- International Conference:
“Serbian (Yugoslav) – British Relations from the 19th to the 21st Centuries”
The conference was held at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade on January 26-27, 2018.
The conference was opened by three introductory speeches delivered by Prof. Dragan Simić, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, by HE Dennis Keefe, CMG, HM Ambassador to Serbia and by Prof. em. Vukašin Pavlović, Council President of the Centre for British Studies.
On Friday January 26, two panels were held, and on Saturday, January 27, additional four panels. Altogether 26 participants took parts in the panels, and one paper was read. Titles of the panels were:
- Serbia, the UK, and Global World,
- Difficult Legacies and New Opportunities,
- Cultural Encounters of the UK and Serbia in History,
- Cultural, Educational and Economic Encounters of the UK and Serbia in the 21st Century and Recent Past,
- Relations of Serbia with the United Kingdom,
- Relations of Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom.
Programme of the International Conference: Serbian (Yugoslav) – British Relations from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, Belgrade, January 26-27, 2018
The conference was well-attended by students, former and current ambassadors and diplomats of Serbia, by university lecturers and other scholars, NGO persons, by members of various British-Serbian Societies and the English-Speaking Union of Serbia.
The Conference was supported by the British Embassy, Belgrade.
On January 26, 2018, a cocktail party was organised by the Centre for British Studies at Aero Klub in Belgrade. That was an official opening of the Centre for wider audience. It was sponsored by I&F McCANN Grupa. The cocktail party was attended by more than 100 guests including ambassadors of the UK, the USA and the EU, many prominent professors and scholars, journalists, writers and other persons from cultural and political life of Belgrade and Serbia.
The event started with the screening of the documentary “I married a Serb” (2012). It is a story of five British women who married Serbs at the time when Yugoslavia still existed and who stayed in Serbia afterwards and it was symbolically chosen to demonstrate the relevance of cultural links between the two cultures. Two of the heroines of the film attended the event. After the screening Head of the Centre for British Studies Prof. S. G. Markovich, and Mr. Srdjan Šaper, CEO of I&F McCANN Grupa delivered speeches.