position brings in relation to different historiographical interpretations and political circumstances.


Dubravka Stojanović is a Serbian historian, and professor at University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy. She is a vice-president of the Thessaloniki based History Education Committee organized by the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe as well as a consultant of the United Nations on the issues of misuses of history in education. Her primary fields of interest are processes of modernization in Southeast Europe, democratization in Serbia, history of Belgrade, historical memory and presentations of history in history textbooks.