Aleksandar Ranković, MRes

Aleksandar Ranković is a PhD student at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. He was awarded a bachelor degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and a master’s degree (with distinction) in East European Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at University College London. Furthermore, he spent a semester each at Boğaziçi University Istanbul and at the Free University Berlin. He is alumnus of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

His research focus lies at the intersection of the histories of transformation and gender in Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav space. In his doctoral thesis he deals with conscientious objectors and deserters in transformational Yugoslavia during the 1990s. A particular focus is placed on antimilitarist activism of Yugoslav feminists and homosexuals. Moreover, by examining the Yugoslav case, he investigates the issue of how historians of transformation can work with improvised and fragmentary activist “community archives”.