Covid-19, State-power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans

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  • Name: Covid-19, State-power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans
  • Date: 12 May 2022
  • Time: 6pm - 7pm
  • Location: Online & in-person public event (Alumni Theatre, LSE New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ)
  • Price: Free
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Covid-19, State-Power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans

LSE

How diverse are the nature of regimes and societies in various parts of Europe? Has the pandemic allowed local regimes to strengthen their power and exert greater control over societies in Europe?

The pandemic and near-universal lockdown have provided an ideal cut-off date for the collection of indices from reputable academic sources that cover the nature of regimes, individual human freedoms, economic freedoms, the rule of law, human rights and media freedoms. Focusing specifically on Western Balkans, the pandemic has given opportunities for researchers to address the question of whether the future of the region lies in the “liberal club”, or whether local hybrid regimes will become even more influential in the near future, by investigating Western Balkan regimes’ reactions to the pandemic in the context of governance, society and state power.

In this public lecture, Dr Neven Andjelic will present the findings in his latest publication “Covid-19, State-Power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans” and engage in a discussion with Professor Jasna Dragović-Soso and Professor James Gow, moderated by Dr Denisa Kostovicova.

Meet the speakers and chair

Dr Neven Andjelic is Assistant Professor in International Relations and Human Rights at the Regent’s University London. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna. Besides his academic activities, Neven remains as an activist for human rights issues in his country of origin, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also had a career in journalism, having worked for CNN, BBC, ITN, Channel 4 in the UK and all the leading media in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His latest book, “Covid-19, State-Power and Society in Europe: Focus on Western Balkans” has been published in 2022 by Springer.

Jasna Dragović-Soso is Professor of International Politics and History at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also Visiting Professor at LSEE. Professor Dragović-Soso has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on intellectuals and dissent; nationalism, state dissolution and international intervention; and on processes of memory construction and transitional justice in the post-Yugoslav region. She has provided expertise on the post-Yugoslav region to various non-academic stakeholders, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the International Commission on the Balkans.

James Gow is Professor of International Peace and Security and Co-Director of the War Crimes Research Group at King’s College London. He has served as an expert adviser and an expert witness for the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he was the first ever witness at an international criminal tribunal, and as an Expert Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Defence.

Denisa Kostovicova is Associate Professor in Global Politics at the European Institute, LSE.  

More about this event

Hosted by the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe, this hybrid public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required for both in-person and online attendance. 

For online attendance via Zoom, please register here

For in-person attendance, please register here

Venue address

Alumni Theatre, LSE New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

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