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Webinar: Call for contributions

‘The Left in the Post Yugoslav space’

9 May 2022
To the Left of post-communist, social-democratic parties in the Post Yugoslav space new formations have been able to gather - to different extents - consensus. Born as civic movements, some of these new parties are now facing the proof of government and access in Parliaments. Their horizontal, civic and network-like identity may therefore be questioned.
The most emblematic example of the emergence of this “new Left” is the landslide victory of Možemo in Zagreb local elections, where Tomislav Tomašević has been elected as mayor. First critics and disillusionment start to spread among the population, as the party enters its second year of local government. Vivid anti-governmental and ecological protests in Serbia have meanwhile gathered around Moramo, a political party built on the image of Možemo.
Although some of these parties may be similar in the structure and mode of action, the institutional arenas in which they compete are consistently diverse. Slovenia’s party system - one of the most volatile in Europe - has previously granted sudden success to Levica, but the formation is now stagnating. Levica may as well be suffering from the high personalization that characterizes Slovenian parties, a phenomenon that the left-wing formation has been trying to avoid. New parties in Serbia must instead compete within a semi-authoritarian regime: as the elections are approaching, treacherous forms of sabotage are observed. For instance, several fake Green parties are being registered for the electoral competition - all resembling Moramo’s imagery and aimed at confusing voters.
We are looking forward to organizing a webinar on the issue. The contributions will be focused on multiple aspects, such as the parties’ electoral successes and failures, their access to Parliaments or potential new cleavages emerging within the formations.
More specifically, we welcome submissions covering a limited geographical area (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia) on the following topics:

- Creation and development of the movements/parties;
- Electoral successes and failures;
- Link with civil society;
- Topic mobilized (gender, environment, post-nationalism, anti-gentrification, EU);
- Assessment of first governmental experiences;
- Evolution of party structures and ideals after experiences of (local) government.
Further topics are welcome too.
Please send a summary (250-300 words) of your proposal in PDF or Word format to jean-michel.de.waele@ulb.be, at the latest on 5 April 2022.
Proposals should include a title and the author’s institutional affiliation. Authors will be informed about the decision on their proposal at the latest on 14 April 2022.

Webinar organized by:
    •    Jean-Michel De Waele : Professor of political science (Cevipol), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    •    Neira Sabanovic : Phd Student (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    •    Gianmarco Bucci : Researcher
    •    Romain Biesemans : Teaching assistant/PhD student (Cevipol & TRANSFO), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)