Srđan M. Jovanović

Srđan M. Jovanović received his Ph.D. at the Palacky University Olomouc in the Czech Republic, where he taught for a while, after which he conducted research and/or taught at the University of Košice in Slovakia, the New Europe College in Romania, Istanbul Sehir University in Turkey, and Lund University in Sweden.

His research interests fall within the realms of history, political science, and linguistics, mostly within the geographical areas of Central and Eastern Europe.

Research project: Printed Media Support for the Government(s) in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, 1912-1918: Developing Historical Discourse Analysis

The research proposal named above has the ambit of analyzing the support of the government via the media in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in the first part of the 20th cenutry, concentrating on the period from 1912 (the Balkan Wars) to the Great War, via the methodological foundations of Critical Discourse Analysis, developing the field of Historical Discourse Analysis, thus strengthening the methodological foundations of history as a discipline.

When it comes to the Balkans, we are talking about ‘issues of persistent political interference into journalistic decision-making, low levels of journalistic professionalism, political parallelism and sharp polarisation of public communication’. However, when it comes to the media form the Balkans, it is common that mostly the media from the second part of the 20th century have been taking the bulk of the space in research, mostly in regard to either the Communist period, or the wars of the Yugoslav secession, or to contemporary media issues, non-related to history.

Pre-Communist print media have been largely ignored in research. What is worse, much of the local production regarding media and history supports a strongly primordial approach, claiming often that ‘the continuation and future of a nation are strongly connected with the preservation of national identity. A large part here is played by the media’, or engaging issues such as the adopting of a victimhood discourse, via which the media in the West have ‘satanized’ local nations.

Few are the works that concentrate on media history and history through the lens of the media from the early 20th century, while there is a cornucopia of primary resources that have been digitalized during the last decade and still have not figured as the object of scholarly inquiry, presently available in the depositories of the National Libraries in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb.

Seeking to fill a large gap, this proposal offers an analysis into early 20th century media in the abovementioned countries, concentrating on the media support of the government during tumultous times such as the Balkan Wars and the Great War. The proposal offers to delve into the question of how the print media garner social and political support for government policies, as well as the discursive strategies by which they have done so. It furthermore analyzes the similarities and differences between the media-government connection in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia in the first half of the twentieth century with the beginning of the twenty-first, as a pilot research has shown that staunch similarities do exist.

Dates of stay: 01 March 2018 - 31 July 2018