Politics and International Studies


Klara Volaric BA in History and Philosophy, University of Rijeka (2009) MA in Comparative History with the special emphasis on the Ottoman Empire, Central European University, Bogazici University (2014).

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Postgraduate Researcher

I joined Loughborough University in October 2017. My previous research focussed on the Ottoman Balkans' social and cultural history in the Hamidian and Young Turk eras, while for my PhD I am working on nation-building and migrations in interwar Yugoslavia and the Republic of Turkey. I am primarily interested in history from below, moving from a state-centred perspective in order to examine both the implementation of Yugoslav and Turkish state policies at the micro level and the agency of the groups and individuals involved.

  • The 6th Young Scholars Forum on Cross-border Cooperation in Central and South East Europe at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Vienna (November 2018). Paper: Nation-Building in Interwar Turkey: What does it Mean to Be a Turk?
  • Conference on Russian and East European Studies, University of Tartu (June 2018). Paper: Nation-statehood and Minority Issues in Interwar Yugoslavia: the case of non-Slavic Muslims.
  • Workshop at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Denmark (May 2017). Paper: Ruler Visibility, Modernity and the Ethnonational Mindset: The Role of the Ottoman Press during Hamidian Era.
  • Conference Ottoman Istanbul III at the 29 Mayis University, Istanbul (May 2015). Paper: Istanbul Memories of Alka Mažuranić Nestoroff.
  • Conference Balkan Worlds II: Balkan Perceptions of War and Revolution at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (November 2014). Paper: The Austrian-Hungarian Occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina as experienced by Croatian intellectual Eugen Kumičić.
  • Ottoman Studies Workshop at the University of Oxford (May 2014). Paper: Self-representation and Collective Image-making: How did the Ottoman Serbs represent themselves?

Current research interests: nationalism, migration and nation-building, subaltern history (history from below)