Špela Drnovšek Zorko
Špela Drnovšek Zorko

In this episode of AnthroTalking we talk to Špela Drnovšek Zorko, PhD student at SOAS, about her initial research findings on the ways in which former Yugoslav migrants living in Britain today mediate memories of Yugoslavia and how these ideas are negotiated intergenerationally. Hear Špela narrating her approach to the field and how she got to know her informants through singing in the choir, language studies and slowly unfolding conversations.

Špela Drnovšek Zorko is currently working on her PhD degree at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB) Network at the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS at the University of London. For her doctoral studies Špela explores what kind of memories Yugoslav migrants living in Britain have of Yugoslavia and how these ideas are passed on and change within family settings. She talks about the variety of narratives of former Yugoslavia encountered while doing fieldwork in post-Yugoslav diasporas in London. From the olden days of the kingdom to the more or less harmonious coexistence of multiple ethnicities during the socialist years and the outburst of violence in the nineties – this eventful past leads to a conglomerate of competing narratives and negotiation of identity among successor state migrants. Having returned from a fieldwork phase recently, Špela talks about her initial findings as well as her experiences in the field and how her communication with her informants is influenced by the fact that she is Slovenian.

Published on:

May 6, 2015

Created by:

Dragos C. Costache and Eva-Maria Walther


Špela Drnovšek Zorko, identity, diaspora, Yugoslavia, Britain, migration, memory

Further information:

Cite as:

Costache, Dragos C. and Eva-Maria Walther “Špela Drnovšek Zorko on identity narratives in the post-Yugoslav diaspora” AnthroTalking: Podcasts at Stockholm University’s Department of Social Anthropology, online May 6, 2015, http://www.socant.su.se/english/about-us/anthrotalking/%C5%A1pela-drnov%C5%A1ek-zorko-on-identity-narratives-in-the-post-yugoslav-diaspora-1.235185


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