Security Theatre Podcast by the Centre for International Security is a podcast on the latest research in International Relations and Security Studies from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade!


In this podcast, the Head of the Centre for International Security and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Dr Filip Ejdushosted Dr Marina Vulović, Researcher at the University of Helsinki.

Reflecting on the major contributions of her recently finished doctoral dissertation, titled “Losing and Gaining Kosovo: How the Serbian Government Re-articulated its Claim to Kosovo within the Brussels Dialogue“, Marina makes many original theoretical and empirical points about myths in politics. What are the major dimensions of myths? Do they only talk about the past, or also about future political projects? How do they get broken and repaired? How can discourse analysis and psychoanalysis help us understand the role of myths in politics? What Lacan brings to the table when it comes to IR studies? What are the major articulations of the Kosovo Myth since the Serbian Progressive Party came into power in 2012? Can the Kosovo Myth be reconciled with the idea of the Kosovo partition?

Besides elaborating on the key findings of her PhD project, Marina also reflected on her entire PhD journey, recalling how PhD is never a linear process, how you sometimes need to „unlearn“ things, and how networking indeed makes any PhD experience far more interesting and meaningful.

Also, hear what this promising and inspiring scholar considers the most productive IR areas in years to come!


Marina Vulović is a Grant-Funded Researcher at the University of Helsinki. She has recently finished the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes at the University of Helsinki, while she holds a B.A. degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and an M.A. degree from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her PhD disserataion focuses on the Serbian – Albanian relations and looks at how hegemonic narratives around political myths have been renegotiated in Serbia since 2012, specifically focusing on the importance of Kosovo for the Serbian nationalist project. Her publications (current and upcoming) mostly deal with the Brussels dialogue and performative statehood in Northern Kosovo. She has been a visiting researcher/graduate student at the University of Oxford, UK (2018), the University of Graz, Austria (2019) and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany (2020).


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