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Ljubica Spaskovska

Associate Research Fellow in History, University of Exeter

I am currently an Associate Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust funded project '1989 after 1989: The Fall of State-Socialism in a Global Perspective', led by Professor James Mark. I am exploring socialist Yugoslavia's foreign policy as the backdrop for an impressive record of economic, intellectual and cultural exchange. Through archival material, (auto) biographies and oral histories, I seek to trace the experience of a variety of groups and additionally explore the ways they made sense of the end of Yugoslavia and the disappearence of the world where it had played a major role.

Previsously, I completed my doctoral dissertation 'The Last Yugoslav Generation: Youth Politics and Cultures in Late Socialism' at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Professor James Mark and Professor Florian Bieber of the University of Graz. 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) (

My interests are in the history of (post) socialism and in particular the region of the Balkans/the former Yugoslavia. I have a keen interest in oral history and in exploring different methodological approaches combining oral history with archival research and/or interdisciplinary theoretical and analytical tools.


  • –present
    Associate Research Fellow in History, University of Exeter