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Taylor McConnell

Taylor McConnell
Name
Taylor McConnell
Title
Organisation
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Address
Edinburgh UK
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Research Interests
Memory abuse, Collective memory, Memory politics, Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, National identity, Identity construction, Transitional justice, Political reform, State building, Othering, Violence, Reconciliation, Education, Socialisation processes
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/sociology/taylor_mcconnell

PhD Title

Memory Abuse, Violence and Identity in the former Yugoslavia: Perpetuations of divided memory in Croatia and Serbia since 1995

Curriculum Vitae - updated May 2017

Research Summary

My research will focus 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.

Supervision

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

Qualifications

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)

Presentations

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, 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

Publications

McConnell, T. (forthcoming, October 2017) Review of Catherine Baker, (2015). The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 192 pp. £16.99 (pbk). Nations and Nationalism. 23 (4).

McConnell, T. (forthcoming, August 2017) Review of Jelena Subotić, (2016). 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 (3).

Teaching Experience

Semester 2, 2016/17: Tutor, 'Evidence, Politics and Policy', SCPL08010