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Individualising Socialism. Individual Agency and Social Change in Socialist Yugoslavia's Periphery, 1950s-1970s

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Project "INDSOC" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 159˙460 €
 EC max contribution 159˙460 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-05-02


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 Project objective

From the mid-1950s through the 1970s, the notion of the ‘good life’ associated with increased socio-economic prosperity for the broad population generated individualising dispositions in socialist East and Southeast Europe. Starting from the hypothesis that post-World War II paradigms of socialist modernity and in particular the Yugoslav model of self-management socialism were shaped by such an individualising habitus, this project examines individualising agency, expectations and memories, and emotions of ordinary citizens in interaction with state driven socialist transformation of society. The analysis follows four axes: (1) socialism as an ideological paradigm, (2) the political endeavour of establishing Yugoslav statehood, (3) patterns of identification and collective solidarity, and (4) memory. Drawing on the methodology of Alltagsgeschichte (history of everyday life), the project conducts a micro-historical study of individual agency and emotions in relation to intersecting temporal, spatial, and institutional processes in the city of Mitrovica in the North of Kosovo from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. It conducts archival research, oral history, and focus group interviews, and situates these findings against statistical data on the socio-economic situation in the area under scrutiny and secondary studies of state socialist transformations in East and Southeast Europe. Through training-through-research and a set of hosting arrangements focussing on the development of a diversified research profile incorporating insights from micro-history, social anthropology, and social sciences and adopting an explicit transnational and European approach, the furthering of transferrable skills in communication, project development, and didactics, and a strong public outreach component, the action will make a significant contribution to the career development of the researcher and strengthen the profile of the host institution.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Pieter Troch
Of Private and Social in Socialist Cities: The Individualizing Turn in Housing in a Medium-Sized City in Socialist Yugoslavia
published pages: 9614421985768, ISSN: 0096-1442, DOI: 10.1177/0096144219857681
Journal of Urban History 2019-11-06
2019 Pieter Troch
Mitrovica und der Wandel in Jugoslawiens Peripherie
published pages: 19-21, ISSN: , DOI:
Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung Jahresbericht 2018 2019-11-06
2018 Pieter Troch
Socialist Urban Development in Kosovska Mitrovica: Compressed Socio-Spatial Duality in a Medium- Sized Industrial City in Yugoslavia’s Underdeveloped South
published pages: 33-61, ISSN: 0354-5318, DOI:
Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 25/2 2019-11-06
2017 Konrad Clewing Pieter Troch
Starke Männer in Kosovo und Serbien, und eine schwache EU
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Ostblog - Ost- und Südosteuropa im Fokus der Wissenschaft 2019-11-06
2017 Pieter Troch
Absurd politiek theater op de Balkan
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De Standaard 21 March 2017 2019-11-06
2019 Pieter Troch Thomas Janssens
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De Standaard 9 March 2019 2019-11-06
2018 Pieter Troch
Socialist and Post-Socialist Urban Transformation in Small Cities of Southeast Europe
published pages: 139-143, ISSN: , DOI:
Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 05-06/2017 2019-11-06
2018 Pieter Troch
Social dynamics and nationhood in employment politics in the Trepça mining complex in Socialist Kosovo (1960s)
published pages: 217-234, ISSN: 0023-656X, DOI: 10.1080/0023656x.2019.1533747
Labor History 60/3 2019-11-06

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