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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Taylor McConnell

Taylor McConnell
Taylor McConnell
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Wiesbaden Germany
Research Interests
Memory abuse, Collective memory, Memory politics, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Croatia, National identity, Identity construction, State building, Othering, Violence, Education, Socialisation processes

PhD Title

Još Hrvatska ni propala: Examining the Public Face of Memory in Croatia

Curriculum Vitae - updated January 2019
Personal Website

Research Summary

Još Hrvatska ni propala: Exploring the Public Face of Memory in Croatia

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My research focuses on the links between memory studies, politics and conflict management by suggesting how the intentional manipulation, if not abuse, of memory feeds into mechanisms that perpetuate social divisions brought about through violent means. Using the spaces formerly occupied by ethnic Serbs in Croatia as a context for this research, I hope to explain the role of memory manipulation in maintaining previously non-observed or non-existent social divisions that have emerged as a result of the Homeland War/Croatian War of Independence. This research will have a wider impact on the long-term reconciliation and state building processes in the former Yugoslavia and, potentially, in other post-conflict settings.

I currently co-chair the Critical Human Rights and Memory working group for the Memory Studies Association with my colleagues Lea David (University College Dublin) and Gruia Badescu (Universität Konstanz). From March 2019, I will be a visiting fellow at the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, funded through an Erasmus+ Traineeship by the British Council. Previously, I partcipated in the Visiting Fellowship progamme at the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, with the support of the Ernst Mach Grant - Worldwide from the Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (Republik Österreich).


Mr Ross Bond (School of Social and Political Science)
Dr Andy Aydın-Aitchison (School of Law)


MSc International Development, with Distinction, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh (2015)
BA International Studies and German Studies, cum laude, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (2014)
BS Econ Management, cum laude, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2014)


Journal Articles

McConnell, T. (2018) Memory abuse, violence and the dissolution of Yugoslavia: A theoretical framework for understanding memory in conflict. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 31 (4). DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2018.1508334.

Book Reviews/Essays

McConnell, T. (2018) Nationalism, Violence and the State in the Balkans: A Comparative Review. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 24 (3). p. 348-358. DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2018.1489579. 

McConnell, T. (2017) Review of Jelena Subotić, Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii + 201. $22.95 (pbk). Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 23 (4). p. 480-482. DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2017.1380466.

McConnell, T. (2017) Review of Catherine Baker, The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 192pp. £35.00 (hbk). Nations and Nationalism. 23 (4). p. 1010-1012. DOI: 10.1111/nana.12343.


McConnell, T. (2018) Monument destruction and the second death of Yugoslavia. Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh blog. 15 October. 

Working Paper - “KRVatska”, “Branitelji”, “Žrtve”: (Re-)framing Croatia’s politics of memory and identity, “War and Identity in the Balkans and Middle East” workshop, Europe and the World Centre, University of Liverpool, April 2018.


15 June 2019, "Abusing the Memory of the ‘Homeland’: Mnemonic Battles on the Croatian War of Independence",  2019 Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Summer Convention, hosted by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
27 February 2019, "Denying women’s agency in the Croatian post-war cultural conscience", 'Complexifying Gendered Victimhood' workshop, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany
13 November 2018, "Hrvatska or His-vatska? Gendering the post-war Croatian commemorative process", Brownbag Seminar Series, Centre for Southeast European Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
29 May 2018, "'They are looking at the stars again, waiting to conquer them': Memory abuse, violence and power in Yugoslavia's demise", 'Words that Kill' conferenceThe George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, American University of Paris, Paris, France
12 May 2018, "Tko jesmo i ko nismo: Monument construction and the development of Croatian memory politics and identity since the Homeland War", 'Divided Societies XXI: Old and New Nationalisms' summer school, Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia
20 April 2018, "'KRVatska', 'Branitelji', 'Žrtve': (Re-)framing Croatia’s politics of memory and identity", 'War and Identity in the Balkans and the Middle East' workshop, Europe and the World Centre, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
16 December 2017, "Can memory be abused? The ongoing manipulation of cultural memory in post-independence Croatia", Memory Studies Association Second Annual Conference, hosted by Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
10 November 2017, "Vukovar a ne Вуковар: Civic Institutions, Stigma and Power-Sharing in Croatia’s Serb-Majority Communities", 'Exclusion amid Inclusion?: How Power Sharing Engages Non-Dominant Communities' workshop, Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
31 October 2017, Panelist, "Methodological, research and writing challenges when using historical approaches in social sciences and law", 'Bridging political, legal and historical perspectives on contemporary Europe' workshop, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom    
​1 September 2017, "Rising Waters: The increasing isolation of the Croatian Serb minority in Eastern Slavonia", 'Islands of Memory' workshop, Stari Grad (Hvar), Croatia, hosted by Centre for Southeast European Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
29 June 2017, "Visualising Internalised Balkanism in the former Yugoslavia", 'Orientalism, Balkanism, Occidentalism: Thinking through Discourses of Othering' course, Summer School in Comparative Conflict Studies, Fakultet za medije i komunikacije, Univerzitet Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia
26 May 2017, Panelist, "Nationalism, right wing politics and populism", 'A Nationalist Crisis?' workshop, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) Edinburgh launch event, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
13 May 2017, "Memory Abuse, Violence and Identity in the former Yugoslavia: Perpetuations of Divided Memory in Croatia and Serbia since 1995", 'Divided Societies XX: Memory Wars' summer school, Inter-University Center, Dubrovnik, Croatia
20 April 2017, "Memory Abuse, Violence and Identity in the former Yugoslavia: Perpetuations of Divided Memory in Croatia and Serbia since 1995", 'New Directions' sociology conference, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
28 January 2015, "The Bosnian Conflict and the Role of Constitutional Reform in Development", Edinburgh University International Development Society (EUID) 'ID Week', Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Funding and Awards

March to September 2019, British Council, Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant
October 2018 to January 2019, Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), Republic of Austria, Ernst Mach Grant (worldwide)
Various, 2016 to 2018, Graduate School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, PhD Research Support Fund
April 2017, Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh, Principal's Go Abroad Fund

April 2015, SSPS Practice Programme, University of Edinburgh, Work-Based Placement Dissertation Support Fund
February 2015, Global Development Academy and Global Development Academy, University of Edinburgh, Student Initiative Grant
Various, 2011 to 2014, Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, University of Pennsylvania, Travel Grants
April 2014, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, Erich Friedmann Memorial Prize
April 2013, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, Adolf D. Klarmann Prize
September 2010 to May 2014, University of Pennsylvania, Jesse R. Wike Memorial Scholarship and Matte Family Endowed Scholarship
September 2011 to May 2012, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Grant

Teaching Experience

University of Edinburgh:
Semester 2, 2016/17 and 2017/18: Tutor, 'Evidence, Politics and Policy', SCPL08010
Semester 1, 2017/18: Tutor, 'International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond', PLIT08006
Semester 1, 2017/18: Tutor, 'Designing and Doing Social Research', SCIL10062