Dr. Radina Vučetić

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Radina Vučetić received her PhD in History at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade in 2011 where she wrote her dissertation titled, Americanization of Yugoslav Popular Culture in the 1960s. Since completing her PhD, she has been working as Assistant Professor at the Department for General Contemporary History at the University of Belgrade. From 2005–2011, she worked as a teaching assistant in the same department. In 2002, she was awarded her MA in History with her thesis, “Cvijeta Zuzorić”. European Influences on Cultural life in Belgrade 1918–1941, which she received at the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Belgrade. From 2002–2005, she was a research fellow at the Institute for the Recent History of Serbia. She completed her BA in History at the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy, at the University of Belgrade in 1998.

Research project at the Kolleg

"Censorship in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s and the Varying Paths of the Intellectual and Artistic Elite"

The main goal of my project is to break certain stereotypes and dominant historiographic claims that socialist Yugoslavia's openness towards the West and its culture also meant the presence of democracy and permissiveness of the system towards art and culture in general. The 1960s and 1970s were precisely the apogee of pressure against Yugoslav artists, and the latter decade saw the return of a socialism of the Stalinist type. Researching censorship in Yugoslavia is also important in that it sheds new light on a period in which nationalism was on the rise, and the state was increasingly in agony and decline - that is, the path to the collapse of the 1990s was traced in the decisive decade of the 1970s. For this reason it is important to follow when and how the Yugoslav system started to cave, to which side censured artists and intellectuals gravitated, and how some of them, riding the wave of nationalism, contributed to the bloody dissolution of the country.

Main areas of research 

  • Yugoslav-American relations
  • Americanization
  • Cold War culture
  • Art and politics
  • Intellectuals in socialist Yugoslavia
  • Popular culture and everyday life in socialism
  • Second-Third World relations during communism

Positions and memberships

  • since 1998: Member of the Association for Social History, Belgrade
  • since 2006: Member of the Editorial Board of Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju (Annual for Social History, journal of the Association for Social History, Belgrade)
  • 2005-2013: Member of the Board of the Museum of Pedagogy (Belgrade) 
  • 2013-2014: Member of the Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia 
  • 2013-2014: Member of the Board of the Belgrade Youth Center