Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 War and Peace in the Balkans

Wednesday, November 16, 20222:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7


Ulf Brunnbauer is a social historian of Southeastern Europe. He serves as Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg (Germany) and holds the Chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. In his research, he deals mainly with the social history of the Balkans since the 19th century and with questions of nationalism and state-building. His most recent book, co-authored with Philipp Ther et al., is a history of transformation on the example of two shipyards since the 1970s (In den Stürmen der Transformation, Suhrkamp, 2022). He is also author of Globalizing Southeastern Europe. Emigrants, America, and the State since the 19th Century (Lexington, 2016).

Katrin Boeckh is Research Associate at the Leibniz-Institute for Southeast and East European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg. She studied History of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Slavic languages and Languages of the Balkans at the universities of Regensburg and Munich and earned a degree as M.A. in 1991. In 1995, she graduated at the University of Munich with her Ph.D. in History of Eastern and South Eastern Europe (Dr. phil.). Habilitation followed in 2004. During her professional career at the Osteuropa-Institut (first in Munich, since 2007 in Regensburg), Katrin Boeckh was technical editor of the journal „Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas” until 2008, since then she is senior researcher in the Department of History. Her areas of research are ethno-national conflicts and their consequences, state and churches in socialist countries, institutions in late Stalinism and the discourse of values during transformation, with a regional focus on the Ukraine and the countries of Yugoslavia.
Heike Karge is Assistant Professor at the Chair for the History of Southeastern and Eastern Europe, University of Regensburg. Her main research interests include the cultural and social history of Southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, especially history of medicine and psychiatry, social policy, postwar politics; conceptual history, history and knowledge; remembrance cultures in Eastern and Southeastern Europe; interdisciplinary trauma research; dealing with war crimes / Transitional Justice; nationalism and conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
Heike Karge studied history, East and Southeast European Studies, and sociology at the universities of Leipzig and Zagreb. She holds a phD from the European University Institute Florence (2006) and a habilitation awarded by the University of Regensburg (venia legendi for History and Modern History of East and Southeastern Europe) (2018). In 2017 she was Invited Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, in 2019/20 she was Interim Professor at Leipzig University, Chair for the History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Among her recent publications are: Der Charme der Schizophrenie. Psychiatrie, Krieg und Gesellschaft im serbokroatischen Raum. Berlin: De Gruyter 2021; (together with Friederike Kind-Kovacs and Sara Bernasconi, eds.), From the Midwife’s Bag to the Patient’s File: Public Health in Eastern Europe. Budapest, New York: CEU Press 2017; Den Zweiten Weltkrieg erinnern: Der (post-)jugoslawische Raum, in: Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 8/2-3 (2021), 73-80; Psychiatrische Diagnostik und klinische Praxis im Ersten Weltkrieg, in: Timm Beichelt, Clara Maddalena Frysztacka, Claudia Weber, Susann Worschech, eds., Ambivalenzen der Europäisierung. Beiträge zur Neukonzeptualisierung der Geschichte und Gegenwart Europas. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 2021, 239-251.

Lilia Topouzova is an Assistant Professor of History and Creative Nonfiction at the University of Toronto. She is a scholar and a documentary filmmaker whose interdisciplinary work explores the relationship between remembering and forgetting. Her academic research appears in the American Historical Review, Gender & History, The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place, Journal of Visual Literacy, and Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. She is the writer of the critically acclaimed documentary film The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and TIFF, and received more than twenty-five awards, including the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2007. Her other films include a feature-length documentary on immigration Saturnia (co-writer, co-director, co-producer, 2012), distributed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She is currently in production of her third film, Anaanaga: My Mother.
Dr. Topouzova held fellowships at Brown University in the US, York University in Toronto, the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) at the University of Potsdam in Germany, and at the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in Concordia University in Montreal. In 2022, she was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia.

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