SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Špela Drnovšek Zorko

BA (University College Utrecht), MA (Goldsmiths)
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Spela Drnovsek Zorko
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ms Špela Drnovšek Zorko
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Thesis title:
Elsewhere as elsewhen: Intergenerational diasporic narratives after Yugoslavia (provisional)
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Špela is a PhD candidate at the department of Anthropology and Sociology and a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Initial Training Network ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB) at the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht and an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths, and has previously worked as a translator.    

PhD Research

Based on fieldwork conducted in 2013-2014 (largely but not exclusively in London) among migrant families and communities from the region of former Yugoslavia, my thesis draws on the analytical concepts of generation and normal life to explore people’s ways of being ‘from there’ in the United Kingdom. I investigate how non-dichotomous notions of familial and historical generations, as well as continuity and rupture, emerge within narratives of what lives are possible: when, where, and for/with whom.


(forthcoming 2016) “See(m)ing strange: methodologies of memory and home”. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture

2014. “Diasporic memory and narratives of spatiotemporality”. Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics (Special Issue on Diaspora, Vol. 14).


“Being there: two stories of memory, generation, and experience.” Diaspora: A one-day conference on a travelling concept, Stockholm University, September 2015

“Positions of foreignness in migrant narratives: speaking back to/as Britishness?” Anthropology in London Day, SOAS/UCL, June 2015

“Mobile memory, mobile space: methodologies of narrative and movement,” Memory on the Move workshop (COST “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe” conference), Central European University, September 2014

“Researching memory and temporality at a point of diasporic post-socialism,” SSEES Postgraduate Conference, UCL, February 2014

“The reluctant insider? Studying the politics of belonging among former Yugoslavs in the United Kingdom,” CEELBAS research student workshop: Practical and ethical dilemmas facing researchers from Central and Eastern Europe based at UK universities and studying Central and Eastern Europe, University of Bath, July 2013

“The interpretation of family stories in the British-Yugoslav diaspora(s)”, Life Narratives: Memory, Citizenship, Gender Seminar, University of Utrecht, January 2013


  • Marie Curie Initial Training Network "Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging" (CoHaB) (2012-2015)
  • COST Action In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists


Graduate Teaching Assistant, African and Asian Cultures in Diaspora