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Sara Žerić

History Department
Research Associate
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Sara Žerić earned her BA (2017) and MA (2020) degrees in history from the University of Pula. In 2019 she recieved a Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Since September 2020, she is a volunteer assistant in the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism. In October 2021 she started a doctoral program at the University of Regensburg and since then she has been working on her doctoral thesis "Gastarbeiters as agents of modernization in Socialist Yugoslavia (1968–1989)". From July 2022, Sara Žerić has been working at the IOS as a research associate. She is interested in the social history of socialist Yugoslavia, especially in the process of modernisation, migration and women´s history.



Online Publication/Blog posts

Bonfiglioli, Chiara/Žerić, Sara: Debating Abortion and Contraception in Socialist Yugoslavia: A Microhistorical Perspective. In: Narodna umjetnost : hrvatski časopis za etnologiju i folkloristiku , Vol. 60 No. 1, 2023.. In: https://hrcak.srce.hr/clanak/438656, 2023. (Open Access)
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DOI: 10.15176/vol60no108

Žerić, Sara: The Liquor and Soft Drinks Factory Badel Fažana. In: Unwanted Heritage. Remembering and Forgetting Industry in Istria. In: https://www.istria.ios-regensburg.de/2020/01/23/the-liquor-and-soft-drinks-factory-badel-fazana-by-sara-zeric/, 2020. (Open Access)
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Other Publications

Žerić, Sara/Gajic, Nikola: Public Health in East and Southeast Europe: Growth, Inequality and the state. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. https://www.hsozkult.de/searching/id/fdkn-133943?title=public-health-in-east-and-southeast-europe-growth-inequality-and-the-state-contemporary-and-historical-perspectives&recno=3&q=sara%20zeric&sort=&fq=&total=10, 2023 (Conference Report). (Open Access)
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Žerić, Sara: Microhistories of Socialism and Postsocialism. In: H-Soz-Kult. https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/fdkn-133165, 2023 (Workshop Report). (Open Access)
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Žerić, Sara: Internationale Konferenz „Socialism on the Bench: Antifascism“. Pula, Kroatien (online), 30. September–02. Oktober 2021. 2022 (Workshop report / Arbeit – Bewegung – Geschichte. Zeitschrift für historische Studien 2022/II).

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
  • Research Associate at IOS under the project „Transnational Families, Farms and Firms: Migrant Entrepreneurs in Kosovo and Serbia Since the 1960s“, since 07/2022
  • PhD student at the University of Regensburg, since 10/2021
  • Master degree in History at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of humanities, Department of History, 10/2017—07/2020
  • Bachelor degree in History at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of humanities, Department of History, 10/2014—09/2017
Selected Scholarships
  • BAYHOST One-year scholarship, 10/2021—07/2022
  • Erasmus+ scholarship for semesters abroad, 02/2017—07/2017
  • Scholarship of the Istrian County for excellence, 10/2017—07/2020



Current Projects
  • Transnational Families, Farms and Firms: Migrant Entrepreneurs in Kosovo and Serbia Since the 1960s (IOS - Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, IAMO - Europe University Viadrina, since July 2022)
Completed Projects
  • Remembering and Forgetting Industrial Labour in the Adriatic: The Case of Istria (2018—2020, IOS – CKPIS)
  • Bedrohliche Wende nach ideologischer Erstarrung: das jugoslawische 1989 “revisited” (2019, DAAD)
  • History that is not yet a history: How to use ICTY Archive – from the Tribunal to the Classroom (EUROCLIO, 2020—2021)


  • Reforma carinskih olakšica kao prilika za povratak jugoslavenskih gastarbajtera / The Reform of Customs Benefits as an Opportunity for the Return of Yugoslav Guest Workers. 6th International Conference Socialism on the Bench CKPIS/University of Pula, Pula, 29.09.2023.
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  • Trust and cooperation” between the researcher and interviewees: case study of Pirot, Serbia. TraFFF Second Tematic Workshop: Migrant Entrepreneurs in Kosovo And Serbia: Tracing Trust and Innovation Viadrina Center Borders in Motion/IOS Regensburg, Frankfurt/Oder, 09.09.2023.
  • Migration and Development in Socialist Yugoslavia: The Gastarbeiter Factories (devizne fabrike). Southeast European Studies Online Platform SEEFFIELD/IOS Regensburg, 05.07.2023.
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  • "I work and I exist”. Impact of (Yugoslav) gastarbaiters savings on women's emancipation in Imotska Krajina. BASEES CONFERENCE 2023; The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies/University of Glasgow, Glasgow, 31.03.2023.
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  • What can we learn from the socialist experience? Migrants, Experts and Development Policies, 1960s-1980s. TraFFF First Tematic Workshop: Migration and Development: Between Wishful Thinking and Practical Results (mit Ulf Brunnbauer). IOS Regensburg/Economic Institute Belgrade, Belgrade, 03.03.2023.
  • Utjecaj gastarbajtera na gospodarski i društveni život Imotske krajine (1968–1989) / The impact of gastarbeiters on the economic and social life of Imotska Krajina (1968–1989). CKPIS Online Platform; University Juraj Dobrila Pula, 26.04.2022.
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