Microstructures of Yugoslav Socialism: Croatia 1970-1990 (Microsocialism)

Duration
November 2018 – November 2022

Principal investigator
Igor Duda, PhD, Associate Professor

Research group
Chiara Bonfiglioli, PhD, lecturer, University College Cork
Anita Buhin, PhD student (European University Institute, Florence)
Tina Filipović, PhD student (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
Magdalena Najbar-Agičić, PhD, Associate Professor, University North
Christian Axboe Nielsen, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Aarhus
Saša Vejzagić, PhD student (European University Institute, Florence)

Consultant
Ulf Brunnbauer, PhD, Professor, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg

Financing
Croatian Science Foundation / Hrvatska zaklada za znanost (HRZZ)

Institution
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism (CKPIS)

Project description
The 1970s and 1980s were a time in which the Yugoslav socialist system was fully formed, and during which self-management was implemented at all levels, in order for the state to wither away and to leave its powers to self-managed communities and organizations. The municipality was envisioned as a small community in which all the levels of the general socio-political organization were established, only on a microscale. The main academic aim of the project is to unravel the functioning of late socialism through an investigation of social relations and structures in selected municipalities. The project will focus on the role of citizens as self-managers in local communities, on the protection of self-management rights and social property, on public and state security, on local media in charge of creating an image of the community, on the position of organizations of associated labour between economics and politics, on cultural creativity and cultural politics in self-managed communities of interests, on the role of women and women's activism, and on the position and influence of veterans and their organization. A comparative analysis of case studies will shed light on the interplay of relationships that provide insights into issues such as power relations, social networking, the status of guaranteed rights and freedoms, as well as surveillance and compliance with different interests. The methodological approach will rely on social, cultural, political and economic history, the history of everyday life and the history of mentality. It will also establish connections between perspectives from below and perspective from above, as well as between horizontal and vertical communication, connecting microhistory with a macro-historical framework.

Keywords: self-managed socialism, social structure, microhistory, Croatia, history of Yugoslavia.
More on research approach and methodology.

Publications
A monograph, an edited volume and around twenty journal articles are planned by the end of 2022 (list of publications).

Conferences
Around 30 conference presentations by all members of the research group are planned (list of conference presentations).

Events
Project presentations, a conference in Pula in 2022 and other events are planned (news on events).