Stevan Bozanich

PhD Candidate, History

Supervisor: Thomas Kuehn

 sbozanic@sfu.ca

 AQ 6209

 Personal webpage

Profile

Research interests

  • Modern Balkan History
  • Paramilitarism and Violence
  • Right-wing extremism, resistance and rebellion in Eastern Europe
  • Genocide and mass violence
  • Social, Political and Cultural history of Yugoslavia
  • Pan-Slavism amongst the Southern Slavs

Education

  • MA, History, University of Victoria
  • BA, History, Univeristy of British Columbia

Biography

My current research focuses on the Serbian royalist Chetniks from the Second World War. I am interested in the discourse between ideology and pragmatism, specifically whether the massacre of Muslim and Croatian civilians was motivated by a particular worldview and whether these perceptions were motivated from the leadership or by a set of existing beliefs and practices “on the ground.” In happier times I enjoy travelling the world with my wife and our two daughters.

Publications

Journal articles and book chapters

  • “Invented Warriors: The Legacy of the Invented Serbian Hajduk Tradition,” in Balkan Legacies, edited by John Paul Newman and Balazs Apor, Purdue University Press (expected 2021).
  • “Tito’s Chetnik Hunters: The Birth and Regeneration of Yugoslavia’s Secret Police,” Violent Resistance: From the Baltics to Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, edited by Michael Gehler and David Schriffl, Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh (forthcoming 2020).
  • “Post-war Turmoil and Violence (Yugoslavia)” in 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War, https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/post-war_turmoil_and_violence_yugoslavia.
  • “A Man Without a Face is no Man at all: The Symbolic Uses of Violence,” Qualestoria: “The Wars in the Balkans and their Heritage” (forthcoming).
  • “Tito’s Chetnik Hunters: The Birth and Regeneration of Yugoslavia’s Secret Police,” Conference Proceedings: Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, 1945-1956 (forthcoming).

Conference presentations

  • “From the Diaspora with Love: The Yugoslav Diaspora Supports the Homeland, 1941-1943.” To be presented at the Canadian Association of Slavists at the International Council for Central and East European Studies, Montreal, QC, 2021.
  • “Outsourcing Violence: The Serbian War-making Tradition and Paramilitaries.” Presented at the Conference on Right-Wing Studies/Conference for Research on Male Supremacism, University of California-Berkeley, 2020.
  • “’Serbian gusles know not how to lie’: The Nationalist Mobilisation of Folklore.” Presented at the Congress of the Humanities, UBC, Vancouver, BC, 2019.

Older

  • “The Balkan Revolutionary Tradition: Inventing Traditions, Inventing Serbian Warrior." Presented at the Western Social Science Association, San Diego, California, 2019.
  • “In the Service of Violence: The Ethno-Religious Identities of the Serbian Nationalist Chetniks and their ‘Muslim’ ‘Turkish’ Victims.” Presented at the CREOR Colloquium on Religion and Violence: Sources, History, and the Contemporary World, Montreal, Quebec, 2018.
  • “Mapping Ethnicity, Ideology, and Violence: The Serbian Nationalist Chetniks and their Bosnian Muslim Victims, 1941-1945.” Presented at Northeastern University’s 10th Annual Graduate Students Conference: Interrogating Boundaries: Mapping the Mental and Material in World History, Boston, Massachusetts, 2018.
  • “Na Sred Gore Romanija: Mountains as Refuge and Incubator for the Serbian Nationalist Chetniks.” University of Alberta’s History and Classics Graduate Students’ Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, 2018.
  • “From Men into Hajduks, From Criminals into Paramilitaries: The Construction of Serbian Paramilitary Identity, 1991-1995.” Presented at UBC’s 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference: The Social Network, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2017.
  • “Tito’s Chetnik Hunters.” Presented at Armed Resistance in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, 1945-1956, Vienna, Austria, 2017.
  • “Of Hajduks and Paramilitaries: The Embodiment of the Bandit-Rebel by Serbian Paramilitaries.” Presented at Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe, Victoria, British Columbia, 2017.
  • “A History of the Warring Hajduk.” Presented at the Qualicum Graduate Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, 2017.
  • “‘When society fails, the nation appears as the ultimate guarantee’: Debunking Kaplan and Yugoslavia’s ‘ancient hatreds’ trope.” Presented at the Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Conference, Tacoma, Washington, 2016.
  • “The Many Misrepresentations of Gavrilo Princip.” Presented at the University of Alberta’s History and Classics Graduate Students’ Annual Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, 2016.
  • “Competing Paths to Nationalism featuring Ivo Andrić and Gavrilo Princip.” Presented at the Qualicum Graduate Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, 2016.
  • “The Many Misrepresentations of Gavrilo Princip: The Legacy of an Assassin.” Presented at the UBC AUS Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2015.

Select awards

  • 2019, Edward & Emily McWhinney Hellenic Scholarship, SFU 
  • 2019, Nick Kravariotis Memorial Scholarship, SFU
  • 2019, Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Graduate Scholarship, SFU
  • 2018, Edward & Emily McWhinney Hellenic Scholarship, SFU 
  • 2018, Nick Kravariotis Memorial Scholarship, SFU
  • 2018, Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Graduate Scholarship, SFU
  • 2017, Edward & Emily McWhinney Hellenic Scholarship, SFU Nick Kravariotis Memorial Scholarship, SFU
  • 2017, Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC Graduate Scholarship, SFU 
  • 2017, University of Victoria History Department Travel Grant
  • 2017, CUPE 4163 Conference Award Funding, UVic
  • 2016, Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Review University of Victoria Graduate Award
  • 2016, University of Victoria History Department Travel Grant 
  • 2016, Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Grant