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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Ms Špela Drnovšek Zorko

BA (University College Utrecht), MA (Goldsmiths)


Spela Drnovsek Zorko
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ms Špela Drnovšek Zorko
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Office Hours:
Tuesdays 2-3pm in room 571
Thesis title:
Intergenerational narratives of former Yugoslavia in Britain: diaspora, post-socialism, and 'home' (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

My thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork on intergenerational family narratives conducted among migrants from former Yugoslavia living in Britain. I am particularly interested in how mediated memories of Yugoslavia shape notions of belonging, gender, and notions of the political, as well as how intergenerational investments in the past are constructed at an intersection of diaspora and post-socialism. My research aims to locate such homing encounters within British trajectories of migration and belonging, and within spatiotemporal narratives of the present.

PhD Publications

  • “Diasporic memory and narratives of spatiotemporality”. Symbolism Special Issue on Diaspora (forthcoming)

PhD Conferences

  • “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
  • Thesis presentation at PhD workshop, COST network “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe”, University of Copenhagen, May 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)
  • COST Action In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • Migrant Voice


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