Chernobyl and the first ecological movements in Yugoslavia: a report from Ljubljana’s Marxist Center

Ecological movements in Yugoslavia are an almost entirely unexplored topic. I wanted to make a small contribution to this less discussed question with a chronological outline of such movements, prepared in 1987 by the Marxist Center of the Slovenian Central Committee in Ljubljana (my own research concerns the history of these Marxist centers, whose outline … Continue reading Chernobyl and the first ecological movements in Yugoslavia: a report from Ljubljana’s Marxist Center

Ecological imperialism and nuclear fusion: a forgotten topic in global resource conflicts

In 2021, during the Serbian protests against lithium, I interviewed one of the chemists at the Belgrade Institute of Chemistry and Metallurgy, where a group of independent researchers questioned Rio Tinto's new lithium mining project in Serbia, the so-called "Jadar project," which sparked controversy and nationwide protests against lithium mining. One of his warnings about … Continue reading Ecological imperialism and nuclear fusion: a forgotten topic in global resource conflicts

Is China entering Tito’s 1974 moment? A note on China and Yugoslavia

How could Yugoslav Marxist centers be relevant to understanding the development of today's China? I've just noticed some surprising parallels between what's going on in China and my own research on Yugoslavia, which I hope might help shed some new and unforeseen light on recent events. Namely, China's recent rise to power had been accompanied … Continue reading Is China entering Tito’s 1974 moment? A note on China and Yugoslavia

IDEOLOGICAL STANCES ON CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN SERBIA 2018-2022 – PILOT STUDY

This is a pilot study of media representations of Chinese investments in Zrenjanin and Serbia in several select media (”Danas” national daily, “Zrenjaninski.com” website and “Zrenjaninski list”), carried out online during my research stay at the University of Amsterdam (August-October 2022) with the help of the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) short-term scientific mission. … Continue reading IDEOLOGICAL STANCES ON CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN SERBIA 2018-2022 – PILOT STUDY

Unfree Labor, from Hanoi to Belgrade: Chinese investment and Labor Dispatch in the Case of 750 Workers from Vietnam

*Please consider the original version of the article for bibliography and referencing (available here). This article represents the first attempt to tackle China’s labor dispatch in Serbia. It shows how its institutionalization in both Serbia and China followed increasing Sino-Serbian relations and Chinese investment. It then traces the increase of dispatching practices to November 2018 … Continue reading Unfree Labor, from Hanoi to Belgrade: Chinese investment and Labor Dispatch in the Case of 750 Workers from Vietnam

The October Revolution was the promise of a “history proper”

The interview below was conducted by: Dimitris Givisis for the Greek "Epohi" newspaper. Originally published on October 29, 2017, ahead of the first centenary of the 1917 October Revolution. What do you think we can hold as a legacy today, a hundred years after the 1917 Revolution? How important is the idea of utopia and … Continue reading The October Revolution was the promise of a “history proper”

Chinese Linglong Tires in Serbia: Pollution with Feng Shui

Europe’s automobile manufacturers will be receiving their tires from Zrenjanin via the new Silk Road. Meanwhile, the Republic of Serbia will pay for its place in the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative by providing subsidies, natural resources and by adjusting its legislation to the needs of corporations. In May 2018 the European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties and … Continue reading Chinese Linglong Tires in Serbia: Pollution with Feng Shui