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Spela Drnovsek Zorko

Špela is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2017-2020) working on a research project entitled “Toward a diasporic postsocialism: ‘race’, migration, and genealogies of encounter”. The project explores postsocialist and postcolonial encounters in the context of contemporary migrant politics in Britain, with a particular focus on historicising Central and East European migrants' articulations of race, coloniality, and state socialism against a broader background of Cold War internationalism. Prior to taking up the fellowship, Špela obtained her PhD in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, with a project on intergenerational memory among migrants from former Yugoslavia. During her PhD she was an Early Career Fellow in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging’ (CoHaB).

In Spring 2019/2020 Špela is co-convening SO337 Racism and Xenophobia with Dr Hannah Jones.

Latest publications:

Drnovšek Zorko, Š. 2020. “Cultures of risk: On generative uncertainty and intergenerational memory in post-Yugoslav migrant narratives.” The Sociological Review, online first,

Drnovšek Zorko, Š. 2019. “Articulations of race and genealogies of encounter among former Yugoslav migrants in Britain.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42: 9, 1574-1591,


Room: E0.10