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Voluntary Work, Volunteering and Voluntary Associations in Southeastern Europe, 1980-2000

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March 22, 2018 at 14:30 to March 23, 2018 at 15:30
Hall of the Geographical Museum GIAM ZRC SAZU, Gosposka ulica 16, 1000 Ljubljana

Organizer: Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies (HAIT) at the TU Dresden , Institute for East European History at the University of Vienna project Volunte…


International Workshop



Thursday, 22 March 2018

14:30 – 15:00

Welcome: Oto Luthar (Ljubljana), Tanja Petrović (Ljubljana)

Workshop introduction: Thomas Lindenberger (Dresden), Ana Kladnik (Dresden)


15:00 – 16:45

Panel: Socialist Legacy of Voluntarism

Chair / comments: Ildiko Erdei (Belgrade)

Nikola Baković (Giessen)

Get to Know Your Country in Order to Love It.  Partisan Tourism as Catalyst for Translocal Volunteering in Socialist Yugoslavia

Julia Nietsch (Paris)

Volunteering for the Kosovo-Albanian “Parallel Structures”: the Case of the Mother Teresa Society

Anna Matthiesen (New York)

NGOs, Virtual Voluntarism and the Legacy of Radne Akcije in Serbia


16:45– 17:15 Coffee break


17:15 – 19:00

Panel: Volunteering and the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s

Chair / comments: Fabio Giomi (Paris) and Igor Duda (Pula)

Jelena Rupčić (Pula)

Influence of Political Changes on Volunteering during the 1980s and 1990s on the Example of the Red Cross in Pula, Croatia

Zlatiborka Popov Momčinović (Sarajevo)

Question of ‘Volunteering’. The Context of Women's Activism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ana Ljubojević (Zagreb)

"Starting an Avalanche"? Transformation of Youth Voluntarism in Serbia


19:15 Dinner


Friday, 23 March 2018

9:15 – 10:45

Panel: The Role of Voluntarism and Voluntary Associations within the Community Safety Structures around 1990

Chair / comments: Damijan Guštin (Ljubljana)

Rade Rajkovčevski (Skopje)

Voluntarism through Implementation of the Concept “All in Defence, All in Protection”: Ideology or Way to Developing a Sustainable Model of Civil Protection

Ana Kladnik (Dresden)

Voluntary Associations and the Reorganisation of the System of Protection and Rescue in Slovenian Local Communities around 1990


10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break


11:15 – 12:45

Panel: Perception of Voluntary Work and the post-Socialist Transformation

Chair / comments: Reana Senjković (Zagreb)

Brunilda Zenelaga and Klodiana Beshku (Tirana)

Dealing with the Will to Voluntarism. The Role of the State during the Transformation of the Political System in Albanian Society

Tanja Petrović (Ljubljana)

Reframing Voluntary Labor in post-Socialist Serbia


12:45 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:30

Roundtable: Volunteering and the History of Southeastern Europe between 1980-2000

Moderator: Ana Kladnik (Dresden)

Jure Gašparič (Ljubljana), Ljubica Spaskovska (Exeter), Tatjana Rakar (Ljubljana), Tanja Petrović (Ljubljana), Thomas Lindenberger (Dresden), Philipp Ther (Wien)



Organisation: Ana Kladnik (HAIT, TU Dresden) in cooperation with Tanja Petrović (ZRC SAZU Ljubljana)

Contact: Ana Kladnik,


The workshop is supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, FWF).


The workshop is open to the public and admission free.