The Bulgarian EU presidency has declared it will prioritise the strengthening of the EU integration process in relation to the Western Balkans. Such ideas have revealed a potential split on the EU level between the “enlargment sceptic” parts of the union, and populists in Central Europe that might use it to further their own nationalist agendas. These processes are part of a larger conflict between a “western” liberal EU model and a conservative-nationalist challenge that is crystallising in Central and Southeast Europe.
The lecturer will speak about how long-term historical trajectories have played out in terms of differences in political culture and visions of the EU, as well as how social memory about the past has become a weapon in regional state- and nation-building processes.
Tomislav Dulić is a historian and since 2013 the director of the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University. His research has an inter-disciplinary character and deals with various aspects of the microfoundations of mass violence, including social and social-psychological processes, perpetrator history and geostatistical analysis (GIS) and social memory.